Saturday, January 09, 2016

This year's challenge

I've decided to go for violin exams!

I've been taking classes the past few months. It was fun but I don't feel the push to improve and sharpen my skills. I really want to do well and eventually play in orchestras. 

I left off in grade 3 when I was in uni. So will try for grade 4!

Wish me luck!

Friday, January 08, 2016

My latest obsession. Midori Travel Notebook!

Who would have thought that journaling can be so fun! I've never heard or seen a midori before until a colleague told me about it. And my colleague don't even own one! So after checking out the midori travel notebook on instagram and YouTube I was totally sold. What an exciting way to journal!

So I headed to Stickerrific, kids and hubby in tow and got my first midori, a weekly insert and a whole lot of accessories to go with it. I bought it 2 weeks before the year end, supposedly to start filling up at the start of the brand new year. But I just couldn't wait so I started writing in it already.

So far I already have 4 inserts. A weekly planner, a blank 124 page insert for daily gratitude journaling, a blank craft paper insert for my photoshoot appointment and an insert for my trip to Perth next month.

And since the time I purchased the midori  (actually it's actually anniversary gift from hubby) I had already collected a whole lot of washie tapes  (who would have thought I would get into washie tapes!!), a whole lot of stickers and even rubber stamps! Oh and my collection of pens and hand lettering brush pens are building up quite modestly too!

So here's some snap shots of my midori. I'm yet to take some photos of the contents but will do so soon.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

My first attempt at drawing and painting my own drawing

I never had the courage to draw. After watching a few YouTube videos on how other people do it I decided to give it a shot.

I used a photo I took when we dined at Rimba and Rusa and copied it carefully with a pencil. I loved the interior of that Cafe so much! Then I outlined the drawing and  painted it with Sakura Koi water colours. I should have painted it first then outline because the ink smears under the water colours.

So here are the results!

Monday, December 14, 2015

From Secret Paris book

Used Derwent water colours. Really have no clue on how to paint with water colours. Just winging it for now until I find some classes to go to

Saturday, December 12, 2015

From Emila Yusof's Mother Earth

Did this with Derwent water colours and Colleen colour pencils. The pumpkins were painted with water colours and shaded with colour pencils.

The face was shaded using Emila Yusof's tutorial on skin tones.

I'm loving the simplicity of water colours. Now to just learn how to do it properly. Time to look for classes!

Snakey eggs

When I was a little girl  (that wasn't too long ago), I used to call this snakey egg. Snakey... cos the white bits in the half boiled eggs keeps slithering off... like a snake.

Until now I have still not quite mastered spooning this. The alternative is to just dunk the toast into the eggs! Malaysian way of eating it.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Family time

I deliberately left Sunday free of activities ie free of classes and commitments so we are able to fully have Sundays for family time. We don't have to rush for anything.

This Sunday was particularly fruitful. We had breakfast with Atuk who spent the night because grandma was out of town.

Then the twins played water guns outside for a bit.

After that we headed for BV2 to meet my favourite illustrator Emila Yusof at the Silverfish bookstore. I'm a huge fan of her work and have coloured several pages from her book Mother Earth. We arrived just in time to see her tutorial on how to shade skin tones. Unfortunately I did not bring my book for her to sign, so I bought another of her book Dreamworld for her to sign.

Finally we stopped for cupcakes at our favourite cafe Bisou. 

That is a fulfilling weekend for me. Would have been better if we could do something not in a shopping mall but it's too rainy these days. Ayden had to miss his swimming lesson yesterday because it was pouring so hard.

Hope to spend the evening colouring and painting.

Tomorrow is a Monday and it will not ruin my Sunday. Everyday counts and everyday should be a good day!

Toddler creativity

They asked for the spoon. I wondered what it was for and decided not to question them.

Wonder how long they will take to fill it up!

Was real impressed with their creativity. Well at least they will be occupied for a good few more minutes! Great for motoring skills too.