Book review: Driving Around by Amanda Etches

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I’m so happy to share this review with you. I discovered this zine as I was browsing Etsy, and I’m so glad I’ve adopted it! Driving Around, a pandemic journal by Amanda Etches is such an amazingly well made zine.

What drew me first to this zine is the colour palette: mostly done in greens, blues and yellows, each drawing feels like a walk outside. The colours are rich and bright, and the effect is vivid and pleasing. I’m always so impressed when I see landscapes drawings such as these that feel realistic while remaining artistic. I also particularly enjoyed the textures and how these textures were used by Amanda to portray water and skies. Most of the illustrations seem to be made with pastels an their oily texture is so rich and luscious. The drawings here are mainly vignette size (as they accompany the journal entries), and each one captures a specific day and mood. As I was reading this zine, it felt like I was exploring unknown parts of Ontario.

As this zine is a pandemic journal, Amanda takes us with her as she and her partner explore different parts of Ontario during 2020, the lock down year. It feels quite special to have access to the thoughts and process of someone else and to see how they processed and navigated through this pandemic. Amanda is very candid about her feelings and observations which makes this journal so incredibly interesting to read. One cannot help but relate with her! I found that many of entries put words on feelings I felt but couldn’t identify. I particularly enjoyed that so many of her observations appeal to the senses: she notes on the colours and the sounds in most of the entries, and it makes each one of them that much more lively.

Overall, this little zine will make a great addition to anyone’s collection. The layout is well thought and the attention to details is palpable. The colours and friendly hand-written entries make for a relaxing and intimate read. I couldn’t recommend this zine enough, if only to discover someone else’s perspective on the pandemic and explore Ontario! It fills me with hope to see that something so beautiful emerged from such a difficult year.

Driving Around, a pandemic journal, by Amanda Etches


 

Book review: Driving Around by Amanda Etches

(Malheureusement, ce zine n’est pas encore disponible en français!)

Je suis tellement heureuse de partager cette chronique avec vous. J’ai découvert ce zine en parcourant Etsy, et je suis tellement heureuse de l’avoir adopté ! Driving Around, a pandemic journal par Amanda Etches est un zine incroyablement bien fait.

Ce qui m’a d’abord attiré dans ce zine, c’est la palette de couleurs : principalement composé de verts, de bleus et de jaunes, chaque dessin donne l’impression d’une promenade à l’extérieur. Les couleurs sont riches et lumineuses, et l’effet est vif et agréable. Je suis toujours très impressionnée quand je vois des dessins de paysages comme ceux-ci qui semblent réalistes tout en restant artistiques. J’ai aussi particulièrement apprécié les textures et la façon dont elles ont été utilisées par Amanda pour représenter l’eau et les ciels. La plupart des illustrations semblent avoir été réalisées avec des pastels et leur texture huilée est si riche et succulente. Les dessins sont principalement de la taille d’une vignette (puisqu’ils accompagnent les entrées du journal), et chacun d’entre eux capture un jour et une humeur spécifiques. En lisant ce zine, j’ai eu l’impression d’explorer des régions inconnues de l’Ontario.

Comme ce zine est un journal de bord de la pandémie, Amanda nous emmène avec elle alors qu’elle et son partenaire explorent différentes régions de l’Ontario en 2020, l’année du confinement. C’est très spécial d’avoir accès aux pensées et au processus de quelqu’un d’autre et de voir comment cette personne a géré et traversé cette pandémie. Amanda est très candide quant à ses sentiments et ses observations, ce qui rend ce journal incroyablement intéressant à lire. On ne peut s’empêcher de s’identifier à elle ! J’ai trouvé que de nombreuses entrées mettaient des mots sur des sentiments que je ressentais mais que je ne parvenais pas à identifier. J’ai particulièrement apprécié le fait qu’un grand nombre de ses observations fassent appel aux sens : elle note les couleurs et les sons dans la plupart des entrées, et cela rend chacune d’entre elles beaucoup plus vivante.

