Friday, September 12, 2014

Happy Friday #22 : Hobonichi Techo 2015 Unboxing

Whoo hoo!!! My box of goodies from Hobonichi Techo arrived without a hitch! I was a bit worried as my mail carrier has lost at least 4 international items since I moved here. I was so excited to get my things I almost forgot to do the unboxing video!

Items purchased:

• Some say the gate turned wishes into sound. - Cover Only 
• Avec Hobonichi Techo Book (Monday Start)
• Cover on Cover (Original size) 
• Cover on Cover (Cousin size) 
• Hobonichi Folder (for A6 Hobonichi Planner) 
• Hobonichi Folder (for A5 Cousin)
• Hobonichi Paper(s)
• Hobonichi Pencil Board (for A6 Hobonichi Planner)
• Hobonichi Pencil Board (for A5 Cousin)
• Hobonichi Weekly Calendar 
• Stamp - Clock: Small
• mt Washi Tape - choucho Navy 
• mt Washi Tape - hana hane Blue
• Shiny Handy Stamp S772 
• Perforation Cutter
• Metallic Marker Pen Gold Silver Set
• Mildliner - Calm Mild 5-Color Set
• Brush-Touch Felt Tip Pen 5-Color Set - Bright Set
• Brush-Touch Felt Tip Pen 5-Color Set - Dark Set
• Hobonichi Techo Official Guidebook 2015

I know I will have to wait to use the A6 Avec until next year, but it is fun to set things up to see how it will work for me. It is quite small admittedly, but I think this will work in terms of portability. I have half the notebook inside and then the weekly insert tucked in the back. If it ends up being too small, I can always order the Avec in the A5 later.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Creative Contagion

As I mentioned in a previous postLynda Barry  is one of my all time fav. ladies in the creative world. With a few simple words or writing prompts, she can induce one of the most visceral pieces of writing you may have ever done and on the subject of art?  Whether you think you can or not... with a few pictures and youtube videos, she'll not only introduce you to something you probably never seen, much less thought to draw... and gets you to draw it. In fact she quite enjoys those who believe they are of the non-creative sort. She adores challenging their self perception and turning it on it's head.

Prof. Bootsy (her name for this semester) has been teaching in Wisconsin for the past few years that melds Art, Science, and English. Its absolutely intriguing and I have been following what I could for the past year on and off. The Unthinkable Mind course from last year sounded so fun, I was wishing I was back in the mid-west again. All though admittedly.... when the winter months rolled in, that thought was quickly squelched... but I digress. This year's course, Is Creative Concentration Contagious?, sounds equally as exciting.

Although I can not be there physically, hear her fab. lectures, nor be under her watchful eye (as she indicated with a simply cat eye animation), I have decided to try the assignments. Well... from what I can glean any who off her tumbler site : thenearsightedmonkey.

These past few weeks I have been trolling her tumbler site and taking random notes here and there on the topics she posted. Mostly in my Common Place Book and some in my Hobonichi. She suggests getting a simple composition notebook, but since my Common Place Book is so thick and fabulous... I decided this is where I will attempt all her assignments.

I'll be posting on instagram and/or tumbler and would love to see if anyone else is joining ^_^. So if your game... come join me in Prof. Bootsy's creative contagion!

Retro picture sketches... in all it's craptastic wonder.

Music of the Day:
ASTR: Blue Hawaii

Friday, September 5, 2014

Happy Friday #21 : Midori Traveler's Notebook Diary 2014 Flip

Hi Everyone! Here is a little flip through of my Midori Diary from July-Aug. It is the 2nd booklet for the 2014 set. As I mentioned before. My Hobo has been designated for my daily art journal, but at this point, it did not work well for me on the planning side.

So I went back to my trusty Midoir Weekly Diary and it is still working well for me. I put all my appointments in there and at the end of the week, print out my pictures and put them in with any sort of paraphernalia I may have gathered.

So without further ado... here is my first time playing around with a little '11 iMovie ^_*.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Friday #20 : Inspiration : The Authors Corner

Hello everyone! I know you have seen some of these before, but I was quite surprised at how quickly they were adding up. Looks like a total of 10 famous writers so far! This is a fantastic way to loosen up and find inspiration. Sketching from an image fairly quickly and embracing the wonky.

New to the world of fountain pens, inks, converters, syringes, etc. I've been playing around with the few pens I bought and have successfully added ink to both a Lamy and a Kakuno without major mishap. Yay for that!

