June Free Summer desktop and lock screen

Can you believe Summer is here?! It's time for sunny days, splashing in the pool, and lots of lemonade. These fun summery lemons from a recent #penandpaintsketch seemed perfect for this month's free desktop background and lock-screen.

Free Pen & Paint lock-screen

Free Pen & Paint lock-screen

To download the phone wallpaper simply save the above image to your phone/tablet. 

To download your free desktop you can go here. Once you have saved the image you can set it as your background through your system preferences (desktop/screensaver)/control panel (appearance/personalizaiton).

I hope June is filled with lots of sunshine for you!

*As with all my freebies, please remember these are for personal use only for you to enjoy. Please link back and credit. Thanks!*

5 years of Pen & Paint

I opened an Etsy shop eight years ago in May of 2009 as a hobby and creative outlet. I left the workplace to stay at home with my first child. I loved to create, and I started painting for friends and family.  After two years of painting custom canvases and nursery art I chose to step back. I then had two small children and was no longer feasible to produce hand-painted originals. Then one day in and in 2012 I found a sketch pad and a set of drawing pens in a closet. To my surprise they worked, and I decided to draw something.

The first sketch I drew was “Encourage each other daily while it is still today”. It was a verse we had on our fridge. From that point I knew I wanted to create art with words to encourage others. Each day I would draw new things and share them on Instagram with my friends. It was clear the words combined with artwork resonated with others, and I wanted to do something with my work. 

I reopened my Etsy shop and Pen & Paint was born. I had no idea what I was doing. I simply knew I wanted to make art and share my it with others, and drawing gave me this chance. Thankfully I had wonderful friends to help me along the way, a supportive family, and a fire to learn and create as much as possible. As the shop grew, my husband and I realized in 2014 it was time to take Pen & Paint full time. This meant my shop would become our main source of income, and my husband resigned from teaching to help take care of our children and assist with the business. This was the biggest, scariest thing we’ve ever done. What if the shop didn’t bring in enough income? What if I failed? I had dreams and plans, but the fear of the unknown was really hard for me. I had to constantly remind myself giving up wasn’t an option.

One of my goals in taking Pen & Paint full time was to begin licensing my work. I had so many ideas and things I wanted to do with my artwork, but I was limited because I could not produce them on my own. I wanted the chance to create artwork for home décor, textiles, and so much more. I spent several months looking for an art agent to represent Pen & Paint. I knew I needed someone to handle the business side of licensing so I could focus on what I love – creating. I found Jewel Branding and knew it was the right fit. I was thrilled when they accepted me as one of their designers. Since 2015 I have been working to create patterns, greeting cards, wall art and other designs. These designs and pieces of artwork can now be licensed with companies for products (meaning can find Pen & Paint on a variety of items sold in stores)! I still love running my Etsy shop and the opportunity to share my artwork on a handmade and personal level with my customers. These past five years have been filled with amazing opportunities and some very big growing pains. I truly cannot believe I have the chance to create artwork and share it with the world. Thank you for your support in this journey. I’m still dreaming big. The best is yet to come!

Today through 5/25 you can save 25% off your Pen & Paint order with the code YAY25.

FREE April desktop background and phone lock-screen

Spring has sprung! Add some bright flowers to your phone lock-screen and desktop background with this month's Pen & Paint free download.

To download the phone wallpaper simply save the above image to your phone/tablet.

To download the desktop background you can go here and save the image. Once you have saved the image you can set it as your background through your system preferences (desktop/screensaver)/control panel (appearance/personalizaiton).

*As with all my freebies, please remember these are for personal use only for you to enjoy. Please link back and credit. Thanks!*

 

FREE March desktop and lock screen

Happy March! This month is filled with so many exciting things - birthdays to celebrate, my wedding anniversary, and a trip to Uganda (I'll share more soon). March is always one of my favorite months, and I hope you'll enjoy this month with Spring on the way.

To download the phone wallpaper simply save the above image to your phone/tablet.

