25 September 2012

Autumn Leaves on Spring

Autumn Leaf by MagaMerlina


Oak Leaf by MagaMerlina

We are happily on Spring in the Southern Hemisphere but I just love the colors of Autumn.
 Here are my latest Autumn leaves done with watercolor and acrylic ink, with some little painted pebbles.

If you like my leaves you can find theme as prints at my Etsy Shop

24 September 2012

17 September 2012

And the winner is...

After hard work from all the family members we can say: we have a winner.
Congratulations Debo Boddiford!
Please send me your address to maria@magamerlina.com to tell the butterflies where to fly to.
Thank you all for your beautiful messages, for reading my posts and for liking my work, all of it add sense to what I like doing.

14 September 2012

About Travel Journals: Interview in Travel and Art

A while ago I was interviewed in Travel and Art: Illustrated Travel Journals by the lovely Gill McCowen from Journal Craft.
Here it is:

"Interview with Maria Trujillo

I am delighted to share an interview with Maria Trujillo. Maria was born in Bogota, Colombia (South America) but now lives in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Maria Trujillo 

Gill McC - How long have you been keeping travel journals and what inspired you start?
Maria T. - I started keeping illustrated journals ten years ago, but didn't get started with travel journals until three years ago. I thought it would be nice to keep a record of my travels for fun and to keep memories of them. I was inspired by various artist journals I found in books and the web. Some of my favourites and most inspiring have been Gwen Dhien and her Decorated Page book, Martha McEvoy's Trumpetvine Travels website, Mari Le Glatin Keis' The Art Of Travel With A Sketchbook book, Gay Kraeger's and Christina Loop's Watercolor Journaling video, Hannah Hinchman's and Cathy Johnson's books, Dory Kanter's Art Escapes book.

Gill McC - Do you have a favourite type of journal?
Maria T.- I like small format not bigger than 8x5 inches, even 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. I started using spiral bound notebooks with cartridge paper, then I moved on to Moleskine sketchbook but didn't like the paper for watercolor and I don't use the watercolor moleskine because I prefer the portrait format. I am binding my own now with Fabriano Artistico Hot Press watercolor paper 200 g and 300 g. Another little book I am using at the moment and I am liking is called Imaginote, it has 90g bleached kraft paper, half of the book is plain and half graph. 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. The paper buckles with washes but I don't mind, and I can practice calligraphy on the graph paper.

Gill McC - What media do you like to use when you are travelling?
Maria T.- My favourites are ink, watercolor and collage with found ephemera from the trip. The tools are small and easy to carry around. Sometimes I use watercolor pencils too. At the beginning when I started, I used a lot of different media in the process, colored pencils, water-soluble crayons, acrylic paints, pastels, gesso, gouache, you name it, but my favorite is definitely watercolor.

Gill McC - Do you have any tips for 'journaling on the move?
Maria T. - My travel kit is constantly changing depending on the style I am using. At the moment I am into water-colour journaling so I carry with me a small kit in my bag all the time, and some other things in my suitcase.
TRAVEL KIT (with me all the time)

Maria Trujillo's Travel journaling Kit

Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organiser
Large Pentel Aquash waterbrush,
Pentel P205 Mechanical Pencil 0.5 HB,
Escoda 1214 travel brushes No.10 and 6,
Pilot Parallel Pen 1.5 mm with J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier ink,
Sailor Sapporo EF nib with Platinum Carbon Ink, Lamy Al-Star EF nib with Platinum Carbon Ink,
Winsor and Newton Bijou Box.
Left pocket holds hand made journal 14x10 cm,with Hot Press 200g Artistico watercolor paper
Right pocket holds the Bijou Box, microfiber sports towel, two small water containers (one to soak the brushes in, the other to moisture the paints), small eraser. Visconti Travel Ink Pot with Platinum Carbon Ink and glue-stick in my toiletry bag.

Gill McC - Do you complete your journal entry 'on-site' or do you continue working on it when you get home?
Maria T. - If I have time I try to finish the sketches on-site, but some times I just do a sketch and finish the colouring later at the hotel or where I am staying, out of photographs and color notes, but before the trip ends. I do collage with found ephemera at the hotel or where I am staying too.

