Weekly News 07-01-2020

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Atelier News

Hello from the new atelier!

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

What a move this has been! We made about a thousand trips between the old house and the new house to bring over plants and other delicate things. I’m really glad we are done now! We’ve spent a few hours setting up the atelier, and I am so happy to have my space back and running! I’m really excited to see what gets created in this new space.

I’ve sent for proofs for the Lovely Flowers coloring book, and the first one arrived yesterday. There are a few funks, so I updated it and wait for the next proof to come. I’m really excited to share this project with you soon.

I also sent my sketchbook to the Brooklyn Library! It was hard to let it go, but I’m happy to have brought it to an end and to have a complete project. I also worked on the storybook version, and I’m waiting for some proofs to arrive. I cannot wait to see them and to share yet another book with you!

New in Store

The shop is back to normal with both digital and physical products available!

And, a special surprise: with the move, I found some old cards and decided that it was time to let them go. So, for the entire month of July, I’ll be adding some of these lovely cards to all of your physical item orders for free! I really love these cards and some are still my favoutires, but I need room to create new things. Out with the old, in with the new!

No coupons needed, so it’s really simple and easy!

I also added a new coloring page and the corresponding greeting card and print for all the plant lovers out there! When you spend 2 full days moving plants, you realize that you have a plant family!

Click on the picture for more details!

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The final flip-through for my Brooklyn Sketchbook Project! I had so much fun creating this book, and it’s so much fun seeing it complete!

One last thing…

Our cat was so stressed by the move that she thought she was a dog. This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing!

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Weekly News 06-17-2020

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We are currently in the process of moving houses so this newsletter will be the last one for June. I’ll be back at the beginning of July! Adulting takes time and so much energy!

In the studio, I’ve been finishing up a few projects. I’m done with my flower illustrations for my Instagram challenge and will be uploading the last ones this week.

I also decided to turn these illustrations into a coloring book! I really like the flowers I drew for this challenge. I feel like I learned a lot through each drawing. It was also a really relaxing experience to really observe flowers and then draw them. I hope that colouring them will bring you as much joy and calm!

The digital versions of the coloring book and the Brooklyn storybook are done, but I’m waiting for the move to be over before I order proof copies. I’m so excited to see both of these projects as real books! Stay tuned for more news on both books in July.

I read…

I ordered this book a while ago, but the font is so small that I can only read it little by little because of my concussion. Nonetheless, it has been a very interesting read.

The Moomins were one of my favourite cartoon family as a kid, but Tove Jansson is so much more than the Moomins! It was really interesting reading about her experience living in Finland during World War II. It was very inspiring to see how she used her art to support peace politically. It’s also a bit intimidating to learn that she started publishing illustrations in magazines at 14!

What I love most about this book is that it includes colored pictures of her works which range from sketches to full paintings. The author is very detailed in her description of Jansson’s life and relationships. It really feels like a complete portrait of a complex artist.

New in Store

Over here, in Canada, Mother’s day was last month, and Father’s day is this month. That’s why I have been working on some pictures to celebrate dads!

These cute little bears are both available as coloring pages and coloring cards. I really enjoyed imagining what kinds of activities papa bears could do with their cubs.

I hope you’ll find them cute and check them out!

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The last page of my Brooklyn Sketchbook Project! I hope you’ll like it!

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Weekly News 06-10-2020

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I’M DONE!

Yup, that’s right! I’ve completed all the illustrations for the Brooklyn Sketchbook Project! I’m also done with the paper version that I’ll be sending of to the gallery, AND I’m also done with the book version both to be available in French and in English. It has been a very busy week!

I’m still considering a few things before I send out for proof copies. I want to give myself a few days to forget about the project to come back to it with fresh eyes.

Here are a few pictures of the paper version I’ll be sending to Brooklyn. I love that it feels like an old fashioned scrapbook. It’s simple, but effective I think! It also really helped to have an assembled version to figure out the layout of everything.

I drank…

Hot chocolate! To help with anxiety and stress, I’ve turned to chocolate. I make two versions of this drink and both are delicious. I find that the ingredients are so comforting, and it really helps to take the time to prepare something like this each morning.

Warm Hot Cocoa
– 1 cup oat milk
– 1 tbs raw cacao powder
– 15 drops of rose glycerate or 1 tsp of rose water
– 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
Mix everything together over the stove except the rose extract. When warm to your taste, pour in your favourite mug and add the rose extract. Enjoy!

