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Update to Feed

Just letting you know, I have moved my site to WordPress. You still access the site through www.serendipitythis.com, however if you are using a rss feed reader, please update your feed, as it has now changed to www.serendipitythis.com/feed

forgot to mention the RSS feed address

Thanks Steve for pointing this out to me, but I forgot to mention what my RSS feed address is.

For those using Feedly or Bloglovin, I believe you only need to enter in the URL and the reader would automatically extract the RSS feed address.

For those more tech-savy, my RSS feed address is: http://www.serendipitythis.com/feed http://www.serendipitythis.com/feed

welcome to the new site

Happy New Year Everyone!

Most, if not all, of you would have come here from my old blogger blog http://serendipity-art-journaling.blogspot.com.

As I have mentioned in my old blog, with the new year, I am revamping the site and moving it here.

I hope the new domain name http://www.SerendipityArtJournaling.com http://www.serendipitythis.com would be easier to remember (and type).

A little housekeeping

The old blog would remain, but new blog posts would not show up there. So if you are using any type of RSS feeder, please add the new URL to get the latest update. (If you don’t know what a RSS feeder is or what it does, you might want to read this article. I personally like Feedly.)

Also I’ve extracted all the old blog posts to the new site, but I think some of the links may have been broken in the process. I am currently going through each post and checking the links, but if you find something that is not working, please let me know by commenting, and I would get on it asap.

Moving Forward

I’m still fiddling with the layout and design of the new blog, so if you have any feedback or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

uni style fit meister review

Yesterday I tested out the new multi-pens I ordered from StationeryArt.com a week ago which just arrived (shipped from Hong Kong).

I purchased the Uni Style Fit Meister 3 in 1 multi-pen and the 5 in 1 version. Both in pink (I’m surprised at myself too!) to match my A5 Finsbury.

When I unwrapped and picked up the 3-in-1 I remembered that I don’t like metallic pens – they don’t have a good grip and feels like they are forever slipping while you’re writing.

Luckily, although the 3 in 1 has a metallic barrel, the 5 in 1 has a plastic one. I had originally ordered the 3 in 1 to store my staple colours, (red, black and blue) whilst the 5 in 1 was for the fun colours together with the mechanical pencil.

However, if the metallic barrel keeps slipping in my grip, I may need to re-organise the colours and use the plastic one as my main instead.

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I sometimes handwrite the draft of my blog entries

When ordering the pens, I had accepted that the 5 in 1 would be too thick to fit in the pen holder in my Filofax; I had assumed I’d just clip the pen to the holder instead. However it would seem that the 3 in 1 is a bit too thick as well. I could get the pen in and out with a little force and I’ve heard that leather pen loops would loosen over time, but I’m afraid that I’d tear the stitching if I tried. So both pens are now clipped to my Filofax instead. Which isn’t too much of an issue for me.

I also had an issue with the ink refills. Don’t get me wrong, I love the variety of colours available and how smoothly it writes (except for the light blue one – that took a few try to get the ink flowing).

However, I’ve only written about one A4 page of text using the dark blue ink and already you could see a significant decrease in ink levels. I write a lot, and I have a feeling I could finish one refill within a couple of weeks (one week if I was writing my draft blog entries as well).

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I really prefer gel ink over ballpoint (who doesn’t?), but replacing refills frequently can get pricey.

Lastly, and this is not a deal breaker, but it does leave me scratching my head, is that the 3 in 1 doesn’t have a naturally “retracted” mode.

With the 5 in 1 you just half press any of the other colours that you’re not using and the pen you’re using will be retracted and you wouldn’t have to worry about the pen accidentally leaving marks on things when you’re carrying it.

With the 3 in 1 however, it doesn’t naturally allowed this. The pen doesn’t have any buttons, instead you twist the top half of the pen to select the colour you want. Normally when a cartridge is selected, there is a slight “click” to lock the cartridge in place. But there is no lock for retracted mode, you have to just half turn the top half of the pen until it is roughly between two colours (ie. so none of the cartridges are protruding from the barrel).

As there is no lock for “retracted mode”, there have been a few times when the cartridge has accidentally out twisted and I end up marking myself or my clothes. As I said, not a complete deal breaker but can be annoying.

Regardless of the number of “negatives” that I’ve pointed out I still love the number of ink colour choices and how the pens write. The pen nib doesn’t move around when I write, which is something I’ve found to happen with some multi-pens, and the pen barrels (both metal and plastic) are nicely made.

These pens are thicker than the Filofax pen loops (the leather ones anyway), so you’ll need to use the pen clips to attach them to the Filofax, but that’s not to much of a problem for me – all the pens I like have fairly thick barrels and won’t fit in the loop anyway.

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So there’s my review of the uni style fit multi-pens. When I’ve had a chance to use them more, I’ll come back with a follow-up review.

For now, please let me know your Filofax pens and leave a comment with a link to your Filofax-related blog posts!

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urban sketches?

Melbourne is actually packed full of old and interesting buildings (trying to concentrate on writing this entry whilst listening to Good Night Sweet Girl – yeah, not working out so good atm, lol. I’m a fan, sue me XD); you can’t walk down any street in the city without bumping into one.

