subota, 24. veljače 2018.

Fashion Illustration Of the Day (A Blue Cocktail Dress Worn With Blue heels)


Happy weekend lovely people! What are your plans for the weekend? I actually plan to get a lot of painting done this weekend, wish me luck. Today I'm sharing one of my most recent fashion illustration. The medium is coloured pencil on paper with a touch of markers. The dress illustrated is a cocktail dress. You know I always wondered where the term cocktail dress came from. I knew it probably has to to do with cocktails and parties but I just had to look this term up. It turns out that cocktail dresses became popular after WW1. Once women began to work the same jobs as men, companies started to encourage socializing between employers by hosting cocktail parties. A cocktail dress became a practical item that can be worn to any kind of meeting in the afternoon. All you needed is to adjust your accessories to suit the occasion. In 1920, it became a popular choice for the elite. 


Cocktails dresses not only survived the economic crises, but benefited from it. Day to evening wear became popular. A simple cut dress that can be dressed up with a few accessories became precious. Now, that I think of it, it is still true. Cocktail dresses are still easy to dress up and down. Their rise to popularity makes perfect sense. It is a small wonder that cocktail dress have remained so popular.  After all, what is more practical that a cocktail dress? Do you own one? Do you wear it often? Do you find cocktail dresses easy to style? Do you think these kind of dresses are perfect for special occasions. I own a few cocktail dresses. In fact, to draw this illustration, I used one of my photographs as a reference. The dress I was wearing on that occasion was black. However, I would love to own a blue cocktail dress hence this fashion illustration. Another reason why I had used my own photograph as a  reference is that I like fashion illustrations that capture movement. These kind of fashion illustrations can be more challenging to draw but also more fun. With a simple illustration, a bit of a challenge is always good. 


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https://tictail.com/ivanaillustration/a-girl-with-dark-hair-wearing-a-blue-dress-fashion-illustration



Fashion Illustration Of the Day (a Blue Cocktail Dress Worn With Blue heels)



Fashion Illustration Of the Day (a Blue Cocktail Dress Worn With Blue heels)


last minute NYE outfit idea
Inspiration behind this illustration: http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.ba/2017/12/instead-of-recap-here-are-4-outfits.html



Fashion Illustration Of the Day (a Blue Cocktail Dress Worn With Blue heels)






petak, 23. veljače 2018.

Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?

This is the dilemma I've been facing lately. One of my art teachers told me that the hardest thing to learn when it comes to painting is knowing when to stop. I suppose that can be applied to life and blogging as well.  Knowing when to let go, when to pause, when to stop (and in case of blogging when to click the publish button) is an art in itself. Recently I've read one article that described our generation as generation of perfectionists. That particular article seemed to warn about perils of perfectionism. Some of us may wonder: 'Wait, how can perfectionism be bad?'  Shouldn't we always strive to be better? Still, one has to wonder how can we strive for the better if we are not sure what the better is. Sometimes we're clueless about what perfection should be, just because we're too busy chasing it. Chasing that elusive perfection, can make us forget that the definition of 'perfection' ultimately depends on our selves. We are the ones responsible for creation our own definition of perfection and this definition can be something always evolving, it doesn't have to be a rigid. 



Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?





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Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?





Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?


Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?





I've been revisiting and examining some of my old sketches, paintings and illustration lately. In some cases, I've been making some small corrections, like adding some finishing touches or making  small changes. When you learn and master some new drawing or painting technique, you're always tempted to use it all the time, perhaps even revisit old works and 'correct them'. This is not always the best idea. By 'correcting' our old works, we can end up ruining them. We can forget the moment that inspired them. Perhaps it could be argued that inspiration and originality should, at least sometimes, come before the technique? Once you repaint or redraw an illustration, there is no going back. However, that fragility can also be a source of admiration. It may be what draws me to paper art. Perhaps this fragility is precisely the beauty of art on paper for me (as opposed to digital art). You can always save a digital painting and if you don't like the changes, it's no problem. 





Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?

Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?



Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?

Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?





Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?




 Should we redo our work or leave it as it is? I suppose this is a very common dilemma, both with professional and amateur artists. The same dilemma can be applied to blogging. We all know we should edit our texts, but how much editing is too much editing? We have all probably read at least one 'How To Blog' article, but do we really need to follow all the rules? Naturally, a well and organized written post is preferable to one that is all over the place, but where should writing tips end and our style begin? Sometimes 'stream of consciousness' can be the perfect writing technique. Finding balance can be tricky. We're constantly bombard with what 'perfect' blog should look like. While there is nothing wrong with making our blogs more 'reader/user friendly', if all ones does is follow the rules for 'perfect blogging' one can forget the spark that made him/her want to blog in the first place.


