Exciting News: The Countdown to the Launch of My New Website Has Started

Exciting News: The Countdown to the Launch of My New Website Has Started | By Yaansoon IllustrationI am so excited to share with you all the long-awaited ‘soft launch’ of my new website, Yaansoon.com. This self-hosted blog and website is still in the making, but I do hope to make the official launch in the coming few weeks!

If you would like to stay in touch and receive future blog posts from my new blog, please don’t hesitate to subscribe to my newsletter. You can do so over here: http://eepurl.com/b5RyjH.

Although I’m planning to keep my current yaansoon.wordpress.com blog online as my “beta” blogging experiment, I’m feeling a little bit emotional about leaving it. I have met such nice people over at WordPress.com and I feel like I have a small family in so many countries across the world.

WordPress.com is such an excellent blogging platform. It has so many customization features, a community, and some really cool blogging perks. But staying on a free blog platform also means that you are limited in your options.

I will be posting one more time on this blog and it will be about launching my new website. I don’t want it to be a final goodbye but more like a “see you again” kind of post.

I miss you already and look forward to seeing you all in the next chapter of my blogging journey! Meanwhile, here are the online addresses that you can find me at, so don’t be a stranger!

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How to Save on Home Decor + Promo Code For My Society6 Pillows & Throw Blankets

How to Save on Home Decor + Promo Code For My Society6 Pillows & Throw Blankets | By YaansoonIf you’re in the habit of moving flats or countries as frequently as I do, then you must start re-thinking your nesting strategy. One thing I’ve learnt from living like a nomad was that home accessories can bring so much more into your living space than actual furniture!

The other day I could not believe how my very ugly hallway was transformed into a piece of art – by simply throwing in a couple of original paintings and prints on the wall, and a couple of throw pillows on a lonely chair! Such a huge difference for so little! Which brings me to the following tips…

Save by Purchasing Minimalist & Affordable Furniture

In recent years, I have been into buying very plain and very affordable furniture (chairs, sofas, beds, etc), while investing my dough into well-designed and eclectic home decor pieces and accessories – which also gave my home and studio their distinct artistic look.

I am saying this because I come from a family that appreciates bulky furniture and that has frequently lectured me on the merits of investing into furniture – not accessories. But I have found the opposite to be true to my lifestyle. For various reasons (including travel and a life rooted in wanderlust), I had to give away every piece of furniture I have invested in. But fortunately, I still have some of the small accessories and pieces that carry all the memories and the coziness with them. Those are the ones that matter and that remind me I’m home.

I always go for a minimalist piece of furniture with clean lines. Minimalist furniture does not over-impose itself in a room, and is extremely flexible to work with when redecorating, as opposed to furniture that is over embellished and that can easily clash with styles other than its own.

How to Save on Home Decor + Promo Code For My Society6 Pillows & Throw Blankets | By YaansoonInvest in Affordable, Yet Striking Home Accessories

I’ve said it before… pillows are my most favorite home-decor accessory in the world. They can turn a living room, a bedroom, and even a kitchen or dining room into a stylish space in seconds. They can also help you achieve the style you are after for much less.

The thing is, creatives usually keep on changing and evolving their personal style. You can’t just keep on buying furniture to match your style every time you’re infatuated with a new look or trend. The easiest way to keep your personal or work space interesting is by re-decorating and re-imagining the accessories in your space.

How to Save on Home Decor + Promo Code For My Society6 Pillows & Throw Blankets | By YaansoonFREE Worldwide Shipping + 20% Off Throw Blankets & Pillows

If you’re in the mood for changing the look of your bedroom or living room, here is a promo link to help you get a limited-time discount (of 20%) + free worldwide shipping on all pillows and throw blankets at my Society6 shop. The promo is valid until February 7, 2016:

https://society6.com/yaansoon?promo=GVTM49NW7CPF

You can also click the following links, which will directly take you to the promo pages for:

And before I go, I’d like to invite you to follow me on my new Twitter account:

▶ Twitter: http://twitter.com/yaansoon

Have a lovely day, and happy redecorating!

