My personal Covid Crafting Therapy

“Covid Crafting Therapy” is my ongoing personal process for relaxation, a type of journaling, a type of meditation. Every stitch a thought. It’s different from drawing, painting, writing. I’m not trying to find the style, the form, the character. I’m not trying find the perfect color, the perfect brush stroke. The perfect narrative. Crafting just… is.

The Little My Pillow

 

 

 

Little My, character from the Moomin stories by Tove Jansson, is a personal obsession. I draw her continuously. I aspire to be like her, though, according to all the Moomin personality quizzes I have taken, I am Snufkin.

I love drawing on cloth or layers of paper and embroidering along the lines. No end product in mind. No rush. Just a place to land those thoughts. This project (using an old tablecloth as canvas) has become a pillow. (still in progress)

The Covid Quilt


 

 

Sock Monkeys

Lilla My #fanart custom made composition books. 

I love customizing composition books.  Prepping a new one for today. I am particularly in love with this one so I’m making this version available to you! 

Lilla My fan art custom made composition books:

Ready to contain your hopes, wishes, dreams, ramblings, musings, to-do’s, purges, goals etc. A safe place to vent as you take a bite out of life!

You deserve the best, the very best, because you are one of the few people in this lousy world who are honest to themselves, and that is the only thing that really counts. – Frida Kahlo

 $25 CAD/ $20 USD

Features handcolored prints of my Tove Jansson’s inspired fan art drawings- Moomin’s Lilla My on the front cover and Lilla My as Frida Kahlo on the back. 

Each journal contains a little surprise introductory exercise! 

Deluxe embroidered versions with 12 journaling exercises also available for custom order.

Contact me at britakatarina@gmail.com for purchase info. Bulk order price options available!  

  

 

I’ll have to calm down a bit. Or else I’ll burst with happiness. – Tove Jansson

 

10 Tuesdays. 10 Fridas. Frida No.10: Moomin Frida.

I’ve been celebrating my blog with an art event. The event honors the woman who inspires me to keep it going as an artist: Frida Kahlo.

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For 10 Tuesdays, I have been creating/posting 10 different portraits of Frida Kahlo (plus some additional posts here and there) in some form/medium or another. It may be a drawing, an object, a doll, multimedia, whatever… A surprise.

Recall:

Frida No. 1: Sock Doll

Frida No. 2: The Dream

Frida No. 3: The Chakras

Frida No. 4: Frida and her magic cone of truth

Frida No. 5: A Coloring Page for You

Frida No. 6: Sock Doll in Tehuana Dress

Frida No. 7: Fetal Frida

Happy birthday Frida

Frida Kahlo July 6, 1907- July 13, 1954

Frida No. 8: Dia de los Muertos sock monkey

Frida No. 9: Frida and the magpie portrait

And so… here we are.

Frida No. 10: Moomin Frida

Inspired by Tove Jansson‘s “Lilla My” from Moomin.

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My “Lilla My” fan art (china marker on newsprint)

It is simply this: do not tire, never lose interest, never grow indifferent—lose your invaluable curiosity and you let yourself die. It’s as simple as that.  – Tove Jansson

Here, Frida as Lilla My chews on her Diego cookie.  She wears the hand earrings sculpted for her by Picasso:

The most curious thing about the supposed lies of Diego, is that in the long and short of it, those who are involved in the imaginary combination become angry, not because of the lie, but because of the truth contained in the lie, that always comes to the surface. – Frida Kahlo