Today’s art shopping

I just can’t resist myself when I visit my favorite art supply store. The store is small but filled with many delicious choices for any kind of art and craft needs, and it has the best price compared to all art supply stores in my country (at least that I know of ;P ). The stores even sell Derwent product far cheaper than in the Derwent online store.

It’s rare to find a 300gsm watercolor paper that is affordable for an amateur watercolor enthusiast like me. So when I saw Canson XL Mix Media pads I grabbed it immediately. I asked the clerk if they have the XL watercolor pad, but they said they only have Reeves, and so I grabbed that too. That was a blind buy as I haven’t read any review of Canson XL Mix Media pad before. Now that I am home and have access to google, I found that the reviews are not that good for their Mix Media paper. People who reviewed it said that the paper could not hold a lot of water. Oh no, will this be a waste….. I like using wet on wet techniques, but most reviews were for the 160gsm pads. Hopefully the 300gsm is better to hold water and still be a good use to me.

Another blind buy was Pentel Arts Watercolour Set. My Reeves set is beyond use and need retirement. As far as I know Pentel is a quite good brand for student. The reviews I found on the net are quite good. It is compared to the same level as Sakura Koi Watercolor. I probably will try the Canson Mix Media paper and the Pentel watercolor soon, as soon as I finished my current project.

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Making My Own Unique Letter Set

One of the thing I like is sending letter to my friends. Since my friends and I always try to send the most cute or unique letters to each others, I don’t want to buy the standard paper and envelope type that are sold in stores. So mostly I decided to make my own letter set.

A few days ago I found a beautiful paper pad on crafting supplies store. It was 6×6 Forever Green Paper Pad by Prima Marketing INC. The store sold this pad at a cheap price, probably because one corner is a little bit wonky.

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The pad has a blackboard theme with contrasting pictures that seems to pop out of the paper. I chose one with butterflies pictures on one side and the other side just black with thin borders of shrubbery.

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I folded a square piece of paper for the letter and glued the little square to the background paper. I have this grey tinted paper that looks in tone with the background.

I took a smiley card from a cafe the day before and used it to be a sort of seal for the folded paper.

I glued the upper left corner of the smiley card to the paper and put a ball of tack-it on the center to seal the letter. Actually for this I used a piece of kneadable eraser instead of tack-it, not as ideal but it has the same sort of stickiness. I put instruction on how to open it on the bottom corner of the smile card. I didn’t want to reveal the contents of my letter right away, but put an air of mystery to it.

As you can see the letter has an effect that I want.

I sort of experimented with the way to fold the paper so it looks nice and easy to open.

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I made the envelope with the same paper I used for the writing paper, sprayed with different colors of ink. I forgot to take a picture of it before I mailed the letter, but basically just making a pocket that can fit my letter.

I hope my friend will love it when she got my letter 😀

Postcrossing – Cat drawing

Argh why do I get so obsessed by cat lately?!?

There are a lot of cat lover on Postcrossing. One of person I get to send a card asks for a drawing for any who will send her a card. So, I quickly grab a paper and pencil and started to draw. I miss watercolor and I’m happy to use it for this drawing.

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I have to catch a plane to Bali in just a couple hours, so just making this post a quick one.

Take the Challenge with Mou – Valentine Theme

Since I skipped making cards on last Christmas, I feel I have to make up for that to my friend. This month Take the Challenge With Mou is just the perfect opportunity for me to make up for it.

This month theme is Valentine! And Valentine doesn’t have to be celebrated with a boyfriend right? So I love my friends and I want to show it to them with these cards. I hope they’ll like too! 😀

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