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)


Create your own calendar in 2018!

Create your own calendar in 2018 - ideas and downloadable calendar template

There is only one thing better than creating: creating together. Okay, now I’ve sacrificed honesty for a bit of PR, in fact nothing gets me more panicky than creating with other people around me, but the situation is slightly different now: I’m inviting you to create a calendar with me for 2018!

Monthly downloadable calendars have nearly become a tradition on this blog, but during the holiday season you might have a couple of minutes to create something on your own. So, just like last year, I have created a blank calendar template, which you can download for free from the blog’s content library and decorate according to your liking.

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December calendars

From today on the last watercolour splash of the year is available for download. Red is of course the inevitable colour of December but I added a tiny bit of blue as well. I could say that I was thinking of snow, ice and cold weather when playing with this splash but the truth is I just like the combination of red with a bit of turquoise. I hope you feel the same way about these colours and you’ll use this downloadable calendar on your screens.

I’ve been thinking about 2018 as well: would you like to go on seeing downloadable calendars on this blog? I have a couple of ideas – this time more similar to the designs of the 2016 calendars – but I’m not sure if you want to go on with them. Let me know in the comments below or via Instagram!

hand-painted calendar for download 2017 December

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)

November calendars

November is one of the year’s least popular months – perhaps this is the reason why I started to feel sorry for it and learned to like it. This liking went so far that at some point this rainy, foggy, dark month became my favourite. Since then it is not that popular with me either, but I still like to curl up in an armchair with a cup of cocoa or tea and plan Christmas ahead – well before the madness of December.

This month’s watercolour splash conveys the rainy mood pretty well I think, with its purples and blues. Along with the monthly calendar, you can bring a perfect seasonal atmosphere right onto your screen. ;)

hand-painted calendar for download 2017 November

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)

October calendars

I won’t reveal a great secret in saying that autumn is my favourite season. There is nothing more wonderful than taking long walks among the flaming colours of nature – which I’m going to do the next couple of weeks so you might see a little less activity round the blog. However, if you are not that lucky, there’s still no reason to feel bad: I’ve painted a little October onto your screen in this month’s calendar. If you’d like to see this calendar in print, just sign up to the newsletter below, I’ll send you the printable version of these calendars at the beginning of every month.

hand-painted calendar for download 2017 October

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)

Back to school – downloadable garden-themed planner

A day in the garden - downloadable planner pages

For stationery-geeks like me, the beginning of September is definitely cause for celebration: ‘back to school means’ that all shops are full of beautiful notebooks and planners. However, if you are so keen on stationery like me, you might be inclined to criticise each and every product: nothing is exactly the way you’d want it to be.

Obviously, the Filofax and bullet journal craze has not left me untouched, but in the end I decided I needed my time and creativity in other fields than decorating my planner. Nevertheless, I still love a beautiful planner, so I (too), have made my own.

Blogging, illustrating, even going to school can be tough while you do a full-time job, and it needs a lot of organization to avoid being overwhelmed. It often happens that I get last minute tasks or comissions, so I have to be flexible, while I don’t want to neglect priorities like this blog either.

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September calendars

Well, my Dears, we have apparently survived this summer too. I suppose we will still get few more glimpses of summer heat here in Hungary, but the most difficult parts are now over. September is a wonderful month anyway, the sun still shines warmly, the days are still fairly long, and only a few leaves start turning yellow – just like on this downloadable calender. Download it, love it, and enjoy this fabulous month, that September is!

hand-painted calendar for download 2017 September

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)

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)

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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