Journal Journey series: Gennalie of @genspens

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Hi Gennalie! Tell us about yourself. What made you start journaling and when did you start?

Hey there! I’m Gennalie, but people know me as Gen for short. I’m a design student who loves stationery, journaling and drawing! I was an avid journal user as a kid, and I picked it up again last year as a way to sort out my mind. Last year I encountered the Hobonichi journal through an artist’s youtube and I was amazed by the simplicity and how flexible a journal could be used- so I bought one myself and it’s been history since.

What journal are you using right now? Do you have more than 1 for various purposes? Do you have any specific qualities you look for in a journal?

I’m currently using two journals – a Hobonichi Cousin (A5) and an A5 Leuchtturm1917 grid book. The Hobonichi is my daily journal where I write about random topics or recall about my day while the Leuchtturm1917 is my bullet journal, a rapid and customisable planning system. I like grids and good paper quality when it comes to journals. The grids help me align and centre the content on the page and good paper quality = more tools to use!

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What can we find in your journal pages?

Tidbits about my life, stories, my days and adventures in both reality and fictional worlds. If I don’t have anything for an entry for the day, I draw something instead to fill the page! The Hobonichi is great in this sense with daily pages. In my bullet journal however you’ll find lists and to-dos I need to work on for the week, including assessments and stuff I need to follow up.

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Can you share your journaling routine and journaling process? How often do you journal? 

I like to journal at the end of the day, as a way to cool off and vent and to drop off all the stress. I normally sketch out something with my mechanical pencil first and ink with either a Sakura Micron Pen, a brush pen or my fountain pen. I then colour in using either my Mildliners or my ZIG Clean Color brush pens. I like to keep my pages as monochrome as possible!

For my bullet journal, I set up the weeks (and month if needed) spread on Sundays and I write down my daily to dos the night before or morning of the day. It’s simple enough to set aside twenty minutes or less to set things up!

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What are your favorite brands for journaling and why? Do you have favorite stores for supplies?

Hobonichi for sure- the Tomoe river paper is a beauty and can withstand a lot of materials! It’s not too bulky as well and the covers allows you to carry additional stuff like stickers around! I also like the Leuchtturm1917, however the grid size is something I have to tolerate as I prefer the Hobonichi’s tiny grids. My favourite stores are Kinokuniya, which is a bookstore that also sells Japanese stationery, and Dymocks Stationery, where they sell popular western brands- Both can be found in the Sydney CBD!

What are your favorite journaling tools?

I absolutely love my Kakuno fountain pen, Sakura Microns and Zebra Mildliners. The latter two have been my tools since the beginning, and the first is a versatile, but great tool to work with! I also love the Sakura Gelly Rol White Gel Pen to touch up any additional details. Washi is also great to journal with- as it fills up the page easily with cute designs. I have a stash of washi in my drawer waiting to be used!

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 What’s the best thing about journaling that you wish everyone knew?

Journaling is a very therapeutic practice and is a great way to look back on how you’ve grown or developed. Writing down my concerns and issues really helps my psyche and it’s fun to see how I have dealt with situations. Journaling is also very inexpensive if you wish it to be- a lot of journal enthusiasts are also stationery enthusiasts which is why a lot of people have a lot of supplies. I used to journal with just a pencil and a cheap scrap notebook!

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Any tips on how people can get started with journaling?

Stop worrying about getting things perfect or pretty and just start writing. No matter what, just write. I guarantee you that if you start writing for two minutes, you’ll fill up the page in no time. Journaling, like other arts and crafts is very subjective! There are so many types for you to explore- if one doesn’t work, just change it up!

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What is inspiring you right now in your journaling journey?

Right now I’m in the midst of a gaming phase, and it’s motivating me to keep journaling and jotting down my adventures so I can remember little things in each game- Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Pokemon moon! Those little successes really brighten up my day. Also the community itself keeps my inspiration up high. There’s so many creative people out there it astounds me and excites me to see what others are up to with every page!

