Many reasons to celebrate

Many reasons to celebrate

There are many reasons to celebrate. A few days ago, I celebrated 3 years as a font maker, 2 years as an affiliate for Daebak Company and a year as a member of the Skillshare Teach Corps. This month, Emiko, a character that I created turned 4 and soon my entrepreneurship as EV Visuals will be 4 too! Yes, these are just numbers but it made me thankful to have gone this far. Thanks so much for your love and support. It means a lot to me!

These past few days, I’ve been thinking of a new class on Skillshare. This will take a longer time to prepare. It will be about Travel Journaling. I’ve travelled a lot and have journaled a lot so I thought I should give it a try. I can’t wait to get this started and I have a lot of ideas for it. Some of the class clips will be filmed abroad and the example project will be a country that I’ve been looking forward to visit. So please please look forward to this class! In preparation, I’ve created this journal for today.

I hope that everything is going well for you and that 2023 is proving to be a better year than the last!

Time flies!

Time flies!

I can’t believe that we are almost halfway through January. But I’m happy how the year started and how much I created during the first weeks of January. Firstly, my new Skillshare class was published on the 6th. It’s about making transparent floral stickers. I really enjoy making transparent stickers. Check out the class here: https://skl.sh/3O50P8s

I’ve also finally archived my 2019 Travel Journal including all the paraphernalia that goes with it! So now I can continue to work on the COVID times Travel Journal and to prepare for the upcoming one.

I also started the year creating an acrylic painting. It was my first time to use a palette knife to paint. I had the wrong mixing palette so it was hard to mix the paints and to take the paint from it. It’s not great but I’m happy to have a try. 🙂

Also, my mini sketchbook project is moving forward and my journals are regularly filled. However, this week will be mostly dedicated to admin work. But that has to be done too. Please have a great week!

Scrapbooking Malta

Scrapbooking Malta

I returned from a holiday in Malta. And as usual, I’ve gathered items to create another Travel Scrapbook.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, at one point I have so many of these – boarding passes, travel tickets, museum tickets, business cards, postcards, brochures, maps, receipts… I didn’t exactly know what to do with them that I started to throw them away until I thought that why not try scrapbooking.

The process of scrapbooking has been so fun for me. Venice was the first scrapbook that I immediately created as soon as I returned from my holiday. I would really love to be able to put the scrapbook together right away and to cherish the memories in one place. In the past, I had all the items scattered everywhere for a long time which made scrapbooking less enjoyable. As I look at the items I’ve collected during the trip, I can already picture in my head how I will be creating my Malta Scrapbook and I’m really excited how this will turn out. I guess I’m getting better at this each time. 🙂

Do you have a travel scrapbook that you just finished creating? Please comment and share for inspiration. Thanks!

Reaching another 100 students

Reaching another 100 students

On Saturday the 3rd of September, another class of mine, Create your own stickers on Cricut Joy and Procreate, reached a 100 students. This class was published on the 8th of July so it was nice to have such a milestone in less than 2 months.

Last week, I also finally finished another cocktail illustration that is now uploaded on Redbubble. Please have a check. Thanks!

This week, I’ll be finishing up a font set for a client and will be on holiday next week. Autumn is also almost here in Helsinki. Have a great week to you all and Happy September!

Here is a song to end the Summer of 2022: Rhythm After Summer by EXO-CBX

Thank You!

Thank You!

It was in December 2019 when I started my journey as a surface pattern designer. My designs have been printed in many different surfaces (phone cases, bags, coasters, postcards, stickers, hats, etc.) and bought by many wonderful people. I’m so grateful to all who supported my arts and my small business.

In June, I was happy to have my design on shoes. How exciting is that! These shoes are really cute and comfortable.

My design will be seen in a new product soon! You can find my designs on products here. Thanks so much for your support. Small businesses need people like you!

July – what a July!

July – what a July!

After returning from a family trip in Canada, I was basically just preparing three classes on Skillshare. It was tough. I thought that this is it. I will never make another class again! Although, I always think such things every time I’m in the process of making a class… 🙂

So I was really happy to have finished the month of July with three classes on Skillshare. Here they are:

Check out the class here
Check out the class here
Check out the class here

In the midst of this, I took a week off and went to Venice. It was in Venice when I received the news from Skillshare that my sticker class was given an award as an outstanding class. I was really really happy to be acknowledged this way. I felt my effort was worth it.

Coming home from holiday, I put together a Venice scrapbook and over the weekend, I designed 18 Kawaii food stickers that I will be printing out, cutting away and selling soon. I’m so excited and I really think they are so cute. But also, this is in preparation for another class on Skillshare that I will publish in September. I’m so excited!

Coming in September

So now I’m asking, “Is the summer getting over?” I can feel the air is getting cooler and of course, August is here. And in this first day of August, new ideas coming my way. I’ll let you know soon. Have a wonderful August and thank you for journeying with me!

Creating Mandalas

Creating Mandalas

For a month in 2015, I created 50 mandalas. The process was nothing religious in nature. But just something that I thought would be nice for people to colour in, as we all know adult colouring books were the thing that time. I had them uploaded on Pinterest and they were repinned many many many times over. Someone even created a colouring book with my mandalas.

But now when I think about it, the process was actually quite freeing for me artistically. I remember gathering all kinds and sizes of round objects (some from the kitchen!) to create these mandalas. The process was freeing as I got to allow myself to just experiment with the designs without really putting much thought and energy into it. I really thought that it was a good way to just let go of that feeling that I can’t draw, but then coming up with 50 different designs.

I didn’t know Procreate at that time. I didn’t know about its ability to create a quadrant symmetry! But as I quickly recreated my mandalas in Procreate, I thought it was quite relaxing. So now if I want to just relax through drawing, I will continue to recreate these mandalas on Procreate. At least, they will not be as wiggle as they were on paper!