"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover

"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover
This Coloring Book was featured in the TV show Make It Artsy.

"Farm Fresh" Printable Coloring Book

"Farm Fresh" Printable Coloring Book

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Card Tutorial: A Summery Floral Greeting!

Since I moved from Florida, I miss the year-round sunshine. But as the saying goes... bring your own sunshine! So, here's some sunshine for both you and me in the form of this summery floral greeting card using both positives and negatives of die-cuts!

I used products from Richard Garay to make this card. Let me list them here for you. Some are affiliate links.
Silver & Gold Collection - Marigold die set
Origami Love - Hey You Folds stamp/die set
Amaze Machine Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink
Whip Cream cardstock
Delightful Daisy cardstock
Golden Glow cardstock
Pixie Play cardstock
Rock Candy cardstock
Kiwi Slice cardstock
Watermelon Fusion cardstock Journey Glaze
Journey Pro Shears

And now let me walk you through the steps.

Diecut the Marigold out of Delightful Daisy and Golden Glow cardstock using Marigold flower die with the Amaze machine.
Be sure to save every piece of both diecuts as we will create an inlay design fitting in pieces from diecuts to create the flower for the card.

Repeat the previous step with Pixie Play and Kiwi Slice cardstock using the Marigold branch die and Amaze machine. Save all the pieces.

Trim Whip Cream cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5" and fold in half to make a 4.25" x 5.5" card.
Trim Rock Candy cardstock to 4" x 5.25" and attach it to the card base.
Cut the stem diecut in two parts with Journey Pro Shears. Using Journey Glaze, attach the flower and branch pieces to the card as shown.
Carefully fit in the negative pieces from the corresponding diecuts of the other color to create an inlaid look.
Cut a small piece of Watermelon Fusion cardstock to make the sentiment block.
Use the sentiment stamp 'Hey You' from the Hey You Folds stamp/die set with Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink to stamp the sentiment on the Watermelon Fusion cardstock block.
Attach the sentiment block to the card to finish.

I hope you enjoy! Happy Summer :)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Card Tutorial: A Colorful Card for the Grad!

Today the class of 2017 graduates high school in my oldest kid's school. A fresh batch of bright grads to embark on a new journey - such a bitter sweet moment. Time for them to fly, time for us to let go. I remember practically bawling at my girl's kindergarten graduation and boy oh boy, I'm not sure, how I'll be when she graduates high school in a few years!!! But, let's set those thoughts aside and celebrate those who did it and the parents who supported their not-so-long-ago-kindergarteners all the way. 

Such emotional moments call for all the colors of the rainbow and beyond! Let's get working on today's card, starting with a list of supplies. I used products from Richard Garay. Some are affiliate links.
RG Days Time Flies Stamp/Die Set
Amaze Machine
Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink
Cool Caribbean Silk Luster
Raw Gold Silk Luster
Whipped Cream cardstock
Journey Foam Squares
Coloring Pencils

And now let me walk you through the steps. 

Trim Whipped Cream cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5" and fold in half to make a 4.25" x 5.5" card.
Use ruler and pencil to draw the burst design. Fill in the slots with coloring pencils. It's really fun!
Stamp the wrist watch using Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink on Whipped Cream cardstock.
Using the corresponding die from Time Flies Stamp/Die set and Amaze machine, diecut the wrist watch.  

Use Coll Caribbean and Raw Gold Silk Lusters, color the die-cut wristwatch.
Splatter Gold Silk to the card.
Attach the wristwatch to the card with foam squares.
Write the sentiment around the diecut with pen to finish.

If you are the proud parent of a grad, I want to congratulate you too. YOU DID IT!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review: Foundations of Drawing

While I don't regret being self-taught, I do sometimes wonder about what if I had gone to art school and how would it have influenced my creativity. So, I try to read about art as often as I can and that's why I was drawn to Al Gury's Foundations of Drawing. As the author states in his introduction: "The book takes the point of view that clear information on the history, materials, and techniques of drawing creates the ability to understand drawing, make choices, and chart one's development in drawing with a sense of confidence."

Included in this book are works of masters as well as students of the author, as young as first grader as he elaborates on the evolution and use of tools and techniques of the trade. There are 5 chapters - Essential History of Drawing, Essential Drawing Materials, Essential Drawing Skills (this one's my favorite!), Essential Aesthetics in Drawing and Essential Drawing Demonstrations.

And if you have ever wondered why is it so very hard to draw a straight line, you have to read this book!  

*I got this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Book Review: Colored Pencil Painting Portraits

"Painting with colored pencils brings the best of both worlds - painting and drawing. It produces the richness and saturation of the surface with colors, which is a signature trait of a painting, within a completely controllable process, which is the prerogative of a drawing." - Alyona Nickelsen, Colored Pencil Painting Portraits.

