Advent Day 9: Snowflake Whisperer

Snowflake Whisperer: made with Photoshop
Snowflake Whisperer: made with Photoshop

Snowflake Whisperer

With the first snowfall, the girl went to a nearby forest to make a wish.

She did this every year.

She said the first snowfall brought magic with it.

After her wish was made, she’d close her eyes and listen.

She’d listen to the ancient stories the snowflakes had to tell.

No matter when and where,

they always had some wisdom to share.

 

Something I’ve noticed about the first snowfall of the season: it brings a special kind of magic with it.

I’ve observed how most people’s faces brighten up with a beaming smile upon seeing the first snowflakes descend from the sky.

Regardless of how big a frown they were wearing.

Even if for a mere moment only, a childlike innocence – originating from the depths of their souls – takes the lead.

And, for a fraction of a moment, their inner child can escape its cage and come out and play.

May we allow our inner child to play freely with all the snowflakes and beyond.


Good night everyone and pleasant dreams!


 

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Advent Day 8: Rudolph and Friends

 

Rudolph and Friends: made with Photoshop using my own preset brushes and Kyle T. Webster brushes
Rudolph and Friends: made with Photoshop using my own preset brushes and Kyle T. Webster brushes

 

After a long journey to the North Pole to find Rudolph and his friends, it seems they’d prefer to enjoy a little bit more time to themselves before the big day.

I hope you enjoyed, or are still enjoying a lovely 8th day of Advent.

As for me, I’m calling it a day.

See you tomorrow for the 9th day of Advent where you will also see featured: the #colour_collective colour Dark Phtalo Green.


Good Night and Sweetest of Dreams


Advent Day 3: Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Recipe

Yesterday’s illustration was inspired by a cinnamon hot chocolate I had made for myself because I was struggling with ideas and just needed to take a step back. It was a little miracle drink, as after a few sips, I knew what I wanted to create!

Today, on the third day of Advent I thought I’d share the recipe with you. So here we go:

Ingredients for one person:
(I use all organic produce)

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Two thumb-sized ginger roots (peeled and sliced in thin slices)
200 ml water
250 ml almond milk (unsweetened)
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp raw cocoa powder
23 drops of liquid stevia (or 1 tsp honey/raw cane sugar/maple syrup/agave syrup)

Yay! Let’s make it:

Peel and slice the ginger.
Bring the water with ginger to boil and let it simmer until the amount of water is reduced to about 150 ml.
While the ginger water is simmering:
Add the almond milk in a mixer cup (should be heat resistant) with all the other ingredients and blend a bit (I use a hand blender).
Add the hot ginger water and blend thoroughly until you’ve got it as fluffy as desired. You can also decorate the foam with a bit of cocoa powder in the end.

That’s it!

Now it’s time to grab your favourite glass, mug, cup, whatever makes you feel cosiest.

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Enjoy!

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This recipe is not carved in stone, it can be adapted to your taste buds’ liking and preference.

The reason why I do not suggest cow’s milk in this recipe:
Based on ayurvedic food combining principles, cocoa powder mixed with cow’s milk becomes toxic for the body.

Also, the reason I do not boil the almond milk is because, to me, the taste changes unfavourably. But, maybe you’ll like it.

If you are going to drink it cold, it could be tricky with the coconut oil as it will become thick and lumpy.

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If you do decide to make this drink, I’d love to hear how you like it!

 

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Advent Day 2: Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

I’ve celebrated the second day of Advent with a cinnamon hot chocolate (made with almond milk).

Advent Day 2: Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

Advent Day 2: Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

Apart from being heavenly delicious, it also inspired today’s illustration.

It helped me close my eyes, relax and mentally tune into the Advent season.

And of course, #colour_collective was the colour guide with its suggested colour Scarlet.

Well, when the days are short and the nights are long when the air is cold and crisp outside, it’s the perfect season to snuggle up in a comfy chair wrapped in a cosy blanket.

For extra warmth, I’ll wrap my hands around a cuppa cinnamon hot chocolate, and from then on, I’ll just be.

No book, no music, no yesterday, also no tomorrow, all that remains is the present moment.

The present moment.


Wishing everyone a snuggly evening!


Advent Day 1: Lone Fox

How did this happen!? It’s already December! Time is indeed merciless.

I planned on announcing that I would post an illustration a day leading up to Christmas, but somehow, time overtook my good intentions and we both arrived together on the first day of Advent with a lone fox.

A lone fox in the snow: made in Photoshop on a Wacom Cintiq22HD using Kyle T. Webster brushes (HB Pencil Pro, Belgian Comics 1, and Rough Pastel from Kyle's Drawing Box as well as Wamazing Soft from the Watercolour brushes
A lone fox in the snow: made in Photoshop on a Wacom Cintiq22HD using Kyle T. Webster brushes (HB Pencil Pro, Belgian Comics 1, and Rough Pastel from Kyle’s Drawing Box as well as Wamazing Soft from the Watercolour brushes

This one is based on  #PinchPunchPost’s theme (on Twitter) for December 1st. Today’s theme is a fox.

Although each day of this year’s Advent calendar shall naturally be a surprise for you, this much I can say in advance:

Friday’s illustrations will be combined with the given #colour_collective colour and I will probably keep going with the current style I am using.

Monday’s illustrations will – in the most likelihood – be combined with the fairy tale given by #Animal_Alphabets and I will try to stay true to the very sketchy style I used for Humpty Dumpty’s fall (see Instagram or Twitter).

And for the remaining days, I intend to experiment with further illustrating techniques and styles as well as editorial design by sharing some of my lifestyle, healthy food and natural beauty and well-being secrets with my readers (you can thank my sweet muse Anisa for that) 🙂 .

But for now:


Happy December to all my senior and junior followers,

as well as to my friends and family.

May you all have a magical one.


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Reindeers

Just a quick post for this evening’s #colour_collective colour Gold:

Reindeers for #colour_collective's colour Gold: made with Photoshop
Reindeers for #colour_collective’s colour Gold: made with Photoshop

 


May you all be safe and sound and experience an inspirational weekend!


Waiting for lunch

For today’s #animalmarch another quick iPad finger sketch with baby penguin standing ‘patiently’ in the snow waiting for lunch.

Penguin baby for #animalmarch day 6, iPad finger sketch made with Paper and Over
Penguin baby for #animalmarch day 6, iPad finger sketch made with Paper and Over