Tools & Talismans #88 — Luisa Fernanda Niño

I consider Oscar Wilde a talisman, he was an elegant rebel. I find inspiration in every word he ever wrote or said. I love to draw him too! I look through that book for quotes and atmosphere and my little tin is to keep my pen nibs.

My lavender bottle is 10 years old. It's super potent. I have trouble sleeping but one squish of this thing and even if I don't sleep, at least it diminishes my anxious thoughts.

For work I can't live without my watercolor set, which is a White Nights set.  I find these artist grade paints very acceptable and my Roubloff brushes both made in Russia. My favorite paper is Fabriano Artistico, especially for my watercolor textures.

My ceramic skull is to remind me about Mexico, my home country and my favorite national holiday, The Day of the Dead. When you want to see an explosion of color this day is when it happens. My little fourr-tout, it works as a make-up bag and I keep it with me for extra pencils and pens. It's made of vinyl also from Mexico. These colorful designs were used as tablecloths in cheap restaurants throughout Mexico, now they make bags and other useful things.

My notebook, rustic and handcrafted. This is for journalling with a dip pen. I slow down my thoughts by holding this notebook open and dipping my pen in ink instead of typing on my keyboard at lightning speed.

Luisa Fernanda Niño, Illustrator


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