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@cactuscloudsart Watercolor Artist • Tucson

Serena Rios McRae • Watercolor Workshops • Business Branding • Depression Warrior • Desert Art • PPD Advocate 👇🏼Story 📸 Shop 🌵 Online Leasons👇🏼

@cactuscloudsart photos and videos

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One of the things I hear the most is, “I didn’t know watercolors could be so vibrant!” AND “How do I get my watercolors to be more vibrant?” . . The trick: don’t try to watercolor straight from dry paints! Wet your paints at least five minutes before you begin painting! The water will soak down into the paints and activate them, inviting them to leap onto your brush when you are ready to get started. I often wet my paints before I choose and prep my paper, and they are ready to go when I am. . . Here are the different vessels that I use to wet my paints! The good ol’ brush, a pipet, a spritzer bottle with water, or an h2o brush! . . I use all of these methods depending on where so am painting. The spritzer bottle is my favorite, but will get everything wet! The pipet and some aqua brushes fit inside a travel palette! And of course, you don’t need anything fancy to begin painting, because you can truly do anything you need to with a good brush and a glass of water. . . Featured in this video: @craftamo Air Edition round brush @beampaints Paint Stones @cansonpaper Watercolor XL paper @pentelofamerica Aquash Water Brush . . Music: Voyage Musician: @iksonofficial . . . #howtowatercolor #watercolortips #watercolortutorial #howtovideo #watercolor #watercolorlesson #watercolor_daily #watercolorart #watercolorillustration #watercolorartist #watercolorbootcamp #watercolorvideo #watercolordrawing #watercolordaily #artvideos #satisfyingvideos #tucsonartist #tucsonart #arizonaartist

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15 hours ago

A couple of weeks ago I taught you all some tree silhouettes you can paint over your skies and sunsets! Here is a quick reference you can save for later! . . I have a list of other tutorial ideas to share with you, and I plan to post a new tutorial every two weeks. 🥰 . . What are some watercolor or drawing things you have questions about and would like a tutorial video on? Comment below and ask, and I’ll add your suggestions to my list! . . . . . . #howtodraw #howtodrawtrees #treedrawing #howtowatercolor #howtoart #watercolorlesson #watercolortrees #watercolor #watercolorpainting #quarantineart #quarantineartclub #artteacher #artteachersofinstagram #tree #treehugger #paintpalette #learnwatercolor #watercolorlesson #tucsonartist #arizonaartist #tucsonmakers

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I love this digital art piece so much! And it is now in The Shop! I am sad to not physically be going to @madeintucsonmarket but am SO happy we are all supporting each other virtually! If social distancing and self-isolation has been causing you negative feelings, you can bring this piece into your home and create a little safe place you can go when it gets to be too much. My bedroom is that place for me and I love my happy plant and art corner. 🥰 . . . . . . #art #quarantineartclub #isolation #selfisolation #isolationart #covid19 #covid #artistsofinstagram #womenofillustration #bookworm #houseplantlover #houseplantclub #houseplantsofinstagram #tucsonart #tucsonartists #madeintucsonmarket #madeintucson

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I’m super happy to be taking over the stories of @artsfoundtucson today! I will be sharing behind the scenes in the creation of Affirmations Moms Actually Need, as well as hosting a Q&A about bringing your own idea from vision to final product. I’ll be sharing tips of going from dream to reality, so I hope you’ll give @artsfoundtucson a follow and check out the stories throughout the day! . . Here is a look at what I will be sharing today: a closer look at the product, Affirmations Moms Actually Need. Q&A opportunity. Sharing the creation process: project notes, paintings, rough drafts, studio tour, thoughts on creative spaces. . . I’m here today to inspire you! Come on over and join me! . . . #tucsonart #tucsonartist #arizonaart #arizonaartist #watercolorartist #kickstarterproject #howtocreate #dreamtoreality #makeitreal #askmequestions #quarantineartclub #quarantineart

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The first round of Affirmations Moms Actually Need are going out this week! I can’t say thank you enough to everyone who has purchased a deck so far! THANK YOU! You are making the dream happen! . . There are decks still available! Everyone who has purchased one of the first decks of Affirmations Moms Actually Need has agreed to assist in my new video campaign! (Again, THANK YOU! ) . . The video campaign has been birthed because of the Great Cancellation of All Things. Instead of postponing the official launch party, I have decided to make an effort to take the launch virtual. . . Everyone who purchased one of the first decks is going to make a video, answering a couple of interview questions of their choice. . . Imagine the power of 50 faces telling their stories of postpartum struggle and their effort to find joy. . . I can imagine it, and that is why I have launched the video campaign. . . I am still looking for more people to purchase a deck and participate in the campaign! You can follow the link in my bio to find out more, and to apply to purchase a deck. . . Thank you again! I can’t wait for you all to get your decks! . . . . #affirmationsmomsactuallyneed #postpartumjourney #postivevibes #productlaunch #kickstartercampaign #kickstarterproject #kickstarter #kickstarterdecks #kickstarterrewards #postpartumdoula #postpartumcare #postpartumdepression #postpartumdepressionawareness #postpartumanxiety #motherhood #motherhoodinspired

