Watercolor Denver Broncos Birthday Card- Deadline is today!

LAST NIGHT was the night before my son’s 17th birthday. He doesn’t ask for much for his birthday. But there was one thing he was expecting…..a watercolor birthday card from me. Of course he had seen some of the Valentine’s Day, Birthday, Anniversary cards that I started to make the past couple of months. I never thought he would want a watercolor card for himself. 


So my mind racing on what kind of birthday card should I paint for a 17 year old boy.

Do I do the typical birthday cake and balloons, how about a cupcake with some candles?

As my mind is pondering the items I know how to watercolor, he already had an idea. My son is a proud Denver Broncos fan and his favorite player is Phillip Lindsay. 

What!? He wants me to watercolor Phillip Lindsay!!!

Ok, let’s get this straight. I am a floral, desserts, bird watercolor artist. I have just in the past couple of weeks started to learn how to draw figures with the very help book by Chris Hart, ”Figure It Out! The Beginner’s Guide To Drawing People”. I have very little experience drawing people let alone watercoloring them! Now he wants me to draw and watercolor a football player and would like to have a birthday theme. He even texts me the image he would like to have on his card.


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Photo by Jeffrey Beall and copied from Wikipedia.


Oh s**t!

What is a Mother to do! I don’t want to disappoint him and the artist in me is thinking that this test does look intriguing to me. 


So this is where fear of failure comes in. I don’t want to disappoint my son and I don’t want to find out that all the art classes, have gone to waste. But the show must go on and I have 8 hours before our birthday celebration so here goes nothing.

FEBRUARY 18, 2020: TIME – 9AM

With my Canson Sketch book I begin the task of drawing Phillip Lindsay.  With the Royal Graphite Pencil HB, I start with this head and work down. After 20 minutes and a few erasing moments, I was able to work out a sketch of him.

Sketch that took 20 minutes.

Now all I have to do is transfer my sketch onto Strathmore Mixed Media Cards. Luckily, I have a light board and was able to trace my sketch with a 5H Graphite Pencil easily.


At this point, I am taking a break because from experience if I don’t take breaks, I will begin to rush my process and make a mistake. 

After a year of intense studies of watercolor, I decided to approach Phillip Lindsay with lights and darks. Forget that it’s a person, being on the lightest layer and building the layers slowly. With the help of Emma Block’s (The Joy Of Watercolor 40 Happy Lessons From Painting The World Around You), I was able to mix the right skin tone with her lesson on painting people. 

The color mix of White, Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber from my Sennelier Watercolor, I was able to come up with Lindsay’s skin color.  Using my number 4 Silver Black Velvet brush, I slowly worked on building the layers. One of my watercolor teacher’s always said to not brush the color, do subtle dropping of color down. Give a hint here and hint there with the lights and darks of the paint.

Slowly working on the layers to build the muscle on the arms.

For his hair, I used a Creative Mark number 8FX effect brush which was so much fun to use. I haven’t had a chance to really use this brush and it was the perfect brush for his hair. 

Before I get much farther, I use Winsor and Newton Art Masking Fluid to block out Linsday’s Jersey number and let that dry. I continue to build up the shadows on his face and hair while that’s drying.  


As I work slowly on the watercolor and giving my layers time to dry, I am getting more excited by the minute as this card is coming into its own.  While Lindsay is drying, I use this time to work on the gift bag and birthday cake. I can feel my excitement building. The main attraction is Lindsay so I will excuse my messy layered chocolate cake. I do have to figure out how I am going to add a 1 and a 7 to the cake. My options are macron pen, Indian ink, watercolor.

The masking fluid on the numbers, waiting for the Jersey to dry.

I will continue to build the layers on his uniform until I am happy with it. As a watercolor artist, and I am still a beginner, knowing when to stop is a tricky thing for me.


I finally decided to go with the Macron .005 pen for the lettering and it worked out well! Wow, it is 1pm and after 4 hours, I have completed the birthday card. To my surprise, it really looks like a person, but most importantly it’s a football player carrying a birthday cake and gift bag for my son. I hope he likes the card!

He does!

Acrylic Fluid Pour Art

This past Fall, I was able to attend an Acrylic fluid Pour workshop. In a short two hours, I learned so much of this fascinating art process. With Acrylic Fluid Pour, you don’t need art experience at all. All you need is the materials and the ability to pour your paint onto a canvas. That’s it! With 2 plastic cups, 3-4 different acrylic paint, a canvas of your choice, and a ton of drop clothes to protect the floor! With a “dirty pour”, which is a mix of acrylic paints in a cup, I turned the cup over on the center of the canvas, I slowly raised the cup and watched the colors melt into each other. Below are some of my “dirty pours”.

Mystery Of Agate

There are many different recipes for an Acrylic Fluid Pour. The one used for this is the following:

Floetrol (latex)- 2 parts

Distilled water- 1 part

Acrylic paint- 1 part

The acrylic paint brand that I used is the Golden GAC 800.

Web Blue And Purple Acrylic Fluid Pour

With this Web Blue and Purple acrylic fluid pour, I used a hairdryer to have the colors separate out and create more cells (webbing effect). It doesn’t always work but I am pleased that it worked out this way.

This design looked very cool on leggings at my Zazzle store. Check it out !

Web Blue And Purple Acrylic Fluid Pour Leggings
Web Blue And Purple Acrylic Fluid Pour Leggings
Depths Of Purple Galaxy Acrylic Fluid Pour

With this purple galaxy, I used a paper plate holder to pour the paint through to the 10 X 10 canvas.

