#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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Inside My Hobonichi 2016

 

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From a recent trip to Japan

I rarely splurge when it comes to planners, journals, and notebooks because buying an expensive one always puts me under pressure to keep its contents nice and pretty.  For some reason, I made an exception for the Hobonichi 2016 A5 Cousin Book (Spring Edition- April Start) which cost me around Php 2000++ through a trusted seller, Crafty Lane Ph. Original Hobonichi covers are expensive so I got my beautiful cover from Planners and Journals.

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Hobonichi Cousin A5 – Spring Edition

I love it! The Hobonichi planner uses  Tomoe River paper.  It’s so thin, almost like onion skin paper to the touch, and yet it’s strong enough to hold watercolour and most inks back to back.

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I DIYed passport stamp impressions.

That’s really awesome because I never write on the back pages of my journals to avoid bleed throughs and show throughs.  I also love how the Hobonichi lays flat, making it easy to write or paint on.  The graph lines help keep my handwriting straight and neat.

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I love drawing and traveling!

I purposely picked the A5 Hobonichi Cousin Book because of its size.  It also comes in A6 size, in English or Japanese, if you want it smaller.    I’ve been using my Hobonichi for making mini travel itineraries for places I want and hope to visit.  Right now, I have done 6 doodled itineraries, can’t wait to make it to #365!!!

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The first itinerary I made

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Made with Sakura Koi Watercolor and Unipin Drawing Pen

The ordering period for next year’s Hobonichi 2017 has already started this September.   You can learn more about their 2017 lineup in here.

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My latest work.

I had a really tough time deciding what planner size to get and for what purpose.  In the end, I decided on an A5 Cousin which I will use for  hand lettered quotes relevant to my creative life and a  Japanese A6 for my journaling.  What are your Hobonichi plans for next year?