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Welcome to YesterdayAfter my Design Studio, Atelier and Shop. This is also my Website and Blog, the place where all my art is debuted and displayed. Here you find my Visual Art in all it’s creative forms. I am an Independent full time Artist and Illustrator. My primary focus is my watercolor paintings and Illustrations, my ongoing creative collections and series are available in Limited Edition Signed Fine Art Prints.
My nature inspired unique Jewelry Designs are handcrafted by me reflecting my passion for tradition and innovation. My creativity extends to watercolor painting, illustration, art for music, jewelry and fashion design, photography, digital art, custom digital portraits, poetry and more…
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Since 2009 in October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.
Yes we are getting close to that special time of the year that gather artists all over the world together for this beautiful drawing challenge. Are you getting ready for Inktober 2019? I am brainstorming at the moment about how I like to take the challenge and plan my series.
Time goes fast and this is my 4th year of InkTober, I will do all my best to create something interesting and to be able to complete the 31 days. This year I have been busy with my art and collaborations and accomplished nice thigs. If you are new to InkTober this is a great challenge that help to refine your sketching skills, stimulate your creativity at drawing and help to get you in a habit and routine to work daily. This is a great challenge for experienced artists and beginners. Anyone can participate you can choose to follow the official prompt list or make your own!
Today Jake Parker the illustrator creator of Inktober just released the new “Official Prompt List 2019” and I love to post it here so that you have some time until October 1st to plan and get ready!
2017 I have Joined two amazing challenges InkTober and MabsDrawlloweenClub that is a little on a more spoocky – Halloween theme prompts created by Pop Surrealist artist Mab Graves! My daily drawings were inspired by the combination of the two challenges daily prompt words creating my own hybrid challenge “DrawllooweenTober” yes this was my plan idea to enable me to join daily both challenges at the same time creating one drawing. And well it was pretty challenging, not easy but I wanted to make it harder and more challenging to stimulate creativity and I made it! The outcome was a lovely collection of dark themed spooky drawings which I am very pleased! My drawing “Frankenstein Bride” of this series become my first Die Cut Sticker just launched! And if you like see more click the link of my Gallery Inktober+ MabsDrawlloweenClub 2017
2018 Last year I have joined again the two challenges, I really love both and the community of participating artists around these two challenges. I didn’t want to miss them so I’ve participated with my hybrid mixing the two prompts and my own hashtag is #drawlloweentober you can see my Gallery Inktober+ MabsDrawlloweenClub 2018
Today Settember 1st 2019 were released both challenges Official Prompt Lists. Right now I have time to think and plan my way to drawing for these challenges! Here there is the MadsDrawlloweenClub prompt list 2019
These Challenges are open to anyone that love sketching with ink pens and if you’re member of the #worldwatercolorgroup you’re free to add a dash of watercolor. I hope that some of you will try this and join me and thousands of other artists around the world. You don’t have to be drawing every day if you don’t have time. You can drawing every other day, or every few days, or one entry a week! Doesn’t has to be a complicate drawing, it can be a small sketch, it will help you to develop a habit and refine your skills. Btw if you’re not crazy like me you don’t have to participate to both challenges just pick one! 😉 Good luck everyone hope to see you in October!
Here is the INKTOBER Story andRrules: Illustrator Jake Parker is the creator of this great challenge and initiative started in October 2009. Jake created InkTober as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year. Here are the Official Rules:
1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).
2) Post it*
3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2019
4) Repeat That’s it! Now go make something beautiful.
I am very excited to join once again and participate to the challenge! I would be Sharing my progress on the Blog and daily on Instagram @carolinarussoart I would be participating again to MabsDrawlloweenClub2019 challenge like the past two years. Visit Jake Parker website for more details, videos, inspiration and lots to learn.
If you like to join the challenges don’t forget when you post your drawing online always add the hashtags #INKTOBER2019 #INKTOBER if you choose Mab Graves challenge add #mabsdrawlloweenclub2019 and if you add watercolor hashtag #worldwatercolorgroup post your ink drawing online on your Blog and/or on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter…add all the tags to any place you share your drawings online! Phew….I made the end of this long post! ❤
You can find some of these drawings available in my ETSY Shop
I hope that artists here on WordPress will join this challenge with me,
I wanted to write this detailed post early to give you time to get organized and prepared for October!
Now let’s get the supplies ready! Choose your sketchbook,
ink pens, watercolor and all you need.
