Thursday, August 09, 2018

Paint & Frame: Botanical Painting: Review & GIVEAWAY

Display your creativity! Paint & Frame: Botanical Painting: Nearly 20 Inspired Projects to Paint and Frame Instantly by Sara Boccaccini Meadows. Textile designer and illustrator Boccaccini Meadows shows you how to create charming mini watercolors in her coveted style. This kit includes a book, watercolor paper and frames. The full-color instruction book has 17 step-by-step watercolor projects. I have listed them all in the Contents below. I have also included a demo video of the Miniature Cacti project from page 32. In it we get a glimpse of Boccaccini Meadows working on an illustration from beginning to end, including painting the frame. Note the watercolor paper and frame in the video. They are the same ones included in the kit. You get five sheets of creamy 4 x 6" watercolor paper and three white 6 x 7" frames. At the very end of this post I have included the Coneflowers project from pages 24 - 27. It's an example of how well all of the projects are arranged. You can see that Boccaccini Meadows includes a specific list of the materials she uses. You may do the same or choose your own. Boccaccini Meadows makes painting very approachable. With her book I feel like I too can create lovely one-of-a-kind pieces and display them. This 96 page paperback was released July 3, 2018 from Race Point Publishing. Get your copy below!


Playing with Color

Botanical Gardens
Prickly Pear Cactus
Ditzy Wildflowers
Summer Floral Pattern
Miniature Cacti

The Beach

Ferns, Moss & Lichen

My Neighborhood
Stoop Plants

And Finally
Decorating the Frames
About the Author

Check out this excellent demo video by Boccaccini Meadows and see how lovely these handcrafted paintings can be!

Pages 38 - 39 of the Butterflies project.

Paint & Frame: Botanical Painting is available worldwide at Race Point Publishing. Check out their unique catalog at Race Point Publishing. Race Point Publishing is a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Botanical Painting! One winner will be selected at random. Open until August 31, 2018. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Princeton size 2 round watercolor brush 
Watercolor pan 
Holbein Acryla Pale Pink gouache 
Holbein Acryla Beige gouache 
Princeton size 0 round watercolor brush 
Fine Line Black Sharpie 
Sakura Pigma Micron Pen (Size 02) 
Winsor & Newton Perylene Green watercolor paint


These flowers always amaze me! They draw me in when I start to see them bloom in the summertime. I love the wide range of colors they come in and the repetitive patterns they make, especially when I see a clump of them from above.

1. Use the size 2 round brush and a watereddown sepia reddish-brown color from the watercolor pan to begin painting the 'noses' of the coneflowers. I paint these as triangles with rounded edges and dot them sparsely around the page.

2. Now it’s time to paint the pretty petals onto some of the flowers. Use the Pale Pink gouache and the size 2 round brush to create thin umbrella-like petals. I like to vary the color of my flowers, so I only use the pink for a few of them.

3. Finish the remaining flowers using the Beige gouache. Set the painting aside to dry for approximately 10 minutes.

4. Using the size 0 round brush, load it with red paint from your pan. Paint little dots on the sepia 'nose' that you painted in step 1. Set the painting aside to dry completely, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Using the black fine line Sharpie, draw a dotted line between the 'nose' of the flower and the petals.

5. Next, use the Micron pen to add line details to the petals; a single line down the center of each petal adds nice dimension.

6. Finally, use the Perylene Green paint to add the stem and leaves and join the flowers together into a bouquet. Set the painting aside to dry completely, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Enjoy your painting!


  1. I would love either The Art of Drawing Optical Illusions or Optical Illusions

  2. I would love to receive
    Geninne's Art: Birds in Watercolor, Collage, and Ink

  3. Geninne's Art: Birds in Watercolor, Collage, and Ink
    , anothe rbook I'd like.

  4. I'd also like to have their book Felt Forest Friends.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  5. I would love to read Everyday Macrame Kit.

  6. I like this book and lots more really-

  7. it will be a new thing to for me to do

  8. The Badass Babe Workbook looks so cool!

  9. I like the Knitting Stitch Handbook.

  10. So lovely, I'd also love to get Pocket Art: Figure Drawing

  11. The National Parks of the USA would make a wonderful gift for a child/niece/nephew!

  12. Very nice book. I will give it to the art teacher at my senior building. Thanks for running this sweepstakes.

  13. love to gift American Semi Trucks
    by Ron Adams to my twin brother who is a semi driver.

  14. There are a few books I would love. Handbag Designer 101 is one of them and Heavy Duty Sewing appeals to me too. Thanks!

  15. I would love the book called Ultimate Slime.

  16. I would love to get Treasure Hunt House by Becca Stadtlander and Ms. Kate Davies for my son.

  17. They have such awesome books! The Fairy Houses one would be fun to own.

  18. I like the "Cat Lady Embroidery" book.

  19. I really like their "Drawing: Landscapes & Vistas by Diane Cardaci" book. Love to be able to draw like that! Thanks and God Bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol

  20. My Year in Small Drawings. It looks like a project I'd like to start myself.

  21. I would love to teach my dog some new tricks -with the 101 Dog Tricks book.
    Marlene V.

  22. Secret Houses of the Cotswolds by Jeremy Musson and Hugo Rittson Thomas is the book I'd like from Quarto Knows. Both my mom and I have visited the Cotswolds in England.

  23. I would like to own Secret Houses of the Cotswolds.