BONUS QUESTION:

If you’re restricted to journaling using only 2 tools, what would these 2 tools be and why?

This is one of the toughest questions I’ve had yet….. I’d probably go with my Pentel Fude Touch Brush Pen and either my ZIG Clean Color Brush Pens or my Sakura Koi watercolour palette (so I can work on my skills of course!). I love all my journaling tools so much, it’s too difficult to choose!

 

Thank you Gennalie! You can follow Gennalie via her instagram account:  @genspens

Do check out her tumblr as well!: http://genspen.tumblr.com

 

All photos provided by Gennalie.

Journal Journey: Sharon (@ronnycakes)

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Hi Sharon! Tell us about yourself. What made you start journaling and when did you start?

Hi everyone! My name is Sharon and I’m a wedding photographer and calligrapher based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I started journaling in mid-2015 and I started mostly because of two reasons – I was very inspired by some journalers on Instagram and also because I had a lot of left over maps and ticket stubs from my trip to the US in 2014 and I was looking for something meaningful to do with all of it!

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What journal are you using right now? Do you have more than 1 for various purposes? Do you have any specific qualities you look for in a journal?

I’m currently using a Midori journal with 3 inserts – a monthly schedule insert,
a blank insert (for art and daily journaling) and I’ve recently picked up a weekly insert that I’m using as an inspiration/thought-log. I’m really enjoying it!

I don’t really look for anything specific in a journal, but I can’t stop talking about how much I love the Midori system for its flexibility and customizability. One thing I love about it is it gives you so many options for inserts and there will always be one that suits your style of journaling. Also, a leather cover will pretty much last you forever unless you’re like me (a straying eye) and find yourself wanting to collect all the colours…

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What can we find in your journal pages? 

I mostly post photos of my journal pages on my Instagram account (@ronnycakes) but this year some of my pages have also been published in a Taiwanese journaling publication alongside some other fantastic journalers that I am a huge fan of – so it’s definitely been exciting!

Can you share your journaling routine and journaling process? How often do you journal?

I usually journal at night, after my day’s work has been done, and if I have no other work to do for the day. Or if I’m feeling a bit lethargic and bored I’ll pull out all my supplies and have a field day playing with them.

For a standard art page, I’ll start off with sketching and painting in my illustration and then fill in the rest of the entry with stamps, washi tapes etc afterwards. I usually think ahead to how I want to arrange my page and work from there. I used to journal almost on a daily basis but I think I got bitten by the lazy bug! Now I journal maybe 3 or 4 times a week and paint even less than that!

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What are your favorite brands for journaling and why? Do you have favorite stores for supplies?
I don’t have a particular brand that I favor, I buy things based on aesthetics. I like interesting and whimsy designs – for example the La Dolce Vita range of washi tapes are one of my favourites!
We’re quite fortunate in Malaysia to have many stationery shops that cater to journaling and some of my favourites have got to be Stickerrific (@stickerrific), Tabiyo Shop (@tabiyo_shop_) and Scrap’n’Crop (@scrapncrop).

What are your favorite journaling tools?

My favourite journaling tools… that’s quite a tough one. I would have to say my watercolour sets, watercolour sable brushes, and TWSBI fountain pen.

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 What’s the best thing about journaling that you wish everyone knew?

That looking back on your journal gives you two things – a wonderful sense of accomplishment for all the pages that you’ve decorated, or done up (and for those who are like me – a sense of accomplishment for being able to stick to a hobby for this long!); and the incredible feeling of reading your past entries and remembering things that you’ve forgotten, or feelings that you’ve forgotten. I find that really meaningful.

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Any tips on how people can get started with journaling?

Just start! Before I took the plunge I would flip through people’s journals and tell myself I could never do what they do, but when I started then I thought – wow this is quite fun and therapeutic after all. And I re-discovered my creative side after journaling – which I think everyone will too! 

