Finish Line of Postcard Project

So November ended and with it ended the Postcard Project. Here is the last nine postcards sized art works I sent to wonderful people all around the world.

23rd The geometric carrot head to Mia 24.10.2014

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24th Sleeping beauty in a morning sunshine to Pia 24.10.2014

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25th Sparkling belle in red to Veera 25.10.2014

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26th Mysterious woman to Laura 28.10.2014

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27th Hair like carrot clouds to Carina 28.10.2014

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28th Cutie pie bird to Iiris 28.10.2014

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29th Screaming Peacock to Linnea 29.10.2014

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30th Postcard with a lady – who looks little she has stepped out from the Clockwork Orange movie – to Shadi 30.10.2014

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31st The last but not least artistic fashionista went to Suzanne 31.10.2014

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That was it for this project. “How do I feel now after the project is over?” you ask. I must admit I feel relieved. It was such a inspiring project that kept me doing art works daily but there was also somewhat pressure. Particularly during this last week because there was so many other projects going on as well – like the Joulukorttikauppa and Lähtöviivalla art exhibition. So you can see there is gaps in the drawing days: I didn’t find the time to do the postcard during the exact day so I made some of them on a later day when I had more time. But still I’m really happy I did this – happy how the cards turned out and the sending business has been so much fun. Thank you for participating! Next I will concentrate on the lovely commissioned works that have piled up. And I won’t stop drawing daily – because sketch-a-day challenge will last till the end of this year – but I might not publish everything so that will take all the pressure of “being good” away.

P.S. On Thursday I will show you photographs from the Lähtöviivalla exhibition opening so stay tuned!


Third Week Of Postcard Art

The past week I’ve been on a road again. But that has not affected to the amount of days and postcard artworks done this week. 7 days 7 new postcards. If you have no idea what I’m talking about here is the Postcard Project in a nutshell: For every day in October 2014 I draw a sketch on a postcard and then send it to the person in the order they were reserved.Postcard project art Postcard project art

Two cats in orange atmosphere for Eeva 16.10.2014

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Smiling cockatoo for Niilo 17.10.2014

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Loreal moment for Sini 19.10.2014

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Girl in a black shirt for Heini 19.10.2014

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Flying owl for Annabella. I just couldn’t believe owl’s legs would be like that (like paws) but that is what I saw in the photograph I used as a reference. 20.10.2014

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She looks like singer doesn’t she? For Wilhelmina 21.10.2014

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And the blue haired woman for Päivi 22.10.2014

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It’s been super cool to get pictures from the cards that have already travelled to their destination. I feel such gratitude for the gratitude. Like my friend said: “this is such a feel-good-project“.

Have a feel-good weekend! This weekend I’ll be working on my upcoming art exhibition Lähtöviivalla which has opening next Monday the 24th at 5pm in S-Galleria in Helsinki (Welcome!) and in one acting course in Teak and the christmas card project. Exciting things going on and that’s how I like it. Happy hugs.

Postcard Project Continues

Here I am: the crazy postcard maker making my art. Today I’m going to show you to last weeks postcard sketches of the Postcard Project. Are you ready for 7 more postcards. If yes, roll down.postcardproject_ellimaanpaa_2014_1Lady in Red. I bought a new shade of ink to celebrate the upcoming Christmas. 9.10.2014

postcardproject_sketch_ellimaanpaa_2014_1 Dramatic woman in the shades of violet. I spent most of this day in a film set so that might have to do with the dramatic tone of this postcard. 10.10.2014

postcardproject_sketch_ellimaanpaa_2014_2 Baby owl. I’ve always enjoyed drawing birds but this time I was also inspired by the bird drawing competition @solly_dw introduced in instagram. 12.10.2014

postcardproject_sketch_ellimaanpaa_2014_3 Artistic piece with beret and stripes. This picture doesn’t do justice to the textures of the painting. 12.10.2014

postcardproject_sketch_ellimaanpaa_2014_4 Freckled girl with pink hairpiece. 13.10.2014

postcardproject_sketch_ellimaanpaa_2014_5 More pink and birds. This card was sent to probably to the youngest participant of the postcard project. 14.10.2014

postcardproject_sketch_ellimaanpaa_2014_6 Yesterdays portrait again got some familiar facial features. Unconsciously I keep on adding my own nose etc to my muses. I photographed the piece in the Heya’s bathroom (that’s why it’s a artistic selfie) beacause it’s getting really dark and the place there is most light in the workroom is the toilet. Bright happy toilet it is. 15.10.2014

postcardproject_sketch_ellimaanpaa_2014_7Next week new adventures. Until then: Have a happy weekend! I’m going to traveling in Finland again. Jey!

First Week Of Postcards

October’s Postcard Project had a good start. All the 31 cards were reserved in about 36 hours. Since the beginning of the project I’ve drawn and sent eight self drawn postcards. One every day. And they’ve gone / are going all over the globe.


My plan was to take photograph with my good camera out of every single postcard I send but in the end I’ve only took real pictures out of the first two postcards (above) and the rest have been recorded only with my iPhone in various lighting situations.

The picture below is history documented: I’m leaving the first two cards to the gentle service of the Finnish post office.

This dramatic redhead was the first lady to drawn on a postcard. 1.10.2014


Pink hair and pink clouds. 2.10.2014


Blue is the warmest color (no reference to the movie. That name just popped into my head). 3.10.2014


Dramatic city lady in green. 4.10.2014


She looks little like Mena Suvari doesn’t she? 5.10.2014


The Punakorvabulbuli (Eng. Red Ear Bulbuli) bird. Her name is the best. 6.10.2014


Yellow thoughts for a birthday girl. 7.10.2014


Small bird on a pink cloud. 8.10.2014


But that’s not all. The project continues until the end of this month. So 23/31 to go. See you later alligator!

Want a Postcard?

Would you like to receive a self-made…postcard_project_sketch_ellimaanpaa_2014_1



…from me?


Yesterday I got an lovely idea thanks to my mom who asked me to draw a “Thank you” -card for our relatives. There is still couple of months left of my sketch-a-day challenge. For the whole year I’ve been sketching daily – sometimes big and bold paintings and sometimes small little doodles. That has lead to the fact that all my storage room for drawings/paintings is running out. For the next month (meaning October) I’m going to draw my sketches to postcard sized paper and then sent them to you.

Would you like to receive one? If yes comment “I’d love to receive a postcard” to the comment box and send me your postal address by email elli(at) or direct message in facebookSo since there is 31 days in October there will be 31 postcards in total. The first 31 addresses will receive self-made postcard from me. I’m excited. Hope you’re too!