To download the desktop background you can go here and save the image. Once you have saved the image you can set it as your background through your system preferences (desktop/screensaver)/control panel (appearance/personalizaiton).

*As with all my freebies, please remember these are for personal use only for you to enjoy. Please link back and credit. Thanks!*

Free Kid's Valentine Card Printable - You Make My Heart Spin

Valentine's Day at school was always so exciting when I was a younger. I loved filling out all my valentine cards for my classmates and decorating my valentine shoe box.

Now that I'm a parent, it's so fun to watch my boys' excitement as they work on their valentines for their friends and family. 

This year I wanted a card option for them that could incorporate a small candy-free valentine treat, so I made these free printable valentines

Just a few supplies, a little bit of time, and you will have some fun, and bright valentines! 

supplies:

Once you have all your pinwheels made, just add a little dab of hot glue to the backs of the pinwheels, and attach to a pencil. Add the printable cards, and you're all set!

Happy crafting!

Also, you can view last year's free valentine printable here.

Please remember this is free for personal use only. It may not be altered, sold, redistributed or used for any purpose other than a free valentine printable. Original Artwork by Lindsay Hopkins ©2012-present Pen & Paint - All rights reserved. Tag @pen_and_paint if you share and enjoy!

FREE February Desktop Background and Lockscreen

It has taken me a while to get back in the groove after the holidays, so you may have noticed a lack of posts, freebies, and newsletters. I'm learning as we grow and have high hopes for this year. Pen & Paint is experiencing good changes, including a wonderful assistant to help with things like this so I can do what I love most - creating! I'll be sure to share more about that later, but for now I will leave you with this month's free desktop and phone background.

Right now more than ever we need reminders of love and kindness so Pen & Paint will continue to share those messages through artwork, stationery, and products as well as freebies and downloads. 

To download the phone wallpaper simply save the above image to your phone/tablet.

To download the desktop background you can go here and save the image. Once you have saved the image you can set it as your background through your system preferences (desktop/screensaver)/control panel (appearance/personalizaiton).

*As with all my freebies, please remember these are for personal use only for you to enjoy. Please link back and credit. Thanks!*

Gift Ideas for Your Valentines and Galentines!

January flew right by, and now it's all hearts, and love, and Valentines-related goodness! 

Whether you celebrate Valentine's day or Galentine's day (which the great Leslie Knope declared "only the best day of the year"), we've got you covered!

Pen & Paint has over 25 cards for you to choose from including Galentine's Day card, cards for littles, friends, co-workers and your special someone. 

Here are a few ideas to share the love: 

For your favorite Galentine or Galentines add a card, a small bottle of champagne, some chocolate, and nail polish, and your Galentine will be feeling the love. 

For the Valentine that you love more than tea add this card, some great tea, and a couple chocolates, and you are all set. 

For the person who makes your life sweet, add this card, all kind of Valentines candy goodness, and maybe a festive pink donut or two, and their day will be sweet and full of love.

Whatever you're celebrating this February, I hope you feel the love!  

Free Gingerbread Coloring Page

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A few years ago we started the tradition of letting the boys make their own "gingerbread" houses. We pick out our favorite Christmas goodies, hot glue graham crackers in the shape of a house, and have fun eating treats while we decorate.

This year I thought it would be fun to make a coloring page for the boys to enjoy as well, so I'm sharing it with ya'll! You can print the gingerbread coloring page here.

From the Pen & Paint family to yours, we wish you the *sweetest* of holidays!

*As with all my freebies, please remember these are for personal use only for you to enjoy. Please link back and credit. Thanks!*

Welcome December - FREE Desktop Background and Phone Wallpaper

Happy December! I hope this month is filled with cheer for you and your family. For this month's free desktop and wallpaper I've created a festive watercolor pattern. I hope you'll enjoy it.

To download the phone wallpaper simply save the above image to your phone/tablet.

