November favourites – part1

Because Inktober has ended, I decided to do another project for November – posting my top favourite artists in my stories on Instagram. But because they are only visible for 24 hours, I’ll post them in 3 parts here too. Some of them is really famous, some of them deserves a lot more attention, getting known by others, so just enjoy my selection πŸ™‚ And if you get inspired for Christmas shopping, all of them has an online shop, so you know, “support small” when you can!

Eva Nemeth
incredible atmospheric photos
website
instagram

Lisa Congdon
such a motivation
website
instagram

Rebel Challenger
animal-lover with lovely humour
website
instagram

Stitch Stuff and Co
all the accuracy and fun
website
instagram

Dinara Mirtalipova
distinctive colour palette and lots of details
website
instagram

Bethan Janine
amazing harmony of the colours and all the details
website
instagram

Nadia Hassan
amazing inktober idea, photos and colours
website
instagram

Tim Budgen
the sweetest characters
website
instagram

Alisa Burke
bright colours and flowers and freedom
website
instagram

Amanda Claire Designs
the expert of pretty, detailed daily drawings
website
instagram

I hope you enjoyed list of my first ten favourites, see you in 10 days again? I hope so πŸ™‚ Have a nice week, Everyone!

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Sunday is my favourite #8

The most interesting day of the week for me is always Sunday. That is my first day-off from my normal day-job, which means the first proper working day as an illustrator and surface pattern designer. So if I am able to, I like to start it early, do a bit of work and then follow the rest of my plans – which is usually more work or meeting my Sister.

I thought I’d make a series about how my Sundays look like, and the reasons for that:

* I have a really bad memory, so I’d like to have sg like a diary, but I cannot do that on paper, because I’d love to insert photos, but my printer is broken..
* Also I’d like to share useful things with you, like how to make yourself happy with a tiny thing (e.g. the joy of making a cup of coffee), places to visit (mostly in London, because I live here), what books or blogs to read etc.

Hello Everyone πŸ™‚ I have simply forgotten to post last Sunday’s “Sunday is my favourite” post.. I am tired. Very tired.. I have been working a lot, some unexpected problems came up as well, so even though I started to write this post on Sunday, I never finished it until today, when I realised I completely forgot about it.

My Sunday wasn’t too exciting though, I mean it was good for me, got up early (5am) to work on my Etsy shop and Pinterest page, went to the Farmer’s Market, painted some Inktober pics (some missing ones and some in advance as well, because I knew I won’t have time during the week), talked to my family on the phone, baked some snacks, so I am just going to show you a few photos of my day, I hope you will still like it πŸ™‚

viktoria.rodek.etsy.originals.indigo.folkso this is how the shop looks like

viktoria.rodek.inktober.original.ink.painting.onmydeskwork in progress (this is not always how messy my desk is when I paint, but.. usually it is, ’cause even though it’s a simple pattern with one colour, I need all this stuff πŸ™‚ )

viktoria.rodek.cake.sweet.wordpress.blogbanana bread and cranberry balls πŸ™‚ (don’t like cooking, but I love eating, especially sweets, so baking is fine.. πŸ™‚ )

viktoria.rodek.inktober.folk.original.setmore Inktober pieces

Well, that’s all for today, I hope you liked this post, planning to create more exciting content, I just need tiiiimeeee….. πŸ™‚

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Sunday is my favourite #7

The most interesting day of the week for me is always Sunday. That is my first day-off from my normal day-job, which means the first proper working day as an illustrator and surface pattern designer. So if I am able to, I like to start it early, do a bit of work and then follow the rest of my plans – which is usually more work or meeting my Sister.

I thought I’d make a series about how my Sundays look like, and the reasons for that:

* I have a really bad memory, so I’d like to have sg like a diary, but I cannot do that on paper, because I’d love to insert photos, but my printer is broken..
* Also I’d like to share useful things with you, like how to make yourself happy with a tiny thing (e.g. the joy of making a cup of coffee), places to visit (mostly in London, because I live here), what books or blogs to read etc.

