Hello there, I know I’ve been a little bit MIA lately, but hey, now I have some news for you! I had the honour to make some illustrations for the Summer issue of the fab SisterMAG! I was so inspired that I made more illustrations that I was asked for…;) The illustrations had to be inspired somehow by Vicky Baum’s novel “People in Hotels”, so after some research, I started painting…you know, stripes are one of my fave patterns, so […]
Summer time! What are your plans for this summer? I’m staying in Madrid, so I’ll just dream about summery clothes and shoes 🙂 Do you like this colour combination? Have a great day! Serena
Let’s start the week with another watercolour: gardenias this time, always from my balcony. I’m am literally fighting against the sad fate of this plant: here in Madrid the temperature is always dry, and apparently this beauty needs moisture. So I’m arranging things to set her right. Is someone in the same situation?! On the other hand, I think it’s time to stop painting plants, at least for now, I feel like painting fashion accessories, well, most because I have […]
So, I’ve got a sewing machine and I cannot stop experimenting with textiles and colours right now! This is a little project I started weeks ago, to make myself an apron. I used a very simple fabric and sewed the pieces with a yellow thread. Secret: I shamelessly copied the shape of the old one I have in my kitchen…you know, to have something to start with and also because..I had no idea how to do it! Then I went […]
I admit I love my mother’s balcony & garden plants, so I’m kind of recreating my little green space here, in the middle of the city! Hierba buena, laurel and rosemery and I intend to buy basil and thyme also…Well, I don’t have vases like these, I made those decorations up completely, but actually they could make a good project, right?! Next time I’ll paint my vases. Ok. Btw, this illustration is part of a series about plants and I […]
I started this watercolour before going to Malaysia and didn’t look at any picture for inspiration, I just imagined how I wished to be dressed, the period, the scene… A friend just told me it could be the outfit of some female character from The Great Gatsby movie. She’s right! It could. So I guess I imagined to dive in the 20s! Well, I wish I could travel dressed like this, certainly not the best outfit for any asian adventure […]
Hello! Here it is one of the pattern I am working on this summer, this time mixing different subjects but with the same repeating pattern style as in the alpargatas watercolour. – I have to admit I was inspired by colorful & fantastic Mr Bright Bazaar to re-make this kind of pattern, so thank you Will! 😉 Next could be one of the earring mixed with the shoes, or… director chairs of different colors?! Who knows! Also, I am thinking […]
This is my first totally handmade tote! I just bought a sewing machine, so I wanted to put it to use. I had this really simple fabric, so the first thing to do for me was a tote bag. I like this simple red spots pattern, it reminds me of strawberries actually. So one face of the tote is full of them while the other is empty. I’ll be doing more of them, I hope you like it! Here you […]
This is a pattern I really love – I made it one day, on a little paper, it was just a sketch, a note I took fo a beautiful drawing I saw somewhere. I really would like to use it one day. Actually, I see it as an ideal pattern for bathroom tiles…we’ll see. 🙂
This is the notebook I customized for my friend Diego, it was his birthday! – Everything is handmade, from the bookbinding to the illustration. Well, who wouldn’t like a present like this for his birthday…uh?! Hope you like it! – he liked it, well, at least he said so 🙂 Serena
That’s right…watercolors. Lemon, Orange and Agua : these are the colors I’m in love with right now. This is a pattern I made a few days ago, I was looking for a simple design to apply to a white-cream cotton bag. Do you like it? 🙂
Among the notebooks I made during the past 6 months I chose the one that was most pinned, or mentioned…the one that received the highest score. So I’ve made almost 30 different kinds, all A6 and with different colours. I’ve also produced 4 little A7 notebooks and 4 bookmarks, as prototypes for the moment. The colours used for the carboards are: Pink, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Black. The colours used for the pages are: Green, Orange, Yellow, Beige, Lavender. […]
A client from Italy emailed me with specifics about a notebook she wanted to have ready for her mother’s birthday in June. Her mother likes to bake cakes and cookies, so the illustrations should have been about sweets. She chose the papers for the covers and I took some pics here to study the possible results. I had some hard time deciding the subject for the pop-up and finally ended up with a cake. Yesterday she emailed me telling […]
This watercolours patterns are based on some previous geometric patterns I made. I wanted to change them a bit, so I tried to fit botanical forms into geometrical shapes and I’m kind of happy with the results, if you look well at it you’ll see soya leaves, roses, artichokes, someone collecting them…;)) I’m really enjoying making these watercolours and I’ll be making more.. Hope you’ll like them too!
