How I Display Art: Oil Paintings and Food Illustrations Gallery Wall

How I Display Art: Oil Paintings and Food Illustrations Gallery Wall | By Yaansoon IllustrationI usually arrange my gallery walls a bit haphazardly, but this time my husband and I went for more of a symmetrical arrangement to display my new oil paintings, along with these other food illustrations that I created in 2014 way before I started calling myself an illustrator!

So, this is a “themed” gallery wall, and the theme as you can see is Middle Eastern food, with a hint of gardening.

How I Display Art: Oil Paintings and Food Illustrations Gallery Wall | By Yaansoon IllustrationI might post each artwork individually in the future, but I just wanted to share the idea of creating a gallery wall that carried one theme as well as a cohesive colour scheme.

What I like about this wall is that it looks like a magazine. You have your full-spread paintings, as well as other smaller ones zooming in on the ingredients. Moreover, the arrangement falls into a grid, which my husband created using thin stripes of twine and tape just so we could see where everything was before we committed to nailing them to the wall.

There is also a bit of a space in the middle, which helps draw the eye to two separate areas… as if the wall is two magazine pages, and the spaces between the frames are filled with text. We do intend to fill the spaces with little trinkets and paintings, but we’re not sure yet as to what exactly.

How I Display Art: Oil Paintings and Food Illustrations Gallery Wall | By Yaansoon IllustrationWe had other art as candidates for the gallery, but these did not quite fit into our story. We wanted to create something that looked both aesthetically cohesive, as well as belonged to the same story line. We even had to change one frame and its background to make it fit into our scheme. At one point I wanted to include a couple of pattern-y watercolour paintings that had no food in them. They totally looked out of place and we had to remove them.

To be honest, I love creating gallery walls because they shed a new light on my work and create sort of an expanded context for them. It’s like being part of an editorial project or a wall “book” of sorts!

Well, I do hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post, and I do look forward to seeing you in my next one!

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The Amazing Skin Care and Beauty Secrets of Chamomile | Natural Beauty Tips and Illustrations

The Amazing Hair Care and Beauty Secrets of Chamomile | Natural Beauty Tips and Illustrations | By Yaansoon IllustrationChamomile is probably the mildest natural beauty remedy out there and for this reason it works great for all skin types, including dry and sensitive skin. It also is very much associated with women, romance, and beauty due to its lovely fragrance and beautiful daisy-like flowers.

I opened a jar of Chamomile a couple of days ago and couldn’t help but smile at the way these flowers seemed to dance lightheartedly in the glass jar as if they came from a worry-free world, and so I wanted to capture their movement in the illustrations you can now see in this post – which is part of my Natural Beauty Tips and Illustrations blog series.

I also wanted to celebrate the amazing healing and beauty properties of this yellow flower and talk a little about how I use it in my natural beauty routine.

The Amazing Hair Care and Beauty Secrets of Chamomile | Natural Beauty Tips and Illustrations | By Yaansoon IllustrationChamomile for Your Lovely Face

I personally like to use Chamomile as a mild facial exfoliant. Before turning to Chamomile, I used to use green tea leaves, but I always felt like they were a little bit harsh on my skin, plus they left this darkish tint that usually messed up my t-shirt’s collar.

So, I thought of using Chamomile and I couldn’t be happier. Chamomile is so gentle on the skin, and it leaves your face feeling so fresh and clean. All I do is put a pinch of Chamomile in the palm of my hand, add a few drops of water, and use the dried flowers to scrub away at my facial skin. You can also use it as a body scrub if you like!

According to StyleCraze.com, Chamomile has other skin care benefits, including these below:

  • Natural Cleanser
  • Accelerates The Healing Process
  • Soothes Skin Irritation
  • Helps Fight Against Acne
  • Helps Reduce Puffiness Under Eyes
  • Natural Face Scrub
  • Skin Moisturizer
  • Great for dark Circles

The Amazing Hair Care and Beauty Secrets of Chamomile | Natural Beauty Tips and Illustrations | By Yaansoon IllustrationChamomile for Your Hair

Chamomile is also great for your hair, especially if you have light-brown or blond hair as it brings back the luster to your locks, and can add a few lighter shades to your hair.

Chamomile is also packed full with anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties, and for this reason it works great as an anti-dandruff after-wash that can also sooth an itchy scalp.

The Amazing Hair Care and Beauty Secrets of Chamomile | Natural Beauty Tips and Illustrations | By Yaansoon IllustrationThe Amazing Hair Care and Beauty Secrets of Chamomile | Natural Beauty Tips and Illustrations | By Yaansoon IllustrationChamomile: The Anti-Aging Herb

Chamomile contains essential oils and antioxidants, and it’s also hypoallergenic, which means it does not cause an allergic reaction. For this reason this lovely herb can also reduce skin irritants by neutralizing free radicals, which are said to cause aging of the skin. Using it as a toner might be a good idea if you feel your skin looks tired because of the sun and other environmental factors. Just make sure to put your bottle in the fridge to give it a longer shelf-life!

