July, 2016 | Natalie Bradley Artist | Handmade Arts and Crafts
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  • Custom Home Portrait – Oakalea House


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  • This home portrait of Oakalea House was commissioned by my very dear friend Vicki. Vicki is one of my absolute favorite people. I met her when Reese was only 11 months old, and I was desperately seeking answers for direction in … Continue reading


  • Custom Home Portrait – Our First Home


  • 112 Whisperwood Lane, Custom House Portrait Illustration - Original Home Watercolor Painting, Natalie Bradley Artist

  • I just started doing custom home portrait illustrations. That means I use ink and watercolor for the portraits. And I have been having the best time! I’ve found my style and love… illustrations! Recently I shared a promotion that caught a … Continue reading


  • Sugar Creek at Lake Oconee Painting


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  • This is a painting my mother-in-law asked me to do for her new home on Lake Oconee. The picture was taken by a friend while a fishing tournament was coming to a close in the Sugar Creek area. It’s looking … Continue reading


  • Watercolor Hummingbird


  • broad-tailed hummingbird, line and wash watercolor hummingbird, art journal, natalie bradley artist

  • A friend at church recently asked me to paint a hummingbird as a gift for her mother. So, I started in my art journal to sketch it out and get use to the bird and study it’s features first… This … Continue reading


  • Happy Birthday Cupcake


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  • I decided to add a festive birthday cupcake to my art journal for a little fun and also to have a happy little image to accompany Facebook birthday wishes! It’s sweet and simple – and I love it!


  • Watercolor Cardinal Lovebirds


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  • 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 … Continue reading


  • Back to School Cards for Students


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  • 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 … Continue reading


  • Mama, I caught a fish!


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  • 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 … Continue reading


  • 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. … Continue reading


  • Jet Ski Thrills


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  • We had a fantastic time at my in-laws’ place on Lake Oconee a few days ago. My husband and daughter enjoy the jet ski more than anything… my child was having so much fun that you could hear her squealing all … Continue reading


  • Christmas in July Blog Hop


  • Watercolor Snowman

  • Welcome to InKing Royalty’s July Blog Hop!  Can you believe we are half-way to Christmas?  It might seem a bit early to start looking at wintry scenes and holiday goodies, but there are so many great products in Stampin’ Up!’s … Continue reading


  • Fall Sketches


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  • In the middle of this crazy heat, I’ve been sketching some fall ideas to make greeting cards. I’ll have to fine tune these later, of course, but at least it’s a start! I’m seriously in heaven. I cannot even describe the … Continue reading


  • Back to School, Back to School….


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  • Every time I see the words “back to school,” I immediately start singing (in my best Billy Madison voice) “Back to school, back to school, to prove to my dad that I’m not a fool….” I can’t help it. I lost … Continue reading


  • Hey there Chickee


  • natalie bradley artist, daily art journal, watercolor, line and wash watercolor, sketch, birds, cardinals

  • I love cardinals… but I’m not gonna lie. I hated sketching and watercoloring these. I’ve enjoyed more recent birds. Maybe it’s because I am more comfortable with them now? Anyway, here are Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal flirting away……


  • Sunflower Line and Wash Watercolor


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  • Sunflowers are one of my all-time favorite flowers… and Calendar Girls is one of my favorite movies. There’s a scene in the movie in which Helen Mirren’s character is talking about her friend’s love of sunflowers and why. This quote … Continue reading


  • Summer = Fresh Fruit Season


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  • It’s just been crazy hot lately and thinking about fruit … cold fresh fruit makes me feel like I can handle the heat just a little while longer!! This was a really fun sketch in particular … light, fresh, fun, … Continue reading


  • 4th of July Line and Wash Watercolor


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  • We had a very relaxed 4th of July this year … swimming and hanging out at the pool, then enjoying time as a family at home. I sketched out a few details and moments from the day. 🙂 I hope … Continue reading


  • A Room with a View


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  • This is a sketch of a fabulous mirror I made using poster board… it’s in our master bedroom (while our master has changed a bit since this post, you can see this mirror and how I made it here). And … Continue reading


  • Line and Wash Watercolor – Home Sweet Home


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  • Last week, I did my first line and watercolor wash of our home … well part of it. I didn’t do the entire front of our brick ranch, but I’m happy with the results. I’m getting so much more comfortable … Continue reading


  • Random Favorite Things


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  • These are a few of my favorite random things… A mirror in my bathroom and one of my favorite perfumes. And my retro bedside alarm clock … These were fun little sketches and washes to do!!


  • Pool Side “Cabana”


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  • On July 2, I was sitting poolside in the morning watching my husband and daughter swim in our neighborhood pool. It just wanted to be painted. It’s such a modest building that I felt like no one has probably ever … Continue reading


  • 1976 Tomato Canisters


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  • In 1976, my Aunt Sweetie and Uncle Everett (we’re Southern – the names are normal here) gave a glazed pottery tomato canister set to my parents when they were married. After a few years, these canisters lived at my grandmother’s for … Continue reading


  • Family Room Armoire


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  • To start my art journal, I’ve been focusing on items around the house and also on jaunts around the town and the neighborhood. This is so much fun!! This is our beautiful armoire Edward and I have had even before … Continue reading


  • Art Journal – the Blue Chair


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  • I just started an art journal to work on my fundamentals in art. After stumbling across a fabulous artist’s blog – Rita’s Sketchbook Wandering –  documenting her own sketchbook and art journal, I fell in love with the idea (not … Continue reading


  • Another Oil Finger Painting


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  • Last week, I did another oil finger painting – it’s an impressionist style painting like the Koi painting I did before. And I absolutely love this one too. It took me somewhere between 5 and 7 hours to complete. I … Continue reading