Happy Valentine’s Day, my tree-loving friends! It’s another beautiful winter day, and it seems Punxsutawney Phil has promised more to follow. While the chill might remain where you are, I hope February has filled you with love and excitement for what is yet to come.
Firstly, I want to congratulate Dana M and Peggy K for winning my first giveaway. I’m so thrilled to gift them with a set of laminated bookmarks and a set of notecards. If you want to participate in the next giveaway for a chance to win a framed print or another secret item, head over to my Facebook and like or comment on the monthly giveaway post to enter. A winner will be chosen on February 28th at 6pm live on my page, so tune in and find out if you’re the lucky winner!
If you’re still looking for a way to show someone you love just how grateful you are to have them in your life, new Thank You notecards are now available in my shop. Now you can keep in touch with friends and family with a special handmade card, and let them know how thankful you are for their presence.
If you’d rather treat yourself and brighten your space with a unique piece, new canvas paintings are also available for purchase. When you purchase from Etsy or my website, you’ll get 20% off your order and receive an original artwork. With a limited palette and textural layers, these abstract works are ready to hang and bring life to any room. Invite the serene image of the watcher of the forest into your world, and embrace the symbolization of what we do to protect our trees.
Here at The Healing Tree Studio, staying connected to my community and giving back to it means the world to me. If you’d like to keep up with announcements in my Artist Insights newsletter, you’ll receive a 15% discount for any item at any amount, and know that with any bookmark purchase you make the fantastic organization One Tree Planted will plant one tree. Follow along with my shop updates and be a part of the community that focuses on giving back to the natural world!
As Maya Angelou once said, “This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” I hope this wonderful new day brings you nothing but joy. Until next time, forest friends!
Welcome back, Tree-lovers. It’s a new era in the universe of The Healing Tree Studio. 2020 has come and gone and love is in the air!
December and January provided me with a sort of creative hibernation, and I’ve spent this time honing my skills and creating new pieces from the heart. Customizable and personalized bookmarks are here just in time for you to share some love with that special Valentine of yours. The growing heart design embraces a sensation of care, while warm and joyful colors bring light to the pages of your book. Add your initials to make this piece even more memorable, or customize it with a gorgeous tassel.
These bookmarks are available on Etsy and my website, and better yet can be purchased on sale for $19.99 from $24.99. Whether you celebrate Cupid’s day or not, these bookmarks make the perfect gift to spread some joy with someone you love! (Or maybe even a treasured purchase to nurture self-love.)
As we move forward into the new year and seek the things that bring us joy, I want to announce an exciting event. Beginning in January, I’ll be hosting monthly giveaways on my Facebook. Each month I’ll give a different item away, including a set of six notecards, a laminated bookmark set, a canvas bookmark, and many more surprise items to come. A live announcement of the giveaway winner will be on the last Sunday of each month at 6 pm PST, so please stop by and join us for a chance to win a work of art.
If you’re as excited as I am about the new work coming to The Healing Tree Studio, you can keep up with announcements in my Artist Insights newsletter and receive a 15% discount for any item, at any amount.
Maybe, wherever you are in the world, the trees past your window have lost their leaves and stand empty against the blue of the sky. Or maybe they’re full and green and lively, with birds nesting among the branches and leaves dancing in the wind. Maybe, like me, you look at these trees and reflect on how bright the world is and how wonderful it is to celebrate those you love and treasure. Here in my studio, the inspiring energy of creation has kicked into gear and it’s time for growth and discovery. Thank you for joining me on this journey and I hope you’ll stick around for the ride!
I have to use the phrase branching out, right? I can use so many phrases because of the tree theme, and I will do my best to use every one of them.
In this case, I am referring to growing my brand into something a lot more than an Etsy shop. I have employed the assistance of a professional. A graphic artist specializing in logos and branding. I found him on the site Fiverr.com I have used this site before and was happy with the results. Honestly, I did very little research because this particular person was one of the first listed under the subject of Logos. A few things caught my eye with his intro. He claimed to create a “story logo”, his example was a tree, and his profile picture was him sitting on a fallen tree near a beautiful forested area. This was a no-brainer, right? Well, the results are beautiful.
As an artist, one might think I would design my own logo. In the beginning, I did. If it wasn’t obvious, surprise! For me, there was more to it than just drawing a tree and putting my name under it. I needed something that represented the shop’s name. I decided that it didn’t need to be my tree because I don’t typically draw or paint leaves, but I am branching out in this case. I am delighted with the results and pleased with the figure off to the side in a meditative position. The colors are perfect, soft, subtle, and calming. I have blue, green, and a perfect shade of beige that looks distressed, adding a bit of age to the image.
