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Free Printable Watercolor Bookmarks for You and Kids

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Free watercolor printable for you and your kid | Imprimible gratis de separador de libros  para ti y tu niño | Live Colorful

Lately, Jaxon has been sitting next to me while I’m reading. He takes a book, starts babbling cute sounds and even drinks his milk as if it was coffee like mommy. So I decided to make “reading together” a part of our morning routine.

With a two years old toddler this adorable routine lasts just a few minutes. Then he finishes “reading”, and he’s ready to start jumping on the sofa or climbing all over me. So I discovered that we both end up closing the books without saving the pages. Of course, is easier to come back and find the pages in Jaxon’s tiny books. But for me, it’s much more work.

Special Note: One of Jaxon’s favorite books is El artista que pintó un caballo azul by Eric Carle. It’s a great book for the little ones, about color, art and creativity. Find that Spanish Edition here and the English Edition here.

To make this routine more successful, and be able to find the pages later, I had the idea of making two bookmarks. One is for mommy and one for Jax since I knew he would love having his own.

If you are a fan of bookmarks too, you can download these colorful free printable bookmarks for you and your kid, or a friend just by clicking on the image below.



FREE PRINTABLE HERE: Free Printable Watercolor Bookmarks


Free watercolor printable for you and your kid | Imprimible gratis de separador de libros  para ti y tu niño | Live Colorful

Jaxon had a fever and a cold for almost five days last week, so we were extremely happy to be able to leave the house last Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the sunny weather. We even took some books and the bookmarks with us. It was a lot of fun.

Which design do you like more?



Free watercolor printable for you and your kid | Imprimible gratis de separador de libros  para ti y tu niño | Live Colorful

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Survey Results. It’s Time to Create!

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Live Colorful Studio.  Elba Valverde

This weekend was hopeful for many of us who believe in a country guided by kindness and acceptance. It was a reminder that we are together, and that when we unite, we can achieve great things. I want that for Live Colorful too. To create a community of dreamers, makers, artists, color lovers, who are always in a search of a better version of the world and themselves.  

Friday night, I sat down to draw a quote related to the march on Saturday in my journal. That quote ended up looking unintentionally like a woman raising her arm in a white dress, with a heart on her chest.

Love is the Movement. Live Colorful

It’s funny, because I didn’t realized that it looked like that until my husband pointed it to me hours later. My plan was to make just the quote, but then I drew something I didn’t like on one side, so I decided to cover all the edges with paint. Thinking about what I decided to make, and how it ended up looking. It made me feel like art journaling is indeed, helping me process my thoughts and emotions.

I started an art journal at the end of 2016, without knowing that one of the scariest things in my life was about to happen just a few days after. I had a car accident three days before New Year’s Eve. I felt how my world was shaken and I have found a way to heal fear and anxiety in paint, watercolors, ink and markers.

Art Journaling Love. Live Colorful Studio

Some people, like myself, find regular journal writing difficult to maintain. But art journaling comes easy, and even relaxing and fun.

A few days ago I created a survey for my Instagram community to get to know what they would they like to see more in the blog. These were the options:

  1. PERSONAL POSTS AND LIFESTYLE. vegan colorful recipes, cruelty-free beauty, art projects, motherhood tips, everyday inspiration.
  2. ART, JOURNALING, AND MOTIVATION. Art supplies reviews and recommendations, art techniques, sketchbook, journaling, quotes, doodles, daily inspiration.
  3. BLOGGING TIPS. I can share my tricks about how to make creative videos, take colorful photos, styling and product photography, blogging and things like that.

I was honestly surprised that the most popular option was indeed art journaling, motivation, and art techniques. My heart smiled when I saw the answer because it’s something I’m incredibly passionate about right now. It’s giving me positive results, and it’s making me feel creative everyday.

Live Colorful Survey 2017

I believe art journaling can be therapeutic. I’m loving it because it helps me process my thoughts. It also allows me to practice, learn, mess up and try again art and illustration techniques without the pressure of making it perfect. I believe that my art journal is a safe and forgiving place. A place without expectations and rules.

You guys also told me that you prefer content in English, and that videos in YouTube were your favorite way to learn.

Thanks so much for your support. I’m excited to share more about these topics with you, so we can make colorful messes together! Subscribe to the blog or follow us on Instagram for new adventures 😉

A Beautiful Rich Brown Wall

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A Beautiful Rich Brown Wall | Live Colorful

I’ve been seeing beautiful homes painted with dark walls all over the internet. I was captivated by the mysterious and interesting effect, and I really wanted to create something similar in my own living room.

Just after looking at Sherwin Williams color forecast colormix™ 2017, I got obsessed with a color named Deep Forest Brown SW 9175 from the holistic  palette and it’s coordinating colors. I searched for spaces painted with that color on Pinterest to have a better idea of how it would look, and I started to get excited because the spaces looked amazing!

One of the things I was most excited about picking a neutral dark shade, was that I knew it would work great as a base for colorful accessories. This intense brown would also let me play with many color palettes throughout the years with no problem. I also feet that brown was a perfect color for an eclectic home decor style. It compliments most furniture styles and finishes, and well, that’s kind of what I had at home, a mix of modern furniture with ethnic accessories.

A Beautiful Rich Brown Wall. Before and After | Live Colorful

Just after I finished painting the first layer, I could see the transformation. It was so exciting.


  • 2 quarts of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Sheen: Matte. Color: Deep Forest Brown SW 9175
  • 1 Purdy® White Dove™ Roller Cover ½”
  • KWIK-Release™ 9″ Roller Frame
  • 1 Mil 9′ x 12′ Plastic Drop Cloth
  • 1 ½” Sherwin Williams Contractor Series® Extra Firm Angle Sash Brush
  • Multi surface blue painter’s tape

A Beautiful Rich Brown Wall | Live Colorful


  1. Prepare your surface to make sure it is clean, dry and sound. Tape off moldings, light switches, electrical connectors, and cover the floors and furniture with a plastic drop cloth.
  2. Let’s paint! I like to start painting the edges all around the wall with an angled brush. Then, I use the roller to cover the whole wall. When you go from a light color to a dark color or vice versa, you can apply a layer of multi-purpose latex primer to cover the base color. When going from a light to dark color, you can ask the store employees to tint the primer to make it darker. That will make the process easier, it will give you a smooth finish and better coverage. I applied two layers of the Deep Forest Brown SW 9175 and waited about 4 hours between coats.
  3. Clean up Time. Remove the painters tape as soon as you finish painting to avoid ripping away the paint. You can use a small brush to fix any mistakes.

A Beautiful Rich Brown Wall | Live Colorful

A Beautiful Rich Brown Wall | Live Colorful

A Beautiful Rich Brown Wall | Live Colorful

This post was created in partnership with Sherwin Williams. All pictures and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful. Find the original article in Spanish here.