August calendars

I am so blessed with a nordic blood that by August I can hardly stand the heat of Hungary, so I painted the August downloadable calendar an ocean blue-purple. Somehow even my watercolour decided to imitate the rollers of the sea too. So who wants to jump in this pool?

By the way I wouldn’t be a real cultural snob if I didn’t think of Homer’s expression ‘wine dark sea’ here, although I’ve no idea how the sea can appear dark red, apart from sunsets of course. But it’s definitely dark alright, just like my watercolour splashes.

hand-painted calendar for download 2017 August

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)

Recipe time – grilled salmon skewers

To avoid putting on further pounds, the next recipe I’m sharing with you is as far from cakes as it can be: today we are grilling salmon! To tell the truth I chose to paint this recipe because I absolutely can’t stand fish (or any other creature coming from water) so this way I could avoid the temptation that food illustration poses. Of course, I have no problem with the same recipe with salmon exchanged for chicken, for example. So, here is a grilled favourite for salmon-lovers.

Grilled salmon skewers with garlic and dijon recipe - watercolor print from the design box Goods from our garden

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Let’s make a zine – a therapeutic evening

Let's make zine out of collage - a tutorial

There is something liberating about creating something that has no purpose whatsoever. It was with this thought in mind that I made my own little zine a couple of weeks ago.

So what is a zine? To put it very simply, a zine is a unique or small circulation book/magazine. It is usually self published and therefore has no rules about the content, you can fill it according to your heart’s choice. I strongly suspect that ‘zine’ is a short form of ‘magazine’ but this is not proved as far as I know.

I don’t really think there are rules to creating a zine (the entire point is complete freedom), but there are certainly some noticeable trends. In comparison with those, my little zine is completely different, I guess I should call it a miniature scrapbook rather than a zine, but then, we know it since Shakespeare, that names are not necessarily essential (after all, a rose would smell just as sweet even if it weren’t called a rose, right? ;)).

So, to get to the point, I put together a little book of myself. I  worked with the technique of collage: I cut, glued, tore the raw material. The original idea came from a video by Jordan Clark, in which she shows how to make a little book by folding a simple A4 size paper. I wouldn’t be a notebook-nerd if I hadn’t known immediately that I need one like that.

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New medium #4 – Masking fluid

A series about experimenting with new techniques - masking fluid for watercolor.

My ‘new mediums‘ coloumn is returning in a little irregular way: I didn’t experiment with a completely new technique, but I was trying out a supply made for watercolour artists: masking fluid.

Those working with watercolour will know that with this technique it is kind of impossible to paint white surfaces. If you want white, you need to leave the area blank and the white of the paper will give the colour. But sometimes this is quite difficult: let’s suppose you want to paint a swirl of snowflakes in front of a dark sky. This means you’d have to paint around all the millions of tiny flakes… Great… Well, it really is great now, because masking fluid solves the issue.

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.

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July calendars

Morning all! Apparently we have survived the first half of 2017 – with mixed feelings on my part – but I’ll leave my yearly review for later, I prefer to concentrate on the upcoming month of July. I hope that the month of Cancer will take something back of its usual heatwaves, for the moment I am rather full of them, as they didn’t spare us in June here in Budapest.

The downloadable calendar for July has been painted with the heat of summer days and the cool of ponds in mind. What do you think of it?

hand-painted calendar for download 2017 July

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)