What is inspiring you right now in your journaling journey?
I’m inspired by the whole journaling community as a whole – I’m constantly in awe with everyone’s journal layouts!

 BONUS QUESTION:

 If you’re restricted to journaling using only 2 tools, what would these 2 tools be and why? 

Wow this is a REALLY hard one – I think I’ll have to go for my Pro Arte Sable Brushes and Holbein Portable Watercolour Set (customized by Stickerrific!).

Thank you very much Sharon! See more of Sharon’s beautiful journals in her instagram page: @ronnycakes. You can also check out her site: wilsonsharon.com/calligraphy.

All the photos in this post are from Sharon.

Read the other Journal Journey entries here.

Welcoming 2017 with a new planner calendar from @parvousph :)

2016 is almost over and you know what that means–it’s the season for 2017 planners and journals! Haha. Being a stationery fiend, this is something I really look forward to during the last quarter of the year.

I really love planners and journals (sew my previous post about my journal journey). I’ve found an obsession that combines my love for art, writing, stickers and scrapbooking and my adoration for notebooks. I tend to forget things unless I track them down too, so this is pretty useful.

If you like decorating your journals and planners, here are some ideas:

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I used the notes pages of my 2016 @parvousph planner calendar for this, and beside it is the 2017 version (for orders, visit @parvousph and @inabinablog—it’s super affordable, only php220!) 🙂

Here’s how I decorated my October spread. Loving how there’s enough space for decorating:

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I personally recommend having it in your workspace for daily tasks. The monthly spreads can give you a quick overview of activities and tasks for the current month. You can also decorate the boxes for stress relief during lunchbreak heh. 🙂

Thanks, @parvousph! 🙂

Journal Journey series!

Hi everyone! I’m starting a new series here inspired by my journaling adventures. It’s no secret that I absolutely love journaling, and recently I’m happy that I got to meet friends who adore it as much as I do. You’ll be seeing their answers in this blog very soon, but I thought I’d begin it by answering the questions myself haha. I hope this inspires you to start journaling if you haven’t yet! If you love journaling and would like me to feature your journal, kindly email me here: mabuhaydiy@gmail.com. 🙂
I’ve been featuring a flip through of my journals in my instagram (@mabuhaydiy), if you want to take a peek.
Let’s start!
1. What made you start journaling and when did you start?
When I was a kid I’ve always been obsessed with notebooks and paper. My mom is a writer and my aunt is an animator so I grew up hearing typewriter clacks and playing with my aunt’s art materials (shh). I guess you could say they inspired me to have this desire to write and to make art. Everyone in my family loved books and reading too and I am forever grateful that this lifetime allowed me to be surrounded by books and comics and magazines and paper since birth haha. I was given a diary with a lock for my 7th? 9th? 12th? birthday (I cannot remember exactly when, sorry haha), and I made that diary my BFF. I was a bit shy and very awkward in social situations so that diary was everything to me back then. I wrote on it daily and shared all my feelings and all the highlights of my day in it. I still have it, btw. A few years later before I graduated highschool I was also given a very colorful planner and a barbie scrapbook because everyone was very encouraging and I filled those two as well: the planner with quotes and song lyrics, the scrapbook with news articles I liked (spice girls and leonardo dicaprio interviews lol) and letters from pen pals and other evidence of obsessions. Those are my journaling roots, in various forms. I also was very devoted to my sticker and stationery collection at that time. I considered my sticker book one of my most-prized possessions. My spiral notebooks from class had some leftover clean pages so I removed the wire and bound them using yarn. Used some to begin ambitious YA novels, some as journals, some for art journals. Some of the pages made it till today:
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2. What journal are you using right now? Do you have more than 1 for various purposes? Do you have any specific qualities you look for in a journal?
I have more than 1! I have a bullet journal for work and lists and quotes and tracking habits, a midori that I use as my travel journal/scrapbook/highlights of my day journal, a starbucks moleskine planner for daily gratitudes, and several little ones and thick ones for writing down self-help tips from podcasts, books and magazines haha. I haven’t included my sketchbooks because that’s a different story, heh. I’m quite in love with notebooks and paper in general.
My planner pages:
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Some of my journals! I am not exaggerating when I say I probably have more than 50 filled journals for the past 10 years hahaha. I go through notebooks like popcorn:
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3. What can we find in your journal pages? 
Everything! I write, experiment with art materials, document my days and highlights of my week, use it as a scrapbook, experiment with collage, etc. etc. I’m not too particular with what I can or cannot include there, I just like compartmentalizing so I have a bunch of journals half-filled all the time. I’m training myself to finish filling up the pages in my journals before I open a new one which is challenging (because #hoarder) but so far, so good! 🙂

