Free Watercolour Spring Printables


I hope you’re all enjoying your week ūüôā . I’m¬†off school at the moment, which means that I finally have time to get crafting and work on some new blog content for you guys. The other day I was inspired by a rare spell of sunny weather to experiment with some watercolours (usually I use acrylics, so it was fun to try out something new). I thought a few bright, spring printables would make a nice mid-week post, especially with Easter coming up! So, here’s a little selection of cards, to-do lists and wall art that you can download for free as pdf files and print off at home. Let me know in the¬†comments below what you guys think, and if you’d like to see more free printable artwork!



Rose Birthday Card (click here to download)spring_printables_4

Spring Wall Art (click here to download)


Easter Card (Click here to download pdf)


To-Do List (click here to download pdf)


Things to Do  (click here to download pdf)


Hoppy Easter Card (click here to download pdf)

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Guest Post: Art, How I See It


Hi, everyone! My name’s Elm, and I blog over at Just Call me Elm or Something. I’m collaborating with the lovely Maya, which honestly makes my day!

Before anything, I want to tell you what I can see – or rather, what I can’t see. Far be it for me to define myself by this, but I’m blind. I can see nothing out of my right eye, and only light, contrasts and a few shapes out of my left. I couldn’t see faces, beautiful landscapes or anything of the sort. I despise getting pity for it; I’ve always been blind and have never seen anything different from what I do now, and so I view it as normal. To set the scene, I needed to tell you, so that you understand.

Because of my lack of vision, it may be surprising to you that art is actually quite important to me. There are beautiful paintings, filled with life and sweeping brushstrokes; there are natural landscapes, intricately carved with the path of water and faces of rock that hold swirling patterns. Captured in ink, paint or photography, it is ever present and unchanging, an image that could be interpreted in a thousand different ways.

That is art to you. Doesn’t it appear beautiful? To me, it is; I’m always fascinated by what people can do to make a picture come alive, to their eyes, to make it appear striking, stunning or just real.

What many people don’t see is that art isn’t just visual. A blast of trumpets, an angelic voice singing or buskers on the street is what I consider to be my paint, my canvas, my pencil. It may seem stereotypical, that a blind person talks about music as if it’s the only thing that they appreciate, but I still have ears.

If you pick up a book with glorious writing, you think, “I wish I could be there, though the author has done an amazing job of helping me visualise it.” The same could be said for me: I’ve never seen a stream tumbling over the rocks, but I can almost imagine the sound, the way it would feel. Now I think on it, THAT is another form of art. To take the written word and to transform it into something else, for even only a few people, helps people to know what something out of their understanding would be like.

They tell me, “Isn’t it a shame that you can’t see the amazing art work she’s done?” I say yes, and then no. I’ll never experience it, but I can be told how beautiful it is. I can be transported into the world of colours and sight, only for a second: a bystander, but still there.

Everything is a form of art, when you look deep enough. To a deaf person, a drawing may be appreciated so much more: who knows? I have never been told, not by someone who could show me the world of what it’s like to not hear sound that I take for granted. That’s why I’m telling you my version, so that you can at least see one perspective.

What I want to show you is that every single person’s version of art is different. Perhaps you suspected that I would talk about music, or writing, but if you think that’s the stereotypical blind notion of what art is, you’d be wrong. I’m different, you’re different and the closest person to you is different.

Even if you don’t get a single thing out of this post, I want you to remember that some people don’t have the things you have. Be that vision, hearing, an arm or a house. This isn’t just about art; it’s about realising that even when someone has a disability, or has something “lacking”, they still continue on with their life. It’s not the end. I may get upset sometimes that I can’t see the stars, or pictures on somebody’s blog, but it doesn’t stop me from finding creativity in other places.

What do you think art is?

I’d like to thank Maya for having me on her blog. She’s a truly wonderful person, and for her to ask me to collaborate put a smile on my face. I really hoped you enjoyed reading, because whilst I was writing, it helped me to think about my own perceptions and judgements.

From Elm ūüôā

Some Sketches


It’s been a while since I’ve posted any of my artwork, so I thought today I’d share a few¬†of my most recent sketches with you guys! I drew these¬†with¬†my HUION Graphics Tablet using a digital painting application called Krita. I usually do these sketches in 4 steps/layers. First I draw a quick ‘skeleton’ of my sketch in a light colour, then I fill out the skeleton in the same light colour. Next I outline the whole sketch in black and finally, I colour it in.¬†¬†Let me know what you guys think in the¬†comments below and which sketch is your favourite! If you want to see more of my drawings and paintings, check out my Artwork¬†page.


