blue ball 2 blue ball bw ball 2 bw ball 3 bw ball

Testing out my new ink. I am very disappointed by the quality, this is a Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Ink. The reason I am disappointed is because when it is dilluted with water it doesn’t leave any shade. Let me demostrate, see here the flower detail is painted by ink with lots of water. One can clearly see the purple shade when the ink is lighted. In fact, there was a shade of ochra too, brownish, lilac etc.

Parker INK


I need to buy some more Parker Ink I used to have, but I can’t find it anywhere. The search continues…

Meanwhile, here are some illustrations I made:


black 2 black 3


bow 2 bow 3 bow

Collage of all works

 collage 1




feather 1 feather 2

Vanity (i reeeeeeeally love this one)

vanity 1 vanity 2 vanity 3


zebra 2 zebra 3 zebra 4 zebra

Oh, how I love those Hollywood movie-screen kisses…

Jon Whitcomb (1906–1988) is an acclaimed American illustrator (see bio here). At the time his illustrations were featured in Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping etc etc. He was amongst the first illustrators to switch to gouache paint from oil for posters.

Currently, I am trying to hunt down his book on glamour All About Girls, hopefully I will find it soon somewhere.

jon whitcomb


romantic kiss


This one below is often associated with a phrase:

“I am so happy I could die”

could die

being kissed  kiss 2 close up kiss 2

movie kiss kiss full

kiss kiss me close up  kiss me kiss night

This one when she is asking for a kiss

kiss me NOW

Who can resist HER?! Stunning!!



Sources of pictures in Pinterest

Sundae as in the hot pink raspberry colored accents…

smoking 2

Ruby necklace 3 Ruby necklace smoking 1

feather hat 3 feather hat 2 feather hat 3

prada  2

prada 3


gff 2 gff 3 gff full gff landscaperhh 2 rhh


vogue 1


vogue detail

vogue 2


chanel allure

 chanel allure. 2JPG

CHANEL night

chanel black

chanel black 2

chanel black 3


feathers 2

feathers 3



prada  1

prada  2

Yesterday I went to the exhibition opening of one of my all time favourite painters (and fashion illustrators) – Vincent Bakkum. I have been a fan for YEARS, and had a chance once to visit Vincent’s studio … long time ago. (See my old post here).

But finally, Vincent is holding a new exhibition in Helsinki and here are some pictures from yesterday. Enjoy:

Vincent 001

Tying white scarf

V_Vincent & me

  Vincent 002

Uw hormonen (left) , The technology of orgasm (right)

Vincent 003

Bij dieren

Vincent 004


Vincent 005

Some ardea

Vincent 006 Vincent 007 Vincent 008  Vincent 010

Round roosterVincent 011

If you are in Helsinki – I strongly recommend to go and see all this beauty for yourself:

Interior Design Helena KarihtalaOy, Abrahaminkatu 8, Helsinki

vincent invitation

“Screw this. I am going to Wonderland”…and here are my kind of New Year’s resolutions.


forget  realism

tom ford


Start a diet.

diet 2

diet 22

champagnediet 3

diet 1diet 4diet 0

Get a pet.



pet 2pet rabbit

And when the opportunity presents itself, follow the white rabbit.


The rabbit will provide the directions to the Wonderland:


Get a driving license to any transport you prefer.


Follow the magic dust, too.

follow the dust

But first, clean up. Get rid of the useless stuff.

sand in my house

People too. Let go.

forget people

Instead make new friends. You know, with like-minded people.

new friends

Document your adventures. Blog more – whenever, wherever.

Rozlyn Papa in mermaid costume in Ariel Skelly's pool, Richmond, VA

Re-define “treats”.


Start new beauty routines.



Attend awesome tea-parties more often.

underwater tea party 2underwater tea party


light 2

underwater meditate

Sleep more. And dream of fairy-tales.

sleep 2




breathebreathe 2

underwater 3

underwater swim

Stay fit. Find the best work-out style for you.

underwater ballet

sport 2

To exercise ALL muscles :)



bubble gum sport

Stay inside your bubble.


But do occasionally go outside your comfort zone…

go ashore

Run away from troubles, worries and fears. Even if sometimes it’s a bit of a slow process.


Wear more accessories.

elf earscrowncrystals 2

Wear new shoes.  New ones tend to take you to new places. Think of Dorothy or Cinderella.

the right shoes

small things

cinderella 2

stairs 2

new staircase


Go to the movies more often. Alone.


man of dreams

night sky 6

night sky 3night sky 4

Find him. The moon keeper.

private  moon

He has stories to tell. And places to show.


Listen. (The newly acquired pet is listening, too. It’s more fun together).


Read more

fairy tales

fairy tales 2

fairy tales read 2fairy tales read

be happy

Start using the mirror’s magic powers.  If you don’t know what they are consult Alice. Or Neo. Or Ravenna. No, don’t consult Ravenna. She is dead.


