Sunday, December 18, 2011

bright sunflower trio teapot set

Three sunflowers arranged in a row . Unique design in harvest time mood . By Alma Wad

see matching candy jar ,mugs ,pitcher

sunflower trio candyjar
sunflower trio specialtymug
sunflower trio pitcher

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Teapot with kalocsai floral motifs

Teapot with kalocsai floral motifs

kalocsai floral motifs teapot

Personalize tea time with this Hungarian floral tea pot from Zazzle. Made of bright white porcelain, this tea pot looks amazing with these colorful and stylish vintage flowers. Dishwasher and microwave safe, this tea pot is ready to add a touch of custom flair to your home/restaurant /cafe .Great for family reunions as well .
You can buy matching mugs /candy jar/pitcher with it .Collect them all !

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Real Madrid and the Hungarian Floral Art

The Real Madrid soccer team's goalkeeper on Facebook asked  his supporters to design a glove for him for the Saturday match against Barcelona Spain.

Many Hungarian candidates were on track but Csonka Gergo studying in Barcelona led competition  virtually from the beginning . Unfortunately the image that one had to vote  for was removed by Facebook several times, so he had to start all again. However, no effort was futile, just 20 hours after the submission of his design five thousand votes came up, so he won the glove design competition.

Iker Casillas has promised that the winner glove-maker can get two tickets to the 10 December match and get that dedicated glove from him .

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Exotic floral paintings in silk - interview with Takuyo Williams

This time I would like to introduce a truly exotic floral artist :Takuyo Williams . She is not only someone with Japanese heritage but she lives in the remote island of Hawaii - both places inspiring her art .

How old were you when first time the idea of being an artist came up ?

I've always enjoyed drawing and painting pictures. My parents really encouraged me to become a painter. By 12 years old, I was already painting with oil on canvas. 

By 16, I enrolled in the art high school to become a fine artist. I tried various mediums in the school, I loved oil and watercolor the most. I was also deeply influenced by my Japanese heritage. Eventually I started to pursue drawing in Japanese traditional Sumi painting styles. I studied calligraphy as a child too, the brushes were almost identical.

Could you tell us about what kind of floral art you do ?

My focus is on painting flowers on silk. I love silk painting. I hand paint floral art on all different kinds of silks. I make my floral art into wall hangings, canvas art, and even silk scarves.

Silk's luster and softness remind me of a flower's petals. I love orchids, poppies, roses and all types of flowers.
I paint flower portraits. Each flower has a presence. Floral art also reminds me of my mother's and my grandmother's kimonos. My family is original from Kyoto. I grew up dazzled by the beauty and the color of Kyoto Yuzen kimonos.

Japanese art motifs are often flowers. My favorite flower is peonies. My home town has the peony festival during winter. I use to visit the shinto shrine garden in snow to see the blooming peonies there. Hawaiian flowers are just lively, cheerful and gorgeous. I want to capture the beauty of flowers and want to show the celebration of life. Flowers are the show stopper of natural world, and keep the circle of life going.

I also create floral wearable silk art. It's so luscious to wear a beautifully hand painted art on one's body. It's very different from looking at fine art on the wall. Scarves move with you, they change when they are scrunched. My silk scarves always surprise me when I finish painting and unhook them from the frame. They look totally different.

Who inspired or taught you?

I learned Japanese traditional paintings from a master in Japan, and oil painting from a painter who spent time in both France and Japan.

I taught myself silk painting, so I feel the most free and true painting silk. I always leave the studio more inspired than dodging in, so perhaps I inspire myself.

I learned to focus and channel my creativity under my professors at Parsons School of Design. I learned a lot about professionalism from the famous, talented and dedicated art directors and graphic designers whom I worked for in NYC in my 20's.

I am heavily inspired by Japanese traditional painters of the 19th century. Their art was very traditional, using resin and rock mineral powder medium. Yet their work shows the influence Europe was having at the time. I love the Romanticism movement in Europe during the 19th century too.

