Browse your inner Pinterest! – take steps to be more creative

Steps to be more creative

’I wish I were as creative as you’. I often hear this remark from friends but the truth is that only a part of our creativity comes from our genes, another large part can be learned. In fact, it all depends on whether you stimulate your fantasy. Naturally, working in an office 9-5, then dropping in front of Facebook won’t trigger your imagination much, but you can take the first few steps towards a more creative life now.

Write down & organise

Believe it or not, even you have great ideas! But if you don’t write them down somewhere then it’s as if they didn’t exist because you won’t remember them in a few hours’ time, let alone months later. Is it just some nonsense of an idea? Write it down anyway! In my experience it is worth keeping a record of all your ideas even if you do not execute them right away because months later you might get a wave of creativity and you can make something even of the worst ideas. Revise your ideas list weekly/monthly/annually (as it suits you), then put them in order so that the best ones appear on top.


5 Hungarian illustrators I follow

5 Hungarian Illustrators I follow /cover by Cecília Simonyi/

I visited the 24th International Book Festival in Budapest a few weeks ago, where I bumped into a small exhibition. The walls of a small corridor were covered entirely by the works of Hungarian illustrators – and there my heart melted. I had followed the works of several of them already, but I came across several new finds, whose work I simply fell in love with. Here is a small (non-exhaustive) selection of my favourites.


Behind the scenes #5 – The garden in focus this April

Behind the scenes 2017 April - creative life, illustration and more

I must admit that April wasn’t my best month this year. You might have noticed I wrote less blog posts and apart from some therapeutic painting my main source of peace came from gardening. I don’t mean gardening literally of course: it would be fairly difficult in a tiny apartment in Budapest even if I had some talent with plants, but since I have none, it is absolutely out of the question. No, what I mean is some alternative gardening, and I’m just about to tell you how I did that.


May calendars

I hope you enjoyed an excellent free Monday on 1st of May. However, now it’s back to work and to brighten up the first day of the week I have some new calendars for you. Nature is all green ’round here so it seems quite appropriate to bring that lovely colour onto your screen as well.

If you want to create your own watercolour splash, you are welcome to look here.

hand-painted calendar for download 2017 May

I have made this calendar in several sizes so you can use it from different sized screens as well as a smart phone. I hope you enjoy this free download :)

Méretek: 1024×768 | 1280×720 | 1440×900 | 1920×1080 (latter for smart phone)

Let’s talk fonts!

Let's talk about fonts!

The moment you find yourself guessing typefaces on posters and ads, you should consider the possibility that you have a fetish for typography. I certainly know I “suffer” from this condition, my pulse quickens at the sight of beautiful letters and font pairings, so I have long wanted to write a blog posts about this topic. At least I wanted to, until I realised that others have done it before me, much better than I ever will. So instead of sharing my own considerable wisdom (haha!) I have collected some of my favourite blog posts about typography.


A few words about copying…

The ethic of copying artwork

Copying is kind of a taboo topic among Artists. In posh circles it is common to say that those who copy actually steal, cheat, and use the wrong way to develop their skills. It is therefore lucky, that I don’t call myself an Artist with a capital ‘A’, nor do I belong to posh circles, so I can share my views without fear of losing my “status”.


New medium #3 – Pen and ink

A series about experimenting with new techniques - pen and ink

What is it that crosses the architect’s mind when it comes to ink? Hatching, university, descriptive geometry… To put it shortly, my experiences are rather horrible, not to mention that this technique is somewhat similar to graphite pencil drawing, which is another thing I’m not friends with. Last November, however, I had no option but to give it another go with black ink at the illustration workshop and BOOM! I’ve been using it ever since.

What is this section?

One of the conclusions I drew from the illustration workshop was that I’ve become a bit lazy: I am not experimenting enough with new techniques, I am happy in my bubble of watercolours. Of course, there is nothing wrong with dwelling deep in one medium and learning all the secrets but if you don’t get out of your comfort zone you miss a lot of fun. So I’ve decided to start a new series on the blog: I’m going to try techniques that are new to me and tell you guys about my experiences.


April calendars

Here I am uttering again “I can’t believe it’s already April!” I suppose the only person who can be more surprised at the passing of time is a grandmother who sees her granchild for the first time in two weeks.

No, seriously, I am happy to announce that finally I can smell spring in the air and I have crawled out of my cave at last. I am childishly happy about yellow flowers, sunshine and that I can shoot along bump around on my scooter in the cobbled streets of Budapest.

It follows logically that the downloadable calendars for April are now available for free on the blog, awaiting to cheer you up whether you use PC, a laptop or phone (or whatever smarties you prefer).

hand-painted calendar for download 2017 April

I have made this calendar in several sizes so you can use it from different sized screens as well as a smart phone. I hope you enjoy this free download :)

Sizes: 1024×768 | 1280×720 | 1440×900 | 1920×1080 (latter for smart phone)

Creatives out there – 4 blogposts for creators

Round-up of blogposts about creativity

I absolutely love reading round-up posts by other bloggers. When my favourite bloggers collect articles they’ve enjoyed reading that month I usually set the post aside and keep it for the evening, when I take a mug of tea and find a cosy spot to read through. So it was only a matter of time when I’d create my own similar blogpost.

The topic of creativity is not that widely written about as, for instance, lifestyle, so these articles are not exactly the most recent, at least when it comes to publish date, but they are all perfectly relevant today. So here are 4 articles, which I enjoyed reading this past couple of months.