Repeat pattern challenge Vol. 3 – join us this year!

Watercolor palm leaves - join the one week art challenge

Can anyone tell when a tradition starts? It feels a little early, and yet, it seems to have become something of a tradition that I hold a one-week repeat pattern challenge on the blog, so here we go, here comes the third. If you feel creative, or if you do not; if you’ve ever tried painting, or not; if you have time or not – join us! It will be worth it!

What is a repeat pattern challenge?

The hardest step about creativity is the first: to sit in front of a blank paper and wrecking your brain as to what comes next. Therefore, two years ago I decided to paint every single day for a week. Not much, and not complex things, just to get into the flow of creating, so I don’t get blank paper syndrome every time before I start painting.

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August downloadable calendars

I’m not sure about you, but for me July has been sucked in by some black hole; it has basically disappeared. Anyway, August is nearly here, so I celebrate the new month with another forest – or rather aquatic – animal. In August, Susan the otter will swim in and out of your screens.

Don’t forget that the newsletter will arrive in a few days, including an A4 downloadable format of this calendar with Susan on it. If you haven’t subscribed yet, it’s still not late.

Until then, you can find the August calendar for the screens of your various gadgets down below.

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 (latter for smart phone)

A little guide to watercolour paper

A little guide to watercolor paper

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To my great joy, creativity is spreading within the family. After diagnosing the illness of painting on simple print paper however, I realised that it’s high time to give some in-depth info on materials. I mean more in-depth than the blog post sharing 9 essential art supplies. This series started with a fairly detailed guide to paintbrushes, and today I’m sharing all I know about paper. The motto for today is: forget simple print paper!!!

Why is paper important?

For a moment, imagine that you live a few hundred years ago, and work in the studio of a great master, mixing paints. What kind of grimace would appear on your face if the great master tried to use your carefully prepared paint on thin print paper? Exactly! For oils, canvas will act as the best surface. For every medium there is a right surface, which it was designed for. It matters which kind of paper you use for coal, colour pencils, or in our case, watercolour.

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Behind the scenes #9 – I’ve become a freelancer

I became a freelance watercolor artist - Behind the scenes #9

Even though you may not have watched my (Hungarian) vlog about a day in the life of an illustrator, (in which I meet clients and try on wedding rings in the middle of a Thursday) you might wonder how all this work fits into my days while also maintaining a dayjob. After all, it has never been a secret that besides my blog, illustration and graphic design I work full time. Well, this is the thing that changed a few months ago.

Why? – or some background info in a nutshell

I studied Architecture at university and after graduating I started working as a 3D engineer at a multinational company. However, it had been clear since before graduating that I would never really become an architect, and even if I start working in this field, it would only be a temporary job. The way grand companies work is actually in complete opposition with my lifestyle, but to start one’s own business one needs a bit of backup, and this job gave me the opportunity to save up the money (for which I am grateful!)

How?

You might have big dreams and plans, but still it is very comfortable to swim around in a safe, luke-warm swamp, however it might stink. Slowly, I found myself working for this company for 1, and then 2 years, constantly putting off handing in my notice.

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