 

 

New YouTube Channel for Food, Natural Beauty, Culture and Travel Illustrations

New YouTube Channel for Food, Natural Beauty, Culture and Travel Illustrations | By Yaansoon IllustrationI’m super excited to share with you all the news about launching my new YouTube channel yesterday! I’m very happy to finally be able to create videos that reflect my passion for illustration, food, nature, beauty & lifestyle, and world music & culture!

The idea behind the channel is inspired by my own journey as a woman and as an illustrator.

Being a woman is about so many things, it involves how we internalize food, travel, and other life experiences to create our own unique styles and points of view.

Through this channel, I want to experiment with materials and ideas, and to share with you all my passion for world and tribal cultures as well as food and botanical and natural ingredients.

Before I go, here is the link to my new YouTube channel:

youtube.com/+YaansoonHandcrafted

Enjoy and have a lovely day!

NOTE: This post was originally posted on November 6, 2015 – however I decided to move it up in my blog to suit its new direction. The content of this post has also been amended to reflect the kind of new YouTube content I started posting in 2016 after making do with videos from 2015 – as they no longer reflected my artistic vision.

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Society6 has selected Yaansoon’s Valentine’s Day Art Print to be included in their Shop

Society6 has selected Yaansoon's Valentine's Day Art Print to be included in their ShopHello everyone… I am so excited to share with you all the happy news I received today from Society6. My art print, Hand-Illustrated Valentine’s Day Heart, has been selected to be included in the Society6 Shop! I am both thrilled and humbled to be part of a gallery that brings together some of the most exciting independent artists and graphic designers out there.

Last evening I felt like using free-hand to illustrate this Valentine’s Day artwork. I felt like I wanted to do things without too much thinking, and to create a spontaneous piece without too much preparation or planning. The result was this heart illustration collection that has a floral touch, and a bit of spontaneous hand lettering. You can click here to view the illustration as applied to different surfaces, including Throw Pillows and Wall Tapestries, among others.

Society6 has selected one of Yaansoon's Art Prints to be included in their ShopSo, below you can see a screenshot of my illustration on the Society6 shop.

Society6 has selected Yaansoon's Valentine's Day Art Print to be included in their ShopAnd here is a collection I created to make it easy for Society6 goers to find matching pillows that go with the Valentine’s Day pillow (yes, pillows are my most favorite home decor items in the world! They can single-handedly change a room’s mood in an instant).

Society6 has selected Yaansoon's Valentine's Day Art Print to be included in their ShopBefore I go, I want to thank everyone who have supported me in my artistic journey, including this blog’s dear readers, Society6 admins and creators, and the lovely artists on Society6 – who have welcomed me with wide arms, and who have taken the time to like and promote my artwork on this platform.

Thank you all so much!

▶ Society6: http:// society6.com/yaansoon
▶ Twitter: http://twitter.com/yaansoon

 

 

2016 Resolutions: New Yaansoon Logo + Artistic Journey Infographic with Milestones

2016 Resolutions: New Yaansoon Logo + Artistic Journey Milestones & InfographicAs some of you may know, Yaansoon started out as a handcrafts project and has gone through different stages over the past couple of years, before turning into the nickname I’m using as an illustrator and artist. My previous experience in handcrafts has really influenced my sense of aesthetic today as an illustrations aficionado. Yesterday, I launched a new logo for Yaansoon, and I think it’s a good opportunity to create a timeline that documents my journey and the history behind the logo’s development and evolution, which also reflects my growth as an artist.

I cannot start by explaining how much I love illustration, and how joyful the past year has been, ever since I decided to turn my life around and follow my passion for illustration and art! I owe this transformation to handcrafts, actually. Starting out as a self-taught designer-maker has allowed me the opportunity to learn about materials, textures and techniques that came with making handmade jewelry and hand-printed textiles. And I must say that Pinterest has been instrumental in advancing my visual education, and if I had the chance to thank the creators of Pinterest personally I would be more than honored to do so. So without further ado, let’s recap around 3 years of fabulous learning, growth and experimentation in the world of handcrafts and art!