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2 days ago

Today I am not sad. I am actually really happy. But I feel intensely impressed upon by the universe to share solidarity in sadness today. (Check out my stories today on some insight. ) . . I don’t know what week of Quarantine you are on, but as we sanitized our house as a family yesterday I felt really impressed upon how important social distancing will be right now. And yesterday evening @earcmichael said to me, “I feel really strongly that you need to keep the girls home this week.” So we will not have any strawberry syrup this morning, but we will stay in and honor the message we received as leaders in our family unit. . . Even if you are making the active choice to do your part and do what is right, you can still feel sad. Sometimes making a good choice doesn’t always harbor joy. If you are sad today, that is okay. Honor that feeling. Journal it. Hug a houseplant, or dive into a book. Do what you need for your mental health today, and don’t you dare feel any shame when you see Homeschool Heidi rocking out with her kids, baking bread. Or whatever. Your feelings are valid. . . You are a good mom. Don’t let COVID-19 make you feel otherwise. . . Tip of the Day: Scroll over to see how I explained the importance of staying home to my children, using Pokémon. 😂 I explained to them that we aren’t staying inside to stop the virus. We are staying home to slow the spread, so the hospitals can give everyone who needs help the proper care. The goal is to not inundate our hospitals. Somehow, just using little Pokémon got them to totally understand. My friend will be giving her daughter this lesson today with LOL dolls. If your kids are having a hard time, this demo may help. . . You can order your deck of Affirmations Moms Actually Need through the Video Campaign link in my bio. . . . #sadnessquote #covid19 #quarantine #selfisolation #isolationart #isolationcreation #affirmationsmomsactuallyneed #quarantinelife #quarantinememes #quarantineartclub #quarantine2020 #quarantineart #momlife #momblogger #artistmother #mothersdaygift #mothersdaygifts #motherhood #tucsonartist #tucsonartists #arizonamoms

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4 days ago

I asked in my stories what you all thought I was painting today and everyone thought it was a cactus hybrid! 😂 I mean, maybe a little bit. This is my number one, all time favorite Pokémon! If I could have one dream come true, it would be to have one of my plants be alive, and adorable, and we would go on field trips to places and it would have the cutest little voice. 😂😂😂 I also adore Gloom because it’s the saddest Pokémon, and I relate. Such a sweet little plant baby. . Using: Paints: @art .colourblock 32 piece Tube Watercolors Brushes: @craftamo Air edition Paper: @cansonpaper_northamerica XL Watercolor paper bound into a pocket sketchbook by.... me. . . . . #pokemon #fanart #pokemongloom #pokemonwatercolor #pokemonfanart #watercolor #watercolor_daily #watercolorpainting #watercolorartwork #watercolorartist #watercolor_gallery #craftamoartist #illustration #tucsonartist #arizonaartist

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5 days ago

Isolation is an intense part of our lives right now. It is emotional, and difficult, and I find myself pulling out every single one of my Mental Health Tools almost daily. I was inspired to create this terrarium girl to show the peace that can come in times of isolation. She is surrounded by her beloved plants and a full To Be Read List of books! She is rooted in her home, receiving the nutrients and life-giving elements that she needs. Her home is not a punishment or a prison, it is a place where she finds joy. . . You can now purchase this original digital art, by Serena McRae, of Cactus Clouds Art, a local Tucson artist. Follow the link in my bio to enter The Shop! . . . . . #isolation #isolationcreation #selfisolation #isolationart #isolationinspiration #socialisolation #quarantine #quarantinelife #quarantineartclub #quarantineartclub #quarantinememes #covid19 #tucsonart #tucsonartist #tucsoncommunity #createtucson #introvert #houseplantclub #houseplantsofinstagram #houseplantsmakemehappy #houseplantdiary #tobereadpile #arizonaartist #womenofillustration #houseplanthobbyist

