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Yearly Archives: 2010


omg, it’s been forever since I’ve posted…

Real Life intruded, my mother visited and after she left I was hit by the writing-bug. And it’s not even November yet. I’m thinking of joining this year’s NaNoWriMo, anyone else interested?

I’ve also been taking photos on my new iPhone 4 (not so new now) and I’ve been fiddling with camera apps like Hipstamatic and the Korean Pudding Camera. You can see some of them here.

But overall, just writing to let you know that I haven’t completely dropped off the face of the earth, but just gone into writing mode instead of painting mode…

AJF – lesson 3 – lemons

I completely forgot to post this up!

This is from the third lesson of Artful Journaling Foundations class with Laure Ferlita.

I had my quirks with this one. I don’t like the background as I think the purple is really blotchy and the words made it all very busy. I like the bowl and I’m happy I put in the little chips on the rim, but I am way happy about the way the lemons turned out (even though the one on the right looks more like a mango).

I haven’t started watercolours for long and I’ve never tried layering colours like I did with the shadows on the lemons. It was really fun and what I thought were accidents turned out to be details that I love the best in the end product.

artful journaling foundations

Yes, another art journaling course – I’m so addicted to them!

This time it’s Laure Ferlita’s Artful Journaling Foundations. Below are pages from the first two lessons.

First lesson is called “Affirmation”. I could have been a little lighter of hand when drawing that stem of the flower, but I like how the petals ended up.

We would be colouring this at a later date I think.

The second lesson is called “watermelon”. I think I was a bit heavy handed with the lines and the colour in the shadows, although the picture turned out pretty good after being converted into a jpeg.

This is also a contour drawing, where I keep my eye on the subject while drawing (as opposed to on the page). It was quite unnerving as we were drawing straight on the page with pen, no pencil-sketching!

need to art journal~!

For the past week (actually, just checked my blog, it’s been nearly a month) I haven’t been doing any art journaling.

I’ve either been trying to slog through the horde of photos taken during the trip to Spain – and I cringe at the quality of some of the shots; don’t ask me to take photos when it’s 36 degrees out, I won’t be in the mood – or watching the Watercolour Secrets DVD that a friend bought for my birthday.

But I’ve been watching a lot of JournalArtista Youtube clips and SamanthaKira’s ustream videos and I’m itching to play in my journal again. (Btw, are any of you guys missing SamathaKira’s Youtube clips?)

Tonight, I’m going to play with some paint while watching some youtube clips.


I was visiting Kira’s JournalGirl blog in my daily blog meanderings and was pointed to the tumblr phenomenon.

Now I have this major weakness against online social networks, new gadgets and fads and tumblr seems to meet all those criteria (if you could call the tumblr iphone app a gadget).
Since it was founded in 2007, it’s a surprise that I haven’t bumped into tumblr earlier.
However I have a feeling I might have seen it and just dismissed it as another digg alternative (I just don’t get the digg-fad for some reason).

So yes, I’ve got a tumblr account now and I’m trying to figure out a way to incorporate it into blogger without bogging it down.

I’m back

Well I’ve actually been back for a week already but I’ve been hiding because my photos were unorganised and I had nothing ready to post with regards to my Portugal/Spain trip.

Actually I still don’t have any of my photos ready, but I thought I should explain my absence, in case people feel I got lost between Madrid and Barcelona. (Although if you believe half the stories our tour guide told about the crime-level in Spain, it’s more likely that I got kidnapped or mugged and left in a ditch somewhere to bleed to death XD)

As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve not done much sketching during the trip, but I did take plenty of photos. I’ve also signed up for Bob Davie’s Watercolour Secrets (actually it’s a birthday present from a friend), so hopefully I’ll have some watercolours to show for it in the upcoming posts.


I was supposed to have written this entry before I left for my holiday, but I forgot. Seeing how there’s internet access in my hotel room, I thought I should take the opportunity to write a quick note.

I’m currently in my 3rd day of my 11-days Portugal-Spain tour and have just finished the Portugal leg of the trip.

My itinerary is as follows:
Day 1 – Hong Kong –> Lisbon
Day 2 – Lisbon –> Cape of the Rock –> Obidos –> Fatima –> Belem Tower –> Discovery Monument –> Jeronimos Monastery
Day 3 – Lisbon –> Commercial Square –> Evora –> Seville
Day 4 – Seville –> Spanish Square –> Gibraltar –> St. Michael Grotto –> Costa del Sol
Day 5 – Costa del Sol –> Granada –> Alhambra Palace –> Generalife –> Cordoba
Day 6 – Cordoba –> Consuegra –> Toledo –> Madrid
Day 7 – Madrid –> Segovia –> Aquaduct –> Alcazar –> Madrid City Tour
Day 8 – Madrid –> Valencia –> City Tour
Day 9 – Valencia –> Barcelona –> Monastery of Montserrat
Day 10 – Barcelona –> Olympic Park –> Montjuic –> Sagrada Familia –> Quell Park –> Casa Battlo –> Monument de Colon –> Hong Kong
Day 11 – Hong Kong

I’m trying to do some sketching, but finding that it’s quite hard to do with a tour group. However I’m taking plenty of pictures which I would be sketching from when I get home.

So just letting you know why I’m MIA, and if I don’t get another opportunity to go online (we’re in a different hotel each night), I’ll see you guys when I get back.