Leave a comment let me know if you intend to participate.
I invite you all to my ETSY Shop LABOR DAY SALE!
I am having a special SALE started on 08/30/2019 ends 09/02/2019 only few days don’t miss it!
This update include the launch of my new Sticker, I have reduced price for Limited Edition prints in addition would be applied a discount of 20% Off ♥️ on anything listed in the store! Plus FREE Shipping on $35 orders within USA, I do ship internationally for a very small fee! If you make a purchase the discount it’s directly applied at checkout and is valid for a “Limited Time” Sale ends September 2nd this is a great opportunity for you to get my Art Limited Edition Prints or more the more economic Open Edition Signed 5×7 prints!
❤ Honestly it cannot get better than this!
For this special update I have listed “New Work” and some favorites less recent work! I have also included some cute Halloween theme prints ♥️ Hurry if you like something! Support your Artist your love is very much appreciated ❤
You find Limited and Open Edition high quality Prints, Hand Enhanced and Signed by me Prints are available in two sizes and prizes to choose which is best for you, it is a great opportunity if you had your eyes on my work! Please check out now before is late my CarolinaRusso Art ETSY Shop!
I hope that you find something you love! If my art brings you happiness and you would like to support me to keep going it means the world to me!
Reminder: In case you don’t see listed what you had your eyes on, you can make me a custom request, just contact me!
❤ Just a Note: As you know I have my own Shop CarolinaRusso ART here on my Blog which is my primary shop and is where you can find “All my Art” all my Series and Collections created throughout the years they are all here and always available for sale. When you purchase directly on my Blog you “fully” support me!
I keep my ETSY as a secondary shop for who prefer to shop in that venue but my inventory listed there is limited to few pieces at the time or for special sales.
Thank you so much for following and sharing my work! ❤
Is with happiness and excitement that I am introducing you today with something new and very special to me! My first collectible Artist Sticker “Frankenstein Bride” inspired by one of my drawings created for my past Inktober Collection 2017. I have just released the sticker few days ago on Instagram if you follow me there maybe you have seen it!
If you don’t know what Inktober is, let me tell you a little about it! Inktober is a wonderful worldwide art challenge happening every year during the month of October. It was created in 2009 by illustrator Jake Parker as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year. Participating artists create 31 ink drawings for 31 days sharing their daily work online on social media, groups and websites. There is a huge participation to this successful event, thousands of artist around the world join this challenge every year, it’s amazing! I have participated creating my Inktober series since 2016. Coming soon the new official prompts list for the 2019! I am so curious to see the list and what I will create this year! I hope you will follow my challenge in October or join in if love drawing! ❤
About my Sticker: This is a high quality, vinyl Die Cut Sticker of my original watercolor ink illustration. I love this cute Frankenstein’s Bride character, she always brings me smiles since the day I’ve created her! I hope she will make you smile too and that you will grab one of these stickers until is available, it’s $4 Free shipping within USA and I do ship Internationally for $2 fee only! They are opaque vinyl weatherproof great for a cute touch to embellish your Bullet Journal, Hobonichi Planner, Sketchbook, skateboard. Or to gift it to a loved ones, you can also frame it or place it on any flat surfaces you like to add it on. Great for trading if you are in a collectible artists stickers trading group 🙂 ! If you would like to support my art please grab one in my >> ETSY Shop
Also enjoy my LABOR DAY SALE! Reduced prices + 20%Off and Free Shipping within USA I do ship internationally for a small fee! Sale ends September 2nd!
How all this happened?
Well this month I was thinking about the coming soon challenge brainstorming what I would like to do and experiment this year for my series. I thought that right now was the right time to create a tangible product out of one of my favorite Inktober drawings. From a long time I had the idea of a “Collectible Sticker” which is a fun and nice way to share my art. Stickers have been always very popular and still now more than ever.
Day #13 InkTober 2017 Challenges Official Prompts: > MabsDrawlloweenClub: Frankenstein
> Inktober: Teemed
My original watercolor ink painting was inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein! Created in 2017 following the official combined challenges prompts. I painted this in my inspired Blythe doll style! Creepy but cute she is holding a bowl full of hearts (for the prompt Teemed) ♥️ with a black Crow posing over a cracked… back side skull? I guess…💀 not sure what it was a skull or a sphere! Halloween theme for this one!