In apparel world, Diane von Furstenberg. She is my big inspiration. She created wrap dresses and her print designs are stunning. I love wearing my scarves with her wrap dresses!

How often do you create ?

I paint everyday as much as I can without neglecting my family. :)

Which were the best moments for you so far as an artist ?

Definitely, when I hear from my galleries how happy my clients were when they bought my fine art pieces or scarves. I also love hearing from my customers on Etsy too. It makes my day when I read warm feedbacks on the web.

Which were the worst moments for you so far as an artist?

When my studio almost caught on fire. I ended up saving all my silk scarves. Several fine art works were destroyed, they caught fire. It happened recently. I am so glad, nothing really bad happened. I will paint those art again.

What advice would you give to other artist who is just starting out?

I would say, be good to yourself, enjoy the process of creating art. It's never too late to start making art. Make anything you want and don't quit. Mistakes are good. If you can make yourself happy others will follow.

Takuyo Williams

See more of her art in her Etsy boutique

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pink Roses with Maroon Stems

Pink Roses with Maroon Stems

Pink Roses with Maroon Stems

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my soft pink rose collection

In the very beginning I had a pink rose against light gray background .
Then I started to make experiments with that photo online while using zazzle tools . I opted for the "show white parts transparent" and this way i could change the background easily . I found that this pink was the best and I created every kind of items with that . telling the truth - I think it would be  the best for a chocolate box. But as zazzle does not provide that - I could make a jewelry box , cards ,stretched canvas prints and a lot more .
soft pink rose no2 invitation

soft pink rose wrappedcanvas

soft pink rose no2 planetjillgiftbox

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Purple Lillies

Purple Lillies by stephcarter
Purple Lillies, a photo by stephcarter on Flickr.

Elegant composition of some purple lilies . Free commercial/personal use .Check out the link for download .

Thursday, October 6, 2011

December wedding announcement from

December wedding announcement from

or see another version with snowflakes

A beautiful photo of a rose in purple light .Inspired by a famous story - this rose is fragile and unique like true love is .It's great for your winter wedding invitations.Personalize it with the details of your own wedding .

Your party invites, announcements and promotional materials will have a crisp professional look on this smooth, vibrant, matte, 110lb cover-weight paper. Contains 50% recycled content (10% post-consumer and 40% pre-consumer waste).

Very Elegant Wedding Invitation / Greeting Card from

Very Elegant Wedding Invitation / Greeting Card from

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Moonlit Taj Floral Pattern

The Moonlit Taj is inspired by the pietra dura (marble inlay) work on the walls of the magnificient Taj Mahal. The pattern attempts to capture the luminous effect of moonlight falling on translucent white marble, encrusted with semi precious stones. Characteristic of the gem encrusted floral inlay work seen on the walls of the Taj Mahal, the pattern consists of a graceful waltz of scrolling lapis, turquoise and malachite vines set against a ground of milky white marble.

Find this table runner here !

Blue Willow in Seven Panels Style

Created by Esther
Operating out of :
Riverside, CA
Available : at Etsy

the artist says about the apron " I’ve always loved Blue Willow or Blue Danube style china because it evokes peace. For me, this fabric holds memories of beautiful plates and fine tea sets and gentler times in general. A 7-panel retro style pattern was used to create a nostalgic apron that is sure to please. The fabric is a medium weight (or light canvas) blue print on a slightly off-white base."

Monday, September 19, 2011

Interview with a floral artist - Olga Hutsul

Olga Hutsul

How old were you when first time the idea of being an artist came up ?

Just something that I loved to do since I was a child.

Could you tell us about what kind of floral art you do ?
Crocus thank you card card

All my art is based on my photography. In order to enhance the natural beauty I use different techniques in image processing software

Who inspired or taught you ?

I was inspired by a number of great artists such as Salvador Dali, Caravaggio, Dutch painters, of course there were different influences throughout my life. And there seems to be no end to this process, on a rainy day you will always find me in a nearest bookstore going through books and books of art.

Unfortunately there has never been a teacher...
How often do you create?

tulip canvas print wrappedcanvas
Over the past year almost everyday. The secret of improving your art is in practicing it...