Dans l’ensemble, ce petit zine fera un excellent ajout à toute collection. La mise en page est bien pensée et l’attention portée aux détails est palpable. Les couleurs et les inscriptions manuscrites amicales rendent la lecture relaxante et intime. Je ne saurais trop recommander ce zine, ne serait-ce que pour découvrir le point de vue d’une autre personne sur la pandémie et explorer l’Ontario! Cela me remplit d’espoir de voir que quelque chose d’aussi beau a émergé d’une année aussi difficile.

Driving Around, a pandemic journal, by Amanda Etches

Weekly news: February 24, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

Remember last week when I told you that I was tackling a new sweater knitting project and that all my previous sweater projects had failed? Well, I did it again folks! I finished the colour work on the sweater, and now I can’t seem to count the stitches properly. I always get a different number, and never the number I should be having according to the pattern. Well, I can tell that I’ve grown a bit because instead of getting upset and taking the whole thing down and telling myself that I’m such a failure, I’ve decided to take a break and come back to it in a few days. Growth, right there. Kindness to oneself is so difficult!

I’ve also been practising kindness to myself in my work this week. My inner dictator was particularly energetic and was there to criticize everything I did and also what I didn’t do. It’s quite impressive for her to have opinions on absolutely everything! When I noticed this, I wrapped myself in a metaphorical warm blanket, made sure I was okay and kept going. It’s not easy, it can be uncomfortable, but I’m glad I decided to trust myself and be kinder to myself instead of believing everything this inner dictator said. And guess what, I’ve actually started reworking the storyboard I was telling you about last week. And it wasn’t as scary as I made it to be in my head. And I’m excited to move forward with this book.

So, if your inner dictator is particularly present, here’s the permission to be kinder to yourself you’ve been waiting for. We’ve got this!

It must be official since there’s a real coupon! You can print it, leave a copy on your desk, in your wallet, give it to yourself or a friend!

New in store

This week, I’ve completed the Beltane card! This one was so fun to research because it is such a happy celebration. And extra stars to me for finishing it so much in advance!

Inspiration

I looooove this booook sooooo muuuuuuuch!!!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

A small treat…

I’ve had this song stuck in my head for the last few days. The video is low-key, but the scenery is incredible, and I enjoyed it! I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

Book review: World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatahil

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I’ve had this book on my to-read list for a while, and I finally ordered it at the beginning of the month. As a collection of essays, it is a bit different from the other books I’ve shared here so far, but since it is so good and illustrated, I thought I’d give it a go! This week, I’d like to share World of Wonders written by Aimee Nezhukumatathil and illustrated by Fumi Mini Nakamura.

This collection of essays first called on my attention, well, because of its stunning cover. Fumi Mini Nakamura was unknown to me before seeing this book. Since then, I’ve visited her online portfolio quite a lot as her work is simply incredible. So detailed, featuring animals and plants, and always a bit unsettling, this artist creates a dark and wonderful universe in each of her paintings. I really like how she balances black and white with coloured portions on each piece. I also really admire how each painting tells a story and makes you wonder and imagine.

In the book, most essays are accompanied by a lightly coloured illustration. This one, with the axolotl, is probably my favourite. What an intriguing animal! The author, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, makes links between her own experience as a Filipino-Indian woman who grew up in different parts of the United States and different animals and plants. It is always very interesting to learn more about nature, and the close relationship between each species and the author’s experiences and memories are also well spun and delicately woven.

Many of the essays share stories from the author’s childhood, and it was really interesting to see how she lived being Asian in mostly White towns, a woman in a men’s world, a human in love, a daughter, or a mother. Many stories are funny and endearing. Others make you want to shout, or smile mysteriously like the axolotl. Incredibly well written, this book is a pleasure to read. The reader will get to the end a lot faster that would be anticipated!

Overall, this is a great read that is so very interesting to read not only because it shares interesting facts about nature but because it shares different facets of a human life and experience. It is so wonderful to be able to explore memories and little droplets of humanity. This book does just that, and it does so in a most elegant and clever way.

World of Wonder, by Aimee Nezhukumathathil, milkweed editions


 

Book review: World of Wonders par Aimee Nezhukumatahil

(Malheureusement, ce livre n’est pas encore traduit en français.)

