Hello and thanks for stopping by!

I’m Cecilie Okada, a Norwegian illustrator, pattern designer and graphic designer who lives in Japan. I hope this blog will inspire your creativity with watercolor and drawing, and also motivate you to apply my no. 1 creative tool: meditation. 

Cecilie Okada in her studio

Here’s what the blog is about:

Drawing & Watercolor Tutorials

Sharing some of the creative skills I have built over 20 years as an illustrator, I enjoy making video tutorials to inspire and guide you to develop yours. Drawing and watercolor painting is a true exercise in mindfulness, and the more you learn to use easy techniques, the more you will be able to experience a mindful, creative flow. 

The video tutorials are aimed at giving you an easy means to develop your skills with watercolor, color palettes and drawing.

Easy waterciolor and drawing tutorials by Cecilie Okada

One Tree Art Club: Free Resources

The watercolor and drawing tutorials come with free resources to make it easy to apply what you learn. It may be a free line drawing that you can print out and paint, a traceable if you’re not up to doing the drawing, color palettes, reference photo, or all of the these. This resource library is called One Tree Art Club. 

The aim of One Tree Art Club is to give you easy learning resources and encourage mindfulness through art.

Free resources in One Tree Art Club on cecilieo.com/blog
Resources for the red mushroom tutorial include traceable line art, color palettes, reference photo.
In case you wonder; I used a 3D mapping software to put the One Tree Art Club logo on the wet leaf photo.

Meditation & Mindfulness

Meditation has been my lifelong friend going back some 40 years. I started out very young and have kept up the twice-daily practice ever since. Meditation is a tool for creativity, inner peace, and spiritual awakening. If you desire these benefits, your best chance of success is developing a daily meditation practice. But most people find this very difficult to achieve.

The aim of my writing about meditation is to help you develop a daily meditation practice.

Meditation and mindfulness articles on cecilieo.com/blog
I’m a hobby photographer and use my photos spiced up in Photoshop to illustrate the meditation blog posts.

Art Inspiration

I grew up in a house full of old books. Antique books, vintage books, contemporary books. Moving from Japan from Norway, I couldn’t help but drag along boxes of these old books because they are so beautiful. Many a Sunday has slipped away leafing through pages of amazing illustrations, typography, and ornamented designs.

I’’m sharing these treasures with you, hoping they will inspire your creativity as much as they inspire mine.

Art inspiration from antique and vintage illustrations. cecilieo.com/blog
A lineup of some of my old book treasures

Illustration & Design

Every now and then, I’m sharing some of my client work as well as personal projects. You can explore more of my client work in the galleries:
Published Illustrations
Print and Pattern Client Work
Pattern samples
If you’d like to know more about me, visit the About Cecilie Okada page.

Illustrations for client work by Cecilie Okada
Client artwork. Left, book illustration from 1999 (New Zealand, Germany), right, recent illustration for a line of gift products (Japan).