Delightful Deer Notebook

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)

You’ve probably noticed by now that I like using deer on winter and Christmas projects. After seeing pictures like this one and this one, I was inspired to try and paint my own doe. Then I used the image on an altered notebook…

Delightful Deer Notebook:

Delightful Deer Notebook by Jennifer Grace

I’m not exactly a professional artist (see how I made her legs disappear into the grass so I didn’t have to draw feet?!), but I’m happy with how she turned out! The altered notebook is like one I did a tutorial for before, right HERE.

This is what the doe looked like when I’d sketched her out with pencil:

Deer by Jennifer Grace

Then I drew over the pencil lines with a waterproof pen, and rubbed out the pencil lines:

Deer by Jennifer Grace

I coloured her in with watercolour paint, but it went a bit wrong because I didn’t have watercolour paper – I was painting on cheap white card. So I scanned the coloured image in and edited it in PicMonkey until I liked the image:

Deer by Jennifer Grace

Then I printed her out and used the picture on the notebook, with a few wood veneers (Including lots of Studio Calico Tiny Stars) and some gems!

I know my doe isn’t ah-mazing, but if you’d like to use the image for your personal crafting you are welcome to do so! You can right click and save either of the pictures above, or you can download a jpeg which includes the white and the coloured images by clicking HERE.

What do you think? Are you as obsessed with deer as I am?!

Be Inspired:

Use watercolour paints on your next project

Go mad with tiny stars

Use a printed image on your latest creation

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  • I wish I could draw that good. I can see putting water droplets on the grass.

    I Create Purty Thangs

    November 9, 2013 at 6:35 pm
  • Bethany Hardy

    I can draw stick figures. 🙂 Your deer is adorable! I’ve been using a lot lately, too.

    November 9, 2013 at 6:38 pm
  • Marilyn Tucker

    I’m terrible at drawing. I did draw a few things on cards though. I even did a face. She looks drunk. Good thing she is holding a glass of wine…lol.

    November 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm
  • I can’t draw for toffee! Love your deer, she is very sweet

    November 9, 2013 at 6:53 pm
  • Margie

    Just beautiful! Great drawing!

    November 9, 2013 at 6:54 pm
  • Brenda W

    The deer looks good, like the scarf too!

    November 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm
  • well I am not totally mad on reindeer but I do like them… I have some felt ones and some wooden ones of different sizes that I must try and use this year!

    November 9, 2013 at 8:09 pm
  • Frances

    So love your sweet little deer! Thanks for the inspiration.

    November 9, 2013 at 8:26 pm
  • Janis in ID

    Lovely project and impressive doe! Much better than I could ever hope to do myself. I have deer in my front yard all the time, so it’s not like I lack for models!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

    November 9, 2013 at 11:21 pm
  • Such a sweet image you created!

    November 10, 2013 at 2:58 am
  • I love reindeers and have many Christmassy things with them on it.This is a cool idea.A notebook is a great idea.

    November 10, 2013 at 2:59 am
  • Wow that is so cool

    November 10, 2013 at 3:03 am
  • The scarf is so cute.

    November 10, 2013 at 3:35 am
  • Kelly B

    I’m smitten by deer…and the whole woodland theme in general!

    November 10, 2013 at 4:40 am
  • Your deer is so much better than anything I could do! And you had a back up plan so good for you for not giving up. I think it came out wonderfully well!

    November 10, 2013 at 4:57 am
  • Jackie Edwards

    Super deer…I couldn’t even have drawn the snowflake!!!!!!!!! Great idea with the notebook!!

    November 10, 2013 at 6:42 am
  • Annie

    Sweet picture Jennifer … I might have a go at a squirrel, one of our favourite winter visitors to the garden 🙂

    November 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm
  • Dawn

    I love deer images as well. Yours is beautiful.

    November 10, 2013 at 1:18 pm
  • Sue L

    Really can`t draw to save my life, but I do have a Deer stamp that might work.
    Thanks for all the inspiration.

    November 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm
  • I certainly couldn’t draw like that….but I have a deer stamp. Great idea.

    November 10, 2013 at 6:53 pm
  • Miriam Prantner

    I chuckled about not having to draw the feet. This turned out beautifully though, and I love the coloring!

    November 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm
  • Alison

    Drawing is NOT my forte…but I do like reindeer,,
    Alison xx

    November 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm
  • Very cute. I love to draw so this is perfect for me. I love doodling on my cards too. Thanks for the inspiration.

    November 11, 2013 at 1:31 am
  • jengd

    Nice job on the drawing- great idea for using the grass to hid the feet. 🙂

    November 11, 2013 at 4:21 am
  • WOW!

    November 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm
  • Lisa H

    she really is very pretty and makes the perfect image for your book. you are very talented.

    November 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm
  • I think you underestimate your artistic talents my dear (deer!)

    November 11, 2013 at 8:04 pm
  • you can draw too!! 🙂 how cool is your doe! x

    November 11, 2013 at 8:50 pm

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