IT IS 2018!! And the eighth day of the year. (Continuing this on the 9th!)
This photo is from Chu and I can’t wait to see all the awesome art stuff she gonna create. =D
Before this all this gonna happen, I am gonna block and delete any form of inferiority that will arise. xD SHE DOES INCREDIBLE CROSS STITCHES AND QUILTS AND DRAWS REALISTIC STUFF. And wait till you see all the HAND-MADE items she does for her family!!!
I shall ask her for permission to post up her artwork here as and when.
And this is a cross stitch work she did for me.
It REALLY MEAN A LOT to me. I was being the baby-ist of all baby that one time. I actually got all teary at work during lunch one time coz I miss Morgan Sensei. I know right. Also, you have to agree with me that I am a rabbit to be my friend. Also that Ryo is one of the most handsome man on earth.
Also, other than to stop saying “I
miss Okinawa,” another thing I gotta make a point to not say is “I got no friends.”
Sure, it had sucked so bad to know that folks I held dear actually felt so little towards me. But, such things happen as and when. I shall be better equipped to know who are my soul friends and who aren’t.
And of coz, gotta love Chu’s humour.
I actually cried when I discard the box these came in. SO STRANGE.
And meanwhile, an update on my art stuff.
1. Pentel Water Colours
I am not sure it is just the pigment or that I overdose everything with water. While I love the colours, I am hopping to have something that is transparent yet more pigmented.
2. Staedtler Watercolours
3. Sakura Poster Colours
4. Buncho NEON Poster Colours
They are pretty much highlighter-ish but doesn’t show up much on photos. Pretty lightly pigmented though, can’t add too much water.
5. Daiso White Poster Colour
I am thinking of getting Gouache white paint for all my cloud dotting.
6. Pentel Brown and Pink Poster Colour
Liquid Colours Tools
7. Glass for water
8. Colour plate 1
9. Colour plate 2
10. Foldable Brush Washer
While packing all these, I remembered that I bought a few of them just for my trip to Okinawa last year. Please meet me again this year Okinawa san!!! ❤ ❤ ❤
11. Colleen 60 Coloured Pencils
One of the best pigmented and affordable colour pencils in Singapore!
I can’t wait to try them again on my 300gsm papersSsSSssSSS and all.
12. Pentel 16 Oil Pastels
CHU!!!! HOW DO I USE THEM?!
Either I colour with them like a pre-schooler or that I paint liquid colours over them. This was a technic I learned from a really smart girl in my class in primary school.
13. Watercolour Pencils
Saw that Chu got a pack of watercolour pencils too. Shall copy whatever she does. :3
I actually got some comments some while back that… WATERCOLOUR PENCILS EXISTS?!!!!
Yeah, I was equally surprised when I saw them. And they look like regular colour pencils.
And again, I am so excited to use all these mediums on my 300 gsm papers. =D
16. Pentel Aquash
I really love this brushhh!!
And yeah, surely they need some getting used to. I love that bcoz it comes with a water tank, it is possible to just gently squeeze and create gradients. Good for larger surface use. (Right now my muse is postcard sized papers~)
17. Chinese Brush
Bet it is good for lettering. Only issues lies in my skills. ^^
18. Round Brushes in 5, 3 and 1
Got them from ArtFriend (Singapore) and the brand appear to be ASHLEY. Good for fine parts and all. They come in packs of 3 and pretty affordable, works well, but not the best kind of flexibility I look for.
My favourite would still be OMNI. Or simply those OMNI brushes (or the black brushes) commonly found in POPULAR.
The last time I was there, I either cannot find the sizes I want or I got too stingy to pay for it. xD
19. OMNI Flat Brush in 12, Round Brushes in 8 and 6
I know this is strange but one random thing that makes me really happy is slapping on colours with this giant flat brush. It makes me happy like a child.