Limited and Open Edition Prints of this painting are also available now in my >> Etsy Shop
❤ Details about my original painting: My Ink drawing is outlined with ink pens. Pentel Pocket Brush black ink. Ink pens used COPIC Multiliner Black ink #03 and 05, Micron dark red ink #1. A Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Limited Edition Pink Mab Graves Pencil. A dash of watercolor, I used French Artists Watercolors Sennelier l’Aguarelle, Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches .
how your Summer is going? Are you still here on the Blogosphere?
After a long time, today I have decided to host a Meet and Greet event. I hope that you like the idea to get to know new bloggers especially if you’re new to the community please join in! Today I like to share my blog and my art with you and try to get the Bloggers friends old and new to connect together here!
At times, I miss the weekly Meet and Greet sessions I used to host here every Friday, we enjoyed the event ongoing for more than two years Great connections were made during that time. My long time followers and friends sure remember about that nice and successful event!
Let’s make today a successful “Meet and Greet” and for that I need everyone help!
I invite you to leave a comment, not just a like! Please tell us what are you up to or leave the link of one of your latest blog posts! And if you’re new here please briefly introduce yourself and your Blog and leave a link! Read through the comments, engage visit blogs and meet other awesome bloggers, leave comments and a follows I am sure everyone appreciate it! This is a great way to help each other to grow our blogs, meet new friends and share what you love!
❤ About me lately I have been busy creating my Art and I am focused on developing new ideas! Working on my watercolor paintings and Illustrations. My door is open I love to collaborate with writers for illustrations and working on commissions!
Sorry these days I have been posting a little bit less than I would like to, I took a little Summer break! I am also working on updating my Etsy Shop check it out! ❤
I am happy that today you found again your way here if you are an old friend I am so grateful for you! And welcome if it’s your first time visiting my Blog thank you so much for stopping by I hope you enjoy my art feel free to browse around and come back to visit!
Meet and Greet is a great time to connect with new and old Blogs!
I like to give thank to all my “New Followers” and to the ones that are still here from long time following my journey!
Thank You! ❤
I wish you a great weekend!
Please share, Reblog, Twitt, Pin, anything is great!
I invite you all to my ETSY Shop SUMMER SALE!
I am having a limited time special SALE it’s started already on 08/08/2019 ends 08/11/2019 only few days don’t miss it!
This update include a discount of 15% Off ♥️ on anything listed in the store in addition to the FREE Shipping on $35 orders within USA, I do ship internationally for a very small fee! If you make a purchase the discount it’s directly applied at checkout and is valid for a “Limited Time” save the dates 08/08/2019 sale ends 08/11/2019 is a great opportunity for you to get my Art Prints.
For this special update I have selected 23 paintings “New Work” and some best less recent work! This is a 4 Days SALE ♥️ Hurry if you like something! Support your Artist your love is very much appreciated ❤
You find Limited and Open Edition high quality Prints, Hand Enhanced and Signed by me Prints are available in two sizes and prizes to choose which one is best for you, it is a great opportunity if you had your eyes on my work! Please check out my CarolinaRusso Art ETSY Shop!
I hope that you find something you love! If my art brings you happiness and you would like to support me to keep going it means the world to me!
Note: In case you don’t see listed what you had your eyes on, you can make me a custom request, just contact me!
❤ Just a Note: As you know I have my own Shop CarolinaRusso ART here on my Blog which is my primary shop and is where you can find “All my Art” all my Series and Collections created throughout the years they are all here and always available for sale when you purchase directly on my Blog you fully support me!
I keep my ETSY as secondary shop for who prefer to shop in that venue but my inventory listed there is limited to few pieces at the time or for special sales.
Thank you so much for following and sharing my work! ❤
My post today is the official release of my new painting dedicated to historic Surrealist artist “Frida Kahlo” the month of July celebrate the anniversaries of her Birthday and end of her life, (6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954) she was a Mexican painter recognized as one of the most revolutionary Latin American artist, best known for her bright color paintings and especially for her self-portraits. She made many portraits telling her own life story dramatically painted. Her paintings were inspired by her culture using symbolism and mythology in her surrealistic style inspired by the nature and artifacts of her native country Mexico. She is also one of the most painted artist around the world, I have seen tribute paintings of her in any creative style and medium. Artists worldwide love to recreate her bold character identified by her eyebrows recon as unibrow iconic shape. This is my second painting dedicated to her. I made my first one two years ago in July 2017 it was a half figure of her inspired by some of her own famous paintings you can see my painting here.
