What I’ve been up to: July 2016

Hi friends! July has been a pretty productive month, so far! I’m learning watercolor via a book by Yuko Nagayama. The first lesson is painting apples which I thought was easy. 2 hours later, and I almost gave up  haha:

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Have you watched Ghostbusters? Please do and have your kids watch it too. It passed the Bechdel test and is pretty empowering and just plain fun:

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Obviously I love Kate Mckinnon so I had to have that funko pop. 🙂 I’ve been making more comics too!

Here are my memories of NY via washi collages:

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I also tried painting flowers using gouache for the first time! I enjoyed the process:

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Painting in my travel journal a lot, and painting flowers more. I wanted to try that beautiful loose airy Yao Cheng style but I guess I’m just more a messy, cluttery type of flower painter. Lol. I am accepting this, Universe! 🙂 For more of my adventures, see you on instagram! @mabuhaydiy 🙂

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#booksiwanttomarry project

I started this project since Ella and I saw a book at National with illustrated bookshelves. I’ve been thinking of doing something like this for the longest time but seeing that book gave me that push. So I started this personal project, featuring books I love. It made me realize most of the books I love have been given away or loaned to friends though, so I’m making do with existing books here.

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See more painted books on my instagram: @aphazia
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Painting with gouache

My fascination with gouache stems from the reviews and wikipedia articles that I’ve read: it’s like watercolor and acrylic, they said.

I played with it several times before, but always with other mediums like a white accent on a watercolor painting, or with acrylic as I painted those matryoshkas.

When I did try to paint using pure gouache, it was pure love. It does dissolve like watercolor (only more opaque) and you can blend it and layer it like acrylic.

I took this photo of a bottle because I liked the shape and the tiny glass bubbles near the tip:

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Here’s what it looked like when I finished painting it. Those tiny glass bubbles were a real challenge!

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