Cold Cocoa
– 1 cup oat milk
– 1 tbs raw cacao powder
– 1 banana
– 15 drops of rose glycerate or 1 tsp of rose water
Mix everything together in your blender. Pour in your favourite glass and enjoy!

My favourite rose glycerate is made by the lovely Chantal. She harvests wild roses and prepares them in all sorts of ways. Check her out!

New in Store

Over here, in Canada, Mother’s day was last month, and Father’s day is this month. That’s why I have been working on some pictures to celebrate dads!

These cute little bears are both available as coloring pages and coloring cards. I really enjoyed imagining what kinds of activities papa bears could do with their cubs.

I hope you’ll find them cute and check them out!

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Another one for the Brooklyn Project! I hope you’ll like it!

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Weekly News 06-03-2020

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Hello everyone!

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

I really hesitated in writing this week’s newsletter. Current events are starting to take a toll on me, and I wanted to skip it. However, I decided to go for it anyways because I love connecting with you and sharing positivity and good news!

2:  That’s right! Only 2 illustrations left for the Brooklyn Project! This means that I should be able to start working on the layout this week! How exciting. I cannot wait to share more with you!

I read…

I went back to classics, Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea this week. I love Anne: she is so lively and fun. The descriptions of nature and Avonlea are also so relaxing and detailed.

It is a really quiet read, and if you are working on some mindless tasks, all the books of the series are available as audiobooks on Youtube.

New in Store

Over here, in Canada, Mother’s day was last month, and Father’s day is this month. That’s why I have been working on some pictures to celebrate dads!

These cute little bears are both available as coloring pages and coloring cards. I really enjoyed imagining what kinds of activities papa bears could do with their cubs.

I hope you’ll find them cute and check them out!

Youtube

Another one for the Brooklyn Project! I hope you’ll like it!

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Why I’m not posting to Instagram anymore

This week, not on Instagram

(En français plus bas… beaucoup plus bas!)

Last year, when I decided to launch myself as an artist, all the advice I could find lead me to social media, more particularly Instagram, as a great way to share my work and get in touch with potential clients or customers. It makes sense: Instagram is a visual platform, that’s easy to use and free. So, I started posting there sometimes, then regularly and finally every day. I participated in weekly, monthly and draw-this-in-your-style challenges. I discovered some really fun and talented artists that inspired me. It was all good… until it wasn’t.

There is a lot of bubbles floating around the interwebs and bookshelves telling you about the negative effects of social media on humans. My first alarm bell rang when one of my favourite artist, Julia Bausenhardt, quit Instagram and made Youtube videos sharing her reasons to do so. Then, my partner gave me Cal Newport’s book Deep Work about focus and work. After that, I watched the documentary “The Social Dilemma” on Netflix. And finally, I sat with myself and did an inventory of how I felt about all of this. This is what I found.

Like Julia, after a year of working hard on my Instagram, I realized that I had started to create FOR the platform instead of using it as a tool. It is a tough schedule to keep up with as an artist to post every day or even every week. Painting is hard work that requires dedication, constant learning, focus and inspiration. Creating for a social media platform daily made me feel empty and like a fraud.

I also really didn’t like the way I started to feel about my art and the art of others. The constant scrolling makes it impossible to really appreciate the time and effort that the artist spends creating. A piece that took days, weeks and even months to paint is given a 2 seconds glance, a double tap, and maybe a comment. All of that is done on a tiny phone screen. How is that fair? We visit museums and can sit for hours in front of a master’s piece. We go to an art gallery and get immersed in an artist’s work for the evening. Yet, we find it acceptable to scroll mindlessly through the work of other artists. I really didn’t feel comfortable with that. It made me feel cheap and made the work of others feel cheap when it is not.

Another thing that I noticed with my increased use of social media was my decreased attention. Because social media is always feeding you new content, it is hard to stay focused on one single thing. This became clear when I noticed that reading was getting more and more difficult despite the fact that I love reading. The temptation to always check my phone to see what was new made it impossible to stay disconnected for long periods of time. When I read Deep Work, I realized that I needed focused alone time to create quality work. I want to cultivate my capacity of living in the real world, working on worthwhile tasks. That requires focus and undivided attention. When I paint for an entire afternoon without distraction, I feel good. I feel accomplished. When I scroll my Instagram feed every ten minutes, I feel scattered, unmotivated, not good enough and volatile.

That was another important factor in my decision to quit Instagram: constantly having access to other people’s work started to really impact my mental health. I have perfectionist tendencies which make comparing myself to others a dangerous game. Very quickly I realized that the more time I spent online, the worst I felt about my own work. It dulled my motivation to create, and I often found myself in negative self-talk spirals. Where’s the fun in that?

Another thing that I realized was that the number of hours I spend on Instagram everyday just was not justified. As a self-taught artist, I need time to learn and refine my skills. This can be done through online courses, reading books about art, practising and thinking about how to do certain pieces. All of those activities require time, attention and discipline. As a person, I also need time to talk with the people I love, interact with my pets and take care of myself. It’s also nice to have hobbies and a life outside of working. I also need time for house chores and cooking. Sleep and going on walks are also important. As a business owner, I need time to create new products, take pictures, work on my Etsy shop, write this blog, connect with my followers through a weekly newsletter and go to the post office to send out orders. My days are packed. How then can I justify to spend 2, 3 or even 4 hours in my day on Instagram or creating for the platform? In truth, I can’t.

So why then did it take me so long to realize all of this? Well, if you want to start any business in 2020, it feels like all the marketing blogs, videos and classes will tell you that social media is the fast way to success. Social media is a free marketing tool through which you can reach millions of customers easily after all.

But is it really? I understand that my experience is limited to a year. Nonetheless, let’s take a look. Did I see rapid growth during that time? No. Did I get customers to my Etsy shop through Instagram? No. Did Instagram help me fund important projects like the printing of my storybook? No. So what’s up? Maybe I wasn’t doing it correctly, or maybe I wasn’t patient enough, or maybe I should have paid for premium exposure. Well, so much for easy and free to use. During my year on Instagram, I took online courses to help me get better at social media marketing. I listened to podcasts. I watched Youtube videos. I think I did my part. Yet, it didn’t prove to be such a great marketing tool for me.

Additionally, something started to feel wrong to me the more I was learning about social media marketing. I was told that I needed to make “real connections” with people in the hopes that they would buy my products. Every post needed to have a clear call to action bringing my followers closer to being customers. So, I was aiming at creating “real” connections with a clear intention: “buy my products”. Of course, classes would teach to do this in the smoothest way possible. Be authentic. Be human. Be relatable. But, make sure you have a direct link to your store. After a while, it made me feel uncomfortable. What was I selling? My “real” connection? My time? Myself? Marketing is really not my thing, but I think that I’d rather create content that is clearly marketing instead of wrapping my marketing in bows and lace and pretending to be looking for “real connections”.

It also felt disrespectful to my potential customers to give them quick content. If people decide to spend their time on my content, I want to make sure that the content I create is of high quality. Likewise, if I spend a lot of time creating something I want people to actually give it time and attention. This is not what is promoted on Instagram. It is something I can create more easily on a blog, a newsletter or on my website portfolio.

So, with all that in mind, I decided to take October 2020 off from the platform. And I did. I went on Instagram a few times to check for DM’s, but I didn’t scroll. I didn’t post. I didn’t do Inktober.

Was it terrible?

No, not really. The first few days, it was so difficult not to go on the platform. I always wanted to check my phone. After a week, I started feeling calm and content. My head felt lighter. My heart felt lighter. I felt better about my art and less pressured to make something post-able. Mistakes stayed mistakes and did not get failure status. I started to enjoy my life and my circumstances more. I had more time to learn and better my painting skills. I slept better. I spent more quality time in real life with my partner and my pets. I took time to observe things, rest and play. Live.

Did I see a huge difference in my Etsy sales? Yeah, my store actually did better in October than in previous months. I had more visits and more sales. So clearly, I wasn’t driving tons of customers to my store through Instagram despite posting every day. I did however create more new products and took time to write to people who liked my items or put my shop in their favourites. I also spent more time rearranging my items to make my store more attractive. Briefly, I actually worked on my store instead of working on someone else’s platform.

I heard some advice that said that after getting away from social media, one should evaluate the pros of the platforms and use the more relevant ones in a professional way. I understand this advice, but at this point in my reflection, I’m asking myself this question: “Is it ethical for me to use a platform professionally when I know that that platform is praying on its users’ vulnerabilities?” At the moment, I can only answer no, it is not ethical.

