Weekly news: July 7, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I’ve been working on zine #2, and I’m almost done! I spent yesterday and this morning painting this rose. I was once again very intimidated by this flower, but I realized that by going one petal at a time, it was a pretty fun and relaxing process. There is a life-lesson here somewhere…

I’m really excited to see this zine come together! It’s such a fun process to be making a little book. I already have the idea ready for zine #3. I guess the hardest thing is getting started, and then zine ideas just come one after the other!

New in store

My booklet on the Wheel of the Year regrouping all my sabbath illustrations and their recipes has arrived and is waiting for you at the boutique!

Inspiration

This week, I’m sharing a childhood favourite!

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A small treat…

This is so much fun to make and eat! You can customize these little folded kimbap with your favourite ingredients. My favourite combination: rice, pan fried tofu with maple syrup-soy sauce glaze, avocado, lettuce and kimchi!

Weekly news: June 30, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week, I’ve been doing a lot of admin work, printing out receipts, ordering some very exciting new products featuring my illustrations, reorganizing, going through my listings… all little tasks that somehow need to be done but always get pushed back.

I’ve also started working on my second zine! It’s very fun and so exciting to have this new format to explore. I’ll share more with you soon!

In the meantime, I thought I’d share this page from my upcoming booklet with you! As the elders are flowering around this time of year here, I thought some of you might want to give this a try! It’s delicious and really fun to make! (see my June video for this too!)

New in store

Inspiration

Such a lovely book!

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My month of June!

A small treat…

Wasps are not my favourite animal ever, but look at this!

Weekly news: June 23, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week I finished my Wheel of the Year series with the August 1st celebration: Lughnasadh or Lammas. I had such a good time researching each of these holidays and their folklore. It is truly fascinating, and I learned so much! So much so, that I decided to turn the entire series into a booklet or zine (I told you I’d be making more!). I’m sharing the cover here with you! The book will be composed of the 8 holiday illustrations and of 8 recipes. Each holiday has its own related seasonal recipe. I sent the proof to the printer this morning, and I really cannot wait to share the zine with you when it arrives!

Outside the atelier, I’ve been enjoying the garden a lot. As we speak, I’m making an elder flower syrup that will be scrumptious in sparkling water and on pancakes! It’s exciting to be making things directly from the garden!

Oh and I almost forgot this! I’m experimenting with different products that I want to ass to the shop. I received this pouch this week, and I like it a lot! It feels unreal to see my illustrations like this! I really like this pouch because it’s the perfect size for pencils and a sketchbook… or for a good book and a chocolate bar! I think I’ll order a few more soon!

Let me know what you think and if you’d like a specific design printed out!

New in store

Here it is! The last illustration to complete the Wheel of the Year series!

Inspiration

I enjoyed this book so much! I was sad when I came to the last page. I hope you will enjoy it too!
I thought I’d share a zine with you this week from a fellow Canadian illustrator!

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A small treat…

It’s like a storybook come true!

Book review: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, by Charlie Mackesy

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(En Français par ici!)

I received this book as a birthday gift this year, and I think it’s becoming a new favourite. This book is so beautiful, from beginning to end! Let me show you The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy.

As always, I completely judged this book by its cover and was enchanted to discover such expressive ink drawings. Most of them are in black and white but some have touches of watercolours. I love that most drawings look like they come straight from a sketchbook as it gives such a lively feel to each piece. I also really admired how the illustrator was able to covey so much in such simple drawings. It’s quite impressive!

Another really fascinating things about this book, is that the text is hand calligraphed throughout. I love how friendly and unique the handwriting is, and it really makes the book special. I really enjoyed that some letters were a bit messed-up, or that you could see where the ink split. It makes each page feel incredibly unique.

However, even though I love both the illustrations and hand lettering, it is the wisdom and sweetness of each characters that really caught my heart. The little boy is on a journey and has his friend the mole with him. Mole is obsessed with cakes and so wise. Along the way, they meet Fox, the silent but ever vigilant friend. Finally, the encounter Horse who is the biggest animal by far, but so kind. On each page, one of the animal shares a nugget of self-love, courage and kindness. It makes for such a heartwarming read!