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#ArtKnowItAll: Ink Wash Painting


So for this month’s #ArtKnowItAll, I’ve decided to do something a little different. So far I’ve only covered ‘Western’ art movements that I’m familiar with, but today we’re going to be looking at Ink Wash Painting,¬†a beautiful¬†East Asian type of brush painting. I hope you guys like it!





What is Ink Wash Painting?

As I mentioned, Ink Wash Painting is a type of brush painting which uses the same black ink that is used for East Asian calligraphy. It originated in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and was refined during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). For centuries, this sophisticated form of Chinese art was practiced by highly educated scholars or literati. Shortly after China discovered the ink, this style began to develop in Korea and the rest of East Asia.

Key Features

  • To create the ink for their paintings, artists would grind an inkstick (usually a combination of pine or oil soot and animal glue) over an inkstone with a few drops of water. Prepared inks were also used, though they were of lower quality.
  • Traditionally, ink wash paint brushes were made from bamboo with animal hair¬†tapered to a fine point, which was essential for this style of painting. I’m not going to go into the list of animal hair they used, but let’s just say it ranged from goat and horse to boar and wolf!
  • What makes Ink wash painting so stunning is it’s use of tonality and shading achieved by varying ink density and pressure within a single brushstroke. As a result, artists must spend years perfecting their basic brush stroke techniques. A¬†true master can create an incredible range of tonality in a single stroke. A huge amount of concentration is needed for this painting, especially since once a stroke is painted, it can’t be erased or changed.
  • Interestingly, the majority of landscape paintings depict imaginary scenes or at least loose interpretations of reality. Mountains which were famous for their beauty but often located¬†nowhere near¬†the artist, were commonly featured in ink wash art.
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  • Bada Shanren¬†(born¬†Zhu Da,¬†1626‚ÄĒ1705)¬†was a Chinese painter and calligrapher of noble lineage. He was a descendant of the Ming dynasty prince Zhu Quan and a leading artist of his time.¬†Sharp brush strokes were a distinctive charactaristic of his paintings, probably due to his sideways manner of holding his paintbrush.
  • Jang Seung-eop¬†(1843‚Äď1897),often known by his pen name¬†Owon, was a Korean artist of the late Joseon Dynasty and one of the rare painters to hold a position of rank at court. He grew up as an orphan and first began truly painting in his twenties when he was taken in¬†by¬†a rich aristocrat. His paintings later¬†received¬†wide¬†recognition and he painted in all genres of the period¬†from¬†landscapes¬†and¬†flower paintings¬†to¬†representations of daily life.
  • Okuhara Seiko (1837-1913)¬†was a female Japanese painter who established a¬†respected¬†reputation¬†as an artist, adapting Chinese literati¬†styles to Japanese tastes. Despite her gender, she managed to build a successful art career in the largely male-dominated world of painting in 19th and 20th century East Asia. Aware of her disadvantage as woman, she changed her name from Setsuko to gender-neutral Seiko and omitted the¬†the feminine character ‚Äėjoshi‚Äô in her signatures, like many female artists of the time.¬†
In actual fact, East Asian ink wash painting is really a form of expressionistic art. It’s¬†aim is not to simply reproduce¬†what we see, but to capture what is unseen – the ‘spirit’ of the subject. For example, if an ink wash painter wishes to paint an animal, they must have a strong understanding of its¬†temperament¬†more so than its anatomy. Rather than creating totally realistic imitations, artists strive to convey emotion, perception, sensation.
I can honestly say that this is my favourite #ArtKnowItAll art form so far. Not only is the art truly beautiful (in my opinion, anyway) but I also love the philosophy behind it. As you can see below, I attempted a few quick paintings with my brush pen (the featured image above the title was unfortunately not painted by me – I don’t know who the artist was but it’s lovely! ).¬†I think I definitely need a bit of practice… maybe in a few years I’ll be accepted into literati school ūüėČ
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Let me know in the comments below¬†or¬†tweet me using #ArtKnowItAll¬†what art movement you’d like to see next month. Enjoy the rest of your week!


