Have you ever wanted a specific paint color but weren’t sure how to mix it together? Have you wasted time mixing together paints only to get colors you didn’t want? One great way to solve these issues is to create your own watercolor chart. I can honestly say I use my watercolor chart all the time. It is an amazing resource. Follow along as I show you how to make your own! (more…)
I am excited to be able to share with you a hand-drawn daffodil illustration that is available for you to print for free! For those of you that complete this coloring page, please share it with me by tagging me on Instagram @lauren.runyan.designs. I would love to see your work! (more…)
Words are powerful. They can provide comfort, hope and encouragement. The power of words is what makes hand lettering such a satisfying art form. It enables you to visually capture the essence of a word or phrase. While drawing and painting have been a part of my life ever since I can remember, recently I have fallen in love with the art of lettering. Lettering is simply “the art of drawing letters.” Hand lettering can be done with watercolor, pen, marker etc.
If you are interested in exploring this beautiful art form, or if you are a beginner, this post will get you set for all you will need to get started and provide you with the resources needed to begin on the right track. (more…)
This year we have had many days of gorgeous weather during the autumn season. I have made great efforts in the midst of my busy schedule, to get outdoors and capture some fall shots before the colors fade away. Below you will find some of my favorite fall photos taken this year.
My Favorite Fall Photos
I am not sure why, but I have grown to love fall more and more every year. It may be because I have grown to appreciate the beautiful colors it brings right before we enter into the barrenness of winter, or it may be because as my kids get older they remind me of the beauty it brings during our outdoor adventures. Whatever the case may be, I absolutely love fall and am sad to see it disappear as it does every year during this time.
Since the completion of my Project 365, I haven’t posted many of my recent photos on the blog. I feared that since my project 365 was over, I wouldn’t use my camera much. However, I am happy to say that is not the case. I am still shooting away and am currently doing a lot of practice when it comes to post-processing. I use Lightroom 6 to edit all the photos you see posted here on My Beautiful Everyday. I have learned a lot about the editing process, and have grown by leaps and bounds, but I still have a long way to go!
Recently I read a blog post that explained what the radial filter does in Lightroom. How I went so long not using this tool is beyond me, but I am so glad I am now! You can read the post here.
The radial filter was used in this photo of my daughter to brighten up her body and face without brightening the background.
As I have stated in previous posts, I love working in my sketchbook. It is the place where I can quickly put down all the creative ideas I have swirling around in my head. Over the past few months, I have been obsessing over patterns! Whether I am out at the store, taking a walk outside, or browsing the internet, I have been noticing patterns everywhere!
Here are a few of the patterns I have recently done in my watercolor journal. Take a peek!
For more sketchbook and pattern inspiration, be sure to follow me on Pinterest!
Let’s face it, taking photos of your kids isn’t easy. I recently completed my first Project 365 in which I took photographs of my kids almost every day for an entire year. Through this project and years of photographing my kids prior, I have learned so much about taking photos of children.
When it comes to our kids, the phrase “They grow up fast” is an understatement. One of the main reasons I bought a DSLR was to capture the fleeting years I have with my children. I want to remember both the big and small things that happen in their lives.
There are so many variables involved when trying to get a good shot of your kids, but there are definitely some things you can do to make the process easier! Wherever you are in your photography journey, I hope these tips will help you take photos of your kids that will provide lasting memories. (more…)
I received my very first DSLR camera a little over a year ago. Within a few weeks, and after a lot of researching online, I started shooting in manual mode. Through my research, I learned that a great way to grow as a photographer is to complete a 365 Photography Project. So what is a 365 Photography Project, or what I like to call a Project 365? It is a challenge to take a photo every day for 365 days. Starting a Project 365 is a huge commitment, but definitely worth it if you desire to grow as a photographer.
Doing a Project 365 was one of the best decisions I could have made as a “newbie” photographer. Not only did I learn so much about shooting in manual mode, but I was able to capture and document my life with my family over the course of a year. I have so many photos of my kids and my family that I will forever treasure because I was intentional about taking a photo every day.
Now that I have completed the project I thought I would share some tips that I hope will help you complete your own Project 365.
Well folks, we are finally at week 52 in my Project 365 challenge. Can you believe it? I can’t! I have learned so much over this past year by taking photos every day. Stayed tuned for an upcoming post on the lessons I have learned throughout this entire process.
Thank you all for the encouragement you have given me through this year-long journey. Your support helped me immensely, and gave me the extra push I needed to complete this difficult, yet very rewarding challenge. If you are interested in reading about how this project all began, please read my post Project 365: Are You Up To The Challenge?