Peony and Parakeet

Paper Doll – Let’s Draw Collage Art!

Paivi Eerola with one of her paper dolls showing the collage art pieces that she makes.

Here’s a fun little project for your box of joy – a box of hand-drawn collage pieces! Watch the video for instructions and inspiration!

Let’s Draw a Paper Doll – Watch the Video!

Drawing and Playing in Animal Inkdom

Paivi Eerola's collage art. Drawing paper dolls and animals. Check out her class Animal Inkdom!

Take the paper doll with you, and come to draw and decorate animals with us in Animal Inkdom! You will get the published lessons immediately after the registration, and you can start drawing right away. Sign up for Animal Inkdom here!

How to Draw, and How to Enjoy and Keep Drawing

A sketch and the finished drawing by Peony and Parakeet. Watch Paivi's webinar about the joy of drawing and get her tips to enjoy and keep drawing!

Yesterday, I ran a webinar about drawing. It’s always a lot of fun to talk about the topic I love so much. Thank you all who joined me!

The Joy of Drawing

I wanted to include the word “joy” in the title of the webinar because, in the end, it’s what keeps us drawing. I shared ideas about what supplies to use, what to draw, and how to solve those situations when you don’t grab a pen even if there’s a chance.

Unfortunately, the recording of the webinar wasn’t the best quality, maybe the snowstorm that has just blown over Finland had some effect on it. But luckily, I had some extra footage and I also made some more to compensate the parts that affected the experience. The video has a lot of ideas and examples, so it’s worth watching.

Animal Inkdom – Come to Draw with Me!

Let’s draw wild animals and decorate them with fun motifs and patterns. My new class Animal Inkdom is dedicated to the joy of drawing.

Animal Inkdom, a drawing class by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. Draw wild animals and decorate them with patterns and motifs.

Animal Inkdom begins on Monday, January 21, sign up now!

Guiding Word – Choosing and Visualizing Your Word of the Year

"Play" by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her video about choosing your word of the year and visualizing it.

The year 2018 was groundbreaking to me. I was able to include things that seemed separate from my art in my art and build a new foundation for it. It strengthened my visual voice and style, but also, it felt more holistic than just that. I would say that my artistic identity got updated.

As a former software engineer, I see it this way:

Peony and Parakeet 1.0 – intuitive circles and colorful patterns, 2012-2014
Peony and Parakeet 2.0 – from mixed media to fine art, 2015-2017
Peony and Parakeet 3.0 – fantasy illustrations, 2018 -?

Art by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

I am not quite sure how to label 3.0 yet, but it definitely started last year and went into bloom during the Inktober challenge in October.

What’s Your Word of the Year?

About a year ago, I developed a process for setting artistic goals. I introduced it to my art community Bloom and Fly back then. It’s called Guiding Word, and it’s about choosing your word and then processing it through art journaling – drawing, painting, and writing.

My word for 2018 was “Depth”, and now when I look back, it was related to my old desire to create fine art. But the process of exploring depth was like the symbol of yin and yan. It started a journey towards the opposite word “Play.”

The process of choosing a word and exploring it through art-making had a huge impact on me, so I decided to share it openly. Watch the video to define your word and to explore it more in depth!

Guiding Word – Watch the Video!

My word for 2019 is “Play”. I am looking forward to increase fantasy and drama in my art, and I hope you follow the journey with me.

P.S. As you probably noticed already, this website and my artist website has been updated! There are still things to adjust and add, but feel free to browse the new look!

P.P.S. I am running a free live webinar The Joy of Drawing on Jan 17, 7 PM GMT – 11 AM PST, reserve your spot here!

Notebook Drawings and Hand-Drawn Collage Pieces

Drawing on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

While preparing for a new class, I took an empty notebook and started drawing. My first idea was to decorate some notebook pages but it went further and I had a lot of fun.

Bees and Butterflies

Bees and butterflies on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

Birds and Feathers

Birds on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

Birds on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

Whale Chasing a Star

Whale on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

Fish Swimming Fast

Fish on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

Owl and Hearts

Owl on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

Drawing Collage Pieces

As a child, I loved paper dolls and die cut scrap pictures. So after drawing the many notebook pages, I thought I could make some additional elements as separate collage pieces.

Hand-drawn collage pieces by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

Here are a wolf and a fox, and a delicious piece of cake! I made a cut on the cake and on the fox so that they fit together.

Handdrawn collage pieces by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

Playing with Notebook Drawings

I had even more fun when I realized that I can set the collage piece on the top of the drawing so that the animal becomes even more imaginative.

Playing with hand-drawn collage pieces. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

The combination of wolf and owl is so cute, and I also like how the fox and the cake could fit in! I think my word for 2019 is Play.

Ink drawings and playing with collage pieces. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

Have some cake, and then get your notebook and start drawing!

Playing with ink drawings and handdrawn collage pieces. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. Monkey eating cake.

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