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#ArtKnowItAll: Cubism

In one of the comments on my earlier #ArtKnowItAll posts, someone suggested that I feature¬†Cubism¬†next. I had a vague idea of the movement, associating it with abstract, geometrical art that seemed to almost resemble optical illusions. As always, I loved learning about the revolutionary art of the past… imagining the rebellious artists inventing new styles of art and defying tradition makes me slightly jealous that I missed out on all the excitement ūüėČ .signature


What is Cubism?

Cubism is an avant garde art movement that developed during the 1910s and 1920s, predominantly in Paris. This new, modern style of painting and sculpture both revolutionized European art and inspired¬†the music, architecture and literature of the time. In fact, it is often regarded as the 20th century’s most influential art movement.

Main Features:

  • For the first time in centuries, perspective with a single viewpoint was abandoned. Instead, cubist painters¬†used numerous and sometimes contrasting vantage points, showing objects from different angles and interweaving¬†the background and foreground of the painting.
  • In fact, cubist artists turned away from depicting figures ‘realistically’, rejecting the idea that art should copy nature.¬†Instead, they¬†decided to emphasize the flat, two-demensionality of their canvases and reduce objects into geometric forms.
  • The early phase of the movement was called Analytic Cubism, characterised by the pronounced use of geometric shapes and use of monochrome colours.
  • The second phase was Synthetic Cubism, where artists experimented with ‘non-art’ materials such as newspaper.

Three Key Cubist Artists

  1. Pablo Picasso¬†(1881 -1973) : Regardless of whether you’re interested in art or not, every one has heard of Picasso.¬†The charismatic Spanish painter was a pioneer of Cubism, along with Geaorges Braque, and considered to be the most¬†influential¬†artist of the first half of the 20th century. He invented collage and was primarily a painter though he had an eclectic style and also worked with sculpture, printmaking and ceramics.
  2. Georges Braque (1882-1963) : After meeting Pablo Picasso, Braque went on to become another leader in the development of Cubism. He focused on depicting abstract still lifes, exploring different viewpoints, colours and textures to achieve dimension in his work.
  3. Jean Metzinger (1883 ‚Äď 1956) : Though at first Metzinger was inspired by Fauvism and Impressionism, the french painter¬†later turned to Cubism and became one of the principal theorists of the movement. In 1912, he created ‘Du Cubisme’, the first major treatise on Cubism,¬†along with fellow french artist Albert Gleizes.

A revolutionary art movement

At first glance, Cubism may seem somewhat simplistic compared to more ‘classical’ art that strove to capture scenes completely realistically. But really, it’s just another way of representing the¬†world around us and exploring different point of views. Plus, imagine living in a world where these abstract, geometrical paintings¬†were¬†virtually¬†unheard of. Cubist artists weren’t just painters, they were innovators; inventing new styles of painting, as well as being acutely aware of and responding to current events¬†(particularly World War I).¬†Throughout Europe,¬†offshoots of Cubism developed including¬†Orphism, Futerism and¬†Abstract Art.¬†¬†And that’s only a few!

There are so, so many art movements – old and new – left to explore, comment down below or tweet me with the hashtag #ArtKnowItAll to let me know what you want to see next month.

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I hope you enjoyed the third installment of my #ArtKnowItAll series. As usual, you can see my cubism-inspired artwork above, which I first sketched out in pencil and then coloured in digitally with  the aid of my graphics tablet. What do you think?

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Featured Artists

Being an aspiring artist myself, I know how hard it is to get your work noticed! So, last week I¬†invited¬†artists to send me their artwork for a chance to be featured on my blog. Firstly,¬†I’d like to say a huge thank you to ALL the artists who sent in their art! I received loads of incredible submissions and narrowing them down to five pieces was really tough. However, after much debate, I finally chose five fantastic works that definitely deserve to be showcased. I also included a link to each artist’s site, so make sure to check them out!






Artwork by: Isabelle Fang (Saeriel)


I love the way Isabelle used soft¬†pastel colours to create a delicate, porcelain-like effect for this piece.¬†It’s really beautiful!



Time Machine

Photographer: Yasmeen Noelle

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‘Time Machine’ is a perfect example of classic black and white photography. I’d love to have this hanging up on my wall!



Artist: Molly Flynn


Drawing animals is really tricky, but Molly truly managed to realistically capture this vibrant little frog.




