Personalized children's book

Hi my friend,

it has been awhile since my last post. I have been working on my new website, it is almost done and I will launch it really soon but until than this blog will still be active.

These past few months were very hectic, emotional and busy. We moved to a new apartment this year because of the burglary in our old apartment we were renting. Some of my precious things I got from both of my late grandmothers were stolen which makes me very sad. But life goes on and we need to focus on positive things.

After all those things were over I started working on a great project for a girl who has lived in 5 different counties. I painted 6 small paintings for her, each presenting one city she had lived in. Than I asked her mom to write stories about each city and I designed her a small book.

 Personalized book for Natalia

Personalized book for Natalia

I also made few toys and a cloud pillow with her favorite pets for her.

 Hand painted cloud cuddle pillow

Hand painted cloud cuddle pillow

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 Hand painted toys and room decor

Hand painted toys and room decor

Sending you my smile with love,
Dominika

Personalized gifts

Hi my dear friend!

It was so busy these days over at my studio. I left a big mess which I need to clean now because I am closing the studio for a long holiday season. I know I won't be able to just lay down and do nothing but with lots of traveling I probably won't be able to do much. That is why I had to finish a lot of personalized commissions and I am so happy with all of them.

Paintings for the nursery room

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Pillows as a gift for an arriving babies

Decoration and a toy for an arriving baby

Framed hand painted dolls and quotes (toilette signs for a restaurant in Doha). I made these signs last year for them but unfortunately one doll got stolen so I was asked to make new ones.

And a sugar comes last: a hand painted dress for a baby girl.

Now I am off to ship everything and end my working season with a big celebration trip to California.

Sending you my smile with love,
Dominika

Hand painted keepsakes

Hi my dear friend!

I have to admit last two weeks I had a real fun creating unique pieces for my brilliant customers. I've made more of my hand painted toys and couple of hand painted t-shirts. All of them are going to be presents, toys for arriving babies and t-shirts are wedding favors for kids, how nice! Each of them is one of a kind and totally personalized with words or names.

I have already introduced you little elephant Bibi in my last post and these are puppy Tootie and bear Rony. Puppy Tootie is a cutie with a lovely headband which can be taken off and a bear Rony has a cute little baseball hat and a pompom tail.

 Hand painted toy Puppy Tootie

Hand painted toy Puppy Tootie

 Hand painted toy bear Rony

Hand painted toy bear Rony

Some of the photos of the newest hand painted t-shirts have been already posted on my Instagram and Facebook page and a few people were asking for tutorial on how to paint on clothes.

I use special colors for fabrics which after they dry need to be fixed with the iron so that they don't wash off. One trick I use is also that I first draw on the clothes the image I want to paint with a special marker which evaporates after a while or can be removed with a wet piece of cloth. I sometimes use wet Q-tips for small area I want to clean. After I have the drawing, I use different sizes of brushes I usually use for painting with acrylics on canvas and those special colors for fabrics. My favorite brand so far has been Javana but I use other brands I find in local art supplies shops too. I will for sure make that tutorial and post it everywhere to encourage you to try it :D

 Hand painted boy's t-shirt "Cat Happy"

Hand painted boy's t-shirt "Cat Happy"

Share your hand painted projects with me please!!!

Sending you my smile with love,
Dominika

Is blogging dying?

Hi my dear friend!

I have to admit I was really bad and was not in the mood of writing my usual Wednesday's posts. I was even considering to stop with this blog and make a static web site... and then... this email arrived to my mailbox yesterday:

Is Blogging Dying? This is What I Think! by Mayi Carles

So, no I am not deleting this blog, I am not making a static web site, I am keeping this blog but will consider to do some changes so I can include my portfolio and display my products a bit better.

I was not active for a really long time so would like to share some of the projects I was working on during this long period.

LOGO AND A BUSINESS CARD DESING

I was really honored when a girl from a community I was leading while living in Doha - QatART,  asked me to create a logo for her small business. She wanted to have an illustration of an animal meerkat and to be cheerful and colorful. So I started with some sketches and once she decided on a sketch and a color palette I made an illustration and hand calligraphy for her logo. She also asked me to design her business cards. So here is my process, hope you will enjoy it :)

Another project were two personalized hand painted cloud pillows, which are great as a decor in a kids rooms.

 HAND PAINTED CLOUD CUDDLE PILLOW

HAND PAINTED CLOUD CUDDLE PILLOW

1ST BIRTHDAY

I couldn't resist to make a little painting for my niece's first birthday, and I've also created a birthday card with that illustration and her older brother (4yo) wrote her name on a piece of paper which I turned into vector and added to the card.

After posting the illustration on my social media I was asked to do a toy so I made a toy as well and I love it, I love all about this little unicorn Luci :D

Than my dear friend gave birth to a little baby girl Tilda and I painted her bodysuit with the same unicorn. 

Hope you enjoyed my projects. Please feel free to ask anything in a comment section bellow or post a comment on my Facebook Page or Instagram. And if you are shy I am always here to answer your email so send any question you like to ask at cherubins3@gmail.com

Sending you my smile with love,
Dominika

Merry Christmas and a blessed 2016!!!

CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY COLLECTION 2015

Earlier this month, I showed you my Christmas/Holiday illustrations. Then I was blessed to find a great printing company here in Cracow which produced a little collection for me - art prints, greetings cards, gift tags and bookmarks.  Everything looks great. Here are some photos and more you can find on my Facebook Page.

 Christmas collection "Magical Christmas tree"

Christmas collection "Magical Christmas tree"

So….I just want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU, for all your likes and comments about these illustrations on social media and in messages. Also a big thank you to Make Art That Sells blog for featuring my "Santa is a girl!" collection.

There was also a giveaway on my Instagram and Facebook and four lucky ladies won my Christmas/Holiday cards. Thank you all who participated. There are still few cards, gift tags, bookmarks and prints left so let me know if you are interested by sending me an email to cherubins3@gmail.com

HANDPAINTED TOYS/DECOR

I am not sure if I told you that I joined the workshop at Slow Fashion Cafe organized by Slow Fashion Design IWAK group (International Women Association Krakow)? So, I am going there once a week and I am sewing my creations. 

So far I've made five toys, two pillows and a play mat/bag (which has not been at the photo shooting yet so I will show you the mat in my next blog post). 

 hand painted toys "Winter collection"

hand painted toys "Winter collection"

 hand painted cuddle pillow "Lion Filip"

hand painted cuddle pillow "Lion Filip"

 hand painted cuddle pillow "Hedgehog Lucija"

hand painted cuddle pillow "Hedgehog Lucija"

TWO SHOWS

Last weekend I was participating in two shows together with two amazing artisans from Cracow Ewa of Blue Dot and Iza of Nacotopocoto. On Saturday at kids design market called Krakow ŁAŁ at FORUM Przestrzenie and on Sunday at Art&Food Bazar at Pauza in Garden. It was an interesting experience to hear and see the reactions at my work, to meet my potential clients and to interact with other vendors. I had a lovely time at both shows.

My plans for holidays include lots of traveling so unfortunately I won't be able to write my blog posts every two weeks. See you again next year and until then follow me on Instagram or Facebook!

I wish you a very very merry Christmas and a blessed and full of joy and happiness 2016!!!

Sending you my smile with lots of love!

Dominika