Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Salzburg Sweeties - Painting Series

Salzburg Animal Art Series by Lady Lucas
'Blumen Bunny' by Lady Lucas
This week I started a series of paintings for my new art school in Salzburg. I wanted something small and cheery to put on the front wall of the room, so these four little creatures seemed to have fit the bill nicely ;)

Salzburg Animal Art Series by Lady Lucas

First I prepped each canvas with two coats of bright, acrylic paint...

Salzburg Animal Art Series by Lady Lucas

Then I drew lightly on each with a pencil to make the outline of the character.

Salzburg Animal Art Series by Lady Lucas

Next it was time for the Sharpie marker!

Salzburg Animal Art Series by Lady Lucas

After painting each animal, I retraced the black lines in Sharpie again for a bold look.

Salzburg Animal Art Series by Lady Lucas

Each 'sweetie' is a combination of English and German. Blumen Bunny, Keks Cat, Ballon Bird and Pommes Panda.

I've also turned all four characters into art prints, 
which you can purchase now in my Etsy store!

xo Ashley

PS - In case you missed it, here's the next episode of 'Cute Crafts' up on YouTube : 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Merry Leon Day!

Gingerbread Heart Design by Lady Lucas

Today is a special holiday that you may not have heard of yet... it's Leon Day (Noel spelled backwards) and it is officially the halfway mark to Christmas! This holiday is becoming quite popular with crafters and creatives - because frankly - it's a great excuse to take a break from the heat and dream about snowmen and gingerbread houses!

Elf Design by Lady Lucas
I decided to take a little time out of my day to work on some designs for my 2015 Christmas card collection. Since I'm living abroad in Salzburg this year, I wanted to incorporate some local themes into the concepts above. Gingerbread hearts are extremely popular here in the wintertime, as well as all sorts of elves and forest beings.

Lots of other artists have been getting into the Christmas spirit already. Check out these adorable Christmas ornaments by Patience Brewster! I would love to receive this cutie in my stocking this December.
Patience Brewster Olivia Owl Ornament
If you've been working on some art or crafts for Christmas lately, share the link below in the comments! I would love to see whatever you have dreamed up...

Love & Eggnog, Ashley

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Whimsical Wall Art

Whimsical Wall Art | By Lady Lucas
Just a little reminder that there is some really cute wall art available for purchase in my Etsy store this week. Purchase and print for an instant decoration in your home or office. All art available is suitable for classrooms, libraries or as a great, affordable gift. Frame it or attach with colorful washi tape!
xo Ashley

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easy Easter Eggs Craft Tutorial

Easter Egg Craft Tutorial | Cute Crafts with Lady Lucas

Wanna make some super easy Easter Eggs this week? Here's how:

Materials you will need:
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor pencils
  • Paintbrush 
  • Cup of water
  • Scissors
  1. Color a sheet of watercolor paper with pastel colored watercolor pencils. Add zigzags and shapes for interest.
  2. Dip a paintbrush into water and go over all watercolor pencil lines in order to make the colors blend and become more vivid.
  3. Cut egg shapes out with scissors
  4. Use as gift tags for Easter baskets or get creative and make a cute fairy wand like the one shown above.
What crafts did you love making around Easter time when you were a child? Comment below to share with us!

xo Ashley 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

10 Adorable Easter Ideas

10 Adorable Lady Lucas Easter Ideas

Salzburg is currently experiencing Easter overload, as our neighborhood prepares to welcome the beautiful holiday on April 5, 2015. I've been creating artwork, craft ideas, and more this month, and thought it would be a good idea to organize everything in a simple list for your enjoyment:

here's a simple and sweet felting tutorial

this craft is the perfect weekend idea
for moms & kids

a collection of beautiful, fresh and floral
spring inspiration

this cool craft comes with a FREE printable

a lovely piece of art that can be printed instantly, 
featuring my newest character Szilla the Duck

another Lady Lucas instant print that is
extra special because it is part of a limited run

some of my handpicked handmade finds

a great way to entertain the kiddos during a 
spring birthday party

in minutes, you can make a charming fairy garden

here's one of my handmade pieces, perfect for an
Easter present!

Happy Easter All!
xo Ashley

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New Lady Lucas 'How to Draw' Series

How to Draw Owls | Printable Tutorial | by Lady Lucas

Hey Everyone! Just wanted to share with you... I'm super excited to announce that I'm developing a 'How to Draw' series for YouTube and Etsy. I'll be offering a few printable drawing tutorials {perfect for children!} and will also release a companion video featuring one of the subjects from the tutorial around the same time. This new series is meant to help teachers and parents encourage creativity and a love of drawing in their students and children.

How to Draw Owls | Printable Tutorial | by Lady Lucas

My first kit is now available in my Etsy Store : How to Draw Owls with Lady Lucas.