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5 days ago

I promised to show you all some artwork made with @art .colourblock watercolors this week! (There is a GIVEAWAY happening right now on my feed if you missed it! ) AND read to the end for a Tip of the Day! . . Here are some super fun flowers made entirely with the tube watercolor paints by @art .colourblock that I finally finished for you all! . . I am officially homeschooling two kiddos AND coaching their teachers in modern social technology. I spent quite some time troubleshooting Zoom with my 2nd grader’s reading coach today, and when she apologized for not understanding I told her 1 ) “You’ll be a pro by the end of the year! 😂” and 2 ) “Thank YOU for teaching my child to read.” . . At this point, I will do anything for Ms. H, because she has been the one-on-one coach J needed to get over her fears and start reading. I will literally do anything in return. (As a book nerd, you can imagine my sorrow in having a child who struggles with reading. ) . . I also used my favorite @craftamo brushes from the Air Edition set, and am super happy to announce that I am an official Craftamo Artist! I’ll tell you more about that at a later post. . . Tip of the day: when watercoloring, invite every piece of the painting to be its own painting. Take time with every petal and leaf, so they might all be their own masterpiece. . . . Happy Quarantine, friends! . . . #watercolorartist #watercolorpainting #watercolor #watercolorart #watercolorflorals #watercolorflowers #watercolorillustration #watercolortutorial #watercolor_art #watercolor_art #watercolor_planet #artistsofinstagram #tucsonartist #tucsonart #arizonaartist #plantlover #flowersofinstagram #tucsonbusiness

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1 weeks ago

*I AM DOING A GIVEAWAY* I am super happy to be able to launch this giveaway for you all, sponsored by @art .colourblock who sent these amazing supplies to me! Follow the instructions below, and I will choose one winner! . . THE GIVEAWAY (USA winners only ) What you will win: 🥳 Winner 1 ) A Watercolor Gift Box, which includes some gorgeous paper, 32 tube watercolors, and two brushes. Winner 2 ) a 24 piece set of watercolor pencils! Both items are created by @art .colourblock and you can see them in action on my previous feed posts! . . How to enter (do all four steps! ): 🌵 Follow me @cactuscloudsart and @art .colourblock 🌵 Like this post 🌵 Comment below and tell me your favorite type of watercolor medium (liquid, tubes, pans, pencils, other water solubles ) 🌵Tag three friends in the comments below . . For five extra entries: 🌵 Share your favorite post from my feed in your stories and tag me, @cactuscloudsart and use the hashtag #cactuscbgiveaway (If your account is private, send me a screenshot of your story via DM! ) . . A winner will be drawn on Saturday, April 25th. Shipping to USA only! Per Instagram rules, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. . . . . . #tucsonartist #tucsonart #arizonaartist #arizonaart #cactuscbgiveaway #watercolorart #watercolor_daily #watercolorgiveaway #watercolorpainting #watercolor_blog #watercolor_planet #watercolor_gallery #giveaway #artgiveaway #artsupplygiveaway #shopsmallbusiness #createtucson #tucsonmakers #watercolor_guide #watercolor_zone #watercolordrawing

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1 weeks ago

A walk through some Affirmations Moms Actually Need and why they are necessary for today. I had my Official Pandemic Breakdown last night and today I am using my tools to avoid a secondary breakdown. Let me share my tools @and thoughts with you. . . . . . #affirmationsmomsactuallyneed #pandemic #covid #covid19 #mentalhealth #quarantine #quarantinehomeschool #stayhome #tucsonmakers #tucsonartist #kickstarter

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2 weeks ago

I’m happy to show off a swatch video for the @art .colourblock watercolor pencil set! Colour Block sent me a set of 32 watercolor tubes and 24 watercolor pencils, and a SECOND set of each to give away to you all to try. Keep your eyes open for the giveaway post that will be up tomorrow! It will also double as a celebratory 2,700 Followers Giveaway as well! Woohoo! . . If you’re dying to get a hand on these colored pencils or the watercolor set from @art .colourblock you can follow the link in my bio, and scroll down to my Amazon Supply List. You can also check out my Podcast and my online Shop while you’re at it! . . Also: I just picked up all of my art, stationary and mini magnets that were living at @bellestarrsalon and everything will be going up on the website this week, with local curbside pickup hours! . . . Music: Wander Musician: @iksonofficial . . #tucsonartist #arizonaartist #watercolorpencils #watercolor #watercolorswatches #watercolor_daily #watercolorartist #watercolor #paintswatches #createeveryday #productvideo #artsupplies #howtowatercolor