Find the key. You know, the one you have been looking for a loooong time. A key to happiness? Success? Home? Castle?


Whatever project you start – have no fear, start small…


Just start your journey…

start the journey

And see it grow…


And rejoice at where it will take you…


Feel enlightened

blinded by the light

But if it’s not working out at first, have a break




But it is important you start ASAP

today 2


Don’t give up

change 223

Even if it feels impossible

stars made

underwater 2

change 2

change 3

no sad

nownow sleep


magic self madelight 3light



new routines

Find new perspective.

new angle

new angle 2



new perspective

Attitude is the key. Like for instance, it’s not sand in your shoe, it’s entire beach and the ocean!                           sand in my shoe

love life


motto 1

And if you feel like crying along the process, go ahead:

glitter tears

                glitter in a jar

glitter 2

glitter dandelion glitter 4

glitter lips

night sky 2

But aways stay true to yourself and remember to be persistent…

  follow the dream       do it 2         change 22

do it

And while you are busy working on your dreams…

life is full of suprizes

surprises 2

pink trees

pink sky

pink 1





cloud 2





ship castle 6 cinderella

the end


The sources of images can be found in Pinterest in my account:

Fairy-tales and Dreams

pinterest 2

p.s. In case you are wondering, yes, this post took ages to make.

A former colleague of mine has two beautiful daughters. He commissioned illustrations of them as Christmas presents.  Some flowers, glitter and shades of pink:

girlsgirl 3

girl 2

original 1 girl 21 girl 22Original 2

Based on the photos:

girl 2 double

girl 1 double

I have recently participated in the Snail Mail My Email project.



Drawing heart-warming letters, full of beautiful, sentimental, kind and thankful messages on behalf of caring and loving people turned out to be a great thing to do during the cold November evenings. Here are some samples of what I drew:

Letter 1:

Flower petals. There is a big blower jumping out from the girl’s bag! :)

letter 1_1

Due to privacy reasons, I don’t want to show the content. letter 1_3

letter 1_4

Letter 2: Fairies

letter 2


Letter 3: Lipstick KiSS

letter 3

letter 3_3

Letter 4: Flower petals

letter 4_2


Letter 5: Perfume bottle

chanel bottle

letter 5_3

letter 5_4

Letter 6: Love letter with perfume bottle

letter 6

Letter 7: Chanel card

chanel card (1)

Letter 8: Lipstick KISS

letter 8 letter 8_1

A new brand has come to Finland – Italian GAUDI. GAUDI logo

I went to the showroom the other day, it was like a trip to a candy store. Very high quality items, super-soft suede shoes, fresh bright colors, great cut on clothing, skin pleasant materials – all the garments are to die for! It was hard to chose a favorite item, so I tried to fit into my camera all possible. So scroll down to vote for your favorite outfit!! 

Gaudi AD 2  Gaudi Showroom X Gaudi Showroom XX Gaudi Showroom 0 Gaudi Showroom 3 Gaudi Showroom 2

VOTE for your favorite outfit!


  • Neon bright jacket
  • White jeans with crystal details
  • Gorgeous lacquered leather salmon pumps with bows

Gaudi Outfit 1

Gaudi Outfit 1 details


  • Embellished top with see-through material at the front
  • Leggings with golden patches
  • Light scarf
  • Lacquered pumps in nude beige

Gaudi Outfit 2 details 2

Gaudi Outfit 2 details

Gaudi Outfit 2

Gaudi Outfit 2 details 3


  • Nude beige geometric cut dress with golden panels
  • Lemon yellow sac
  • Turquoise suede high-heels

(this one has strong potential to be my favorite. Although I really like 1 and 2 as well. I told you – impossible to choose!)

Gaudi Outfit 3

Gaudi Outfit 3 details

Gaudi Outfit 3 details 2


  • Apricot tinted light rain-coat
  • A-shaped sleeveless shirt with golden thread
  • Pale pink jeans
  • And a whole selection of salmon colored shoes , all matching  the outfit!

Gaudi Outfit 4

Gaudi Outfit 4 details 2

The materials are very nice:

Gaudi Outfit 4 details


  • Double-layered top
  • Mint jeans
  • And THOSE turquoise suede shoes!

Gaudi Outfit 5 details 3 Gaudi Outfit 5 details 2 Gaudi Outfit 5

And last but not least…


  • Quilted hot pink blazer with golden chain detail
  • Pink/black lace pencil skirt
  • “Valentino” style suede flats

Gaudi Outfit 6

Gaudi Outfit 6 details 4

Gaudi Outfit 6 details 3

Gaudi Outfit 6 details 2

Time to vote! Which one do you like the most?



GAUDI logo


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