J’avais ce livre sur ma liste de lecture depuis un moment, et je l’ai finalement commandé au début du mois. Comme il s’agit d’un recueil d’essais, il est un peu différent des autres livres que j’ai partagés ici jusqu’à présent, mais comme il est si bien écrit et illustré, je me suis dit que j’allais tenter le coup ! Cette semaine, j’aimerais partager World of Wonders écrit par Aimee Nezhukumatathil et illustré par Fumi Mini Nakamura.

Ce recueil d’essais a d’abord attiré mon attention, eh bien, à cause de sa superbe couverture. Fumi Mini Nakamura m’était inconnue avant de voir ce livre. Depuis, j’ai beaucoup visité son portfolio en ligne car son travail est tout simplement incroyable. Si détaillées, mettant en scène des animaux et des plantes, et toujours un peu troublantes, les œuvres de cette artiste créent un univers sombre et merveilleux à travers chacune de ses peintures. J’aime beaucoup la façon dont elle équilibre le noir et blanc avec des parties colorées sur chaque pièce. J’admire également la façon dont chaque tableau raconte une histoire et vous pousse à vous interroger et à imaginer.

Dans le livre, la plupart des essais sont accompagnés d’une illustration légèrement colorée. Celle-ci, avec l’axolotl, est probablement ma préférée. Quel animal intriguant ! L’auteure, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, établit des liens entre sa propre expérience de femme philippino-indienne ayant grandi dans différentes régions des États-Unis et différents animaux et plantes. Il est toujours très intéressant d’en apprendre davantage sur la nature, et la relation étroite entre chaque espèce et les expériences et souvenirs de l’auteure est également bien ficelée et délicatement tissée.

De nombreux essais racontent des histoires de l’enfance de l’auteure, et il était vraiment intéressant de voir comment elle vivait le fait d’être asiatique dans des villes majoritairement blanches, d’être une femme dans un monde d’hommes, d’être amoureuse, d’être une fille ou une mère. De nombreuses histoires sont drôles et attachantes. D’autres vous donnent envie de crier, ou de sourire mystérieusement comme l’axolotl. Incroyablement bien écrit, ce livre est un plaisir à lire. Le lecteur arrivera à la fin beaucoup plus vite qu’on ne l’aurait cru !

Cette lecture est très intéressante, non seulement parce qu’elle présente des faits fascinants sur la nature, mais aussi parce qu’elle présente différentes facettes de la vie et de l’expérience humaines. Il est si merveilleux de pouvoir explorer des souvenirs et des petites gouttelettes d’humanité. C’est exactement ce que fait ce livre, et il le fait d’une manière très élégante et intelligente.

World of Wonder, by Aimee Nezhukumathathil, milkweed editions

Weekly news: February 17, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

How was your Valentine’s day? Ours was very relaxed and low-key: we made chocolate crepes, and it was delicious! It’s so nice to take the time to make a special breakfast on the week-end. With confinement, I’ve learned that any occasion to celebrate should be taken, and that celebrations don’t need to be grand affairs. It takes a bit of an effort to think about these everyday celebrations, but the effect they have on my mood is well worth the extra time and energy! Next week-end, I’m looking forward to making some waffles or maybe pancakes. I’m not sure yet, but it’ll be simple and delicious!

I felt incredibly blessed this weekend when one of you wrote me to tell me that she had tried my rice pudding and chocolate cookies recipes. I was so glad to know that you tried the recipes and that you enjoyed them! It’s nice to imagine us sharing the same foods in different places.

As for work, well, I’ve been sketching a lot for my book project. Unfortunately for me, I’m almost done with the preliminary and “research” sketches, and I’ll soon have to embark on the project itself. I know I’ve been writing this since the beginning of the year, but this book project is SCARRRYYYYY!!! The next step will be to review and amend the storyboard I drew last year. Send in your happy thougths!

To relax, I’ve also started knitting an Icelandic Yoke sweater. I really hope this sweater will fit well. So far, all my sweater projects have been failures, so I’m excited to try again with this one. I’m enjoying the colours work immensely, and it’s been very relaxing to knit with the snow and cold outside.