To download the desktop background you can go here and save the image. Once you have saved the image you can set it as your background through your system preferences (desktop/screensaver)/control panel (appearance/personalizaiton).

*As with all my freebies, please remember these are for personal use only for you to enjoy. Please link back and credit. Thanks!*

Welcome November - Gratitude Free Desktop Background and Wallpaper

November has caught me by surprise, pretty much like it does every year. Yesterday I realized I hadn't even created the free monthly desktop or wallpaper. As I sat down to work on it today I remembered this Autumn bouquet I created a few weeks ago. I loved the simplicity and softness of the watercolors. I know it's not traditional Fall colors, but something about it reminds me to slow down and really reflect on the many things I can give thanks for. I decided it would be the perfect background once I discovered this quote by Henry Ward Beecher: Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs for from the soul

As you prepare for the busy holiday season, I hope this can be a reminder to stop and recognize the big and small things for which you are grateful.

To download the phone wallpaper simply save the above image to your phone/tablet.

To download the desktop background you can go here and save the image. Once you have saved the image you can set it as your background through your system preferences (desktop/screensaver)/control panel (appearance/personalizaiton).

*As with all my freebies, please remember these are for personal use only for you to enjoy. Please link back and credit. Thanks!*

Welcome October - FREE desktop and background

We are finally enjoying some cooler weather. We have plans to visit the pumpkin patch, make more pumpkin muffins, along with lots of other Fallish things. I just love October, don't you? This month's free background says it all :)

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To download the phone wallpaper simply save the above image to your phone/tablet.

To download the desktop background you can go here and save the image. Once you have saved the image you can set it as your background through your system preferences (desktop/screensaver)/control panel (appearance/personalizaiton).

I hope you have a wonderful October!

*As with all my freebies, please remember these are for personal use only for you to enjoy. Please link back and credit. Thanks!*

Hello Fall!

The new Pen & Paint Fall items are in the shop! These cards are definitely my favorite. I stepped out of my creative comfort zone and tried new things, and I'm so excited about all the new pieces you'll find. You can see all the newest seasonal items here.

Also, it's Labor Day weekend so enjoy 25% off in the shop through 9/5 with the code LABORDAY25.

Happy Fall y'all ;)

FREE September Desktop/Phone Wallpaper - Fall Leaves

Hello September! I'm not going to lie, I have been anxiously awaiting this month and the arrival of Fall. I'm ready for cooler temps, a trip to the pumpkin patch, and of course bright beautiful leaves. 

This month's free desktop background and wallpaper are inspired by all those beautiful Fall leaves. 

To download the phone wallpaper simply save the image to your phone/tablet.

To download the desktop background you can go here and save the image. Once you have saved the image you can set it as your background through your system preferences (desktop/screensaver)/control panel (appearance/personalizaiton).

I hope you have a wonderful September! Be sure to visit back tomorrow when all the Fall prints and cards hit the shop.

*As with all my freebies, please remember these are for personal use only for you to enjoy. Please link back and credit. Thanks!*

Back to School - Free Lunchbox notes printable

School is back in session (or almost) and I've created these colorful lunchbox notes for you. Print, cut, and write a note. Sweet and simple. There are eight notes to a page, one of each color. Print HERE.

These could also be used for name tags or for notes of encouragement in the classroom. I'd love to see what you come up with. 

 

You can also find last's year's free back-to-school printable here "getting to know my teacher" and "getting to know you".

Do you need a back-to-school teacher gift? My friend Jaime and I have put together this fun gift. It includes a 5x7 print and matching planner clip. Also you can check out these other great teacher gift ideas in the shop.

FREE August Desktop/Phone Wallpaper - Pineapples

Oh hello August (a day late)! I guess I'm in denial August has already arrived. This summer feels like it has flown by, so I'm hanging onto it with some sunny pineapples.

To download the phone wallpaper simply save the image to your phone.

To download the desktop background you can go here and save the image. Once you have saved the image you can set it as your background through your system preferences (desktop/screensaver)/control panel (appearance/personalizaiton).