Gill McC - Please share a couple of your travel journal pages with us -
Maria T. - The page on the left was one of my first travel journal pages done in September 2008 during a weekend I spend with my husband in Quito (Ecuador). Back then I wasn't confident about drawing so I made a collage mainly with the tickets from the places we visited. It was an amazing trip, we where treated like royalty by Andrew's colleague and his wife. When I see this page I can go back and enjoy the trip again.



I like the page on the right a lot, it was the first travel journal map I made. It was a weekend we spent in Wanaka (NZ) visiting some friends. We went and came back using different routes...The landscape was different, both ways beautiful. I can remember this spot clearly when I see this page...the smell...the temperature...the light...that's the beauty of travel journaling, you can be back to the moment in a second!

Gill McC - When you look back at past journals, in what way do you feel you have benefited, rather than had you simply kept a photo album?
Maria T. - It is a different kind of memory. The photos are accurate records of a place and moment, but while I take them it is like they steal the moment from my memory to put it in the picture, like missing the moment... I don't know it is difficult to put it in words...the journal takes more time, sometimes I can't do as much as I would have wanted (I am not yet as fast as I would like to be sketching) but when I revisit the pages is like living the moment vividly again, with all my senses... the pictures don't give me that...plus I feel proud when I look at what I have done...I suppose for a photographer it is the opposite!

Gill McC - Anything else you'd like to share?
Maria T. - My husband is very proud of my journals, when he tells someone about our trips or suggests places to people he shows them my pages. He says "WE can remember everything with your journals".

To see more of Maria's photos and blogs visit her profile here"


I hope you've enjoyed it. You can see more pages of my journals and tools here.
And don't forget to visit Travel and Art: Illustrated Travel Journals.

11 September 2012

New Watercolors, New prints.


New Watercolor Series I've been working on.
Watercolor and Acrylic Ink on Fabriano Cold Pressed 300g/m2 Watercolor Paper.
Good news, they are available as prints on Etsy and here.

Don't forget to leave a comment on the previous post for a chance to win an original watercolor painting from this series!

10 September 2012

Happy Birthday MagaMerlina!!! ...and Giveaway





Today is MagaMerlina's first birthday. 
I think a nice way to celebrate it is with a giveaway. During this week I was thinking about something special for the giveaway but non of the ideas seemed enough for such an special occasion. 
MagaMerlina has given me something I had lost: the passion for life, the looking forward to a new project, the meaning to what I create, a purpose.... Don't get me wrong, I have everything I could ask for, a wonderful husband, a wonderful daughter, my siblings, family, dear friends, health, etc, etc...but I needed something of my own again, that is why MagaMerlina is so special.
Yesterday I decided to make something new, aqua butterflies, an original watercolor-acrylic ink painting to celebrate. 
Leave a comment here telling what you like about MagaMerlina and you are on for the giveaway. You have all the week to participate. I will announce the winner next Monday 17th of September around lunch time (NZ time of course).
Thank you to all of you who have supported me, followed, read, seen and comment, here on Flickr, Etsy and Facebook.
Happy Birthday MagaMerlina!

08 September 2012

It's Finished.




My little doll is finished. I'm happy how it turned up. I'm amazed how they are always different even thou I keep repeating the same simple pattern. 
Right now it is sitting on this corner on top of my secrétaire, before it goes to my shop and hopefully to another home.
  I have two more coming soon. I am trying a different technique, again.
Just in case you wonder, the bugs on the frame were embroidered by me a log time ago and the cute little girl in the photo is my mum.

The day after tomorrow is MagaMerlina's first birthday. I will be having a giveaway to celebrate so do come back!

04 September 2012

Back to My Little Dolls!

My Desk Today by MagaMerlina

I'm Back to making "my" little dolls.
It's been a long time since I stitched last time, more than three years since I made the last cloth doll. I had forgotten how fun it is!
This doll has been outlined with a Copic Multiliner SP and colored with Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens. I chose these pens because they have waterproof-archival inks. Now I'm adding some beads here and there.
I will post a photo when it is finished.

02 September 2012

New Designs, Ancient Symbols



Pikorua
Rauiri
Koru
Hei-Matau
The Universe


I had a great time this weekend doing a little bit of research on Maori symbols.
They are quite beautiful and I thought I could try painting some pebbles with them.
Here are the one I have made with my favorites, I hope I haven't mistaken their names.