Thursday, July 27, 2017

Abundance Preview, Day 2: Pure Prairie Spirit

Hey hey hey! Have you been following along on our Abundance stamp collection sneak peeks? We got underway yesterday with a versatile floral set called Vibrant Thanks, and today we’re jumping back into the world of flowers for a bouquet that’s been on our best seller list since as a digital stamp.

I often go for walks in a park nearby that’s designated as a “prairie restoration” — landscapers took what was once a grassy field and totally revamped the area into rolling hills of native wildflowers. Now, I’ve drawn a lot of wildflowers in my time, but there is something about prairie fields buzzing with local color that really brings a smile!

Getting out my illustration go-tos (Bristol illustration board and a pencil) I concocted a free-flowing bouquet based on prairie-esque stems picked from my garden, and then I whittled around, got out the eraser, and supplemented areas with flowers more common to prairies out west. After doing a little research, I brought in favorites like little bluestem, New England asters, purple prairie clover, and Indian paintbrush.

This bouquet may look a bit familiar, because the digital stamp form, Pure Prairie Bouquet, has been quite popular with our digi-loving customers, and NOW we are offering this image (updated and enhanced a bit here and there!) for our clear stamp-loving customers. It is so much fun to bring this image to life with color — whether you stick to the true shades of the flowers, or go rogue and bring in your own imaginative palette! Introducing: Pure Prairie Spirit.

Such an eyeful of flowers, I tell ya! As if it was plucked from the prairie fields and brought inside to plunk into a pitcher. You’ll find what makes the Pure Prairie Spirit clear stamp set different from the digital set is that the butterflies (there are 2!) are not a part of the bouquet itself, you can add butterflies, or skip them altogether. There is an array of sentiments — including a fun birthday blurb that really pairs up nicely with the theme of this wild, wonderful set. Want to see how you can use this set? Let’s go see what the Bloom Brigade has created for release day — they have had so many art supplies out for this bouquet, I’m sure craft tables were flooded with color (and marker caps).

Take it away, Bloomies!

Thank you so much for coming to see the colorful fun we’ve been working on — and hope you’re feeling inspired to create some of your own. Pure Prairie Spirit will be available on July 30, along with the other 4 sets in the Abundance Collection. One more is coming tomorrow, and I promise, it’s a pretty BIG deal!! ;)


Trina P. said...

Fabulous projects by the BB. Loved Julie's butterflies card.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Marcy, what a wonderful post, and I always love seeing your work in progress in pencil and how you've staged the flowers to use for inspiration! You are so gifted! What a beautiful set and such wonderful cards by the Bloomies! Wow, it's only Day Two of Five! Looking forward to tomorrow! Hugs! xoxo

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful image!! I love these wild flowers!

Helen Budz said...

These peeks at the new release sets are so beautiful. Blog presenters have shared such exquisite examples of the possibilities for creating with these sets. Summer flower beauty is always appreciated. Thanks for sharing!

Shylaa Shree said...

you are blessed by mother nature to transform her more beautifully into art.Loads of love to you

Jean said...

Such gorgeous florals!!

Jen Timko said...

And what inspiration this is!! So pretty!!