That girl in the above picture was created with colored pencils - can you believe it? And the artist shows you the steps to create realistic portraits like this with colored pencils. There's detailed description of not only how but also why the artist author uses the mediums that she does. For those who are turned off by nude portraits, the good news is every portrait in this book is clothed. I particularly love the appendix where the author lists a comparative analysis of blending properties of selected colored pencil brands so you can decide which one is the best choice for the project you are working on.

A must have for anyone who wants to learn more about colored pencils, blending techniques and creating realistic portraits!

*I got this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  

Art Journaling Class is LIVE on Creativebug TODAY!

How would you like to learn to add fluid vibrancy to your art journal pages with tea stain dyes? Not only that, in my Art Journaling: Mixed Media on Paper, you'll learn how to draw everyday objects in a simplified form, document your day or record an observation, create focal points, and finish with doodled details and dimensional elements. Whether you're new to art journaling or a seasoned mixed media artist, you’ll enjoy this playful and experimental way of approaching art

This online workshop is about 40 minutes in length and divided into the following segments:

  • Overview

  • Materials

  • Creating backgrounds with dye

  • Observational drawing and mark-making

  • Other examples of mixed media

  • Adding collage and other embellishments

Not a Creativebug member? Wanna try it out? Follow this link!

New members will get their 1st month of Creativebug + 1 class to keep forever for just $1. They'll also receive 30% off at Jo-Ann Fabric. 

When you sign up through the link below you'll receive a welcome email from Creativebug, then a second email with the coupon code to use either online or in-store at Jo-Ann Fabric.

How cool is that!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Video Tutorial: Card for Grads in Under 10 Minutes

Hi everyone! Today I have a challenge for you: create a card for a grad in under 10 minutes! If you need some inspiration to get you started, watch this video by clicking the play button below or follow this link.

Here's a list of the supplies I used for my card. Some are affiliate links.
RG Origami Love Stamp/Die Set - Shine Bright
Golden Glow True Color Fusion Ink

Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink
Amaze Machine
Whip Cream Cardstock
Cool Caribbean Silk Luster

Rose Chintz Silk Luster
Sparkle Silk Luster
Journey Foam Squares

Journey Pro shears

I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Book Review: Boss Bitch

..."we are always reminded that time flies. But guess what? You're the pilot, so let's fly..." - this is my favorite quote from Nicole Lapin's Boss Bitch! What an empowering statement! This book is like a 12-step road map to a more confident, savvy you where you are not afraid to own what comes with the territory.

With a fun conversational tone, the author demystifies several technical business and money concepts. It is not easy to be successful AND comfortable in a boss's role for many women. This book addresses the women who are learning to be the boss of their lives and at work, those who are currently in that role at work and also the women who aspire to be bosses some day. If you belong to any of these groups, I suggest you read this book too. No matter what stage of life or career you are at, you can take charge.

*I got this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Card Tutorial: Dress Up a Paper Doll

4th of July, U.S.A. Independence Day is less than a month away and there's glorious red, white and blue starting to adorn almost every corner around here. That has become the inspiration for today's card. So, here it is - a paper doll dressed up in patriotic colors. The best part? You can dress up paper dolls not only to create a card, but matching centerpiece, party decor, party favor... you name it! 

I used products from Richard Garay for this card. Here's the list of supplies for you to get started. Some are affiliate links.
Silk Lusters - Cool Caribbean
                    - Gold
                    - Rose Chintz
Whipped Cream Cardstock
Coloring pencils

Diecut the doll parts out of Whipped Cream cardstock using The Patriot die and Amaze machine.
Attach the parts together to make the doll. Color the doll as shown using color pencils.
Trim Whipped Cream cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5" and fold in half to make a 4.5" x 5.5" card.
Splatter Cool Caribbean And Raw Gold Silks to the card base.
Attach the patriot to the card with foam squares for a little dimension. 

Draw a base for the patriot to stand on. Use the brush from the Rose Chintz Silk bottle to color the base.
Write the sentiment with that same brush. You could use paint or marker for this step if you like.
While you are it, splatter a little Rose Chintz Silk to the card making sure not to splatter on the patriot.
And that's your finished card!

I hope you enjoyed! 

Monday, June 05, 2017

Book Review: Insight

More often than not, there's a gap between how we think we come across to other people and how we ACTUALLY do. Over time, that gap fills up with miscommunications, frustrations and stalemates! This happens to most of us. This happens to the best of us. 

How we are, what we think of ourselves and what others see may not always line up. If only we had a clue about how even our most well-meaning efforts are being received, we might avoid so many miscommunications, relationship difficulties and workplace impasses.

Tasha Eurich's Insight might help you close those gaps and balance your views of yourself and other people's view of you, making you a more effective communicator and more successful with people in general.