This notebook has the same decoration as the green one I made some month ago. I’ve always wanted to start a series using this kind of cover, so this is the first variation. The difference here is that I added a brown cardboard flyleaf that repeats the same cut edges the cover has. The illustrations on the cover are handmade. Traditional binding system, blank recycled pages. I hope you’ll like it 😉 Ps..: If you’re interested, you can buy it […]
Lately I’ve been using watercolours to study new patterns. This is part of a new project called “digital vs handmade”, where I’m going to produce the same pattern in both ways: Illustrator vs watercolours. In this case, while I was painting I didn’t have a drawing to follow…it was more automatic or spontaneous. I believe it’s a good exercise to express the inner creativity. Sometimes I find out really good patterns that way 😉 I’ll soon post a stop-motion video I […]
Here it is my latest work: a , based on this one. My client told me that her friend (the final recipient) was fond of nature, birds and bright colors. COVER// We agreed to use the same style of colorful papers I already used for other diaries on my blog. By the way..I buy them here in Madrid, in the Tiger shop. (Someone asked me if it was possible to buy them online, but I don’t think so..). The front […]
I mean to use this illustration for a notebook/photo album. I was going to make more, but now I’m not so sure. May be I’ll change it a bit more. The design of the flowers is from the Grafiche Tassotti paper I’ll use to the cover the cardboard. The orginal idea was to draw something on vegetal paper to decorate the photo album part. I wanted to stay on the same subject.. Well, I hope you’ll like it;) (Source: http://player.vimeo.com/)
This A6 diary was made for a client as a birthday present for a friend. He chose among my agendas the one with the cut edges, but he wanted something more..like some surprise inside. So I used the same decoration on the cover for the illustrations that are inside, on the vegetal paper pages. There’s a vegetal paper with an illustration each 8 plain pages. The cover is simple red cardboard. The flyleaves are also cardboard (double sided color black/white). […]
I wanted to share part of the creation process, the illustration stage. To take a picture every 4 or five lines could be very frustrating, that’s why after the break, I started to go faster! 😉 This illustration is made on vegetal paper with black ink (0.3). This page will wrap other 4 plain pages to be a signature. This book will have 10 signatures. There will be a pop-up in this book and I’ll use there the same flower […]
A6 size, dark and sexy diary made for a female client who, I’m told, loves exotic flavours. The black paper I used to cover the cardboard is handmade and comes from India, the little silver-colored spots are embossed on the surface. The first two and last two pages are fashioned as a photo album. Every 8 pages there’s a handmade illustration on vegetal paper. All the drawings feature different part of the same image. I did that illustration during my […]
This notebook (size A5) is sewed using the traditional cord system. Its “uniqueness” is simply in the handmade ink drawings I did on the cover. I was tempted to fill all the surface with flowers, but finally I decided to put them on the right, where I could cut the edges to give an ultimate effect. At least, three of my last works have green paper!! It’s my green period 😉 Hope you’ll like it.
“Second Edition” of this prototype, now created for a specific client. In this occasion I changed the illustrations, which obviously are not about my trip in Asia, but about flowers. 15×10 cm, traditional cord binding system. I bought the paper in the Tiger shop here in Madrid.
First agenda of a series about hobbies and professions. The ink illustration and the title on the cover are handmade and handwritten. The binding is also handmade using the traditional chords binding system.
This is the first agenda I made. I sewed the signatures with cords and used a strong cardboard to make the hard cover. The agenda, which is a present for a friend’s birthday, is filled with drawings (1 drawing every 8 pages), has a pop-up at the end and has a pocket with 6 decorated papers notes.