Along with my new logo design, I have added 6 new bookmarks, 4 of which are a “Tree Hugger” series, and 2 of the small sizes. For 5 of these, I decided not to add any tassels. I had a customer order a bookmark to be personalized without a tassel and thought maybe I could do some without. I like the results.
As you all know this is where I cut out. So, until next time.
Taking on art and spirituality. At least learning how to. For a long time now I have been wanting to know why I have been drawn to trees. As I mentioned in my last post of how I got started, I have often wondered why they showed up in my life. Something I didn’t talk about and that is what I did before I started with trees. Doodle. That’s about what I did. I sketched little things, like Holly Hobby, gulp! remember her? Nothing of importance or significant. Just doodling.
So, here I am going on 30 years of drawing trees. I have tried being philosophical about it but that isn’t my strong point. I am rather a simple minded person, I don’t understand complications. Meaning why have we made everything so difficult? Why is this human life such a struggle? My answer; because we made it so. Each person is an individual of expression of one. One of my favorite quotes, “We are not humans living a spiritual life but a spirit living a human life” -possible credit given to Dr. Wayne Dyer per the Quote Investigator. This simple quote has changed my perspective of life. For me, it turns every situation around.
Strange enough when I was writing this I was listening to an audio from Dr. Sue Mortor. She is an author, speaker, teacher and a doctor of Chiropractics. In her audio she talked about life being difficult and explained it very well. It is more than I want to explain right now so we’ll save that for another time.
So, let’s talk about art! I have released a new set of note cards. Again they are a set of 6 different designs. I have added a kraft brown envelope to this collection. I think they turned out very nice. Here’s the pic.
I have also updated some images on my Etsy and website. I had a busy day they other day with my photo shoot. I created about 28 videos, one for each bookmark and one for these new note cards. Each video is less than 15 seconds. This one is a favorite, having a bird in a tree with the birds in the background was brilliant!
These are my updates for now. Thanks for reading and watching and talk to you soon.
Hi! I hope everyone is doing well and staying busy and safe. I am going on four months of being furloughed from my job. Quite frankly it has been a great welcoming to slow down and focus on what I love. I know not everyone is in the same situation but I think I have taken advantage of an opportunity. I live in Las Vegas, so I know it has been hit hard. I used to work on the strip and recently changed to a travel industry, specifically the cruise ship industry. I believe I am supposed to go back the end of September. It has already been postponed from the end of this month. I really don’t see us going back -us being the last two groups hired from last Sept./Oct. 2019 groups- I watch, rather I read some of the news and watch what is going on in the cruise world and have my doubts about going back in September. Personally I would not go on a cruise anytime soon. Like not until next year!
Anyway, here I am in my new studio space and loving it!. We are still working on the rest of the house but I have time to do some art. Speaking of art, I have made some Christmas/Holiday cards. I am just teasing you because I am not ready to show them off. But I do have some new bookmark art and redesigned note cards to show you.
These are my first note cards that I added to my shop. And they did not do so well. I had words of endearment without the borders. I had a few views but no sales. So I redesigned them. As of this posting I have sold 3 sets already. So I think that was a good idea.
I have also started on a smaller bookmarks, these are 7 by 2 inches. The original bookmarks are 11 inches. I think they will do well once I have some more options available. They are the same design concept, 100% cotton canvas, acrylic and or watercolors and custom wood or glass bead tassels.
Almost half the size but still adorable.
Then there’s these beautiful full size pieces. The photos came out stunning!
This has been my week of creating. I will have my Holiday and Christmas cards available soon. I will keep them as a set of 6 with white envelopes. I have found new packaging for them, it’s a Kraft brown box with a acrylic window. I like them better and easily recycled. Gotta save the plastic trees.
A new card collection has arrived. In fact two new sets have been added to my Etsy shop and my online shop. I started to do a full set of 6 note cards with a yellow-green back ground but stopped at 3 and will double up on each one to complete the set. I titled this set “Sharing The Pond”
My second collection of note cards I have titled these “Other Worlds”. As I was painting the canvas for them I was watching a science fiction show and thought I wonder if they have trees on other planets and what would they look like? So I named after my thought process.
As for the floors of my new spaces let’s just say, it is a longer undertaking then thought. We have back tracked a bit to even the sub flooring, it is not bad but uneven enough to make a difference in the planks not fitting properly. I keep mentioning peel n’ stick flooring but it keeps getting bunked. UM?