New in store

Lots of new things in store this week! I’ve finally received some notepads and sticky notes for all the stationary lovers! It’s so nice to infuse a bit of pretty objects in our daily lives!

I’m also thinking about Spring with this colouring page and flower card. Magnolias are one of my favourite flowers, and I’m very happy to share this one with you!

Inspiration

This week, I share another beautiful find from the for-sale-books bin!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

A small treat…

In case you have one million dollars stashed somewhere! What a fun project!

And if you want a bit more:
Dior 2021 Haute Couture

Book review: Grimoire de Sorcières de Benjamin Lacombe et Sebastien Perez

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(In English, over here!)

J’ai trouvé ce livre chez le plus petit bouquiniste de la ville de Québec. Québec était notre ville escale en route pour Rimouski il y quelques étés. Le bouquiniste était littéralement rempli du sol au plafond de vieux journaux, d’anciens receuils sur l’agriculture et entre deux très vieux livres, celui-ci, beaucoup plus jeune, attendait d’être adopté! Cette semaine, je vous propose Grimoire de Sorcières de Benjamin Lacombe et Sébatien Perez.

La première chose qui frappe le lecteur lorsque ce livre ce trouve entre ses mains, c’est l’avertissement: attention, ce livre est maudit et on le lira à nos risques et périls! Ce genre d’avertissement, sur un livre de sorcières, nous voila rapidement embarqués dans notre propre histoire de Tim Burton ou de Neil Gaiman! Certains lecteurs seront intimidés, d’autres, comme moi, seront au contraire forcément obligé d’entamer la lecture!

Ce livre regroupe différentes femmes (fictives, divines, réelles, mais toutes mystérieuses) et les présentent. On découvre leurs vies, leurs amours, leurs difficultés et leurs objets préférés au travers de pages comprenant les illustrations magnifiques, mais souvent un peu troublantes de Benjamin Lacombe, des images d’artefacts et les descriptions de Sébastien Perez. Le lecteur et la lectrice auront réellement l’impression de feuilleter un grimoire: un livre vivant qui a été composé avec soin et intention.

Encore une fois, les illustrations de Benjamin Lacombe accomplissent leur rôle à merveille: légèrement inquiétantes, toujours précises et détaillées, elles emportent la lectrice et le lecteur dans un univers magique et délicieusement gothique.

Pour finir, ce livre est un bel ajout pour toutes les bibliothèques des apprentis sorciers et sorcières, mais aussi pour les amateurs d’histoires et d’Histoire. Le livre est magnifique et saura trouver sa place, négligemment oublié sur un fauteuil où votre chat noir préféré aime prendre le soleil!

Grimoire de sorcières, Benjamin Lacombe et Sébastien Perez, Seuil Jeunesse


 

Book review: Grimoire de Sorcières by Benjamin Lacombe and Sebastien Perez

(Unofrtunately, this book is yet to be translated in English.)

I found this book in the smallest bookstore in Quebec City. Quebec City was our stopover town on our way to Rimouski a few summers ago. The bookstore was literally filled from floor to ceiling with old newspapers, ancient farming magazines and between two very old books, this one, much younger, was waiting to be adopted! This week, I bring you Grimoire de Sorcières by Benjamin Lacombe and Sébatien Perez.

The first thing that strikes the reader when this book is in his or her hands is the warning: beware, this book is cursed and we will read it at our own risk! This kind of warning, on a book about witches, quickly embarks us in our own Tim Burton or Neil Gaiman story! Some readers will be intimidated, others, like me, will on the contrary be forced to start reading!

This book brings together different women (fictional, divine, real, but all mysterious) and introduces them. We discover their lives, their loves, their difficulties and their favorite objects through pages that include Benjamin Lacombe’s beautiful, but somewhat disturbing, illustrations, images of artifacts and descriptions by Sébastien Perez. The reader will truly feel as if he or she is leafing through a grimoire: a living book that has been composed with care and intention.

Encore une fois, les illustrations de Benjamin Lacombe accomplissent leur rôle à merveille: légèrement inquiétantes, Once again, Benjamin Lacombe’s illustrations fulfill their role wonderfully: slightly eerie, always precise and detailed, they take the reader into a magical and delightfully gothic universe.