Artist: Brian Sostrom


‘Wander’ is another¬†unique piece, ¬†combining abstract art with a touch of detail here and there.




Artist: Dawn Lomako


Another great piece. As soon as I saw this painting, the contrast between the dark colours and bright red immediately caught me eye!

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Thanks again to everyone who submitted their art. If your artwork wasn’t featured, don’t be discouraged – there’s always a next time!

Comment down below which piece was your favourite and follow me on social media to keep up to date with¬†Artsy Teen news, contests, posts and more ūüôā

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Attention All Artists…

I know a lot of my followers are amazing art bloggers and I really want to give them a chance to showcase their talent!

So¬†this week¬†I’m inviting all aspiring artists to send me their latest artwork!¬†On Monday, 28th of March 2016,¬†I’ll post my 5 favourite pieces on Artsy Teen.

I can’t wait to see your work! All artwork will of course be credited to the artist, and if you’re a blogger I’ll include a link to your blog as well.

Before sending me your work, please read guidelines below.


Guidelines for submitting Artwork to Artsy Teen

  • If you are a minor, please ask your parents for permission before submitting artwork.¬†Note: you don’t have to be a teen to submit artwork, all artists are welcome.
  • You may submit up to 3 pieces of artwork.
  • Artwork must be your original work.
  • You retain all copyrights of your work.
  • You must state in your email that you are giving me permission to post your material on¬†Artsy Teen¬†blog.
  • Please note that¬†Artsy Teen is a family friendly blog and¬†inappropriate/ explicit material¬†will not¬†be posted.
  • Submission of artwork¬†does not guarantee¬†publication. Publication will be at the discretion of¬†Artsy Teen.
  • Please email artwork as a jpeg/png attachment to



How to paint a Shamrock

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Just a quick post to say Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As you may already know that I’m Irish, so I felt obligated to post something today. Here’s a quick tutorial for making¬†adorable little shamrocks in¬†about 30 seconds. They are perfect for decorations or face painting.

I’m headed off to a parade now, but I hope you all have a fantastic day!



You Know You’re An Artsy Teen When…

1. You never throw anything away because you’re convinced that “it’ll come in useful”
Admit it. There’s a box under your bed full of useless objects that you’ve been hanging onto for ten years and that you’ve NEVER used. And to be honest, you probably never will!

2. Pinterest is your kind of social media
Facebook and twitter are OK, but the day you discovered Pinterest changed your life forever. And whats more, you don’t just spend hours browsing Pinterest. Well OK, yes you do, but unlike most people, you actually¬†make¬†the DIYs you pin!

3. You can wield a gun better than James Bond – a glue gun that is ūüėČ
Its no secret that a glue gun is every DIY-er’s best friend.¬†And no wonder – there’s basically nothing¬†that¬†a bit of hot glue can’t fix!

4. You¬†refer to¬†your messy bedroom as your “artistic space”
So yeah, technically speaking you haven’t cleaned your room in six weeks and maybe you can’t see your desk underneath the pile of junk on top of it. But¬†honestly that’s just because you’re an¬†artist. The creative mind doesn’t like structure. Also your lazy, but that’s besides the point.

5. You’re the ‘art’ kid at school
Ever since you made that awesome¬†poster in primary school or won¬†that drawing competition, everyone knows you as the ‘art’ kid. You rule the art classroom and all the other students¬†calls you the ‘Art Master’ (OK, no they don’t – but you get the idea ūüėČ )¬†.

6. You doodle on everything
Literally, its slightly worrying. Your notes, your homework journal, your hand… everything around you is just covered in ink.

7. Since you were a kid, you’ve been getting craft kits for Christmas
All artsy teens have that one cabinet in their room full of all the craft kits they’ve collected over the¬†years. Candle making, crocheting, vase painting, DIY jewlery… seriously, we own every craft kit imaginable.

8. You get random bursts of motivation that can last anywhere from 2 minutes to 4 hours

We all have those mornings when we wake up and suddenly we’re inspired to write a novel or redecorate our entire room. Unfortunately this motivation usually doesn’t last long enough for anything really important to get accomplished.

9. You’re a problem solver
Artsy teens love a challenge. In fact, coming up with ideas to solve a problem is our idea of fun!