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post and I do hope to see you in my next one. Please don’t hesitate to share your natural beauty recipes and tips in the comments section below!

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Natural Beauty Tips and Illustrations: A New Look

Natural Beauty Tips and Illustrations: A New Look | By Yaansoon IllustrationIt’s been around 5 months since I created a new logo for my new artistic direction. Ever since, I have been busy tidying up my blog, rearranging my sections, and redrawing some of the artwork and infographics from a previous creative era. One of the sections that received a major face-lift is my Natural Beauty Tips and Illustrations series. I wanted to share with you all the new artwork before posting any new remedies to my blog!

So far, I’m happy to say I have 6 ingredients and a total of around 15 remedies to heal everything from acne to dull hair, using the following kitchen and pantry items:

Most of the illustrations in this series are created using digital tools with a hint of mixed-media – with the exception of the Orange Blossom Water post, which is an “analogue” illustration using my new watercolours pan-set.

Natural Beauty Tips & Illustrations: A New Look | By Yaansoon IllustrationBefore I talk to you more about these illustrations, I don’t know if you have noticed the tiny tweak I gave my logo? It now has a watercolour-y background, instead of the previous matte navy-blue one!

So… about the remedies on this blog… they are all true and tested! Some of these come from my own heritage and are mostly tips that my late Grandmother had shared with me growing up.

Natural Beauty Tips & Illustrations: A New Look | By Yaansoon IllustrationI’m very careful about what I put on my skin and hair, and usually prefer an all natural mask to a store-bought one, a sentiment shared by many women these days!

I tried different styles to finish off these illustrations; I’m more happy with some more than others, which means I might give these a fresh round of edits sometime in the future (hehe).

Natural Beauty Tips & Illustrations: A New Look | By Yaansoon IllustrationIt would be fun to learn about your most favourite illustration/s! So, please don’t hesitate to share your picks in the comments box below.

Meanwhile, take care and I do hope to see you in my next post!

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The Amazing Hair Care Secrets of Bitter Almond Oil | Illustrated Natural Beauty Tips

The Amazing Hair Care Secrets of Bitter Almond Oil | Illustrated Natural Beauty Tips | by Yaansoon IllustrationThis new post in my hand-illustrated Natural Beauty Tips and Illustrations series, is about the amazing benefits of Bitter Almond Oil, its deep-conditioning qualities, and the luster it can bring to any dry or frizzy hair!

I’ve known bitter almond oil ever since I was a kid. Adults used to caution us against swallowing the oil due to its poisonous properties, but ended up praising this natural remedy as a fantastic hair-care product that can restore the shine and luster of tired and dry hair.

There are two types of almond oil: Sweet almond and bitter almond. A lot of people are familiar with Sweet Almond Oil, famous for being a carrier oil. But Bitter Almond Oil is not really on many people’s radar, probably because of its toxicity if taken internally.

The Amazing Hair Care Secrets of Bitter Almond Oil | Illustrated Natural Beauty Tips | by Yaansoon IllustrationUse Bitter Almond Oil to Reduce Hair Fall

Stress, a poor diet, and anxiety, can all contribute to hair fall. Bitter Almond Oil can be a great natural remedy to stop your hair from falling and to improve its overall quality.

Oiling your hair regularly with Bitter Almond Oil can help you achieve great results. Apply almond oil once or twice a week to moisturize your hair and scalp; this will prevent the hair from falling. After you massage your scalp, wrap your hair with a shower cap or plastic bag to ensure better absorption of the oil.

The Amazing Hair Care Secrets of Bitter Almond Oil | Illustrated Natural Beauty Tips | by Yaansoon IllustrationImprove your Hair’s Sheen and Texture with Bitter Almond Oil

Over exposure to the sun, chemicals, and stress are known reasons for affecting the look and feel of your hair.

If you want to condition your dry, lusterless hair, then maybe it’s time to use Bitter Almond Oil as your all-natural hair food and conditioner.

To get rid of split ends, which contribute to the dulling of the hair’s appearance, use Bitter Almond Oil as a hair mask. Massage it into your hair and make sure to apply the oil to your hair ends. Put on a shower cap and wait for at least half an hour, before taking a shower. For best results keep the oil on for around 4 hours.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and I do hope to talk to you again soon!

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Cookbook Food Illustration: Turkish Pizza with a Lebanese Twist

Cookbook Food Illustration: Turkish Pizza | By Yaansoon Illustration

UPDATE:

Hello friends! As some of you may know, I have moved to a new blog on Yaansoon.com.

That’s where you will find the recipe for this Lahmacun dish, ie “Turkish Pizza,” also called Sfeeha or Lahm bi Ajeen in Lebanon and other countries in the Middle East.

I have also created new food illustrations for this recipe, seeing how my illustration style has evolved over time.

Here’s the link to the new post:

https://yaansoon.com/illustrated-middle-eastern-recipes/lahmacun-turkish-pizza/

I hope to see you on the other side!

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