For as long as I can remember I have been exploring my creativity. In my teens I discovered that my passion lies within painting. After following some courses (which weren't all successful) I took a break from art. That was until I discovered intuitive art, which made the path free for me to discover my own style and technique. A few years ago I started illustrating to expand my creative horizons and find other means to express myself. As life hasn't been easy on me, I continually try to find ways to keep myself busy with meaningful, constructive activities. After getting some positive reactions, I decided to try to start my own business and bring my artwork out there! After getting some positive reactions, I decided to try to start my own business and bring my artwork out there!
I emphasize on positivity throughout my work, and sometimes use encouraging or funny quotes. This originated from my own needs but now I want to be able to make other people smile by sharing my art.
The world can be a harsh environment, and I think many of us would benefit from a more silly playful outlook on life!
Smillustrations is a stationery brand that originated from my personal need to have some lightness and joy in life. I hope to bring this out there into the world with my animals in a colourful, dreamy, fairytale-like atmosphere. Next to the existing postcards and writing paper I offer, I also emphasize on customizable stationery such as address labels, stickers, birth cards, (wedding) invitations, notebooks, calendars,...
Both the illustrations as the accompanied texts can be personalized. Please contact me if you're interested.
Examples can be found when you click on my products-page button.
Since this year is confronting us with highly unusual and difficult circumstances, SmillustrationS is trying to offer a little help by providing a temporary corona discount.
it is also important to mention here that all orders will be packaged with care and will be corona-proof.
After successful sales last year, SmillustrationS went silent for a while. But that wasn't a sign of some sort of hibernation at all!
I have been designing and sketching and also exploring new media. Some of you might have noticed this on the instagram page (www.instagram.com/SmillustrationS).
There will be new cards coming soon, and they will remain true to the unique SmillustrationS signature style. So some very exciting new whimsical animal sceneries are on their way!
It hasn't been a secret that I also work with lots of other media and styles. I love getting my paintbrushes ready and making some abstract or intuitive artwork. You have been able to witness this at Atelier Pure Black Rainbow (see link above : graphic design projects - my own artwork). This spring, I pushed this even further and explored inks as a new medium. This resulted in a new creative vibe and a lot of inspiration so I went playing with different techniques.
Paintings, possibly cards and even jewelry are possible new routes of adventure :-).
I hope you can appreciate this new approach, as a side project to the original SmillustrationS brand.
Find out all about these colourful newbies at the link above! (Side project - Atelier Pure Black rainbow)
Thanks for your support
Hello to everyone reading this. It’s been over a year since I started raising funds to launch my illustration company. SmillustrationS has been successfully started in may 2016. Sales weren’t sky-rocketing, but that’s normal I guess. I was already very grateful for the attention and support I was receiving from all kinds of directions. That there could be a financial extra in it as well, has definitely been a bonus, but never my main goal for this company. In fact, I started SmillustrationS to gain some self-esteem and to send a positive message throughout the world. Life hasn’t been easy on me as I struggle to overcome some chronic health issues. But then again, I truly believe we all struggle in a way. My creativity has helped me a lot in having a more positive outlook on life, whether this comes from the joy of creating things, or the happiness of using colours, or the animals that pop in my head and come out of my sketching pencil. Sometimes I use quotes, as I find them very empowering and useful myself. It still is my dream to spread this joy, to have more eyes seeing my silly animals or whimsical artwork.
I am a creative being, and I believe in authenticity. In honesty, in hearing your inner voice and responding to it. That is what I do. If you remain true to yourself and your personal style, you can never fail. At the very least, you have translated what lies within you to something visible to others. You have experienced the joy of a creativity flow.
That flow is also a subject to ebb and flood. SmillustrationS has had a period of hibernation this first half year. This gave me the time to contemplate what direction to take. Of course this came along with doubts and struggles.
That is why I am extra proud and grateful to introduce you to this NEW LIFE.
I’ve translated this in a new postcard design, very soon to be on sale, on the website (www.smillustrations.com) and on etsy (http://www.etsy.com/nl/shop/SmillustrationSART). One of my favourite animals is getting into production and is joining the product line!
I believe in the power of art, in the power of offline living. That’s why I create postcards. I personally love sending and receiving them. They’re so much more personal than an email or a text message. The sender has taken the time to choose something especially for the lucky receiver, and written his/her words down carefully as they remain on the paper. Unlike email, this is real, it’s touchable, you can read it over and over again. You can cherish whatever message someone gave you with it.
I am a creative being, and there’s more to be said about this new life! With the help of friends and fans such as you out there, some ideas started brewing and that’s how a cross-pollination between two of my passions occurred. I love boardgames and a friend of mine asked for good quality stickers to mark hers. I researched the best way to translate my designs to this. So now I am proud to offer you high quality vinyl stickers, totally customizable with your name, another text, a favourite animal, …They come in high quantities, so they are perfect to mark your boardgames, book collection, or whatever other collection you want to leave your message on 😊.
As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have further questions and thank you for keeping your faith in SmillustrationS!