Category Archives: Handmade by Andrea

My latest obsession


I LOVE watercolor…and don’t even get me started on abstract …. Photo realistic art is not my goal.  I am fascinated with and hold in high regard those who can create realistic looking images.  I’m more interested in a playful exploration of mediums and tools which is why this process and finishing result hits my sweet spot combining 3 criteria for my time spent creating.  1) color filled, 2) simple, 3) functional.

Now, before you challenge me on that last criteria…You are correct…not all art has to be functional.  I am a lover of process.  An enjoyable process in which I learn and grow as an artist is enough of a function for me.  After getting this question time and time again in class “what do you ‘do’ with it?”  I finally came up with the response….”what do you ‘do’ with a massage?”  or “what do you ‘do’ with a meditation session?”  There is intrinsic value in simply enjoying the process and a beautiful token of my time spent creating is a huge bonus as far as I’m concerned.

And without further blabbering on my part…here are some of my playful abstract watercolor “master sheets” ready to be turned into mini books (appx. 4″x4″)

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As you can see…I progressively have a difficult time leaving white space…even when I know that white space is so lovely in the finished product.



I’ve developed a template/design to insert these folded single sheet booklets into a hard cover.



I’ve really enjoyed not only making these mini journals but actually working in them.   They are the perfect surface to practice hand lettering and zentangle inspired art.


If you are in the bay area and are interested in making one of these beauties for yourself, there are 2 workshops on the calendar currently.

Wednesday, May 10 from 10am-12pm (click here to register) OR

Sunday, May 21 from 10am-12pm (click here to register)

If neither of those dates work for you and you still want to take an in-person workshop, consider using our “pick your class” option by clicking here.  Find a date/time that works for you (and preferably a couple of friends!) and request it by using the RSVP option.  In the notes section type Abstract Watercolor Mini Journal.

If you’d just rather purchase a pre-made journal of my original artwork, click here and buy one in my etsy shop.  I’ll also have a tutorial up soon (ish) for you to purchase if you’d rather make your own at home.

Thanks for reading!

Final Fourteen – Day 13


Another Freebie today is my rendition of 2 Corinthians 12:9,10



This should be the perfect size to print out  as a book mark and not coincidentally the perfect size for the margin of the ESV Single Column Journaling Bible.

Though I can pick apart my lettering and be self critical…it’s all about GRACE…so there you have it.


Final Fourteen – Day 11

Final Fourteen – Day 11


This sparkle will brighten up any home and is the perfect customized gift for friends or family.

I was totally inspired by Lexi’s creation

Lexi Grenzer’s Collage that inspired my “Glittered Monogram”

Hop on over to ETSY to pick one up for only $15 today (normally priced at $22)

The piece shown is 9″x 12″ though some letters require a 12″x 12″ canvas.



Final Fourteen – Day 9

Final Fourteen – Day 9


Today’s offering is close to my heart.  It is a piece I designed a few years ago and have loved ever since.  I’ve made dozens of them, taught a  class in making them many times…and now finally have listed them in my etsy shop.  Each Rosette is unique so what you get when you purchase today’s deal is a totally handmade lovely one-of-a-kind piece.  Jump on this sooner rather than later though because I have only listed 5 of them in the shop…you might be able to twist my arm to make some more…or you can sign up for the class I’m offering next Monday afternoon.

Today only…$35…tomorrow…$50

Hop over to my etsy shop and snatch them up while they last.

Final Fourteen – Day 8

Final Fourteen – Day 8



This kit contains everything you need to create sweet holiday collaged tags for individual gift giving or to string as a decoration.

Kit Contents:
(10) 2.5″x5″ manila tags
(1) Black Soot Distress marker
(3) Yards Jute Twine
(1) .5oz bottle Matte Multi Medium
Assorted collage papers & ephemera
(1) Label Letters containing 900 stickers
Muslin Bag
(10) hole reinforcers
(12) Color Copy collaged tags
Instructions to complete your tags
Tree mask

All you need from your stash is a pair of scissors, white glue (elmers) and white (or your desired background color) acrylic paint.

Though the sample shown has a tree, I’ve made these with a Hanukkah Candle design very easily.

Extra tags & ephemera are also available  ($5 during the deal today)


The deal for all of this is $12 today ONLY…tomorrow the price goes up to $18

Think of the fun you can have with a group of friends creating fun holiday tags..this is virtually a party in a box!

Hop on over to ETSY to pick up your limited edition kit.

Final Fourteen – Day 6

Final Fourteen – Day 6

Today is a FREEBIE…

I love to practice lettering and I love #biblejournaling and #illustratedfaith

Today is a free gift for you.  This is one of my favorites and it is sized perfectly as a bookmark…or those of you who are journaling directly in their bibles (like me) will find this fits the margin of the ESV Journaling Bible perfectly.  If you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about…..Check out Shanna Noel’s Blog…she started a facebook community (thousands of members strong) who are illustrating their faith creatively.


I plan to color this in but I always scan or photography my work prior to adding color so I can try it lots of different ways.


Final Fourteen – Day 5

Final Fourteen – Day 5


We’re on a roll!  Today is another piece of customized jewelry.


This 1″ pendant (in antique copper OR antique bronze) has a base of vintage lace (each piece is slightly different) with your choice of word.  the lace has a base of resin poured over, the word is set on this cured resin with another layer of resin over top so there is great depth.

Each pendant comes on an adjustable (upon request) 36″ matching chain.

Hop on over to ETSY to pick some up.  They make lovely gifts!  Today only, the price is $7 (normally $12.00)

Final Fourteen – Day 4

Final Fourteen – Day 4

Just “4” you for day 4 is a set of SIX chalkboard on Kraft Gift Bags.


As always..hop on over to ETSY and pick up a set (or two or three…) to take care of all of your holiday (and year round) gift giving needs.

They are only $10 …here are the details:

This kit contains all you need to create SIX (8 x 4 1/2 x 10 1/4″) decorated kraft gift bags. Each come handpainted with a swatch of black chalkboard paint.

The kit contains a sheet of white transfer paper, white charcoal pencil, a printout for the “Just for You” as shown in the example and 10 sheets of kraft colored tissue and of course the 6 gift bags.

All you have to do is layer the design and transfer paper and trace the design onto the chalkboard surface. If you want another design, simply go online and print something else out to fit the 5×7 (roughly) area or freehand it! Make a mistake? No problem. Transfer paper is erasable and the charcoal pencil wipes away with a wet cloth. Seal the surface after you are happy with your design with a spritz of hairspray.