New challenges

New year, new life, some say. What I do know is that a lot of projects are coming up for this year, I wish to learn new things and expand my limits and horizons. Organizing it all will be the hardest, probably.

And like destiny knew about this, I was contacted locally by someone who liked my work at the Mall Fair, and asked for a custom notebook, and the cover art was something completely out of my comfort zone. I didn’t take pictures of the process or the final product, but I do have one of the sketch.

Didn’t you say you wanted new things?

Christmas fair 2016

Christmas fair booth ♥

A daytime look.

So the following day after the Mall Fair ended, this fair started! I will admit it has been tough, because they’re very long hours and I gotta restock and make things in whatever time is leftover. Or, you know, try to work when I’m *at* the fair and it’s not a very busy time (and if it’s not too windy).

Working at the fair

Still working

One of the days, I didn’t have time to make myself lunch or a sandwich and the usual vendors that show up daily to sell us food were nowhere in sight. As I was texting people to share my food troubles, one of my friends showed up on the way to a reunion just to bring me a sandwich and cookies. It was the sweetest thing!! I could feel the love~

Friendship goals right here

Shortly after my friend gave me the food, my dear Abue (granny) showed up and brought me what she knows is one of my favorite summer dishes: porotos granados (it’s a Chilean bean-corn dish served hot). I had to make space in my belly to eat it haha because I HAD TO. So much love in my food that day. She also stayed for a few hours with me.

Food = Love

She got cold at some point and I gave her my scarf for her to wear. She looked so cool I took her photo, and after she left, I decided to draw her.

Not posting the actual photo of her I took because I value my own life.

Mall Fair

Sorry it’s been so long!

I have been entirely consumed by preparing myself for the holidays, and more urgently, this fair.

It’s in Viña del Mar (Chile), inside a trendy mall by the beach. There are a bunch of creators and distributors here, it is certainly a good destination for getting your Christmas shopping on, hehe.

My booth ♥ I put a lot of love into it.

My heart aches for leaving my puppy alone for so many hours a day, even if she has everything she needs and she’s technically not that much of a puppy anymore xD.

Some of my hand painted non-Christmas cards.

 

The only non handmade item in my booth are these mini washi tapes I found a while back. I thought it’d be a good addition to the booth and it was! They are very popular.

I appreciate everyone who came out to see me so much, family, friends, and especially those that stayed with me a few hours or brought me food ♥

Surrounded by colorful things and stationery.. can it be like this forever?

Ninja class

Ninja as in “I was a ninja in getting to that class” kind of way. My former uni had a free class on.. er.. engraving? Google is not helping me to find the word. It is the system where you carve a piece of wood or foam, put ink on it and then sandwich it between a piece of paper and a press. I know it has a proper name in english, but I can’t find it.

ANYWAY.

The class was for students and alumni, and even while I was the only one not currently studying there and it was a bit odd, I don’t regret it one bit. We did fun things and even when I did know the basics of the subject, going to a class like this always opens up possibilities and motivates you to not only practice but try new things. And obviously, you can play around with the materials and everything is there, ready for you to use.

We finished the class quite late, but it was all good! That way I got to skip rush hour, being all crammed in a bus is no picnic when you’re carrying fresh painted things.

Mi grabado favorito.

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..

Puppy

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!

IG--

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!