Yesterday afternoon, I was ecstatic to attend a talk by Freya Blackwood, one of my favourite illustrators. I first knew about her when I moved to Orange (where she currently lives!) – I think I was googling for local creative people and her name popped up many times. And then, when one of my favourite cafes – The Agrestic Grocer opened, I found out that she painted the mural in the cafe (which is beautiful!).
The best experience I had was when I went into a house, which was open for inspection…and found that the house-owners then had sooo many of her prints on their walls – it was magical – and the most serendipitous thing was when I became friends with the owners (not through the house inspection, and a couple of years later) and saw the beautiful prints again at their new place.
*took some sneaky pics with my phone before the talk started*
You can imagine my excitement when I was finally able to meet Freya in person at her talk yesterday! I was trying my best to keep my composure but of course was a bit star-struck when I managed to speak to her after her talk. She is the most down-to-earth person and treats everyone at the talk like they’re dear friends. It was such a lovely experience to listen to her talk – there were snippets of her childhood, her journey through design & illustration, and the illustration process behind her picture books. She also read through her upcoming book ‘Perfect‘, which is the sweetest story (for both young and old!). We were also able to flip through her books, her process drawings & final artworks for the books (!!!) after the talk. I really enjoyed every part of it – there was a little toddler screaming at intervals throughout the talk, and I think she was probably super excited to see Freya too, haha!
Freya recently won 3 awards at the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards in the following categories – Picture Book, Early Childhood and Younger Readers. What an amazing achievement! Here are some of my favourites from this talented beautiful woman.
Colouring books have been all the rage for a while now and I can’t help but join in the fun! I’ll be offering free colouring sheets for you to enjoy colouring just for fun, to take away some stress, to practice some mindfulness, or just because you want to do something with your fingers! Perhaps a colouring sheet a fortnight – would you like that? Let me know in the comments!
A behind-the-scenes look at creating the first colouring sheet. This is me tracing over the pencil-sketch before scanning the sheet and cleaning it up on the computer.
This is impatient me colouring it in – I’m sure you’ll do a much better job! This first colouring sheet is full of mountains & things that grow on the mountains. What things do you like to colour? Let me know so I can draw them for you!
When you’re done with your colouring, do share it with me on Instagram (tag and hashtag whimsymilieu so that I know!) Have fun!~
In a recent post, I revealed my new logo and also promised to share the rest of my ‘re-brand’…so here it is! I’m a little bit nervous about sharing this but,.. why not?
Firstly, I gathered images for my inspiration board, which resulted in this:
This helped me decide on my logo re-design, colour palette, as well as other elements. Although, I’ll have to admit that my colour palette (you’ll see below) ended up brighter than the overall feel of the inspiration board. Can’t resist some bright colours in our lives, right?
And why the hexagon in my logo? First and foremost, I’m a geometric fan, and also a few other factors:
it has 6 sides, and the meanings of 6 include communication, interfacing, balance & union (which I reckon are very essential elements in design)
the hexagon is the pattern of the beehive honeycomb – I love honey! And bees are very cooperative & hardworking – which I am (unless when I’m procrastinating…)
the hexagon appears a lot in nature – I love nature, who doesn’t?
And here’s a very quick glance at the elements of my brand identity. To be honest, I do regret not coming up with proper brand identity design for Whimsy Milieu back in the early days…but better to be late than sorry right? And also, one’s aesthetics do change with time, so now’s a good time as any. Tada!
Both print & web collaterals are still in the works, and I’ll be sure to share them with you! I’m really enjoying the process, and I hope to be able to help out with other small business owners’ brand identity design too!
The whole internet and people everywhere are crazy about ceramics, and I’m no exception haha. I’m patiently waiting for when we move to our new place, so I can purge all our mass-produced crockery & vessels/containers and replace them with beautiful, handmade ceramic ware. One can dream, right? Here are some of my favourites~
In a post earlier this year, I mentioned that I will be making some major changes to this website. A couple of months ago, I switched from the free WordPress to a self-hosted one, which was quite a nerve-wrecking process but also exciting. I also got rid of a couple of blog categories that were not relevant anymore – I am still working on that and hope to focus on more meaningful & thoughtful content on this blog.
Over the past week, I decided to give the Whimsy Milieu brand identity a face-lift. Various factors (personal & business) have given me the push I needed to move in a (hopefully) better direction for my business (and I don’t see my business as just a separate part of my life – it is intrinsic to my life and why shouldn’t it; it’s my passion after all).
I know I do not have a lot of readers that follow my blog, but I have just changed some things around here last night – you might have noticed the new logo? I kept it very similar to my previous one as I still like it a lot (I hand-crafted the ‘W’ and ‘M’ myself), and tweaked it to better reflect my aesthetics now (which has changed quite a bit since the beginning of my business).
Here’s how my primary logo looks like before and after the face-lift. I will be sharing the rest of my ‘re-brand’ in a later post, so stay tuned!
Creating treasuries on Etsy are always fun – however, it usually takes a bit of time to come up with a really beautiful treasury. I had a bit of spare time today after quite a productive morning, so I created this ‘4th of July’ treasury – just because. Haha! And also, I’ve just listed a red-blue-white pretzel necklace in my shop – it’s been hanging in my studio for quite a few weeks now; and it reckons this week is a good time to meet the world!
There’s a new necklace in my shop that I like very much! The idea of an acorn terrarium first came to me when I was sketching in my sketchbook – and I liked it so much I immediately turned it into a necklace! Similar to my pretzel and mountain necklaces, this acorn terrarium necklace is handpainted on wood – on both sides – and is now available in my Etsy shop! Grab one for the woodland-fan in you!