Family trolling

I was gonna leave this post for my spanish blog only since it’s all in spanish (and even kinda chilean), but I haven’t posted here in a while!

My uncle’s birthday is coming up, and since getting gifts for guys is hard enough as it is, I decided to make him a custom painted mug, with the touch of our family: we are trolls.

It reads: “More stubborn than a Galdames – impossible”.

Galdames is our surname, in case it wasn’t clear :p


I wear glasses. Not permanently, but very often, as I have to focus on detailed things a lot. But the thing is, I’m also very light sensitive, so wearing sunglasses when I’m out is a must. So that means drawing outside is a bit of a nightmare, because I have to choose which glasses to wear, and screw up my eye sight in one of two ways.

Still, I tried for a little while the other day. I didn’t last very long, but drawing outside did feel super artsy. Here’s a picture.

Lil plants from my aunt’s garden.

New things

I’ve been exploring new ways of making notebooks, and brown paper and shiny covers are among my favorites.

I like everything that has to do with stamping, and a while back I took a class to carve your won stamps, so I can have my own designs that nobody will match exactly, because they’re handmade 🙂

Brown paper hand stamped as covers of these notebooks.

Also, I wanna incorporate recycling as much as I can into my work, and since I haven’t learned how to make recycled paper just yet (I don’t have the space or the tools at the moment 😦 – so I separate them and put them next to the trash so people that sell them can take them), I decided to wrap cereal box covers with shiny paper and make notebooks (because I love them).

And it looks so fancy.


Feel good friday II

For the second  Feel-good friday, I leave you with this! An entry of the Letter It August challenge and one from the Daily Doodle challenge 😀

LC 16

Letter it august day 16

Tools: Zig clean color real brush markers + 90 gsm (24 lb I think) paper.


DD17 Pretzel

Daily doodle challenge day 17


Tools: 0.5 Sakura micron fineliner, pentel watercolors, number 2 brush, 165 gsm (90 lb) paper.

Simple Sunday I

For the first Simple Sunday, here’s some of the entries on Sealemon’s daily doodle challenge: one simple drawing each day, based on a prompt.

Day 1 - Prompt: Triangles

Day 1 – Prompt: Triangles

Day 2 - Prompt: Cactus.

Day 2 – Prompt: Cactus.

Day 3 - Prompt: Watermelon

Day 3 – Prompt: Watermelon

All of them are quite small, since it’s easier for me not to get too carried away with details that way. Trying to keep it simple! That way there’s no pressure 🙂

Tools: 90lb paper, sakura micron 0.5 pen and pentel watercolors.

Life update & I’m back!

I’m aware of how horrible I’ve been at posting consistently on this blog, but a lot of things have changed in my RL right now. For starters, and I know this is totally unrelated to the theme of this blog..


I got a puppy! Isn’t she cute?

I’m also very much preparing my own business, I’ve taken care of most of the boring side (legal and tax stuff), only a few things remain in that aspect, but I’m so happy to finally be making more of the things I really love, like stationery, notebooks and soon hopefully be sewing my own bags (totes and messenger bags, mostly).. everything illustrated, of course!


Hello! Yes, that’s me. It’s cold. I live in the southern hemisphere -it’s winter here.

I’ve been making notebooks for a while now, selling in little markets here and there, but I wanna make it official, and more than anything, launch the online shop. Nothing fancy, but very pretty and functional.

I’ve also joined 2 (maybe 3?) daily art challenges for August, so I can keep myself motivated and inspired. I’ll be posting them in my main instagram or my brand new lettering/calligraphy instagram, and I’ll post weekly roundups on all the challenges once or twice per week, and hopefully more fun stuff in between.

See ya soon!


Thoughtful Thursday I

Whew! What a busy month! It really has flown by, especially the last few days. I got my college graduation on monday (following with a traditional family feast -seriously, my stomach is still full) and a small craft fair on tuesday, also at my college.

Before that, I was practicing some lettering with the tips from a skillshare class, and I gotta say, I’m really enjoying practicing more without so much expectation of greatness. I have a few Tombow markers, and I think they make for great tools, even on regular paper (without water).

This pic is probably my favorite, not just for the photo (taken at the lemon tree in the yard), but the hopeful message: something I tried to remember when I was feeling particularly stressed.



Work from other days:


From “Try” by P!nk. An awesome song.



Practice for Christmas cards ❤

Any quote you particularly love? I’m always looking for more good quotes on the short side for practice 🙂