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Watercolor Desktop Wallpaper Art, fun freebie!

Art, Watercolor WallpapersKimberly Heimbach2 Comments

May is here and I believe it is going to May-gical! 

I was inspired for this little series by daydreaming of the upcoming summer months and trips to the desert. A little post-Coachella nostalgia if you will. Blooming cacti, watercolor washes reminiscent of a sunset and pink pineapples, because why not?

This May I have a few inspiring plans including a trip to the Arizona desert to see Sedona for the first time and filling up a new travel watercolor sketchbook with on location plein air painting.

What are your plans for May? I would love to hear in the comments.

Click to enlarge each watercolor art and save them as your desktop background for your laptop, iPhone, or iPad. Maybe a different watercolor background for each device? Take your pick from the four I created and let me know in the comments which watercolor art you decided to download for your desktop. I am curious what you want to see more of? Leave any tips and I will try to paint it for the next watercolor desktop art freebie on the blog.

See magic! I'm sure your desktop is looking prettier now!

Please share which one you downloaded in the comments and your creative plans for May!

Stay inspired babes xo Kimberly

How-to-Style an Eclectic Art Gallery Wall

Art, Home, How-toKimberly HeimbachComment

If there is one thing I love most about having my own space it's definitely decorating!

...and If there is one thing i despise, it's looking at a blank wall. ugh. so un-inspiring! Whenever i visit an office or space with no art I always try to leave my card behind. Art uplifts us and can help to set an intentional mood for an environment.

Are you sick of your blank wall? Get ready to get creative with me! Today I'm sharing my tips for picking an eclectic assortment of items and hanging them up as a mini gallery wall no matter what space you have.

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Ok so here my five tips!

Short on wall space? The first tip #1 is to start with small art.  This could be postcards from travels, photos, small art, pressed flowers or a vintage frame. i have seen gallery shows dedicated specifically to small art. You can also try searching on Etsy or in the Ladyfolk Shop under "small art."

Tip #2 is to have an assortment or collection of items to choose from. Try out different frames, styles of art, shapes and sizes to really mix it up. This can be something fun to think about if you are not already an art collector. When you hear "art collector" you might think of stuffy old man in a suit with money but oh how stereotypes can mislead us! You don't have to be a millionaire to purchase art. Which brings us to...

Tip #3 is to purchase art from friends, local artists/students, or on Etsy. There is endless price ranges and subject matter depending on where you search. Keep your eye out, you might find something at a local pop-up shop or market like Bloom (which is tomorrow in Costa Mesa FYI). You can also check out a preview of small art and vintage frames currently available for purchase in my online shop below...

The next tip #4 is to think outside the art "box." You could easily have a variety of items around your home to frame. Postcards from travels? Handwritten notes? A leaf from the front yard? The front of a card you received? Get creative with items you hold onto which might not be displayed currently.

Tip #5 is to create a harmonious color palette. I usually go monochromatic or pick 3 to 4 colors. You will see at the end of this post what I ended up going with. 

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My Easy Step-by-Step for Hanging your Eclectic Gallery Wall

First, the tools will you need include a level, screw driver and nails or drywall screws. I love this handy pink toolbox I use for everything around the house and studio.

  1. Measure the height and of the wall space you will be using.

  2. Layout your art on the floor to fit inside this measurement. I used a piece of fabric to block out my allotted space and tried several arrangements.

  3. Pick a focal point piece to arrange the smaller art around, mine was the seashell mirror.

  4. One-by-one take your art from the floor to the wall. Start from the center focal point piece you picked out and measure out equal spacing horizontally as you hang each piece. All my spacing between art ended up measuring two inches.

  5. Mark your spot for the nail with a pencil while visually placing your art before screwing in the nail. It might be helpful to have a friend help at this point.

  6. Place the art you just made a pencil mark for aside, and screw in your nail to the wall.

  7. Hang the piece, check with a level and repeat steps 1 through 6 for the rest of your art!

 


Ta-da! I hope this inspired you to create your own mini gallery wall!

You can see the assortment i chose is a mix of different styles, frames and items including a taxidermy of a moth from South Africa! By using a rose gold frame, a white frame and a piece with red/gold on each side of the mirror helped to balance the composition visually. You will notice a harmonious color theme i intentionally set with similar rose, green, red and gold tones. This will probably all switch up next month. Keeping the frames consistent and switching out the art inside of them is an easy way to mix it up monthly or seasonally.

Please share how you find art or create your own inspiring space in the comments! 

 

Kimberly's Laguna Beach Bridal Shower

wedding, ArtKimberly HeimbachComment

My bridal shower was a dream come true!

To our luck it didn't rain and we were able to enjoy the first half of the shower on the patio at Harvest at The Ranch. I have to thank my sister-in-law (side note: she was also my best friend from preschool to elementary school!) for planning all the beautiful details. I designed and painted all the paper ephemera for my own bridal shower, which included the hand-painted welcome sign you see above.

The flower crown bar was my idea for a way to provide an activity, something to wear during lunch and also a take home for my guests. it came out perfect thanks to local florist Shannon of Cargo Creative. Shannon also provided the garlands for my tables and the flowers for my peacock chair that my friend Roxanne provided for the day. I am sill dying to get my own peacock chair, but for now we have named it the "traveling peacock chair." It also came on my sisters birthday trip to Catalina.

After we all made our flower crowns we had a seat on the patio with a gorgeous view of Ben Browns golf course and The Ranch resort. We enjoyed tray passed hors hors d'oeuvres of farm fresh deviled eggs, burrata on brioche and spinach tarts along with plenty of sparkling Rosé and Spicy Bloody Mary's (see the full menu at the end of this post).

harvest at the ranch laguna beach

After flower crown making and a cocktail we moved inside to the private dining room at Harvest for the rest of the festivities. Guest enjoyed a choice of a fried chicken salad (my favorite!), a salmon salad or a club turkey sandwich for lunch.

laguna beach bridal shower flower crowns

{ my sister Courtney and I taking it all in before lunch }

One of my special request for lunch was that we had to have a cheese and charcuterie plate! It is one my favorite things to enjoy with friends and a glass of red wine. This one from Harvest came out beautiful and was a big hit with guests as we mingled before the main course.

{ Pickeled Vegetables }

bridal shower watercolor menu

{ custom menu art and design by Ladyfolk Studio, available in the shop }

I wasn't big on having a ton of games at my shower but we did end up playing one so my guests could get to know our relationship better. Thank you to my maid of honor and younger sister for all her help asking my then fiancé the questions. 

All the desserts were brought in from Sweet & Saucy Shop in Newport Beach because we had very specific request for dessert!  They did an amazing job keeping with my color palette and flower choices, I couldn't of been happier!

{ macarons and my favorite flowers turned cupcakes }

{ pink chocolate covered strawberries, so on brand! }

If you are interested in custom watercolor signage or menus you can order online in the shop or contact me for more specific request.

 

Easter Eggstreme live Watercolor Lettering Event!

Art, EventsKimberly HeimbachComment

Join me this Saturday in Riverside!

This event is a family friendly celebration for Easter at the beautiful Riverside Plaza. I will be doing live watercolor hand-lettering guests names on my custom Easter bunnies and egg illustrations.

There will be face painting, balloons and an Easter egg hunt too! Also, make sure to take a selfie with the Easter Bunny! 

On top of it all KFROG will be there giving away free tickets to the 2017 Stagecoach Festival!

I love painting at events like this! It is so fun to meet everyone and see the smiles on their faces when they leave with personalized art. If you are interested in having a live watercolor artist at your event, contact me here. Watch the movie below for a preview of the watercolor art in action and follow the studio on youtube for more!