Keely Finnegan

The hills are alive … with the breathtakingly beautiful artwork of Tennessee-dwelling artist Keely Finnegan. Keely’s landscapes are definitely a sight for sore eyes. Don’t you just love the way she blends lines and colors so splendidly?

artwork by Keely Finnegan

I think the technicolor tree is incredible and almost looks like it’s reaching out behind, beside, above it. Somewhere there is a home with a wall that’s waiting (yearning, possibly) for colorful new art.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

In a Word: Camping

I’ve been dying to go camping all summer. It’s the perfect way to have some relaxation time and get out and enjoy nature at its best. My favorite part is sitting around the camp fire with friends and enjoying good food and fellowship. We just got a Dalmatian puppy and I’m sure he would love to come along.

camping roundup by Jamie Bartlett / featured on dearestnature.com

I’ve only ever camped in Colorado and now that we live in Southern California I wouldn’t mind giving beach camping a try.

About Jamie Bartlett

Jamie is a graphic designer and co-founder of A Pair of Pears, a blog and design company based in Los Angeles, CA. She and her husband started their blog as a way for them to share their adventures and all things design. Since college, they've both fallen in love with letterpress printing, and now have two presses of their own.

Rainbow Painted Card

Photo by Anastasia Marie

Supplies

  • blank sheet of white rough paper
  • oil paints (or a paint that is easily smear-able)
  • scrap paper with straight edges
  • camera + Photoshop (or other graphics editing program like gimp)
  • smooth white paper
  • printer

I’ve been doing some painting in my studio lately. I’m putting together a new set of notecards for my shop, and I while I was at it, I put together a post for you on how to mass-produce your own painted cards.

The print I’m going to show you is one of my “play” designs as I was learning how oil paints work. But it turned out pretty fun, nonetheless.

 

DIY rainbow painted card by Anastasia Marie / featured on dearestnature.com

Directions

Step 1: Squeeze a bit of paint on top of your paper and smear that paint down your page with your scrap paper. Change out your colors and repeat the process until you get your rainbow. The rougher your paper, the more textured your painting will look.

Step 2: Snap a few shots of your painting (from up above) with a good digital camera. Make sure your lighting is plentiful; it helps to turn off all fluorescent lights and place your painting right next to natural light coming in through a window.

Step 3: Import your images into Photoshop and adjust the colors and white balance as desired. Choose the best one.

Step 4: Create a file in Photoshop or InDesign in the size of card you want. Place your image as desired, and print on super smooth white paper. And just for fun, you can download and print my version of the card here if you’d like!

About Anastasia Marie Mikailenko

Anastasia Marie is crazy about paper and anything that pairs up good with paper. So yes, that means pencils and tape are included. She runs a little company named Anastasia Marie, a stationery + design studio specializing in custom handcrafted paper-cut cards and wedding + social stationery.

Olive Manna

Fabric ribbon by Olive Manna

Former web designer turned curator and shop owner Natalie Jost has arguably one of the loveliest shops in the history of lovely shops. Olive Manna — you’ve probably heard of it — is an online shop named after Natalie’s children that carries a vast array of home decor, gift wrapping, and plenty more. Peruse the shop and you’ll find that Olive Manna epitomizes rustic charm.

A few of my nature-themed favorites:

products by Olive Manna / featured on dearestnature.com

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Tierra Sky

Listen by Tierra Sky

I’m completely smitten by Ericka O’Rourke’s style of art. The way the earthy colors blend together and the organic, abstract forms that take shape in her work are breathtaking. Ericka sells a variety of abstract, earth-inspired artwork and ceramics in her shop Tierra Sky.

artwork by Tierra Sky

pottery by Tierra Sky

Hop over to Tierra Sky to see more of Ericka’s intriguing art.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.