I first noticed Mouk in a local stationery shop in Berlin, during the Blythecon. There I saw Mouk sharing sushi with his friends in the shade of a Sakura tree. Back home I discovered that the friendly little bear was created by French Illustrator Marc Boutavant. His illustrations remind me a bit of Richard Scarry’s work. Richard drew adventurous dressed up animals and I loved his books as a child.
Recently I’ve purchased ‘Around the World with Mouk’ and although it’s a children’s book, it’s also suited for the young at heart ;). The book is surprisingly large with a nice padded cover. The shiny pages have got so much going on, that you can look at them for hours. Mouk visits different parts of the world with his friends and will teach you a thing or two about these countries. Inside the book you will find two large sheets of die-cut stickers. Honestly I don’t receive commission for this book, but it’s so worth it!
Marc Boutavant has teamed up with toy company Djeco, so if you live in Europe you can also get stickers and toys with his illustrations.
Mouk’s adventures are also documented on film, you can find all 28 episodes on his Youtube Channel. The book is available through bol.com and Amazon.
Some of the images above come from Marc’s gallery on Heart Agency.
Pom Pom Purin is one of my favourite Sanrio characters. This month a special Pom Pom Purin Cafe will open it’s doors in Harajuku. But since we don’t all live in japan, I thought it would be nice to make a Purin themed dessert.
The Japanese word Purin refers to Custard Pudding. It’s basically a mix of eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla. You can make Purin at home from scratch, which isn’t that hard. But since I didn’t have much time to take pictures, I decided to go with ready made custard. I had no luck finding custard in the supermarket without additives in it. So I decided to buy vanilla curd from our local Biological grocery store. The downside is that it was very light yellow colored, almost white. To be honest I had to touch the color of the curd up a bit in the photo’s.
- You will need:
- Custard pudding or another vanilla flavored dessert
- Greek yogurt or whipped cream
- Small round chocolate cookie
- Mini chocolate bar
- Glass (diameter of about 8 cm / 9 oz.)
- Small knife
- Light colored permanent marker
- Black permanent marker
- White paper
- Washi tape
1. Print or draw Pom Pom Purin’s Face on a piece of white paper. Attach the face to the inside of the glass with washi tape and draw the outlines with a light colored marker.
2. Remove the pattern and place a piece of plain paper on the inside of the glass. Now take your time to finalize the face with a black marker. Remember that you can always remove the marker if you aren’t planning to use the decorated glass again, or if the face didn’t come out as planned the first time.
3. Time to create your dessert! Place the custard pudding or curd in the glass with a spoon and end it a little above the eyes.
4. Add a layer of Greek yogurt or whipped cream, leave some space for the cookie.
5. The chocolate cookie will form Pom’s beret, gently place it on top of the dessert.
6. Cut a small piece of chocolate bar for top of the beret. You could heat it a little to attach it to the cookie.
7. Yay, your dessert is done and ready to be served!
Alternatively you can draw variations of the face or use other toppings for the cookie beret, such as a mint leaf or cherry.