Project life: black and white spread, travel-themed

I couldn’t wait to go home from work for the past few days since I wanted to work on editing my pics for my project life book. Today, I finally got my photos printed, and I made my first spread, featuring Melbourne. As a challenge to myself, I made it a black and white-themed one, with pops of neon because why not:


Good things: ber months!

In a few days, it’ll be Christmas! I’m a bit panicky since I haven’t shopped for presents yet, but I’m thinking of ways to use my existing materials for making handmade gifts this year. Any suggestions?

I’m happy to report though, that I haven’t abandoned my #create365 challenge on instagram. Yay!

Here are some things I’ve been making:

A quick Frida sketch using watercolor (no pencil drawing because I am stubborn and impulsive and sleepy):


A washi fashion collage with chinese ink:


I drew CJ De Silva’s cat, Tomas:


I’ve been practicing calligraphy and brush pen lettering too–and I still have a lot of other stuff I want to play with/use. I’m happy my day job ends at the office, which gives me some time to pursue things I really, really love. 🙂

Artsycraftsy experiment: Glow drawings!

I’ve been drawing on this black sheet that Nayna found from Divi. I like the surprise colors I get when I begin scratching the surface. I recently was able to buy Vogue Paris for dirt-cheap from Booksale and I’m using it as reference:


I also tried to write a fave poem in it:


The mag also inspired me to make quick fashion sketches, prada-inspired:


I splurged on a chinese brush you can fill with water, and with the leftover ink, made a quick sketch of a rocky cliff with the sea:


Teach yo’self: Watercolored landscape via Kolan Peterson’s book

In watercolor, I like staying away from subjects like landscapes or still life or nature or basically everything realistic, because: it’s hard. And I feel like my output sucks.

I realized that I keep comparing my output with that of the masters and obviously, this isn’t what sane people do. Of course, my work will never be as fantastic as theirs, and that’s perfectly ok. I highly believe that our unique life experiences mold us to be different artists, and that’s what makes this world so fascinating. (I shouldn’t even be comparing in the first place!)

Practice helps improve your drawing muscles, so I try to practice as much as I can when I’m not OT or too tired from work.

Today I had OT and I had to do the laundry but I could not resist challenging myself with a landscape painting, something totally outside my comfort zone.

I used Kolan Peterson’s book: Watercolors Step-By-Step and decided to be inspired by his river painting but realized that I only have two out of around 10 colors he had mentioned I should use. In my excitement, I didn’t use pencil to outline the drawing (still not a pencil fan), and failed to stretch the paper as well. Ack. I splashed the base wash around the paper before I realized this so there was no turning back. I had to finish this since I didn’t want to waste the paper.

I tried my best to mix colors to be accurate to the painting and used my liner brush for the first time to draw grass and branches.

After 5 hours, I finished the painting, my first time to paint a landscape with watercolor.


What’s your fave subject to paint?

Teach yo’self: Watercolor via Cathy Johnson’s book

If I had money and loads of time, I would spend it learning about arts and crafts, attending workshops, buying books related to the materials I enjoy, and learn from the masters. As of now, though, I have my library card, some time (after work, sometimes during lunch break too), and this lovely gem of a book by Cathy Johnson: Painting Nature’s Details in Watercolor. She’s one of my idols when it comes to watercolor painting so I immediately grabbed this book from the library and plan on renewing it till forever heh.

I’ve been learning about painting textures found in nature and I’ve been attempting to copy her existing texture samples just so I can further understand color combinations and shadow techniques. I plan on doing this until I gain confidence to paint using my travel photos, then going out to “paint” in the future. I can’t wait to learn more!

Here are some texture studies I painted using her colored paintings and black and white illustration for the tree bark, tweaked as much as I could to suit my painting style (and by this I mean not breathing when I apply paint to paper lol):


Who are the artists you love and admire?

Quick quick sketches

Despite not being very good at it, I still enjoy making hurried sketches. I believe doing them trains me to think quickly and draw without inhibitions, and in turn, makes me more confident and less nitpicky.

In a way, it makes me braver. For the #30bravedays challenge, I dared myself to draw poses for 30 seconds each and not be too concerned about the output. A year ago, I joined a Dr. Sketchy drawing session for the first time and even if my output wasn’t spectacular (unlike all the great work of the teens beside me), I still had a great time.

When I discovered the site, I felt like I struck gold. You can choose a male or female model, choose the time, and choose if you want the models to be nude (which I’ll try next time).

Since I wanted to challenge myself to the max, I chose a 30-second interval and used my pink mechanical pencil. I’m not fond of using pencils but I tried it this time too. A non-mechanical pencil might be a better choice, since the lead of mine kept breaking. After doing 14 drawings, I switched to a ballpoint pen and it was much better.  I was able to draw 9 figures in about 5 minutes:


P.s. We went to the beach last weekend and I can’t wait to share more about the adventure with you soon!

P.s.s The “adventure” involved a real live blowfish, which was scary and awesome at the same time. Mostly scary. And exciting!

#Create365: My Project 365 for 2014

Happy New Year! 2013 has been the most wonderful year, and I firmly believe that 2014 will be an even better year for all of us. 2013 was named “The Year of Magic and Wonder” and it was filled with so many blessings and surprises because of the awesomeness of the Universe. For 2014, I shall name it as “The Year for Great Things” to call forth good vibes and positivity. I realized that vagueness means more surprises, and I’m a fan of happy surprises, so there you go. Hello 2014!

I ended 2013 doing some crafts, like jazzing up colored pencils from Almi (thank you, Almi!) with colored nail polish, and making rubbercut stamps.

For the colored pencils, I used metallic and neon colors and I really like how they turned out:


ImageI made a couple stamp (for Kate’s birthday), my first time to try making a portrait stamp. Quite challenging (I accidentally cut off Kate’s mole since it was so tiny, heh) but definitely exciting. I also made a grumpy cat stamp because I love her. I’m adding “Meet and cuddle Tardar Sauce” to my bucket list this 2014 *crosses fingers*. I used gold stamp pad ink for both:


I’ve always wanted to try and challenge myself with a 365 project but I know that my attention span is ridiculously short, but maybe I can change that this year! I have created for myself this #Create365 project, where I make art/craft/write/sing each day, and then maybe I’ll share it in my Instagram account (@aphazia) for fun.

With all that optimism and hope simmering inside me, I made this before I slept:

ImageAt my lola’s house, I made this fashion illustration:

ImageI enjoyed playing with my forgotten Prang set so much that I made another one. Then I taught my younger cousin how to make papercuttings and we played with watercolors and salt and made galaxies.:


Here’s to another year filled with potential and boundless possibilities. I already have exciting plans which involves ticking off multiple items from my bucket list. My stomach is filled with an army of hopeful butterflies and I can’t be happier!

What are you excited for this 2014? 🙂