A podcast interview by Cuddles & Rage

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A few weeks ago I was was interviewed by the lovely Liz of Cuddles and Rage for a podcast series called 'People I Think Are Cool'. I just got an email from Liz that the Podcast is up!
We're talking about the Comfort Boxes, paying it forward and people getting tattoos of your art.

I was a bit nervous when we did the interview through skype (I've never been in a podcast) but Liz was lovely and very easy to talk to, it was actually very much fun to talk to her! You can listen to the result at People I Think Are Cool.

Also check out the Cuddles and Rage website and Etsy shop, they make super fun and cute stuff!

New mermaid comfort box


There's a new cheering friend in town (or in the shop that is)! A little cheeky mermaid telling you you are amazing, who would not want to hear that?
This cutie with fish tail will charm all friends, especially the ones who could need a little reminder of their capabilities and amazingness.

And, because I'm all for spreading the love... you can WIN her!
Post about this little mermaid on any of the social media platforms (instagram, twitter, facebook, blog, etc), send me a mail (see my contact page) with a link to the post or add #newmermaidcomfortbox to the post and you might be the lucky one!
I'll pick a WINNER monday the 25th.

She is waiting for you in the Etsy shop, Kim's Little Monsters!

My very first infographics

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Illustrations and infographics are two different things. I've been focussing mainly on the first, not that I've been excluding infographic for a raison but just because they did not cross my path.. till now.

One World Magazine asked me to illustrate an item about wind energy and needed a few infographic facts with the main illustration. Personally when thinking of infographics I imagine very smooth and graphic-like shapes but I choose to approached the whole infographic thing in a very illustrative way (after all I am an illustrator). It took me some time and thinking but in the end I very much enjoyed making them.

Custom Comfort Boxes for a dutch magazine...


The comfort boxes madness wasn't over yet this week... I was asked by a dutch magazine (can't tell the name yet) to make very special custom comfort boxes. Even though I've been making about 400 boxes the last seven days I still enjoy making them so much. Especially when there's a fun theme to follow. These are the sketches and cuttings, I'll show you the results once they're published (about mid-summer).

DIY easel for the little artist

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Recently we replaced our big dinner tabel with a smaller round tabel. We didn't know what to do with the leftover tresle legs from the old tabel... Untill I read a book about making art with children: you can make a perfect size easel for children with trestle legs!

I screwed a sheet of wood to the top part  (the part you can move upwards to make the trestle higher) of the trestle legs and used clothespins to keep a big sheet of paper put.
A leftover piece of vinyl flooring was put underneath to protect our wooden floor and tadaa! James' own little art corner in my studio is ready! 

Orders, Orders, Orders in the Etsy shop

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The Instant Comfort Pocket Box was featured on a few design sites this week and... oh my, do I have orders coming in! I'm shipping like crazy so therefor only this quick blogpost inbetween wrapping and sending.

The comfort box and my Etsy shop were featured here:
swiss-miss.com (in the link list)
and also in the international Flow Magazine issue 9 together with lovely other Etsy sellers!

update: and the biggerst bang of all: boredpanda.com !

Etsy & Mother's day

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The 10th of may is mother's day (in the Netherlands), the perfect day to celebrate your fave woman (although I believe every day is a good day to show your mom some appreciation).
With the help of Etsy you can to do something special this mother's day: post a quote that your mother uses (or is specific for her) on a social media with #elkedagmoederdag and you might win a custom made gift by one of the participating Etsy seller with your quote on it for you mom!

And, you might have seen this one coming... I am one of the sellers that will make the winner a custom gift ;-)

For more info see the dutch Etsy blog.

A peak into my sketchbook


Although I'm not a frequent sketcher (apart from sketching for commissions) I do enjoy working in my sketchbook now and then. In this book I try not to be judgemenal about 'good' or 'bad' work but just 'make'. To be frank... I find this hard,  not looking at work with a critical voice but even so, I enjoyed making these drawings, paintings and collages above!

The third spread, by the way, is what I see from my studio window (or a free translation of it): the house of our neighbors, an 80+ couple who got married two years ago. Isn't it great to still find love at that age?

New Instant Comfort Pocket Box - Dove

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A new Instant Comfort Pocket Box with a pretty dove is available in the shop!
I've designed it with a wedding theme in mind (perfect to give to a bride, your bridesmaids, guests,...) but of course it will also do it's magic in any other occasion!

You can find it in the Comfort Box section at kimslittlemonsters.etsy.com.

Working on...

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Today I've been working on an illustration for OneWorld Magazine.
Above some sketches in black ink and a small detail of the finished illustation.
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