Thus, I don’t think I’ll be posting on Instagram anytime soon. I’m going to take my time in creating quality content and learning the skills of my craft instead. I’ll also be living my life in the real world. I reclaim my time and attention.

Social media is impacting me and everyone else so strongly. There are so many other points I would like to touch on, be it the political, societal and even environmental consequences of our dependency to social media. The last thing I’ll say here is that I hope this blog post inspires you to observe and rethink your relationship with social media. And congratulations if you made it to the end of this long post!

Pourquoi je ne partage plus sur Instagram

L’année dernière, lorsque j’ai décidé de me lancer en tant qu’artiste, tous les conseils que j’ai pu trouver m’ont amené à utiliser les médias sociaux, plus particulièrement Instagram, comme un excellent moyen de partager mon travail et d’entrer en contact avec des clients ou des consommateurs potentiels. C’est logique : Instagram est une plateforme visuelle, facile à utiliser et gratuite. J’ai donc commencé à y publier des images de temps en temps, puis régulièrement et enfin tous les jours. J’ai participé à des défis hebdomadaires, mensuels et à des défis de type “dessinez ça dans votre style”. J’ai découvert des artistes très intéressants et talentueux qui m’ont inspiré. C’était bien… jusqu’à ce que ça ne le soit plus.

Il y a beaucoup de bulles qui flottent autour des interwebs et des bibliothèques et qui nous parlent des effets négatifs des médias sociaux sur les humains. Ma première sonnette d’alarme a sonné lorsque l’une de mes artistes préférées, Julia Bausenhardt, a quitté Instagram et a réalisé des vidéos Youtube pour partager ses raisons de le faire. Ensuite, mon partenaire m’a donné le livre Deep Work de Cal Newport sur la concentration et le travail. Après cela, j’ai regardé le documentaire “The Social Dilemma” sur Netflix. Et enfin, je me suis assise et j’ai fait l’inventaire de mes sentiments à propos de tout cela. Voici ce que j’ai trouvé.

Comme Julia, après un an de travail acharné sur mon Instagram, j’ai réalisé que j’avais commencé à créer POUR la plateforme au lieu de l’utiliser comme un outil. En tant qu’artiste, il est difficile de respecter un calendrier de publication quotidien, voire hebdomadaire. La peinture est un travail difficile qui exige dévouement, apprentissage constant, concentration et inspiration. Créer pour une plateforme de médias sociaux chaque jour m’a fait sentir vide et comme une imposture.

Je n’aimais pas non plus la façon dont je commençais à percevoir mon art et l’art des autres. Le défilement constant de nouvelles images ne permet pas de vraiment apprécier le temps et les efforts que l’artiste consacre à la création. Une œuvre qui a pris des jours, des semaines et même des mois à peindre se voit attribuer un coup d’œil de 2 secondes, une double tape et peut-être un commentaire. Tout cela se fait sur un minuscule écran de téléphone. En quoi est-ce juste ? Nous visitons les musées et pouvons nous asseoir pendant des heures devant une œuvre de maître. Nous nous rendons dans une galerie d’art et nous nous plongeons dans l’œuvre d’un artiste pour la soirée. Pourtant, nous trouvons acceptable de faire défiler sans réfléchir les œuvres d’autres artistes. Je ne me sentais vraiment pas à l’aise avec cela. Cela me donnait l’impression d’être bon marché et faisait en sorte que le travail des autres semblait également bon marché alors qu’il ne l’est pas.

Une autre chose que j’ai remarquée avec mon utilisation accrue des médias sociaux est la diminution de mon attention. Comme les médias sociaux vous fournissent toujours de nouveaux contenus, il est difficile de rester concentré sur une seule chose. C’est devenu clair lorsque j’ai remarqué que la lecture devenait de plus en plus difficile malgré le fait que j’adore lire. La tentation de toujours vérifier mon téléphone pour voir ce qui était nouveau rendait impossible de rester déconnectée pendant de longues périodes. Lorsque j’ai lu Deep Work, j’ai réalisé que j’avais besoin de me concentrer seule pour créer un travail de qualité. Je veux cultiver ma capacité à vivre dans le monde réel, à travailler sur des tâches qui en valent la peine. Cela exige une concentration et une attention sans faille. Quand je peins pendant un après-midi entier sans être distraite, je me sens bien. Je me sens accomplie. Lorsque je fais défiler mon Instagram toutes les dix minutes, je me sens dispersée, démotivée, pas assez bonne et instable.