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4. Can you share your journaling routine and journaling process? How often do you journal? 
I basically journal when I’m not in a hurry. I like taking my time and preferably with some tea as my companion. I fill up my planner before I sleep and insert my ephemera in my midori journal so I can fill a page when I have free time. Mornings are spent on painting practice (right now am doing my #inktober project every morning).

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5. What are your favorite brands for journaling and why? Do you have favorite stores for supplies?
Right now I’m loving the Midori Traveler’s Company number 13 refill. I got this from Scribe and I also love the stickers and foil washi tapes I got from beehappycrafts. I buy stickers from local makers too–from The Craft Central and Common Room.

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6. What are your favorite journaling tools?
 Zebra brush pens, my waterbrush which is the best thing to have when you travel or want to make quick artworks (I have various waterbrushes from different brands like Pentel, Derwent, Craftdoodle, Craft Central hehe) and washi tapes, stickers, stamps. I also love brush pens for writing down titles or highlights of my day. And mildliners!
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7. What’s the best thing about journaling that you wish everyone knew?
It’s the best gift for your future self. I’m forgetful and am thankful  my journals help me put things in perspective and remind me of how I should be grateful, always. They also serve as time capsules! You’d notice that if you draw something that you’re seeing in your journal on the spot, you’d remember everything about that moment when you see the image you’ve drawn sometime in the future. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be done, and it just has to be done by you. 🙂 I find that super magical, like an easter egg from the Universe.
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8. Any tips on how people can get started with journaling?
Do it now. Just buy a notebook/sketchbook that is right for your budget and if you like writing, find a pen that you like so you can write on your journal a lot. If you want to fill your journals with art you can start with considering the medium you like best. Figure out when you want to journal. While waiting in line? While waiting for your food in restos? At home, while the baby sleeps? During lunchbreak? You’d discover that deciding when you want to journal and where you want to do it will highly influence the types of materials you will want to use. For example, I do my journaling in milktea places, without sockets mostly, so a heat gun and all the embossing paraphernalia might not work out for my journaling session, haha.
Start with what you already have, like a pen or pencil and maybe a basic 3-12 colors watercolor palette. Expand your toolkit when you’ve figured out what you want to record in your journal. But don’t stop experimenting! Remember that you’re doing this for yourself, and your eyes. It’s up to you if you want to share your pages or not.
Bring it with you all the time, everywhere. You never when inspiration might hit you. Consider having a small travel journal if you’re a commuter like me just so you can have it with you on the go, and one for home use.
Don’t be afraid to use it. Sometimes this is challenging especially if you’ve invested in a pricey, high-end journal. But remember why you started this journey, when you’re hesitant to use your materials. Your future you will be forever grateful you too the time to document your life right now. What I usually do when starting a new journal is to skip the first page. I just put the date there and move on to the next page. Always add the date somewhere in the beginning of your journal. Some people advice adding the date you filled it up at the last page as well. You’d see the benefits when your  filled journals have accumulated and you want to track your progress (or your life story).
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9. What is inspiring you right now in your journaling journey?
I really love listening to podcasts by The Accidental Creative. They’re helpful and give tips for all aspects of life and I find that they’re soothing to listen to while I journal. I also enjoy artambays with friends where we meet in some place, have tea or dessert while working on our journals and while showing each other our journals.
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BONUS QUESTION:
If you’re restricted to journaling using only 2 tools, what would these 2 tools be and why?
Definitely my waterbrush and DIY watercolor palette. I can write using the brush and paint, because I like writing and making art in my journals. 🙂
Do let me know if you have additional questions you want me to add in this series, and just email me: mabuhaydiy@gmail.com if you want to be featured or if you want to request for me to feature a certain journal-keeper. 🙂
If you want to read more about the journaling journey of other creatives, please stay tuned! 🙂
Thanks for dropping by!

