Weekly News 04-15-2020

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Hello everyone!

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!
This week, I started thinking about Mother’s day and playing with different illustrations that could be used to make cards or small gifts.

I also really wanted to work on some ink drawings because I’ve been focusing a lot on watercolours. It’s good to mix things up a little and to go back to a different technique.

Of course, I’ve been thinking about Spring and flowers, so I’ve drawn a lot of flowers and practiced making them realistic enough that you can recognize them without going crazy over details. It’s a difficult point to reach: if it’s too simple, the flower is not recognizable; if it’s too complex, the flower is heavy.

I’ve also looked at patterns and folkloric dresses from Eastern Europe, but you’ll have to wait for next week to see the results of that!

I’ve been reading…

BSo, I’ve been putting this book in my library cart repeatedly for the last two years. Well, I finally am reading it!

In the book “The Nature’s Fix” by Florence Williams, you get to read a journalistic investigation into how nature and being in nature influences well-being, health and creativity. The author travels the world from Japan to Finland to discuss different aspects of this topic with experts. She is very aware of her own bias which brings a lot of honesty and candor to the book, while also adding a personal touch to what could have been dry research results. No big surprise: nature is good for you, even if it’s just looking at a tree out of your window and listening to the birds. So, run to your windows people!

YouTube

This week, come and take a look at how I ink my coloring pages. A quick video, but so many details!

Click on the picture for more!

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This week in the store, you’ll find some printable letter paper adorned with beautiful flowers. I wanted to create something that you could use as is, in black and white, and also colour! All the options are yours!

I thinks these would be adorable for any letters to your friends and family, but could also be used as a note for your Mother’s day gift.

Click on the image to find out more!

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Weekly News 04-08-2020

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Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing well, and that you are finding time and resources to process and bring your stress levels down.

In my case, I’ve been drawing aaaaalll the plants and allowing myself to go easy on myself. It is a process, but I feel like it is worth while to take this opportunity to listen and watch what it is you really want and respect that. It is the ultimate self-love ritual you can do in my opinion.

Part of this has been to regroup with myself and take the time to evaluate some of the habits, relationships and mind patterns that are not aligned with what I need and want, and to let that stuff go!

I feel like this process has been a huge relief, and I can feel it when I’m drawing and painting. I feel like there is more space and more possibilities, and that is amazing!

I’m working on a special project, and here is a painting I did for it!

Something fun…

Because it is Spring and that we have started our seedlings for this summer, I’m finding myself watching many permaculture videos and wanting to transform every square inch of land into a garden. This video is one of my favourite because Kat seems to be so thoughtful and mindful of what she is doing, which is such an important part of gardening!

YouTube

This is the most detailed painting I’ve done so far, so I wanted to film the process. While I paint, we have a little chat about good books, so grab a cup of tea and watch my video!

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Some new coloring pages are in! One is my ideal livingroom: all the plants and a perfect armchair to read good books. The second one is perfect for Easter, but still has many different patterns and natural shapes. I hope you’ll enjoy them!

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Weekly News 04-01-2020

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I hope this finds you happy and healthy. It has been such a relief to paint and draw these last few days, and I’ve been completely obsessed with plants, forest and flowers.

The first piece I made this week is this cute sleeping cat. I love how he seems so peaceful among the plants.

I’m working on a special project, and I need to draw some greenhouses for it. So, I started practicing! I love how the masking tape created the greenhouse’s structure. All these plants: how wonderful!

I’m watching…

This week, I read the bIf you are looking for a show about families, relationships, kids and Sweden, I’ve got you covered! I’ve been completely obsessed with the show “Bonusfamiljen” that you can find on Netflix. This Swedish shows explores the (many) difficulties and joys of living, organizing and creating blended families.

All the characters are flawed and realistic, but it is the setting of the show that has been fascinating to me. It is so interesting to see how the Swedes live, what the houses look like, how they dress… It’s almost an anthropological study! All jokes asides, it is a really good show that will immediately take your mind off of things. I hope you’ll give it a try!

YouTube

If you want to see more of my process, this week I share how I painted the cutest sleeping cat on my Youtube channel!

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Because it is so important these days to keep in touch and stay connected, I made the above illustrations into cute cards. I think they are perfect for any occasion and will brighten the recipient’s day immensely!

I’ve also continued to upload one new coloring page every day. If you haven’t been to my Etsy store in a while, you are in for a treat!

I hope you will enjoy them!

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Weekly News 03-25-2019

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Hello everyone! I hope this finds you well: good health, not too much stress and plenty of books to read! I’ve been feeling beside myself for quite a while because of the concussion, and all the stress and bad news that have been pouring in are not helping. This is why I’m trying to focus on the positive: Spring, flowers, light.

