Travel,food and playlist

Travel,food and playlist

My book project has been completed and I was very excited to receive the printed version. I’m so happy how it turned out! This small book contains travel illustrations, food illustrations and playlists.

April is here!

April is here!

April is here and Spring arrived in Helsinki too. The roads have been cleaned and soon we can enjoy the beautiful Cherry blossoms. April is also my birthday month!

Here are my spreads for April’s bullet journal created digitally. I enjoyed making these and I’m sure more elements will be added to these pages. I’m also in the process of creating more digital washi tapes and digital stickers that I would love to share here as downloads.

If you like to download these spreads, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and I will make them available. Have a wonderful April!

Traveling through illustrations

Traveling through illustrations

Remember that time when traveling is possible? Here is my travel journal from June 2019. It was fun looking back on that time when traveling seems to have become a possibility for more and more people. But then you know how the story goes…

After June 2019, I created my travel journals digitally. This one was about Iceland from October 2019. This was published on They Draw and Travel.

My last holiday trip abroad was in London in November 2019 which I journaled as a boarding pass and as a part of a small book project.

I continue working on illustrating my past travels and will be posting them in the coming days. I hope you’ll do the same too. Creating travel journals has a way to bring you back to those happy memories.

Journaling – Analog or digital?

Journaling – Analog or digital?

Just a few of my sketchbooks

One important question that I have encountered many times over the last few days is whether journaling should be done on paper or on a tablet. I think there is no right or wrong answer to this question. Myself, I have been journaling on sketchbooks for some years now. I’m a stationery crazy since I was a child and I own a cart of pens, coloured pencils, different brands of watercolours, gouache, arcyrlic paints, you name it! I’m also an affiliate of Stationery Pal. You can use code ELAINE10 for 10% off. And the code ELAINE for 10% off on Kawaii Pen shop.

However, this year 2021, I wanted to try something new. Since I use an iPad, an apple pen and Procreate for my work, I wanted to recreate a journal on my iPad with digital stickers and washi tapes. I found the process very enjoyable. It was also fun drawing the stickers I like and imitating how a washi tape would look like in a digital form. Digitally, I can move things around and it’s easy to correct mistakes. It’s also a faster process and I’m always happy with how the page turns out. Here is a post about it written at the beginning of the year. You can also download a simple template from this post.

In the end of each month, I print out the monthly journal. My plan is to have these pages printed as a book by the end of the year. There is my April spread.

Any thoughts on whether a journal should be analog or digital? Let me know!

Pandemic creativity

Pandemic creativity

Creativity is not meant to dry up during the pandemic. In fact, I feel an overflowing daily dose of supply of creativity. It’s probably my way to distract myself and feel a sense of accomplishment, even more so during this strange time. No travels, no worries. We can always dream and anticipate the moment when we can. This pandemic too will pass!

Aside from work where I also get to illustrate, my official GIPHY channel has been approved on the 24th of February. As I write, my simple gifs have been viewed 54,8 M times. It feels amazing! I also created a TikTok account three days ago in preparation for a bullet journaling project. One of the things I’m really enjoying this moment is creating dream boarding passes. Yes, let’s dream! Here is your boarding pass to Helsinki.

I also created London, Japan, South Korea and New York boarding passes. I’m really enjoying this process. Which city would you like? Let me know! Have a great weekend to everyone.

Gift boxes, anyone?

Gift boxes, anyone?

It’s the weekend! And what’s more, it’s a Valentines weekend which in Finland we celebrate as Friendship Day. As a greeting to you all, I created a printable gift box featuring Mochi the Shiba. Please feel free to download, print, assemble and use it as a gift box or whichever way you like. Also, Kawaii Pen Shop is a great place to purchase your stationery needs. Use the code ELAINE for a 10% discount. Happy Valentines and Friendship Day!

Mochi the Shiba download
Pink Daruma download
EV Visuals turned 2!

EV Visuals turned 2!

Today is the day EV Visuals turned 2. I remember that application day and the days and months prior to it, wondering if it was the right move. Then over the next months of being established, I still questioned my decision. But now that EV Visuals is 2, I don’t anymore think about whether it was right or not because now I’m 100% certain that it was the perfect choice for 100 and 1 reasons. I’m very happy and thankful!

A selective colour photo in celebration.
A year on…

A year on…

Today, I’m celebrating a year of starting as a surface pattern designer. It was a wonderful journey as I learned the ins and outs of this growing business. No, I can’t live on it yet! But hopefully someday. When I look back, the best thing was being able to start it and it seems like I’m up for it to continue. Receiving an email from an online shop asking me to join them was also one of the highlights of this one year. They discovered one of my illustrations on Instagram. Also, someone from the US bought 60 pieces of coasters! Here are photos from a year ago. And again, thanks to all who supported my art!

Find me at https://www.redbubble.com/people/ev-visuals/shop, https://www.teepublic.com/user/ev-visuals and https://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/elaine_vitikainen. Thanks!

Illustrated planner

Illustrated planner

A monthly planner is always a good thing. It keeps us organised and helps us see what the month has in-stored for us. Moreover, a planner allows us to monitor where we are at. But most importantly, it gives us control and let us manage expectations better. I can clearly see when I’m trying to overwork myself and try to cut down on some tasks. This helps minimize frustrations.

I like to keep an illustrated planner. I created it digitally on my iPad but this can also be printed and pin on my board. I can then continue working on it by hand. With this planner is an actual calendar where I can be more specific when a task needs to be done. An additional explanation on what a task entails is also important. Personally, I find an illustrated planner more fun and engaging. It somehow makes my month lighter and more manageable.

Have you started your own illustrated planner yet? If you like more tips in creating one, don’t hesitate to reach out. Here is a template to help you get started. Just add the month and the calendar for that month. You can also include anything your heart desires to make it your very own. Have fun!

The year that was…

The year that was…

My December illustrated journal and thankful thoughts for 2020

2019 was one of the best years of my life. It was the year when I decided to be a full time visual practitioner, establishing my own business in the beginning of February. It was a year full of hope and many wonderful things happened that year. I upgraded my iPad and mastered it. In a couple of months, I created more than a hundred illustrations. I joined the European Visual Practitioners’ community and became a part of the core team. Two of the highlights for that year were facilitating a visualisation workshop in the Philippines and co-facilitating a leadership retreat in Sweden. And of course, there were exciting plans for the coming year. However, 2020 didn’t perform as expected. I realised during my review of the year that I was very much affected by the pandemic.

Well, 2020 ended. Thank God! Although, I can’t honestly say that I’m full of hope for 2021, that things will get back to normal, that we will take back our lives, there are things that I’m looking forward to. As we have been creating a new normal over the past months, I would like for this new normal to be simply the normal. It will be a new thing that springs up and becomes alive. There is hope and I’m actually looking forward to what 2021 will bring. But to be fair, whatever good things that will happen in 2021 are founded on the experiences of 2020. Having created illustrations that went viral and inspired many; being able to feel so satisfied and happy with a visual recording; and being able to sell designs online are just a few of the experiences that will solidify 2021.

How was your year 2020? What are your hopes for 2021? May 2021 be better that the year that was!