Tuesday, 30 October 2012

3 things

Hello guys! How are you today?
Here where I live is getting really cold and I'm constantly sneezing, but apart from that I'm doing OK.
Last week I found a small sketching moleskine on my shelf, that I didn't even remember buying (because I always stock up on notebooks but never actually get the chance to use them..). Anyways, I got pretty excited and literally used it everyday since, trying to A) drawing people/stuff from memory (because I'm completely unable to draw without a reference, what a pro!) B) trying to improve with portraits. The 3 things for today are three sketches I made, which aren't complete rubbish :)

1. I tried to draw Florence from memory, and failed as you can see. However if you don't consider that I was trying to draw her, I think it's not too bad for a 2 mins sketch.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

smash sunday

Hello guys! How's your Sunday? I'm writing you from my boyfriend's place, so at least I'm in good company today :3
Last week I hadn't posted a Smash Sunday because.. well, actually I just forgot about it to be honest, but I haven't today, so that's good I guess!

When Katie gave me this Smashbook, she explicitly wrote me that it would have been perfect to scrapbook about my mail and penpals, so a while ago I decided that I would have used some pages for this purpose. The first page I made is dedicated to my American penpal Marisa:

Friday, 26 October 2012

freebie friday XVII


Hello guys! No Halloween themed freebies (which you find here & here) this friday because it has been quite a week for me and didn't have time to work on anything, so today I'm giving you something I created out of Marysza's suggestion:
visit my new website to download

I don't know why a pastel rain should fall on a fox, but still, I think it's cute :)
Hope you enjoy it!
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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

3 things

Hello guys :) for the three things of today's post, I thought about.. stamps!
I'm going to show you my top 3 favourite US stamps I own:

Friday, 19 October 2012

spooky freebie friday! 2


Hello guys! So I happened to find the time to so some quick Halloween illustrations and put them into freebies :)
I got two things for you today:
Three little baggies, which you can use to send scary (but still lovely!) messages to your friends, or also put tricks or treats in them (mostly flat tho!).
download Pumpkin   |   download Skeleton   |   download Frankenstein

Thursday, 18 October 2012

The Travelling Notebook is back!

Hello guys!
I'm here today with a big news: the Travelling Notebook came home to me this morning, so exciting! All the girls involved in the project did a great job, and that thin blank notebook, is now a chunky little work of art.

Before I show you the final -amazing- result, here's a recap of the project:
there were 6 participants (including me), from 6 different European countries, and the task was to fill 8 pages each: two pages about the author, two about their country/city, and the remaining with their own art.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

3 things

Hello guys, hope you're having a great week.
Mine started with a storm and cold wind, which are making me feel sick, but still, last week was reeeally nice instead.
On Thursday, I got to spend a lovely afternoon with my penpal Kelly and her friends, all the way from Chicago!
It was honestly one of the best experiences ever! It was my first time meeting someone from America and I was really worried at the beginning; I was afraid that my English wouldn't have been enough to sustain a conversation and things like that, but already after two minutes with her I felt so much better and everything went smoothly :)
Another thing I was worried about were awkward silences, but contrarily to my expectation, we had so many things to tell each other that there was no space for them!

Anyway, moving on to the three things, these are the things I enjoyed the most that day :)
source (x)
1. We got some really good gelato.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

blackout poetry

Hello guys, no smash Sunday today because I was working on a page, but all of a sudden my inspiration faded and I haven't touched the SMASH ever since.
Anyway, I still felt like writing about something today, which happens to be blackout poetry.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, it consists in redacting the words in a text (newspaper, old book pages, etc) with a marker, leaving behind only a few words to make a poem.
I've always been fascinated with it, as it also follows the "destroy to create" leitmotif, which I'm a big fan of!

I gave it a try lately; most of my "poems" are rather boring or trivial, but I kinda like one of them.
Before I show you mine, here some of my favourite by Kevin Harrell:

Saturday, 13 October 2012

october mail week #2

Hello guys. This week I haven't sent much mail; Uni just started again and I needed a bit of time to organise my textbooks, classes etc, but taking advantage of this boring weekend I'm starting to replying to some of the letter I received this week.
Anyway, this week two postcards went out, one for Amit in India, and the other for Penny in Brazil!

Friday, 12 October 2012

spooky freebie friday!


Hello guys, happy Friday! As Halloween is approaching, it was about time to make some themed letter sets! This is the first one, and if I'll have enough time, I'll be making another one for next week.

click here to download. (21.5MB zip file)
(1) plain envelope   |   (2) blank pages   |   (3) dashed pages
Let me know if you like these, and have a nice weekend :)
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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

3 things tuesday

Hello guys, today it finally feels like Autumn is behind the corner: the air is chilly, the sky is cloudy,  it isn't rainy weather yet but you can smell it in the air ahem, it just started raining.
Anyway, I'm not going to post 3 things I've done lately because, ugh, besides being in bed and going to the gym I haven't done anything interesting.
This post will be more likely about 3 things I like about Fall :)
source (x)
1.  The cosy feel of everything. (I know it's a weird thing to say, but Autumn just inspires me a sense of warmth and cosiness..)

Monday, 8 October 2012

postcards in my mailbox

Hello guys, how did your week begin?
Saturday, I forgot to post y incoming mail for the week, so here it is instead:
I've been loving those postcards I received respectively from Nicole in China for a private swap, my postcard pal Amit in India, and from "Morning" in China (she didn't signed with her name), a lovely girl who tagged me on postcrossing for an hand drawn postcard.

Nicole's postcard shows an old map of the various provinces of China, and I love its vintage look. Amit's one shows in a very fun way the various type of turbans that are used in India, and he also wrote about their meaning, and it was really interesting to learn!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

smash sunday

Hello my dears!
Wut, it's sunday again? Time moves too fast in my opinion!
Oh, anyway.. this week for the SMASH* sunday I'm going to show you a sort of "filler" page, which isn't exactly anything special, but still, here it is:

I've titled it the "music archive 2008/2012" (my titling skill never fails me!).

Friday, 5 October 2012

freebie friday XVI


Hello friends! During my giveaway I received A LOT of lovely suggestions for new stationery freebies and I selected the ones I like the most and (slowly~) startedto work on them.
For this week I've created something along Penny's suggestion:
I don't know you but I love the old school Pacman game, so I decided to use it as theme.
click here to download (21.9 MB .zip file)

What do you think? Enjoy!
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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

october mail week 1

Good afternoon guys!
Have you sent many letters this week? Me, not really, just a few. I'm a little behind with some replies but I have to sort out some Uni stuff before the semester begins, so it might take a while.
Anyways, that's what went out:
A letter to Elisse (whenever I write this, I can't help but singing this song in my head, lol) in Belgium, which looks quite Italian with the little Vespa on the envelope and the man on the stamp (which according to wikipedia was a famous Italian tenor).

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

3 thing tuesday

Hi guys :) How did your week begin?
Mine's okay so far and I spent the past days mostly drawing, focusing on an illustration I titled Demon Girl. (I'm sooo good at titles, woah).
1. It all started one night while I was listening to Bat For Lashes and sketched this.