Friday, February 8, 2013

Watercolor Banner Art Freebie


I'm kind of a nerd.  Okay, that's a lie.  I am totally a nerd.  I get so genuinely, insanely, ridiculously excited about things.  Art is one of those things.  I loooooove art.  Obviously, not all art, but art I love.  I love the art I love!  Someday, I want to take a thousand different kinds of art classes.  I fully expect to be wretched at each and every one, but that is so not going to stop me.  In the meantime, I'm okay with just sitting back and swooning over other people's incredible artistic talent.  For example, my sister-in-law, Carrie (love you, Care!) is wicked talented.  Her sister, Laura, shares the same rad genes.  I've been following Laura since she started a shop on Etsy...all the while, secretly plotting to find a way to spread her amazingness to everyone over here at Shabby Blogs.  Is that flattering or sinister?  I don't know, but either way, you should totally thank me because it worked!!!


I'd like to introduce you to the uber talented Laura Davies. My brother calls her the female Chuck Norris...and I have to kind of agree with him.  She is not only a wife and the mom of two adorable little redheads, but she is also a creative genius.  You know those people who see something on Pinterest and then BAM- done the next day and about 27x better than the original?  That's her.  And she can cook like Julia Child too.  No joke.  Is this fair?  I think not.  In comparison, my main skill in this life is an unnatural and, if I'm being brutally honest, rather unladylike ability to spit super far.  But I'm not going to compare because that is a rocky road that leads to eating a gallon of Rocky Road and I have suffered through far too many beatings from Jillian Michaels fitness DVD's to take a journey like that.  Suffice it to say, Laura is talented.  Crazy talented.  We'll just leave it at that.  :)

Since I have publicly outed Laura as one of the most talented people I know, you can just imagine how excited I was when she agreed to paint a portrait of my own little house.  I live in a farmhouse way out in the Michigan countryside that was built in 1890.  I adore our little yellow homestead and love the painting Laura created of it just as much!  Holy talent!  No, seriously.  I cried.  You have to see this...

Right?!??  Eeeeep!  I love it so much!!!  You can see more of her work on Etsy and you should absolutely follow her on Facebook, but just as squeal-worthy is the fact that she has allowed me to share some of her artwork with you...starting right now!  (I already knew I was going to type that and all of my children are sound asleep, but I still just squealed.)  Go ahead.  Take a moment to make your giddy noise of choice and then download the heck out of the image below and use it on your beautiful shabby blog.  I don't know about you, but I am freaking out about adding her talent to the SB family and cannot wait to see what else she comes up with!  You are amazing, Laura!!!

{click images above to download full-sized versions}

17 comments:

  1. best. post. ever.

    Those banners are so cool! Talent upon talent, I tell you.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Seriously. BEST POST EVER! So much to love here. And just for the record, Jillian Michaels kicks my butt too. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. You keep talking about your 'little' house but... it's not little believe me, it is CUTE though!!!! A typical American house we see in movies, so adorable, wooden, colour, with a porch and everything, OOOO, I LOVE it!!!!! Wish we had houses just like that over here but it's all brick around here and not at all cute, not worth a beautiful painting like your house is. Beautiful art work. Lovely banners. Thanks!
    Marian

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh my god thank you!!
    "People who love art really do need it in the same way they need oxygen."

    ReplyDelete
  5. She is amazing! I'm in awe of her everyday also! Talent just oozes out!
    I love Carrie too!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Ooo! these are soooo pretty. Thanks for sharing them :)

    xo
    summer

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hi! No you are not a nerd! I love art too, probably like you! And watercolors tend to be my favorite :)!!
    P.s I love getting your blog posts in my e-mail!!
    ♥Liza
    www.dailybuzzbuzz.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love the banners! A thought to remember--the world is run by nerds!

    ReplyDelete
  9. These are super cute!

    I just wanted to thank the team because this weekend my daughter wanted to start a blog for little girls & I just brought her here to you girls & let her pick a few things out & it was sooo easy (& she had the BEST time "shopping your designs") & when she was done she ended up with the cutest little blog ever :) So thanks girls! Now if I can hold her to what I made her promise...just posting once a week so she can get all her homework done...that would be a miracle! Thanks Again for all your hard work and for sharing your designs with us!

    ReplyDelete
  10. http://cutenailtutorials.blogspot.gr/ please follow back lovely blog:P

    ReplyDelete
  11. beautiful blog!! love it :) thank you for sharing

    ReplyDelete
  12. Awesome Blog! Love the honesty and cuteness. :-D

    ReplyDelete
  13. Thanks so much for sharing this. Great blog :-)

    ReplyDelete
  14. love it! i'm using this for my blog if you don't mind (:
    http://www.simplestylings.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment! We are so glad you're here! We may not always be able to comment on your blog, but please know that we will be visiting and considering you for our next Featured Blogger!