Finally, this book is a great addition to any wizard or witch’s apprentice’s library, but also for History and story lovers. The book is beautiful and will find its place, carelessly forgotten on an armchair where your favorite black cat likes to sunbathe!

Grimoire de sorcières, Benjamin Lacombe et Sébastien Perez, Seuil Jeunesse

Weekly news: February 10, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I took a head start on the next celebration: Ostara! I felt like my beginning of February was a bit rushed with Imbolc and then Lunar New Year and Valentine’s day. Since I hate being rushed, I worked on my  Ostara card this week, and I’m really glad I did.

I’m also working on my book project, and I’m at that dreaded state where it feels like the more you work on the project the farther the finish line moves away. Well, I know it’s something normal for bigger projects, but it still freaked me out a little. To remedy this, I’ve put on my magnifying glasses and concentrate on the smallest tasks. After all, as my wise planner told me last week, “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” Well said planner, well said.

I’ve also been completely hooked on Fran and Holly‘s podcast newsletters. I’m curious to know if you’d like something like that: a simple audio file where I give you more detailed updates, book recommendations, and just talk to you! Let me know by answering this email if it’s something you’d enjoy!

I also wanted to take this time to thank every one who has ordered something in my shop. Your support really means everything, and I’m full of gratitude!

Finally, I’m wishing you all a fantastic Lunar New Year and a peaceful and fulfilled Year of the Ox!

New in store

The Ostara card is ready!

Inspiration

I told you about this book when I released my story book last year. Here’s an in-depth review!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

A small treat…

I’ve been completely obsessed with these cookies so I thought I’d share the recipe with you!

Spiced Chocolate Cookies

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses (at room temperature!!!)
  • 1/4 cup plant milk (I used oat milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp 4 spices mix (optional)
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • nuts or chocolate chunks to decorate (optional)
  1. Mix all the wet ingredients until you have a smooth concoction.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a different bowl.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients little by little (I usually do it in three parts).
  4. Preheat your oven to 350F (180C).
  5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Form balls of 1tbs of mixture and place them on the baking sheet. You should make 12 cookies. Pat the cookies down to give them a cookie shape and decorate with the nuts or chocolate chunks. These will spread a little as they cook so give them a bit of room.
  6. Once your oven is at the good temperature, place your cookies and let them bake for 15 minutes. The cookies will be soft when they come out of the oven. Let them cool for five minutes before moving them to your cooling rack. Enjoy while warm!

A spark of madness…

What colour would you choose?

Book review: The Art of Adornment, Gibbs Smith Publishers

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(En français par ici!)

This book has followed me around for years. I found it 10 years ago in the clearance bin of the Montreal Fine Art Museum, and just had to bring it home. I liked the sleek design and colorful cover. Today, I’m sharing The Art of Adornment, Design, Fashion, Art by Gibbs Smith Publishers.

This book is a collection of quotes on design, fashion and art. What’s really interesting to me though is the selection of patterns that accompany each quote. The publishers have done a great job curating patterns from many different cultures and traditions. It is mesmerizing to discover each page and get lost in each pattern and design.

It also feels incredible to have full colour book. In more intricate designs, the colours really bring everything together to create an almost hypnotizing effect. This is the kind of book that is so much fun to flip-through when you want something light and inspiring. I always find myself tracing the patterns and knots to try to figure out how they work.

Overall, this small book is a great addition to any bookshelf. It is very interesting to discover quotes from all around the world on art, design and fashion, while also getting lost into patterns, knots and designs. It would also make a great gift for your artsy friends who has everything. Finally, if only to fall into a world of colours and intricate details, this book is worth a flip through!

The Art of Adornment- Design, Fashion, Art; Gibbs Smith Publishers


 

Book review: The Art of Adornment, Gibbs Smith Publishers

Ce livre m’a suivi pendant des années. Je l’ai trouvé il y a 10 ans dans le bac de liquidation du Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, et je devais absolument le ramener à la maison. J’aimais son design épuré et sa couverture colorée. Aujourd’hui, je vous présente The Art of Adornment, Design, Fashion, Art de Gibbs Smith Publishers.