Written in an easy-to-understand language and full of real-life examples and applicable exercises, Insight can be really helpful for anyone who has ever been bewildered by the reactions of others during an interaction.    

*I got this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tutorial: Paper Dolls as Cupcake Toppers

Hi everyone! Paper dolls can be so versatile - you can use them as gift toppers, party decorations, party favors, party activities where kids can color and dress them up and even to add an extra touch of sweetness to your cupcakes. I have to say that even though I'm technically a grown-up person, I'm enjoying my paper dolls just as much as a kid! Let me show you how I designed this little cutie.

Some are affiliate links 
RG Media Venture Die - The Dancer 
Celebrattions Sweet Dreams Embellishments 
Amaze Machine
Whip Cream Cardstock
Acrylic Paints - Cool Pool, Pineapple Smoothie, Sweet Berry
Journey Glaze 
Other: Mini pompom, black pen, toothpick, tape

Start by die-cutting the paper doll using The Dancer die and Amaze Machine from Whip Cream cardstock.Assemble the doll with Journey Glaze.
Paint her body and dress with acrylic paints.
Add oomph with accessories like sequins and pompoms using Journey Glaze.

Add details to the doll with black pen. 
Create an arching banner for her to hold over her head out of Whip Cream cardstock. Attach to her hands with Journey Glaze.
Write the name of a party attendee with pen on the banner.
Attach a toothpick to her feet with tape.
Once all your party decor and food are set up, stick the doll (s) into place.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and that it inspired you to play with paper dolls!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Gift Tutorial: Father's Day Canvas

The best gifts come from the heart. And it's even more wonderful if you can make it yourself! Hi everyone, Mou here with a tutorial to create a mixed media canvas for dad using stamps from the RG Days collection from Richard Garay. Let's start by looking at the complete list of supplies.

Time Flies Stamp/Die set
Raw Gold Silk Luster
RG Days Printed paper
Acrylic paints: Buttercream, Cool Pool, Oatmeal Cookie, Pineapple Smoothie

8x10 inches canvas
Gel medium
Paint brush
Old credit card
Texture paste


You can watch the video tutorial by clicking the play button below or by following this link.

I hope you enjoy!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Coloring Tutorial Video

Hello there! It’s raining outside. Feels like the perfect day for some coloring! Here’s a coloring tutorial for you to enjoy.

The last time I posted a coloring tutorial, some of my viewers mentioned that they would prefer full length tutorials over time-lapsed ones. So, here’s the full 26 minutes of me coloring in my studio.  I do hope it inspires you to pull out your coloring stash.

I used my Printable Coloring Book Farm Fresh: Printable Coloring Book of Produce from A-Z with 14 Bonus Pages of Ideas & Extras. I printed it on regular white copy paper and colored with watercolor pencils. Sometimes, I leave a page without using water to blend the colors. If you wish to watercolor, just print on thicker paper.

You can watch the video by clicking the play button below or follow this link.

I'd love to hear your thoughts. I welcome your comments!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Video Tutorial: 1 Die Set 3 Ways

Hi everyone! Do you love tags? Here's a video tutorial to show you how to make three tags using just set of dies. It's really easy - change the color scheme or change the scale. Let's start by looking at the supplies.

Some are affiliate links
Full Bloom Die set
Raw Gold Silk Luster
Elegant Doilies
Silver & Gold Printed paper
Amaze machine 
Captivating Coral Cardstock
Golden Glow Cardstock
Luscious Lime Cardstock 
Journey Glaze

Whip Cream cardstock
River Stone cardstock
Click the play button below or follow this link to the video tutorial.

I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Introducing My New Coloring Book FARM FRESH!

This is an exciting Cinco de Mayo for me! Today I'm launching my second coloring book Farm Fresh: Printable Coloring Book of Produce from A-Z with 14 Bonus Pages of Ideas & Extras! 
The launch weekend (5/5-5/7) price for this 40-page coloring book is $18.00 + tax. Take advantage of this introductory price now for come 5/8, the price will go up to the original $22.00 + tax.

I’ll email you the printable PDF within 24 hours of purchase. No shipping fee, no waiting for the mail.

 Here are all the details.
“Farm Fresh”, a printable coloring book of produce from A-Z, is a fresh collection of 28 hand-drawn produce straight from the grower and and simple recipes to enjoy them. It includes a bonus section to show you how to color each produce, so you are not stuck when it comes to coloring the lesser known fruits and vegetables. Plus, there are ideas and inspiration along with step-by-step instructions to take your coloring pages beyond the coloring book to your art journals.

Want a sneak peek? Watch me color a page from this book on   Creativebug Live!

Has it ever happened to you that you arranged and re-arranged your busy schedule to make a little bit of precious time to create, but when you actually sat down, you drew a blank? You felt blocked! Before you click away to look for inspiration on Pinterest or Instagram and lose yourself in that rabbit hole, TRY THIS:
Color for 10 minutes as focused creative warm-up to get into your creative groove.

