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Monday, July 17

I think I'm gonna have to call this one done! I love when beautiful things just happen on my paper with my hand and heart as the guide! #tigerlily #watercolorink #catherinescanlon #catherinescanlondesigns #watercolor #waterbrush #watercolorflower #watercolorink #strathmoreart #flowersofinstagram #flowers @strathmoreart


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Check out this fun chart I made for Breakfast Reese! #Repost @brea_reese (via @repostapp) ・・・ Happy Monday, folks. What better way to start your week than with a little technique review? Try one, try them all and don't forget to share with us! #breareese #breareeseglitterink #breareesewatercolor #breareeseacrylics #breareesemarkers #breareesebrushes #makestuff #handmade #art🎨 #artistsoninstagram #watercolor #watercolorpainting


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Pretty productive weekend - and this is only the art! #catherinescanlon #catherinescanlondesigns #watercolor #waterbrush #watercolorink #watercolorpainting #glitterink #flowersofinstagram #watercolorflower


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Friday, July 7

Best Wishes...

Today is Day 3 of Michelle Borsack's week of cards using my stamps and I thought I'd also share a quick Time Lapse I created using the same stamp she's featuring today! This is the Floral Trio Bracket Frame, and you can find it right here on the Art Gone Wild Website!

http://artgonewild.com/catherine-scanlon-cling-mount-stamp-floral-trio-bracket-frame-agc3-2825.html


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Make sure that you check out Michelle's beautiful card using this same stamp, I think you'll love her take on it! Here's the link to her blog post for Day 3 of her week of Catherine stamps, and make sure you stop by, she MAY have something special for you to try and win!

http://bellissimacards.blogspot.com/2017/07/day-3catherine-scanlon-designs-weekand.html

Thanks for dropping by today, have a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, July 5

Bellissima Cards!!

I'm so blessed to have talented friends that like my stamps! The lovely Michelle Borsack of Bellissima Cards is featuring my stamps this whole week --  she has created some beautiful cards that you aren't going to want to miss! 

Here's the link to today's set of cards:

http://bellissimacards.blogspot.com/2017/07/day-1-of-catherine-scanlon-designs-week.html


Make sure you stop by and leave a comment, she's going to have a few sets to give out!

Thanks so much for dropping by, have a wonderful day!

Yummy! @fairwinds_farm #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #strawberrypicking


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Tuesday, June 27

Book Review: Artful Adventures in Mixed Media

Writing a book is a lot like having a child. You carry it with you in your mind for months, even years for some. You work on making it perfect, wondering if the world will love it as MUCH as you do. You wonder what they'll say about you, your creativity and the value of what is in between the front and back cover of your baby. There are so many excited and nervous emotions, to name a few; that come with writing a book.


When my dear friend Nathalie sent me a copy of her book to review, I remember the feelings of trepidation, anxiety, excitement just opening the box. From the moment I saw her cover art I was impressed. Just looking at the cover of her gorgeous book is a reward with an explosion of color and texture. A quick glance through brings intrigue and the feeling that I just can't wait to find a few moments to read, digest and ingest every single thing inside and then get to work creating something from her easy to follow instructions.

Nat has not only shared her precious heart in this book, but her tried and true techniques for creating gorgeous and colorful mixed media art. From the ultimate beginner to the advanced "professional" there is something for everyone to learn. Her unique process of inspiration and exploration brought something alive in me and made me want to create something different, colorful and beautiful while maintaining my own sense of style.

I decided to mix and match a few things and create something inspired from her beautiful book, Artful Adventures in Mixed Media.

Below I have cited each part of the book that inspired me, so you can see how my process evolved after reading her book.

Chapter 5: Texture Collage. I am a total vintage book, music sheet and tissue paper junkie so it's no surprise that this spoke to me for the base of my painting. I did try tearing the papers, but decided that I prefer cutting them because I prefer a clean edge. Instead of moving right into an image transfer, I added some gesso and transparent color to tone down the background and unify the design. It was pretty hard to let it sit and dry over night.