20. Winsor & Newton Flat Brush in 1 and 2 and Round Brush in 3
I grew to love painting on the base colours with a flat brush. And got these smaller brush for my postcard sized papers. I was surprised that they are pretty affordable at ArtFriend. Given that the watercolours they produce cost at quite a premium price.
21. Regular POPULAR House Brand Sharpner
Baby actually works amazing. Just that I got a decayed set of olddddddddddddd colour pencils previously and they can’t get sharpen at all. So I thought I got a wonky sharpener.
22. Fancy Cute Sharpener from Kinokuniya
5 different points of sharpness and the blade unit can be changed. Given that I get to Japan, managed to speak in Nihongo and asked where it is in the bookshop. xD
But then, Japanese products are known to be sO lasting and in high quality.
One time Morgan Sensei and I were packing goods. We were using some cheap tapes and Sensei gotta tape twice. We got on the topic of tapes and he joked that, “those made in Japan tapes… even after the boxes disintegrate, the tapes remains.”
It ain’t so much about that plastic is naturally lasting than paper. It really was about the quality.
23. Zebra Black Marker
24. Zebra Blue Marker
Again I can’t wait to try them on better paper. They bleed in drawing block paper (135 gsm smooth paper) and it has been a while that I do this kind of outlines. I gotta throw away some dried markers last night.
25. Pilot 0.7 Blue
26. Pilot 0.7 Black
27. Uni-ball Signo RT 0.38 Black
Super love. I use it for my drawings and writing and everything.
28. Sakura Micron 0.05
EVERYONE NEEDS AN EXTRA FINE PEN!!! Imperative! (Part 1)
29. Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.2
EVERYONE NEEDS AN EXTRA FINE PEN!!! Imperative! (Part 2)
30. Sakura Ballsign 0.5 in Red, Green, Light Blue, Pink, Royal Blue and Purple
They are all waterproof. Etto, is this the correct way to call it? xD Anyway at times rarer colours like yellow and a paler blue (which is absolutely LOVELY) will pop by in POPULAR, keep an eye out for them.
I *think* there is also a set of these Ballsign pens around.
And oh, Tokyu Hands and Overjoyed totally has like a gazillion of these variations. GLITTER PINK anyone? =D Gotta stop myself. Gotta stop myself.
Perfect pens for coloured ink drawings.
31. Sakura GellyRoll 0.8 in Silver and White
They are perfectly smooth pens and the silver may or may not show up in photos. The white pen is quite the only and BEST pigmented white pens in the market now. Try using them for highlights, for me I loveeeeeeeeeee the effects to no end. I felt like I became a pro in that instant.
32. Pilot JUICE Pastel Pens 0.5
Looking back, it is good to just invest in packs of colour pens than getting them one by one. This is from a pack though.
The only draw back is, the white here is hardly useful for highlighting, I still go back to my Sakura 0.8 GellyRoll.
33. Daiso Yellow and Pink Highlighter
Yellow one comes with 2 tips.
Very good for reading highlighting. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL ME LIFE?! But the yellow is not so visible for drawings.
For both, I use them for highlighting and base colours.
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35. Ballpoint Pens
The Faber-Castell 0.5 pens are magic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Really the BEST ballpoint pens EVER!!!
I have been having this art challenge in me mind, that is, ball points only, a regular pencil case only kind of art.
I was those manga-ish characters who drew diligently with items inside my pencil case back in school. ^^
And look how prepared I am.
Totally not being a Singaporean for overbuying during sales.
36. Mechanical Pencils 0.5 x 2, 0.7 and 0.9
I am fiercely old fashion when it comes to mechanical pencils.
I CANNOT STAND THE “SHAKER” TYPE AND/OR THE CLICK BUTTON IS ELSEWHERE OTHER THAN FROM THE TOP.
Also, they must have an eraser (although I don’t use them) at the end and a needle for clearing the tip.
But as seen above, I totally broke all my old rules. Simply the kind that I like are no longer in production. I like them all because 20 over years ago, that was what my Dad introduced me to.
