February downloadable calendars

We are nearing the end of the darkest month, February is nearly here. What’s more, in a few days the bears come out of their caves. According to a Hungarian tradition, bears come out of their caves on the 2nd of February to check the weather: if it’s sunny, they glimpse their shadow and get frightened, so they get back into their cave, which means that winter will last long. If it’s cloudy, they don’t have to hide, so spring will shortly arrive. In honour of this funny superstition please welcome Timothy the bear on this month’s downloadable calendar. Timothy is a little bit of a feminin creature, but despite this (or perhaps precisely because of this) many people love him. Will you also befriend him?

If you subscribed to the newsletter, you’ll get the printable version of this calendar soon. As a new feature, I made all 12 months of the year available in my Etsy, pop in if you like. :)

Forest animals - hand-painted watercolour wallpaper calendar

I have made this calendar in several sizes so you can use it from different sized screens as well as a smart phone. If you need a different size, please let me know in the comments below. I hope you enjoy this free download :)

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


Book review – Gnomes

Beautifully illustrated book review - Wil Huygen, Rien Poortvliet: Gnomes

Do you remember that feeling when you got Harry Potter in your hands and the world that you had thought to be a myth was suddenly described with such sincerity and detail that it didn’t only become believable but almost real. Well, this is more or less the case with Wil Huygen’s book Gnomes.

You are not supposed to judge a book by its cover but let’s admit, this is practically impossible in the case of Gnomes. Anyway, you are not making much of a mistake if you do so, because the inside is full of just as beautiful illustrations as the cover.

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New art supplies – Christmas haul

New watercolor art supplies (brushes, paints, paper) - Christmas haul

Ever since I write a blog I can’t wait to finally write a “haul” post – art supplies are really pretty after all – the only problem is that I hardly ever do a “haul”. It is in the nature of watercolours that you don’t run out of them easily (in fact I’m still using an old set I brought from home 9 years ago), I buy brushes one by one according to my needs and I cannot quite expect watercolour papers to bear the weight of a blogpost’s success.

However, my SO surprised me with a bunch of art supplies this Christmas, so I’m grabbing my chance. There are a few well-known pieces as well as new ones: a set of 12 watercolours in tubes, some brushes and 2 blocks of watercolour paper. Obviously, I had to test them first thing. So let’s see them!

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Silence

2017 - a year in review

I’m ill. Again. During December there was only one week when my nose was not running and yet this was the most intense month of the year (in close competition with October). I didn’t leave time for myself to rest, thinking that if I had taken a break I would have fallen behind even more and become even more stressed. I could hardly keep my head above water. The time has come that had I been asked what I wanted for Christmas I would have answered: time, plenty of time, please!

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New downloadable calendars!

Et voilá, here is the first downloadable calendar for 2018! I’m so excited to share the first bit of this new series in which includes forest animals. The first member of this collection is Adele, the fox lady, who decorates the calendar of January.

If you subscribed to the newsletter, you’ll get the printable version of this calendar too. As a new feature, I made all 12 months of the year available in my Etsy, pop in if you like. :)

Forest animals - hand-painted watercolour wallpaper calendar

I have made this calendar in several sizes so you can use it from different sized screens as well as a smart phone. If you need a different size, please let me know in the comments below. I hope you enjoy this free download :)

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