All of the victorian-era-esque buildings that you see still standing around the city would be protected by the Victoria Heritage Register, and I love how these majestic buildings will be preserved for future generations. I was actually living in Hong Kong and was there to witness it when they pulled down the Queen’s Pier. It was disappointing to see proof of a government that would be more interested in financial gains than preserving the city’s historical landmarks… it’s not like there are many left to begin with.

Anyway, back on topic.

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Some of these buildings make for great subject matter for sketches and paintings. I’ve always been iffy about drawing buildings as my perspectives are always kind of off. But finally I bit the bullet and started sketching.

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I thought I would start off with something relatively simple.

Then I realised that it’s never simple when you have a building at an angle.

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It’s still very much a work in progress, but I plan to ink it and colour it.

I admit that I’ve lost a bit of my initial enthusiasm to finish it. All the itty bitty details on the storefront – which had attracted me to this subject to begin with – had become the reason for my procrastination.

I am an impatient person and sometimes I want to complete a piece of art, RIGHT NOW. If I don’t manage to do so, then the incomplete piece may sit on the page for quite a while. In actual fact it’s been a month, at least, since I took that photo above and this entry. In this time, the sketch has not progressed =_=

I feel guilty even writing about it. Perhaps I should go home tonight and finish it – although I have an appointment to watch Harry Potter 7.2 tonight… after HP then… ;P

woyww 101

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This week, my work desk is mainly covered with acrylics.

I’ve recently signed up with Julie Prichard’s Chaos and Calm class and the page above is the result of lesson two.

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I’ve never worked with glazes before and this class seems to revolve around it a lot.

It’s interesting to try to blend acrylics, and I can’t wait to see the paintings that would be produced in this class.

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Unfortunately acrylic and glaze take forever to dry, even with a hair dryer.

I’ve already had a couple of mishaps where I’ve lifted still-wet paint when trying to blend colours.

This is an exercise in patience, which I was never very good at.

What classes have people taken recently?

“I am a [fill in the blank] and a [fill in the blank]”

This idea of being more than one thing has been running around my mind for a while now. Years perhaps. I think all of us feel, however secretly – in our souls – that we are unique. 

Most of us are aware that we are more than any one thing; we are not just our work, we are not just who we relate to, not just a daughter, a sister, a friend. We are also our hobbies, our interests, our vices.

I think Tammy says this pretty well:

We have many faces to the world:

A Java programmer who is an avid urban sketcher

A homeschooling mom who writes sci fi stories

A pilot who knits cardigans

A marine biology professor who watercolors all summer

A pediatrician who blogs about interior design trends

A realtor who blogs about photoshop

A veterinarian who writes quilt patterns

Our uniqueness comes from our collection of “selves” or “faces”; it is not just that you are an accountant, but that you are an aspiring rock artist as well. This mix of roles is a part of our self-worth; how we separate ourselves from the masses who are our neighbours on this earth.

We are proud of the fact that we are the only accountant who also paints every Tuesday, or the Mother who plays a bass guitar; the oxymoron is a badge of honour on our souls.

Tammy’s post asks us to declare who we are, to acknowledge all our roles and to recognise that being one thing does not detract from being another. Take a moment to think about all that you are, declare it to yourself in some small way, celebrate it.

woyww 100

Tearing myself away from my Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files audio books (read by James Marsters – *squeal*) – which I have been plugged to for the past two weeks (book 1 to 10) – I bring to you my first What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday post.

Since it is the first WOYWW post I thought I should show you my whole desk, as opposed to just what I’m working on.

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Actually thinking about it, I just realised that I’ve had previous pictures of my workdesk here.

Okay, maybe I’m just shamelessly plugging my own blog. XD

For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, WOYWW is a link party for people showing off what’s on their workdesk on Wednesday (pretty obvious now that I spell it out, huh?). I suggest that everyone head over to Julia Dunnit’s blog,

Stamping Ground, to read more about it. If nothing else, the horror of showing the same project on my desk for weeks in a row would get me off my butt and doing some crafting. XD

Actually my art journaling has been going very slowly recently. In addition to my obsession with James Marster’s voice-acting abilities, I have been concentrating on mandalas instead of journal pages.

However, I’ve kept my journals opened at my workdesk in hopes that I would add bits and pieces to it as I pass by. (My workdesk is actually in my room, so it’s not like everything is hidden away in some corner of the house)

I’ve read people’s blogs where they say they could see what they want the page to look like and they work towards that. I can’t do that most of the time; I have no idea what I’m doing with a page until I’m halfway through. This may just be evidence of a lack of practice. But sometimes, sometimes I see images or colours in my mind’s eye and I know it supposed to go on the page.

The tree in the corner of the page was drawn at one such time.

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I have trouble drawing realistic looking trees, I make branches too uniformly wide and straight; a real tree is more twisty and bendy.

I’ve taken quite a number of photos from my trip to Ocean Grove over the Easter break last week, quite a number of them have trees that has a lot of character. I plan to go through them and do some in depth study of tree anatomy.