Sunday, 26 February 2017


"Try it on Tuesday" is asking us to "Get Messy" and
"Moo-Mania" is asking us to "Paint something by hand". 

To achieve the hat-trick (three goals in one event by the same player) I am adding to my "100 days of garden abstracts" self-challenge.

I painted this with watercolours, (22 x 14 inches, 56 x 36 cms) and ......

...... yes!  I agree with you!  It's fairly dire.
Normally it would go straight in the fire but people have suggested I don't do that.

So I gave it a good old battering with Photoshop and got three rather nice card designs out of it.




I can never have enough cards so I'm pretty pleased with these. 

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Here are a few more pages from the inchie book shown in the previous two posts.  Each page is one inch square.




As you know, Douglas is very fond of flowers.

I hope you enjoyed your visit.
See you again soon!


sirkkis said...

Your hand painted art is gorgeous, Sheila. Love it. The digital ones are great as well but my favorite is the watercolour painting. I adore your inch-paintings for the tiny book. They are really amazingly cute.
Have a happy, inspiring week ahead xx

Annie said...

Dire?! Are you kidding me? Anything but! You are so attentive to your garden that it's easy to imagine from your painting what a riot or maybe an explosion of colorful beauty it is. Oh my, the cards though that have been processed and cropped from the painting are so gorgeous! My favorite is the Marigold, but that was a difficult choice to make as all three are stunning. Just write me note in each one please. :-) I love seeing into your tiny book. I do hope that pretty critter is friendly to the lady. It's much too nice a scene to be otherwise. The vase of flowers is a nice contrast with the colorful graph. Douglas is such a sweet, happy sort, of course he has taken to the pages of Wahi tape and colorful patterns. Every time I see this delightful inchie book I am inspired to go off and work on my inchie project.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Your painting is great - I think that is a super background and you made three wonderful cards with it and the little pages are so lovely!Douglas looks so proud with h now! It's a pleasure to have you with us again at Moo Mania & More dear Sheila!
To answer your question about the video music- I am sorry - I don't remember the title - it was just a free to use music from youtube I took!

Happy rest of the weekend!
oxo Susi

Valerie-Jael said...

our paintings, large and small, are very colourful, and my faves are in the inchie book. Douglas is looking good. Hug, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

And forgot to mention: Thank you for joining Try It On Tueasday!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow Sheila! That is really making the most of your fabulous art! You may not have been so pleased with it but I love those gorgeous colours and flowers! Your inchie book is a delight too! So pleased you joined us at Try it On Tuesday! Hugs, Chrisx

limmelon said...

I love chaos in the flower bed ! Brilliant. The adapted messy paint is definitely the way to go. Douglas doing a sterling job. Love it, Awesome !!

Beo said...

Your flower pictures are great!!
I love all of them which means the original as well.
Your inchie-book is lovely and astonishing.
Does Douglas think it is her own book meanwhile?

Meggymay said...

Wow a fabulous selection of art. Your original painting looks fantastic to me and the digital cards are great.
Thank you for coming over and joining us at TioT's as well.
Yvonne xx

Giggles said...

NOT dire at all...oh my goodness the original is beautiful as are all the cards! Wow what a great compilation you created!! And your inchies are adorable too! Fabulous post, such a great variety! Makes my eyes and heart soooo happy!!

Hugs Giggles

Sue (this n that) said...

Sheila I love your garden - it's a riot of colour and fun. I see lots of gorgeous plants, berries and grasses in there. Fabulous what you've done with photoshop too, the cards are all beautiful... so many from the original. I'm really glad you didn't destroy it.

Thanks for more inchie book pages... I too am really inspired to make one, and the bears who live in my house are telling me to as well. Douglas is wonderful and I like his choices in the book, and the pink flowers in vase are gorgeous.
Cheers now :D)

SusuPetal said...

Oh no, not dire! I love your garden. If I had one, I bet it would look just like that: wild, rich, colorful and oh so beautifully messy!

I'd like to sit beside that lady under the tree. We could rest a while.

My love to Douglas <3

Rike said...

