#riatriesillustration Project

Hello!  Today I’d like to share a few bits about a personal project I started last year.   I want to improve on my watercolor and illustration skills so I’m trying to make a year’s worth of watercolor illustrations (so ambitious!).   I’ve been tagging my work online as #riatriesillustration .

34649303_10155372770448414_7641574571451088896_n

I’ve been using the Hobonichi 2018 A5 planner as a watercolor sketchbook because I didn’t want to buy expensive sketchbooks.   I don’t want to feel pressured to produce masterpieces.   Just really glad to know that Tomoe River paper can hold its own with watercolor.   For my palette, I have the Sakura Koi 18 watercolor set.

I always paint with a reference photo from the internet.   At this point, I don’t think I’m ready to work from my imagination. 🙂

34706080_10155372770423414_3961160930221359104_n

I paint at night when everyone has gone to sleep.   At first, I was able to paint daily until life got in the way.   Now, I’m lucky if I get to paint at least once a month (!!!).

Some days I felt really happy with what I’ve produced, and some days, my work is just so ugly, it makes me want to give up, hehehe.

26240595_10155040879138414_7545419375855167822_o

Hopefully, with practice comes progress. I can’t wait to reach Day 365. I’m so excited to see how my work has progressed from Day 1.

I did a flip through of my first 31 days.  Hope you can check it out here.

Do you have a similar project going on right now?  Let me know in the comments. Thanks for dropping by!

 

Advertisements

Rhodia Goal Book: A Review

31543838_10155299057533414_3819844433029890048_n

Rhodia Goal Book in Iris

I’ve been wanting to try the Rhodia brand of notebooks because I heard they were good for fountain pens.

I bought a Rhodia Goal Book from Scribe, here in Manila.  It came in so many beautiful colors and it was really hard to decide but I finally settled on the Iris.   I love touching its soft leatherette cover!

The Goal Book comes in A5 size with 240 pages: 224 numbered dot grid pages, a table of contents, and undated annual and monthly calendars.  It also has an expanding inner pocket at the back.

31603719_10155299057848414_3140624350491705344_n

The Rhodia Goal Book as My Common Place Notebook

The Goal Book is fitted with premium 90 g. ivory, vellum paper.   The paper is so smooth to write on.   I used my Pilot Kakuno Clear Fountain Pen with a F nib and Versamagic inkpad in Midnight Black.   Love how there is no bleed through and the show through is very minimal.

31564168_10155299057648414_5312666389561999360_n

No bleed through

I decided to use my Rhodia Goal Book as a Common Place Notebook.  It’s basically a journal where you can jot down notes that you think you can use at a later time.  I read a book by Regina Brett recently and I decided to copy the passages I liked into the Goal Book.

31688447_10155299057898414_2742960509740384256_n

From Regina Brett’s book: Be The Miracle

If I could change anything about the Rhodia Goal Book, instead of being orange, I wish that the ribbon markers and elastic closure matched the notebook color.   I love this journal so much.  Stationery lovers, grab yours now!

You can check out the Rhodia Goal Book in detail here.

SaveSaveSaveSave

Taipei Shopping Guide: Where To Buy Books and Stationery

28468310_10155148041053414_806527848486464237_n

Visiting Taipei for the first time?    I dreamt of visiting Taiwan years ago, not for the delicious food nor the famous Taipei 101 but because I have been inspired by stationery and journaling personalities from Taiwan on Instagram.   I  was convinced that this is the book and stationery heaven I’ve been looking for!  Guess what?  It is!!!!

11391140_10152801015993414_4876489132368371619_n

Here’s my book haul.  I bought these foreign books for the illustrations.  Eslite trip = success!!

Here are my Taipei must buys: chinese/japanese illustration books, stickers, washi tape, Traveller’s Notebooks, Hobonichi items, La Dolce Vita stickers, Bear stamps.   You can also buy the following Kaweco fountain pens that are exclusive to Taiwan and Hongkong: Rose Gold, Rose Quartz, Serenity Blue and Lagoon Blue.

I”ve compiled a list of places you can check out if you are a stationery and book nerd like me.  Click on the addresses to open a link to its location on Google Maps so you can plan your trip accordingly.    Easy right?  You’re welcome!!! 🙂

Xinyi District

11782334_10152896980058414_1584341217379365136_o

Spot the Eslite Bookstore – Xinyi in my washi map

I’m sure that you’ll be visiting the famous Taipei 101.  You’ll find these places a short walk away.

  1. Eslite Bookstore, Xinyi Branch

If you have limited time to visit other book and stationery shops, then I suggest that you at least drop by at this Eslite branch.  Among the shops I have visited, this store has everything.  There is a stationery section where you can buy journals, Rifle Paper cards, etc.   There are English titles at this bookstore, but I was personally hunting for Chinese/Taiwanese/Japanese books on illustration and scrapbooking for art inspiration. You’ll find a lot of those here.     Btw, it’s pronounced “Elite” not “Es-Lite”.   Hehehe!

Website:   www.eslite.com

Address:  No. 11 Songgao Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei

2.  Hands Tailung

Hands Tailung is the Taiwanese branch of Tokyu Hands from Japan.  In here, you’ll find your usual bargain beauty and homeware items.  They also carry affordable stationery items as well.  Traveller’s company TNs are stocked in this place too.  However, Hands Tailung’s inventory is not as impressive as their Japanese counterparts.

Address:  No. 12 Songshou Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei

 

Da’an District Continue reading

Crafted Memories

 

27023657_10155065824598414_6933475407052628298_o

Last January 2018, the Evia Lifestyle Center in Muntinlupa City held a series of workshops to introduce their customers to new crafts and hobbies to help them jumpstart the new year.    For the Crafted Memories segment, I came in to share tips and techniques I have learned as an avid fan of journaling and scrapbooking.

27459078_10155087065563414_2381133369605902241_n

27336551_10155087065453414_2812150659288388578_n

We brought in stamps, stickers, patterned papers, journaling cards, ephemeras and many more that the guests used to decorate their journals and scrapbooks.

27336794_10155087065193414_8626305406222705249_n

27072468_10155087065478414_6269029171322786331_n

Crafting is such a wonderful opportunity for parent and child bonding.  I was happy to see a lot of moms crafting with their kids.

27459730_10155087065238414_384385915160283792_n

27460012_10155087065208414_3961778593557283937_n

It was awesome crafty afternoon!

Thank you to Ms. Pam Mercurio, Ms. Krystal Padua and the rest of the Evia Lifestyle Center team.  🙂

For more updates on Evia Lifestyle Center’s events and promos, visit their social media sites on Facebook and on Instagram.

P.S.  Want to work with me? Send me an email at Riadelara@yahoo.com  🙂

My 2018 Goals

 

Happy New Year everyone!

I love January because we all get a fresh start, no matter how good or bad the previous year has been.

I did a review of my 2017 goals and I realized I was not able to accomplish even half of them.   Maybe because I rarely checked my list throughout the year? Hahaha!

Anyway, I made a new list of goals for 2018 and it was really fun to jot down things I want to accomplish.  No hard core goals in there except for ‘Start a travel blog’ which is my ultimate dream ever!

26734082_10155052280038414_1428713041114092126_n

Love making my Goals List with Christine Herrin’s Plan It Out Stamp Set

I also added numbers to make them as specific and measurable as possible (former teacher, hehe!).

Food is also important to me, so I made goals for that, too.   I’m also working on a set of goals about how my family and I can have healthier practices this year.

26731418_10155052280073414_5157770302098860592_n

Can’t wait to cross out goals from my list

 

What 2018 goals are you working on this year?

Thanks for passing by, Happy New Year!