My Hobonichi Adventure in Seattle

In Late August, I embarked on a week long trip to Seattle to visit some friends. Of course I have to bring my Hobonichi along with me to journal and record the things I see and the places I’ve been. Although I’ve already built up a system or a habit of journaling in my Hobonichi, the hard part about doing it while you’re traveling is that your day schedule is so full, you’re usually exhausted at the end of the day. Fortunately, many of my plans in Seattle actually are stationery and planner meet ups with fellow journaling addicts, so we spent a lot of time in cafes writing in our Hobo or Traveler’s Notebook!

My simply set up consisted of a pen case with my favorite pens: Uni Pin fine line waterproof pigment ink pens for drawing, Uni Style fit for journaling, my TWSBI Eco fountain pen, washi samples, some sticker sheets, a small sticker book, and a portable watercolor palette! (For a more comprehensive read about how to keep a travel scrapbook, or you can check out a post about my traveler’s notebook!)

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I’m just going to jump right into it and show you my first fabulous meet up with three amazing girls in Seattle: Phyllis, Leah, and Sandra. They were kind enough to make time for me to meet and we all gawked and geeked over our Hobonichis. Of course we brought multiple journals, and there’s always the inevitable Planner Tower: Continue reading

HOBONICHI Flip Through 2016 January

A bit belated, but I still want to take the chance to show you guys a flip through of my January pages in the Hobonichi Cousin. January marks the second month I started using the larger size Hobonichi planner.

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How to Journal Everyday – Build a Hobonichi Habit

I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I’ve embarked on this journaling adventure with my Hobonichi. Every single page of my A6 English Planner was filled to the brim with doodles and writing. I couldn’t be happier.

How does she do it? 

Many of you might wonder how much time I spend each day journaling? How do I go about writing in each page and fitting in illustrations? In this post I’ll be breaking down my journaling process for you, and hopefuly it’ll be a motivation for you to start writing in your Hobonichi today!

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The size of the Hobonichi Techo may seem small (A6), but on days when you don’t have the time or motivation to write, that gridded space could be pretty daunting. This realization is more apparent this year since I’ve switched to the A5 Cousin size Hobonichi. Moreover, I’ve challenged myself to make time and journal in those pages EVERY SINGLE DAY, because I know how lazy impulses can turn into two days or even weeks very fast. With the larger space of the Cousin, I would feel more guilty if I have to flip through blank pages. Then again, I don’t want to turn this into an assignment. Journaling is fun! This is definitely a time I look forward each day to play with my ‘toys’ (stationery, art supplies). The most important thing is to enjoy the journaling process and eventually it’ll become a habit.

Journaling is a time of reflection and enjoyment. It’s not a timed task where you’re rushing toward the deadline. 

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Step 1: Setting up your journaling space

There’s a Chinese proverb that says: A workman must first sharpen his tools if he wishes to do his work well. I guess this speaks dearly to all of us stationery addicts’ heart (turns to look at my hoard of stationery items). You’ve bought all those stickers and pens and decorative washi tapes over the holiday, now put them to use!

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Hobonichi Flip through 2015 December

今年開始使用的是1101 Hobonichi的A5手帳分冊版,跟去年的A6比起來空間大好多~ 終於可以很盡情的大玩紙膠帶以及手繪!當然,消耗墨水的機會也在這極大的書寫空間 😀

Here’s a review of my first month in the Hobonichi A5 Cousin! 

十二月開始美國各處都充滿了過節氣氛~我忍不住也做了一個小手繪教學影片,主題就是冬季小插圖!

一開始還不太習慣A5的空間感,空空的位置就拿來填寫每天的晚餐食譜囉!


聖誕節就是要畫耶誕紅啦! 這次顏色下手很重,效果很棒~但是顏料抓皺紙張的悲劇也更明顯…

在台灣的朋友送給我一套企鵝的貼紙~ 好像是在台中一個以企鵝為主題的畫展所購得,整張貼紙的企鵝系列太可愛了,怎麼能不拿來用光光?

我和朋友在耶誕市集買了一些應景的小盆栽,但我才養他不到兩星期,竟然就乾枯死亡QQ (美國太乾了啦!) (絕對不是自己的錯…)


我很喜歡Unmistakable Creative他們所提出的 15 principles for living a creative life. 其中三項真的很貼切: It’s about showing up when you don’t feel like it. It’s about showing up when you’re uninspired. It’s about staying in something so far past where the average person would quit. 很多時候容易覺得這件事很煩躁就放棄他,雖然他們都是達成目標所必經的過程!

