2014 Burlesque Pin-Up Calendar (plus free DIY download)


I’m working away on constructing the 2014 Burlesque Pin-up calendar! I’m planning another calendar that will simply feature an assortment of illustrations I’ve created over the past year, but felt that I needed to make a special one dedicated to the awesome women who do burlesque:calendar 2This calendar features 12 different original drawings, which can either be hung on the wall or propped on an easel.   calendar 5


I had a lot of fun digging through my drawers looking for props for these photos. I’ve come to the conclusion that my tastes run much more girly than I’d usually admit. But I’m getting used to it. 🙂calendar 4

These calendars are up in the etsy shop, here, and I will have them in tow at all the upcoming holiday arts and crafts shows coming up in the next couple of months!    calendar 8

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I created a monthly template, with a space for you to add your own art or photos, and you can download the 12 separate .jpgs here: 2014 calendar template. The text is all black, for you to color as you like. I’d love to see what you come up with!


The 2013 Calendar is here! + a DIY set of monthly calandar blanks for you crafty people, you!

Whoo! I am in full-construction mode piecing together this year’s cute girl calendar, and here it is! They’re now up in the etsy shop, here, and of course will be with me at all the upcoming holiday craft shows in the next couple of months. I say this all the time, but I cannot believe how fast this year is flying by, and the holidays are just around the corner, along with all the cookie-making, mulled-wine, random gift-giving, and happy hibernation.

Every year when I make calendars, I scour the internet to see if I can find some simple, pretty monthly calendar blanks that I can download and use, never with much luck. Most free calendar blanks are kind of ugly, or not proportionate for my use, and I end up drawing my own out with my little brush and ink. This time I decided to whip some up in Photoshop, keep it simple, and share it with you guys, so you can make your own!

This is what they look like, all just in black and white, for you to color as you please. Also, there are no holidays, so you can add or ignore whichever ones you fancy.

Here is the download: 12 separate .jpgs.

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Enjoy! I’d love to see what you guys can make with these.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you.  ^.^

This year has been amazing, and I have you guys to thank for everything. With every piece of feedback, every comment, visit or purchase, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to be able to make this [humble] living as an artist. I get so much inspiration and help from my large – given and chosen – family of artists and creators. I am so absolutely lucky to know you. You all know who you are!

To my friends in the United States, have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow! And to my friends out of the country (all sexy and exotic, you lot), have a fantastic Thursday and treat yourselves well. None of you get trampled this weekend, or get too stressed. Drink tea, coffee, hot chocolate, whiskey, whatever your comfort of choice, and give each other back rubs.

I’m keeping busy right now packing up little presents to tuck in any orders off of etsy that come in this weekend, from ‘Black Friday’ to this newfangled ‘Cyber Monday.’ I’m finding all sorts of wonderful things that I want so badly for myself on the etsy, but trying really hard just to get little goodies for other people. We’ll see how that goes!

I have so many favorite things, but here is a quick snapshots of some of my favorites, which would make super-fantastic gifts (hint, hint)! Enjoy, and happy weekend!!

Shuki Kato, origami artist!

Who is this beautiful man? I don’t usually do posts on boys, but this immensely talented origami artist is my brother, Shuki!

Look at what he does! (An ohmu from Miyazaki’s epic manga series and following anime: Nausicaa):

His original designed origami models are now available in his freshly opened etsy store, here: http://www.Shukikato.etsy.com

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Shuki’s been doing origami, the art of folding a traditionally square piece of paper, no folding or cutting, since he was nine. He’s devoured just about every origami manual available, and has long ago graduated from following the steps system of folding to be able to fold a model directly from looking at a crease pattern… for example:

This turns into this:

If you’d like to see more of his work, he also has a flickr and deviantart account:



And don’t forget to support him at his shop:


Of papercutting

It’s about time I elaborate on an artist who’s been one of my biggest inspirations lately: another Seattle based artist, Ania of PaperCutWorks creates beautiful, intricate and personalized papercut works, in both of her two shops: First, her papercutting and art shop, PaperCutWorks: her papercut hearts are crafted out of outdated, vintage, repurposed and otherwise lonely maps, dictionaries, sheet music turned-wonderful, heart (fist)-sized personal works of art.

I especially enjoy her overlapping pieces, veins running through (up till now) as many as three separate hearts:

I also love the way she lovingly photographs her weapon of choice:

She also does hand-pulled block prints: one of which I hang proudly in my studio!

Her jewelry shop, Baltica, is full of these incredibly delicate and precious pieces featuring her mad blade-weilding skills:

Heart Secret Locket Papercut Necklace

In another vein, Ania also creates these awesome Writer’s spear. vintage pen nib. one-of-a-kind reclaimed necklaces. I wear jewelry so rarely, but I would proudly hang one of these around my neck, probably every day, if I ever get my hands on one.

For more of her work and process details, be sure to check out her blog: http://papercuthearts.wordpress.com/

And Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrzaszcz/