What I’ve been up to: April 2016

How’s your year so far? Summer is really here in Manila and I find myself enjoying hanging out inside an air conditioned mall when I have free time, finishing spreads in my art journal. It helps if you have icy cold milk tea with you while you work haha.

My planner is filled with things I’m grateful for. A sneak peek:

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I love making art before I rush off to work each morning. Here’s a washi fashioj collage I made the other day:

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P.s. These gilded hand-painted stickers will be on sale in a bazaar very soon! Stay tuned for the details 🙂

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What I’ve been up to: March 2016

This has been a beautiful, art-filled month! I was able to visit Yuchengco museum for the trade fair for women’s month and we were lucky enough to access the museum that day for free!

I’ve been so inspired by frannerd’s ‘Draw Outside’ series, so I tried drawing a fave Amorsolo painting too:

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Here are my other favorite artworks. To know who made each, check out my instagram: @mabuhaydiy 🙂

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My greatest purchase involves this midori traveler’s notebook insert. Still saving up for the cover, but for now, this works well for me. I personalized it with washi tape and a unicorn sticker:

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I love the page size, which is challenging but also manageable for making art, and how I can use both sides of the paper, how it’s sturdy enough. My eyes are happy with seeing all the beautiful inspiring pages using the hashtag #travelersnotebook in instagram. 

Here are some pages I made:

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My passion for stickers have been rekindled by this journal obsession. I’ve been making these handpainted stickers for a long time but seeing planner layouts made me interested again in making various ones. I made summery neon ones:

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Planners and journals

Since I was a kid, I have always been in love with notebooks and paper in general. I had several of them which I used at the same time, one for my stories, a diary with a lock, a planner filled with Daria cutouts and Sylvia Plath poems (I had a Plath phase), and several unfinished notebooks I attempted to turn to my art journals. Mostly filled with charcoal portraits of the spice girls and the sweet valley twins heh.

I still love paper and notebooks and planners, and have various notebooks and planners in rotation. Here’s a peek inside my planners, a starbucks moleskine and a midori tn insert

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Project life: US 2014

Finally got around to making my project life for my US vacay 2 years ago:

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I really enjoy looking at my past project life pages–been considering doing this for monthly highlights but as of now I have my illustrated planners/journals for memory-keeping. Here are some pages from my illustrated japan travel journal:

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I sorta miss lj and my lengthy posts there but I also feel happy looking at (and finishing a page or two!) my tangible journals. 🙂

What I’ve been up to: January 2016

Hello!
Lately I’ve been thinking about what makes me happiest, and aside from spotify and corn that I eat with kewpie mayo and bonito flakes for dinner daily, I’ve been watching movies after work. At work I have been doing my dream–reading and listening to Osts and music and getting paid to do it (thank you, Universe!) so I consider this research as well, since I am now more focused on listening to the osts. If I particularly love it, like with Kumiko below, I draw a scene I love for my #moviesihaveseen project. 🙂

I find myself loving the small and handy size of my moleskine planner from Starbucks, a gift from my dad, and I have been practicing my drawing and brush calligraphy there too–I am not that intimidated since the space provided  is just enough for me, not too intimidating.

I got reacquainted with ny oil pastels a few hours ago:

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The sunset from our window:

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