How I Make A Floral And Botanical Illustration

So here we are with my 3rd vlog! I guess I'm officially an illustuber! It's very exciting because I have become more comfortable with recording everyday snippets of my life as an artist. I figured that it's important to relax and focus on documenting my experience rather than producing the most epic content ever. Hopefully you will appreciate this and maybe find some of it relatable.

I recently got an iPad because I was seeing everybody swooning over them and Procreate. I had no idea of the amazing things you could achieve with Procreate! If you're still curious or not sure I would definitely recommend giving it a try. The biggest advantage I have found is being able to draw ink illustrations and not have to worry about scanning and cleaning up the background afterwards. That is a huge time saver! It's not to say I have said goodbye to good old paper and microns, but when you're in a time crunch and you need something to be digitized it's definitely the way to go.

In this vlog I share a little bit of my process for making a new botanical illustration. I found this method to be the most effective! I'm lucky because I have access to the majority of florals, leaves, and botanicals right in my backyard. So what I usually do is go scouting, scissors and camera in hand, and pick the prettiest ones I find. I do have to say…I don't always cut the flowers I like. That's why I take a camera. I take a picture because I honestly feel a little guilty cutting them.

After collecting some beauties I go back home and this is where the analog fun and magic begins to happen. I get some paper and draw out the shape that's going to contain all of the flowers. In this video you will see me making a floral heart. So I draw out a simple heart and then tape the flowers right on the paper. It's lots of fun to be able to create a 3D collage of some sort.

After playing around with the composition I am ready to take a photo of it and then export it to Photoshop where I will mess around with levels. Then I will take that photo (in black and white) into Procreate and then begin a whole new process there. I will use Procreate until I finish inking and coloring the entire botanical illustration.

I hope you like my process and a little bit of my mundane weekly art journey. I would love to hear from you if you try this botanical illustration method out, let me know in the comments!

Love and Light,


Global Talent Search 2018

I have always loved a good challenge so I decided to participate in this year's Global Talent Search with Lilla Rogers. This will be my third time and the reason I keep going back (aside from dreaming about scoring representation by Lilla) is to learn and grow and be a part of a wonderful artist community. I made it to the Top 50 Semi-Finalists in 2015 and it was really exciting. This year's Round 1 theme was all about creating a cover for a gardener's journal. We were prompted to draw Japanese anemones (OK, I'm obsessed with that flower now) and staghorn ferns. I ended up adding a rabbit because no garden is complete without one. Good luck to all the participants and keep your finger crossed because the semi-finalists will be revealed next Friday. 


I'm an ASPCA Business Ambassador!

Hi lovelies! I can finally share some the good news that I've come across recently (part 1 of 3 things I am dying to share with you!) and it's that I have partnered with the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) as a Business Ambassador. This means that I am part of a growing network of small business owners that have come together to make a life-changing difference for animals across the United States. I hope you can help me by supporting my art and business while helping so many animals in need across our great country.

I am proud to support the ASPCA® and its mission to save lives. To learn more, visit:



Art on a Postcard and Culture Label

This is what I love about art. Making fabulous images and helping people who really need it. So starting today and until September 1st, ART ON A POSTCARD and CULTURE LABEL will be holding a postcard lottery to raised funds to cure Hepatitis C (The Hepatitis C Trust). One of my hand made postcards is in the lottery! It's only £10 and you can own one of the many amazing postcards made by some pretty great artists.

Here's a picture of my postcard.


I'm very excited to announce I am working with 109World in hopes of helping out communities in dire need around the world.

"We are in the midst of our #109water campaign and received this amazing artwork by @cativillegas. We still have a long way to go to our fundraising goal in order for us to give an entire community in Nicaragua access to safe water but with your help we are getting there! Spread the word and repost this picture! Donate at or PayPal Buy one of products at 

On another note, did you know that seahorses are the only species on earth in which the male falls pregnant and carries the young to term?  This majestic creature is highly endangered because of its attractive qualities. Traditional medicine trade, jewelries, aquarium trade and unsustainable methods of fishing puts the seahorse at high risk of extinction."

