Bespoke Wedding Stationery

I’ve illustrated baby shower, christening and birthday invitations before, but last summer, I was asked to illustrate the stationery for a friend’s wedding. A WEDDING! How exciting is that?

The couple had a beautiful wedding on a boat in Lisbon. They wanted their invitations to be slightly “boat-themed” (without giving away too much) and to show the skyline of the Portuguese capital, as seen from the Tagus river. Here are my favourite details:

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Here is Lisbon before the colors:

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And here is Lisbon after the colors:

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This was a great project. Not just because the bride and groom were my personal friends, but also because the whole process was totally smooth and stress-free, even though we were in opposite parts of Europe. Thank God for the internet!

I am currently designing the stationery for yet another wedding. I’ll be posting everything here soon. Stay tuned.

Dream Town Project: 2 days to go…

Ticket to Dream Town and passport is all set (YES!). Now all I need to do is tackle my suitcase.

Things to bear in mind while packing:

♥ It has been snowing in Dream Town. Temperatures ranging from 0 to minus 7. Nothing too dramatic, I guess (I have experienced the minus 20s before so I’m pretty sure I’ll survive), but still: need to pack scarves, coats, hats, boots and gloves. It’ll be weird having come from a 35-plus Celsius summer in Brazil and going to a bellow freezing winter in Dream Town in the space of two weeks. Weird as in good-weird, not bad-weird because to be honest, nothing gets me down these days. Cold: I am not scared of you!

♥ Accommodation is all set. Location is great. Everything seems to be in order. My new flatmates: 2 girls and a chiwawa puppy called Gangster. :) I haven’t had a flatmate since university (boyfriends don’t count as flatmates, do they?), and I haven’t lived with a dog since childhood (I had a beagle called Wendy years ago). I have no idea what to expect, but everyone seems very nice and welcoming. Watch this space.

♥ Illustration material is neatly piled up, just waiting to be included. Markers, sketchbooks, watercolours, laptop, walcom tablet, pencils and paintbrushes. All ready to travel. New business cards are done too. The cutest I’ve ever printed so far! I almost feel sorry to hand them out.

♥ Cameras are ready to go. I was given a Canon G9 as a Christmas present and together with my genius 500D, they make the perfect team: one for proper good images, the other for fun stuff. Note to self: need to empty out all cards to make space for new pictures. My new hometown will be way too irresistible. I’m sure I’ll be snapping away left and right.

♥ Still not sure where I am heading? Here’s another clue:

 Source: here.

Lots of love from Lisbon.


It seems like it’s been a very long time since I last updated this blog.

I finished 2011 in Lisbon, saying goodbye to a really great advertising agency where I’ve worked as an art director for the past 7 years, and also saying goodbye to a lot of very good friends that I made whilst working over there.

I started 2012 in Brazil, in the summer, among friends and family, some of the people I love the most in my life.

I am now packing my bags and heading to a completely new adventure. It involves a new location, a lot of illustration, a lot of walking and gazing around. It’s been a dream and a project of mine for the past 4 years and I can hardly contain myself!

Without giving too much information away, here’s a little clue:

This week in Joana’s Instagram

Yes, I have given in. Instagram is so addictive, I can’t get enough of it!

Here are a few pictures I took with my iPhone and shared on Instagram this week. Some are new, some are a few months old. The older ones have just been sitting there on my album so I decided to post them too. Take a look:

Amazing Lisbon graffiti by Brazilian street artists Os Gemeos.
Lisbon houses.
Colorful ceramic plate from Tajikistan. A gift from my dad.
Detail on this adorable yellow building on my street. I pass it every day.
Istanbul. I was there a few months ago and took this picture during a boat trip on the Bosphorus.
Sneaky peek! This is a new illustration I am working on. It’s for a book!
Versailles. The corridor that leads to Marie Antoinette’s bedroom. A nice and cozy little home, one could say.
Melinda & Melinda by Woody Allen. #Love
Another scribble I did.

If you’re on Instagram, you can find me on JoanaFaria. :)


Have a beautiful and inspiring weekend, everyone.

Lots of love from Lisbon.

Baby Shower Party

♥ The Invitation

Last week I was asked to illustrate an invitation for a friend’s baby shower party. She is extremely pregnant (any minute now!) so I had to turn this around fairly quickly, as the party was a last-minute decision. Regardless of time issues, I LOVED doing this invitation and think it came out very sweet in the end.

Here are a few sketches I did prior to scanning the final drawing. (Before deciding on the teddy bear, I made a few tests with a sleepy bunny and also a baby owl.)

And here is the final drawing in ink, before I added color digitally.

I am going to start posting more work-in-progress images from now on, what do you think? It’s one of my favorite things to see on other illustration blogs and I think it’s inspiring to get a glimpse of how other artists work.

♥ The Party

Presents, flowers, cakes and cocktails. It’s not humanly possible to go wrong with that combination, is it? It was lovely!

Heart shaped butter? Too cute!

The happy mum-to-be. :)

All pictures by me.

The party happened at Cinco, by far the BEST cocktail bar in Lisbon. I recommend their champagne & vanilla mojitos, also known as Milli Vanilli. They are sublime!

The cupcakes were from Tease Bakery. I recommend their lemon cupcake… oh who am I kidding? I recommend every single cake they have! :)