{DIY Packaging} Make your own indie-business tags | By Yaansoon2012

The idea of Yaansoon was launched December 2012 as a handcrafts project. I started working on the branding and launched a website, blog, and social media pages on Pinterest, Google +, and Tumblr. My digital design skills at the time were limited to Photoshop, and this has a lot to do with how the logo turned out to be.

Yaansoon - Handcrafted Copper Broach Collection | Handmade pins and broaches | Copper-plated wire jewelry with beads

DIY jewelry display stand | By Yaansoon2013

My first creations were in copper wire jewelry. I incorporated gemstones and ethnic beads into some of my creations, and I love how quirky my jewelry pieces looked at the time. I sold my pieces at a local brick-and-mortar shop, and spent a lot of time developing handmade packaging for the different pieces, such as brooches, rings, and necklaces – as each needed a different kind of packaging.

Hand-printed paisley pouch, 100% Cotton | Handmade by Yaansoon2014

I started creating hand-printed pillow cases and pouches using 100% cotton. I sold those at a brick-and-mortar shop.

Handmade Tribal-Print Kitchen Oven Mitt | FREE-Shipping | Tribal Kitchen Textiles | Cotton BBQ Mitten | Gifts for Her | By YAANSOON2015

Early 2015, my husband and I started developing a line of kitchen linens with tribal motifs inspired by nomadic cultures. These included oven mitts, aprons and dish towels, and were sold at a brick-and-mortar shop and a famous handcrafts gallery. I also experimented with making handmade soaps (which surprisingly sold out so quickly), felt creations, and clay brooches.

Yaansoon copper and wooden beads necklace

Kitchen linens Etsy shop by YaansoonApril 2015

I opened an Etsy shop, and moved on to introduce beaded jewelry with ethnic beads and vintage center-pieces as well as wire copper creations, along with our hand-printed textiles.

Deer Head Wall Art | Hipster, Industrial, Rustic, Forest Print, Art Prints, Printable Wall Art, Wall Décor, Instant Download | By YAANSOON on ETSY3 Amazing Ways to Use Coffee in Your Beauty Routine + Yaansoon Printable Natural Beauty Planner on EtsySeptember 2015

I started creating printable wall art for my Etsy shop. Followed by printable planner stickers, and kitchen & pantry spice jar labels. I must note that one of my strongest passions in life is spices, world culinary cultures, and herbal and organic ingredients (and all sorts of artistic creations that are inspired by these topics). At around this time, I started my 2016 printable Natural Beauty Planner.

November 2015

I started taking online courses in design, surface design and illustration.

Moroccan Quartz Throw Pillow | By Yaansoon on Society6December 2015

I opened a Society6 shop, especially that my focus was now on surface design and illustration. I started creating artwork for pillow cases, iPhone covers, throws, shower curtains, totes, and other fashion and home decor items.

Yaansoon new logo 20162016 Resolutions: New Yaansoon Logo + Artistic Journey Infographic with Milestones2016

Yesterday on January 9, 2016, I launched a new logo for Yaansoon using the knowledge and skills accumulated from my online training. I based my logo on my hand-drawn illustrations with motifs that are inspired by my culture, as well as my husband’s input and experience.

I feel I am a citizen of the world, which also means that I appreciate different styles and folk cultures. As an x-journalist and a former singer-songwriter in the world-music genre, I have been to many countries and was blessed to see different folk, tribal, and nomadic creations by locals around the globe.

In addition to my travels I have a lineage of ancestors who hail from different parts of the world, but the closest to my heart include my distant Moroccan heritage, my European roots, the nomadic heritage of the country I was born into, and my husband’s Italian background.

Although my new logo has a strong feminine vibe, I am still a strong admirer of the hipster culture and aesthetic, and of organic, minimalist, and industrial forms of home decor, fashion and art. In all honesty, I keep trying to stick to a singular artistic style amid strong currents of styles that I truly love and relate to. I hope with time I will be able to come up with a style that incorporates all of my passions in a consistent and creative way.


With that being said, I hope your plans for 2016 are on track, and that you are fueled with the kind of enthusiasm and positive attitude that will help you realize each one of them!

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