I’ve considerably reduced my media consumption and that has been a huge help on my mood and overall well-being. I know it is hard to resist looking at the news, but it is such a relief.

I also started to paint more and more flowers. This week, I worked on this piece: all the sunflowers! It has been so therapeutic to work with all the yellows and oranges, and to create this little cat. Don’t you wish you were like him: lost in a sea of flowers?

I’m reading…

This week, I read the book “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng. I loved it! I first saw the trailer for the TV series, but I always try to read the book first. Well, this book does not disappoint. If you enjoy books like the “Joy Luck Club” or any of Kate Morton’s books, you will love this one: strong female characters, impossible life choices, funny moments, lots of feelings, racism, social struggle, and incredible consequences to mundane choices!

This books takes you through the thoughts of different characters, retails the past and foreshadows about the future, leaving you wanting to know more. A real page turner, this is the perfect book to cuddle up with!

YouTube

If you want to see more of my process, this week I share how I painted aaaaalll the sunflowers on my Youtube channel!

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I wanted to capture some of the sunflowers and put them everywhere, so I created some stickers! They are so cute and make me feel so happy when I look at them. I also wanted to create a happy greeting card so that you can send some happy thoughts to your loved ones.

I’ve also continued to upload one new coloring page every day. If you haven’t been to my Etsy store in a while, you are in for a treat!

I hope you will enjoy them!

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Weekly News 03-17-2019

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What a weird week! I’m guessing you are all feeling stressed and worried about the future. I hope you are all staying safe and taking measures to stay in good health: eating good food, exercising, sleeping and doing your best to keep your stress levels low.

I know I’ve been stressed out. Maybe this is why I’ve been drawing and painting all the flowers this week. I worked on a little whippet lost in a sea of flowers. I really like this piece and working on it was really fun!

I’m reading…

IBecause it is so important to focus on the little things that make you feel good in times of stress, I wanted to share a book a read a few weeks ago from one of my favourite illustrators. Actually, she prints some of her designs on hoodies, and I practicly live in them!

In her book “Les Petites Choses”, Anabel Roy illustrates different little pleasures of every day life. It is funny, comforting, and the perfect companion for times of worry!

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We stay in theme with the video of me painting the little whippet this week. It’s a really fun one, and I hope you’ll join me on Youtube for a new video each week!

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Because this little dog was too cute, I made him into stickers and cards. I think he just makes the perfect buddy to send people for Spring as a bearer of hope!

Because I know many of you will be stuck at home, and because I want to help you to relax, I created some new printable coloring pages. You will be able to print these directly in the comfort of your own homes and color them! I will be releasing one new design everyday until the Friday this week, so keep checking the store for updates!

I hope you will enjoy them!

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Weekly News 03-11-2019

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This week, it’s all about the plants! I’ve been collecting indoor plants for many years now, and I finally feel like my collection is on point. I found many of the plants I wanted to own, and they are all thriving. I’d like to think I’m doing something right, but to be honest, it’s probably just the great sunlight we have coming in!

Plants have been a huge relief while dealing with this concussion as they have provided beauty and comfort when all I could do was sit and look at them. Now that I can do a bit more, I painted them!

I selected 12 of my favourite plants and made them into small watercolors painting. It was really fun to look at the plants in detail and to figure out how to paint some of their leaves. I particularly enjoyed painting the Marantha!

I’m on YouTube!

I’ve been having a lot of fun filming my painting process and sharing short clips to Instagram, but I wanted to try and make longer videos. I’ve decided to make YouTube videos! I like having a different space to share and create content. Now, I’m not a video editing genius, but I like seeing the progress on an entire piece, and I hope you will too!

As a thank you for being on this reading list, you’ve got the first glimpse on my second video. I drew this croton plant, and it was so enjoyable!

I hope you will take a look, like and subcribe to my channel!

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I just needed to make the indoor plants into stickers! I’ve started using them in my planner, and I’m enjoying them so much! They add such a nice freshness and life to everything!

I hope you will enjoy them too!

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Weekly News 03-04-2019

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This week, I worked on some Spring designs. I really enjoyed working on smaller pieces and focusing on flowers and cuteness. It’s such a change after the three bigger pieces I worked on in February.

I’m preparing for a Spring market (more news on this soon!), and I still have a lot of work to do to be ready for it.

I paint each picture with watercolors and use some coloring pencils for details. After that, I scan and work on the pictures digitally if they need it. Then, it’s the fun part: printing the stickers!

I’m reading…

After visiting the Van Gogh exhibit last week, I realized that I really didn’t know much about this fabulous painter. I was deeply touched by his work, and I wanted to know more, so I explored the library and found the book Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman.

