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Black Watercolor Clipart - Banners, splatters, arrows and more!

Hello Friend,

I haven't posted on the blog lately. Partly because I am too busy. But I find it hard to talk about digital paper and clipart in light of the current headlines. My heart goes out to those who have been affected by hurricanes, fires, earthquakes and social injustice. In the midst of all the world's trials, I have been making a lot of clipart. The black set above is a quick and easy way to add some extra touches. Just click on the picture below for more info.

Black watercolor clipart - Banners, blobs, splatters and more!
Another addition to the shop is clipart shape sets. Circles and hexagons are my main shapes. What a fun way to add interest to a photo page or project. 

Good Stuff

Look at the neat shop I found on Etsy! Its called MMMCrafts. I love to feature other sellers who have amazing products and great ideas. I adore these DIY ornaments and hope to get one soon. Please know that the owner of the shop did not ask me to do this, nor am I receiving any compensation for the promo. When I find great items I like to share the good news. Oh. My. Word. Christmas is coming! Seriously, her Christmas ornaments are amazing. Click on the picture to find more at her shop.



Do you need some good news? Leave it to a bunch of kitties to change a train ride.



Could you use a good read? This is a gem. The is a kid's fiction book, however the characters and the plot will keep the pages turning.

That's it. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,
Sarah


New Products

Watercolor Smudges - Fourth Ave. Pen and Ink

Hello Friend,

I hope  you are well. I almost have a little pang of guilt as I write this. So many people are suffering huge losses after two major hurricanes and wildfires in our country. Here I am making papers. Gosh. I just feel so thankful for home, safety, friends, and family. The list goes on. If you are currently suffering from the events, or if you know someone who is, here is a big hug.

In my neck of the woods, the weather has been delightful. Mid-70's, sun, and low humidity. Ahhh, it's been wonderful. So I am spending my days catching up on a lot of stuff and I having been busy making papers.

What's new? Well, I made some large, bright smudges for starters (first picture.) They come in handy for so many things.

Black and white digital paper, Minimalist

Black and white are by far the most popular items in my shop. So...I made more. I used lots of little brush marks and doodles. Again, black and white are so useful. They are my favorite way to add layers to art journals or collages.

Fourth Ave. Pen and Ink, Denim fabric and boho designs

Next up is denim. I love jeans. They go with anything and you can dress them up or down. Same goes with paper, I think. I added a jeans texture to the colors, then applied some pattern for mixing and matching. This is one of my favorite sets.


I am not a glamour girl but I do love gold. I especially love to see gold paired with pink and mint.

I am also working on Christmas papers but I am quite sure that you are not interested in those yet!

Reminder - Fall papers are on sale through September 15th so grab them while you can.

All The Best,
Sarah


Fall Paper Craft Round Up


Fourth Ave. Pen & Ink - I have compiled some pretty Fall crafts for you. Paper is easy to find, use and work with.

Hello Friend!

It's coming soon! Fall, that is! It is my favorite season of the year. The cool, crisp air is so refreshing after a long, hot summer. I love to see the leaves change and porch decorations go up. The pumpkins, mums and corn stalks add a natural, cozy feel. Even crafting changes. The colors and shapes take on a whole new vibe. Since I love paper so much I have gathered a few, cool crafts for you.


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Garlands

The House That Lars Built (Tea-stained garland shown above)

Lia Griffith - 7 Ways to Use Paper Leaf Garland For Fall Decor 

Martha Stewart Living - Pumpkin Pie Garland

Pink Stripey Socks - Accordion Fold Fall Leaf Banner

Pumpkins

Celebrate Creativity - Book Art Pumpkins

Domestically Blissful - Paper Roll Pumpkins

Lia Griffith - Paper Pumpkins (above)


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Leaves, Nuts, and Flowers

Polkadot Chair - Different ways to make and use leaves (above)

Ribbons & Glue - Fall Acorn Boxes

Southern Living - Fall Bag Luminaries

A Delightsome Life - Book Page Leaves

I hope that you found at least one project that caught your eye. I love the book page leaves and may choose one of the crafts to do this Fall. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

All The Best,

Sarah


Free Watercolor Digital Paper

Free Watercolor Digital Paper

Hi Friend,

Happy Labor Day to those who celebrate!

Are you ready for a freebie? I have some bright, fun colors for you. The designs are casual and doodly - my favorite! You can access the download HERE. I just ask that you look over my terms of use in the footer. The papers are for personal use only.

Fourth Ave. Pen & Ink - Free watercolor digital paper

Happy paper crafting! If you like this freebie you want to check out some others HERE. Also, please join me on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.

