Category Archives: mixed media art

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


…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 …






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.