Make Yourself a Leather Bullet Journal

Make Yourself a handmade leather bullet journal

Today I thought it would be nice to share how I made myself a leather bullet journal to start my year out on the right foot. I've always made myself art journals, since learning how to bind books and since I have access to lot of leather scraps, it seems only natural for me to ...

Art Journal Reflections

art journal reflections

When a new year rolls around, I definitely find myself reflecting back on my past work and what I should focus on in the future. This year, I decided to pull out all my old art journals from years past. I have more sketchbooks in my parents house back in Southern California, but here with me ...

Happy Holidays!

happy holidays 2016

Hello there! I just wanted to wish you a happy holidays with the design I created above. Also, be safe - there's just been so much going on and we can definitely file 2016 away as a pretty tough year, I think. Finally, I wanted to say have courage and be kind, because I just happened ...

A Commission Turned Into Collaboration

Crochet shawl lady illustration pocket notebook

Every so often, a bit of freelance work turns out to be the seed to an amazing tree of possibility. A few months back, I was contacted by Tanja from Osswald Design to create an illustration for one of her crochet patterns. Actually, I already mentioned on the blog here - so it's actually been a long time! ...

Announcing Real Paper Goods in My Etsy Shop!

tortagialla etsy shop - cute illustrations on fine art paper goods

You can tell on the photo that I've been on Etsy since 2009, but never really listed much as I was always "working on it." Hmm... we all know how that goes. From many different trials and experimentations as well as challenges, I've finally got things sorted out and listed my greeting card designs and ...

Travelling Mail for Snail Mail Lovers

travelling mail for snail mail lovers

I recently learned about travelling mail and had to share with all of you! Basically, travelling mail is snail mail that eventually is sent back to you who started it all. The idea is to send something to someone, who then sends it to another, and then to another... until finally the last person sends ...

I’m on Patreon!

tortagialla on Patreon

Yup, I hit the "Publish" button and launched my Patreon page last week. tortagialla is official on Patreon and now you can support all my creative efforts in one place - small or large! I'm considering it an experiment to help me get into the creative studio more, so I can make more goodness for everyone. ...

Illustration for Crochet Pattern Designer Tanja Osswald

Snow Falling on Shadows by Tanja Osswald

I'm super excited and grateful to have created a little illustration for my friend Tanja Osswald to help promote her latest crochet pattern release - Snow Falling on Shadows. It's a lovely shawl with multiple color blocks, beautiful, yes? And it's crocheted! Definitely check out the pattern if you are interested - it's on Ravelry here. If ...