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2 weeks ago

My podcast is LIVE! The full episode is streaming now through the link in my bio. Art as an emotional outlet, the importance of parental leave, my physical and emotional symptoms of depression, my experience with discovering the importance of self-care, the hand that reached out for the first time to encourage me to get help (that’s you @growbreathetri ) an all around, as-transparent-as-possible telling of my story that lead to the creation of Affirmations Moms Actually Need. Including some tips for aspiring artists and makers at the end. Please listen! And please share. It took some real emotional and mental preparation to record this podcast with @kxcitucson for @artsfoundtucson and I did it so that maybe someone else will hear it who needs to hear it. Spread the word, my friends. The link is in my bio! . . . . #artistmother #podcast #motherhoodpodcast #motherhoodinspired #motherhoodintheraw #motherhoodjourney #postpartumcare #postpartumdoula #postpartumdepression #postpartumanxiety #depression #anxiety #depressionawareness #anxietyawareness #tucsonartist #tucsoncommunity #tucsonaz #tucsonart #thisistucson

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Discussing Affirmations Moms Actually Need with Eva Romero on Artistories!

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I talk @vivivacolors at every single workshop, because they literally go in my pack or pocket or purse almost everywhere I go. . . This weekend my goal was to get the family on a short hike, with minimal items to carry, less prep, and just GET. OUT. SIDE. FAST. . . I had my ID and debit card in one pocket, a @pentelofamerica aqua brush, and my @vivivacolors set and a pocket sketchbook I bound myself with @cansonpaper_northamerica XL watercolor paper. I carried my @hydroflask , which was not ideal, but was essentially an experiment. I usually have a @camelbak but I just felt a need to have no literal or figurative weight on my shoulders. You know what I mean? . . I also have made a goal to do more plein air sketching, so I stopped when we reached this ridge and asked my kids what I should take a minute to sketch. Wildflowers. Duh. I only forgot a little paper towel, so I used my hand. 😂 Also not ideal, so then I used my dark colored shirt. Because #artistlife and #minimalist experiments. . . Either way, it was amazing. . . #getoutside #socialdistancing #socialdistancing2020 #quarantinekids #saguaronationalpark #saguaronationalparkeast #saguaro #wildflowers #pleinairpainting #watercolorist #watercolorartist #watercoloroftheday #tucsonarizona #tucsonartist #tucsonart #vivivacolorsheets #vivivacolors

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Happy Sunday, friends! I am super happy to introduce you all to @art .colourblock which is an art supply brand that specifically makes gorgeous gift sets of art supplies. They recently sent me some of their sets to try out, AND they sent me some sets to give away! . . Keep your eyes peeled this week for the giveaway, but also follow along as I spend this week trying out the watercolor supplies for you all! I have some swatching videos to share, and will also be doing some art pieces with the colors as well. . . Here is a look at this gorgeous 32 watercolor paint tube gift set. Check out my IGTV for the initial unboxing video of my first impressions. . . Go give @art .colourblock a follow, as well, because their feed is full of inspiration. . . You can find the @art .colourblock watercolor tube and pencil sets through the Amazon Supply List link through my link in bio. . . . Music: See You Musician: @iksonofficial . #watercolor #watercolorpalette #watercolorswatches #colourblock #watercolorpainting #watercolorartist #watercolorreview #watercolor_art #paintswatches #watercolorist #painting 🎨

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Good morning! Happy Saturday! I have been wanting to make some more simple tutorials for you all, so when I was invited to teach for the @surelysimplechallenge today it was the perfect opportunity to get started. Here is a quick look at some tree silhouettes you can use on top of a beautiful graduated wash. I love using black for silhouettes on top of a gorgeous sunset. . . Follow the link in my bio to purchase one or two streamable watercolor lessons from me! Watercolor Basics is only $10, or purchase the pack of two lessons, which includes Understanding Floral Perspectives. . . How will you use these types of trees? Tag me so I can see, AND use the hashtags below for a chance to win an amazing @vivivacolors palette. Check out my post on @surelysimplechallenge for some more tips! . . #surelysimple #surelysimpleart #surelysimpleviviva , @surelysimpleblog @surelysimplechallenge @vivivacolors . . #watercolor #watercolortutorial #howtowatercolor #watercolortrees #tree #treepainting #pinetrees #artteachersofinstagram #learntopaint #howtodraw #tucsonartist #arizonaartist . . . Music: Early Hours Musician: @iksonofficial