Should We Redo Our Work Or Leave It As It Is? How Much Editing Is Too Much Editing?



So, what do you think? How much editing is too much editing? How to keep that spark that made us want to create things in the first place? Both when it comes to blogging and art, the magical spark ,that perhaps can be translated as the motivation to create, seems to be immensely important. Sometimes motivation is everything.  It is worth remembering that motivation can only come from us. Perfectionism can be our worst enemy. When you're not happy with something, take a breath, leave it be. You don't always have to redo everything. Sometimes it is best to start anew. It all depends on the situation. 



*All watercolour art and drawings shared are my own (most of it, if not all,  I had shared before but this is the first time I'm sharing a 'redo' version that includes small interventions with the markers). The red brooch is also my creation.









četvrtak, 22. veljače 2018.

How to handpaint a plant container using acrylic paints?

The only thing I love more than DIY projects is a combination of DIY projects and recycling or upcycling. Today it's time for a little up-cycling. How to handpaint a plant container using acrylic paints? Well, this one is actually pretty simple. All you need is a bit of acrylic paint and a brush. Well, actually you don't even need a brush. You can apply the acrylic paint with whatever you like. You wait for the colour to dry and that's pretty much it.  I'll give you a few extra tips later on, at the end of this post. First things first.

Why would one want to paint/repaint a plant container in the first place? Maybe because you want it to match the colour of your surroundings? You know aesthetic reasons. That's the only reason I can think of. I wanted my plaint container to look nicer, and that was basically my motivation.I actually tried finding a ceramic container for this lovely lavender plant I bought but I was worried that it might bet broken. This lavender is an outside plant, so I placed it on my balcony. So, the chance  the wind might knock it over is not out of the question.



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Anyhow, this is what the plant container looked like originally. It was brown. Boring. I tried looking for nicer looking ones, but didn't find anything in the shops. The selection of plastic containers wasn't impressive at all. As I explained, I didn't want to replant this lavender in a ceramic container because I was worried it might get broken.  I bought a lot of cute ceramic containers for my house plans, though. I will shown them some other time. A few of my plants have actually perished because it is too hot in my home. The living area and kitchen seem to critical areas, plants do better in other areas of my house. I suppose there is such a thing as too much sunshine. Maybe it is the combination of air conditioning and sunshine that kills them? I may need to plant only cacti and succulents in my kitchen and living area. I can always keep my flowers in other areas of my home.











 I wanted my container to look like it was painted over with wide brushes if you know what I mean. I wanted that 'painted' look. That is why I applied paint with a wide brush, but you can choose whatever style you want. It all comes down to what kind of effect you want to achieve. Do you want it to look shabby chic? Do you want it to look minimalist? The way you will apply acrylic paints will depend on that. Moreover, you need to decide how many colours do you want? Just one? Or two? Or maybe different shades of the same colour? If you're feeling especially creative, you can always add some glitter or special touches. If you glue some stones to the plant container, you can even achieve a mosaic look, but we will leave that for some other post.  

What I decided to do was to mix white acrylic paint with green one. Originally I planned it to be all white, but then I changed my mind and decided that I want the container to match the plant. Have you ever noticed how lavender has this particular shade of green that is almost silver? It's always fascinated me, not just the flower, but the colour of the plant itself. I've always loved lavender btw. When I was a kid, I worked in lavender fields. We would harvest lavender the old fashion way, not with machines (that would be impossible because of our rocky terrain anyway). It was hard work, probably not much different from cotton picking or any other similar field work, but in a way it was also oddly satisfying. 

How to handpaint a plant container using acrylic paints?


 I did a very similar home decor project recently, one in which I painted a jar and turned it into a plant container, you can check it out (here) if you haven't. Initially I planted a succulent in this jar but since somebody didn't water it while I was in hospital for a long time, the plant died. On the upper note, I finally managed to successfully replant a rosemary and this jar proved to be a charm. For some reason, rosemary wouldn't stick when I tried replanting it before, but this time it worked. Good news. I still have to design the exact plant arrangement for our enormous balcony. We were planning to plant orange and lemon trees, but we will probably wait for the Spring. Right now, this rosemary and lavender are all I have. It's not a bad place to start. 





