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“I like the idea that we can do things by ourselves and don’t have to buy everything,” says illustrator, designer and #DIY enthusiast Ira Sluyterman van Langeweyde (@iraville). “Self-made things are more special and valuable. For me, it’s much more fulfilling to paint into a sketchbook I have bound myself, with watercolors I have made myself.” Ira finds inspiration for her watercolor illustrations in a number of things: picture books, animated films, small towns, idyllic scenes of everyday life.
This month, she is participating in Flow Germany’s (@flow_magazin) #DIYnachten project. Every day in December, Flow will reveal a new tutorial for a DIY gift — just like a Christmas advent calendar. Spoiler alert: Ira’s self-made gift is a watercolor bookmark. “I like to read myself,” she says. “Also, I thought it would be a good idea for making book presents more unique.” 🎁🎄

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