Cela a été un autre facteur important dans ma décision de quitter Instagram : le fait d’avoir constamment accès au travail d’autres personnes a commencé à avoir un réel impact sur ma santé mentale. J’ai des tendances perfectionnistes qui font de la comparaison avec les autres un jeu dangereux. Très vite, j’ai réalisé que plus je passais de temps en ligne, plus je me sentais mal dans mon propre travail. Cela a émoussé ma motivation à créer, et je me suis souvent retrouvée dans des spirales négatives de pensées auto-destructrices. Où est le plaisir dans tout cela ?

J’ai également réalisé que le nombre d’heures que je passe chaque jour sur Instagram n’est pas justifié. En tant qu’artiste autodidacte, j’ai besoin de temps pour apprendre et affiner mes compétences. Cela peut se faire par des cours en ligne, la lecture de livres sur l’art, la pratique et la réflexion sur la façon de réaliser certaines œuvres. Toutes ces activités demandent du temps, de l’attention et de la discipline. En tant que personne, j’ai également besoin de temps pour parler avec les personnes que j’aime, pour interagir avec mes animaux domestiques et pour prendre soin de moi. Il est également agréable d’avoir des loisirs et une vie en dehors du travail. J’ai aussi besoin de temps pour les tâches ménagères et la cuisine. Le sommeil et les promenades sont également importants. En tant que chef de petite entreprise, j’ai besoin de temps pour créer de nouveaux produits, prendre des photos, travailler sur ma boutique Etsy, écrire ce blog, me connecter avec mes followers grâce à une newsletter hebdomadaire et aller au bureau de poste pour envoyer des commandes. Mes journées sont bien remplies. Comment puis-je alors justifier de passer 2, 3 ou même 4 heures dans ma journée sur Instagram ou à créer pour la plateforme ? En réalité, je ne le peux pas.

Alors pourquoi ai-je mis autant de temps à réaliser tout cela ? Eh bien, si vous voulez lancer une entreprise en 2020, il semble que tous les blogs, vidéos et cours de marketing vous diront que les médias sociaux sont la voie rapide vers le succès. Les médias sociaux sont un outil de marketing gratuit grâce auquel vous pouvez atteindre facilement des millions de clients après tout.

Mais est-ce vraiment le cas ? Je comprends que mon expérience est limitée à un an. Néanmoins, jetons-y un coup d’œil. Ai-je vu une croissance rapide pendant cette période ? Non. Ai-je obtenu des clients dans mon magasin Etsy grâce à Instagram ? Non. Instagram m’a-t-il aidé à financer des projets importants comme l’impression de mon livre d’histoires ? Non. Alors, qu’est-ce qui se passe ? Peut-être que je ne le faisais pas correctement, ou peut-être que je n’ai pas été assez patiente, ou peut-être que j’aurais dû payer pour une exposition premium. Eh bien, voilà pour la facilité et la gratuité d’utilisation! Pendant mon année sur Instagram, j’ai suivi des cours en ligne pour m’aider à m’améliorer dans le domaine du marketing des médias sociaux. J’ai écouté des podcasts. J’ai regardé des vidéos sur Youtube. Je pense que j’ai fait ma part. Pourtant, ce n’est pas un outil de marketing très efficace pour moi.

En outre, plus j’apprenais à mieux comprendre le marketing des médias sociaux, plus je commençais à me sentir mal. On m’a dit que j’avais besoin de créer de “vrais liens” avec les gens dans l’espoir qu’ils achètent mes produits. Chaque publication devait comporter un appel à l’action clair pour amener mes abonnés à devenir des clients. Je voulais donc créer de “vrais” liens avec une intention claire : “achète mes produits”. Bien entendu, les cours enseignaient à le faire de la manière la plus fluide possible: « Soyez authentique. Soyez humains. Soyez racontables. Mais assurez-vous d’avoir un lien direct avec votre magasin.» Au bout d’un moment, je me suis sentie mal à l’aise. Qu’est-ce que je vendais ? Un ” vrai ” lien ? Mon temps ? Moi-même ? Le marketing n’est vraiment pas mon truc, mais je pense que je préfère créer un contenu clairement marketing au lieu d’emballer mon marketing dans des nœuds et de la dentelle et de prétendre rechercher de “vraies connexions”.