Or, maybe when the stresses of the day weigh you down and you need to unwind… coloring is an almost meditative way to relax and find your center again.

You can print and reprint as many times as you want! You could print in various sizes too.

You would normally pay anywhere between $1.67 and $5 for a SINGLE printable coloring page on Etsy after scrolling for hours to find one you really like.

My goal is to make this easy and affordable for you.

** This is a digital product that will be emailed to you. No physical product will be shipped.
**NO REFUNDS on this product.
** Copyright © 2017 Mou Saha. All rights reserved.

You can print these drawings only for personal, non-commercial use. Restrictions include but are: not limited to the following: you cannot resale these drawings, sell them as finished paintings or any art derived from them, submit for publication, teach classes using them, copy and/or distribute them in any form without my written permission.

You can buy the book here.

Card Tutorial: Doodle Personalities on Paper Dolls

Hi everyone! Have you ever tried doodling personalities on paper dolls? It's such fun! In this tutorial, I'll show you how to do just that as well as how to use up teeny tiny paper scraps rather than throwing them away. Let's start by looking at the supplies, shall we?

Supplies (some are affiliate links):
Media Venture The Patriot die
Amaze machine
Whip Cream Cardstock
Pixie Play Cardstock
Cool Caribbean Cardstock
RG Days Printed Paper
Raw Gold Silk Luster
Cool Caribbean Silk Luster
Rose Chintz Silk Luster

Journey Glaze
Other: pen, color pencils
Follow along to see how I put the card together.

Start by die-cutting the paper doll using The Patriot die from Richard Garay's Media Venture collection and Amaze machine out of Whip Cream cardstock.
Using Journey Glaze, assemble the doll parts.
Add personality to your doll with pen.
Cut an arch out of cardstock. Attach to the doll. Write your sentiment on it.

Trim Whip Cream cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5". Fold in half to make 4.25" x 5.5" card.
Attach little scraps of cardstock and patterned paper to the card front.
Attach the doll to the card.
Splatter Raw Gold, Rose Chintz and Cool Caribbean Silk Lusters to the card.
Color in some of the details with color pencils. 

Here's a close-up of my card.

I hope you'll try this fun technique and the Richard Garay Media Venture collection is a great place to start your collection of paper doll dies!

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Book Review: Vibrant India

Vibrant India by Chitra Agrawal had my heart at the front cover! Reading through the book brought back memories of my mom's cooking that I grew up enjoying. What I particularly loved are the adaptations of original recipes to fit a different culture and lifestyle. I am familiar with some versions of many of these recipes and eager to try some new ones from this book. The artwork, the photographs, the little anecdotes along with the recipes did take me on a nostalgic trip home. I'll treasure this book and recommend it to anyone who wants to try some authentic Indian home cooking with ingredients that are not too hard to find in the States. 
*I got this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Gift Tutorial: A Tea Cup Diorama for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just around the corner and the crafter in us wants to make handmade gifts. So, here's an idea. How about a teacup diorama? I love that it will be two gifts in one - home decor and teacup. I created a video tutorial for you. Let's begin by looking at the supplies.

Supplies (some are affiliate links):
Silver & Gold Collection Gold Blooms Stamp/Die Set
Silver & Gold Collection Marigold Die Set 
Captivating Coral Cardstock
Cool Caribbean Cardstock
Delightful Daisy Cardstock
Luscious Lime Cardstock 
Amaze machine 
Journey Media Acrylic Paints: Pineapple Smoothie, Cool Pool
House to Home Trio 
Journey Glaze
Other: Teacup & saucer, moss pebbles, paint brush, Stamper's Big Brush pen

Click below to watch the video tutorial or follow this link.

I hope you enjoy!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Layout Tutorial: A Layout with Origami Inspired Accents

When did you first learn to do origami? 

I think I was 8 when I first started. My mom bought me this tiny book that stepped out how to make a dozen projects. I LOVED it! I made all the projects several times using various papers. I still have that book and I still love following it to make little origami pieces.  

Needless to say that when I saw the new Richard Garay Origami Love collection, I was excited! You have to see the patterned papers in this collection. They all include some sort of paper folded designs. Today I want to share with you a video tutorial to create a scrapbook layout using the Origami Love collection.

First, let's start with the supplies:
Origami Love Printed Paper
Hello Butterfly Stamp/Die Set

Amaze machine
Gold Silk Luster
Rose Chintz Silk Luster
Cool Caribbean Silk Luster

*       *NOTE: Some of the above are affiliate links

Other: thread, tape, watercolor, paint brush, color pencils

And here's the video tutorial. You can watch it here or follow this link 

I hope you enjoy!