Practising with Kuretake Gansai Tambi

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It’s back to basics today with a new palette – these are some Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours from Japan. I bought the 24 set simply because I didn’t fancy having metallic paints (I already have Finetec so getting another three metallic pans was quite pointless). With these palettes, I set on working on simple blending techniques – just loading on pigment on brushes and painting circles while the paint is still wet…

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Calligraphy supplies and tools

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Here is a look at my favourite tools – it’s actually 90% of my calligraphy stash. The other 10% being spare nibs, paper (for practice and actual calligraphy work) and cleaning solution for my nibs. I don’t have any intentions of adding more to my stash, especially the holder and inks. This is mainly because I work primarily with just two nibs and for me, two holders is more than enough. With inks, even though I love working with colour, I enjoy the look and feel of walnut ink; it’s my to-go ink and I work with it almost all the time. (While black Sumi is nice, I hate the smell and what it does to my nibs!) …

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Picking up the brush again

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I picked up journaling around middle of last year, just before our family trip back to France. Initially, my style was text-heavy with little to nearly zero illustrations or doodles. I was thoroughly convinced that I was not a very visual person. My artwork lacked depth and composition. Well, it still does. I don’t consider myself an artist.

Our travel back to France saw us going to really gorgeous places and enjoying familiar foods. I took tonnes of pictures but putting them all into a journal wasn’t going to work. Doodling was a nice way of capturing these images and plonking them next to text. It made things readable and more importantly, I didn’t have to spend too much time thinking of things to write. …

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Back to paper, pen and ink!

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So it’s been a while since I last updated this blog with anything. Nearly a year to be exact. Life, family, work (yes!) and hobbies have been pretty much my schedule since the middle of last year and consequently, I’ve had very little time to sit down and put my thoughts onto an online entity.

Somewhere in between April 2015 and now, Claire of clairekhoo.com and a former colleague, Ling of teresaling.com introduced me to a few new trends – journaling, calligraphy and painting. I’m never one to shy away from trying something new, especially something that looks interesting and is something that I have worked on before as a child…

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WIP: Romney in Tideline

Romney in Tideline from Hello Yarn

Hello Yarn…a very much sought-after and stalked (by me, of course) dyer whose fiber club waiting list (yes, not even the club itself) spans 1.5 to 2 years! In the past, I’ve only ever managed to rely on destashes to get some rovings and even then, most prefer to ship within the US (where the dyer is based)…

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Handspun galore!

I’ve been spinning A LOT! And by this, I mean A LOT. Last year, my wheel barely saw any action as I juggled soaping, the kids and other aspects of my life.

This time around, I try to squeeze in as much spin-time as I possible can in between soaping. Making bigger batches of soap at a time has helped a lot! Anyway, thanks to this, I have churned out – since January this year – at least 12 bundles of fiber and finished off a really old spin WIP. That totals up to over 1.5kg of fiber and around 7204.96 meters! And it’s only April! WHOA!…

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