If you've got an old soul, you'll be enamored by the delightfully old-fashioned work of Moscow-based artist Elena Limkina. Every week, she offers the world a glimpse into her personal sketchbook, and its pages tell vivid stories of nature, architecture, and classical paintings.

Though Limkina specializes in watercolour materials, she's also very handy with a dip pen, and uses both to bring shadows and luminosity, respectively, to various botanical and scientific illustrations. "I have been painting since childhood," she writes on her official website. "I've been studying medical engineering, but my passion for fine arts has taken precedence." A wide variety of influences have clearly come to bear on her style, such as Baroque, Renaissance, and perhaps a touch of modernism; her flower paintings wouldn't look out of place in the portfolio of Georgia O'Keefe.

Get acquainted with some of our favourite pages from Elena Limkina's sublime sketchbook below, and let us know which ones you wouldn't mind having framed on your wall.

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3 years ago

the subtle shades of black are nice

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Isabel Tamayo
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3 years ago

The eye! Wow...

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Isabel Tamayo
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3 years ago

Looks like it's printed. Amazing!

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3 years ago

that's a pretty yet subtle ring

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rakuninaru
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3 years ago

Love the handwriting

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Nancy E
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3 years ago

I'm in awe !

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Ori Dimant
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3 years ago

Amazing

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

Just imagine how long it took to draw all those lines. Very impressive

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Nancy E
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3 years ago

Each page a beautiful rendition of the past !

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Nancy E
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3 years ago

I can't get enough of these !

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3 years ago

how pretty

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3 years ago

ooh finally a blush of colour

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stella
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3 years ago

WOW

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

Subtle, but beautiful nonetheless

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3 years ago

my fave :>

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Nancy E
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3 years ago

This is good !

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Isabel Tamayo
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3 years ago

Poppy anemone! Love!

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3 years ago

pretty eyes it has

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3 years ago

I would frame this up and hang it on the wall

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Nancy E
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3 years ago

Think rubber stamps for more income

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Bina Acharya
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3 years ago

this one is so cute and tiny :)

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3 years ago

Imagine this as some kind of pendant necklace - that'd be really cool

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Etienne Pisano
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3 years ago

Fantastic!!!!

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Michel M. Prins
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3 years ago

They almost look printed! Her skills are really amazing!

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Isabel Tamayo
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3 years ago

And there's the cat... and the cat's eye.

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Nancy E
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3 years ago

Botanical art work sells well to individuals , as well as to publishers

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Isabel Tamayo
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3 years ago

One of the best!

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Isabel Tamayo
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3 years ago

I think my dad does a bit similar to these.. So nice.

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Sheila Stamey
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3 years ago

Awesome

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Terri Wood
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3 years ago

Like the cat eyeing the bird.

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Arlene engel
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3 years ago

I like the use of jewelry in the painting

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Terri Wood
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3 years ago

No ring symbol on this one.

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Tammy Chapman
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3 years ago

Very impressive. Most of the pieces look so 3D. Excellent.

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Sara MacFarland
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3 years ago

Another one I'd love on my wall.

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Noor Fazlynn
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3 years ago

really nice.. love it so much

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Isabel Tamayo
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3 years ago

Lenny and Tearose? <3`

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Nancy E
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3 years ago

Subtle coloring adds to its charm !

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Sara MacFarland
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3 years ago

..the eye!

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Nancy E
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3 years ago

Subtle color with the old school uncolored works !

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Isabel Tamayo
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3 years ago

Favorite!

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Sara MacFarland
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3 years ago

It looks like I could pick it up and it would have dimension and be lilac scented!

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Leia Bowers
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3 years ago

❤️

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Yvonne Horton
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3 years ago

I think she could draw her own money

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Tammy Chapman
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3 years ago

Nice.

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Nancy E
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3 years ago

Love it !

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Tammy Chapman
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3 years ago

I think this could be used as the outer part of a coat of arm. All you would have to do is add the middle part. Or you could draw or put a picture of a loved one in it. I would love to have a few of these with pictures of my loved ones who have passed away. Beautiful.

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Tammy Chapman
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3 years ago

Fantastic.

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Nancy E
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3 years ago

Looks like a David Austin English rose. It works !

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Tammy Chapman
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3 years ago

Love it.

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Sara MacFarland
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3 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing work with all of us!

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