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In Art, Calligraphy, Lifestyle, Millennial, Planner & BuJo on
November 28, 2017

Zebra Mildliner Sets + Leuchtturm1917 Swatch

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Stationery is life. Capitalized and italicized.

I’ve always known I was a stationery junkie ever since grade school. I can still remember in 1st grade when I got in trouble for selling papers I had designed and decorated in class for 1 peso a piece. Apparently, it was illegal!!! My classmates loved them, I had handfuls of customers on a daily basis. Read more

In Art, Jeddah, Jeddah Lifestyle, Planner & BuJo on
November 24, 2017

How I Ordered from Amazon.com in Saudi Arabia + BuJo Stuff Haul + BONUS!

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Just because I live in the desert, doesn’t mean I can’t order from Amazon!

When I was living in Manila, ordering online was pure bliss. It always feels like receiving a gift from your past self! Getting something from the mail is actually the most satisfying thing ever, and if you’ve been waiting for what’s inside the package since forever, then that feels extra satisfying when it finally arrives. Read more

In Art, Calligraphy, Planner & BuJo on
November 18, 2017

Apica Premium CD A5 Graph Notebook Review + Pen Test & December Preview!

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Hey guys!

I had a lot of people ask me about the notebook I use as my bullet journal, and I remember mentioning what it is a couple of times in my previous blog posts. I swear by to this notebook and this by far is the best notebook or journal that I have ever purchased. (I have ordered the Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks on Amazon though, and I look forward to making a comparison blog post!) Read more

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In Art, Planner & BuJo on
September 24, 2017

Top 5 Planner Stationery Essentials

top five planner stationery essentials

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Planners have evolved from being a simple planning tool to a hybrid planning scrapbook. Sure, there are still people out there who have never decorated their planners. But when I entered the planning world two years ago, I met groups of people who dedicate their time and money in making their planners look fancy. I became one of them and devoted an hour or so a day in sorting my weekly plans. Read more

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In Lifestyle, Millennial, Planner & BuJo on
September 21, 2017

Quick Tips on Keeping Track of Your Money

quick tips on keeping track of your money

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Memes all over social media these days are mostly relating to being broke right after getting paid, and netizens are sharing them thousands, if not millions, of times across the internet. But the question is, how in the world do we not know where our money went? Read more

In Art, Painting on
September 15, 2017

Painting with Watercolour: Winsor & Newton Watercolours

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Watercolour has been my favourite of all media. In all honesty, I’m not a pro when it comes to painting. I think of it as a way to free my mind and relieve stress, and as an avenue for my creative juices that come and go. Read more

In Art, Painting on
November 6, 2016

Exploring Oil Painting

You know that art set they usually gave artsy children in the 1990’s and early 2000’s? The one with complete set of oil pastels, colour pens, charcoal pencils, erasers, sharpeners, etc.? I can only reminisce the feeling of getting one for Christmas. Seeing the neatly stored colors on that piece of plastic box gave me warm feelings inside as a child.

I am not sure why I had to mention that, but the familiar warm feeling comes back to me whenever I dabbled in art related activities as an adult. This year, I was able to explore dip pen calligraphy, brush calligraphy, water color lettering, water color painting, and planner decorating. Now I am into oil painting.

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My cluttered and makeshift work space.

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I bought a mixing palette but it was too small so I wrapped some aluminum foil on my clipboard and improvised.

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My good old flat and round brushes I once used for watercolor painting.

I got student grade oil colors, an 8″ x 8″ canvass, a charcoal pencil, and a few mixing knives. I used my old paint brushes because I couldn’t find brushes in Jarir Bookstore. As a newbie, I didn’t know I needed a medium and thinner before I head on to painting, so I made do with what I had.

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My tubes of colors. How lovely.

I was also not aware of the drying time of oil colors. The blue background was my first layer, and I waited around 5 days until it became dry to touch. It was not completely dry, you could feel that the paint could come off if handled roughly, but it was ready for the next layer.

Within that 5 days of drying time, I had time to think about what to put on the next layer. I know, I recklessly started a painting without actually knowing what it is. I just acted on instincts, I wanted a blue background, so I did a blue background. I couldn’t care less what I would put next until later on that I actually needed to. I was initially thinking of a burning ember to be painted in the middle, but I scratched that idea when I realized this one would appeal to me better.

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“I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya

I tried my best to act on feelings and emotions, rather than the technical. Sure, you could find similar paintings on Google, but this one is the product of my heart. I am this bird. I can fly anywhere, but I don’t. Soon enough, I will let go. I will stop hanging around in my tree, and I will just fly and let go.

Humans do not need art in their lives once in a while. Life is art itself.

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In Art, Planner & BuJo on
November 12, 2015

Scribble 2016 Planner: Ready, Set, Plan!

The Scribble 2016

A few weeks into my calligraphy journey, I have decided to finally learn lettering and use watercolor as a medium. I have been craft shop-hopping in various malls in metro Manila, and have also been liking loads of Instagram craft shops. I came to realize that craft supplies are such eye candies to me, and I need to have them and flourish the artistic soul in me.

Then I found out that calligraphy and lettering come along with planning. In mid 2015, I was hopelessly looking for planners because those times were extremely busy and I needed a planner just to organize my activities and beat deadlines. I looked endlessly, but to no avail. Until a close friend of mine, Gab, gave me the Scribble 2015 as a mid-year gift. (Thanks, Gab! Still using it!)

I liked it very much, since it was not dated and I am free to use it anytime in the year, but there were certain details that hindered me from comfortably planning my week:

  1. The edge was not stable because it was not smyth sewn. It was only bound together by a single lace.
  2. The paper cannot hold calligraphy ink properly and bleeds too much.
  3. On a technical note, the cover is dull, at least for me though.

Now, as 2015 closes, Filed.com released the Scribble 2016 planner, and it’s got features that I really like, and ultimately addressed my complaints (that I quietly complained to myself) with the previous Scribble planner. I pre-ordered one in October, and it came in the mail today!

FILED got my name wrong, apparently, because when I got it, “KEKA” was written on the cover. So I did some remedies and wrote my name myself. No hard feelings though, FILED!

The planner came with watercolor instructions and three NEO Fine Liners (see last photo.)

These are the features of the new Scribble 2016, which answered my prayers!

The paper can now hold calligraphy ink because it is now at 100 GSM, and it is also smyth sewn! Ah, the comfort of writing without having to worry about the pages falling off. Thank you, Filed, for this fun and artsy planner.

I am so excited for my 2016. I hope it will be the year of my life, as I am slated to finish college, and start my employment hood in that year. May this planner guide me through tough times, and help me remember the good times!

My toys all set for all the planning that's coming!

My toys all set for all the planning that’s coming! Indian Ink from The Craft Central, Nikko G nib from Pensgalore, The ABC’s of Hand Lettering by Abbey Sy, and Simbalion 16-color Watercolor Cakes

You can get the Scribble 2016 planner from Filed.com.ph at P595.00. For more detailes, visit their website at FILED! or their official Facebook Page.