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from this post (a similar DIY project)





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                  How to handpaint a plant container using acrylic paints? (step by step instructions)


1. Place the plant container on something that you won't miss terribly (that is if you get acrylic paints on it). You can put it on a sheet of paper, old newspapers, a plastic bag etc.

2. Apply the acrylic paints. You can keep it in one shade or colour or you can mix and match as I did. To apply the paint you can use a brush or a sponge. You can also use napkins if you want the layer of paint to be thinner. You can pretty much use whatever you want. Even your hands will do, but you will have to wash your hands repeatedly as acrylic paint doesn't come off easily once it's dried.

3. Wait for the colour to dry. Once the colour is dried, this DIY project is over! Place the container where you had initially intended it to be.









utorak, 20. veljače 2018.

Painting On Clothes and Accessories With Textile Paints: The Pros and The Cons (Outfit proposal of the day: Magnenta with red accents)

Look at that happy grin on my face. What I could be so happy about? Well, I discovered a new cute spot by river Bunica. One could say that  I'm living the 'be a tourist in your own area' phrase and applying the philosophy behind it to the fullest. One of my favourite ways to apply this philosophy to my life is by exploring the area I live in by foot. I'm a firm believer in the benefits of hiking. In addition, long walks (be it in urban area or nature) have many benefits. Sedentary way of life hides many health hazards, so remember that and go for a walk. 

As long as I'm talking about this area, If you are thinking about visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina, do not neglect the area around Buna river (only 14 km from Mostar!). Buna and Bunica are two small rivers that join at one point and then they flow west for about 10 km and into the famous Neretva river. The area around these two rivers is lovely. I already wrote about this place a dozen of times on my blog, so not to repeat myself, I will leave you link to my previous visits and you can check them out if you're interested.


1. You can read about one of my earliest visits here (2013)
2. You can read about my encounter with Hoopoe bird here (2013)
3. You can see an outfit post with Buna in the background here (2013)
3.You can read about spring time and my love of flowers here (2017)
4. You can read about my most recent visit here (2017)
5. You can read about winter magic in Buna revisited post here (2016)
5. You can read about summer magic here (2015)

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Painting On Clothes and Accessories  With Textile Paints: The Pros and The Cons (Outfit proposal of the day: Magnenta with red accents)



Painting On Clothes and Accessories  With Textile Paints: The Pros and The Cons (Outfit proposal of the day: Magnenta with red accents)



Recently I've talked about how ways to dress more feminine during Winter (here). I've stressed that accessories can play an important role in making our outfits look more feminine, stylish and polished. Take this clutch for example. I don't know what it is about clutch bags, but somehow they always feel very feminine and chic to me. I know they might not be the most practical item, but a nice clutch bag always adds something to an outfit. Speaking about this clutch, you may notice that I hand painted this one.



The title of this post is Painting On Clothes and Accessories With Textile Paints: The Pros And The Cons  and that is what I will be talking about today. The pros of this DIY project are pretty obvious. When you paint on clothes (or/and accessories) you end up with a personalized item. Who wouldn't want that? What are the cons? Well, one of the downsides of painting with fabric/textile paints is that  you might not be happy with the result. This DIY project can actually turn out less  then satisfactory. I know, this might sound odd coming from someone who is always cheering for DIY projects and writing about them, but I'm also all for honesty. I don't regret painting a single clothing item or accessory but before you do it yourself, ask yourself will you regret it? Obviously, there is always a choice that a DIY project will not end up well. What is my advice? Think about what you really want. 


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I'm no stranger to colour and pattern, it's something I've always enjoyed, it's a part of my style, so when I do DIY projects connected with fashion, it is only natural that this 'love for colourfulness' translated to my fashion style as well. If you sense of style is more minimal and classical, you'll probably have to think for a bit, to figure out about how this project of DIY painting of clothes can work for you. If you're not too keen on colour, you might want to use only black and white textile paints. Similarly, if you're not into bold designs and print, keep your 'painting' minimal. Here I am wearing a pair of jeans with a flower print I painted myself, a bag with a heart print that I painted myself and a coat that has leopard print details. That's a lot of print. If you're not really into prints, there are many ways to keep your DIY painting more minimal. You can for example write something with textile paints, or you can create a more subtle effect by layering neutral colours lightly.