Which were the best moments for you so far as an artist?

tulip magnet magnet

The best moments are when your vision is all coming together, and when you look at your work you can say with the relief – this is it.

Which were the worst ones?

The worst moments are attempts to find acknowledgement...

provence lavender postcard postcard

What advice would you give to other artist who is just starting out?

peach tree branches wedding stickers sticker

Practice as often as you can, and do seek professional advice. It is so easy to get comfortable with your own mistakes. It is good for peace of mind, but not for perfecting your skill...
to see more visit Olga's website

Thursday, September 15, 2011

orange leaves Shoulder Bag

Orange leaves in shades of oranges .Decorative abstract gift for this fall !Created by Alma Wad .Canvas shoulder bag comes with this unique art-deco inspired design sure to earn you a wink wherever you go


3 inner pockets, including a pocket with zipper
24" straps (1" wide)
15" W x 9.5" H x 6" D

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Antique Horse Chestnut Tree

Antique Horse Chestnut Tree

Antique Horse Chestnut Tree

John Miller...

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This print is individually colored using traditional European methods. Starting with a black and white reproduction on heavy, cotton rag paper, artists apply paint using the finest watercolors. Subtle differences may appear in each print.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

From particle physics to Floral Art

Pastimedesigns  -  Interview with  Diana Smailus

How old were you when the idea of being an artist first came up?

I was a late bloomer. In the early 90's, before the web became public, particle physics laboratories and universities used it as a means to communicate graphics electronically. I worked at such a facility and was blown away when Computing Division personnel gave us a demonstration. My boss seized the opportunity to use the web to provide educational resources for K-12 science teachers and students. I found myself sitting at my desk with new software and a Photoshop 2.5 book in my lap trying to figure out how to design graphics for the new website. One of my projects was to illustrate the plants found on the prairie surrounding the laboratory. Photoshop wasn't the right software for that project. I found myself, again, sitting at my desk with Adobe Illustrator vector software and a book in my lap. I was totally hooked and loved it.
Prairie Wildflowers Poster print

Could you tell us about what kind of floral art you do?

I draw all my wildflowers on the computer using Adobe Illustrator software and incorporate gradient meshes, which give the flowers and leaves a more realistic look. I refer to Briton & Brown's "Illustrated Flora of the United States and Canada", 1913 editions for plant characteristics and the US Plant Database for colors.

Prairie wildflower greeting/notecard card

Who inspired or taught you?

I would have to say my mentor, Liz, who first showed me how to use Illustrator way back when. She kept telling me to forget using Photoshop for drawing and learn Illustrator. It's very tricky software to use and I would get frustrated easily. I took a semester of Illustrator at a local college and got straight A's. That's when i decided, "Hey, I can do this."

Morning-Glory Mug mug

How often do you create?
Now that I'm retired I draw something everyday, even if it doesn't end up on Zazzle. Sometimes I go back and look at my early drawings and think "yuk" and I update them.
Bamboo Leaves Invitation invitation

Which were the best moments for you so far as an artist?

The best moments are when someone actually buys my work. It's hard to wrap my head around being considered an "artist." It's probably because I use the computer, which is very forgiving. Receiving such nice compliments from fellow Zazzlers also gives me a "great moment."

Which were the worst ones?

When I see a mistake on a drawing that's already been published. I cringe and hope no one notices before I can fix it.

Opaque Blue Wisteria Vine Stationery stationery

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

how to get impressive photos of flowers - video tutorial


Flower by Balaji.B
Flower, a photo by Balaji.B on Flickr.

A beautiful shot of a nice orange flower . Cheerful summer feel .Free commercial use .


Invitation by saturn ♄
Invitation, a photo by saturn ♄ on Flickr.

Wonderful poetic image -a beautiful macro .Free commercial use .

Macro Fuschia

Macro Fuschia by Iain Cuthbertson
Macro Fuschia, a photo by Iain Cuthbertson on Flickr.

A very special macro photo of a pink fuchsia . Free commercial use .