Today’s post will be a my-day-in-pictures post. Because I didn’t make a proper time schedule, however I have had a very productive day, but not a lot of interesting things to talk about πŸ™‚

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first I had to transfer some sketches to the watercolour papers for the missing three Inktober paintings (and that’s my lovely lightbox, I can’t tell how much it makes my job easier)
then I went to the Farmer’s Market (love the colours of autumn, don’t you?)
and I had to walk home with tons of heavy stuff, so I thought I deserve a coffee πŸ™‚
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did you now there is a Time Capsule list on Spotify? probably based on the year we were born it counts when we were teenagers? because it’s pretty accurate for me, and I don’t normally listen to these songs, so the list cannot be inspired by that. whatever the reason, I loved this list yesterday, I was a big fan of Westlife, then Green Day (not at the same time though, haha), then The Goo Goo Dolls, but I also loved this song The Call by Backstreet Boys, Wannabe by Spice Girls of course, so yes, the list is great πŸ™‚Β 
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I painted the missing Inktober pages
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and I uploaded them in my Etsy shop

I hope you’ve had a nice Sunday too, see you next week! πŸ™‚

Sunday is my favourite #6

The most interesting day of the week for me is always Sunday. That is my first day-off from my normal day-job, which means the first proper working day as an illustrator and surface pattern designer. So if I am able to, I like to start it early, do a bit of work and then follow the rest of my plans – which is usually more work or meeting my Sister.

I thought I’d make a series about how my Sundays look like, and the reasons for that:

* I have a really bad memory, so I’d like to have sg like a diary, but I cannot do that on paper, because I’d love to insert photos, but my printer is broken..
* Also I’d like to share useful things with you, like how to make yourself happy with a tiny thing (e.g. the joy of making a cup of coffee), places to visit (mostly in London, because I live here), what books or blogs to read etc.

Hey Everyone,

Today’s post will be a bit different, because I spent a few days in Copenhagen, so on Sunday I actually spent my day with traveling and unpacking and catching up with my usual everyday stuff, so I did have a productive day, but it wasn’t that interesting, so I thought I’d rather share a few pictures with you about my trip πŸ™‚
The basic story behind this mini holiday: this was our first sister-trip with Fanni, my Sister. We were never able to afford this in the past, but finally we are grown-ups to do this now πŸ™‚ We didn’t even spend a lot on this, we found cheap flight tickets (it was already a bit chilly this time of the year in Copenhagen, but you know, cheap tickets for a little colder weather=totally worth it πŸ™‚ ), we found a room on airbnb, not a whole flat, but a lovely room in a lovely girl’s home (we just spent a few hours to sleep there anyway πŸ™‚ ), and we didn’t spend much on food, except coffee and pastries.. :))

IMG_9002great cafe, lovely staff, wonderful coffee, amazing cinnamon roll – everything just spot on.. we tried a few cafes, but this was our top favourite, it’s called
The Coffee Collective

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DSC_0104also we love walking and exploring things that way, which is always free πŸ™‚ (maybe just a bit rainy occasionally πŸ™‚ )

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DSC_0131the botanical garden is amazing too… definitely a must see – if you love parks and plants of course

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DSC_0164boat trip

DSC_0169Nyhavn

IMG_9113on Saturday it was raining like crazy, and unfortunately our shoes didn’t manage it too well, so instead of walking and seeing more undiscovered streets and beautiful houses, we visited Design Museum Danmark, and look at this beautiful embroidery…!

IMG_9144also amazing chairs…! (and my Sister πŸ™‚ )

IMG_9083and a light indigo and a light mustard house next to each other?
best two houses ever πŸ™‚

That’s it for today, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post πŸ™‚ If you are planning to visit Copenhagen, don’t hesitate to ask, not like I’m an expert, but maybe I can answer some questions.
Have a lovely week!

