Inspire Your Heart With Art Day on Reviving Charm blog

INSPIRE YOUR HEART WITH ART

I like to joke that there is a “holiday” for everything. I am not sure how it came to be but today is considered “National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day”. I have a great respect for the arts after years of studying art and architecture throughout high school and college. I love visiting museums, although I don’t visit as often as I would like. Art presents itself in a variety of forms and is a subject that touches everyone differently and what moves me may not move you and vice versa. valentines heart gift tag 4_Reviving Charm

I use to sketch quite a bit while in college although my skills are extremely rusty. But every now and then I love to pick up the paintbrush and do a quick watercolor, usually something abstract in nature. This past weekend I thought I would pull out my watercolors to create some gift tags for Valentine’s Day. What better way to celebrate Inspire Your Heart with Art Day than sharing what I’ve created? Hopefully, this will inspire you to take time out to enjoy your own creative skills. (What creative thing do you enjoy doing most?)

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This project was simple and convenient since I had all the supplies already on hand. I trimmed my watercolor paper to size (approximately 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches) and created simple graphic images using watercolors. I punched a hole in the corner of each tag and attached matching satin cord. Easy peasy and Voilà… simple gift tags and miniature works of art for recipients to enjoy.  valentines heart gift tag 3_Reviving Charmart inspiration quote_Reviving Charmvalentines heart gift tag 2a_Reviving Charm

 

THE ART OF HAND MARBLED FLOORS

In a recent post I mentioned wanting to do something creative this past weekend, although at the time I wasn’t quite sure what that was. If you follow along on Twitter then you already know that I ended up spending some time this past weekend marbling paper. I have always been intrigued with the ancient art of marbling and have always wanted to learn the process. The beautiful free flowing swirls of color have always captivated me. It was my first attempt and with no “real” supplies on hand, I learned that you can create marbled paper using nail polish. Yes,  you read that right…nail polish. And with nail polish you can marble just about any surface. I gave it a shot and was pleasently surprised at the results considering that I was able to create something unique with very basic supplies. Not knowing if the nail polish version would be a success or complete failure, I decided to start small and make a series of gift tags. If you want to see my gift you can check them here and here.

After my poor man’s attempt at marbling I am seriously thinking about taking a marbling workshop on a future trip to Italy to learn the “real process”.  I admire the marbling process; it is such a beautiful craft and I would like to learn the traditional method. 

The day after I finished my marbling experiment project, I started doing research for a few upcoming blog posts. I don’t think that it is a coincidence that I stumbled upon the website of Snedker Studio, a design studio based in Copenhagen owned by Pernille Snedker Hansen. Pernille is a talented artist that has translated the art of marbling into wood. I’m sure you will agree that Pernille’s designs are spectacular. 

PATTERN: WAVE

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 pattern: Green arch

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I strongly recommend that you take a look at the video below to see Pernille’s process of marbling wood in motion. You know someone is a master at their craft when they make it look so simple.

The Art of Gift Giving: How to Create a Gift Wrap Ensemble 

A dear friend of mine is having a milestone birthday. Our schedules are so erratic and won’t allow us to meet up before her big day so I decided to send her a surprise birthday package. The goal was to create a lovely package using items I already had on hand in my studio. When it comes to gift wrapping, the details can be an artform that convey a message of thoughtfulness just as much as the gift itself.  Afterall, who doesn’t appreciate a beautifully wrapped gift?

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A vintage rhinestone broach is secured onto a hand tied bow.

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I am mailing two separately wrapped gifts in one box. I need to explain something about one of the gifts so I enclosed a small gift card.  I cut a perfect square of wrapping paper and adhered it to a blank gift card to create a cohesive look. I was able to create a matching envelope seal using a round paper punch. This is a trick I use a lot because it adds a nice finishing touch. Afterall, it’s the details that can change something ordinary into extraordinary.

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I also included a birthday greeting on a letterpress notecard that has a lovely seafoam green design that seemed to match the gift wrap perfectly. Luckily, I already had these on hand.  I have found that is a good idea to always have a bit of all purpose stationery in my studio for upcoming events and holidays or any surprises that might come my way.  My stationery stash has been a lifesaver!

These notecards are are available through Missive Press, a boutique letterpress studio in Northern California that is quickly becoming one of my favorite go-to places for blank letterpress notecards. The quality and designs are excellent and the weight of the cotton cardstock is perfect for everyday correspondence.  Missive Press definitely provides a wonderful product at an affordable price that doesn’t break the bank like some of my other favorite suppliers of letterpress stationary. You can shop Missive Press through their website or Etsy shop. I can’t wait to see what other designs they come up with for the upcoming holiday season.  I am already eyeing their Christmas gift tags.

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Since the gifts need to be mailed I decided to dress up a plain brown shipping box by lining the inside of it with a bit of gift wrap paper. This adds a little extra detail to the overall design and defiantely makes it feel like a coordinated ensemble.  Hopefully, when my dear friend opens her gift it puts a huge smile on her face. I just wish I was there to see it!

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