J’ai également ressenti un manque de respect envers mes clients potentiels en leur donnant un contenu rapide. Si les gens décident de passer leur temps sur mon contenu, je veux m’assurer que le contenu que je crée est de haute qualité. De même, si je passe beaucoup de temps à créer quelque chose, je veux que les gens lui accordent du temps et de l’attention. Ce n’est pas ce qui est mis en avant sur Instagram. C’est quelque chose que je peux créer plus facilement sur un blog, une newsletter ou sur le portfolio de mon site web.

C’est pourquoi, en gardant tout cela à l’esprit, j’ai décidé de prendre congé de la plateforme pour octobre 2020. Et c’est ce que j’ai fait. Je suis allée sur Instagram quelques fois pour vérifier les DM, mais je n’ai pas fait défiler mon fil. Je n’ai pas posté. Je n’ai pas fait Inktober.

C’était terrible ?

Non, pas vraiment. Les premiers jours, c’était difficile de ne pas aller sur la plateforme. Je voulais toujours vérifier mon téléphone. Au bout d’une semaine, j’ai commencé à me sentir calme et satisfaite. Ma tête était plus légère. Mon cœur était plus léger. Je me sentais mieux par rapport à mon art et moins pressée de faire quelque chose de «partageable». Les erreurs restaient des erreurs et n’obtenaient pas le statut d’échec. J’ai commencé à profiter davantage de ma vie et de ma situation. J’ai eu plus de temps pour apprendre et j’ai amélioré mes compétences en peinture. J’ai mieux dormi. J’ai passé plus de temps de qualité dans la vie réelle avec mon partenaire et mes animaux domestiques. J’ai pris le temps d’observer les choses, de me reposer et de jouer. De vivre.

Ai-je constaté une énorme différence dans mes ventes Etsy ? Oui, mon magasin a en fait fait mieux en octobre qu’au cours des mois précédents. J’ai eu plus de visites et plus de ventes. Il est donc clair que je ne conduisais pas des tonnes de clients à mon magasin par Instagram, malgré l’affichage quotidien. J’ai cependant créé davantage de nouveaux produits et j’ai pris le temps d’écrire aux personnes qui aimaient mes articles. J’ai également passé plus de temps à réorganiser mes articles pour rendre mon magasin plus attrayant. En bref, j’ai travaillé sur mon magasin au lieu de travailler sur la plateforme de quelqu’un d’autre.

J’ai entendu un conseil qui disait qu’après s’être éloigné des médias sociaux, il fallait évaluer les avantages des plateformes et utiliser les plus pertinentes de manière professionnelle. Je comprends ce conseil, mais à ce stade de ma réflexion, je me pose cette question : «Est-il éthique pour moi d’utiliser une plateforme de manière professionnelle alors que je sais que cette plateforme mise sur les vulnérabilités de ses utilisateurs ?» Pour l’instant, je ne peux que répondre non, ce n’est pas éthique.

Par conséquent, je ne pense pas que je posterai sur Instagram de sitôt. Je vais plutôt prendre mon temps pour créer du contenu de qualité et apprendre les techniques de mon métier. Je vais aussi vivre ma vie dans le monde réel. Je récupère mon temps et mon attention.

Les médias sociaux ont un impact très fort sur moi et sur tout le monde. Il y a tant d’autres points que j’aimerais aborder, qu’il s’agisse des conséquences politiques, sociétales et même environnementales de notre dépendance aux médias sociaux. La dernière chose que je dirai ici est que j’espère que ce billet de blog vous inspirera à observer et à repenser votre relation avec les médias sociaux. Et félicitations si vous êtes arrivé à la fin de ce long billet !

Weekly News 05-27-2020

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Hello everyone!

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

I cannot believe this: only 7 illustrations to go for my Brooklyn Book!!!! Happy dance!!! I’m so excited to be almost done with this project, but I’m also enjoying it so much. I cannot wait to share more of this with you! In the meantime, here’s a cheeky exclusive preview.

Small panic moment in the studio this week: I ran out of my favourite Hooker’s Green (named after William Hooker, a famous botanical illustrator. I mean, what were you thinking about?) and realized that the stores were out of it. I was able to find it in the end, but it made me realize how dependent on supplies I was. Normally, I wouldn’t really worry about not having a specific color and mix my own, but since I’m working on a book and want the pictures to be cohesive, it was a slight issue (read complete uncontrollable panic). So it made me really curious about making my own pigments and paints. Something new to explore!