How to Draw Owls | Printable Tutorial | by Lady Lucas

Next week I'll be releasing the companion video on YouTube!

xo Ashley

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Thank you so much!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Turkeys, Roosters & Snowdrops

Turkey Photography by Lady Lucas
These two old fellas {or ladies?} were talking turkey and seemed to own the territory.
I'm a huge animal lover, and I'll take any opportunity to visit them, look at them or hold them! Luckily, in a city where I haven't seen more than two or three wild creatures in a span of two months, this lovely nature preserve right outside of Salzburg city was just what I needed last weekend.

Snowdrop Photograph by Lady Lucas
Snowdrops in full bloom!
Rooster Photo by Lady Lucas
This rooster was really just showing off.
I don't know the name of this farm, but I will try and find out so I can post it here for others. Basically, geese, flamingos, turkeys, hens, roosters, goats and pigs all live together in harmony.

Rooster & Cat Photo by Lady Lucas
Cats walking freely with birds. Such a great sight!
You're allowed to bring bread and veggies to the animals which is another great part of a day trip here.

Hen Photo by Lady Lucas
Isn't she lovely?
Flamingo Photo by Lady Lucas
Flamingos in Salzburg?? Yes!
Austria Photo by Lady Lucas

Goat Photo by Lady Lucas
Sound of Music Pond by Lady Lucas
This pond appeared in 'The Sound of Music' and is located steps away from the nature preserve.
Animals are always a joy. These guys made my week!

xo Ashley

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sweet 2015 European Spring Trends

Spring Trends 2015 | Lady Lucas Blog
A weekly handout from my fav store, Depot! - Note the use of lots of English words thrown in with German ones.
I attended Creativ Salzburg with my hubby David this past weekend, and really enjoyed looking at all the wonderful Spring trends currently going on in Europe. 

Spring Trends 2015 | Lady Lucas Blog
Creative Salzburg - A Gift Industry Trade Show.
Can't wait for the one in the fall!
 So... what's big right now?

Pastels : Pinks, light green, white and light red is hot!
Yellow, Black & White : This combination is in just about every lifestyle shop. Black vases with white dots, yellow hens with black ribbons, etc. etc.
Rabbits : White ceramic rabbits are popular, as well as ones made of wood.
Affordability : I was shocked at the price point for most of the goods on display. Many items were under $10 {retail}. Just when I thought the handmade maker movement was making a big comeback, it seems that mass produced items are bigger than ever.

Spring Trends 2015 | Lady Lucas Blog
I loved this stand so much.
Their products are lovely and the colors reflect what's hot now here in Austria.
 What trends have you noticed lately in the US? Or the UK? Comment below!

Spring Trends 2015 | Lady Lucas Blog
After all the isles of walking, a snack was definitely needed.
Pretzels are everywhere here, and I'm not complaining! ;)
xo Ashley

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Help! The Beatles in Salzburg

Die Beatles in Salzburg | Lady Lucas Blog
Are they afraid of Salzburg? Why do they need 'help'?
After viewing the photos, I realized the title comes from the Beatles movie, 'Help' ;)
I've been studying for the A1 German Test non-stop, and a short trip to the Salzburg Museum helped clear my head today. I've been wanting to see the photo exhibit 'Help! Die Beatles in Salzburg' because the title alone piqued my interest. 

The exhibit, featuring photos by Christian Skrein, is fun, light, and in my option much easier to handle than the emotional exhibit about the World War on the second floor. My favorite snap was of one the Beatles taking a ski lesson. And of course, the pic above of the fab four exiting a plane is iconic as well.

Until next week,
xo Ashley

PS- Do you like the new 'Cupcakes & Owls' blog banner? ;)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Quick Tips for Cute Etsy Photos

Alphabet Printable Wall Art | Lady Lucas
'A is for Alligator' Alphabet Print by Lady Lucas
I've been working a lot on developing my Etsy store lately, and really enjoyed staging a few photo shoots for my printable goods this month. Here are some tips for super cute photos:

1. Use Natural Light
Nothing looks nicer then natural daylight when shooting your images. I used a butcher block table from IKEA for propping up my goods along with the backdrop of a simple white wall.

2. Props Rule
Props add interest and fun to the products you wish to sell. I have very few items in my new apartment, but I got creative and used a coffee mug, colored pencils, a leftover marzipan mushroom from the holidays, and a cute bird I bought for spring decorating. Fresh flowers are a very easy and affordable way to add interest to photos!
Owl Printable | Lady Lucas
Owl Art Printable by Lady Lucas
3. Have Fun!
Put some music on, brew a cup of coffee, and enjoy your photo shoot. Broadcast it on social media so your followers know what project you're going to offer next!

Please share my Etsy store with anyone you think would enjoy adorable and affordable printables {moms, teachers, grandparents, etc.} I'd really appreciate it!

xo Ashley

PS - I put together my first Etsy treasury this week featuring artists and shops that sell wonderful spring items - you can check it out here!