Yearning For Beauty

I visited a bookstore today and saw the book that I had to buy: Storybook Helsinki and Beyond. It must be one of the world’s most beautiful books. And it is about my home country, Finland, wow! Usually all the books that are published here are so not my style, at least if they are about design or architecture. But this one is a must have for anybody who is into arts and crafts and art nouveau styles. I am, for sure!

Assuage, digital art journal page

After short browsing the book I had zillions of images in my mind and I just had to run to the computer. So here’s my newest art journal page, it’s about beautiful architecture and how it has positive impact on me. The most beautiful structures and ornaments take their forms from the nature. That’s a lot what’s art and crafts style is about.

Speaking of digital art journal pages, have you seen this one?

Noctilucous, a digital art journal page

I made this some time ago but posted it only to my Facebook page. This and the first one have been made for the challenges of Studio Tangie’s Art Journal Caravan.

I have noticed that most of the digital art journalers buy their elements but I always use my own photos and art only. That way I can create a consistent style and include my love for the photography as well as doodling.

I ordered some of the digital art journal pages as photographic prints. I am so pleased of how they turned out. They are 12 by 12 inches and printed by Persnickety Prints.

Printed digital art journal pages
I considered framing these but I think I am going to start a special album for them. If you art journal digitally, do you print your pages? And how do you store them?

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12 Responses to Yearning For Beauty

  1. Dear Ms. Paivi Eerola
    I found your “Always Together” image on etsy and think it’s to-die-for. So much so, that I made my way to your website to be astounded by all your craft explorations and endeavors. I have recently been inspired by upcycling wool and my sister is a quilt designer, so I have forwarded your blog site to her.

    I also followed the link to Miina Akkijyrkka and I am so thrilled to discover her and the cows! I have worked for many years as a graphic designer and I feel like I have hit the jackpot. My mother wore Marimekko in the 1960s and I am a long-time fan of everything they do. I didn’t know at the time, but like every proper bride in Finland, I chose Arabia stoneware when I got married. Lastly, I have been to Vantaa! So, I am happy I found your work and I will enjoy following you and having your experience as a resource. Also, MOO is the greatest, aren’t they?

    All the best, Hattie

    • Päivi says:

      Hi Hattie, thanks for your lovely comments! I am so happy to hear that you like my work and love Finnish design. Welcome to follow my blog and thanks again!!

  2. Ola says:

    This is very beautiful! I can’t believe how much of fantastic things you are producing. 🙂

  3. Sufferiina says:

    Voi ihanuus minkälainen blogi ja mitä töitä!!!! Minkälaisilla väreillä pääosin maalaat? Mitkä olisi hyviä kyniä värittämiseen ja mistä niitä voi ostaa?

    • Päivi says:

      Kiitos, Sufferiina! Nämä on tehty Photoshopilla tietokoneella. Silloin kun teen paperille, käytän musteita, akryylivärejä, vesivärejä, tusseja, värikyniä … hyvin monenlaisia tarvikkeita. Värikynien osalta tykkään Derwent Inktense -kynistä.

      Sufferiina asked what supplies I use for painting. The images in this blog post have been made on computer using Photoshop but when I paint on paper I use watercolors and acrylics. I also use inks, markers and colour pencils, many various supplies. My favorite color pencils are Derwent Inktense water soluble pencils.

  4. How interesting that you are able to go back to your previous works and find inspiration. That surely is one of the signs of a true artist. Your work is always very beautiful; I do especially like this last design using the medallion from your sketch book.

  5. Päivi says:

    Thank you, Mary!!

  6. Lyla McLean says:

    Have you seen the work of Henckels? Hope I got the name right. he designed the iconic gate for the Paris Expo which was in the 1920s I think. He goes into the microscopic world for inspiration. His book may be called From Form to Design. Wish my memory was better. his architectural works are fascinating.

    • Päivi says:

      I had not hear about him but began to search him and found out this: His name is Ernst Haeckel, he was a german biologist and artist and his work is beautiful! He did not design the gate of Paris Expo 1900 but was a big inspiration for the architect Rene Binet who designed it. Thanks so much for this comment, Lyla! It lead me to the wonderful world of Ernst Haeckel, already pinned some of his work to my inspiration boards at Pinterest!!

  7. caryl park says:

    I think your work is A..mazing. I am just very interested to know… how do you manage to print it onto the fabrics?
    I would love to know how to do that.

    • Päivi says:

      Hi Carol, thanks! In this post, the art journal pages are printed on matte photo paper but I do also get my designs printed on fabric as well. Check out and other digital fabric printing companies!