Watercolor Basics for Beginners

If you are new to watercolor – welcome! Watercolor is one of the most fun mediums. When painting with watercolor, aside from paint, water is the key ingredient. Water on the paper, how much water is mixed with the paint, and how much water is on your brush. Water on the paper. If your paperContinue reading “Watercolor Basics for Beginners”

Painting Watercolor Seascapes

Three years ago I started painting watercolor seascapes. I wanted to find the answer to, “How do you capture the ocean in paint?” I had just finished participating in three back to back month long challenges and I saw how focusing on a single theme or medium leads to real progress in ideas and skills.Continue reading “Painting Watercolor Seascapes”

Take control of where you are headed in the new year and reach your goals!

Sometimes we coast through our days, time passes, and we find ourselves no closer to reaching our goals. This year be intentional, set a goal for the year, and focus on that one thing. Set yourself up for success by creating a plan. Write it down! What is your goal for the year? Be specific!Continue reading “Take control of where you are headed in the new year and reach your goals!”

How to Find a Hobby

There are transitions in our lives where we suddenly have more time for ourselves – the youngest starts kindergarten, the kids go off to college, or move out on their own, retirement. With many of these transitions there is a mix emotions, yearning for the time before, coupled with excitement for the possibilities of nextContinue reading “How to Find a Hobby”

10 “How to” Posts on Painting, Graphic Design, Creativity and more!

It’s still amazing to me that I made a commitment to be creative, created this blog to hold myself accountable, have continued with it for over five years, and have published over 600 posts! This from someone who previously couldn’t finish a creative project. Here’s a round up of my best “How to” posts. HowContinue reading “10 “How to” Posts on Painting, Graphic Design, Creativity and more!”

Teaching Children about Ireland

A few years ago at my kids’ elementary school we celebrated Ireland for our annual International Day. I had the pleasure of co-chairing the event with my friend Lisa. The goal was of course to teach the children about Ireland, but our approach was to cover all their senses. If it wasn’t a fire hazardContinue reading “Teaching Children about Ireland”

Create Seasonal Place Cards

Pretty up your Thanksgiving table this year with seasonal place cards. I’ve created a word template to get you started on creating your place cards. Steps: Select a font Type in your names Import artwork – The Watercolor Leaf Border Art is available in my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/EileenMcKennaArt Print, trim and fold Alternative toContinue reading “Create Seasonal Place Cards”

4 Tips for Professional Looking Invitations

It’s not hard to make your invites more professional looking. Think about the type occasion – is it formal or casual? For children or adults? Design the invite with the vibe of the party, and these four tips in mind: Size. Don’t design your invite to be 8.5” x 11” (letter) size. Instead choose aContinue reading “4 Tips for Professional Looking Invitations”