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.







Raspberry pie

There are chaotic days in which 24 hours seem a few in order to finish all of the tasks and then, there are the Sundays. Those Sundays in which the main word is slowness, in which you can regenerate your soul just thinking about yourself, concentrating just on what you  want to do without restrictions, without the clock ticking the time, without the phone disturbing the rest. those mornings in which you have breakfast in bed, with the soft breeze that filters through the windows and the morning fresh light that floods into the room.

A piece of pie, a cup of coffee, a fresh flower and Sunday starts like this… in a  slow way.

I leave you the recipe for this quick and super easy  pie  that, I’m sure, will win over you.


Ingredients for a spring pan size 20 cm

200 gr flour 00

100 gr  sugar

100 gr  butter of good quality cold from the fridge

2 yolks

1 orange or lemon peel

200 gr  raspberry jam (or your favourite taste)



  1. Mix flour and sugar. Form a hole in the middle and add the yolks, the butter in little pieces and the peel of the lemon. Mix the ingredients to combine them. Form a ball, cover it with a transparent wrap and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Put it in the spring pan. Turn the oven on on 180°. Take 2/3 of the dough, extend it in the mold creating a low shell. Perforate the dough with a fork.
  3. Add the jam.
  4. With the dough left and a rolling pin, prepare  little stripes to form the grating. (sometimes I prepare the pie excluding this part, the jam will be dryer but still good)
  5. Cook in the hot oven for about 25/30 minutes. The cooking  time varies according to the oven. When the crost on the edge becomes golden you can  take that out of the oven.
  6. Let the pie get cold on a grate before take it out of your pan.

You can taste this pie  as soon as it’s ready but also after some days (you can conserve for some days but only if you hide it in a safe place because as soon as you taste it it will be gone right away)



Angelina’s mug

As I promised in my last post, today I’m gonna talk about my Angelina’s mug.

Angelina is my illustrated chicken, my signature,my way to gather in a drawing everything I like from an artistic and personal point of view.

Well…let’s start with the choice of the subject : the chicken. I  do not know if I am the one who chose her or vice versa. All I know is that from immemorial date she started being in my drawings and slowly she got a shape, colours and meanings each day more and more important. In this drawing there is my passion for lines,colours, calligraphy, shadings and, at last,but for sure the most important, its meaning.

Angelina represents to me  simplicity and essentiality. I love Nature , simple things, neat lines and geometric shapes. I love the excessive attention to details and refinement of colors. So Angelina represents all of this. From an artist point of view Angelina is my signature.

…and then, there is her deeper meaning , my personal one. The one that brings me to love this animal more than others. According to me this chicken means also friendship, passion, sharing,joy,support and debate for growing. Topics that I’ve always been finding in new and old friends of mine during these years : the Bloggalline ( in English it should be the blogchickens 🙂 ) whom I am a member of.

After this long explanation…may I now introduce you my lovely Angelina, she ‘s  been printed on a ceramic mug to wish you all friendship, passion, joy and ….more.

you can have breakfast with Angelina,

you can have your  coffee or tea brak with her ,

you can taste your fav ice cream or smoothies with her …

does not matter when or how , she will always be with you reminding you that ..




What do you think? Hope you like her  as I do.


If yuo’d love to purchase one, please feel free to ask for info with a private message.