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October-November update!

Monday, December 17th, 2012

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I am still here:) So much to tell you!

The last time you heard from me was when I had sent off my Babushka Mo fabric for a test print. Well, that came back ages ago and in the time I’ve been away…I’ve been cutting and sewing little Babushka Mo dolls for Christmas markets and my online shop!

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Niina helped me with the project, we had a long sewing session at her place. Panko the cat kept us company too, making it a pleasant crafternoon with the gentle whirring of her sewing machine.

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I debuted my dolls at Made On The Left and at my pop-up shop. I remembered feeling so happy and touched when I made my first doll sale to a very sweet girl! I think it was a build up of emotions from all the time and work I had spent on this project. And to finally see my work going off to happy homes….well there’s nothing more a designer could ask for:)

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If you’re interested in purchasing my Babushka Mo dolls, they are available in my online shop. These dolls are limited edition items and are only available for sale until they are sold out. They are hand drawn by me and printed onto organic fabric. Very cute and charming if you’d like to collect my art as a fabric piece. Enjoy!

Begining of a new series…

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

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I am working on a new series called Babushka Mo. This project is inspired by a few of my favourite things: Matryoshka nesting dolls, sweet vintage dress patterns and grandmothers in adorable headscarves (also known as Babushka in Russian).

I’ve always wanted to create a collection of Little Mo dolls so I’m hoping to turn my Babushka Mos into little softies and other cute things. Here are some pictures of my works in progress.

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The first lines of my Babushka Mo. As you know, I do all of my line drawings on my sketchbooks and scan the artwork in.

I’m not sure if there are artists out there who are particular about having clean lines in their artwork? I’m one of those people and it drives me batty sometimes. It’s also a bit ironic because I love the look of hand drawn lines, a rough and organic look that can’t be replicate by vector drawings. But the perfectionist in me wants to make sure that my artwork is not overly sketchy and dirty which is why I spend a bit of time on the computer cleaning up the edges and rubber marks.

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Now the more enjoyable process begins! This is where I add in colours, shades and all the extra details. For this Babushka Mo, I’ve given her a classic polka dot patterned headscarf.

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For my second Babushka Mo doll, I decided to give her a pet duck! This doll has a tangerine coloured dress with daisy patterns on them.

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And because of the lovely spring weather we’ve been having lately, I was inspired to draw a garden themed Babushka Mo. I think she is most happy being outdoors watering her plants.

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A bit of cut and test action happening on the dolls…

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I think it’s looking good so far. I’m sending the dolls for a fabric test print this week, wish me luck! Stay tuned for more works in progress pictures:)

A pocket full of art

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

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Hello! I have a few new and “small” things to share with you!

My 2013 Little Mo calendars are now available to purchase in my online shop. It features 12 original illustrations of Little Mo and her horoscope star signs. The pocket calendars are printed on thick recycled card stock which makes it really sturdy and there’s a total of 14 colour pages, including front and back cover.

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It’s pocket size, and very compact and cute!

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And after 3 years in business and only relying on word of mouth from you lovely people, I finally have proper Little Mo business cards!

I don’t even know why it took me so long to get them made! I think when you design business cards, magazines and other business collateral for clients (as part of your day job), the last thing you want to do is design your own business cards. It’s just never good enough! That’s how I feel anyway.

So I got these cards printed at Moo because I liked the idea of having 100 different artworks on each card, and surprisingly it was an easy and quick process. I also love that they are mini in size. If you know me well, I adore anything labeled “little, small, mini or pocket size”. Personally I think anything labeled with that description means twice the charm, fun and cuteness!

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So yes, I’ve got proper business cards now…and I feel so professional..hehe

Barbara’s Moleskine

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Another finished moleskine this week. This is Barbara’s book from Belgium. I really liked her lady drawing, so I decided to fill her with some blooms and a sleeping cat. I used mostly colouring pencils, a bit of acrylic and some opal dusts (currently my favourite craft material at the moment).

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And here’s another drawing done on her book in ink and pencils. Let me know what you think:)

Quiet but creative week

Monday, May 14th, 2012

I’ve been having little burst of creativity lately which is always a welcomed thing here.

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Earlier in the week I had a little stall in the market, selling some of my art for Mothers Day. If you sell often at markets, you’ll know that they can be a hit and miss. This one in particular was so quiet and the rainy weather didn’t help much either.

But on the positive side of things, I found a lovely vendor who sells beautiful handmade journals. I bought a pocket sketchbook from her and I can’t wait to sketch in it.

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Then I came home and worked on the Moleskine exchange project. This is Rowland’s moleskine from Italy with a bit of gnome magic added on his pages.

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I hope you like it!

Scorpio Mo

Monday, April 30th, 2012

And…here is my final Horoscope Mo! I’ve finally completed 12 zodiacs after working on this project for a year (on and off). I’m so happy and excited! Thanks to all my readers for your comments and encouragement!

Besides making them as art prints, I’ll be making a 2013 calendar, featuring all the Little Mos in their star signs. Keep a look out for it, I’m positive it will make a beautiful gift for someone you love!

Now…I just have to think of my next project to embark on, ideas anyone?

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A bit about Scorpio Mo:
She has a mysterious and magnetic personality, yet she keeps her deepest thoughts guarded. Her temperament can be intense at times but beneath her harden exterior, she is a gentle and intuitive child.

Gemini Mo

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

I’m really happy with how this horoscope drawing turned out. I thought it would be hard drawing my own star sign but I adore my twin Mo and twin kitties! I hope you like it too!

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A bit about Gemini Mo:
She is a bubbly and whimsical child, easily fascinated with what life has to offer. Because of her dual nature as symbolised by twins, she is adaptable and flexible with people and situations. A Gemini Mo gets restless quickly and craves for knowledge and new experiences to satisfy her inquisitive mind!

Libra Mo

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

I think this is one of my favourites from my Horoscope Mo series. Bunny love this Easter!

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A bit about Libra Mo:
She is a quiet child who enjoys being in a calm and peaceful environment. Her diplomatic nature means she is always fair and logical. Whilst a Libra Mo can feel pressured to make tough decisions, she just has to find the perfect balance to reach her inner peace!

Taurus Mo

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Another horoscope print that I worked on this weekend:)

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A bit about Taurus Mo:
She is sweet, loving and enjoys showing affection to those around her. Whilst she may be known for her stubborn streak and strong willed nature, deep down a Taurus Mo is a confident child, determined to act upon her hearts desire!

A few things on my desk

Friday, March 9th, 2012

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I thought you might like to see the insides of our moleskine sketchbooks when they are all opened up:)

As the sketchbooks travel around, the pages gets filled up with drawings and paintings. I recently completed two books and have another 3 books to paint. I feel like doing something a little different with my contributions this time. Stay tuned.

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