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Making It Personal

How do you make a world of digital screens feel personal? It’s been a challenge of mine for years. Things that happen in real interactions, like showing your face, giving a smile, or speaking words of encouragement, take extra effort online. Pose for the camera. Record and edit a video.

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Holly

There are now five designs in the Christmas card collection. Somewhere between 10 and 12 would be a wonderful number to reach, but we’ll have to wait and see! We visited family at their new home in north Georgia recently. They have a wide spread of trees behind the house

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The Most Subtle Change

Another subtle shift in color and I’m getting excited about the upcoming Christmas collection. You can spend just as much time making final tweaks as making the art itself. I have to remember to be patient, because landing on the final art and color palette is always worth the wait.

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Snowflakes + the Good in Asking for Help

It’s mid-April and I wonder if I’m the only one living in GA who wishes winter would stay a little longer. That is, if it would snow!  Snow will always be a novelty to me. I’m not sure I’ll ever get enough. Unless we move to where it snows on

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A graphic drawing of a Christmas tree on a gold background.

Christmas Tree V2

Changes to the same design, whether in medium or color, or both in this case, can have a dramatic impact on how its perceived. I re-drew the Christmas tree using opaque, inky layers. I also replaced the soft blue with gold, and introduced the creamy color. Version 1 of the

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A snippet of Christmas art showing the top of an ornament in red, green, and gold.

Watercolor’s Out, Ink is In

Three finished designs into the Christmas collection and, while they were pretty, they didn’t feel 100% like me. I couldn’t place my finger on it. Was it the watercolor? Or the color palette?  I adjusted the colors and still couldn’t shake the feeling. So, I started redrawing one of the

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Sometimes, You Just Need to Simplify

I removed the dark, green background from the dove painting I shared yesterday. I found the contrast too stark and not necessarily the texture I wanted, either. But, that left me with a problem of how to incorporate green, a color I really wanted to use in this design. I

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Dove WIP

A little more work on the Christmas collection and still trying to find my way with digital watercolor. I’m certain the green background is going to change, although I’m not sure in what way. I also think I lean more toward opaque vs. translucent colors, so I may experiment with

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Christmas in April

It’s official – I’ve begun creating art for the 2024 Christmas season! It’s wild to say at the beginning of spring, but I’d like to get ahead for retailers who shop for Christmas products during the summer.  I’m dedicating the month of April to this work, with no preconceived ideas

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Two greeting cards placed on top of a shipping mailer. The first retail order sent out for Copper House North.

First Retail Order Sent Out

On Friday I mailed out the first retail order for Copper House North. I’ve always celebrated the “firsts” in business and was so happy to package the order. It included two greeting cards: one a retro-style design with the hand-lettered message to “keep going”, the other a floral, vintage-style thank

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Photo by Moon DeSetto

Welcome to Copper House North! I’m Christina, an artist, designer, and author of The Miracle Farm. I’m here to share creativity and lessons learned while living this colorful life. Thank you for being here!

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