An artsy craftsy summer at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Summer for me means unwinding, relaxing, and trying new things. I did all of those today at the SM Stationery Art Fest at SM Megamall. I also met new friends!

If you love arts and crafts supplies and learning as much as I do, I bet you’d have a blast as well at the SM Stationery Art Fest. I’m still adding items to my wishlist haha. From today till April 17, Sunday, they’re having pop-up booths of arts and crafts brands, coloring activities, on-the-spot calligraphy and papercutting, and more!

This coming weekend (April 16-17), they’ll be having the workshops of super-talented local creatives. The corresponding workshop per brand is free when you purchase Php300 worth of products from their partner brands: Ifex (International Fine Paper Exchange), Pentel, Titus and Faber-Castell. For updates and for the details, check out their FB page: facebook.com/smstationeryph. Or check out my previous post.

I have always loved arts and crafts supplies so I was really excited about today’s event. (So excited that I went to the venue one hour earlier, lol)

Even the stage got me excited! How awesome is this giant orange comma:

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At the Ifex booth were these beautiful artworks by Alexis of Inkscribbler. They also sold various pads (Canson is one of my faves!), calligraphy pads and the books of Abbey Sy:

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Here’s Wednesday Sambile, doing on-the-spot papercutting and calligraphy! Starting today until Sunday, you can get a free papercut and/or calligraphy from her when you buy Php200 worth of products from Ifex.

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These paper samples from Ifex had me salivating–I’m a sucker for colorful things and paper so I spent a lot of time just admiring these samples. You can order paper from them for use in invites, greeting cards, business cards, etc.:

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At the Pilot booth, where you can test their parallel pens:IMG_20160413_203815.jpg

Here’s Tippy and Pearl trying them out:

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Adult coloring books!

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There were artworks everywhere to inspire you even more:

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I got excited when I saw the Faber-Castell polychromos pencils at their booth:

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The greatest part was when I asked if I could try them and they said yes! Another item ticked off my bucket list. 🙂

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They’re so easy to blend and smooth–I can imagine why it’s part of their premium line. Wish I could have this set (and the beautiful container!).

More artworks:

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These mason jars with colored pens inside and fresh flowers are so pretty! At the Titus booth:

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These flowers are fresh and lovely! I had to take another photo. I want to draw/paint this one day:

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Since I love notebooks and pens, I was drawn to SM Stationery’s stall. Notebooks and pens make my heart beat faster haha:IMG_20160413_160715.jpg

Got myself nifty pens! Look at those cute designs!

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In the venue are huge color-it-yourself murals that anyone can color or doodle on. Here’s me trying it out. Thanks to Tita Ella for taking this photo!
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Happy to see everyone coloring and doodling! Love how art brings people together, no matter what your age may be:

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I ended the day feeling inspired and invigorated, and surprisingly relaxed. Something about art puts me in the zone and most of the time it’s almost the same relaxed level of feeling you get from a massage or from a chill day. Does that happen to you too?

Here’s a peek of my loot–Expect a detailed review soon! I can’t wait to play with all of them. 🙂
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Hurry on over to SM Megamall for the SM Stationery Art Fest until this Sunday, April 17. Unleash your creative side and have an artsy craftsy summer! 🙂

P.S. Check out the instagram hashtag: #SMStationeryArtFest for more photos from today’s event.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. 🙂

 

Artsycraftsy discovery: PixaRoll!

