Donkey skin – Book illustrations

Donkey skin – Book illustrations by Sandra and Bruno Rilova:

 Simple colours, yet beautiful story telling in these intricate book illustrations with a woodblock printing look.



BACK on WordPress!


And back on Instagram too @articulateart – with pictures from the dazzling city of Hong Kong =)


(The Wipe Out Exhibit by Invader @invaderwashere that just ended on the 17th)

So what have I been up to……….

I made a new year’s resolution to read more this year and I just finished a duology! =D

The covers and titles just captured me; the cover art are absolutely amazing.

The first book is called The Assassin’s Curse, while the second one is called The Pirates’ Wish.

the assassins curse the pirates wish

 Assassins and Pirates – need I say more?

Apparently there’s a third book that’s a prologue called The Witch’s Betrayal but I haven’t gotten to it yet.

If you enjoyed the Pirates of the Caribbean (at least the first one for me), I’m sure you will enjoy them.

A light Y.A. read with pirates, assassins, and magic/ mystical creatures all mixed into one potion.

Songs that go with the books :

London Grammar – Wicked Game

Borns – Electric Love

Mat Kearney – Ships in the Night

Hyorin – Lonely

Muse – Starlight

Not going to give away which scenes they should be played at.  No spoilers 😉

The book had a lot of criticisms on book review sites, and many parts of it were true… but I still enjoyed it as a light read.  Perhaps I’ll save it for another post if any of you are interested.

DIY: Decorating the Bookshelf

My bookshelf is a normal Ikea bookshelf. I used to stick some labels and magazine strips on it, but it looked a bit boring in my room, so I decided to use some pink laced rose and laced ribbon patterned tape to decorate it.

Aren’t they lovely? 

I decided that two layers looked better than one. What do you think?

I think it can work well with other fabric tapes as well.

All pictures taken by ArticulateArt.

Singles on Valentine’s Day

Aside from the much suspected commercial aspect of Valentine’s Day and that it is mainly focused on couples, I think it is also a good time for singles to reflect on what they already have and the people that are in their lives.

Anyway, just some ideas for singles on how to spend Valentine’s Day (works for any day really, ie. when all your friends have dates/plans) unless you’re planning on not celebrating it and ignoring the day:


1. Read a sweet novel such as Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice or Northanger Abbey. (Always nice to do some leisure reading in a comfy cafe with a hot drink.)

2. Watch romantic films or dramas. I guess this could be good and bad at the same time, because one might focus on the “lack of”, but watching them can really make one happy! I think sometimes there are good ideas that can be taken from them. Plus, be thankful you don’t have to go through emotional rollercoasters such as the ones in those dramas (depending on how dramatic it is)!

3. Write letters to yourself in the future (say for the you in a year), and/or write letters to your “future love”. It will be interesting to come back to it in a year’s time and see if you’ve changed your views. Then fold it into a heart =)

4. Listen to happy and upbeat music like She & Him, Pete Yorn & Scalett Johansson, Belle & Sebastian, and The Bird and the Bee. Some chill or more peaceful music like Caroline Lufkin’s ‘All I Need’ and ‘Swimmer’, and Cafe Americaine’s ‘L’amour’ also good.  Enya’s music works for anytime really, and Ronan Hardiman’s ‘Love Song’ and ‘Far Away’ are great too. I have realised that the type of music one listens to can really affect one’s emotions, and so I’ve decided to listen to more positive and cheery type of songs. 

5. Make plans with other single friends! Shopping or whatever!

6. Treat yourself to something nice, whether it’s for your stomach or your skin. Use this time to rejuvenate yourself before the right time and person comes along!

No Such Thing as a Boring Bookshelf

These bookshelves definitely inspires creativity and encourage reading (or the purchase of books?)! Not only are they useful, they’re also eye-catching focal pieces.

MYDNA bookshelf by Joel Escalona:

Love how DNA inspires the idea that bookshelves could “swirl”.

Byronmuller Office’s Bookshelves by darkitectura:

Warped bookshelf by Sang Hoon Kim:

Transparent bookshelves by Jakob and MacFarlane:

This bookshelf would look even nicer if they put a light underneath it for the colours to reflect on the wall.

Cave by Sakura Adachi:

Now you can sit in your bookshelf and read!

Storylines by Studio Frederik Roije:

This would look cool in a studio and add colour to the wall! No other decorations needed! Also comes in white!

2011 Calendars

So it’s the second week into 2011. Have you changed your calendar yet?

It’s not too late if you haven’t made up your mind yet or you can always have an extra one for the room 😉

You may find this strange, but I usually get my calendars after the new year (perhaps its forgetfulness).

Derek Bowers’ one page 2011 calendar:

I like the colours and how it’s a cycle, and the dates are set out in a circle.

Eno Greetings’ Plant Pot 2011 calendar: (“the traditional flipping type”)

You water it from January, and as months pass by and you flip through them, it slowly grows into a tree! How great is that!

BMDM Icalender’s IPhone 2011 Calendar:

If you love the iPhone – this might be perfect for you! But then I’d have to ask, why can’t you just check the calendar on the real one?

Jetoy’s Choo Choo 2011 Calendar:

If you’re a cat lover, you might like this one page starry eyed kitty calendar:

All the calendars except the first one are taken from pinkprincess. I’m sure there are other sites which sell them as well.

Aside from the flipping type calendar, I also like to keep a pocket calendar/diary/agenda.

Cath Kidston 2011 Agendas:

This is the one I’m currently using which inspires me to travel:

It is designed by Design DaDa from Korea. Here are a few other designs by them:

Do you have the habit of keeping a pocket calendar/diary/agenda, a one page calendar, or the “traditional flipping type” calendar?

Feel free to make any comments!