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How beautiful is this spot btw? Since I moved to Bosnia and Herzegovina, I really discovered the meaning of the phrase 'river magic'. I've fallen in love with river, streams and lakes here. Alright, now that you have seen the new spot, let's go to the old spot, the one you'd the chance of seeing many many times. There I'll show you the rest of my outfit, what I'm hiding under my coat (but not in a cheeky way!), you know just what I wore under, in this case a black blazer. Basically, the idea behind this post was to talk more about textile paints, and to warn you that once textile or fabric paints are applied, there is no going back. If you wash your clothes at 90 degrees Celzius, the fabric/textile paint will probably come off but most clothing items are not supposed to be washed at that temperature so this obviously posses a problem. Another possible downside is that you might regret it.  Here you can see what this pair of jeans looked like before I hand painted it. I don't regret painting them, but since I painted them they are definitely more 'loud' and less suitable for dressing things down. Once you personalize a clothing item, it becomes more 'special' but at the same time you end up with some style limitations. As they say, you can't have it all. Here you can see a similar pair of jeans, another pair that I have painted myself. There I used black textile paint, so the 'painting' is a bit less loud. I already wrote about painting with textile paints, so I'll just copy paste that section if you don't mind: 



How to paint with textile (fabric) paints? Well, as I have explained many times, the process is fairly simple.  There are basically two ways to paint on clothes (or bags and etc.), depending on whether  you want to paint a design/pattern/whatever by yourself or whether you want to copy a design (if you don't enjoy painting or if you don't think you're good at it). So, if you don't know how to paint, you can still do it by using the second method (copying some design). There are different kinds of fabric paints available on the market, I tried quite a few and as far as I can tell, they don't differ much in quality. So, if you want to give this DIY (i.e. painting on clothes) a try, buy some textile paints and get started. The only thing you should be careful about is placing something under the textile you're painting on, just to make sure that the paint doesn't end up everywhere. 



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Anyhow, the 'painting on clothes' dilemma often comes down to: Should we paint on our clothes? I love doing it but I'll be the first to admit that hand-painted clothes can be a bit challenging to style. When you hand paint something, you're basically adding both colour and print (in some cases pattern to it). I wrote a dozen of posts about how much I love painting on clothing textile paints, but everything comes with pros and cons. If you love some clothing item to bits, perhaps you shouldn't change it. Perhaps you should keep it the way it is. Perhaps painting with textile paints and similar kind of DIY projects work best when the clothing items we personalize (work on) are the ones we want to breathe new life in. Personalizing an old pair of jeans is always fun, but maybe we should think twice before painting on a brand new pair of jeans? Moreover, I'm always repeating how easy working with textile paints is - but I'm forgetting maybe it might not be so easy for someone who has never held a brush in their hand. Maybe it is better to say that it's relatively easy to use textile paints. 






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You have got to love those 'sunny winter days'. Is there anything more lovely than soaking in sunshine on a sunny winter day? Not that I mind sunshine in any season, but during the Winter, the sun is definitely more welcome. It's has been a bit colder than usual here but the cold is only welcomed by most. The almond trees have already started to bloom and that is always a certain sign that Spring is near. So, I don't mind a bit of cold. I made sure I dress warmly that day, and I was indeed very comfortable wearing this. By the end of this walk, with sunshine and all, it got so warm I actually took my coat off, but we'll save that for another post. 



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Coat: Bajina bašta
Blazer: Tailored for me
Jeans: Vintage+ DIY
Bag: Old+ DIY
Boots: Šimecki
Faux fur stole: old









ponedjeljak, 19. veljače 2018.

A Girl In a Red Gown ( Fashion illustration of the day)

Today I'm sharing a new fashion illustration with you. The medium is watercolour and markers on paper. The illustration depicts a girl wearing a red gown. I made this fashion illustration with the Chinese New Year in mind. I love the symbolism behind the colour red, so a red gown was a must. Another thing I love is this kind of dramatic and glam design, I mean what lady doesn't like over the top gowns with lots of details? This kind of dresses are enough to make us feel like princesses and queens, and we all need that once in a while.  This red gown also has flare (transparent) sleeves because I've been really into flare style lately. 


I wouldn't mind owing a dress like this one. Maybe I'll make it some day.  Who knows? Lately my eye wonders everything I pass by a textile/fabric shop. I'm always tempted to go in and buy tons of materials and fabrics, but I won't do that until I'm certain that I can commit to it. Making a dress is a very time-consuming process and I hate being wasteful so I will only buy a material if I'm certain that I will be able to make something out of it. Are you the same way? Anyhow, originally I planned to share this fashion illustration at the start of the Lunar year this Friday but I wasn't able to do it. I hope I'm not too late to wish you a Happy Lunar/Chinese Year. Thank you for reading. Have a lovely week everyone!