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Sunday is my favourite #5

The most interesting day of the week for me is always Sunday. That is my first day-off from my normal day-job, which means the first proper working day as an illustrator and surface pattern designer. So if I am able to, I like to start it early, do a bit of work and then follow the rest of my plans – which is usually more work or meeting my Sister.

I thought I’d make a series about how my Sundays look like, and the reasons for that:

* I have a really bad memory, so I’d like to have sg like a diary, but I cannot do that on paper, because I’d love to insert photos, but my printer is broken..
* Also I’d like to share useful things with you, like how to make yourself happy with a tiny thing (e.g. the joy of making a cup of coffee), places to visit (mostly in London, because I live here), what books or blogs to read etc.

I think I’m going to write the blogpost based on my list with the timings again – it might be useful for you as well to use a this kind of schedule if you like to procrastinate or you just often don’t know where your time disappeared!

5:20Β Good morning coffee and organising thoughts πŸ™‚

5:40 – 7:00Β Finishing some greeting card designs for my agent.

7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast and clearing up the room for the day πŸ™‚

8:00 – 9:00 Talking to my Mum. That’s my Sunday routine, I like having this kind of habits, it gives me stability.

9:00 – 10:00 Talking to my Dad. And getting some photo lessons on Facetime, because he loves taking photos, he explains really well, and I am a moron πŸ™‚ Our lense was broken, so we needed a new one, and we bought one step better, so now I really want to learn some information to use it well. Look at this baby πŸ™‚

10:00 – 11:00Β Talking to my Sister and going to the Farmer’s Market. (I don’t talk always this much on the phone, usually I do not call my family all in one day, but Sundays are different, that’s when we have time to see each other too.) Also, I have written a little bit of my opinion about Farmer’s Markets here if you fancy reading it πŸ™‚

11:00 – 11:30Β Coffee and snack πŸ™‚

this is the whole set of ceramics Aston Pottery made with my
watercolour robins on for Kew Gardens πŸ™‚

11:30 – 15:00Β INKTOBER starts today! I have never participated before, but this year I thought It will be a good practice, because I love colours so much, I need to focus Β more on the shapes now and reduce the colours, at least for a month. And I have actually been in love with indigo for a while anyway, I decided to use indigo for this project too.
So I have painted today’s page and I have made some sketches for the next ones – because I am such a slow gal when it comes to painting, I cannot let myself do the thinking, sketching and painting all in one day each day for the whole month, because as you may know I have a dayjob as well. I am also going away for a few days, so I need to think in advance πŸ™‚ (more info about that next week πŸ™‚ )

15:00 – 15:30Β Lunch

15:30 – 18:00Β Trying some new recipes, making some surprise food for my Love, because he has to be on a special diet, so it’s always a challenge what ha can eat, the list is very-very short, so often he looks around, and then eats nothing instead, because it’s just so boring. Also it’s definitely going to be a nice surprise because I don’t like cooking or baking… (baking is a slightly better…) πŸ™‚ But this time I made some veggie crisps and apple twists. None of them is perfect but the enthusiasm of trying something makes it better, I believe πŸ™‚

18:00 – 20:00Β Researching and sketching for a new commission, I can show you a little bit, I think πŸ™‚

That’s it for today, I hope you’ve had a nice Sunday, and if you liked my post, come back in a week as well! (probably I will post the next of this series on Monday though, because I won’t have time on Sunday! But I might have a post in between too, you never know πŸ˜‰ )

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Sunday is my favourite #4

The most interesting day of the week for me is always Sunday. That is my first day-off from my normal day-job, which means the first proper working day as an illustrator and surface pattern designer. So if I am able to, I like to start it early, do a bit of work and then follow the rest of my plans – which is usually more work or meeting my Sister.