Art on A Postcard - London Illustration Fair

It's finally here! London peeps! Art on A Postcard will be raising funds for the Hepatitis C Trust today and all weekend as part of the London Illustration Fair. Buy a lottery ticket to win a postcard from this amazing selection of artists. I'm super proud to be participating this year with two of my works. (Bottom left corner...the macaws and first one on the right, the whale!!). Pass it along if you're in town. 

Experiments in typography

So busy working on MATS Editorial Week! Time flies by! Type isn't my forte, so I traced some of my favorite fonts and mixed them up with flowers and an unusual color combination for me. Here's where I live right now. An intensely complex city, still shaking off a violent past that keeps on being portrayed in the media as a current thing. It's such an enchanting place, the weather is great (spring year round), fresh fruit everywhere, the people are so friendly it's kind of ridiculous, a truly cosmopolitan city with amazing natural wonders all around it. prints now for sale!

Super excited to finally announce I have partnered with in Germany and am selling some very special prints! Part of the profits will go to the social project of your choice. This blog post is in German for the moment grin emoticon
Prints are for sale now! Click here to visit my shop.

Yay! So happy to announce that I have partnered up with Photocircle in Germany to sell prints and crowd-fund some pretty amazing social causes. More info on the illustrator launch of the site coming soon. These are a few of the prints you will be able to find there:

MAMM Medellin

I went to our local modern art museum, El MAMM (Medellin) yesterday. Beautiful brand new facilities and lots of inspiration!
My favorite installation so far was the punctured fabric cosmos, Vagar por el universo, created by Dora Mejía.

Psychedelic Cephalopods

I've been so busy with GTS and unwinding from it these past several weeks! So I decided to go back to my Spoonflower's been a while! This week's theme is Cephalopods. Yup. Octopuses? Octopi? These amazing tentacled creatures who live in ocean depths. There are about 800 species of cephalopods, so it's actually a very broad subject. I wasn't drawn to this challenge initially, quite frankly these guys aren't that good looking. So I figured I would try doing them with a technique I used to work with years ago: water and Parker ink. It's a very fluid and hard way to paint but the phenomenal thing about it is precisely that! You never know what it's going to turn out like. The way the ink mixes with the water gives you a surprise every time. So here's my inky take on these inky creatures.

Thoughts on not making it to GTS round 3 + Lilla Talking to Me in a Dream + Power of Intentions

The Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search finalists were revealed today! Congratulations to everybody, all 50 of us, who took so much time to create such different interpretations of the same brief. Yay! for all the 7 finalists, you guys must be ecstatic and very proud!

I want to tell you a little about what it means to "lose" and how I deal with it. We all wanted to win. Seriously, if you were in this competition you wanted to win. It's natural. But it makes me a little sad to see how some people call this one of their biggest defeats, and they cry and mope over not making it to the next round. I'm a firm believer that if it didn't happen, it's for a reason! Something better might be coming along. You simply needed to learn something from this experience. Whatever it is, let it go.

Like everybody else in the semi-finalist group, I didn't get much sleep last night. I tossed and turned, checked my email and refreshed the blog several times. 11:30 pm, 1:30 am, 2:00 am. I finally fell asleep. Then I had a dream where I saw Lilla and asked her if I had passed to the next round. She said no. I asked her if she could tell me something about the work I submitted, to which she replied "What do you think is new about it?". I said, "Well, the line work? The shapes?". She then said, "Give it a new voice". I woke up right after that, checked my phone, and the blog had just been refreshed. Go figure.

Oh man. Try to figure that one out. Anyway.

The other thing I wanted to share is the power of intentions. Setting intentions opens up the door to creating positive events in your life. Whether you set them through yoga (like I do) or simply sitting down and thinking of something that you want, it's interesting to explore. The intention I set for myself yesterday was to be in peace regardless of the GTS outcome. And I felt disappointed upon reading the results but I felt at peace. Here's a little article by Deepak Chopra and intentions.

It's all going to be OK. :)

Thanks! Gracias!

Thank you soooo much to everyone who voted for me in Lilla Rogers' Global Talent Search! I am forever grateful to each and everyone of you who voted, shared the link, called me, messaged me and just showed me love!!!!  Sin palabras para agradecerles el apoyo que me han dado durante la segunda ronda del concurso Global Talent Search de Lilla Rogers. Gracias a todo que votaron, compartieron el enlace, a los que me llamaron, escribieron y me mostraron tanto cariño!!!!!!