Category: Reviews

Q is for Quarantine

Scrolling down my timeline on a mundane Friday night, I found a post that jolted me awake and excited me so much that I reached out to this friend who I have not talked to for more than 10 years to congratulate her on the release of her children’s book, Q is for Quarantine. EJ Nitura, the writer and I are both from the same school in Grade School and High School. We became friends in freshman year of High School because of a band that we were forming and our common love of writing. We both dreamed of being published one day.

So, imagine my surprise and joy when she announced this on Facebook. Not only did she publish, but she was part of the team that created a book that was relevant and meaningful in our present time. Q is for Quarantine is a book that was born out of a need to explain to a little child, Milo what the current situation is all about. The mom, Gita Luz, who spearheaded this operation, wanted a book that would make kids understand our current situation to children. She is a mom of the inspiration for the book, Milo.

The inspiration for the book, cute little Milo

That is when the story took flight. A core team of artists and writers took to the project and worked on it for 2-3 months of production. Such production speed also shows the necessity and the passion that the team had for this book to be able to reach kids age 3-8 and explain to them why suddenly the world changed and why they have to wear masks and social distance. This is a good and fun way to be able to reach those little curious minds and give them the information they need in a way that they could understand.

Creation in progress:
Gita Luz, EJ Nitura, Michelle,Pascual Czari Dy, and Arbee Bagabaldo in a SOCIALLY DISTANT MEETING about the book showing that we can create in all kinds of situations

The illustrations were done by many illustrators from around the globe which gave the book a unique flair. The books characters include all kinds of kids and colorful illustrations that spell inclusiveness and universality. It not only explains the situation but also gives the children lessons about diversity in both race and gender and tells them that we are all in this together.

The Q team creating while in Quarantine is DEFINITELY POSSIBLE

The book was completely done through many zoom meetings and it proves that we can get together to create and things are possible to happen even in difficult situations like the global pandemic. This truly is one of the most encouraging things I have ever seen come out of this time.

Gavin, EJ’s Daughter reading the book

CONGRATULATIONS to THE Q is for Quarantine team! So proud of you, EJ!!
Check them out and you can buy the book HERE

Custom All in One Watercolor Palette

I could barely contain my excitement when this baby came home yesterday. This is my Custom Daniel Smith Watercolor Palette with the CMYK and Zorn Palette. It is custom made by my friend, Architect Allan Jay Quesada and I was really happy to get it!

This palette is designed to be an all- in- one palette that I can take out to plein air or for studio use. The palette features two base palettes : The CMYK for bright colors and the ZORN Palette for more muted/ earthy tones. It also features some shadow colors and convenience colors._

Some Swatches for this palette. Top is the CMYK Gradient Test Bottom is zorn

Here are the colors of the Palette . All Daniel Smith Watercolors.

  1. Titanium White
  2. Lemon Yellow
  3. Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue
  4. Yellow Ochre
  5. Organic Vermillion
  6. Quinacridone Pink
  7. Pthalo Blue
  8. Cobalt Teal
  9. Olive Green
  10. Perylene Green
  11. Shadow Violet
  12. Lamp Black

The CMYK: Pthalo Blue, Quinadricone Pink, Lemon Yellow and Lamp Black
the Zorn Palette: Yellow Ochre, Titanium White, Lamp Black and Organic Vermillion

The rationale behind it is that if I can have both CMYK and Zorn, I could create any color I want without having to reach for other colors. I also want to learn how to mix my own colors more and push my learning of watercolors further.

If you want to see the Palette in action and to see how the colors work, here is a video of this baby in action! I named it, Cheshire … by the way, as I am in the habit of naming my things!

I am still exploring this palette and will update definitely with some color studies and exploration videos on how I use this. But definitely it is an exciting time!<3 I love new materials!

I actually completed this bright painting with this palette and I could not be happier ! ❤ Looking forward to many paintings with my child!

Product Review: Planners and Journals Watercolor Insert

13932844_1177758938942376_6785521230065221577_nI have  always loved doing art on traveller’s notebook and so I was thrilled when my friends from Planners and Journals sent me a new product to test which is the Watercolor Insert.  I thought that when I first got it, that it was really pretty.

It is a standard Midori TN sized planner insert with Fabriano Academia (200GSM) watercolor paper.  it comes with about 20 sheets and is great for watercolor journaling, calligraphy and markers. The paper is also thick enough that it didn’t buckle when I used a bit too much water in my art.

Check out the Video below to see how it fared with my watercoloring

Portable Watercolors: Bringing your Palette with you

I used to think that doing art outside was a hassle because you had to bring STUFF with you. By that, I meant you had to bring an easel, paint, waterbuckets, brushes, mediums, canvas, papers and so on. But lately, I’ve seen artists go out in the world and do travel journaling – and do wonderful watercolors without breaking their back  to bring all the heavy equipment. That’s where I discovered the beauty of portable watercolor palettes.

Although, I have bought some of the portable ones like the Winsor and Newton Travel Kit and the Sakura Koi Field box 24s I find them very bulky to carry around and a bother to paint with while I am on the go. So I just brought the Winsor with me and bring a huge bag.

But as I was reading about people who do plein air art and travel journaling, I found that some carry their own palette in an altoid tin case.  I also found an excellent tiny set from Sennelier from the Craft Central that was compact enough for my needs.  So this is what I ended up with

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Where’s the Reset button?

Hello. Yes, I am here.
I know, I know I have been a very bad Blogger.
I know I have not even touched my blog for a while since I got busy with studying for the JLPT examinations. But that is no excuse to forget this.

I also have been painting/ drawing. I have been mostly working on blending on copic and watercolors and so I would be mostly blogging about those from now on. I have also started to do some calligraphy. So I hope I can write about that more as well.

Anyway, I just popped in to chat and well… here’s an L for you. Hope you like it!

candyl

 

Arrietty in the Flower Garden

Arrietty in the Flower Garden

Arrietty in Flower Garden

This is a piece I did last week. Arrietty in the Flower garden was my attempt to capture the adventure and wonder that was Ghibli’s Arriety.

Information about Arrietty from Wikipedia

Arrietty is Arrietty, titled The Borrower Arrietty (Japanese: 借りぐらしのアリエッティ Hepburn: Kari-gurashi no Arietti?) in Japan and The Secret World of Arrietty in North America, is a 2010 Japanese animated fantasy film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa. It is based on The Borrowers by Mary Norton, an English author of children’s books, about a family of tiny people who live secretly in the walls and floors of a typical household, borrowing items from humans to survive. The film stars the voices of Mirai Shida, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Shinobu Otake, Keiko Takeshita, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Tomokazu Miura, and Kirin Kiki, and tells the story of a young Borrower (Shida) befriending a human boy (Kamiki), while trying to avoid being detected by the other humans. Toshio Suzuki produced the film and Studio Ghibli provided the animation. Read More…