Where do I begin besides telling you I am not done. Waiting for the flooring to come in. July 23/24. Although the flooring isn’t here, I still need to do some minor touch ups. This reminds of being in Mexico. When I was in Puerto Vallarta, I had seen a lot of unfinished houses on the water and someone said to me that “they’re on Mexico time, it gets done when it’s done”. We took a shore excursion to a small unfinished building that was eventually going to be a bed and breakfast type of place. There was about 12 of us on this little boat and as we pulled up to the place it clearly was not habitable and still under construction, I asked the guide how long have they been working on it and he replied, “four years”.
Meanwhile back in my bedroom/studio, I am getting cramped. I am doing my best not to purchase items until I move. I am keeping up on supplies and the basics of running my shop but it’s sometimes difficult to pass up a sale on shelving and tables and all the cool stuff that I envision for my studio. Speaking of being cramped, prepare! I am sharing some photos of my current environment.
Yes, I do clean up before going to bed, but this is what it looks like when I am working. Gulp! So you can see I have limited space to add anything. You would think I would be in a hurry to move working under these conditions.
So here are the updates on the two rooms and other projects that keep me busy.
A few weeks ago a friend of mine asked me to do some custom bookmarks and a set of note cards. She wanted them for her parents birthday’s that are a month a part. They live in Colorado on a property surrounded by trees! This was a great project for me and perfect timing.
Another project that came to me was a commission piece for hanging art. I’ve done a couple for this friend a while back but she was ready for something for herself. I finished and delivered that this week. It’s been a minute since I have done anything on canvas, since my shop opening in April. I have been so focused on bookmarks and note cards, it was strange at first but of course it’s like riding a bike. The photos below show the progress of how it started to the last photo is the finished art.
Along with all of these projects I have managed to come up with some new note card designs. I think I may have two sets of cards. This first set is of three different designs and will be a card set of 6 with two of each card. The second set is still in progress but I am sharing what I have so far.
These are my projects keeping me busy these days. I will have the new cards listed on Etsy and my website, TheHealingTreeStudio.com by next week (July 27th). I just received notice the flooring is in. We are headed to the store here shortly. So, stand by for funny pics coming soon.
The world will never be the same. My note cards are now available on Etsy. You can now purchase my handmade note cards in a package of 5. I released a total of 6 cards to start and you can choose any combination of 5 that you wish. Keeping with my tree theme, they all have trees in the design.
Each card was drawn specially for a note card design. I draw them using micron ink pens and all color is done watercolor markers. Something I have just begun using and I love them. I use a lot of acrylic in my original paintings and even on my bookmarks. For my note cards I was looking for a softer look and not so much color.
My packets of cards come in an acrylic clear box with matching white envelopes. They measure 51/5 by 41/4 inches. Blank inside for a lot of space for writing. I use a 110 lb. card-stock and printed here in my studio. I hand cut and fold them, the corners are rounded to add some interest and extra detail.
The next obvious move is to add more design to my note card collection. I think it works out to do a collection of 6 at a time. I believe I will continue the count of cards so that anyone can mix and match the cards from any of the collections.
I hope you check out my cards and drop me a line about what you think. After I get enough of a selection I will jump into greeting cards.
Thank you for reading about my new items and talk to you next week.
Bookmark Art is a name I came up with after creating handmade bookmarks because I was looking for something I could create and sell without the hassle of mailing large pieces of artwork. I had a massive fear of shipping artwork. I had been experimenting with canvas in the raw for the past year. I was at an art exhibit in 2019 and come across a beautiful assemblage piece that appeared to have leather or raw canvas, whichever it was I came out of that gallery very inspired.
Starting off with raw canvas, which is an unprimed artist canvas, I tear it into strips of 11 x 2 inches. I pin the strips to a board to keep them stretched and not warp during the prime and paint process. The primer keeps the paint from absorbing into the canvas and preserves the colors for years. The painting of the strips are done individually, at times keeping a color theme, others, whatever colors I think might work. After drying time of about 24 hours they are ready for grommets and tassels. My choice of beads is growing and changing. I was using block letters but thought they looked too bulky. Now I use a mixture of wood and glass beads that work with the colors of the bookmark. The finished bookmark to the left is wooden beads strung with cord. I stamped the back with my logo and then take a series of photos. The background I use for photos is also hand-painted, the hand is real.
And that is my process on how I make my bookmark art. It can be a challenge at times, trying to create little paintings but I am very happy with the results. You can find my bookmark art in my Etsy shop The Healing Tree Studio