Sincerely,
Sarah

Fourth Ave. Pen & Ink - Free watercolor digital paper



Etsy Shops I Adore


Hello Friend,

I have a special post for you today. Ever since I have become an Etsy seller, I am more aware of other small business owners and Etsy sellers. I know how hard they work and how special their product is to them. As we approach the shopping season I was thinking of some of my favorite shops. I have shops that I adore. They are shops that have so many neat goodies that I can hardly make a decision what to buy. So I thought I'd pull a list together of the shops I adore. I hope that you do too!

Tamar Nahir Yanai



It was love at first site when I found this shop. I absolutely adore her illustrations and products. I purchased the "Enjoy Life" kit and took up embroidery. I haven't done this since I was a child. It is definitely a good way to wind down and I can't wait to hang my finished piece. A lot of her illustrations contain flowers (a favorite) and young girls (another favorite.) You will just have to look and try to nail down your favorite. I took me forever to find mine.

Pink Paper Peppermints


I discovered this shop shortly after taking up art journaling. I love her feminine colors and faith-based products. She is super creative and designed these amazing papers for a traveler's notebook. I purchased them and bound them to use as a travel journal. I just love it and so many other products that she offers. I would describe them and vintage-feminine. If you love to journal and create with layers, she's got you covered. Again, I had a hard time deciding what to buy.

Tailored Soap


I saw a feature on this shop and immediately went ga-ga for all of the creative soaps they make. Galaxy soap bars, bath truffles and body butter, to name a few. What really stood out to me was the Unicorn soap. This just looks like the ultimate gift for girls of all ages - including mine. :) I know at least one girl that will get this for Christmas. I haven't purchased from this shop yet, but I will have a hard time narrowing down my picks.

Grow Creative


I first stumbled upon Grow Creative blog when I was looking up watercolor tutorials. I immediately began looking at all of her blog posts and checked out her shop. I love her soft use of watercolors. I love how she blends colors to create a certain feel for each picture. While I love the cow, featured above, I also love to look through her other pieces that are mostly natural things - flowers, berries, cute animals. By the way, if you would like to try your hand at watercolor, she has some how-to's on her blog.

Leaf, Seed, Berry

Leaf, Seed, Berry

I love natural skin care products. I have always been prone to eczema so I am very careful what I use. I came across this shop looking for some high-quality skin care products. A lot of things impress me about this shop. First, quality ingredients are used. Second, they offer samples. I really appreciate the ability to try something before I spend money for a full size product. I have to say that I did try the Perfect 10 Anti-Aging Serum and really liked it. When my moisturizer runs out, this is where I am going.

Get Well Plan

Get Well Plan

We all need some level of organization in our lives. Get Well Plan planners center mostly around health and wellness, however I purchased this weekly planner to chart my weekly business goals and it is perfect. Everything I need is right next to me on a clip board. I am accomplishing more in a day than I was previously and I am happy for that. Maybe you want to focus on mindfulness, track your diet, or chart your blood sugar levels. Her layouts are clean and beautiful.

Little Emma's Flowers

Little Emma's Flowers

If you know me at all, even from just my blog, you know that I love flowers. Little Emma's Flowers' printables are right up my ally. They are bright, flowery and cheerful. I love instant downloads because you can have your product right away. They are displayed so beautifully and she has a wide variety of topics.

Weavings By Jessica


Two summers ago, I found a small weaving craft for my daughter. Ever since then, I have been in love with these beauties. I love the textures and colors. There are so many ways to make a hanging, but I love this shop. I really like the thick, chunky yarns that have a creative little twist or cut to them. I also believe they would look good with so many different decors. Again, how to choose...

That's my list! Do you have a favorite shop? I'd love to hear about it. There are so many "gold nuggets" out there. What's yours? Maybe I will do another round up some day. After all, Christmas is coming and we all need ideas!

Sincerely,
Sarah

PS. I am not an Etsy affiliate. I blog for two reasons. First, I want to develop a relationship with my customers. Second, I have been blogging for almost 7 years. I have had food blogs and a photography blog. I just love to blog and I like to connect with others and share information. So I don't make a dime from sharing this information. I truly love these shops and I wish my fellow Etsy sellers all the best in their endeavors. 😊

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Anniversary Sale on Fall Digital Paper




Hello Friend,

Guess what? I have been in business for one year! I am so thrilled and so thankful to be able to do what I do. I love making papers and clipart. To celebrate and say, "Thank you" I want to offer 25% on all Fall/Autumn digital papers in my store! Please know that I value you as a customer. I really appreciate your business and your five-star reviews.

Fourth Ave. Pen & Ink - Fall Paper Pack

I worked up a few quick samples with some of my Fall papers. I used Picmonkey to make the sample above. I just digitally cut papers and used the overlay tool to make my design. I must admit that I tend to like more simplistic layouts. And the sample below shows a very simple box layout. I love the look of the watercolor papers. They have a satin quality to them.

