Happy Valentine’s everyone! I received my 3 red roses from my boys this morning with a dedication to “our favourite mom” and it sorta melted my heart. It still feels massive that i get to be a mom and that i know have two valentine boys. We hardly ever celebrate this day around here, but i feel like today should be celebrating love of all kinds. Love yourself, love your friend, your boyfriend, your cat, your art.

Love is always the answer. So i’m sending lots and lots of love to each and every one of you. May today be a special day, filled with love to yourself and others.

Well i guess i’m sealing the deal with a second constellation totem. I won’t promise i’ll make these monthly, because we all know mom life kicks ass sometimes, but i surely want to!

This month is to all the little fish just like me. Sensitive, imaginative, compassionate, artistic, intuitive and gentle. Oh i just love being a pisces! Always have and always will.

This totem is slightly different than all my previous ones. I really wanted to try something more cosmic and vintage. I’ve been pinning all these astronomical scans from a few centuries ago on my Witch board and i guess i was slightly influenced by them. I run into a pastel blue a little earlier this morning and thought i’d try the colour palette.

Can’t wait for next month already!

Everyone i know around me, creatives, designers, illustrators, friends are either pregnant or just had a baby. I’ve already talked about how inspiring the whole pregnancy was in previous posts, but also how difficult it was and what a tough period in my life. Looking back at these 9 months now i wish i could somehow go back in time  and relieve for just a few minutes feeling Jason in my belly. Thinking about it today, i realised how you do become a mother the moment you get pregnant and give birth. But you feel like a mother more and more as the day pass by.

I stalk so many wonderful mothers over on Instagram but lately i feel very inspired by the Mother Muse magazine. Although i’m still figuring out this whole new mom – creative and ambitious life i’m living, nothing gives me more strength than seeing all these incredibly strong women that kick ass every day.

As for the story of this artwork – oh it’s one of my favourites. I almost dreamt of this concept. Thought of all the paper i had in my drawers and started cutting different shapes and scanning collages. I also did a live video for the process on my Instagram that is still live for you to see. I love going outside the digital routine more and more these days and actually creating artworks with my hands.

If you’re following me on Instagram, you probably saw that my mini ass kicker (the Sony RX100V) already arrived and it’s making me fall over again with photography. It’s been a week and a half and as expected, we haven’t had a chance to play with it, or even ready the manual (as i always love to do so).

So yesterday i took her for a spin and took some test shoots of my rocks on the light. I call it a “rock study”, although really it’s me being fascinated with how powerful this little gem is. It’s going to make my life so much easier having zero weight on my hands and just wearing it as an accessory anywhere i go. I took way too many lovely shots, so i’ll be splitting them in two. This one, is dedicate for my & the months gem – Amethyst.

As an update to the new shop, ooh we’re gearing up alright! The team is in full force, sketching, brainstorming, researching and i have a list of ideas that just makes me wanna cry happy tears just thinking about them. My goal is to bring back all the magic that defined me when i was younger. And that just feels so right. You can follow my new Insta account @cocorrinaco for more updates on the process & secret inspiration for all the new things we’re working on.

Oh how i hate my jawline. Oh how i wish i had bigger boobs. I’ll definitely get a boob job and work out more to have her body. All things that i’ve said so many times to myself and out-loud. But i never realised the effect these words could have on me. Not being happy with who i already am. It makes a huge change that body and self loving is a trend these days. It does raise more awareness and the idea we have about what beauty is. But that doesn’t mean that it always makes you feel better about yourself.

This post isn’t a post to make you feel good about yourself. I wouldn’t be able to do that even if i wanted to, and i mean to really get in your core. It’s something that you have to go through and then wake up one day realising that you do love every inch and every curve of your body, because that is who you truly are. And there’s nothing better than being you, even if you don’t always see that. No articles, books, or celebrities can tell you that – it is already in you.

Showering the other day, i realised how much i love my body for giving birth to the most amazing person i know. For that, i’m in owe and love every cell, every stretch mark and the soon to be saggy boobs. But these saggy boobs, breastfeed him and for that they’re even more beautiful to my eyes. Every wrinkle reminds me of all the laughs and cries that brought me to this day. Always a reminder of what i’ve gone through to be here today, so blessed and lucky for everything i have.

And there may be days, with 3 day old hair, with puke and food on my pyjamas -that i don’t remember when i changed last time-, looking in the mirror and seeing someone who looks tired and at least 10 years older, and so completely unattractive. But when i think of all the things that make me happy, there you see her rising again, beautiful in her unwashed face and clothes. Because that’s what true beauty is to me – our memories, our happiness and the people we love.

The Body Artwork

There’s something in this illustration that just calms me and truly sums up all the emotions i had writing this post. In case you see it too, i created a nice wallpaper for your desktop screen and mobile. Download below, & please remember these are meant for personal use only.

Desktop : Mellow Yellow / Nude & Olive

Mobile : Mellow Yellow / Nude & Olive

 

Well to start with, i panicked! It was the first time i didn’t post for this long every since i started my blog – almost 6 years ago. Whoa! That just makes me feel so old. In the past, when i needed a break and would pause “my internet presence” for a bit, i ended up feeling lazy and unmotivated and definitely a lot less creative.

So these holidays i stopped blogging for a month. There was zero time to schedule any posts – lots of projects to be wrapped up, diapers to change and a baby to cuddle. I didn’t even have time to think how it would affect me, my audience and my views. Although the bitter truth is that i haven’t checked the last in a year now.

Surprisingly, the New Year arrived and here i am back in my office feeling more motivated and creative than ever. I’ve read a lot in the past how these breaks make you less creative. But really, it didn’t! I started sketching, keeping notes for bigger, better ideas, redefined what i want to do with myself as an artist in the future. Started drawing – as in actually drawing on a canvas. Oh there’s nothing better than the feel of paint on your hands.

And better yet.. i started a new instagram account. Ta da da da! Yup, there’s an official Instagram account for Cocorrina now and it’s the most inspiring thing iv’e done for myself in the past few years. I’m working on something personal, that’s truly mine and is really close to my heart. It’s everything i am, everything i’ve became ever since i started designing. It’s updated regularly with everything that fits the brand and inspires our *soon* to be creations.

I’ll be sharing soon more of the materials i’m working with as well as some sketches and behind the scenes.

 

Feel free to take a look! @cocorrinaco

I’m so excited to finally do a giveaway, it has been a long long time!  We’ve been thinking to give away a useful tool for designers on Courses for quite some time now and the tablet seems like a perfect fit! My favourite design tool – the one i couldn’t leave without. I’ve owned a Wacom tablet for many years now and if you don’t have one, i’m sure you’ll love all the new skills you’ll get with it. So grand prize is an Intuos Art Wacom tablet (in medium – black), and secondary prizes are 3 Hand Lettering courses to 3 lucky designers!

How to enter:

To enter, all you have to do is share this graphic in your preferred social media and tag me! Instagram, instagram stories, twitter, pinterest and facebook. We’ll collect all the entries on a list, and pick a winner in 10 days from today (on the 29th of January). This giveaway is open worldwide!

See below for more information on all the possible ways you can enter the giveaway!

Good luck everyone!

How to enter

Instagram:

Share the cover image of this post on Instagram and tag @corinanika

Instagram Stories:

Share the cover image of this post on Instagram Stories and tag @corinanika

Twitter:

Share the cover image of this post on Twitter and tag  @corinanika

Pinterest:

Pin the cover image of this post on Pinterest and dm me your name @Corina Nika on Pinterest

Facebook:

Share the cover image of this post on Facebook and tag @cocorrina (make sure that the post is set to public for your entry to be valid)

 

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