I’ve reading…

This was such a fun read! I love books with old houses, family dramas and multiple narrators. The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell did not disappoint!

The story starts with Libby receiving the keys to a prestigious house on her 25th birthday. The house belonged to her biological parents, which she knows very little about except that they died a strange suicide-cult-ritual death. I won’t spoil anything else because you should read it!

I really liked how the story was told through different characters. The story itself is simple and explores themes of manipulation, global warming, family and belonging. It was a really entertaining read that kept me turning page after page.

New in Store

Yes, I know, I’m not done with the Brooklyn Project yet, but I’m already starting to work on the next one. For this new project, I’m exploring cartoon characters, and I wanted to play with this a little bit. I really enjoy using my mom as inspiration for cartoons because she has a signature hairstyle. It’s so recognizable, it makes for the cutest character.

So, of course, I made her into stickers. Because it’s so warm here (hello summer!), you’ll find mini-mom ready for the beach!

The best vegan lemon pie

This dessert is perfect for summer because you don’t have to bake it! I used a pre-made pie shell, but you could of course make your own or even make a cookie crumb base for this to keep everything out of the oven. I’ve been obsessing over this pie and can’t get enough of this zingy lemon taste!

Here’s what you need for the most delicious lemon pie filling:
– the juice of 4 lemons (about a cup or 250mL)
– the zest of two lemons 200 mL water (3/4 cup)
– 250g sugar (1 cup)
– 50g or 5 tbs corn starch
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1 generous pinch of turmeric powder for the colour (optional)

Mix everything in a saucepan until the corn starch is well dissolved. I use a metal whisk for this. Place on medium heat and stir continuously until it thickens. Place in your pie shell and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. Enjoy as is or with some ice cream!

You are very welcome. 🙂

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Weekly News 05-20-2020

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Hello everyone!

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

Another week filled with some paintings for the Brooklyn Project. I’m down to only 10 illustrations to make! I cannot believe it. I’m so excited to get moving on this project, and I’m enjoying the process so much. I’m also looking forward to the end result.

I’m also working hard on my Instagram lined flowers challenge. It’s a lot of fun to have this side project which is still artistic but a lot simpler than the Brooklyn Project. It’s also really nice to have a routine of drawing something new every day. It really forces me to learn new ways of looking and drawing.

I’ve been listening…

I’ve been struggling with lots of anger and anxiety these last few weeks, and one thing that has been helping is listening to soft, soft, soft music. My current favourite is this one. Every time I listen to this music, I’m transported to the beach, and it helps me relax a little. Try it out!

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We are keeping on with this week’s theme: line drawings! Take a look at how I created the lilies 🙂

New in the Etsy Store

This week, I’m adding two new sticker sheets. The first one, I created for myself but decided to share. I’m a big fan of my planner, and sometimes I just want something quick to keep me organized. I’m also a big fan of Skillshare, but it’s sometimes hard to go on there regularly. However, by keeping track of my lessons with these stickers, well I’ve been learning new skills every single week. Yup! They are such good stickers!

The second sticker sheet is made with my flower line drawings. I like that they are black and white. I feel like it is a lot more sophisticated and minimalist than my other sticker sheets. One fun thing: since my sticker paper is matte, you can color them and make them truly your own! How fun!

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Weekly News 05-13-2020

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Hello everyone!

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

What a week! I’ve been working on the Brooklyn project like a MANIAC, and it’s coming along nicely. This week was my first week producing 4 pieces, and it’s pretty intense. I’m targeting 3 to 4 pieces per week on top of creating at least one new product per week for my Etsy. And, because I love to work apparently, I’m also starting new drawing challenge for Instagram.

I’ve been reflecting a lot on my relationship with social media, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t particularly like social media because it makes me really anxious. However, I like that I can connect with artists that I admire easily through Instagram and stay inspired to create. So I pondered and decided that the best way for me to stay happy and on social media was to use it to my advantage.

In this case, I looked at the fact that I always am looking for new flowers to draw but I often fall back on the same few. Don’t get me wrong, I love drawing apple blossoms and calendulas, but, you know, there are other flowers! So I challenged myself to draw 30 flowers that I’m not used to drawing using only ink. I’ve called my challenge 30 Lined Flowers, and you can find it on Instagram at #30linedflowers. I’m only on day 3 of it, but I’m feeling really motivated, and it’s nice to get some practice while posting regularly to the Gram.
I promise, I’m a nice millennial!

