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Succulent Art, Decor and Gift Items

Decorative items depicting succulents are trending on the home and garden scene. Succulent rosettes may replace traditional florals on fabric, paper, jewelry and more. For example…

Succulent Throw Pillows  You know those throw pillows you’re tired of? Give them—and your sofa—a facelift with your favorite succulents. Made of cotton blend linen, each of these 18 x 18-inch pillow covers has a hidden zipper. Stuff an old throw pillow into one, zip it up, and voila: you’ve repurposed a boring pillow into one you adore. Best of all, these cost only $8 apiece and come in six appealing designs.

Succulent pillow covers

Succulent pillow covers update your existing 18×18 throw pillows and have concealed zippers

Succulent shower curtain  Enhance a guest bath or jazz up your own. This colorful watercolor of a sunlit echeveria pairs beautifully with towels in the same rainbow hues. Size 66 x 72 inches, polyester, curtain hooks included. A wonderful conversation piece. Around $30.

This design is also available as place mats. 

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Let it rain! Brighten your bath with an echeveria shower curtain

Agave Watercolor Serving Tray

Of all the paintings I’ve done, this watercolor of a variegated dwarf agave (Agave ‘Cream Spike’) may be my favorite. It’s available via my Zazzle store on a serving tray (shown here), several sizes of stretched canvas prints, a coffee mug and note cards. Zazzle items are pricey, and I make a mere 10% of the sales price, but at least it gets my work “out there.” I suggest you do as I do when buying from Zazzle: Never pay full price. Be alert for sales and discounts, which sometimes are as much as 50%.

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What succulent lover wouldn’t like a serving tray that incorporates an agave watercolor?

***Debra Predicts***

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Copper pendant by jewelry artist Kathaleen Oxford, koxford711@gmail.com

We’ll see succulents used more and more for jewelry, tile, mosaic, scarves, wrapping paper, buttons, place mats, gift bags, coasters, napkins, pillows, upholstery and more. Consider: Florals have graced paper and fabric for centuries, appearing on everything from wallpaper to pajamas. When depicted in two dimensions, the difference between a succulent rosette and a flower is the center. Succulents have emerging leaves; roses, tiny overlapping petals. Flowers also have a central disk (pistil). Succulent leaves are thicker than petals. Rosettes may crowd together in a hens-and-chicks fashion, send forth flowers themselves, and seldom have long, slender stems.

Why not create your own succulent-embellished items? Start with one of the 75 line drawings in my coloring book, Sensational Succulents. 

Check back! More to come. And do let me know if you run across an especially lovely succulent-themed home, garden or gift item, OK? ~ Debra

Succulent coloring book
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Announcing My New Succulent Coloring Book!


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I’m proud and pleased to announce the release of my latest book: “Sensational Succulents, an adult coloring book of amazing shapes and magical patterns” published by Timber Press. The line drawings, based on my photos, are by illustrator Laura Serra.

Succulents beautifully illustrate nature’s artistry. By immersing yourself in the patterns and geometry of succulents, you’ll discover yet another reason to enjoy the plants, and gain greater insight into why you love gardens and gardening.

All photos used for the coloring book are on my website so you can refer to them, if you like, when selecting which colors to use.

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I used the line drawing of Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ from the book and the photo that inspired (shown above) it to paint the watercolor I’m holding below.

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I also made a 4-minute video that shows how I traced the image onto watercolor paper, masked white areas of the photo, applied washes, and painted one leaf at a time by dropping in dabs of color.

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Adult coloring books are popular because they offer hours of stress-relieving, creative fun. Sensational Succulents is filled with a huge array of plants that inherently have geometric patterns—in fact, succulents are known for them. Illustrations appear on only one side of a high-quality paper that supports a variety of mediums, including pencils and markers.

I hope you’ll discover the relaxing pleasure of coloring via my new book.

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Sunset magazine recommended the book in their “Best of the West” column:Sunset item

This example is from the book’s back cover:

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I used colored pencils for this one. The book’s page on my website has the line drawing for the same image, which you’re welcome to download.

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“What could be better inspiration for artists than the intricate rosettes and fractal-like patterns found in so many succulents? They are vividly-colored and have varied gradations in tone, making them an ideal subject for that grownup coloring trend I’ve come to love. Sensational Succulents, a new coloring book from the queen of succulents Debra Lee Baldwin and illustrated by Laura Serra, has 75 images from Debra’s books that have been transformed into line drawings, ready for you to color. The paper is thick, and unlike many coloring books which have so many lines that it’s hard to do anything freehand, the outlines of the succulents give just enough room for us to take some artistic license in shading. She even has instructions on her website for transferring the illustrations to watercolor paper, if you want to get creative in another medium.” — Genevieve Schmidt, North Coast Journal (Northern CA)

 

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The Easy Way to Paint Watercolors

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When you dilute watercolor paint with liquid light (clear water), you can create an image that’s translucent. Because the white of the paper shines through, the result suggests a sunlit moment in the garden.

I learned this cool technique from San Diego watercolor artist Diane Palley McDonald.

  1. Select a photo that inspires you.
  2. Print the photo on 8-1/2 by 11 paper.
  3. Put the photo on a light table or against a sunny window, and tape a piece of watercolor paper over it.
  4. Using a pencil, lightly trace the photo’s main lines onto the watercolor paper.
  5. Tape the edges of the watercolor paper to a thick rectangle of cardboard.
  6. Mask any bright white lines. (optional)
  7. Have fun painting!

It’s a lot like painting a coloring book page. The worst that can happen is you’ll have to start over, but the hard part of any painting is the drawing, so you can skip that part. I often do two or three paintings of a subject before I’m satisfied.

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See more of my paintings in my succulent watercolor calendar…or paint your own! Most of them also are on my Pinterest page, Succulent Watercolors. I also have a YouTube video showing how I paint a watercolor. Enjoy!