+Monica Gava

Monday, November 30, 2015

Personalized Ornaments

Its that time of the year again…

I just made a few personalized ornaments for my Christmas Tree. No glitter, no sparkle, just a little bit of white and green. Simple and natural is my goal this year.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Good Morning

Just a sneak peek of my newest drawings to be posted soon

Monday, November 16, 2015

Signs of Fall

One of the homework for my TK kids last week was to go for a stroll and find signs of fall. And so we did!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

New Characters

Meet Lola, Bugabu and Kiko… they are fluffy, sweet and like lots of attention. They were born yesterday after I scanned a few B&W sketches and practice some Illustration skills.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


A few months ago I did some acrylic paintings on paper and now I'm experimenting and digitizing.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Welcome Fall

Hello sun, we are ready for fall… please don't go away, just be gentle on us.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Fresh Strawberries

I have created a collection of prints for a Skillshare contest a while back. I chose this one to cover a vintage stool at my daughter's room witch I recently renovated after we moved to the new house.

It's really exciting to see your  own design on something around the house so if you want to try it I really recommend it.

All you need is Adobe Illustrator installed in your computer (if you don't want to buy it you can download the trial version here), follow a few tutorials and then have it printed at Spoonflower for fabric, wallpaper and gift rap paper or Society 6 for pillows, tees, prints, phone cases and much more.

1- Tutorial - Easy pattern making using illustrator
2- Seamless patter tutorial (this is a little bit more challenging but if you already know Illustrator you can definitely do it)
3- Tutorial - File output for Spoonflower

Friday, August 28, 2015

Inspiration From My Daughter

As a designer I get inspired from many different sources and the most powerful ones for me has been nature and another artists work.

This week I started developing this series of characters inspired by my daughters drawings. Although she is only 4 years old her work sparks something inside of me and I always get that itching feeling deep inside when a I see her drawings specially the characters that she creates.

Meet the Pink fellas... they are fun, corky and very pink!

Say hello to Lolly! The dreadlocks princess

This is Punk, she never goes anywhere without her backpack and books

This guy here is always tired, ready for a nap… zzzz

Sputinic is a dancer and a happy gal

Oh Mr. Alfred, always telling people what to do...

The whole troop

 And this is my sweet Bela... she has a golden heart and a wonderful imagination. Thanks Bela for all the inspiration!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Knee High Gladiator And Off The Shoulder Top

The two trends I'm definitely following these days are the high gladiators and the off the shoulder tops.

I can't get enough of the gladiators... low, mid or high, they are my go to shoes for the summer.

This top with skin tone tule on the shoulders is my favorite piece at the moment. It not only gives the impression of off the shoulder blouse but more importantly gives me the confidence that I won't be naked in the middle of the street, since I have two kids always pulling down my clothes.

Love how the gladiator mimics the stripes of my dress...

Friday, July 17, 2015

Collaboration Art With Kids

For the last year I've been making collaboration art with my kids. I started a journal where we sit down together and paint, draw and collage all at once in the same page. It's a very fun process and I really recommend it for anyone who wants to bond with your kids and have some unbelievable results. If you are not an artsy person (and don't intend it to be - this is very easy so you can do it if you want) please encourage your kids to collaborate with others like siblings, cousins, friends, grandparents or anybody who is willing to share some magic.

Here is a list of materials to start your own journal:

1- Watercolor pad (I use Strathmore 400 series 11 x 15 inches)
2- Liquid watercolor, watercolor cakes, acrylic paint, crayons, markers, sharpie,colored pencil, washi tape, patterned paper
3- Brushes of all kinds and shapes (you can buy an inexpensive variety pack here)
4- Disposable cup and plate
5- Water
6- hair dryer
7- scraps of paper, tea bags, coffee filters, anything really that you find interesting

The reason behind all this is to help your kids to express themselves and learn how to explore and unleash creativity without fear while collaborating with others.

Here are a few ideas if you don't know how to start.

1- Watercolor, washi tape and sharpie - Start by applying layers and layers of watercolor using the dryer between layers. Start doodling with sharpie and maybe add some washi tape following a few shapes that were drawn before.

2- Liquid watercolor and acrylic - this piece below was started by the kids who dropped concentrated liquid watercolor making very intense colors and huge shapes. I added some acrylic on top and kids followed me. My boy wanted to glue paper and my daughter kept painting on top. No problem!

4- Collage - feel free to glue everything you find in the house. I added some tea bags on the first piece after all  drawings were done and filled with little things like leaves, and paper with quotes. On the second piece we started by gluing the land of nod drawing from their paper bags and then told the kids to go crazy with watercolor and crayons. I finished it off with some sharpie doodles.

5 - Sharpie - I started this piece by drawing with sharpie on a blank piece of paper and then ask the kids to draw some more and then color it. Easy peasy!

Do some art, enjoy the moment and have a wonderful time with your little ones!