Ce livre est un recueil de citations sur le design, la mode et l’art. Mais ce qui m’intéresse vraiment, c’est la sélection de motifs qui accompagne chaque citation. Les éditeurs ont fait un excellent travail en sélectionnant des motifs issus de nombreuses cultures et traditions différentes. Il est fascinant de découvrir chaque page et de se perdre dans chaque motif et chaque dessin.

C’est également incroyable d’avoir un livre tout en couleurs. Dans les dessins les plus complexes, les couleurs font vraiment ressortir l’ensemble pour créer un effet presque hypnotique. C’est le genre de livre qu’il est très agréable de feuilleter quand on veut quelque chose de léger et d’inspirant. Je me retrouve toujours à tracer les motifs et les nœuds pour essayer de comprendre comment ils fonctionnent.

Dans l’ensemble, ce petit livre est un excellent ajout à toute bibliothèque. Il est très intéressant de découvrir des citations du monde entier sur l’art, le design et la mode, tout en se perdant dans des motifs, des nœuds et des dessins. Il ferait également un excellent cadeau pour vos amis artistiques qui ont déjà tout. Enfin, ne serait-ce que pour tomber dans un monde de couleurs et de détails complexes, ce livre vaut la peine d’être feuilleté !

The Art of Adornment- Design, Fashion, Art; Gibbs Smith Publishers

Weekly news: February 3, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

We had a major snow storm yesterday, and I’m taking my time writing this newsletter because after this, I need to walk to our mailbox. It’s about 15 minutes each way so I know I’m in for a treat with all the snow already on the ground and still falling!

This week, I’ve been mentally juggling with ideas and concepts for my book project. Things are starting to evolve and I’m slowly but surely reaching the point where I’ll have to jump and start putting pen on paper. In the meantime, I’ve realized that animals will be involved, and so I’ve been practising drawing animals. This is a bit of a new territory for me, but I’m enjoying the process a lot, and it’s nice to go back and fourth between flowers and animals.

May I introduce you to Salvad-Hare Dali! Hihihi!

New in store

I really like the idea of flower language to compose a Valentine’s day bouquet, so I made a second Valentine’s day card!

The first Valentine’s day card is also up and ready!

Inspiration

Ah, this graphic novel! It’s probably on my top five favourite books of all time!

Head over to the blog for a full review!

A small treat…

What a great project!

And if you want a bit more:
Dior 2021 Haute Couture

Book review: The Great Naiad Discovery of 1909, by Manelle Oliphant

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I’m really happy to share this book with you because it is so well made and so special! This week, I’m presenting you with The Great Naiad Discovery of 1909 by Manelle Oliphant creator behind Tales Fantastic. If you like mermaids and stories, this one is for you!

This books takes you through Miss Price’s fantastical diary as she and her brother Martin Price are invited to Salt Lake City in 1909 to study the local mermaid fauna. The premise of this book is so intriguing! Each page of the diary features beautifully illustrated images of the different creatures that the scientific duo encounters during their visit. All the text is also written by hand. The whole creates quite the extraordinary book!

I really love how rich rich each page is: from the vibrant colours to the intriguing details, there is always something new to catch the reader’s attention. I particularly enjoy her use of colours to create stunning creatures and atmospheric backgrounds. Her watercolour work is just incredible! I also love that there are different types of illustrations and not “just” mermaid drawings: the journal is filled with landscapes, news clippings, stamps, portraits and other artifacts that are a pleasure to discover. It makes then entire diary feel so real!

Overall, this book is a wonderful project featuring incredibly well made art that will fascinate readers of all ages. There is always something new to discover in the details of the pictures, and this is a book you’ll want to get lost into again and again. Manelle Oliphant is an experience story teller, and this book is a great example of her amazing work. If you want to see more, please check out Manelle Oliphant’s portfolio where she shares many of the pages from her books.

