DIY: How to Make a 2017 Calendar

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After going to four different stores and not being able to find a calendar, I decided to make my own. I have thought about turning my artwork into a calendar before but making one completely from scratch did not come to mind. Since I am completely obsessed with birds I decided to make it bird themed. Every single month has a different bird on it. Of course you can make yours into any theme that you would like. Colorful watercolor splashes would look really pretty as well.

Here is how you can make your own 2017 hand-painted watercolor calendar using supplies from Michaels Ats and Crafts Store.

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Step 1: Take 6 pieces of watercolor paper and cut each one in half. Each one should measure 5.5″ x 7.5″. You should end up with 12 pieces for the 12 months of the year.

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Step 2: Write all the months of the year and days of the week in black marker. You can change it up by placing the calendar on the top or bottom of the paper like the above photo.

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Step 3: Let your creative juices flow and paint anything you desire. I chose to paint my favorite birds. 😀

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This is one of my favorites! I made sure to paint my favorite bird on my birthday month. Can’t stop painting peacocks! 😀

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I used this cute pedestal frame that I found at Michael’s. The clip makes it easy to change the pictures or it can  hold all of them at once.  I really like the rustic look.:D

Instead of the pedestal frame you have the option to whole punch the top middle of the paper and add a string or you may also display your desktop calendar with a binder clip.

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Thanks for viewing! I hope you enjoyed this post.

What theme will you use for your calendar? 😀 

Famous Failures Commissioned Paintings

Commissioned paintings are challenging. Not necessarily challenging in a negative way but rather in a positive way. The opportunity to create custom artwork for clients allows you to step out of your comfort zone. You end up painting new subjects, new styles, new color combinations, and the list goes on. The best part about it is that you get to work with wonderful people and involve them in your creative process. It’s a wonderful journey to be able to have someone give you their vision and you get to make that vision a reality.
I have created many works of art for clients over the years, but I have to say this commissioned project is one of my favorites. My client asked me to create five 4 x 4 inch watercolor paintings of Frida Kahlo, Oprah Winfrey, Abraham Lincoln, Michael Jordan, and J.K. Rowling with quotes. My client’s vision was for me to create the portraits of each in a loose style. I am use to creating fine detail so this was an exciting challenge.
Another challenge that I encountered along the way was painting the quotes. It was difficult at first since the letters I had to write were very small and stylized. I also did not have experience writing letters with a paint brush. I went out and bought a fine detail brush and practiced writing for hours. I ended up writing it in pencil and then painting over it.
During this journey, I learned how to paint tiny lettering, loosen my brush strokes, and most importantly I learned more about these amazing empowering people. What do these five people have in common? They have failed and they have succeeded despite those obstacles. Their failures are stepping stones to success. Overall I think they came out great. My client also loved them!
What do you think about commissioned paintings? Do you find them challenging? What do you like about them? 😀