Fourth Ave. Pen & Ink - Fall Digital Paper

I used Picmonkey for the following sample too. I used the same set of papers as above, only the splatter clip is not included in the paper pack. I just love splatters and added it.



What's on Sale

For the first sample I used Fall Colors and Patterns. For the following two, I used Autumn Patterns. Here are some of the other Fall lovelies. Just click on the picture to see more details. The sale runs from September 1st through the 15th.

Fall Digital Paper Pack - 25% off

Fall Watercolor Digital Paper - 25% off

Red and White Watercolor Digital Paper 25% off

Blue and White Watercolor Digital Paper - 25% off

Once again - Thank you!

Sincerely,
Sarah

Fourth Ave Pen & Ink - Fall Digital Paper on Sale in Sept. - Save 25% on all Fall-themed paper

Around Here - How I Design A Set of Digital Papers




Hi Friend,

You may be wondering how I come up with ideas for my paper. I don't have a tried-and-true method really, but this is generally how I go through my creative process. I am self-taught, so I am sure there are better and other ways to go about this, but here goes...


1. I have a little notebook. I jot down scribble ideas as they come to me. I don't put a whole lot of thought into how I will make it happen, I just scribble the idea. This goes back to high school creative writing. I remember our teacher telling us to write down anything, even if it junk, just to get the process started. Same goes for art. Even if my idea may be stupid, I write it down.

2. When I am sitting down to work, I think about categories such as:

Things in my world (flowers, coffee, vacation)
Seasons
Holidays
Styles - Abstract/Scandinavian...

3. For instance, I love coffee and my hubby loves tea. So I decided that I want to do coffee mugs and tea cups. I like a quirky, imperfect, illustrative style, so I picked up my ink pens and drew. The style I am referring to is what I have seen on Pinterest, and over time, I seem to draw this way and I prefer this type of look. I hope that I capture the essence without copying anyone.

4. Then I choose a color scheme. Colors are so important to crafters so I really try to choose colors that coordinate beautifully. Here are my go-to's to pick a combination.

Design Seeds

ColourLovers.com

Color Palettes

5. Then I take my drawings into Photoshop and do my thing. I crop and color and I weed out drawings that I'm not in love with. Sometimes, it seems like there are many and I get frustrated, but then I am so happy in the end if I take my time.

6. Then I use free programs, Inskape and GIMP, to make seamless designs. This is time-consuming but oh-so-fun! It is amazing to see patterns come together.

7. So the coffee and tea idea turned into this...


There you have it. I hope you enjoyed learning how I go about doing things. I am so glad that you stopped by.

Sincerely,
Sarah

PS. I am having a September sale (9/1-17 to 9/15/17.) All Fall papers are marked 25% off. This is my one year anniversary. Thank you for your support.


New - Doodle Clipart

Fourth Ave. Pen & Ink - I created this clipart to use with my own projects

Hi Friend,

I started working on some digital scrapping this week. I wanted to get our vacation pictures together as a book. I was using my digital papers, HERE, HERE, and HERE. I realized that I needed some clipart. I wanted to add texture and layers. So...


A new clipart pack was "birthed." I wanted splatters, splotches, lines and anything to help me layer-up in an artsy, fun way.



Watercolor banners and tabs are a staple, but I wanted to add white lines for highlights and dark lines for shadows.

I am thrilled with the look. I came up with a sample page using a stock photo. It looks really funky.


If you would like to see the package in detail, just head over to the store. The best part is that is discounted for a limited time!

  Save 25% before it's too late.

Thanks for stopping in. Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely,



PS. Would you like some free digital paper? Here you go!

Fourth Ave. Pen & Ink - Add funky embellishments to your creative project

Bundle and Save - What's New

Inky Abstract Paper Bundle - Lots of black, white and pink

Hello Friend,

While I haven't been making lots of new clips and papers, I have been bundling my products. I personally love to bundle items and save money when I shop. Depending on how large the bundle is, you have the potential to save 70% on your digital paper or clipart!

Here's what's new.

The Inky Bundle (Above) contains lots of black, white and pink. The designs are abstract and hip.

Black and white digital paper pack - Bundle and save money

The Black and White Bundle - Just like it sounds.

Digital Paper- Bundle and save money on Summer themed paper

The Summer Bundle contains a lot of watercolor paper, with and without patterns. There are also some tropical/botanical pattern designs as well.

Digital Paper- Gold and coordinating colors

The Golden Papers are some of my favorite. They are totally feminine. Aside from gold and white, there is mint, pink, blue and apricot.

Summer - Watercolor digital paper pack - Bundle and save

The Mini Summer Bundle contains only the watercolor papers.

Fall digital paper - Bundle and save -

Finally, the Big Fall Bundle contains just about all of my Fall-themed papers. They are watercolor or hand drawn. This is an opportunity to save 60%.



I hope that you are able to take advantage of the bundles!

Sincerely,

Sarah