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.
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:
Collage of all works
Vanity (i reeeeeeeally love this one)
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.
This one below is often associated with a phrase:
“I am so happy I could die”
This one when she is asking for a kiss
Who can resist HER?! Stunning!!
Sources of pictures in Pinterest
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:
Tying white scarf
Uw hormonen (left) , The technology of orgasm (right)
If you are in Helsinki – I strongly recommend to go and see all this beauty for yourself:
Interior Design Helena KarihtalaOy, Abrahaminkatu 8, Helsinki
“Screw this. I am going to Wonderland”…and here are my kind of New Year’s resolutions.
Start a diet.
Get a pet.
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.
But first, clean up. Get rid of the useless stuff.
People too. Let go.
Instead make new friends. You know, with like-minded people.
Document your adventures. Blog more – whenever, wherever.
Start new beauty routines.
Attend awesome tea-parties more often.
Sleep more. And dream of fairy-tales.
Stay fit. Find the best work-out style for you.
To exercise ALL muscles :)
Stay inside your bubble.
But do occasionally go outside your comfort zone…
Run away from troubles, worries and fears. Even if sometimes it’s a bit of a slow process.
Wear more accessories.
Wear new shoes. New ones tend to take you to new places. Think of Dorothy or Cinderella.
Go to the movies more often. Alone.
Find him. The moon keeper.
He has stories to tell. And places to show.
Listen. (The newly acquired pet is listening, too. It’s more fun together).
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…
And see it grow…
And rejoice at where it will take you…
But if it’s not working out at first, have a break
But it is important you start ASAP
Don’t give up
Even if it feels impossible
Find new perspective.
And if you feel like crying along the process, go ahead:
But aways stay true to yourself and remember to be persistent…
And while you are busy working on your dreams…
The sources of images can be found in Pinterest in my account:
p.s. In case you are wondering, yes, this post took ages to make.
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:
Flower petals. There is a big blower jumping out from the girl’s bag! :)
Letter 2: Fairies
Letter 3: Lipstick KiSS
Letter 4: Flower petals
Letter 5: Perfume bottle
Letter 6: Love letter with perfume bottle
Letter 7: Chanel card
Letter 8: Lipstick KISS
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!!
VOTE for your favorite outfit!
- Neon bright jacket
- White jeans with crystal details
- Gorgeous lacquered leather salmon pumps with bows
- Embellished top with see-through material at the front
- Leggings with golden patches
- Light scarf
- Lacquered pumps in nude beige
- 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!)
- 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!
The materials are very nice:
- Double-layered top
- Mint jeans
- And THOSE turquoise suede shoes!
And last but not least…
- Quilted hot pink blazer with golden chain detail
- Pink/black lace pencil skirt
- “Valentino” style suede flats
Time to vote! Which one do you like the most?