I’m so very very very excited to say that instagram has been so amazing as to feature me as one of the “suggested users” it’s such an honour and privilege. What happens when you become a suggested user is that you’re featured on their favourite list of people to follow for about 2 weeks, so when people sign up or look for user to follow, I get suggested, alongside a bunch of other talented people! This list updated with new talents every 2 weeks or so. It’s so ever coveted to be a part of this list, so I am incredibly grateful!
Here’s just a couple of projects I’ve been playing around with over on Instagram.
Where shadows dance on blank canvases of papers. I find that the shadows become the artwork itself. As minimal as art can get.
My favourite colour in the whole wide world is green-blue, I’ve coined the term and called it ‘grlue’. Just because seafoam/mint/whatever other people call it just doesn’t do it justice!
I’ve been addicted to Instagram ever since I started using it about a year ago, it’s my favourite form of social media because it’s so visual and interactive. It’s literally changed the way I see the world make me focus on capturing the tiny details of life that we often miss. It’s made me more creative, because I’m constantly surrounded with the most inspiring works from people I look up to all around the world. And the amount of friends I’ve made on it is immeasurable.
Thank you again instagram for the feature!
Make sure to drop by and say hello over on Instagram @belindalovelee
We’re in April, and that means my wedding is less than 2 months away! Oh my gosh!
Amongst all the wedding planning, I still have been working I promise, though I admit I get distracted at times. That’s the challenge about freelancing and working by yourself- your motivation to stay on track needs to be tip top especially when such exciting things are happening in life!
Here’s what I got up to in March.
1. We went wedding bouquet shopping. I’m not normally a flower crazy kind of girl, but just thinking about my wedding flowers got me real excited!
2. I got the most fantastic late birthday gift in the mail from my best friend who knows my grlue obsession to the tee. How awesome is this art roll?
3. Color blocking made of sky and land at Monknash.
5. I’ve been doing this little project over on instagram #sketchbook this one is my absolutely favourite so far.
6. Pretty little floral clippings.
7. Dainty illustrations come from teeny tiny brushes.
8. The Porch House has been by far one of the most quaint pubs I’ve ever stepped foot in. Just look at that decor.
Hope you’ve all had a lovely March.
Folk & Fest is Australian blog run by the lovely Alexandra, it features design + lifestyle dedicating itself to the small details and all things pretty in life. I was so privileged as to have kicked off the new interview series, ‘Creatives’ where I talk about why I got into design, what my day to day looks like, through to my creative process, and even the Powerpuff Girls! Take a read right here!
Also be sure to wonder around because the blog itself is just graced with the most beautiful of designerly things.
Alexandra is such a sweetheart, I’ve loved getting to know her. Thank you again for having me!
Kitty N. Wong is someone I am so blessed to call a friend. She also just happens to be a fantastic illustrator, and is among one of the most creative people I know. I confide with her frequently about all my creative struggles etc. and she has been such an encouragement and crucial part of my creative journey. We met in our university days, studying fashion together!
I thought I’d share three of the many tips I picked up from her recently blog post “How to Maker Better Art: 10 Ways to Develop a Creative Routine + Get Better" that helped me get a little more creative.
In the words of Kitty N. Wong:
It’s OK to make ugly stuff
Experiment in your sketchbook or scrap pieces of paper for even less pressure. It keeps your work fresh and you can find and explore new directions. Continually experiment.
Keep a schedule
Separate your time, don’t let it all blend together and all drag out. As a freelancer I struggle with this one and it’s my worst habit. Even 20 minutes of sketchbooking before going to bed helps me get new ideas.
Block out time for: experimenting / emails / promo / networking / inspiration gathering
(I, Belinda here, so need to do this!)
Try using larger sheets of paper/other materials
My natural impulse is to work small. I’m still secretly scared of messing up giant sheets up pristine expensive watercolour paper. But as you get better try going bigger, it’ll free up the way you work.
(And this too! I’m always so scared of wasting that expensive paper.)
Handlettering by Kitty N. Wong
To read the full post and get even more inspired visit her blog. A while back I got to work with her in collaboration on her website, hence why you might recognise her presence on here! Also don’t forget to check out her oh so amazing illustrations on kittynwong.com and keep up with her on instagram @kittynwong