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!

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

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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!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWcch2XQIqxGMRMC-zAMUGw

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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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Hello everyone!

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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Hello everyone!

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

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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Weekly News 04-29-2020

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Hello everyone!

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!

So I hope this is not getting too repetitive, but this week, I’ve been working on some new Mother’s Day cards! I really wanted to create a cut out card and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. It opens a whole new world of possibilities to make cut out cards. Watch out for more!

And, because I still have 30 more illustrations to make for the Brooklyn Project, that’s what I’ve been working on. It’s been a really tough week, and I have perspective drawing and emotions to blame for that. Making art is a tricky thing for me. I feel my best when I make art, which makes making art really difficult sometimes. It gets very emotional very quickly when I don’t perform as well as I want to. The pressure is only real in my head, but it’s still pretty real! So when I tried to tackle perspective drawing this week for the first time, and of course, failed my first attempts, my first thoughts were: I am not worthy, I am not worthy!

Of course, that is ridiculous! Everything new has a learning curve, and I just need to calm down and trust that practice will make pretty good eventually. I also needed to remember that I have allies and worthy people ready to help me. You don’t have to do everything on your own.

By the end of the week, I had my two perspective drawings that I needed, and I’m pretty happy with them. So, next time you start to freak out, just breathe, call an ally and don’t let all the emotions take control.

I’ve been reading…

The Great Gatsby! One of my all time favourite books, I’m so glad to be reading this one again. I love how Fitzgerald creates amazingly confusing and tumultuous scenes. As you read, you really get to feel what those 1920’s parties must have been like. All the characters are flawed which makes them so relatable and touching. Of course, the great romantic in me is very happy with this tragic love story, but we’ll say it’s the great writing that I love 😉

AND, if you don’t feel like reading, the 2013 movie with the Great DeCaprio is excellent.

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BeIt’s all about perspective and that Brooklyn Project! I’m telling you about my process and how I’m approaching this long-term project. Plus, you get to see me actually get better at perspective drawing. It’s a fun one, so don’t miss out!

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New in the Etsy Store

Two new cards are available this week, and they are cut-out cards! I love how it adds dimension to the flower bouquet, like if it was coming out of the page. These would be perfect for Mother’s Day or a birthday or even as thank you cards!

Plus, each card comes with a hand-folded, surprise pattern envelope!

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Weekly News 04-15-2020

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Hello everyone!

I hope this finds you happy and healthy!
This week, I started thinking about Mother’s day and playing with different illustrations that could be used to make cards or small gifts.

I also really wanted to work on some ink drawings because I’ve been focusing a lot on watercolours. It’s good to mix things up a little and to go back to a different technique.

Of course, I’ve been thinking about Spring and flowers, so I’ve drawn a lot of flowers and practiced making them realistic enough that you can recognize them without going crazy over details. It’s a difficult point to reach: if it’s too simple, the flower is not recognizable; if it’s too complex, the flower is heavy.

I’ve also looked at patterns and folkloric dresses from Eastern Europe, but you’ll have to wait for next week to see the results of that!

I’ve been reading…

BSo, I’ve been putting this book in my library cart repeatedly for the last two years. Well, I finally am reading it!

In the book “The Nature’s Fix” by Florence Williams, you get to read a journalistic investigation into how nature and being in nature influences well-being, health and creativity. The author travels the world from Japan to Finland to discuss different aspects of this topic with experts. She is very aware of her own bias which brings a lot of honesty and candor to the book, while also adding a personal touch to what could have been dry research results. No big surprise: nature is good for you, even if it’s just looking at a tree out of your window and listening to the birds. So, run to your windows people!

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This week, come and take a look at how I ink my coloring pages. A quick video, but so many details!

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New in the Etsy Store

This week in the store, you’ll find some printable letter paper adorned with beautiful flowers. I wanted to create something that you could use as is, in black and white, and also colour! All the options are yours!

I thinks these would be adorable for any letters to your friends and family, but could also be used as a note for your Mother’s day gift.

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Weekly News 04-08-2020

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Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing well, and that you are finding time and resources to process and bring your stress levels down.

In my case, I’ve been drawing aaaaalll the plants and allowing myself to go easy on myself. It is a process, but I feel like it is worth while to take this opportunity to listen and watch what it is you really want and respect that. It is the ultimate self-love ritual you can do in my opinion.

Part of this has been to regroup with myself and take the time to evaluate some of the habits, relationships and mind patterns that are not aligned with what I need and want, and to let that stuff go!

I feel like this process has been a huge relief, and I can feel it when I’m drawing and painting. I feel like there is more space and more possibilities, and that is amazing!

I’m working on a special project, and here is a painting I did for it!

Something fun…

Because it is Spring and that we have started our seedlings for this summer, I’m finding myself watching many permaculture videos and wanting to transform every square inch of land into a garden. This video is one of my favourite because Kat seems to be so thoughtful and mindful of what she is doing, which is such an important part of gardening!

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This is the most detailed painting I’ve done so far, so I wanted to film the process. While I paint, we have a little chat about good books, so grab a cup of tea and watch my video!

New in the Etsy Store

Some new coloring pages are in! One is my ideal livingroom: all the plants and a perfect armchair to read good books. The second one is perfect for Easter, but still has many different patterns and natural shapes. I hope you’ll enjoy them!

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