I’ve been reading…

Because I cannot be all serious and in the “we’re doomed to die” every week, I’ve read a very, very, very light read this week… and loved every single page. I am a huge fan of Netflix’s Queer Eye and secretly wish the Fab Five were my best friends. So when I saw that my online library had Tan’s memoir, well, I just had to read it.

It was really good! Tan goes through his childhood as a gay Muslim Pakistani boy in England up to today and the phenomenal success the show has. I have to say I could really relate to some of the things he went through as a kid: feeling like you are part of the main culture until you are called brown or yellow by other kids, juggling between the outside culture and the culture at home, trying to find outlets for your creativity… I love that the book also had some fashion advice because I am completely fashion impaired. Anyways, a really great read if you need a bit of glitter while also getting all the feels.

And if reading is not your thing, please watch the show! It will make you want to scream “Yassss Queeeeen” in no time, I promise!

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I once won two awards for my organization skills. I know, I’m quite the party animal. I’m taking you with me on this crazy bus for some organizational tips this week!

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New in the Etsy Store

So, this week I went all in with this decoupage idea and created this Monstera andansonii greeting card. It’s one of my favourite house plant, and ours was my inspiration for this card.

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Weekly News 05-06-2020

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I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

This week has been a productive one. I reviewed my schedule for the Brooklyn project, and realized that I needed to get going if I want to finish in time for the August deadline. So, I’m starting to work on two pictures a week to catch up and keep on track. I’m so glad I caught that now and not too late! It’s a really fun project, and I can’t wait to see the final result. It’s really motivating to be working on this story book and to see each illustration work with the others. I really hope you’ll like it! Here’s a sneak peak of our main character, Agatha.

I’ve been reading…

Climate change is at the center of my thoughts these last few weeks, and although I’m convinced humans are responsible, I always like to do a bit of research and know what I’m talking about.

So I wrote Holly Exley who is not only a wonderful illustrator but also an Extinction Rebellion activist for some reading recommendation. She suggested I tried any book by Naomi Klein, and so I’m reading This Changes Everything. I’m not done yet, but it’s really good so far!

Klein goes through the different ways that we, as individuals and as a society, pretend there is no problem, that everything is fine and that capitalism will save us. Her study of the relationship between capitalism and the state of the natural world is chocking. What I like most however about this book is that Klein is a strong advocate of the idea that the fight against climate change can also be a fight for social change: climate justice = social justice. Food for thought indeed!

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Another one for the Brooklyn Project this week with this pineapple greenhouse!

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New in the Etsy Store

Two new coloring pages are available this week! Yes, it’s a whale swimming in flowers. Why not?

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Weekly News 04-22-2020

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This week, I’m keeping up with Mother’s Day and created some new cards with really cute cats and bears. I really was inspired by folkloric designs and patterns for the dresses.

I’m also working very hard on my Brooklyn project, and worked on another greenhouse. Well, actually, I worked on a greenhouse detail. I saw a beautiful picture of an abandoned greenhouse with gorgeous nasturtium colored glass windows, and I just had to recreate them! I wanted to created something that was abandoned but that you could just imagine being delightful in its prime.

I’ve been baking…

I’ve been looking for comfort and nothing is more comforting to me than a chocolate cookie with a warm cup of milk.

This recipe is very simple and quick to make, and the cookies are delicious! I’ve made it my own by replacing the sugar with 90g of maple syrup and switching the water for some strong chaï tea. The spices in the tea complement the chocolate very nicely and everything is delicious!

I hope you give them a try!

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Because I’m really excited for spring (which is a bit ironic considering it’s snowing at the moment), I really wanted to talk about plants! So, grab a cup of tea and join me as I talk seedling while painting this greenhouse!

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New in the Etsy Store

This week, it’s all about Mother’s Day! I added some greeting cards with the lovely cat moms and bear mamma. I also made them available as a card to print and color at home and as coloring pages.

I also started to add polymer clay brooches to the shop. I think they are adorable!  Plus, they are all one of a kind and completely unique.

Finally, I’m adding the option of gift packaging all of your orders and sending them all directly to your loved ones! That way, if you can’t get to your post office, well, you can still spoil your mom!

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