17 Apr

A Liberating Brushstroke

I have only a desk as a studio nowadays where I’m painting in quite small sizes and also doing a lot of abstract art journal drawings. I miss my former printmaking studio! But a few months ago I had the chance to use for a short period of time an old house who was going to be entirely renovated. That meant that I was able to do anything on it: paint walls, floors, cleaning brushes anywhere, spill paint all over without control. It was … LIBERATING!

I painted a lot in very large formats for the first time. I felt like creating without control and without searching a specific purpose: the place was the perfect chaos that for many years I was trying to control. No boundaries, no meaning, no titles, no right or wrong to the art world. Experimenting with all kinds of mixtures and colors made me aware that those abstracts are the perfect contrast in my life: I do not dare with a lot of “domestic-real” things everyday, but I can really be bold with painting. I felt I could experience that abstract art is about passion, courage and emotions that become real through colors and textures.

I loved the result, it was very daring and elegant within so many spills and brushstrokes! I called them “Color Studies” because I just picked a color I liked and started to interact with paper until they turned into a cohesive body of work, both colorful and monochrome. You can download a sample of that artwork HERE.

What liberating thing have you done recently?


10 Mar

10 Facts About Me

I’ve never REALLY taken the time to introduce myself because to be honest, I ended up convincing myself that no one would care to read about RANDOM things having to do with me. But I think it could been actually very therapeutic to share more of me here. Maybe you can help me out to understand why I do what I do as an ARTIST (It’s been always very hard for me to explain what is pure instinct and guts), or maybe I want to do this for the simple fact that I like knowing quirky things about people that I follow online and I do not know at all (dark side of me).

Any psychologist out there? HELP…

1. I walked 28 days to SANTIAGO de COMPOSTELA, an experience that I keep as a treasure in my heart every day.

2. Since I was a kid, I avoid to work in groups or participate in teams.

3. I do not like concerts or people events, I PANIC among crowds.

4. I am chaotic. I keep this a secret, I look like organized but I am totally NOT, I can not follow plans, lists, schedules or can’t organize a drawer…

5. My favorite movie is FORREST GUMP.

6. I love to learn languages and I have recently learned a couple of phrases in POLISH.

7. I love to listen to LED ZEPPELIN’s rough sound. Fortunately, I never had the chance to go to their concerts…I had panicked.

8. My handwriting is HORRENDOUS (and of course, chaotic). That’s why I think I love typography and I use it a lot in my work.

9. I do not like to define myself. Those statements “I am like this”, “I’m not like this”…who can actually tell so in a constant EVER CHANGING life?

10. I share birthday with Chuck Norris, Sharon Stone and Jon Hamm… which is TODAY.

My BIRTHDAY PRESENT? Visit now and then my visual BLOG posts on my website (where I to try to keep updated with recent an older work and a few words about it), to my beloved SHOP (where I am also constantly adding new things and special shipping promotions) or my PINTEREST boards (where I keep a nice gallery with other people’s work which I like).

And, if you would like to know a little more about me, you can sign up to my monthly newsletter!

Thank you all and enjoy March! (which is my favorite month).


01 Feb

Ink Paintings

I have created these monochrome ink paintings with the simple idea of contrast: contrast between the color and the paper and contrast between drawing materials. What do you see on these small paintings? Do you try to find a significance on the image or do you see abstract colors and textures?


This is a large collection of 8″ x 11″ small paintings on paper and they are all available on my website and my saatchi online gallery.


15 Jan

Art Journal Inspiration

My art journal pages are now available as booklets! You can have your own collection of my work in tiny version. They are also perfect to get inspiration for your own art journal projects!

You can find them in my Etsy shop.

If your favorite color is not here, no problem! You will certainly find it in the editions to come.

Take a look!








09 Dec

Abstract Drawings on Hand Made Paper

At the beginning of the year I received these wonderful hand made papers as a gift from a friend and it took me a long time to decide what to do with them, as it was a meaningful gift for me. These papers arrived by surprise at the time I was about to leave Barcelona. They came from a wonderful person who was the first one to believe in my art skills like a million years ago when she let me be part of her workshop without knowing me at all.

When I received this unexpected gift, it was a complicated moment for me. It made me think about my future as an artist and especially made me look back and remember the year ’96 when I made my final dissertation at university about….hand made paper and graphic design! (Unfortunately, I have no pictures of it: no digital cameras nor phones back then!). Life was telling me something! It made me remember a recent trip to Japan as well: my friend has lived there and we have this same sense of “aesthetics”, we were so connected without thinking about it!!

I made these paintings trying to maintain the texture of the original paper: its threads, sparkles and little pieces. Make the paper part of the design.

My friend’s name is Alexandra and she has a wonderful blog and business about Kyoto (it is in French but do not worry, I do not think aesthetics has a language!). She has also a career as a pattern designer on a website called Tristan and Zoe.

I hope you like these drawings! They reminded of my student years…;)

I have “Mountain in Japan“, “Momiji” and “Pond” listed in my etsy shop if you want to check some details. I will list all of them soon!


03 Nov

Colorful Marks

These are my first attempts at pattern design! I love making marks, and I thought that these random lines could turn into modern and bold patterns… or maybe drawing them directly on a wall? I am still working on it.