I hope the rest of your summer is sunny and sweet!

*As with all my freebies, please remember these are for personal use only for you to enjoy. Please link back and credit. Thanks!*

FREE July Desktop/Phone Wallpaper- Flamingos

Oh hello July! I hope you are soaking up sunshine and enjoying your summer days, preferably by the water. This month's FREE illustrated desktop and wallpaper are funky, fun flamingos.

To download the phone wallpaper simply save the image to your phone.

To download the desktop background you can go here and save the image. Once you have saved the image you can set it as your background through your system preferences (desktop/screensaver)/control panel (appearance/personalizaiton).

I hope your summer is a splash ;)

*As with all my freebies, please remember these are for personal use only for you to enjoy. Please link back and credit. Thanks!*

Happy Summer + 25% off!

It's the first official day of Summer. Let's celebrate with a sale! Today only (6/20/16) use the code SUMMER for 25% off your #shop_penandpaint order plus you'll receive this FREE patriotic print!
 

a few things on Friday 6.10.16

1. Summer is in full swing around these parts. Last weekend the boys put up a lemonade stand and this week we spent lots of time swimming in our little pool. I have a feeling this summer is going to be a good one.

2. Speaking of summer, yesterday I shared a free color-able Summer Bucket List. Print and color and enjoy your sunny days.

3. A couple of weeks ago I was on a podcast! If you want to hear my very southern accent you can listen to my interview with Annie and Chris on From the Front Porch. Annie is the owner of The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia. It's the cutest bookstore and they now carry Pen & Paint!

4. In May I had the honor of having my work represented for the second year at Surtex by Jewel Branding. Pen & Paint now has artwork on rugs, bedding, party napkins, coloring books, throw pillows, wall art & canvases, greeting cards, note card sets, art pots, and so much more!

5. Also in May I celebrated my 7th year on Etsy. Seven years y'all. The first three years were filled with hand-painted canvases of Paint Me A Picture and enjoying a handmade hobby. The last four years have been filled with so much hard work, so much learning, and so much drawing! Pen & Paint has evolved into our family business, and I'm so grateful to be on this journey of creating and sharing my artwork with others.

6. Baby Jane has pretty much taken over the Pen & Paint Studio. She turned one in April, is walking now (send help), and is into everything. Envelopes are her favorite (maybe a future in stationery like her mama?). Jane is definitely the cutest, unhelpful shop assistant around.

7. "Beauty in the Bible" Volume 2 is now available in a premium edition. This adult coloring book I created with Paige Tate Coloring is filled with uplifting scripture and now comes with perforated pages with thicker paper and 5x7 bonus coloring pages!

8. This summer I have some fun new products planned so be on the lookout. I'll be sure to share on InstagramFacebook, and through the Pen & Paint Newsletter

I think that's all for now. Happy Friday!

FREE coloring page - Summer Bucket List

Whether Summer break has already begun for you or you are counting the days for school to be out, I've created a color-able Summer Bucket List to help you kick off the sunny days.

Choose your favorite markers/crayons/colored pencils, write down all the fun plans you have in the blank bucket, and create a colorful list for summer break.

Print and download HERE

Print and download HERE

Some things on our Summer Bucket List are:

-make homemade ice cream

-grow our own watermelon (it's growing and about the size of a softball)

-hike to see a waterfall (done, we went to Amicolala Falls)

-stick our toes in the sand and swim in the Gulf of Mexico

-have a water balloon fight

-can tomatoes from our garden (we've already done a small batch)

-make a chalk art mural

What do you have on your Summer Bucket List?

You can print/download your FREE color-able Summer Bucket List here. Be sure to share with @pen_and_paint #color_penandpaint. I look forward to seeing what you have planned this Summer! Also, if you're a subscriber to the Pen & Paint newsletter be on the lookout for an email tomorrow with another fun free coloring page... there might be Popsicles ;)