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  • Watercolor Cardinal Lovebirds


    The first time I sketched and painted birds, I didn’t enjoy the process very much. But, then that’s the point of having an art journal. I can work out the kinks, the frustrations, and get used to the subject all at the same time.

    My friend and fellow teacher asked me to paint a pair of cardinals for her in memory of her grandparents. Her grandmother loved cardinals, and recently passed away. Every since, Mary Helen has been visited by the same cardinal lovebirds every day. Don’t you love that?

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    Thank you Mary Helen for asking me to paint these for you. I hope they help you preserve your memory of your loving grandparents!

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    Back to School Cards for Students


    I’m about to start back to school in my second year as a teacher. It’s been the perfect transition for me to step out of wedding planning and also focus on creating art. In the process, I’ve fallen in love with teaching and helping children see their potential, rise to it, and even stretch beyond it.

    Earlier this week, I shared some pencils I sketched in my art journal and it morphed into two different ideas for back-to-school student cards. I’m so excited to give these to my sweet kiddos! (And Nancy, if you’re reading this … calm down. No one expected you to watercolor cards for the kids! 🙂 )

    Here’s the process of creating the cards…

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    First I sketched and sketched and sketched….

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    natalie bradley, art journal, line and wash watercolor, back to school cards for children from teacher1

    Then I used pen and watercolored and erased my sketch marks. And I cut them all… I LOVE how each one is handmade, slightly different and imperfect. Not sure why I love those things so much, but I do!

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    Finally, I backed the watercolor images with designer card stock to make them pop!

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    Less than two weeks to go…..

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    Mama, I caught a fish!


    Reese caught her first freshwater fish while we were on Lake Oconee. And on a little girl’s pink and purple fishing rod on top of it all! She caught two baby sharks last summer at Myrtle Beach, but this time we had some fun with catching a catfish. Of course, my husband, mother in law, and daughter would not touch it! And it’s been about 20 years since I personally went fishing … so I had to put on some gloves (seriously could not stomach touching it with my hands), and take the hook out and toss it back.

    The fish was HUGE!!!!!!!

    Then, she proceeded to catch another big one … slightly smaller, but still the struggle was real. We put both back in the lake. And then Reese was done. She felt accomplished in her first fishing expedition at the lake and she was ready to move one. The fish were grateful too. 🙂

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    This was my take on this picture….See, it really was a big fish!

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    50% off Custom Home Watercolor Portrait


     

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    Hi friends!

    I need to build up my portfolio with beautiful custom home, church, and other important (to you) building illustrations.

    For the next 2 weeks I’m offering any of these custom paintings at 50% off my listing prices. That means you can have a custom watercolor illustration by me for as little as $15 (with discount, plus shipping). This offer will expire on August 5th.

    I have a listing on Etsy where you can select your size of 5×7, 8×8, 8×10, or 9×12. (The smallest is the least expensive…)

    Here is the coupon code to get 50% off in my Etsy shop – simply type in 50OFF (you enter this code at checkout where it says “apply shop coupon code”)

    Note: Part of the understanding with this is that I will need to use the image of your home portrait to market this product. 

    You can purchase this here (where you’ll also find instructions on how the process works)! 

    If you have any questions, feel free to email me at info@nataliebradley.com or through Etsy!

    I really appreciate your help – please share with friends too if you don’t mind. This means a LOT to me and this is a really, really, really good “deal”!