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My friends and I have been talking about this cool app called PixaRoll lately, the “photo kiosk” in your phone.

If you’re addicted to Instagram like me (I currently have more than 1000 photos within a year!), you probably reached a point where you wished you could print your fave IG photos instantly too. Think of PixaRoll as a photo genie, making your photo-printing wishes come true! You can also print not only Instagram photos, but also other photos you have stored in your phone–read more about it here.

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Have I also mentioned that there’s a huge possibility of cheaper prints when there are more likes in the PixaRoll PH facebook page? Let’s all work together and spread the word so we can make this happen! Think of all the artsycraftsy possibilities when you get your prints: scrapbook pages, visual diaries, travel journals, home decor, even makeshift cards and postcards! I can already envision creating a handmade album for the printed photos and giving it as a Christmas gift to the people I love. Instant tangible memories! I’m multi-tasking and selecting photos that I want printed as I type this entry. Haha 🙂

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Can’t wait to get my prints–stay tuned for more artsycraftsy ideas on how you can use the PixaRoll prints!

P.S. Don’t you just love the fun, colorful photos above? They’re all from PixaRoll’s FB site. Like the PixaRoll PH page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixaRoll.PH

Artsycraftsy interview: Yas Doctor

I’ve always been intrigued by the sketchbooks of artists and how they give me a glimpse of their adventures and how they see the world. The sketchbook art of Yas is particularly interesting. Her sketches of food fascinate me with their quirkiness and detail. This quirkiness is evident in her other works as well. I am blown away by her skills and creativity in making art using various kinds of medium–I’ve seen her fantastic works using acrylic paint, polymer clay, watercolor and even rubbercuts! Idol!

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your art/craft.

Hello, I’m Yas Doctor and I’m an illustrator / painter based in Manila.

2. What are your favorite tools in creating art and why do you love them?

Before, I’m into oil and acrylic. Watercolor was a huge pain at first so it took me some time to get used to it. Now, I mostly work with watercolor and acrylic but I’m going back to using oil, it’s been a while since I opened my bottle of linseed. Why I love to use them? I don’t know, I guess I enjoy using them. 🙂

3. Can you tell us about your daily routine or your artistic process?

I do my best to wake up before 9. It’s best that I don’t go beyond that. Then do my usual day-to-day home chores. After that, it’s the work area.

When an idea pops in my head, I hold on it and tweak it later on. When this happens, I know I’m on the right path. Otherwise, I work on different studies until I can come up with something useful. Sometimes I go for a walk to help organize my thoughts.

4. What inspires you? What makes you excited?

Traveling. Meeting, seeing different people and places and experiencing new cultures. I like that feeling of going to a different place and then coming home, going back to your work area feeling refreshed and ready to work.

5. Who are the local and foreign artists you admire the most?

MTM (How 90s of me)

6. Most inspiring place in the Philippines?

The Cordilleras. I wish I owned a hardcore SUV or a pick-up and so I could just drive around the region. Sagada, for me, is completely love at first sight.

7. If you were stuck in an island and could only bring one art/craft tool with you, what would it be and why?

Paper + a non-art tool: a box of matches. Burn some scrap wood and you have charcoal. Also, you can use the box of matches until you learn how to make fire.

8. Favorite snack/s while creating art?

Chips. Haha! I drink lots of tea or coffee while working.

9. Earliest childhood memory related to arts/crafts?

Playing with my father’s art materials and scraps in his studio.

10. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a saint. I thought it was an awesome job. You get to travel a lot! But then you’ll get tortured and get killed.

11. What’s your current job now? 

Freelance illustrator / painter

12. Favorite books and/or movies?

Ernest Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast”  / “In the mood for love”

13. What is your philosophy when creating/making art?

Always be curious: jot down notes, work on some doodles, and take photos if you have to!

BONUS question:

The Universe starts from scratch and you’re given the chance to be reincarnated as a famous artist. Which artist would you choose and why?