In summary, run to the bookstore or your computer, and order a copy of this book! Reading it felt like a warm hug from a precious friend. Everything about the book is beautiful, comforting and inspiring. This would make for the perfect gift for all your relatives and friends. It’s the kind of book I see myself going back to when I’ll feel down or discouraged. I think kids and adults of all age will enjoy it and find something to observe and be fascinated with. And, if you are curious, visit Charlie’s portfolio: so much beauty and movement! It’s quite incredible! In any case, this is a book everyone needs to read and cherish.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, by Charlie Mackesy


 

Book review: L’enfant, la taupe, le renard et la cheval de Charlie Mackesy

J’ai reçu ce livre comme cadeau d’anniversaire cette année, et je pense qu’il est en train de devenir un nouveau favori. Ce livre est tellement beau, du début à la fin ! Laissez-moi vous montrer Le garçon, la taupe, le renard et le cheval de Charlie Mackesy.

Comme toujours, j’ai complètement jugé ce livre à sa couverture et j’ai été enchantée de découvrir des dessins à l’encre aussi expressifs. La plupart d’entre eux sont en noir et blanc mais certains ont des touches d’aquarelle. J’adore le fait que la plupart des dessins semblent tout droit sortis d’un carnet de croquis, car cela donne un aspect si vivant à chaque pièce. J’ai aussi beaucoup admiré la façon dont l’illustrateur a réussi à transmettre tant de choses dans des dessins aussi simples. C’est assez impressionnant !

Un autre aspect vraiment fascinant de ce livre est que le texte est calligraphié à la main tout au long du livre. J’adore l’aspect sympathique et unique de l’écriture, et cela rend le livre vraiment spécial. J’ai vraiment apprécié que certaines lettres soient un peu déformées, ou que l’on puisse voir où l’encre s’est séparée. Cela rend chaque page incroyablement unique.

Cependant, même si j’aime à la fois les illustrations et le lettrage à la main, c’est la sagesse et la douceur de chacun des personnages qui ont vraiment conquis mon cœur. Le petit garçon fait un voyage et a son ami la taupe avec lui. La taupe est obsédée par les gâteaux et est si sage. En chemin, ils rencontrent Renard, l’ami silencieux mais toujours vigilant. Enfin, ils rencontrent Cheval qui est de loin le plus gros animal, mais tellement gentil. À chaque page, l’un des animaux partage une pépite d’amour-propre, de courage et de gentillesse. C’est une lecture qui fait chaud au cœur !

En résumé, courez à la librairie ou à votre ordinateur, et commandez un exemplaire de ce livre ! Le lire m’a fait l’effet d’un câlin chaleureux de la part d’un ami précieux. Tout dans ce livre est beau, réconfortant et inspirant. Ce serait le cadeau idéal pour tous vos parents et amis. C’est le genre de livre auquel je me vois retourner lorsque je me sentirai déprimée ou découragée. Je pense que les enfants et les adultes de tous âges l’apprécieront et y trouveront matière à observation et à fascination. Et, si vous êtes curieux, visitez le portfolio de Charlie : tant de beauté et de mouvement ! C’est assez incroyable ! En tout cas, c’est un livre que tout le monde devrait lire et chérir.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, by Charlie Mackesy

Le Garçon, la taupe, le renard et le cheval, traduit en français aux éditions Les Arènes

Weekly news: March 3rd, 2021

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Happy March everyone! It felt like February kept on going and going, but now that it is over, I realize that it went by rather quickly. Time is such a weird thing sometimes.

This week, I’m working on a new flower card. It’s a lot more detailed than the others, so it’s not quite done yet. I have to admit that once again I was rather intimidated by this piece. However, now that I’m working on it, I’m enjoying it immensely. Speaking of which, I’m almost done with the reread of my book project. I’m adding many new pages and changing a lot of things, byt I feel confident that it’s all for the better.

