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The Voice of a Vignette : Tina of Colourliving

Hello everyone and welcome to Good Friday! Today is especially good for two reasons; one because we are here and the other is we get a sneak peek into Tina Bernstein’s creative space as she shares the story behind her vignette with us. I have said it before and I will mention it again, I love to hear the meaningful stories behind what others create and hope you enjoy this one as much as I have.

I have a feeling you will love to explore Tina’s vision with her in this post and I am so happy to welcome Tina to this special series I call The Voice of a Vignette. Enjoy…..


Thank you so much Jocelyn for inviting me to share my Voice of a Vignette with you and your readers. It’s an absolute pleasure to be on your blog and this wonderful series.

I have 2 desks to work on in my home office. I LOVE working from home. It’s full of colour and inspiration. I have everything I need here to create my best work and for everything else I go to my other office ‘The Hospital Club’. I collaborate a lot on various projects and people love coming here for brainstorming sessions as there’s always enough materials, books, art supplies et cetera to get inspired and fire up those creative juices.

In my Vignette you will see a section of my main desk where my iMac lives. It’s a purpose build space, the section of wall you are seeing is just above eye level so I can see other parts of my flat. I’ve always been keen on integrating a working space within my living spaces. 

What I put up on the wall changes on a regular basis. At the moment you’ll find some paperclips (I collect them), snippets of japanese bookbinding paper, a photo of a tribal man for colour inspiration and ‘wisdom’ and artefact cards with some projects I’m working on. You can see I love and use many pens (in all formats and colours). I’m definitely pen-obsessed and have a large collection. “Mark making’ is very important to me. It’s really the beginning of everything. 

I also love tea light holders but as you can see, I use them for all sorts of things. One of them holds some Santa Maria Novella’s pot pourri. Before you cringe, it’s not like normal Pot Pourrie IT’S AMAZING! 

My owl bowl (owls are wise) is filled with paperclips.

The Narcissus is from the Farmers Market . I love having one bloom remind me of nature and the ‘real world’.

Books, a huge part of my life. The Visual Aid books here are ready to be given as presents. I’ve been giving these books as presents since they first got published. 

The ‘LOVE’ book is very dear to my heart. At the core of the book is a very profound story about a little orphan girl and her drab and loveless existence. Through a brilliant approach of cut-out techniques, coloured paper and naive illustrations the story reveals itself to the reader through holes and flaps as you peel back the pages.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Voice of Vignette and thank you Jocelyn once again for having me. x




I don’t know about you guys but I am loving Tina’s pen selection! Can you relate with the flowers gracing the desk to remind us that growth is never far away? Thank you Tina for being a part of this series, I enjoyed having you be a part of such a profound and significant part of my blog! Head over to Tina’s blog for more inspiration and “more than you can imagine goodness”!

During the Easter weekend whatever we do, let us do it with love and passion for life.

See you Monday,


Jocelyn xx


All photography by Tina Bernstein for Colourliving.

  • April 18, 2014 - 1:52 pm

    tina @ colourliving - Thank you so much for having me on your beautiful blog Jocelyn and for inviting me to partake in this series. It’s Easter here till Tuesday so may I wish you a wonderful weekend. xxReplyCancel

    • April 19, 2014 - 3:57 pm

      admin - Tina, it has been a pleasure having you on the blog and your vignette is so reflective of you 🙂 Have a beautiful Easter weekend and “see” you next week! Big hugs xxReplyCancel

      • April 21, 2014 - 10:46 am

        tina@colourlviing - Thank you sweet Jocelyn. I hope you had a good Easter break. Mine was very much needed. I now feel centred, relaxed and have recharged my batteries:-) Happy new week xxReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2014 - 8:11 pm

    Igor - What a vibrant vignette where every little piece tells a story. And it’s great to see that Tina’s vignette resembles her vibrant personality! Great!ReplyCancel

    • April 19, 2014 - 3:56 pm

      admin - Hi Igor, Yes!!!!! Vibrant is Tina’s middle name 😉 Just like yours is happy! xReplyCancel

    • April 21, 2014 - 10:43 am

      tina@colourlviing - Aww, thanks Igor. It’s so flattering to be called ‘vibrant’. I see life as being abundant and vibrant….ReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2014 - 10:50 pm

    mel - Hi Jocelyn and Tina! It’s been so lovely to visit your workspace today Tina and I agree that with Igor that this vignette is as vibrant as you are! I also love taking a peek at your little notes on the wall. It’s so cool that that you use your space for brainstorming! Have a wonderful Easter girls. Mel xxReplyCancel

    • April 19, 2014 - 3:55 pm

      admin - Hi Mel! Isn’t it so cool to see how others create and live in their space? I love Tina’s vibrant colourscape too! Have a wonderful internet free Sunday, Mel! xxReplyCancel

    • April 21, 2014 - 10:45 am

      tina@colourlviing - Thanks Mel… I love what I call ‘Creative Chaos’. I’ve never been one for putting everything away and for everything to look perfect. I need my books, my scribbles, mark making in any format. That gets my creative juices going. Oh and also, I juggle so many balls that if I don’t leave reminders for me they would never happen! xReplyCancel

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