Oh, this is difficult. If the Universe starts from scratch and I’m given the chance to be reincarnated, well, I hope I end up being good person and have some of the qualities of the artists I idolize. I hope that’s not too much and I hope I made sense. 🙂

Where can we see your awesome work? What are you working on right now?

Right now, I’m working on a commissioned project and I’m still working on my studies. You can check some of my works on behance.net/yasdoctor. 🙂

Thanks Yas!

All images taken from the behance site of Yas Doctor (behance.net/yasdoctor)

Artsycraftsy interview series: Valerie Chua

Happy Easter! In keeping up with the theme of new beginnings, this here is a new series that I’m so excited about.

One of the things that I dreamt of when I started this blog was a series devoted to interviewing local artists and crafters who inspire me. The local arts and crafts community continues to grow and expand each day, and the influx of creative inspiration they provide never fails to amaze me.

To kick off this series, we have the super-talented Valerie Chua telling us more about her artistic process and sources of inspiration. I always love looking at her artworks because they transport me to a serene place filled with magic and wonder. Her use of color is gorgeous, and so are the girls in her paintings. (It’s my dream to own one!). I am in awe of her mastery of watercolor, especially since it’s a tricky medium for me. I find myself mesmerized by the intricate details in all of her pieces and her color palette with its soothing, calming hues.

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1. What are your favorite tools in creating art and why do you love them?
I like working on paper using acrylic and watercolor. My tools are just the basic like paint brushes, pan sets, a spray bottle and paper.

2. Can you tell us about your daily routine or your artistic process?
I usually wake up at 7am. I start with cleaning my room, prepping my workspace and other morning necessities. I often start work at 9am. I take a lot of breaks in between and end work at around 5pm. Waking up early is very important for me. It makes and breaks my entire work routine so I never pull all-nighters unless it’s extremely important.

As for my process, I do a lot of thumbs and studies. I pick out what satisfies me the most and I work on this. I make color studies, enlarge it, refine it. 30% of the time it doesn’t turn out well so I repeat the entire process. It sometimes takes a while before I complete a work.

3. What inspires you? What makes you excited?
Traveling excites me a lot. When I’m in a different place I take a lot of photos. Looking at them gets me in a drawing appetite. I also like facial features. When I don’t know what to draw, I start with Aoi Yu, houses or plants.

4. Earliest childhood memory related to arts/crafts?
When I was 8, I had a cousin who drew girls a lot. I tried to copy her style. When I stopped seeing her a year later, I stopped drawing.

5. What is your philosophy when creating/making art?
Don’t think, just do.

Check out more of her work here:
http://valerieannchua.com/
http://valeriechua.tumblr.com/
http://green-tea.deviantart.com/

All the images above were taken from Valerie’s website.

Thank you for sharing, Valerie! 🙂

First craft feature in PDI, handmade V-day cards, washi’d uke

Just sharing the happy news: My washi projects were featured in a major broadsheet, last Saturday. Check out the article online here. One of my craft idols, Fozzy, mentioned my washi collages to Pam of PDI and this is the result. Thank you so much Fozzy and PDI! It’s such an honor to be featured alongside other crafty Pinays (who are also my craft idols, by the way). I feel so lucky and blessed! 🙂

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I think I might have mentioned that V-day is one of my favorite holidays, since it gives me the excuse to be extra-mushy and cheesy, haha. Thought I’d send some V-day surprise snailmail to some friends, featuring LSP and handmade cards:
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Hope they like it!

I also received a nice surprise last weekend, my lolo’s ukulele! I’ve been interested in taking uke lessons and I told myself I would if this was found (it survived Ondoy and countless floodings in our hometown, Malabon) and I guess this is a sign. Perfectly timed! I covered it with washi tape to make it personalized. This makes me even more excited to learn!Image.

Experimented with making handmade paper medallions for decor for a friend’s event. Can’t wait!

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