Burnt the midnight oil

Or rather, burnt my health away.

I’m not particularly a health conscious person but I do tend to avoid messing with my body’s “natural equilibrium”. I do take supplements from time to time when I know my body is deficient from certain vitamins.

If I’m socialising and detect smelly breath, I tend to speculate that that person went to bed late. Why? Our liver wasn’t rested properly, hence the bad breath. I read this from browsing the internet. Of course some things from the internet can’t be trusted. But I’ve come across this occurrence many times and I can say that it’s true!

Anyway, I wasn’t gonna blog about health. I was gonna write about how I busy I was these couple of days that I haven’t slept for 37 hours and it was excruciating.

I can probably imagine some readers scoffing and thinking that 37 hours is nothing compare to the hours they’ve worked. Sorry to say, but I’m not here to compare. So, #bitchplease

I’ve had 10 hours of sleep and now back Β in the office but still physically tired (and aching?).

I miss my bed.

And I haven’t touched my calligraphy supplies while I’ve been busy with work. I miss it but I still don’t have the energy to do any of it. The spirit is strong but my energy is still depleted.

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How to win giveaways?

I don’t know what’s up but lately there’s a lot of giveaways going on in instagram (at least with the people I follow). I have participated in a lot of giveaways but never once won or close to win anything. Different giveaways have different kinds of rules, which are usually:

  1. Like, comment something based on a question and tag a friend
  2. Like & tag 3 friends
  3. Like, tag and repost

My question is: What’s the criteria to win anyway? Does witty comments do the trick? The funnier the better? Or the ones that express the most gratitude if they win?

I’m asking this because there’s a giveaway that I really really really REALLY want to WIN.

 

Tyra J. Takahashi (@tjt1.png

The main highlight of this giveaway is the Silhouette Cameo, a machine that prints and cuts stickers and I find that this came at such a good timing! My friend and I has been planning to start a sticker business by designing, painting/colouring our own stickers for bujo planners or anyone, really. I have also browsed through the Silhouette website and I have got no money to buy such an expensive equipment, especially since we’re just starting out! But when this giveaway appeared,

DON’T YOU THINK THIS IS A SIGN??????

Oh man I REALLY WANT TO WIN THIS. I hope Tyra and Missy Briggs sees this.

Dear Tyra and Missy Briggs,

I’ll be honest. I don’t binge on every post you upload on instagram but I follow you because I saw one of your post in “search” and I really like it and I wished to see more. I have never commented on any of your photo complimenting that they are beautiful or gorgeous simply because I find my comment insignificant to the hundreds and thousands that already have. What I want to say is, if you see this (which I’m desperately hoping you will), I reallly want to win the giveaway so my friend and I can live out our dreams in starting our sticker business. Thank you thank you and thank you again.

Incredibly sincere,
Jamie @mifunarts

β˜† Stationery Haul β˜† At the skin of a new trade

I finally got around to share my stationery haul from my trip in KL! I’ll do my best in describing and showing what I bought. So here goes!

From Stickerrific

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  • Rhodia Dot Pad (A4 size)
  • Brause Nib 361 Steno (a.k.a Blue Pumpkin)
  • Walnut Ink in Brown (40ml)
  • Speedball Oblique Pen Nib Holder
  • Post-it Note: Cat & Sushi
  • Pilot Fude-Makase Brush Pen in Black (Extra Fine)
  • Finetec Pearl Colours in Bronze

From Muji

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  • Grid pad (A6 size)
  • 0.5 tip gel pen (Black)

From Popular Bookstore

When I saw a few instagrammers using this, I knew i just HAD to get it too! I wish I could have all the colours but that impossible for my purse. And I really wanted to orange capped one but they didn’t have it 😦 So I settled for this pastel purple one which is a tight contender as well!

  • Pilot Kakuno with Medium size tip (comes with blue ink)

From Cziplee

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  • Mossery Pocket Notebook (Plain paper; 9 x 14cm; Biscuit Blue)
  • Rhodia Dot Pad (8.5 x 12.0 cm)
  • Pentel Touch Brush Sign Pen (Black, Gray, Green, Orange, Red, Blue)
  • Masking Tape (I think it’s Plum?)
  • Finetec Pearl Colours in Moon Gold

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Here are the swatches from the pens, ink and paint. I didn’t want to open the Pilot Kakuno yet so there isn’t a swatch of it here, hehe.

I really like the Pentel brush pen because of the tip. It doesn’t fray because it isn’t a typical hair brush. I don’t know the exact material so here’s my interpretation of it: a dense but flexible sponge, like makeup sponges. Incredibly versatile and fits nicely in your hands.

As for the Pilot, I don’t know if I got a slightly faulty one because the tip was kind of bent after I got it. It wasn’t bent like paper but bent like a used brush, perhaps. This brush is for smaller and detailed work since the tip is extra fine.

The ink and finetec was written with the oblique pen and blue pumpkin and I must say that it’s a wonderful nib to use! It’s flexible enough for the wrist to be more relaxed but firm enough to control the lines. The oblique pen helps eases cramps as well because of the angle at which the nib is supposed to be placed. And you get a clearer view of your work without your hand in the way. A wise investment!

Maybe, I’m advertising?

I made another account in instagram showcasing my artwork (attempts, really) because I’m too embarassed to post them in my main account. I’m not seen as an artsy person it might be a surprise to some of my friends that I choose to venture into art. And I don’t want to seem like I’m showing off (although my artwork is not as near to being complimented). Basically, I’m uncomfortable with advertising myself when I know I’m not good at whatever it is. Strangely, I feel less embarrassed when strangers find my work acceptable or nice.

So with this new account, I am able to post whatever I want without anyone knowing who the owner it. And I can repost pictures of there are any giveaways! Another reason is because WordPress has a limited space for uploading pictures so instagram will be my main platform to show what I’m currently working on or any updates of an artwork I’m doing or just random stuff.

In a nutshell, less pictures here; more pictures there.

No pressure

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This is a “green” notebook that absorbs the crap out of any water to comes in contact with.

Now that I’ve familiarise myself with watercolouring, I understand now why artists love it so much. I used to hate the idea of letting go control and let the water does its work. I hated that I needed watercolour paper to paint on and to consider how much paint you pick up and how much water the brush can hold. Unlike colouring pencils or crayons, if you want it lighter, loosen your grip. If you want a darker shade, just press harder. In watercoloring though, all you’re gonna create are thin and thick strokes and possibly even fraying the hairs of your brush.

I started doing calligraphy using copperplate nibs and I think that really became a challenge for me when I used the same technique for brush lettering. Because copperplate nibs are solid, you’d need to press harder for thicker strokes and literally no effort besides holding the pen for thin strokes. I tried brush lettering and I loathed it, saying that I’ll never use it again.

But seeing instagram and pinterests with all kinds of art mostly done using brush lettering, I knew I had to give it another chance.

I’m glad I did. Otherwise I wouldn’t have understood that giving up control doesn’t always mean chaos; it reveals another side of it.