With all this work done at my desk, I’ve been preoccupied with neck and upper back pains. I’m waiting for a book on work posture for artists to arrive, and I hope I’ll find helpful tricks that I’ll be able to implement easily. Of course, I might need to convince my cats that my desk chair is actually mine and not theirs. At the moment, Stella is sleeping very comfortably on it while I use a wooden kitchen chair…

New in store

No new product at the shop this week, but there’s still time to grab your Spring Equinox celebration card! It falls on March 20 this year 😉

Inspiration

Iraville is featured this week. Her book is so beautiful and full of lovely illustrations.

Head over to the blog for a full review!

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It’s the first newsletter of March! You know what it means: the February vlog is up! It’s snowy and a bit silly, but I hope you’ll enjoy seeing what I’ve been up to this month.

A small treat…

We watched this movie, and we really enjoyed it! I mean there’s a cat, there’s friendship, there’s people with British accents, there’s love: what’s not to like? And it’s a true story! (but really, I was there for the cat…)

We found it for free on Kanopy through our public library account. Another win for public libraries!!

It is also available on youtube here.

Weekly News 10-20-2020

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Hello friends,

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

I know I usually send out the newsletter Wednesday or Thursday, but I worked so hard on some Christmas cards this week, and now that they are done, I just couldn’t wait to share them with you!

For Yule, I made a new series of magical plants cards. It is my selection of 5 plants that have a particular significance for Yule. Once again, it was a realy pleasure to explore the folklore and traditions surrounding these plants and to spend some time on the calligraphy and drawings. I hope you’ll like them too!

New at the boutique

As mentioned above, the 2020 Christmas cards are here!

Inspiration

This week, a recent favourite: Slow Down by Rachel Williams and Freya Hartas. This is such a beautiful book that will please all nature lovers, kids and adults alike.

Head over to the blog for a full review!

Small treat

With Winter coming, I’ve been craving a road trip to see everything. They agree 🙂

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Weekly News 10-07-2020

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Hello friends,

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

As I’m writing this, it is raining buckets outside, and it makes my morning mushroom painting practice even cozier! It’s so interesting to paint mushrooms because they are so varied and unique!

Inspiration

I recently found, on another rainy day, the book Floriography by Jessica Roux, the illustrator. I love her illustration style because it is so soft and detailed. Head over to the blog for more details on the book and my full review!

Small treat

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Weekly News 10-01-2020

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Hello friends,

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

The kickstarter campaign is over, and it was unfortunately unsuccessful. Still, I’m glad I did it! Thank you so much to all of you who backed my project and shared it with your friends. It made all the difference, and I’m incredibly grateful! If it was your first time on Kickstarter, since the campaign failed to reach its funding goal, you will not be charged. It will be like nothing happened!

I wrote more on this on the blog!
Go check it out 🙂

In the atelier, I’m practicing painting mushrooms, and it is so much fun! The woods behind our house is filled with mushrooms and lovely colours, and it’s such a pleasure to be able to draw and paint from nature.

New in Store

I’m already looking forward to Yule with this beautiful calligraphy piece that you can find as a print and a card. Don’t miss out on Samhain which is also coming up really soon!


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Inspiration

I’m reading the book Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History by Bill Laws, and it’s been a fantastic read so far filled with lots of information and anecdotes. I love to exchange fun facts with my friends and family, and this book is a dream!

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Weekly News 09-23-2020

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Hello friends,

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

We have funded 16% of my book! and there are still 7 days to go!

Thank you so much to all of you who already backed my project and shared it with your friends. It makes all the difference, and I’m incredibly grateful!

New in Store

It felt really good to work on some calligraphy pieces this week. Calligraphy has such a nice slow pace that requires all my attention.

One last thing,

You mean that I can watch real animals live anytime I want? Including bears, and whales, and bats, and birds?

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