You can try it too! The gesture is given by the type of pencil you use. Try to mix as many materials as possible, even if you feel that they “don’t work”, you will be amazed by the abstract result you can have with simple lines!

You can find this collection on my redbubble shop.


25 Oct

The printmaking process

To understand this process we need to know first what an original print is and how it is made.

A print is a work of graphic art which has been conceived by the artist to be realized as an original work of art. Prints are produced by drawing or carving an image onto a hard surface (known as a matrix) such as a wood block, metal plate, or stone. This surface is then inked and the image is transferred to paper or another material by the application of pressure, thus creating an impression, or print. The printed image that results is the exact reverse of the image on the plate.

Unlike paintings or drawings, prints usually exist in multiple impressions, each of which has been created from the same inked plate. The set of identical impressions (prints) made from an individual matrix created by the artist, either working alone or in conjunction with a master printer are called an edition. The process of printing the edition is therefore just as important to the authenticity of a print as the act of inscribing the image onto the plate.

This long process makes me think of printmaking as alchemy: a long experimental process where all the elements and materials have to fit together on a perfect moment in order to transmute into something powerful and precious.

Metals and card boards become matrices, those receive ink that become stamps and fibers become a sheet of paper, paper scraps arranged together to create something new. This is a marvelous and incredible transmutation which is the guide of all my work.

I feel myself fascinated by the sudden effects that I found through this process. There are many accidents generated that I can incorporate to the pieces of art. The mystery of not knowing exactly the result I am going to obtain makes me feel completely caught, since it seems to me that materials are alive.

Prints fall into categories depending on their method of production, which can be several: etching, dry point, linocut, lithography, dry point, collagraph, screen print, etc. Within each category, there are a lot of techniques to achieve different effects.

I do mostly etchings on copper plates (I have a large collection listed on my etsy shop). Here is a brief description of that process:

Preparing the plates

Cut the plate to desire size · Bevel the edges · If it is unpolished, you have to polish the surface · Degrease it.

Varnish and biting a plate

Protect the back of the plate · Ground the plate with the desire technique (wax ground, white ground, rosin, etc.) · Prepare the acids · Etch the plate

Preparing the inks

Prepare the colors if needed · Depending on the color or type of ink, you need to adjust its viscosity

Proofs of state

Start printing! · We need to check if we are satisfied with the etched lines and tones (if not, we have to do it all over again!) · The amount of ink and colors · The pressure of the press · Size and type of paper

Preparing the paper

Cutting the paper by hand · Dampen it and take out the excess of water


Preparing the hot plate · Soften the tarlatan to wipe the ink on the plate


Preparing the registration for placing the plates on the press and print!

Drying and pressing

Left to dry · Place the prints between blotting paper and under pressure


Thank you for your interest in this technique I adore! You can find the finished pieces here in this section and in my etsy shop. You can also find more information, descriptions and glossary terms on these websites: magical secrets, ifpda, smidgeon press.


20 Oct

A Japanese technique

In 2011, i was researching about marbling techniques to decorate paper when i found a beautiful image of suminagashi. I was very impressed by the delicacy of the lines, clear and ethereal, very different from the marbling I knew.

Suminagashi means “floating ink” and is an ancient method of marbling paper developed in Japan.

I started looking for more about this technique and it was not easy! I found a small book and the contact of Mr. Kuroda in Japan (one of the experts on the subject), who kindly shared his knowledge with me for about a year.

I began to experiment a lot taking notes, trying papers, inks and brushes. This craft amazed me not only for its result in the paper but also for its magical, simple and meditative process. I felt like capturing the air or the soft movement of the water in a thin piece of paper.

Last year I had the great opportunity to visit in Japan, the place where this technique was born around 1000 years ago. I spent a day visiting Echizen, a small and remote village that has manufactured washi paper for centuries. It is a splendid and interesting place, where the techniques are passed from generation to generation within the same family. It was fascinating for me to see the dedication, patience and skills used for achieving high quality papers made entirely by hand.

In this beautiful and peaceful place lives mr. Tadao Fukuda, an artisan dedicated to suminagashi, who opens the doors of his studio for those who want to know the technique and see how he works. So I spent some time with him and prepared a suminagashi sheet under his advice. A delight!



Mr. Fukuda is 93 years old and he still works everyday preparing his own natural inks, resin and preparing his own strong washi papers. An unforgettable day for me! He gave me many useful tips that will help me to perfect my own technique and keep practicing.

I have done many suminagashi courses to keep this ancient technique alive, and I have also experimented with it as part of my other works. It is a craft that I keep doing and enjoying.

The method is very simple: it’s about touching the water with ink. We use a brush dipped in sumi ink (calligraphy ink) and another in pine resin (or could be photo-flo or turpentine). With extremely light touches, we we alternate the brushes making concentric circles on the water one after the other. Original Suminagashi style took its form from concentric circles that flow and shape with disturbances in the water. We can manipulate this pattern by blowing or using  a fan. We transfer this pattern by carefully placing a rice or washi sheet of paper on the water surface.



If you have any other questions , contact me anytime! I would be very happy to help you.

You can see some of my works with suminagashi here.

Enjoy suminagashi!