I Will Make It Happen

Today started with mixed feelings since I had to make some hard choices. Nothing too dramatic but choices of how I want’t to use my time this Autumn. Do I want to take singing lessons (yes) or take part in a improvisation course (I’d love to but couldn’t register on time). In the end of the day I felt like I did the right choices since I felt great and got even more good news (one other acting course accepted my enrollment). Jey!

Today’s sketch-a-day painting’s name is I Will Make It Happen. In the painting I used watercolor, pencil and marker. The girl in the picture looks so determined. She’s going to climb on mountains and conquer all challenges. Lets all be like that.

P.S. I also added the design to my Society6 shop Elli Emilia TaleIwillmakeithappen_sketch_ellimaanpaa_2014 Iwillmakeithappen_sketch_ellimaanpaa_2014_2 determined_ellimaanpaa_insta_2014



Can you believe it’s already 1st of September? It’s sad to say good bye to Summer but it’s nice to welcome Autumn after long warm Summer.

Delirious is a sketch-a-day painting I did already in July. But since I did it while visiting Turku and left the piece there I only now had a chance to scan it. In the work I used pencil, red ink and marker.delirious_illustration_ellimaanpaa_2014 copy

Closer look of the details of the face.

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The instagram photo I took in our yard – back when it was still the peak of the summer.


With Diamonds

“Diamonds are girl’s best friend” they say. I’m not sure if I agree since it does sound quite a lonely life to have only cold shiny diamonds as your best friend. I prefer something that can love you back. Still I do think diamonds are pretty. Especially I love the simplified shape of the diamond when it’s drawn. This watercolor work started as a platform for a crazy diamond pattern. But the message is that despite the huge amount of diamonds around the girl herself is the biggest diamond of all just the way she is.

Here is a making of photographs of the progress. I started with a pencil sketch and then added layers of watercolor.


For the pattern I wanted brighter colors so I used ink instead of watercolor.


Only thing still missing is the floating diamonds.


Here below is the finalized illustration With Diamonds.


Some details. First close up of the face. I kept it very natural.


2nd close up – the pattern: diamonds, plus sign, round seeds and ribbons.


Have an absolutely diamondy week!

Color Your World

Today I’m going to tell you story behind my Color Your World -design and about the new Society6 shop ElliMaanpaa.

It all started with my new visual art CV. I planned to make it very simple and formal with one exception: I needed one eye catching illustration for the headline. So that the overall look would be little more playful – more like me. That’s how the smiling paint brush vector graphic illustration was created.

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I liked the paint brush character so much I started to play around with it. First I created my initial letter E just for fun.


I saw potential in the simple but funny figure so I became more ambitious: I wanted to create a pattern out of it. This pattern below I named as Make Your Own Northern Lights. I used this print in the t-shirts, mugs and clocks.


I still continued experimenting. That’s how the stripe version was born. I love stripes in many different forms so it was truly exciting to create a stripe pattern of my own.


Color Your World became the name and message of the design. It’s also my philosophy in life –  the world gives you the outlines of your life that you cannot choose yourself but what you do inside the lines is only up to you. You can color every corner of your life with the color/mood of your preference. Below Color Your World Art Print in Society6.


If you’ve followed my whereabouts before you know that I have an Society6 shop by the name ElliEmiliaTale. So why did I not just post this design there? Why the new shop? The answer is that I have multiple design aesthetics inside me. I love (to make and see) tactile fragile hand drawn illustrations and watercolor paintings which ElliEmiliaTale is all about. But I also love  (to make and see) these bright clean cut vector illustrations that ElliMaanpaa will be about. To honor both styles I wanted to give them own space.

Below from up left Color Your World: Stationery Cards, Mugs, V-neck Shirt and Duvet Cover. There is much more products available in the shop so go take a look.


That’s it for today. Thank you for reading! Have a colorful weekend all!