I was really inspired by the art on page 66 and 67 -- and decided that the blues and greens and a little pink would be a nice color palette to stick with. Because I wanted the next step to be the most prominent, I created the entire base painting before the image transfer.




I am truly inspired by nature, if you know my art at all -- and her chapter about Enjoying Nature's Beauty really spoke to me -- maybe I should have tried a cityscape, but since I live in the country flowers and greenery really ignite my creativity. I decided to create a digital collage from a photograph I had taken. Once it was printed, I had a photocopy made and set to adding it to my painting using a traditional gel medium image transfer.


I kept going back to the art on pages 66 and 67 -- and added some sgraffito techniques as well as some stamping with brown ink in the background.


To finish my fun painting, I splattered paints here and there, added some green to the foreground and added my little Maya Angelou quote. I feels finished -- and it really inspires me to want to create more pieces of art inspired by this amazing book. I hope you love it and find as as much inspiration from it as I have.

Thanks for dropping by today, have a wonderful day.


Wednesday, May 31

In the End: Creative Storytelling


Here we are at week 5 and our last post for the special presentation of the Whatevers Three! It's hard to believe a whole month has gone by and we've shared 5 fun pictures with you. I have really enjoyed my weekly mixed media pages and have been cooking up some fun ideas to use my stash of photos on.

You can read Vic's blog post for this photo by clicking here
You can read Nat's blog post for this photo by clicking here

Also, make you stop by the Whatevers Facebook Page, which you can find here. You can also share your project with us there, we love to see the story you create around the photo!

Here's the photo we used for this week: Women in a Truck!


Please note, we are sharing these photos with YOU for your PERSONAL use only -- we love and encourage you to share your work on social media with credit back to the Whatevers! These photos are not for classes or in any resale situation!

And here's my story for week 5:


In the end, Winston knew everything was gonna be ok.



THANK you so much for joining us on this fun remake of the Whatevers, make sure you like our Facebook pages, you never know what we're going to do next! 

Woohoo, it's my Friday -- or the end of my workweek! So excited to finish up my pack of @strathmoreart #watercolor cards this week and have a pop-up sale! #flowersofinstagram #drphmartinswatercolor #catherinescanlondesigns #catherinescanlon #watercolor #flowers


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Thursday, May 25

Creative Storytelling: Video #5

Today is the last installment of my Creative Storytelling project, I'm sharing the last video which is a fast forward of how I add color to my pages using watercolor paints.

Video 5: Watercolor fast forward:
Creative Storytelling with the Whatevers: Watercolor Fast Forward from Catherine Scanlon on Vimeo.

Thank you so much for joining me on this super fun project! 

Wednesday, May 24

Worlds Worst Pancake Flipper award goes to me! 😍 I hope they're good, they're gluten-free.


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Creative Storytelling: The Whatevers 3 Week 4


Here we are creeping into week #4 of our month long Whatevers Three! It's hard to believe there's just ONE week left. This has been so much fun to plan and scheme and get all painty and creative with my story.

The photo this week was one I found in an old album from my Grandmother, so I'm thinking these ladies were her friends or may be relatives of mine. The caption cracks me up, but is not uncommon for this group of family members -- they were always doing fun and cooky things. I love that.

You can read Vic's blog post for this photo by clicking here
You can read Nat's blog post for this photo by clicking here

Also, make sure to take a little visit the Whatevers Facebook Page here. You can also share your project with us there, we love to see the story you create around the photo!

Here's the photo we used for this week: The Water's Fine!


Please note, we are sharing these photos with YOU for your PERSONAL use only -- we love and encourage you to share your work on social media with credit back to the Whatevers! These photos are not for classes or in any resale situation!

And here's my story for week 4:


Winston always looked forward to summer visits with her cousin Hermione. According to Mother, they were getting to big to play in the laundry bucket.






Thanks for dropping by, and make sure you come back tomorrow for another lesson in my FREE Class, Creative Storytelling!