This July 2019 I painted a tribute portrait in my style watercolor and ink which portrays her face with the typical braided hair up do ornate by colorful rose flowers, she wore flowers in her hair most of the time and that’s how she appear in most of the existing photos throughout her life. I am happy overall with this painting especially with the expression I was able to capture in her eyes.
The Moth I painted with black ink and gold is just symbolic in a good way. I love moths and I just thought it will complete this tribute portrait to Frida as you see the Moth has a cross on her chest as symbol of “Faith” and two heart shape in her wings they symbolize “Love” the gold means “Light”. There isn’t any superstitious or dark meanings behind my moth. Moths are “Nocturnal Spirit Animal” they are attracted to light and their meaning resonates with truth, faith and determination you can see a little video I took of this painting to show the shiny gold and I posted on my Instagram!
Sadly Frida Kahlo discovered the art of painting while in bed severely injured from a terrible accident. To take her mind away from the pain and to find a way to pass time she discovered her art and started paint self-portraits one of her famous quotes says: “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best” there are many of her own quotes which her words clearly describe her character like this one “Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” Or “I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality” and how she describe herself “I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint” – Frida Khalo
Details about my watercolor painting: My watercolors is outlined with black and white ink pens. I used French Artists Watercolors Sennelier l’Aguarelle, Ink pens used COPIC Multiliner Black ink #03. A Alvin Draft/Matic pencil #03. Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on Bee Paper for watercolor 140lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed, size 6×9 inches. Enhanced with gold ink.
My Frida Kahlo Prints are now available for pre-order here on my Blog Shop Limited Edition Fine Art Prints, only 30 prints available, numbered, signed and hand enhanced with gold one by one!
♥️Print price Is $35 free shipping within USA I do ship Internationally for only $6
♥️Print size 8×10 inches numbered edition!
♥️Size 5×7 inches price $25 is an Open Edition not numbered!
🖤♥️🖤I really hope that someone of you out there will adopt her!
Prints are also available on my ETSY Shop
All my watercolor paintings are always available for pre-order as Limited Edition Fine Art Prints hand enhanced and signed To order prints check Here!
Wish you a wonderful month of August everyone
and to all my artists friends and followers keep painting!
Today I like to share one of my most loved Jewelry Design uniquely created for power and beauty. This necklace is part of my Collection of Ethnic and Tribal inspired Designs.
“TRIBAL” Jewelry Collection
I named this necklace “Warrior” because the meanings of the beautiful and ancient turquoise gemstone.
I wanted to create a Tribal Ethnic style necklace made all in leather cord knotted, it has a feeling of South Western and Native American Indian.
My design feature a centerpiece pendant made with beautiful Turquoise gemstones and an Agate all wrapped and knotted with a thin leather cord, has no metal wire. The pendant is 3.5 inches long, made with three beautiful Turquoise gemstones in different sizes, and a yellow – brown Agate combined with brass beads in between, there are two big tinted horn pipes on the sides, a white natural horn mini pipe, round bone and wooden beads to complement the beautiful variety of natural gemstones. The necklace is beautiful to wear and complements many outfits I made myself one and I love it get ton of compliments anytime I wear it!
A light tan color leather cord is knotted in a way to make it adjustable in length. The necklace is adjustable throughout sliding knots wearable long, short or the way you like best looks beautiful in anyway.
Details and Measurements:
Length leather necklace approx. 18 inch adjustable to 25 inch
Pendant: approx length 3.5 inches
Price: $65 + Shipping $6 within USA payment with PayPal,
for International Shipping fee contact me first!
This necklace It is “Made to Order” only in “Limited Edition” as one of a kind because each necklace would be slightly different due to the nature color and unique shape of the gemstones .
Turquoise gemstone power and meanings…
“Turquoise is considered one of the most ancient and old gemstone in the history of men and was mined from thousands of years. Turquoise is a protective stone, emits protective energy, was used from warriors for protection, power, strength and courage. Many honored Turquoise as the universal stone, believing their minds would become one with the universe when wearing it.
If given a turquoise by a loving friend, that stone would protect the wearer from negative energy and bring good fortune. The turquoise is the symbol of friendship “
All my Jewelry Designs are single pieces created to have a life and standing on their own beautifully in their unique and unexpected combination of natural elements. My Jewelry is made to order as Custom Order and can only be purchased here exclusively on my Blog! If you like to order the “Warrior Necklace” you can fill in the order form right hereif there are any questions just Contact me.