I always find shaker type annoying, like I didn’t ask for my lead to extend out just coz I happen to shake my pencil. Actually in real life that doesn’t happen, one gotta use a bit of force, but still.
AND WHO CLICK FOR MORE LEAD FROM THE SIDE?!
Don’t force your idea on me! xD
And perhaps the strangest part is… they cannot have a pen counterpart. As in some companies produces both a pen and mechanical pencil in the same shape. It just makes me feel uncomfortable. xD
36. Mechanical Pencils Leads
Pilot 0.7 Red and Blue (One piece is about 20 cents. I be making the best art everrrr!)
Pentel 0.7 and 0.9 regular leads in 2B.
Pentel and Uni 0.5 regular leads in 2B. I have them since decades ago. I can’t seem to finish them.
37. Sketching Pencils
At one point these were my favourite medium. And it is everything and anything colourful now.
And again this is philosophical.
Don’t get me wrong, since when I was younger, I always thought that it is one of the most amazing thing ever to live in the same place and do the same things for as long as possible. It doesn’t mean that we stop growing.
I means we have found and is gifted something that we love ENOUGH to dedicate time and effort to it. And to perfect them to infinity.
But, I guess few to little of us get this something right about immediately. Being in Life itself, sometimes we spend a long time looking around. The best and only way to shorten this search is to keep searching.
It is still fresh in my mind that back in Polytechnic a classmate rolled her eyes and turned away judgmentally when she learned that I had quit basketball and when on to try out a bunch of new things.
(And yes, now all of you know that I once played basketball and that I am tall. xD)
Indeed, also judgmental on my side, but I pity her for staying in something “just because,” while I had done so many and discovered so much more. I still love the outdoors (remember my 18km walk in Okinawa, still gonna do it again!) and all those, but really I hate doing them on a “challenging” level.
You can say I am the intellectual type who prefers a good cup of coffee fusion and a book. And lotas blogging.
And lastly, I think even when one thing serves us a lot, it can still fade and one day we gotta find something new.
Just like I used to draw lotas caricatures of my schoolmates with pencils in secondary school. It made them happy. And then now I use mainly watercolours for my art and people like them too.
If I keep staying with pencils, I will get so miserable and cannot get anything done.
Do what makes your heart sing.
And in 2014, I saw Kinoshita Susumu‘s art in Okinawa. (Google his name for art image!)
His pencil works were absolutely stunning and I was in awe. LIKE, PEOPLE CAN DO THIS?! However he stemmed into a different style of oil painting. People often like and tend to say that it is a waste. What is a waste is never doing what your heart yearns.
Corner cutter! Yup. I am making more post cards size papers! ❤
Foldable 30cm ruler.
Penknife, I use it to correct errors on paper.
Pental Soft Eraser. (I ONLY USE THIS! xD)
UNU Glue Stick.
39. Golden Ballpoint from Morgan Sensei and his Wife on My 29th Birthday
There is a refill but I am not sure where to get it. So I am just not gonna use this gem.
And them wonderful people got me this coz to them I am studious person.
40. Date Stamper
Gonna last me 5 years after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. ❤
I love this baby because I tend to write my dates the English way of Day/Month/Year.
Like it is 9/1/18 today. Folks in Japan and America at times get confused. So this stamper does the job. It prints as 9 JAN 2018. Still in the format I use, but it spell out the month.
41. Blank Post Cards
My new muse! Postcard size 240 gsm paper. I got it to draw and send postcards to people. But I ended up doing nothing with that.
I even got a sealer. xD
I love the texture.
Current type of paper I have:
- 135 gsm smooth paper, drawing block, cut to slightly smaller than A4
- 340 gsm smooth paper, for acrylic paint, slightly smaller than A4 due to the perforated cut from the ring
- 300 gsm hot pressed, A4
- 300 gsm cold pressed, A4 —> ALSO MY MUSE!!!
- Brown recycled paper, A4
- Cotton wipes
- Cotton cloth
- Magic Sponge
Yes, it is Origami now. =D