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Yesterday I revealed the artwork on the back of the cards in Affirmations Moms Actually Need! If you didn’t see the video at 1:13 I read an excerpt from the introduction to the deck explaining WHY I chose this particular artwork, and WHY cacti. It is a message that is true in Motherhood and in life. Drop an emoji below if this artwork resonates with you and head over to the IGTV to hear my explanation. . . You can get your own deck before the @kickstarter launches in a few months if you would like to participate in the video campaign! All of the information about the purpose and how you can help can be found through the link in my bio! . . . . . . . #cactusflower #cactiofinstagram #cacticacti #cactuslover #watercolorart #linedrawing #kickstarter #kickstarterproject #kickstartercampaign #postpartumcare #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #postpartumdoula #mombloggers #mombloggersofig #positivity #positivevibes #positivequotes #positiveenergy

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Pulling an affirmation for the mamas today! . . Affirmations Moms Actually Need is a 52 card deck for when motherhood isn’t like you expected. . . The deck is available for purchase now, if you would like to support the project by participating in the video marketing campaign! Details and order form: link in bio. . . The Kickstarter will be delayed until normalcy returns! . . . . . #affirmations #positiveaffirmations #affirmationsmomsactuallyneed #affirmationsoftheday #dailyaffirmations #affirmationpositive #motherhood #motherhoodthroughinstagram #quarantinelife #quarantinememes #quarantine2020 #quarantineartclub #covid_19 #covıd19 #reallife #kickstartercampaign #kickstarterproject #kickstarter #tucsonart #tucsonartist #createtucson #tucsonbusiness #tucsonarizona

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2 weeks ago

This reveal was going to take place at the Official Launch Party in April, but I feel like mamas need this reminder now.

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3 weeks ago

Orders are rolling in! Make sure to fill out the application/order form before all 50 decks are claimed. The order form will close on Friday, or when the decks sell out! You must agree to and meet the Video Campaign requirements to purchase one of the first 50 decks. Follow the link in my bio to learn about what the video campaign means and why it is so important! I can’t wait to ship Affirmations Moms Actually Need out to you all, and I’m dying excited to hear all of your insights via video about the project and what it means to you. 🥰 Thank you EVERYONE for your support: AND if you are in a current financial hardship and can’t purchase one of the first decks, I am delaying the Kickstarter until everyone has a couple of months to recover from this craziness. I would be honored to have your support then! . . . . . #kickstarter #kickstartercampaign #kickstarterproject #kickstarternews #kickstarters #kickstarterdecks #affirmationcards #positiveaffirmations #affirmations #dailyaffirmations #affirmationsmomsactuallyneed #tucsonartist #tucsonart #tucsonbusiness #tucsonshopping #arizonaartist #arizonamom #tucsonmoms

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3 weeks ago

Applications open! The purpose of the video campaign will be to illustrate the truth that this project is not about me. I might be the one who created it, but I have created Affirmations Moms Actually Need FOR ALL THE WOMEN. I want this video campaign to be a success because I don’t want to break stigmas, I want to smash them apart. Imagine the power of 50 beautiful individuals coming forward to share their experience and their story. . . Videos will be basic, mini interviews, leave the editing to me. Here are some examples of questions you may choose to answer in your video: . . In your experience, what resonates the most with you within Affirmations Moms Actually Need? . . What type of impact do you think Affirmations Moms Actually Need will have on women and on the world when it does nationwide? . . Share your favorite card, and explain why it resonates with you. . . Due to the massive change of plans for everyone, I have chosen to take the party virtual! If you would like to purchase one of the first decks of affirmation cards, you must read through the application and agree to create a video for me! It will not be difficult, and you don’t need to be a video wizard. Leave the editing to me. . . Applications are open until Friday, March 27th, invoices will be sent on Monday, March 30th. . . #affirmationsmomsactuallyneed #affirmationcards #motherhoodinspired #motherhoodjourney #momblogger #postpartumcare #fourthtrimester #kickstarterproject #postpartumdoula #postpartumcare #tucsonmaker #tucsonmoms

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3 weeks ago

Launching tomorrow morning! Get on the list to purchase one of first 50 decks of Affirmations Moms Actually Need! . This will be available through the link in my profile tomorrow morning. . . . . #affirmationsmomsactuallyneed

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3 weeks ago

*For Sale* This watercolor piece was so fun to create. This is a picture of hours of adventure in illustration, watercolor, watercolor pencil, ink, layering and layering and layering! Featuring three succulents and cacti with their names, and whimsy. If you’d like, you can purchase this original piece for $35 and $3 shipping. DM for inquiries. 5”x7” mixed media art. . . . . . . . #cactiart #succulent #succulentsofinstagram #succulentsofig #succulentsofinsta #cacticacti #cactuslover #cactuscollector #watercolorcactus #watercolorartist #watercolor_daily #mixedmediaartist #houseplanthobbyist #succulentlover #tucsonartist #tucsonart #supportsmallbusiness #tucsonbusiness #cactusart

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