Pink Ice Cream Melt
With every pour you will get a different result. Every art piece is an original piece of art!

I hope you enjoyed some of my art work. If you are interested in looking at more of my art or would like to purchase some of my art. Please check out a few of my sites:



Loose Floral Watercolor as announcements!

It’s so exciting to move into a new home. It’s a busy time too for sure with many moving parts.  With packing boxes, calling movers, making all the arrangements that by the time you have moved into the new apartment or house, you just want to be done with it all.

This is where Moving Announcement postcards are a great way to tell your friends and family that you have a new address! Below are a few of my moving announcement postcards that will give you a fun and creative way to spread the news!

With all of my Moving Announcement postcards you can easily change the text to fit your needs! All my postcards come in different sizes, with or without an envelopes, custom to your liking.

Floral Moving Announcements: zazzle.com/daphsam

I’ve Moved Watercolor Roses

I've Moved Watercolor Roses Announcement

I’ve Moved Change Of Address Floral Peonies Announcement Postcard


I've Moved Change Of Address Floral Peonies Announcement Postcard


Watercolor Pink & Blue Hydrangeas I’ve Moved Invitation

Watercolor Pink & Blue Hydrangeas I've Moved Invitation

All of my watercolor, I have learned from a variety of youtube- watercolor loose florals tutorials, also I have learned from a fantastic website called Skillshare that has a ton of online courses on the arts, writing, video, freelancing and so much more!

If you are interested in checking this site out, use this code: https://skl.sh/2hQVW8p for 2 free months of Premium.

Watercolor Floral New Address Moving Announcement Postcard

Watercolor Floral New Address Moving Announcement Postcard

Peonies Watercolor New Address Announcement Postcard

Peonies Watercolor New Address Announcement Postcard

Watercolor Roses Moving Announcement

Watercolor Roses Moving Announcement

All of these watercolors were painted on Arches Cold Press Paper, 100% cotton, 140LB. I find that the Arches is the best, high quality paper that is great for layering colors, water control and keeps the colors looking fresh and bright.

I use a scanner to transfer the watercolor into the computer and with Photoshop, I clean up the watercolor, brighten the colors.

Watercolor Tropical Monstera Leaves New Address Announcement

Watercolor Tropical Monstera Leaves New Address Announcement

We’ve Moved! Tropical Floral Frame Announcement Postcard

We've Moved! Tropical Floral Frame Announcement Postcard

Watercolor We Have Moved Flamingo Address Announcement Postcard

Watercolor We Have Moved Flamingo Address Announcement Postcard

Some of the watercolor brands that I use are Winsor and Newton Professional watercolor, Holbein Artists Watercolor and Sennelier. My favorite are the Winsor and Newton as their colors are more thicker and I have better water control with them. the Sennelier are more transparent and need I have a harder time building the colors up.


We’ve Moved Watercolor Chrysanthemums

We've Moved Watercolor Chrysanthemums

Whimsical Bird With Pastel Leaves I’ve Moved Announcement Postcard

Whimsical Bird With Pastel Leaves I've Moved Announcement Postcard

We’ve Moved Purple And Blue Watercolor Hydrangeas Announcement Postcard

We've Moved Purple And Blue Watercolor Hydrangeas Announcement Postcard

Peonies And Roses Watercolor Moving Announcement

Peonies And Roses Watercolor Moving Announcement

All the flowers that I have painted here are from references that are either my own photography or from websites like pixabay.com or unsplashed.com.

I hope that you like some of the watercolor work that I have showed case here. All the of the pictures can be transfer to other products at Zazzle.com. So if you have no need of a moving announcement cards, through Zazzle, you can transfer the image to the many other products on Zazzle.com!


Please follow me at Daphsam’s Instagram for more of my art work!


Check out my zazzle.com/daphsam for all kinds of greeting cards, postcards, invitations and more!

The Monarch Butterfly: All cards are $2.95

Spring is here, new beginning for all.

Spring is here, new beginning for all. I took this photo at Epcot’s International Flower & Garden.  When I saw this Monarch Butterfly, it inspired me feelings of new beginnings, spring celebrations, and an inner peace and happiness.  I felt that this picture was perfect for different celebrations.


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Pink And White Dahlia iphone 5g from Zazzle.com

Pink And White Dahlia iphone 5g from Zazzle.com.

I photographed this beautiful Dahlia last summer.  I just love the color tones on each petal.  I just bought this from Zazzle for myself because I love beautiful colors and also add this to my Spring collection!

Let’s explore the world of iphone photography!

iphone photography  has totally changed everyone’s ability to take photos. It has given all of us a change to be that artistic genius whom we all know is inside of us! As a photographer, when I am looking upon a scene in my view finder, my mind is racing with all the possibility that when I take that shot, it will evoke all the drama, passion, artistic dreams that I had for that photo. Uncertainty hours later, when I am sitting in front of the computer, down loading my photos, I think, ” Wow, now that picture is just not as powerful or creative as I had hoped . ” Well, thank god for Photoshop to help create that artist photo that I wanted. Nevertheless, when I am in a rush or my back bothers me, and I don’t want to lug around my camera equipment; the iphone comes in handle, and it gives me wonderful results. I use much different photography apps to create the perfect vision that I was daydreaming about when taking the photo. My mom always taught me to share so I am sharing what I use, and I hope that you will share with me and the rest of us that use iPhone photography!