Enjoy the little things

Life is made of little happy moments, similar to tiny flowers. It is not just made of big things, like study, love, weddings, funerals. Everyday little things happen, so much that you are not able to keep them in mind or count them, and between them little grains of happiness, barely detectable, are hiding, happiness that the soul breaths and thank to it, it’s able to leave with.

(Banana Yoshimoto)

Each of us should be able to pick these grains of happiness, each of us  should know how to enjoy every little moment that makes every day  so special and  can transform in a better moment even the toughest day, each of us should feed his own soul with these little moments of pure joy. Grains, instants, moments that we can find in little things, in apparently insignificant gestures, in a smile, in a cuddle, in a word, in a smell, in a melody, in a gaze, in a date …

Day by day, month by month…

… grains of happiness to remember together with vents, appointments, little big things that fill our days.

And so, not to forget any of thema, we need a space in which we can fix these instants.

Drawings,color palettes, sketches and  more to be able to put on paper the magic of emotions and to leave an important space to be  filled  with every wonderful instant of your new year.

Cool undertones and muted undertones mixed with a little bit  of warm colors to give the right harmony to every single page and celebrate the elegance of  a  timeless minimalism.

… and a style which joins  the WABI – SABI (the Japanese esthetic conception) with the simplicity of the Scandinavian style.

In a stylistic term : JAPANDI style.

So this is how I drew   my new calendar for 2018: a mix  which  reduces the extreme characteristics of both styles to reach  a minimal and elegant solution.

Simple, timeless, handcrafted focusing on foncionality.

Lots of space to write down and organize your day, to remember and, why not, to doodle all over with your ideas, your dreams and your emotions….

…to remind you to start each day in the best way..

… a calendar just for you because every time you personalize it with your own style and your grains of happiness, it will be a memory you will keep with joy.

Think bigger – Dream Bigger

… I printed some examples this year too, not too many to be honest. If you are interested, since the limitated number, you can contact me by email and I will be super happy to give you more infos.

….Enjoy the little things

XOXOXO


Things I love…

Let’s start with ….YUMMY THINGS !

Sometimes I bake my cakes, some others I like drawing them.

Today I did both: a super tasty chocolate cake which is already in the oven and a mini card with a colorful three levels cake which is already part of my “watercolor book”, that will include all the things I love.

I leave you the recipe for this cake… and then, if you want, you can try to make it and maybe use it as a bookmark, as a special card for a friend, you can put it in a beautiful frame and decor with it a corner of your kitchen…

RECIPE “YUMMY THINGS” CAKE

Ingredients:

1 sheet of watercolor paper size A5 (I use Fabriano, Canson or Daler Rowney)

Watercolor pencils (I used Mondeluz Aquarelle watercolor pencils of Koh-I-Noor but you can try with whatever watercolor pencil you have)

1 medium round tip pencil

1 pencil

washi tape in the color you like the most and 1 little piece of scrap paper

1 glass of clear water and a plastic palette/little dish

sewing machine (optional)

HOW TO:

1 – Detach from your daily routine. Breath deeply and close your eyes. Imagine a fairy world, look for the most whimsical and creative baker and when you find him… observe the shop window of his bakery. Your cake is right there.

2- Open your eyes and automatically begin to draw it; simply as a kid would do. Think geometrical shapes, don’t tranfer details but think of the figure in general and work on simple shapes. Lines, rectangles, squares, waves…

3- pick the colors you prefer. With the help of the brush soaked in water, take the pigment from the tip of the pencil and createyour liquid watercolor putting it in the palette.  It will be much easier spreading the colors, and doing that, creating and highlighting watercolor effect.

At this point, you can start the painting. Don’t fill the areas but remember of leaving some spaces of light (areas without colors) so that this creates points of interest.

4- Let it dry well and then take the pigment of color directly from the tip of the pencil with a brush, so you can increase the color and the shade areas. With the pencil, you can accentuate some contours and with the washi tape, you can add decorations to complete the painting.

5- I love to define my works with the sewing machine as I can fix every single emotion with little sew so that they can stay there forever. You can also omiss this passage that has a big personal meaning to me but that it could also not be necessary to you!

6- Now you just need to decide what to do with your piece of art. Complete it with a quote you love, sign it as a big artist would do, write on the back of it the recipe of your favorite cake or decore it with scrap paper to enhance it more. At this point, I’m sure you won’t need more advice from me because your piece of art is part of you now and only you know what to do with it.

Hope you liked this recipe. In this case, please let me have your comment so we can thing start a new chapter of diy in my blog.

XOXOXO


A color study …

… Kyù taught me to represent my thoughts in an abstract way… If you observe well the things you think about, each one has a precise color, right? and if it doesn’t have one, you should be able to give every single thing with a color, right? Why don’t you try to paint them like that, one after another? … at those words I realized for the first time that my thoughts had a color.

– Banana Yoshimoto

Color comes from light, it’s generated in the observer’s eye and it builds a sensorial impression. Everybody perceives the color in different way from one another, even the same person can perceive the color differently depending on his mood.

Three parameters define a color : the chromatic tone, known as shade, the saturation and the luminosity.

 

Red is the first color of the rainbow and it seems also to be the first color that the kids perceive. In latin “rubens” is synonym of colorful; symbol of life and vitality.

The color is for me a fascinating universe capable of influencing subconsciously lots of aspects of our life…

..and so I often find myself studying the color, constantly looking for the perfect chromatic harmony.

Watercolors are perfect for this type of study. Their pigments allows to create tones and undertones and the combination of just two colors can create lots of others shades.

In my study of the color I chose to discover the endless undertones and shades using two colors each time. The endless possibility of tones are incredible and, after a while I found y new addiction for a color study. It’s relaxing and stimulating at the same time. It is addicting.

… and so I began to paint with colors transferring my thoughts on the paper, and picking the sad tonalities whenever I was sad, but, also the happy tonalities, because at the end I wanted to become a little bit more cheerful…

– Banana Yoshimoto

 XOXOXO

…follow your curiosity

Birds of feathers flock together …

follow your curiosity…

It’s not about what it is

it’s about what it can become …

XOXOXO

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