It’s a really fascinating read. It is so touching to learn about Van Gogh as a kid and to see him struggle to find what he really wants to do in life. It’s also interesting to see how much he traveled and tried different professions. It’s also very impressive to know that he was fluent in many different languages. His relationship with his family, and in particular his brother Theo, is at the center of this book which gives a very personal point of view to this biography.  I’m not done yet, but so far, so good!

New in the Etsy Store

I really have a lot of fun creating new products for the store, and I hope you will have as much fun using them in your daily life!

This week, the first spring stickers are available both as a sticker sheet and as bigger individual sticker packs.

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Weekly News 02-25-2019

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This week, I finished my skull lady triptych: enter Bear! I wanted to create something a bit different with this one. She is not leaving or going anywhere. Instead, she is patiently waiting and observing.

I really enjoyed working on these three pieces, creating atmospheres and diving into art that is a bit more personal and filled with magic. Despite all the fun, I’m ready for a little break and some smaller pieces.

I’m reading…

This week, a lot of concussion symptoms came back with a vengeance, so I didn’t read much. However, I did listen to Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman for the second time in a few months. I love this book so much because it features Nordic gods and goddesses in a very enjoyable way. Some stories are funny, others are a bit scary, but all are entertaining. For the second time, I felt so sad when Ragnarok ends: it really feels like old friends are leaving!

I also love listening to the book as it is read by the author. Gaiman creates voices and atmospheres, and it makes the reader feel like being a kid listening to bedtime stories.

I’ve recommended this book to everyone and their mother, so I really hope you’ll pick a copy up too!

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Bear Witch is available as a print! Each print is hand signed.

I also worked on some patterns and created this notebook and sticker sheet bundle. Each notebook can be personalized with the letter of your choice. It’s small which makes it the perfect book to carry around, but it can also make a great common place book. I love noting down ideas and quotes. It is so nice to have a dedicated space to look back when in need of inspiration!

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Weekly News 02-19-2020

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This week I worked on the second Skull Lady. After, Crow, let me present Deer! I’m enjoying creating these atmospheric backgrounds a lot, and I love these two ladies. They are so full of magic and wonder. It’s perfect for this time of the year when the outside world is cold and gloomy!

For Christmas, I received a sketchbook from the Brooklyn Art Library sketchbook project. It’s a really fun one: they want to create the biggest sketchbook library. That means that you buy a sketchbook, fill it in with anything you want, send it back and there you go! People can check out your sketchbook at the gallery or online.

It’s such a wonderful idea! I am very excited to participate to this project and have been playing with how to fill it in. Well, my first draft is done. It’s such a fun project I can’t wait to share more with you. All I have to say at the moment is that there are plants, a raven and an old house…

I’m reading…

I started and finished the most delicate and deliciously soft novel this week. It’s really it’s own genre. Through “The Greenhouse” by Audur Ava Olafsdottir (she’s from Iceland), we follow a young man who leaves his country to go work in a monastery as the head gardener. The monastery’s garden was once famous for its roses but is in need of a good clean up.
The story itself is very simple, but the reader gets to follow the thougths and impressions of the main character. It’s very comforting and a delicious read!
My copy of the book is a bit old: I found it in a used book store last summer in their dollar bin. It even had an old news paper clipping. This is why I love buying old books!

New in the Etsy Store

Deer Witch is available as a print! Each print is hand signed.

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Weekly News 02-12-2020

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This week, I worked on two large-format watercolour illustrations. It’s pretty new for me to do full-page drawings, and I must say I like it! Each of these illustrations took me two days of work, but I think the result is worth it. I especially like the crow girl: I really liked working on the atmosphere of this picture and I wish I could join her on her adventures!

I also received the first copies of my colouring book! I’m really happy with the result and it makes me want to make more books. Several pages of notebooks were filled with ideas while waiting for each coat of watercolour paint to dry, so stay tuned!

I’m listening to…

This week, I discovered an extraordinary Korean musician and her Youtube channel “YUNI Marimba“. I particularly like her covers of Harry Potter, but all her songs are fun and relaxing to listen to. These videos are also very funny: I like it when she splits up to do the different tracks of the songs. Worth a listen!

New in the Etsy Store

As mentioned above, my coloring book is now available! I really hope you will check it out as it represents a lot of work and many, many hours of tweaking!


If you liked the illustrations above, they are also available as prints.

Finally, I’m also welcoming a new partner in my store: Annie from Yarnstastic Plushe. My cousin is an incredibly talented crocheteer, and she started selling her patterns in my Etsy store. All the proceeds from her sales are going to the Ronald McDonald House charity which is a charity helping the families of hospitalized children. As she went through extensive heart surgery as a baby and child, this charity really helped her family, and now she wants to give back! Right now, only one pattern is available, but many more are coming (no pressure Annie!).

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