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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…



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)


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.


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


Experiment, dare …..with aquerelle coloured pencils


 Creativity is



taking risks

breaking rules

making mistakes

and having fun.

                               – Mary Lou Cook

As promised, I keep on writing  from here my post about Mondeluz watercolor crayons telling you  , but mostly  showing you, how I started to use them.

I love the endless possibilities of base coating of these crayons but since, according to me, the funniest part of the color is the surprise of the watercolor  pigment moving   on paper after each brush, I decided to  experiment them in a different way.

Trial after trial, project after project I understood how I like to use them: pure and free,leaving them  moving on the paper to create backgrounds in which  the color  is the main character  narrating a brief story, a memory of mine , a moment.

… and so…with few pencils, a brush and some water… I fixed a day at the beach on paper…


In the detail you can see how the colors are mixed, how the wavy affect of the watercolor let me create a unique, and really important for me, background,

how with few instruments I obtained a full and at the same time light base coating.

I like a lot  using the crayons in this way . It helps to  get my mind free and it let me being concetrated just on the color.

If you want to try it I suggest you to follow  few easy steps and then set  your creativity free. I am sure  you will be  reserved tons of appreciated and unexpected surprises.

Tip and tricks :

1- choose a palette with colors which tells  your story

2- Use just high quality paper for watercolors ( possibly 120 lb – better 140 lb) and always keep by hand cleaned water to modify the tones of your colored  pigment. Limit the area you want to paint using  some paper tape.

3- take some color from the crayon using your wet brush  Start spreading out the color on the paper with random paint strokes. Strenghten the color adding here and there some pure color and in some areas, just add cleaned water to mute down the color . Remember to work in little areas each time and take care to have the surface wet all the time so you can add new colors that, based on the level of drying, will interage between each other. To allow the pigment to “group” in some areas you can spread some fine salt. Pay attention though, after addin salt on your paper , you won’t be able to work on that area anymore and you will take the salt off, admiring the effect, just when it’s completly dried.




change the rules,

make mistakes but most of all… have fun.

If you have any doubt or you want more info you can leave a comment here. I hope to be able to reply all of your questions and be usefull to you. If you decide to try it you can tag me so I won’t lose anything of your awesome art on paper.





Aquarelle coloured pencils

Since I was little, I was fascinated by those big boxes of colorful pencils with all the crayons ordered by colors and I really would had liked to have one just for me. Unfortunately they were really expensive and so my parents substituted them with a little and super cheap box with 12 crayons in it.

My desire for having a giant box of colorful crayons always stayed in my heart though. Growing up I got closer or maybe I never got distance from the color that, according to me, it’s one of the most expressive type of art. Acrylic colors, water colors (my biggest passion), inks, but also natural colors, crayons, oil pastels , color pencils, markers… the color in any style to represent and extern emotions and feelings.

Imagine the joy when the courier knocked at my door and left a package. As soon as I opened it my child desire came true: a giant box of colorful pencils. Not standard ones but water soluble ones from Mondeluz : those that become stains of colors dropping some water on the pencils, those that can be used in different ways, those that… you wouldn’t stop coloring with just because they surprise you step by step.

Koh-I-Noor Italy kindly honored me, since I am a member of their design team, with a sensational box of watersoluble crayons and, without knowing it, they granted one of my dream since I was a child, the one that probably kept me so close to this world of colors. Thanks so much Koh-I-Noor Italy.

Of course the amazement left its spot to the creativity that I had to use to understand how these “sticks with hexagonal shape” could integrate with my way of coloring and painting.

and so… I started from the beginning.

According to me art is Change the rules but… first

you need to get to know them so day by day I started using these crayons in different way to understand their correct use in a drawing to be able to…. alter it later.

First of all, the most important thing to get to know them is to try to understand the gradation of color and shades that every crayons has according to its pigmentation.

I created a mini color schedule for every single crayon. The writing of every single color pencil allowed me to see the effectiv color of the crayon on the paper, how it changes when you watercolor it and above all to have a complete visual of all the color gradations that I could create.

So the choice of the colors is easier and so the combination of different crayons.

Then I did more.

I tried different way to use them effectively to create backgrounds, color areas and shade them but… since the post really long  already, we can talk about it later.

Meanwhile if you are willing to try them and start the same way I did, I suggest you create a grill then color it filling every space with a single crayon. Fill just the part of the space with the pure color and then, watercoloring, shading it towards the area left white, so you can have for each color area the effective gradation of every single crayon.
Complete writing the code of the crayon you used next to the colored area. If you have any doubts or you want some other info hit me up!

I will be so happy to share with you everything I learnt using these awesome watercolor crayons.