Friday, November 19, 2021

Playing with my Silhouette and just released the Goddess as a self-study class!

 

Front Pop Up Card created by Marla L. Niederer utilizing original artwork

No one warned me that using a Silhouette cutting machine can become such an addictive habit!  I have been working on learning how to use and design in the Silhouette software program and am still going through some learning curves.  Thankfully there is quite a supportive community of Silhouette users out there that have been very helpful with my learning curve.  I decided to join a few Facebook groups that focus on Silhouette paper crafts and decided to enter a card making challenge in the Silhouette Card Making and Paper Crafts Facebook group.

Back of front pop up card created by Marla L. Niederer utilizing original artwork


Sabine Harris created the challenge and so generously shared her files to make a front fold pop up card, a tower card, and a flamingo image for a bonus challenge.

Tower card created by Marla L. Niederer utilizing original roses watercolor painting.


Since I am not a seasoned paper crafter it took me a bit to figure out the cards and how they are put together.  It was such fun though and learned new aspects of the Silhouette software program by creating my own versions of each card.

Bonus challenge card created by Marla L. Niederer using flamingo image shared by Sabine Harris


I also just wanted to let you know that my online class the Goddess has just been released as a self-study class to be enjoyed at your own pace.  You can find out more about the class by clicking on the picture below

The Goddess Self Study Class by Marla L. Niederer



You can find out about the rest of my self-study classes by clicking on the picture below. 

 

Self Study Classes by Marla L. Niederer


You can find out about all the free tutorials I offer by clicking on the picture below.  It will also bring you to my newest free video tutorials on my OrsinisAngels YouTube channel

 

Free Tutorials by Marla L. Niederer


If you want to find out more about me click on my picture below.

 

About Me


Until next time…….

 

warm hugs,

 

Marla

 

Friday, November 5, 2021

How to Make a Watercolor Journal Coloring Book Gift

 
Watercolor Coloring Journal by Marla L. Niederer

Since I woke up to a heavy frost this morning, I started to think about the winter holidays and  thought I would share with you a tutorial on how to make a Watercolor Journal that I made as a gift for my granddaughter last year. If you like to make some of the gifts you share during the holidays, it will give you some time to make this journal.

Back of Watercolor Coloring Journal by Marla L. Niederer


 Since my granddaughter is young I added several pages in the journal that she could just color with the watercolors I included in the gift.  Feel free to use the images below to trace for your watercolor journal if you wish.

Raccoon Coloring Page to trace by Marla L. Niederer

Sleeping Mermaids Coloring Page to trace by Marla L. Niederer



You can see the full video tutorial on my OrsinisAngels Youtube channel by clicking on the picture below.

How to Make a Watercolor Coloring Journal Free Video Tutorial by Marla L. Niederer



I hope you enjoy a very creative weekend.

You can find out about my self-study classes by clicking on the picture below. 

 

Self Study Classes by Marla L. Niederer


You can find out about all the free tutorials I offer by clicking on the picture below.  It will also bring you to my newest free video tutorials on my OrsinisAngels YouTube channel

 

Free Tutorials by Marla L. Niederer


If you want to find out more about me click on my picture below.

 

About Me


Until next time…….

 

warm hugs,

 

Marla

 

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Halloween Paper Doll Exchange

 

Halloween Paper Doll designed and created by Marla L. Niederer

I hope you have been enjoying the Halloween season this year.  I can’t tell you how much fun it has been for me this particular Halloween season as a result of participating in a Halloween Paper Doll Exchange through the Facebook Progressive Paper Doll Party group.

 

First draft of paper doll by Marla L. Niederer

Before I joined the group, I must admit, I had never designed a paper doll before.  What inspired me to join the group was seeing a paper doll posted on Facebook by one of my Facebook friends to this group.  They are such a talented group that after viewing it I had to join in the fun!