In these sketches I've really had a chance to play around with the different pens, brush pens, and with the mix of water proof and water soluble inks. Haven't found my most favorite combos yet, but starting to get a better handle on the limits of my pens and such.

Today's music is a little interesting. Never thought to look at video games for sound tracks, but this one has some interesting pieces on it.

Music of the Day:
Rule of the Rose Soundtrack

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Japanese Edition of Flow Magazine

Behold... my Japanese addition of Flow the wonderful magazine from the Netherlands, came in the post box today! I know I've gushed over this magazine before, but if you haven't had a chance to check out this magazine, go to your local B&N. They usually have the last international issue out. Those are in english.

I gather, Flow has been around in the Netherlands for quite sometime, but the international version has only been around since last year. I personally adore the magazine not only because of the visual eye candy, but also for their lovely articles. There always seems to be at least one article that showcases a creative artist. Sometimes of ones I've never heard of from Europe, which makes for an inspiring read.

They also have articles that inspire you along your personal creative path. An example is an insert in the last magazine that advocates 30 Days of Writing and Thinking. The magazine also, has bits and pieces you can use: post cards, stickers, patterns, etc.

Just as a heads up though, I order mine through their website now. You can only order one at a time as there is no subscription option now. You can wait until they show up in the book store, but by the time they make it there, a new issue is ready for purchase on their online store. I used to wait, but... recently became a bit impatient ^_^.

Anywho... these are a few bits from the magazine that was compiled for the Japanese market. Unfortunately I forgot how to read Japanese a few decades ago, so I don't know what is going on, but the pictures sure are pretty ^_*. Now awaiting for my new issue of Flow to arrive...

Music of the Day:
Various Artists Spirits of Nature Album

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hobonichi Techo Love : 2015 Styles Releasing Soon!


Whoo hoo... so the makers at the Hobonichi Techo headquarters are posting cover teasers and finally released the images for all of the designs.  the The ladies in my Hobonichi Techo Eye Candy Group are chomping at the bits for release day and I must admit... so am I. (All Hobonichi images from store website.)

In terms of the insert. They will still have the A5 and A6 one book units we are used to, but have added the 'Avec' version of the original (A6) and Cousin (A5). The Avecs come in two booklets that divide the year. This will be helpful for those of us who like streamlined notebooks in our bags. The A5 is a behemoth for sure in it's own right, but once you start adding to your pages... it becomes even more so.

What I also, like about this is that the 'Avec' will allow you to add another notebook if you like which will be nice if your not too concerned with the weight of it.

I'm so excited when they open the shop doors in September for orders. In the mean time here are some pics in my favorite planner...

Music of the Day:
Acoustic Collabo 그대라서

Friday, August 22, 2014

Happy Friday #19 : Illustration Play

The common phrase I see and hear since embarking on this illustrative planner or diary is, "I don't or can't draw, but I wish I could keep a more visual diary..." To those who truly have not done any drawing since they were yaeh tall, may I suggest keeping it simple, fun, and playful?

Besides those who can motivate you and inspire the artistic genius in you like Lynda Barry, Suzi Blu, Gina Rossi, Danny Gregory, etc... why not take a step back and play with doodling? There are many books on zen doodling which is hot right now, oooor... play around with simple figures. Yep thats what I mean... those simple little stick figures that you probably did from back in the day.

Why not? Look at Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The illustrations in the famous children's book series are just that, stick figures. You can grab yourself one of those wooden figure mannequins to help you do poses as well.


You can also raid the 'How to Draw' books in the children's section of your local book store or... your kid's bookshelf like me  ^_^. There is one particular artist I really love for this, Ed Emberley, particularly the one with the finger prints, it's super fun!


Another fun artist that simplifies things is Sachiko Umoto. Her illustrations and how to books are simple, beautiful, and fun to do. If you like the little Japanese illustrations you see on the stickers and stationary out there, you will love her Illustration School series.

If you have access to Asian book stores, they may have a section with 'how to' books on illustrations. They are a bit harder to find, especially if you do not read the language, but I'm sure if ask, they may be able to find something for you. I personally found a few cute ones in the local Kinokuya book store.

So many avenues to visually spruce up your written diaries. It is so very fun so please do try! Here is a little treat I found of one of my favorite music artists.

Music of the Day:
Zee Avi : NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert