Weeds & Wildflowers Calendar – October & November 2022

Celebrate resilience with plants that thrive in vacant lots, sidewalk crevices and neglected corners of the garden. This calendar grew out of my 100 Day Project exploring the wild plants that grow in my neighborhood.

The finished calendar page is 5.5″ wide x 8.5″ tall and can be displayed in a frame, on a corkboard, in a stand, washi-taped to your wall, on the fridge or however it makes you happy. Just print the PDF below on letter-size (8.5″ x 11″) cardstock and cut it in half. If you want to be really fancy, round the corners with a paper punch.

Each page is laid out so that after the month is over, you can cut the artwork into a 5×7″ piece without the calendar part and use it as a postcard or framed art.

This printable is free for your personal, non-commercial use – just sign up for my newsletter (also free, and I promise not to spam you, and if you’re already on my list it won’t double you up!) to download the PDF:

Weeds & Wildflowers Calendar – October & November 2022

Printable calendar pages for October and November 2022 featuring prints of my illustrations of purslane and hedge parsley.

Weeds & Wildflowers Calendar – August & September 2022

August and September 2022 calendar pages by Lellobird

Celebrate resilience with plants that thrive in vacant lots, sidewalk crevices and neglected corners of the garden. This calendar grew out of my 100 Day Project exploring the wild plants that grow in my neighborhood.

The finished calendar page is 5.5″ wide x 8.5″ tall and can be displayed in a frame, on a corkboard, in a stand, washi-taped to your wall, on the fridge or however it makes you happy. Just print the PDF below on letter-size (8.5″ x 11″) cardstock and cut it in half. If you want to be really fancy, round the corners with a paper punch.

Each page is laid out so that after the month is over, you can cut the artwork into a 5×7″ piece without the calendar part and use it as a postcard or framed art.

This printable is free for your personal, non-commercial use – just sign up for my newsletter (also free, and I promise not to spam you, and if you’re already on my list it won’t double you up!) to download the PDF:

Weeds & Wildflowers Calendar – August & September 2022

Printable calendar pages for August and September 2022 featuring prints of my illustrations of bull mallow and helleborine.

Caterpillar Printable

Swallowtail caterpillar sign by Lellobird

Swallowtail caterpillar sign by Lellobird

My street has a lot of fennel (or is it anise? I’m never sure) growing wild on the median, and every year it’s a home to anise swallowtail caterpillars. Because I have wonderful neighbors who pull weeds and pick up trash and prune street plants, I made a little sign this year so no one accidentally demolishes the butterfly habitat while the caterpillars are there. (Did you know that in their tiniest stages, swallowtail caterpillars are camouflaged as bird poop? Nature is so cool. They can be hard to spot if you don’t know what you’re looking for!)

In case you have a similar situation and want to lend the pollinators a hand, I made a printable version of the sign you can download (and color, if you like). This printable is free for your personal, non-commercial use – just sign up for my newsletter (also free, and I promise not to spam you, and if you’re already on my list it won’t double you up!) to download the PDF:

Swallowtail Caterpillars Printable

Give a pollinator a hand with a cute sign reminding people to watch out for caterpillars.

This printable is free for your personal, non-commercial use.

Be-you-tiful Coloring Page Printable

Sometimes we all need a little reminder that being ourselves is beautiful. I turned my Be-you-tiful tea towel/wall hanging into a printable coloring page you can color and hang up as a reminder.

This printable is free for your personal, non-commercial use – just sign up for my newsletter (also free, and I promise not to spam you, and if you’re already on my list it won’t double you up!) to download the PDF:

Be-you-tiful Coloring Page Printable

A little inspirational coloring page to remind you that being yourself is beautiful.

This printable is free for your personal, non-commercial use.

(Shoutout to Debby Hudson for the colored pencil photo via Unsplash.)

Weeds & Wildflowers Calendar – June & July 2022

Celebrate resilience with plants that thrive in vacant lots, sidewalk crevices and neglected corners of the garden. This calendar grew out of my 100 Day Project exploring the wild plants that grow in my neighborhood.

The finished calendar page is 5.5″ wide x 8.5″ tall and can be displayed in a frame, on a corkboard, in a stand, washi-taped to your wall, on the fridge or however it makes you happy. Just print the PDF below on letter-size (8.5″ x 11″) cardstock and cut it in half. If you want to be really fancy, round the corners with a paper punch.

Each page is laid out so that after the month is over, you can cut the artwork into a 5×7″ piece without the calendar part and use it as a postcard or framed art.

This printable is free for your personal, non-commercial use – just sign up for my newsletter (also free, and I promise not to spam you, and if you’re already on my list it won’t double you up!) to download the PDF:

Weeds & Wildflowers Calendar – June & July 2022

Printable calendar pages for June and July 2022 featuring prints of my illustrations of blackberry and saltmarsh plantain.

Weeds & Wildflowers Calendar – April & May 2022

Celebrate resilience with plants that thrive in vacant lots, sidewalk crevices and neglected corners of the garden. This calendar grew out of my 100 Day Project exploring the wild plants that grow in my neighborhood.

The finished calendar page is 5.5″ wide x 8.5″ tall and can be displayed in a frame, on a corkboard, in a stand, washi-taped to your wall, on the fridge or however it makes you happy. Just print the PDF below on letter-size (8.5″ x 11″) cardstock and cut it in half. If you want to be really fancy, round the corners with a paper punch.

