Tuesday, October 21, 2014

E + M Pen Journaling

Since I got this beauty E + M pen from my hubby, I've been sketching with it on a daily bases.  I've always loved doodling with my old Papermate ball point pens, but I guess you can say this kicks it up a notch. Not only because it is beautiful to look at, but because I love how smooth and soft it is.

As you can seen here, I'm mostly using it in the Hobonichi, which is the thin Tomoe River paper, and yes, if you apply too much pressure you do get the relief on the other side, but this doesn't bother me too much. Its just plain fun ^_^.

Music of the Day:
Goyte : Somebody That I Used to Know

Friday, October 17, 2014

Happy Friday #26 : NaNoWriMo

Hi everyone! Don't know if you've heard the buzz around town or if you ever heard of the illustrious NaNoWriMo, but if you haven't had the pleasure this not so little acronym stands for National Novel Writing Month. Yes, you heard it one whole month to finish a novel. It begins on the first of November and ends at the end of November of course.

The idea is that you dedicate time to write really. The ideal scenario is of course that you actually write 50,000 words by the end of the month, but hey here is my take on it. I know it sounds over whelming and yes the coma inducing turkey holiday lands during crunch time, but if you look at it more as an inspirational or motivational tool, I think you lose nothing by at least trying.

Like minded people from around the globe write and you have lovely support in the form of forums, everything from genera, location, etc. to forums on specific items such as questions on plot, or if your stuck you can post a question for some help on ideas. I also, adore the motivational emails they send you, at times from famous authors cheering us on.

Many people do prepare before hand to have all their ducks in align, and you may want to as well. You still have a few weeks to do so, but it isn't completely necessary. It will make it easier of course to have at least and idea or a bit of a summary in your head on what it is you would like to write about no doubt, but I wouldn't want the lack of preparations to stop you from trying it out.

If your interested, some folks dedicate a whole notebook, like the Midori Traveler's Notebook insert, to the novel they are interested in writing, or a section of a notebook like I did here (the images peppered through out today's post). In it you can put, some notes on characters, pictures drawn or cut out from a magazine of the characters, etc., bits of research perhaps on setting, or any historical facts you may want to weave into your story. You could look at it as your research / mood board for your novel. It is great fun to do.

The site just went live for the 2014 session so if you are curious or want to join head on over there and take a gander and if your so inclined, would love some writing buddies. My name over yonder is JSLKIM.

Sooo... any who I know some of you might be wondering if I 've won yet? To be honest the answer is no, but hey... if you want a place for camaraderie, an extra kick in the butt, or a reason to put pen to paper. I would definitely recommend going for it ^_^!

Music of the Day:
Kimbra : Cameo Lover

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Inktober & Illustration Friday : Octopus

Doing the Illustration Friday Challenges again with my Hobo group on Face Book. Come join us! You can post to both the challenge and the group or just the group if you like ^_^.

Music of the Day:

Röyksopp & RobynMonument

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ripped Off

Hmm... just had to share. So about 20 years ago my husband and I designed the blue notebook on the left and a smaller pocket version and sold it at Urban Outfitters. We originally had eyes by the mouth, but Urban Outfitters came back and asked us to blow out the eyes and make it to fit their fall season color palette. This was a time when there weren't any plastic being used on notebooks, or different colors for that matter.

Any who back in the day, we had to have every element made separately, delivered, and put things together by hand. I remember the process well as I had to put together notebooks in between studying for my finals haha. It was tough and when a larger toy company asked us for a whole line unfortunately we were not ready for the volume nor confident enough to continue.

A few years later, we found our exact design knocked off by PaperChase. 20 years later my daughter comes home with her writer's journal she got from her writing teacher. I started laughing when I saw the enclosure and when I opened it, it says... made in China.

Surprise, surprise... I mean they obviously did a more cost cutting version, but good grief. It reminded me of a few incidents in the past few years where some artists from this side of the continent were having their art lifted from companies from China, and made into home products like pillows and being sold in the Target in Australia. Luckily someone alerted the buying team in Target and they took it seriously which was nice.