想不到要寫什麼的時候,填填歌詞也不錯

這些可愛的黃金獵犬都是工商雜誌封面剪下來的~美國人真的很愛黃金獵犬耶


  

我的牛角初體驗就這樣給波士頓了~雖然沒有像台灣一樣的吃到飽,但還是吃得很過癮

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學期結束一定要和老師拍張照!這邊的每一位教授都很令人印象深刻,尤其是他們願意和你溝通互動這點,真的是大學很少體會到的~

終於實現在戶外溜冰的體驗了~ 尤其是當黃昏接近,一個人在冰上刷刷刷的成就感

自從九月開始加入波士頓的速寫小聚會,沒想到竟然能夠有將我們的作品展出的一天!我的畫廊處女作就在Salem女巫城這邊展開!
  

就像去首爾街頭要找卡拉OK加菲貓,來到波士頓一定要現場聽一下Keytar Bear的街頭演奏!

波士頓圖書館又大又乾淨,尤其喜歡他那舒適的座位及空間感,很適合讀書或打瞌睡…

我揪成功了!在波士頓第一次的Hobonichi手帳聚會!雖然大家都是第一次碰面,但將文具們大把大把拿出來的那一刻,我們彷彿是多年不見的好友~文具癮無國際!


聖誕夜那天我前進紐約過節囉!紐約不愧是耶誕城,每個角落都有不能錯過的聖誕裝飾!


文具狂到哪裡都要失心瘋,除了充滿日本文具用品的Kinokuniya,在西村有好多美術行及文具店!逛得不亦樂乎~~


就像在台北那樣的隨性悠閒,走累的就挑間順眼的咖啡店或是小餐館喝杯咖啡,吃個甜滋滋的甜甜圈~

我的朋友是福星,因為我們竟然抽到了中獎機率超低的Broadway Lottery Ticket~ Kinky Boots真的很好看!

這幾款星空紙膠帶在我的IG上詢問度超高,但我完全不記得是誰出的~去過太多次文具聚會,捲了一堆來路不明但每的要命的紙膠帶…

天阿~新年快樂!2015就這樣結束了! 畫下完美句點的那一刻我們正在Mckittrick Hotel與Sleep No More的劇組在舞池裡狂歡!

這個月下來A5的空間感實在令文具手作狂感到過癮~期待2016年將他寫得滿滿的!

喜歡以影片模式觀賞的人,請用這個Flipthrough影片

Doodle book project – Shapes and Faces

Lately I’ve been asking myself whether it is worth it to take some time off to do drawing and illustrations each day (amateurish ones of course). Shouldn’t I be focusing on some other priorities such as trying to make more income for my upcoming graduate studies, or spend more time studying and understanding the professional field I’m heading into.

However, browsing through the various artistic community and seeing everyone constantly producing such beautiful artwork has definitely spark my envy at this craft. I realised that if I ever want to achieve that level of consistency and dedication to this hobby, I need to practice, and practice, and practice, and practice. I justified that this time for drawing is time well spent, because I feel relaxed and happy when colouring and building pictures with simple lines.

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Starting with the basics again, I refer to the second lesson from the doodle book that teaches how to draw human portraits – Shapes and faces. Emotion and facial features can be a daunting thing to capture when drawing portraits. So the book starts on a easy-going level of simply creating comic-like expressions on different shapes.

It asks me to fill up the page with bold drawings, so I decided to go one step further and practice more than it instructed.

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In this practice, I definitely drew some expressions that I’ve never tried before. The main lesson here is that the position of eyes, nose, and mouth can make a huge difference on expressiveness.   Plus, I snuck a few of my penguins into the array of faces.

What do you think? Try this exercise out in your own sketchbook!

 

Portrait Practice – Magazine Girl

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Did another portrait practice sketch by drawing a model in the magazine. Again, I made a mistake of not using a pencil to sketch first, therefore I drew most of the lines by instinct and at-the-moment adjustment. In the end, the whole body proportion is not…quite..right…?

Plus the relaxed hand position in my drawing just looks as if the girl had a sore neck lol!

Hobonichi Flip Through December 2014 – part 2

Continuing my previous post on my December page flip throughs, my daily entries consisted of a main illustration for the day, and surrounding it are my journaling of the day’s events! I’m not that great a writer, and I don’t want to pressure myself into writing fantastic entries that are full of meaningful thoughts or anything like that. Therefore I try to focus my art on doodling and replicating photos that I’ve taken in my iPhone for that day.

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Sometimes I take inspiration from Hobonichi entries shared on facebook pages or cute images I’ve seen on Instagram. Luckily I don’t have to rely much on prompts yet to come up with things to draw. There are too much interesting things around me that I would love to put into doodles and writing.

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