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Behind the Scenes with Japanese Ink Illustrations

Take a look at a Japanese ink illustration class and enjoy two cactus ink prints in the subscriber printable art library.

Howdy and happy August!!  Since I took such a long summer break from blogging, I have something special for my subscriber freebies this month.  I had the opportunity to take an ink illustration class here in Japan with some friends.

A Set of Plant Ink Illustrations Printable Art

Ink Illustrations Cacti

Our sensei (teacher) was so sweet and talented, we really enjoyed how to do quick still life painting using different techniques with ink.  You can check out her amazing work on Instagram!

Teacher Illustration

She showed us how to experiment with the ink dropper, smear ink with cotton swabs, and splatter the ink.

Kathy Abby Art Studio Class

The community center is nestles in the foothills and has a fabulous resturant, plant store, and home decor store.

Art Class
Pictures Illustrations Drying

Here are some of our illustrations drying.    The portrait our teacher created of one of the young ladies in our classes in minutes.  Isn’t it beautiful? 

So for July and August, I created 2 printables to add to the subscriber printable library.  The plant still life paintings are a pear cactus and a succulent.  I sized them to be printed at 8x10s.  When you sign up for Up to Date Interiors’ weekly newsletter, you get DIY and decorating tips, exclusive offers, and monthly freebies including full access to the printable library.

8x10 Pear Cactus Ink Illustration 640 Watermark
8x10 Cactus Ink Illustration 640 Watermark

I can’t wait to try some more illustrations, it was really fun!

Plant Ink Illustration Free Printable
Ink Pear Cactus Printable.art

Best of June and July and what’s to come!

Diy Planter With Japanese Pottery

The girls from The Global Styler shared summer DIYs and decorating tips that are globally inspired.  I created an Anthropologie inspired planter with Japanese dollar store pottery for a simple DIY.  It turned out so cute and who doesn’t love Anthro!!

13 Fabulous Summer Coastal Decor Projects

Transform your home into a seaside inspired oasis with thirteen gorgeous coastal decor DIYs and decorating ideas and easy to follow instructions.

Art Leaning On Floor

And most recently I shared 9 decorating tips for displaying art without putting holes in the wall. 

And for what’s to come….we’re moving back to the USA!!  If you haven’t heard yet, my husband is retiring from the military and we are headed to Fort Worth.   I’m beyond excited for what this means for Up to Date Interiors.  I have some big plans!!  But first, we need to find a house, school, and get settled.  I’m going to try to keep in touch the rest of August.  You will see a “back to school” DIY next week!


I would love to hear how your summer went.  Did you do any traveling?  Get any big projects done? 


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