 

Second draft of paper doll by Marla L. Niederer

So after joining the Bell, Book, & Cauldron challenge I threw myself into designing and creating a Halloween paper doll to meet the challenge requirements.  It was such fun to do.  To get the paper doll the way I wanted I went through several versions first before designing my final one. 

 

Final draft of paper doll by Marla L. Niederer

The process I used was to draw by hand all of the elements for the paper doll and background.  I then scanned them into my computer and added them to my Silhouette Cameo 4 (a cutting machine) software.  The software has a print and cut feature, so I was able to print the elements out onto cardstock, color them with watercolor pencils, and then send it back into my Silhouette Cameo to have all of the pieces cut.

 

Halloween Paper Doll by Marla L. LNiederer

After putting the piece together I mailed it to the group member I was assigned to share my Bell, Book, & Cauldron Paper doll with.

 

Exchange Paper Doll package sent to me by Marilou Bain

After all of that fun, I received this amazing package in the mail from Marilou Bain, another member of the Progressive Paper Doll Party group!  The package was beautifully presented wrapped in orange and black tulle.  It was almost too pretty to open. 

 

Witches' shoe created by Marilou Bain

When I opened it almost everything was tucked inside of a witches’ shoe.  There was an articulated witch paper doll, a recipe for cookies, a cauldron filled with all kinds of delights including a recipe for cookies.

 

Pumpkins and brooms created by Marilou Bain

Pumpkin and recipe card created by Marilou Bain


 In addition to all of these lovely items was a handmade card to go along with everything.

 

Halloween card created by Marilou Bain

 All of the items were created meticulously and sprinkled with German glass glitter.  What a delightful gift!  Thank you so much Marilou!

 

Halloween items created by Marilou Bain at home on my fireplace mantle

If you are still feeling in the Halloween mood I have a free video tutorial on my OrsinisAngels YouTube channel on how to decorate a needle sculpted face to look like a Sugar skull for a necklace focal point.

 

Free tutorial on how to decorate a needle sculpted head to look like a sugar skull by Marla L. Niederer


The complete downloadable PDF tutorial for the necklace is available in my shop here.

 

Dia De Los Muertos Necklace self study class by Marla L. Niederer


You can find out about more of my self-study classes by clicking on the picture below. 

 

Self Study Classes by Marla L. Niederer


You can find out about all the free tutorials I offer by clicking on the picture below.  It will also bring you to my newest free video tutorials on my OrsinisAngels YouTube channel

 

Free tutorials by Marla L. Niederer


If you want to find out more about me click on my picture below.

 

About Me


Until next time…….

 

warm hugs,

 

Marla

 

 

 

Friday, October 15, 2021

Just designed a Halloween Tag to be used with my Silhouette Cameo

 

Little Witch Halloween Tags designed and created by Marla L. Niederer

I am really enjoying decorating for Halloween this year.  My beloved husband bought me a Silhouette Cutting machine this past March.  I’m still learning how to use the software which can be a bit of a learning curve, but really enjoying the process.

I joined a Facebook group called Silhouette Secrets + that has been really helpful.  EllyMae who runs the group also has a website filled with lots of good tutorials.  After viewing some of her tutorials I figured out how to design my own Little Witch Tag.  It was such fun to create!

I used a watercolor painting I created for the central image of the tag.  After creating the SVG file for the project I just printed and cut the image of the Little Witch out of cardstock on my machine.  I also used the silhouette to cut the other two pieces of the tag out of cardstock.

Of course I had to embellish the tag with some lace binding I had laying around from my doll making adventures!

 

Little Witch Halloween Tag designed and created by Marla L. Niederer

If you missed it, I recently  released a free video tutorial on my YouTube channel OrsinisAngels today.  It shows you how I decorated my needle sculpted faces to make my Dia De Los Muertos Necklaces. If you wish to see the video just click on the picture below and it will take you to the tutorial.   I hope watching the video will get you in the Halloween mood too!

 

Free Tutorial on Decorating a Sugar Skull Necklace Focal Point by Marla L. Niederer


You can purchase the complete step by step PDF E-class on how to create your own Dia De Los Muertos Necklace in my Etsy shop.  To find out more about it just click on the picture below.

