DIY: Wrapping Paper Just In Time For Mother's Day!

I'm so excited to tell you I finally got a new camera! I had fun playing with it after work/school the last couple evenings. Yesterday I set up a tri-pod and went to town on a DIY project I've had on my mind for quite awhile. It seems I never have wrapping paper on hand (because in general, I'm an ill prepared person). Luckily, I always have lots of pens and watercolors on hand to create my own! Care to join in? Great! 

One disclaimer I'd like to make is that I am not the greatest fine artist in the world. In fact, most of my creative process stems from doodling and experimenting with ideas. Remember, you don't have to be an amazing or trained artist to create. I say, the more personalized and funny your doodles, the better. For me, I'm doing something floral in honor of my Mom :)

Here's what you'll need:

Numbered DIY wrapping collage

1. Paintbrush  2. Watercolors   3. Water Resistant Ink Pen  4. Bakers Twine  5.  Potter & Butler Bow (or your choice)  6. Washi Tape (or any tape)  7. SMASH mini notes (or anygift tag...not pictured)                8. Large Page of Watercolor Paper

 

Step by Step Guide:

  

 

My mom is a gardener and really loves flowers. I actually grew up watching her watercolor pictures of her garden. It only seemed fitting to recreate these for her on Mother's Day. 

Very pretty
Don't you love the rosette bow? These, along with many other wonderful celebratory creations can be found at Potter & Butler, one my favorite Etsy stores (they are located here in Portland as well)!

Mom
I hope all the Moms out there have a really relaxed and blessed Mother's Day. You literally keep this world going round, and we all appreciate you! A very special hello to Kathy, my other (new) Mom...Kenny and I love you so much and hope you enjoy the day!

It's supposed to be really sunny here in P-town (not a usual occurance for us)...here's hoping you all get some sun too.

Signature

 

Holidays: Unique ETSY Christmas Cards

Etsy

Well, I will be first one to admit I waited FAR too long to write this post. As Christmas approaches this weekend, there really isn't time to buy these amazing Christmas cards online. I would like to encourage you to find local artist's cards at places like New Seasons MarketsLark PressAnnie Bloom's BooksKnackPresence of Mind, and Drakes 7 Dees Home & Garden. There are countless other places to shop...but I mean really, does Hallmark need any more love? Nah. Try buying from the little people.

As for the rest of these amazing artists, keep them in mind for next year. I've even included some new years eve style cards that there is still time for! Enjoy...and share with friends!

 

Letterpress

Roll The Credits:

1. Holiday Town by Spring Olive

2. Merry Christmas by For the Love of Press

    3. *Santa Sleigh by Old School Stationers (Local Artists)  

*Available to purchase locally at the Following Locations.

 

 

 

Screenprinted
Roll The Credits:

1. Set of Four by Blue Star Ink

2. Trees by Modern Printed Matter

3. Wine Holiday Cheer by Paper City Design

 

 

 

Humor
Roll The Credits:

                1. Sir Rudolph by Quill and Fox (Local Artist)                                                                                                 2. Kids Table by Able & Game

3. Winter Hug by Laura George

 

 

Vintage
Roll The Credits:

1. Deer by Vincent Designs

2. Old English Carol by Little Miss Big Deal

3. Retro Set by Seven Star

 

 

Watercolor
Roll The Credits:

1. Penguin by Abby Dora Design

     2. *Snowman by Jarfly (Yours Truly) (Local Artist)

 *Available for local purchase at Drakes 7 Dees or email jenni@jarflydesigns.com

3. Holiday Creature by Obsolete World (Local Artist)

 

 

 

Blockprinted
Roll The Credits:

1. Guitar by Two Guitars (Local Artist)

2. *Mt. Hood Winter Set by Puddle Jumpin' Cards (Local Artist)

*Available for local purchase at the Following Locations.

3. Angels by Jess Nielsen Designs

 

 

 

New year
Roll The Credits:

1. Green Dragon by Shichijiro Paper Goods

2. Toast New Years by Foglio Press

3. 2012 by Laura George

 

 

I hope you enjoyed browsing these designs. Remember many of them are local artists and may have cards you could by directly from them...never hurts to ask! I hope all your holiday card writing is going well, it's an old art form we must keep alive! I'm off to go for a power walk in the sun (hopefully soon it will be a jog!) Catch you soon.... -Jenni

My First Love: Paper

Jarfly has been receiving a lot of visitors from all over the U.S and many different parts of the world in recent weeks. After years of trying, I suppose that means I'm finally starting to get somewhere with this little blog...though I still have a long way to go.

For all the new friends passing by the site, I wanted to do a little collage paying homage to my first love, which is paper goods. I've done some experimenting with digital creations, vintage rentals and other endeavors lately. However, the thing I really enjoy is drawing. On paper. With an actual pen. All these pieces were done at least partly with real ink...or completely with ink and watercolor. There you have it:

Collage

Gnomes, Boots and Umbrellas.

Yep, those are pretty much my three favorite things. I had lunch with my good friend Natalie Groves today at Pete's Coffee. We chatted about all sorts of things including both our husband's hilarious ways, antiques, Italy (where lived together for awhile)...and of course, art. Natalie painted this for me as a wedding gift, I was so excited to open it today! 

For more of her amazing work visit Meadow to Grove

 

From NAT2
Written on the gift:

"The gnome watched...as the secret love of his life...married another man. A taller one."