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Welcome 2019! Setting Goals for the New Year!

Welcome 2019! Setting Goals for the New Year!

Hello everyone and welcome 2019! In today’s blog post I want to go over some of my goals for this New Year! New Year’s resolutions or goals can be daunting, but I think it’s important to pick positive goals anyway, because it sets the energy […]

RedBubble Update!

RedBubble Update!

Hello everyone, and I hope you are having a happy holiday! I just recently published these four festive mermaids up on my RedBubble shop! It is a goal of mine for 2019 to regularly be adding new works to my shop, as well as some […]

My Month of Hues!

My Month of Hues!

My Month of Hues!

The 2018 Huevember Challenge!

Hello everyone! It’s been a minute since my last art update, so I decided to share with you all a challenge that I completed in November, amidst the busyness of my semester.

Huevember! 

My Huevember challenge! by Ciarra Stebbins (@Ciarra_13). Find more at gossamerydreams.com

My Huevember challenge! by Ciarra Stebbins (@Ciarra_13). Find more at gossamerydreams.com

My Huevember challenge! by Ciarra Stebbins (@Ciarra_13). Find more at gossamerydreams.com

My Huevember challenge! by Ciarra Stebbins (@Ciarra_13). Find more at gossamerydreams.com

If you would like to see each individual piece, please go to my Instagram @Ciarra_13.  

This challenge requires you to create a piece of art everyday, but only using the hue that is specific for that day. For me to properly do this, I ended up using both watercolor and copic markers to achieve the right hue.

I had no specific theme in mind for the drawings, beside the hue and wanting to keep it fairly simple. I also kept my watercolor pieces in a ATC/ACEO format, since smaller works of art are usually faster to complete. My copic drawings were all done in a copic sketchbook I got a few months back, and this challenged really helped me to become more comfortable working on the extremely smooth marker paper. Overall I really loved completing this challenge, and I’m definitely thinking about doing something similar challenges soon!

Have you ever tried the huevember challenge? Which hue is your favorite? 🙂

My Month of Hues! The 2018 Huevember Challenge!

My Favorites for August & Wrap-up!

My Favorites for August & Wrap-up!

Can you believe we are already in the month of September? Time has gone by so fast! But that means it’s time to do my favorites for August and wrap-up!   Favorite reads of the month Didn’t finish any major novels this month but as […]

The 12 Zodiac: Leo!

The 12 Zodiac: Leo!

Hello everyone, and today will begin my 12 zodiac series of illustrations and blog posts! I have had these illustration ideas waiting for their final phase for quite a while now, so I’m excited to finally be sharing these with you. I spent a lot […]

What I Love About Tea

What I Love About Tea

Why I Drink Tea

"Afternoon Tea" by Amy Stebbins. Find more at www.gossamerydreams.com.

I personally don’t drink coffee (I know—a college student and artist who doesn’t drink coffee, unbelievable!).

I have tried a few times through the years, but every time I do, I always feel pretty bad afterwards. So I’m afraid coffee and I will never find a completely happy medium…well, maybe in ice cream and chocolate.

For me, tea is where it’s at! There are so many different herbs and combinations from all over the world that you can make tea with, and every place has a different tradition and type they prefer. I would love to know what you do in your country or home in this regard, so feel free to drop a comment! I’m always looking for new recommendations.

My personal favorite type of tea is herbal tea, and especially in variations of mint. My Current tea mission is to find a ginger and mint tea. It’s been surprisingly hard to find in local stores so I will most likely have to take to the internet to search out this combination, or make it myself!

Health Benefits

"Morning Tea" by Amy Stebbins. Find more at www.gossamerydreams.com.

Other than the great fun of trying new types, another reason I love herbal teas are the health benefits that come from various herbs. I’ve found that tea can greatly assist in the healing process of different health issues, whether that is skin blemishes, upset stomach, or battling a cold. When I was still trying to figure out why I was having such horrible stomach pains (later learning it was caused from eating gluten!), I would drink a cup of mint/spearmint/peppermint tea and it would do wonders to help sooth my beginning symptoms. This is because mint (especially peppermint) is a remedy for digestive problems, easing headaches, stimulating circulation, as well as a cooling herb.

Another favorite herb of mine to find in tea is lemongrass. This one is also great for digestive problems, and acts fairly similarly to mint, which is why you can often find these two together in blends. Lemongrass is also great in other forms such as an essential oil.

Two warming herbs that I love in my teas are ginger and cinnamon. Cinnamon is another good herb for digestive issues as well as stimulating circulation, easing cold symptoms, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is similar to cinnamon, but also helps to relieve nausea, muscle and menstrual cramps, and in some studies has been shown to improve brain function.

I could easily make a whole list of favorite tea herbs like turmeric, jasmine, orange, hibiscus, pomegranate etc…and list all of their benefits, but there are plenty of books and sites solely dedicated to that!

Are you a Tea fan?

"A Cuppa Magic" by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at www.gossamerydreams.com or @Ciarra_13.
“A Cuppa Magic” by Ciarra Stebbins.

If you are not a fan of tea, I would encourage you to not completely give up on it, because there are so many different types! Keep experimenting and I’m sure you will find a type that matches your personal tastes. If you are a coffee fan, I would recommend trying some different black teas since these are stronger and often have more caffeine than others.

In the end, no matter what type I happen to be drinking, my favorite way to enjoy a nice cup of tea is relaxing with a good book (or a sketchbook)—either in the company of nature or curled up in a comfy spot watching thunderstorms roll by….How do you prefer to drink your tea and where? 😉

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” -C.S. Lewis

If you are interested in seeing the coloring process of this illustration, then feel free to check out my Youtube channel HERE. I will be posting the process video in the coming week!