I thought I’d make a series about how my Sundays look like, and the reasons for that:

* I have a really bad memory, so I’d like to have sg like a diary, but I cannot do that on paper, because I’d love to insert photos, but my printer is broken..
* Also I’d like to share useful things with you, like how to make yourself happy with a tiny thing (e.g. the joy of making a cup of coffee), places to visit (mostly in London, because I live here), what books or blogs to read etc.

It’s Monday, but I didn’t have energy to write my Sunday post yesterday. Because yesterday (and actually the previous few days already) was all about the secret mini birthday party for my Sister πŸ™‚ We’ve never organised a party before (well, I say party, but it actually was an afternoon tea for 5 πŸ™‚ ), and I do not usually bake either, but of course I had this crazy idea of a Harry Potter cake (because we’re huge fans..) of 3 different parts….. So my Mum helped. First I had to learn how to bake a nice sponge, and then we had to design 3 manageable layers to bake for me. So a few weeks ago when I was at home we tested it, we baked the whole massive cake πŸ™‚

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I didn’t want to use fondant for the cake, but I also had to try how I can colour fondant for Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans, so I did and then I put it on the testcake – to not waste anything πŸ™‚

Inside… And the fillings:
Bottom cake – cottage cheese and peach and apricot jam
Purple bit – blackberry with double cream and yoghurt
Smallest cake – trifle cream

And this is the cake I baked on my own.. The bottom one became Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Monster book of Monsters is my favourite πŸ™‚ And the Advanced Potion cover is a biscuit what I learned to make at my previous job, but because I do not work there any more, my kind friend made it for me πŸ™‚

In the background: homemade Ferrero-s – they were supposed to be golden snitches, but it didn’t work as you can see on the picture below πŸ™‚ (also that golden paste tastes so bad, I didn’t want to ruin the bonbons πŸ™‚ )

This is my Sister’s hand – I don’t think I would ever use a sparkly nail-varnish πŸ™‚


the beans whilst drying – peanuts, cranberries and things like that, covered in marzipan I coloured with food colouring

That’s all my Sunday with all the sweets, I hope you found it interesting even though it has not much to do with illustration πŸ™‚

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Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is one of my favourite places ever. And I was lucky enough to have a chance to work for them on a commission for 2017 Christmas. So I fell in love with the place about 2 years ago, became a member, went there regularly to draw, and at some point got the confidence to get in touch with the head buyer of the shop who trusted me and gave me a chance. Meetings, sketches, design developing followed, and I ended up designing a card and a teatowel-design what they use now for ceramics and cards too. But let me show you pictures instead of me talking πŸ™‚

viktoria.rodek.kewgardens.greetingcard.desk.72dpimy desk during work in progress

viktoria.rodek.kewgardens.greetingcard.72dpione of the greeting card designs

viktoria.rodek.kewgardens.robins.desk.72dpiworking on my other design, the robins

viktoria.rodek.kewgardens.robins.teatowel.72dpiteatowel mockup

viktoria.rodek.robin.mug2and the first sample of the ceramics, my very own mug πŸ™‚

And yesterday I had a chance to visit the pottery where the mugs and bowls and jugs were being made..!! Thanks to my wonderful photographer friend Eva Nemeth for making it possible for me to visit the pottery,Β also for taking some pictures in your mesmerising style!!!!

And about the pottery – if you have a chance, visit them too, because it’s a whole package with gardens, a cafe and a shop, you can easily spend there half a day, so much to see! And everyone is really lovely, in the pottery, in the shop, in the cafe…! Aston Pottery is a highly recommended place for a relaxing afternoon πŸ™‚

viki_02in the workshop

viki_09so happy

viki_10the brushes they use to decorate every single piece by hand!

viki_13we were explained all the steps, it’s incredible

viki_12colour tests on plates – well, I adore even these….. πŸ™‚


So that’s the whole process from me discovering Kew Gardens until my range of Christmas products in their shop. I am still emotional, because that’s the dream – to work for places I love and to work with small businesses like this pottery, where everything is handmade.