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I would say that between one festivity and another, a month for some rest is a really long period of time; but I was really in needof it. I had some great time with my family, disconnected my mind and my soul from the social network to find again a renew vitality, creativity and willing to do. Yes, I realised, unfortunately, that even though my desire to share with the internet gives me satisfaction and incessant incentives, on the other side it takes off time to explore my creativity, to dare, to live the moment and get the essence.
So I decided to make choices for my 2018; I planned my goals, I found out new incentives and, even though I’m still looking for what I’d like to do when I’ll grow up, my ideas are definitely more clear. My blog still remains my travel book, my safe harbour in which I can always come back to see how much I changed, how much I grew up and how long is the way I still have to go, in order to share with you guys my passions: art and cooking.
Therefore I’m starting right from here my 2018. A project I’m especially attached to because it defines the beginning of my awareness for my long lasting passion in stationery, papers, pencils, colors , brushes, pens…
I am an artist .
My project arised from the willing to share my own passion with whom is looking for a cute place to store his own thoughts, to his own ideas or simply a place in which you can give free vent to your own creativity. A secret place to go through, read, edit, complete, cut out, scribble all over.
A handbounded mini book ( inch 6×10,6) including high quality watercolor papers and with a handdrawn cover, created to be the first of a collection that I’d like to call “Story teller Art book”
I am an artist …..
Some pieces are available If you’d love to purchase one and soon I’ll enter them into my Facebook page. In case you are interested you can always contact me directly from here by leaving me a message. I’ll be more than happy to give you all information and, if you decide to begin your artistic journey with me, I’ll be honoured to be part of yours.
PS: I added to the blog the chance to receive my newsletters so you’ll always be update on what it’s in my mind.
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.
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
Birds of feathers flock together …
follow your curiosity…
It’s not about what it is
it’s about what it can become …
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.