 

Dia De Los Muertos Necklace E-Class by Marla L. Niederer


You can find out about more of my self-study classes by clicking on the picture below. 

 

Self Study Classes by Marla L. Niederer


You can find out about all the free tutorials I offer by clicking on the picture below.  It will also bring you to my newest free video tutorials on my OrsinisAngels YouTube channel

 

Free Tutorials by Marla L. Niederer


If you want to find out more about me click on my picture below.

 

About Me


Until next time…….

 

warm hugs,

 

Marla

 

Friday, October 1, 2021

New Free Video Tutorial

 
Dia De Los Muertos Necklace by Marla L. Niederer

I’ve really been in the Halloween mood this year!

I just released a free video tutorial on my OrsinisAngels YouTube channel today.  It shows you how I decorated my needle sculpted faces to make my Dia De Los Muertos Necklaces. If you wish to see the video just click on the picture below and it will take you to the tutorial.   I hope watching the video will get you in the Halloween mood too!

 

Free  Tutorial by Marla L. Niederer


I thought I would also share with you the decorations I have been making for Halloween this year with my Silhouette Cameo 4 cutting machine.

 

Shadow box created with Dreaming Tree SVG file

I used a Dreaming Tree SVG file to create the shadowbox and the witches hats.  I also resized a Silhouette SVG file to decorate the hats with sunflowers.  So much fun!

 

Floating hats made with Dreaming Tree SVG file

Witches Hats on my worktable made with Dreaming Tree file  for hats and Silhouette file for sunflowers.

I also just added the complete PDF E-class in my Etsy shop to create your own Dia De Los Muertos Necklaces.   If you wish you can click on the picture below and take a peek.

 

Dia De Los Muertos Necklace E-class by Marla L. Niederer


Hope you are enjoying a creative week also.

 

You can find out about more of my self-study classes by clicking on the picture below. 

 

Self Study Classes by Marla L. Niederer


You can find out about all the free tutorials I offer by clicking on the picture below.  It will also bring you to my newest free video tutorials on my OrsinisAngels YouTube channel

 

Free Tutorials by Marla L. Niederer


If you want to find out more about me click on my picture below.

 

About Me


Until next time…….

 

warm hugs,

 

Marla

 

Friday, September 17, 2021

Appreciating the beauty around us

 

Photo by Marla L. Niederer

I’m very fortunate to live in a place that exhibits beauty wherever you look.  Sometimes when you live in a place for a while you start to take the beauty of your surroundings for granted.

 

Watercolor sketch by Marla L. NIederer

 But ever since I started painting, I’m always on the lookout for, and finding beautiful scenes to paint.

 

Watercolor sketch by Marla L. Niederer


I’ve spent a bit of time this past summer Plein Air painting but have little  final products to show for it.

 

Watercolor sketch by Marla L. NIederer

I did a lot of quick sketches in watercolors.  Even though the paintings are unfinished and not what I consider my best work, each one captures a memory. 

 

Watercolor sketch by Marla L. Niederer

A memory filled with the warmth of sunshine, the whisper of the wind, the way the light shimmers through my surroundings.

 

Watercolor sketch by Marla L. Niederer

I’m learning how to let go.  How to let go of artistic expectations, let go of the end product, and just focus on the process of creating art for the sake of art.

 

Watercolor sketch by Marla L. Niederer


I hope you enjoyed looking at the watercolor sketches I have shared with you and hope they inspire you to have a very creative weekend.

You can find out about my self-study classes by clicking on the picture below. 

 

Self Study Classes by Marla L. Niederer


You can find out about all the free tutorials I offer by clicking on the picture below.  It will also bring you to my newest free video tutorials on my OrsinisAngels YouTube channel

 

Free Tutorials by Marla L. Niederer


If you want to find out more about me click on my picture below.

 

About Me


Until next time…….

 

warm hugs,

 

Marla