#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.

My 2017 DIY Calendar

Last year, I had planned on making a calendar that I would sell and give as gifts to family and friends.  Because I was not very good in calligraphy or watercolor and with zero knowledge of Photoshop, I failed.  Anyway, I decided to just go ahead and make a calendar for myself in the best way I could, stamping!

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The great thing about this project is that I used materials that I already had at home.  I bought the jotter pad from National Bookstore, the Concord & 9th script stamp set and Memento ink pad from Lasting Impression.

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I decided on just doing quotes in a black and white color scheme to make it simple yet classy.

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While I didn’t spend any money on this project, it did cost me 2 hours to make.    So, why did I go through the trouble of spending precious time on a project when I could just buy any calendar from the bookstore in a jiffy?  I love how it’s personal.  I specifically chose quotes that matter a great deal to me.  Every time I look at the monthly calendar, I feel inspired and motivated, no matter what circumstances I am in.

Have a great year ahead, everyone! 🙂

The List Project 2014

 

Who doesn’t like making lists?  For the whole month of October 2014, my sister, Rianne of the Make Ideas Happen Blog,  and I will host THE LIST PROJECT.  For 31 days, she and I will post a list prompt on our Facebook and Instagram pages.  This is totally free.  All you need are pen and paper.  Please share your lists on social media (Facebook or Instagram) with the hashtag ‪#‎thelistproject2014‬.

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Hope you can join us! 🙂