10. You’re unique and individual
Where’s the fun in ‘following the crowd’?¬†You have your own sense of style, your own ideas,¬†your own opinions and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.

#ArtKnowItAll: Impressionism

The artwork above is called ‘Poppy Fields near Argenteuil’, by¬†Claude Monet¬†(photo courtesy of

Welcome to¬†the¬†second post in my¬†#ArtKnowItAll series. For those of you who are new to my blog, this is basically a series where I post about a different art movement on the first Monday of each month, along with some of my own artwork that was inspired by said-movement.¬†After last month’s #Popart post, I decided to travel back in time to¬†the 1860s, where the¬†radical¬†artists of Paris founded¬†Impressionism.

What is Impressionism?

Often seen as the first ‘modern’ movement in painting, Impressionism developed in 19th century Paris, later spreading throughout Europe and the United States. Much like Pop artists did a hundred years later, Impressionists challenged traditional rules of academic painting, seeking to capture the momentary impression that objects and nature made on the naked eye.
  • The first characteristic that set Impressionism apart from conventional European art was that the focus was taken away from realistic depictions of scenery. Instead, artists tried to capture human perception and reflect the optical effects of light and colour in their canvases, particularly at twilight and dawn.
  • Impressionism was all about personal response to scene, a fleeting impression of a moment in time. To truly experience this, many Impressionists left their studios to paint ‘en plein air’ on the crowded streets of Paris and in the sunny french country side.
  • Impressionist work¬†can be easily recognised by the¬†looser, detached brushtrokes and pure, vibrant colours. Traditional linear perspective was abandoned, while unusual angles and open composition were incorporated into the artwork.


Three Key Impressionist Artists
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    Claude Monet

    Claude Monet (1840 ‚Äď 1926) was one of the founders of Impressionism. During the late 1860s, his artwork was rejected by the conservative Acad√©mie des Beaux-Arts but, refusing to accept defeat, Monet and a few like-minded artists organised the ‘Anonymous Society of Painters, sculptors and Engravers’ to display their artwork
    independently. In 1874, they held their first exhibition, where¬†the term “Impressionism” was coined by a harsh critic¬†who derived¬†it from the title of Monet’s¬†‘Impression, soleil levant’ ¬†(Impression, Sunrise). Monet’s¬†best known works include a series of haystacks and cathedrals painted at different times of day and his late Waterlilies.

  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)¬†was also a leading ¬†french painter in the development of Impressionism. Also rejected by many Salon Juries, he too¬†joined the Anonymous Society and slowly gained recognition as a true master of light, shadow and colour. His works typically featured nature scenes and large gatherings of people.
  • Berthe Morisot¬†(1841¬†‚Äď1895) was the only female artist who managed to successfully integrate herself into the Impressionist circle. As the daughter of a bourgeois family (with a long history of successful painters) it was customary for her to have an art education. She exhibited regularly in the Salon de Paris, until she joined the ‘rejected’ group of Impressionists in 1974. Morisot paintings emphasised the cultural restrictions of her class and gender at the time, focusing on everyday domestic life.
Society’s reaction
During the mid-19th century, Paris was hugely renovated and transformed into a modern metropolis, including new railway stations, wide boulevards and massive apartment buildings. Times were changing and Impressionists saw this. They bravely rejected the official, government-endorsed exhibitions and were in turn rebuffed by powerful art institutions. Their new painting techniques gave their artwork an unfinished appearance which was at first hugely critised and labelled as ‘amateur’. Still, they¬†soldiered on¬†and eventually, Impressionism gained global recognition and respect, marking an enormous change in¬†European painting.
My #Impressionism inspired artwork
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So¬†I clearly I’m no Impressionist artist, but for this months #ArtKnowItAll artwork¬†I tried to incorporate different elements of Impressionism into my painting,¬†such as the detached brushwork, vibrant colours, bright lights and if you look closely, the eiffel tower’s silhouette in the background paying homage to the city where impressionism was born. I’m not gonna a lie,¬†this artwork was a bit of a fail (let’s just say¬†I grossly overestimated my artistic abilities when planning this article¬†and did¬†not give myself enough time), but I decided to share with you guys anyway because hey…you win some, you loose some ūüėČ Maybe you guys have some helpful tips you’d like to share with an aspiring artist who sucks at time management?


Let me know what art movement you want to see next in the comments below or on twitter using #ArtKnowItAll !

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