Each page is laid out so that after the month is over, you can cut the artwork into a 5×7″ piece without the calendar part and use it as a postcard or framed art.

This printable is free for your personal, non-commercial use – just sign up for my newsletter (also free, and I promise not to spam you, and if you’re already on my list it won’t double you up!) to download the PDF:

Weeds & Wildflowers Calendar – April & May 2022

Printable calendar pages for April and May 2022 featuring prints of my illustrations of bristly ox-tongue and dandelion.

Weeds & Wildflowers Calendar – February & March 2022

Celebrate resilience with plants that thrive in vacant lots, sidewalk crevices and neglected corners of the garden. This calendar grew out of my 100 Day Project exploring the wild plants that grow in my neighborhood.

The finished calendar page is 5.5″ wide x 8.5″ tall and can be displayed in a frame, on a corkboard, in a stand, washi-taped to your wall, on the fridge or however it makes you happy. Just print the PDF below on letter-size (8.5″ x 11″) cardstock and cut it in half. If you want to be really fancy, round the corners with a paper punch.

Each page is laid out so that after the month is over, you can cut the artwork into a 5×7″ piece without the calendar part and use it as a postcard or framed art.

This printable is free for your personal, non-commercial use – just sign up for my newsletter (also free, and I promise not to spam you, and if you’re already on my list it won’t double you up!) to download the PDF:

Weeds & Wildflowers Calendar – February & March 2022

Printable calendar pages for February and March 2022 featuring prints of my illustrations of Carolina bristlemallow and bur clover.

Weeds & Wildflowers Calendar – January 2022

Celebrate resilience with plants that thrive in vacant lots, sidewalk crevices and neglected corners of the garden. This calendar grew out of my 100 Day Project exploring the wild plants that grow in my neighborhood.

The finished calendar page is 5.5″ wide x 8.5″ tall and can be displayed in a frame, on a corkboard, in a stand, washi-taped to your wall, on the fridge or however it makes you happy. Just print the PDF below on letter-size (8.5″ x 11″) cardstock and cut it in half. If you want to be really fancy, round the corners with a paper punch. You’ll have a half-sheet left for next month’s calendar page – newsletter subscribers will receive a link to the next page next month.

Each page is laid out so that after the month is over, you can cut the artwork into a 5×7″ piece without the calendar part and use it as a postcard or framed art.

This printable is free for your personal, non-commercial use – just sign up for my newsletter (also free, and I promise not to spam you, and if you’re already on my list it won’t double you up!) to download the PDF:

Weeds & Wildflowers Calendar – January 2022

A printable calendar page for January 2022 featuring a print of my illustration of water speedwell.

Spring color: Watercolor egg garland

Finished watercolor eggs

Today feels like kind of a dark day in the world with the news out of Brussels, so I thought I’d share a cheerful springtime craft to try and counter some of the sadness. Sometimes it just feels good to lose yourself for a little while in making something beautiful.

Fall is really my favorite season, but secretly I admire Spring’s enthusiasm, with plants and birds and color popping up all over the place. This garland captures a little of that exuberance. We made eggs since we were in an Easter frame of mind, but you could use the same technique to make butterflies, flowers, geometric shapes or whatever strikes your fancy.

Inspired by Emily Sanford’s Spoonflower blog post about blocking off areas with tape before painting with watercolor, we’ve been experimenting with negative space and washes of abstract color around here.

Someone recently gave us a giant pad of drawing paper, so we used that and cut each sheet into two 9×12″ pieces. It was sturdy enough to stand up to the watercolor.

First we cut strips of painter’s tape the width of our paper. The only tape I had on hand was really wide, so I cut it into narrower strips. As long as I had to cut it anyway, I used the fancy craft scissors on some of the strips to get a scalloped edge. We used plain blue painter’s tape because it’s what we had on hand, but other kinds of art tape would work, too.

Speak softly and carry a big brush.

I’m trying to learn from the kids how to loosen up my painting style (kids are great mentors when it comes to art!), so we used big brushes, lots of water and lots of color. While the paint was still wet, we sprinkled sea salt in a couple places for special effects. All ages had fun playing with the washes of color and ways they combined.

The big reveal: Peeling off the tape.

Once the paint dried (that step took almost 24 hours, so plan ahead), we peeled off the tape to reveal the white stripes on our eggs-to-be. The paper on the left is mine; the right is kid-made. Our tape took off a tiny bit of the top layer of the paper, but not enough to bother me.

Painted papers.

Then I cut an egg-template, which you can download here — since it took me a solid half-hour of fiddling to make what I considered the perfect egg shape (they’re trickier than they look!), I figured I’d save you some time. I put lots of eggs on one page in case we wanted to color and cut out more eggs, but you really only need to cut out one for this project. Each egg is 4.5 inches tall.

Tracing the eggs.

Lay the cut-out space over your painted paper and decide where you want your egg to be. I like using this method because you get to see exactly what the egg will look like. When you’re happy with the design, trace lightly around the inside of the cut-out shape with pencil, then cut along the pencil line.

You could attach the cut-out shapes on yarn, baker’s twine or ribbon. I just hung mine up with tiny clothespins, since we have an existing ribbon strung up that we use for garlands throughout the year, switching out the items.

Watercolor egg garland

The bunnies are traced from the shape of an old notepad I had and cut out of scrapbook paper and other random papers we had around the house. The whole thing is happiness on a string!