#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 .

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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. 🙂

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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.

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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!

 

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Summer Journal Prompts

Sharing with you a set of journaling prompts I created for my Summer Daily Journal project.  Hope that these prompts can help you jumpstart your own journaling about the summer season.

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I’ll be sharing pages from my Summer Journal next week on my instagram.   Hope I can inspire you to start your own Summer Journal too. 🙂

P.S.
Check out my Blogpost for the Gossamer Blue Blog where I’ve shared about how I made my Summer Journal.  All supplies used in this project are from the Gossamer Blue April Main Scrapbook kit.

December Daily

I first heard about December Daily from Ali Edwards.   It’s about creatively “documenting the 25 days leading up to Christmas. ”    Every year, she and chosen designers come up with several kits for documenting the season.  Kit contents include scrapbook cards, stickers, ephemeras and more.  Instead of buying new Christmas themed kits, I decided to just shop within my own stash.  I was surprised to find that I had Christmas themed items from years before.

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For this project, I mainly used stickers from Claus & Co. made by Simple Stories, scrapbook cards from Project Life and Simple Stories and Christmas themed stamp sets from Hero Arts.

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I started by making my own Christmas themed prompts then searching over Pinterest for other prompt ideas.  On the last week of November, I started prepping the pages of my journal so that when the actual day comes, I will only just write.  Sometimes I wrote in lists.

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Sometimes in paragraphs.

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Some of the prompts I chose were embarrassing to share in public, so I decided to share them #beforethepen instead. 🙂

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I really enjoyed making this Christmas project.  It felt really good to be reminiscing about my past Christmases as well as celebrating this current season.  Hope that you can try doing this simple project next season.

For a flip through of my favorite pages in my December Daily, go here.

Keepsake 2017 Planner

It’s December … the most wonderful time of the year when people begin to choose which planner they will use for next year.   Let me just quickly share with you one of the planners I’m using next year, the Keepsake 2017 Planner from Get Filed.

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The planner measures 7.5 x 5.25 x 7.5 in.  It comes with 100 gsm beautiful dotted white paper and is Smyth sewn.  It also has monthly inspirational quotes designed by Drew Europeo of Calligrafikas.

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And the best part … it’s undated! So you don’t have to wait until January 2017 to begin. I’ve been using mine since October!

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Although this planner can be used for planning, I’ve decided to turn it into a “keepsake” like its name suggests, a place where I can journal and jot down the tiny memories I have of each day of the year.

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Sometimes I write about the best part of the day, the things I did, things I bought,  new restaurants I have tried.  Anything, really.   No rules, no pressure.  I also like decorating the pages with stickers.

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Because of our ‘busy’ lives, it’s really challenging to commit to daily journaling.  I like doing it in a planner because there’s less fear of the big blank page and there’s less pressure to fill a huge space up.  It only takes me about 5 minutes to do my daily journaling in the Keepsake.

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It’s so therapeutic to see how the whole weekly spread comes together at the end of the week.  I’m excited to fill up this planner with a whole year’s worth of memories.

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You can order this planner through Get Filed or at Fully Booked.

I’m currently having a Keepsake 2017 Planner giveaway on my instagram.  Check the details here.

 

 

 

 

2017 Scribble Planner

Have you decided on what planner to use for next year?  Just quickly sharing with you a bit of info about the 2017 Scribble planner by Filed and how I’m using it.

I just really love the cover … gold with rose quartz and serenity (pantone colours for the year 2016).

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The planner measures 8.5 x 6 x .75 inches. It’s Smyth sewn and uses premium white 100 gsm paper.   The planner comes in a lined weekly format.  Inside, you’ll see the monthly inspirational quotes hand lettered by Katrina Etong of @thewordaffair.  Her handwriting is absolutely beautiful!!

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The planner start date is Dec. 26, 2016. I really couldn’t wait till then to use it.  Though I’ve been journaling regularly for about 2 years now, I still find it hard to commit to journaling in dated notebooks.  So for this particular planner, I totally ignored the dates and worked on my entries, whenever I feel like it. I’ve been using it as an art journal to hold my list journaling.

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I’m also happy to find that the paper is also marker friendly.   I love using stickers for decorating.  Usually, I look through my sticker stash for inspiration when making my journal prompts.  I also like checking #listersgottalist on instagram by The Reset Girl for ideas.

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If you’ve been wanting to try journaling, try doing it in a weekly planner.  There’s less pressure to fill up a page.  You can try journaling in bulleted lists to make it even easier.

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I’m doing a giveaway of this 2017 Scribble planner on my instagram account.  You can check the details here.

You can order this planner thru www.filed.com.ph or at Fully Booked Bookstores.