Any who I know we've been long out of the notebook market, but I thought I'd share. I guess if I look at it in a positive light... its good enough design to last 2 decades? haha...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Watercolors Watercolors Watercolors

Hmm... can you guess what today's post is about? Haha... you got it, those Daniel Smith Watercolors! My paint box came in and I pretty much spent the weekend, setting things up and making test pages in both my Hobo and Moleskine while I waited for my Stillman & Birn to come in.

The colors are really luscious and popped out on the watercolor Molskine journal. They were pretty good in the Hobo as well, accept for very light colors. They tend to just fade into the sheet such as Titan Buff and Malachite, but that is too be expected, since the paper is very white in color.

I have to say... I'm loving the colors quite a lot. To be honest I wasn't sure if it would be that much of a difference than some of the other watercolors I was using, but from the richness of the pigments, to the variety of sophisticated colors, I am definitely on board. This is just a work in progress, I usually like to punch things up a bit and add color pencil and a bit of black pen, but now that I think about it... I may just leave it as is and keep the softness this medium allots for.

Oh and here is a close-up of the Iridescent Topaz on the Stillman & Birn journal. I'm not sure if you can see the almost gold like gleam to the paper here, but I must say I am amazed that an iridescent watercolor could have so much pigment in it.

In terms of the journal, I purchased the Zeta series and it does remind me of some of the mixed media journals that are out there. It's not bad, however if I have a lot of water on it,  it seems as though it wants to pill a bit. So I have to back off, wait for it to dry a little and then add more pigment. In other words... have patience ha.

I would definitely say the Daniel Smith watercolors are the way to go. If you are curious about this tasty paint, I would definitely recommend purchasing the dot cards from the Daniel Smith site. A great way to test out which colors are a must have for you!

Music of the Day:
Kimbra : Settle Down

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Food Bento

Ah yes... what is a bento without some food thrown in once in a while? I used to take more pics. back when I lived in London when I made snack bentos for the kids and lunch for the hubby, but I keep forgetting to take them haha.

That being said the game has been stepped up by the hubby. He has been making it a point to spend some time with the kids more when he gets home which is so nice. Usually cause of his schedule he tries to fit everything in on the weekend, but despite being exhausted, a couple nights a week he does some sort sport or workout activity with my son and with my daughter, they either draw or their new thing is to make bentos together!

It was getting a bit tight time wise for me to try to get everything done in the mornings so, my bentos usually consisted of omer rice, cute sandwiches, and little tid bits here and there like the cat sandwich above, but Eliot decided to go full on and do the character bentos. AMAZING...

Needless to say it is a hit with the kids at school, but here is a little funny to share. So when Miss A mentioned that her daddy made these and would also bake with her a lot one of the kids said, "Ohh soo cool. So does your food taste manly then?" Hahaha... here is to manly food!

Music of the Day:
Feist : My Moon My Man

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Friday Vlog #25 : Watercolor and Ink

Hello everyone! My goodness... yes it looks like my water colors have arrived and also dare I say it? Inks... an unexpected happening I assure you, but alas I thought I'd share a little mini post of my most recent art supply haul ^_^.

Daniel Smith sample sheet of 238 colors,  from Daniel Smith Website for $21.95 no shipping cost. They also offer a 66 dot try card for about $5.00 as well if you would like to give it a try.

Daniel Smith half pan order from Katt's Korner on Etsy. She is an absolutely wonderful lady to work with. She gave me some great recommendations, worked with me, and also caught some overlapping colors (I bought a few sets) which she swapped out.

J. Herbin inks... trying out colored inks with a dip pen for now as I await for some ink converters for my calligraphy pens.  Yep... looks like I'm going down this unexpected rabbit hole ^_^. Yay to my gals over on the Face Book : Hobonichi Techo Eye Candy group for leading me astray haha.

The Stillman and Birn sketchbook it seems most water colorists recommend as well as Shandra from Katt's Korner. Mine is on it's way here. So excited to try my new paints out! Whoo Hoo!!!