DIY Christmas Gift Tags

Last year I made my own Christmas Gift Tags! This year I hope to be able to use them all!

DIY Christmas Gift Tags

Make your own christmas gift tags

These "merry & bright" tags I made with watercolor paper scraps, stamps, and some colorful sharpies. I stamped the poinsettia flower in green near the top of the tag then filled it out with my sharpies by drawing little branches around the flower and little dots inside of the flower. The finishing touch was the "merry & bright" stamp at the bottom. 

Make your own christmas gift tags

These colorful Christmas tags I created by painting small Christmas trees in watercolor on watercolor paper. Even if you aren't an artist - trees are easy to paint with watercolor! Check out my tutorial on painting Christmas trees.  You can leave them as is or outline them in ink like I did!

Make your own watercolor christmas gift tags

Make your own watercolor christmas gift tags

Happy Gift Giving!

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Handmade Christmas Gift Tags

Etsy Cyber Sale

It's Sale time! Take 20% off anything in my Shop, plus get free domestic shipping on small scale paintings! Check my Etsy shop to see what’s on sale for Etsy’s Cyber Sales Weekend. 

To See my 2019 Etsy Cyber Sale- check out this post or check out my Etsy Shop!

Photos of the Week

In honor of Fall, I went digging through my archives looking for my favorite leaf photos! Some I've posted in years past from my fall adventures and crafts. I even found some that never got posted. Such a shame, right?!  I decided it's time to post them! Happy Fall!

yellow fall leaf
painted leaf craft: elise engh studios
fall leaf craft:elise engh studios

Lemons and Blossoms

 Once in a while, my baby will take a decent nap and then I get some painting time in! 

I loved painting watercolor lemons with blossoms last year so much that I decided to add to the collection.  Here are two more lemon paintings that I just listed in my shop! 

Lemons and Blossoms 8x10

Yellow Lemons Watercolor 8x10

Want to try your hand at painting lemons? You are in luck! I have a free watercolor tutorial just for you!  How to Paint Lemons in Watercolor

Art Tutorial: Paper Collage Landscapes

Have you ever tried making a paper collage?!  My son and I created these landscape paper collages over the summer.  It made for an easy kid's art activity plus it helped me use up my paper scraps! 

How to make paper collage landscape art

This is a loose tutorial on how to make a paper collage landscape.  You can get creative with the shape you make your landscape on.  My son chose to use a rectangle, while I liked the circular landscapes.  They don't even have to be landscapes either-  you can get creative and turn yours into a monster, animal, or any other kind of creature like my son did with his!

Solid Colored Card Stock- any size, any color
Mix of patterned and solid colored scrapbook paper
Glue Stick

Step 1: Using a large piece of card stock as your base, use a glue stick to attach random shapes of scrap paper in various colors, sizes, and patterns.  I cut geometric shapes for this piece, but you can also go with organic shapes of a mix of both.

How to make paper collage landscape art

If you are going for a landscape look, attach paper pieces at the top of your scene first, leaving some empty space at the top. The lower pieces that you add on later will make up the middle ground and foreground of your scene.

How to make paper collage landscape art

Step 2:  Layer paper pieces to cover the entire width of your base paper, leaving some space at the top. Layer paper pieces all the way to the bottom.  You can create mountains and hills out the paper pieces by placing contrasting colors and patterns against each other.

How to make paper collage landscape art

Step 3:  Once the glued on pieces have all dried, you can cut out the final shape that you want your landscape to be. Since I wanted a circle landscape, I traced a circle on the backside of my base paper and then cut it out.  When you flip it over- you have a nice trim circlular piece of art!

How to make paper collage landscape art
Circular landscape paper collage

Here's another piece I made with more organic shapes. I used a large flower paper punch to create some of the shapes.  So fun!
Circular landscape paper collage

My son made a rectangular landscape and then decided he wanted to turn it into a creature!  So he added some eyes and cut our a piece for the mouth.  My advice is to let your kids use their imagination with this project.  It's better that way!

kids art paper collage

Fall Watercolor Art

Hi friends! I have some fall watercolor art to share with you today!

Cabin in the Woods- fall watercolor painting by Elise Engh

My son is back in school so I've been trying to catch up on listing my watercolor paintings in my shop. It's quite the task and I end up spending more time on the computer than I would like.  My dream job would be to just paint every day and not have to deal with the busy work- haha!  

fall pumpkin watercolor painting by Elise Engh

fall pumpkins watercolor painting by Elise Engh

blue fall floral flower buds- original watercolor painting by Elise Engh

A Look at my Sketchbook

 I've been playing with my sharpies in my sketchbook! I have lots of colors to play with and I've been surprised at the color combinations I have come up with.  I've come to the conclusion that gold goes with anything- do you agree?

sharpie color sketches

Photos of the Week

Life has sped up since school got out. Isn't it supposed to do the opposite in the summertime?  But as busy as it's been, I have taken the time to stop and smell the roses........... and the poppies.  Flowers are one of the best things about summer!

Orange Wild Poppy

How to Paint Lemons in Watercolor

I have a thing for lemons right now.  I love their shapes, their colors, their leaves........ and when you add their blossoms, they make the best watercolor paintings!

Watercolor Lemons, Leaves, and Blossoms by Elise Engh

Painting by the Lake

 Yesterday I painted by the lake! It was sunny,72 degrees, and gorgeous- perfect for some plein air painting!

Utah Lake Watercolor Paintings by Elise Engh

Watercolor Beach Cars Collection

Remember last year, when I painted those cute cars for Anthropologie?!!  Well, the original paintings are now available in my shop!

Original Watercolor Car Illustrations by Elise Engh

All the Pretty Little Horses

Watercolor Horse Painting

Happy weekend everyone! I just posted two original watercolor horse paintings in my shop and wanted to share a few photos of them with you :)

New Pastel Spring Florals

Original Pastel Spring Flowers Painting by Elise Engh

Last week I painted a couple of new spring floral watercolor paintings for my shop!  The pastel blues, peaches, and greens came together so nicely-  I need to paint more flowers with this color palette. 

Painted Floral Wooden Bowls

It's still rainy and cold where I live, but I'm in full Spring mode!  And Spring mode for me means lots and lots of flowers.
Painted Floral Wooden Bowls: Grow Creative Blog

Llama Llama Llama

Do you like llamas?  I've gotten into painting them lately and I love it!  I painted three watercolor llamas for my shop and even made some patterns with photoshop just for fun!

llama painting by Elise Engh
Peruvian Llama 8x10

llama nursery pattern by Elise Engh

llama painting by Elise Engh
Little Llama 5x7

Studio Scenes

Hi there! How did half of January pass me by already?

I've been in the thick of painting, scanning, and editing my watercolor paintings in photoshop.  There is so much to learn about digitizing artwork and I've come a long way.  I have so many projects in the works and deadlines fast approaching, but I wanted to post a few small scenes from my many projects. 

This is me, just painting for myself.  I don't do that enough! I got on a kick with brightly colored watercolor cactus and it evolved into something abstract and fun.  I'll be posting more about my abstract cactus paintings later on.