The Great Naiad Discovery of 1909, by Manelle Oliphant, Self published


 

Book review: The Great Naiad Discovery of 1909, par Manelle Oliphant

Je suis vraiment heureuse de partager ce livre avec vous car il est tellement bien fait et si spécial ! Cette semaine, je vous présente The Great Naiad Discovery of 1909 de Manelle Oliphant créatrice derrière Tales Fantastic. Si vous aimez les sirènes et les histoires, ce livre est fait pour vous !

Ce livre vous fait découvrir le journal fantastique de Miss Price alors qu’elle et son frère Martin Price sont invités à Salt Lake City en 1909 pour étudier les sirènes de la région. Le prémisse de ce livre est si intriguant ! Chaque page du journal contient des images magnifiquement illustrées des différentes créatures que le duo scientifique rencontre au cours de sa visite. Tout le texte est également écrit à la main. Le tout crée un livre tout à fait extraordinaire !

J’aime vraiment la richesse de chaque page : des couleurs vives aux détails intrigants, il y a toujours quelque chose de nouveau pour attirer l’attention du lecteur. J’apprécie particulièrement l’utilisation des couleurs pour créer des créatures étonnantes et des arrière-plans atmosphériques. Le travail à l’aquarelle est tout simplement incroyable ! J’aime aussi le fait qu’il y ait différents types d’illustrations et pas “seulement” des dessins de sirènes : le journal est rempli de paysages, de coupures de presse, de timbres, de portraits et d’autres artefacts qui sont un plaisir à découvrir. Cela donne à l’ensemble du journal une impression de réalisme !

Globalement, ce livre est un merveilleux projet présentant des illustrations incroyablement bien réalisées qui fascineront les lecteurs de tous âges. Il y a toujours quelque chose de nouveau à découvrir dans les détails des images, et c’est un livre dans lequel vous aurez envie de vous perdre encore et encore. Manelle Oliphant est une conteuse d’expérience, et ce livre est un excellent exemple de son travail extraordinaire. Si vous voulez en voir plus, consultez le portfolio de Manelle Oliphant où elle partage de nombreuses pages de ses livres.

The Great Naiad Discovery of 1909, de Manelle Oliphant, Auto-publié

Weekly News 01-27-2021

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Atelier News

I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I’m basking in cozyness, and it’s great. I’ve slowed down a bit and gave myself permission to be unproductive, tired, moody, and overlall imperfect. Well, surprise, surprise, I’m in a better mood, I’m more productive, and I feel so much less pressure. I’m not sure if it’s reverse psychology or just the great relief of letting go of perfectionism, but it’s been great!

I’m working hard on some Valentine’s day cards. I’m done with one of the cards I want to make, and I think it will appeal to all the enamoured witches and wizards out there. It was very interesting to dive in the wonderful world of flower symbolism and secret language once more. It’s always fun to infuse mundane life with a sprinkle of magic! 

I’m also preparing myself mentally to tackle this year’s book project. I’m not going to lie, it’s been very intimidating on a whole lot of different levels: it’s new, it’s personal, and it’s vulnerable, and I’m just having a hard time mustering my courage. So, I’ve been practising sketching people and scenes. It’s a whole new world from flowers, but it’s been interesting to draw people again and to have long sketching sessions. It feels like a treat!

One thing that really helps me come closer and closer to working on this project has been joining Fran on her Patreon. It’s crazy how this has been motivating: it feels like she is my artist friend. Listening to her podcast newsletters and watching her behind-the-scenes videos, I realized that she, an established illustrator, is going through the same creative difficulties as me. This has given me so much hope and encouragements. There is truly power in finding peers and sharing not only wins but also difficulties with others. So, stay tuned for more on this new book very, very soon!

Alright, dearests, that’s long enough for this week!

New at the boutique

I’ve put on my plastic surgeon hat this week and performed a small rhinoplasty on my water buffalo girl after my parents told me that it looked more like a moustache and less like a nose… that’s a tad embarrassing! But she’s all better now, so take a look!

The first Valentine’s day card is also up and ready!

Inspiration

What is January if not the perfect opportunity for some self-help?

Head over to the blog for a full review!

A small treat

Here’s my cozy January vlog! I hope you’ll enjoy it!

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