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How to Trace or Transfer to Watercolor Paper – Four Ways!
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How to Trace or Transfer to Watercolor Paper – Four Ways!

Here at Lily and Thistle, we have so many fun projects designed to help you gain confidence in watercolor and have a fun and relaxing experience in the process.  Today I thought I’d show you four ways you can transfer (or trace) the templates we have made available to you onto your choice of watercolor…

Free Watercolor Color Mixing Guide
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Free Watercolor Color Mixing Guide

Do you get stumped trying to put together color combinations in your Watercolor Art? I made this little guide for myself a while ago just to have handy for watercolor projects. I thought you might find it helpful too. It’s just a bunch of my favorite color combinations with mixing recipe notes to the side….

Nature Journaling for Beginners Supply List
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Nature Journaling for Beginners Supply List

  You don’t really need much as a nature journaling beginner, but sometimes it’s fun to invest in a few supplies that can make the experience more memorable and enjoyable.  Here is a list of some of my favorite nature journaling tools. There are so many benefits to getting out in nature.  Read about them…

Watercolor Basics – A Quick Supply Guide for Beginners
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Watercolor Basics – A Quick Supply Guide for Beginners

Are you thinking about trying your hand at Watercolor?  I’m excited for you!  Watercolor is one of my favorite mediums both for the ease of use and for the look of the finished product.  You may have noticed that there are thousands of products out there to use and buy.  It can be pretty overwhelming!…

Creativity Loves Limits – Good News for Creative Moms
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Creativity Loves Limits – Good News for Creative Moms

  “The enemy of art is the absence of limitation.” – Orson Welles.  This is for you, artist moms. Do you need some good news today?  Let me tell you about an artist I just discovered on the TED screen.  His name is Phil Hansen, and he is pretty dang incredible.  As an art student,…

Nature Journaling For Mom – Why It’s Awesome and How to Get Started
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Nature Journaling For Mom – Why It’s Awesome and How to Get Started

    This is one of those subjects that makes me want to find a rooftop and a megaphone. 🙂  Nature journaling is something I fell into when researching the Charlotte Mason method for our homeschool.  We are at the end of our fourth year of homeschooling (phew!), and I can say in all honesty that nature…

How Time In Nature Helps Me Be A Better Mom
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How Time In Nature Helps Me Be A Better Mom

  We all want it.  That deep assurance that “today I truly connected with my child”.  That knowing smile between mother and child; the shared experience carved deep in our hearts and minds. It can be so elusive in our distraction-filled world.  But I have found a secret to making those moments happen more often…

Our Family’s Journey to The Simple Life – What We Gave Up and What We Do Instead
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Our Family’s Journey to The Simple Life – What We Gave Up and What We Do Instead

  And Then One Day, We Decided To Change Our Lives… We were living in a great neighborhood, in a nice home in one of the most family-friendly cities in America.  Our kids had coveted spots in the area’s best charter school and were progressing.  I was lucky enough to be a full-time mom and…

Audrey Hepburn’s Secrets to Great Beauty…
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Audrey Hepburn’s Secrets to Great Beauty…

Audrey Hepburn’s Secrets to Great Beauty I found this years ago and just loved it.  Audrey Hepburn often quoted this during interviews and lectures. She also read it to her children on the last Christmas before she died in 1993. For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in…