Yes, I enjoy visiting you - it makes the sun shining! I love your hat-trick! It is fabulous how you got these beautiful cards out of the watercolor-garden (I like it too!) with photoshop!
The lady's rest will be not long because of the animal coming from the left side - but maybe it only comes to cuddle? I like the house making place for the tree with its roof.
And Douglas - the lovely - shows us a new page of the loved flowers (the patterns on the left side have also some similarity with flowers) you have drawn only for him, right? :)
Love, Rike

My name is Erika. said...

I am loving seeing more of the inchie book Sheila. 🤓 And your "mess" does make a fantastic background, as it is or if you change it about. Great colors. I think you were told correctly not to put it in the fire. Hope all is well. Hugs erika

Mrs.B said...

I think this looks fabulous and a wonderful way to make cards using Photoshop.
Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
Avril xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Douglas the Bear made me smile :) Your original flowers are beautiful and so are the digital versions for cards. I love your tiny book :) Take care, Shirleyxx

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

Wonderful artwork her

Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

Margik said...

Lovely watercolour painting and great transformation... the digital versions are also fabulous.
Your inchie book is so lovely!!! Douglas still so happy!
Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday, Sheila.
Mar x

Gibby Frogett said...

Does 'dire' mean fabulous then? love the digital effects you got from that too - what great cards.
Your mini book is growing wonderfully Sheila - loved the lady resting by the tree especially.
I guess Douglas is looking forward to better weather and springtime for the flowers.
Thanks for the lovely comments earlier...
hope the weather hasn't been too horrific for you.
Gill xx

Corrine at said...

The transformations are as usual, amazing. Love all the cards. Inchie book is coming along so well, still don't know how you can work that small. My clumsy fingers would never let me. xox

ULKAU said...

So beautiful are all your 'magic' cards - I can't say which is the most beautiful, perhaps the last one ...
Due to the fact that the watercolor edges on the original are somewhat blurry, the changed pictures look a bit 'shaky'. This is something I only find with you - this is the typical Sheila style! Great!
Love - Ulrike

The Happy Whisk said...

Interesting that you didn't toss it into the fire. Looks good!

Let's Art Journal said...

I love the purple porcupine in the middle of your painting :-). The cards you created in Photoshop are beautiful! Your inchie book is so much fun and Douglas is so adorable with his favourite flower pages, I bet he is looking forward to spring :-). Happy Tuesday and wishing you a wonderful week! J :-)

Evergreen Mo said...

I do like your cards and again say how clever you are with photo shop but I think I prefer the watercolour. It is so full of life. The inch book has to be seen and held in real life to appreciate how amazing it really is. I was amazed at the detail and colour effects you achieved.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What you call dire, I call inspirational. If I could paint intuitively, or even paint by numbers half as good as you, I'd be very happy. Yes, I'm very impressed. I loved how you turned your art into cards using Photoshop, too.

Douglas looks stunning. He sports flowers well!

johanna said...

i love your photoshop Cards! so good you didn´t throw it out!
and i really hope this inchie book will never be full. or maybe it could expand into a library?
have a good spring time! xox

Claudia ClaSpi-Art said...

It is always amazing how you change the pictures in Photoshop, perfect. The colors are great! Also the pictures from the inchie book are so creative and beautiful. Tell Douglas dear greetings from me.

Tammie Lee said...

Fun that you did not give up on your painting and turned it into something that you like and use. Each card is beautiful with strong colors and designs.

Your little inchie pages are charming. I still challenge myself to take to heart just how small they are as I look at each one.

butterfly said...

Your inchie book is adorable, and I'm fascinated to see what you created by altering your painting - I love that you found a way to use it which made you happy.
Alison x

Jackie said...

I love your watercolour; it is so vibrant and full of colour. Ignore your inner critic!!! I also have to say, I also like your digital pieces that have come from it. Such beautiful cards- you are right to be pleased with these. :-)
You inchie book is lovely - I can see why Douglas is holding it so tightly!

kat said...

Sorry I'm so late popping in. I'm so happy to see all of this, your cards are fantastic, I'm always in awe at what you conjure up, what wonderful creativity, I love all three equally, they are magical! So great to see your other small pieces and sweet Douglas (always a favourite). I love your vase of flowers, all so sweet and full of creativity round here!

janie said...

your inchies are incredible, i love The inchie Douglas is holding did he help colour it in?