Saturday, January 18, 2014

bloghop // tropical fusion :: caribbean sea

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the very first bloghop of the year. Just like last year we celebrated Pantone's 2013's color with the Let's Fly! bloghop we wanted to do the same this year to honor 2014's: Radiant Orchid.

a special thanks to Lisa Rivas for the fab logo :)

If you are following the hop in order, it is most probably that you are coming from Rosie Simon's blog and have just admired her gorgeous, bright and fun work. Please now take a couple of minutes to take a look at the designs I've created:

Caribbean Sea · 2014 © Maria Jose Bautista V ·
caribbean sea designed by 2014 ©  Maria José Bautista V

One of the first things that first came to my mind when I read the theme for the hop was fish. Tropical fish are so fun and bright! I knew I wanted them to be the main subject of my designs. I hadn't designed for a while so it was nice to take some time to draw and slowly make one more tiny step towards coming back to my old self by creating something inspired directly by the beautiful and colorful fauna you find under Colombia's oceans.

Wiggly Coral · 2014 © Maria Jose Bautista V ·
wiggly coral designed by 2014 ©  Maria José Bautista V

Thank you so much for stopping by. The bloghop isn't over yet so make sure you visit Leska Hamaty's blog to discover what she's all about! If you have only just found our bloghop and want to start from the beginning, then hop over to Groovity's blog where all the the fun kicked off :) 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

news // I'm an official anonymous doodler :)

Today I started exercising again after a loooooong holiday break (oops!), and when I got back home from the gym I was surprised by a white Fedex envelope (I love getting unexpected mail). Wanna guess what was in it?

My very own copy of Doodlers Anonymous Coloring Book volume 3... yaaaay!

And did you know I'm one of the 60 artists that were chosen to be featured? 

Life is still hard, but I've decided to move one and make my Dad the proudest of dads from wherever he's watching me now. I know that's what he would've wanted me to do so now it is up to me to honor his memory and work hard to become the person he so long dreamt. 

Today was a nice day; having the book in my hands and seeing my work among other great designers and artists really boost my mood. I need to start appreciating the little things again. I've been secluded in the darkness for so long and it is time for me to get some sunshine! It is hard given what's happened, but I'm sure there are positive things happening around me. I've decided to join the #100happydays challenge to be sure I'll keep my eyes wide open so that I don't miss those happy little (or big) moments. You can follow my journey on Instagram and if you decide to join too, let me know on a comment below where I can follow yours ;) 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

freebies // The 2014 Designer Calendar + Planners :: January

hello and Happy New Year!!!

What better way to start the year (and my comeback to real life) than with some happy freebies? This year's Designer Calendar will not only include downloadable digital calendars to be used on all of your tech devices, but also printable planners for you to keep your things-to-do organized.

meet my Whistling Monkeys!

Last year I asked 11 designers to collaborate with my project, but this time I'm happy to announce that I'll be working with 44 amazing fellow designers who will each create amazing designs especially for you. 

January's designs are all mine... it's been almost 3 months since I sat down to create. I haven't had the energy nor the time nor the peace of mind, but doing these was fun and reminded me this is what will make my Dad happy wherever he is. 

download : widescreen 1 // widescreen 2 // fullscreen 1- iPad landscape // iPad vertical // fullscreen 2
iPhone3 - iPhone4 // iPhone5 // Samsung Galaxy

To download the files just click on the links below the images. Remember all three planners are high-res JPG to be printed on either A4 or Letter paper.

download : A4 / Letter
download : A4 / Letter 
download : A4 / Letter

All designs are for personal use only. You may print the planners and use them as many times as you like, but please remember they may not be resold, modified or otherwise distributed. I'll be happy and grateful to you if you spread the word and feel like sharing them with others through your social media or blogs, but don't forget to credit the original designer and include a clickable link back to the original post.