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Mediocrity

By on May 29, 2017
mediocrity

Was reading old written works of mine and I can’t help feeling empty, drained and hollow. Where did my old fire go? What happened to that sass? I feel so pathetic right now compared to the writer that I was before. It would seem that it is not just my physical body that is deteriorating with time and age.

I don’t necessarily live a happy life now, though it has its sparkling moments. But the darkness that was my muse is now as elusive as the ‘normalcy’ I craved before. Instead of black, I now see in dull, boring gray. There’s nothing there to inspire or ire me enough to get the creative juices flowing.

I am not high, but not low either. How mediocre.

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Review: Limelight Sketch Book

By on May 25, 2017
Limelight sketch book

Confession: This is a product of my hoarder tendencies in action. See, I already have an art journal, a ream of practice paper, a calligraphy practice notebook, a mini-tower of a memo pad, 2 dotted notebooks, and an extra planner which I also use for calligraphy practice. That is already more than enough. That is, in fact, already too much. *cringe* But no, when I saw this available at the local National Bookstore, I just had to get myself one or die of wanting.

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Flatlay Hack

By on May 24, 2017
flatlay hack

Would you believe that this photo is not an actual flatlay photo but a scan? Yup, this is actually a scanned photo, with the cover left open while scanning. I actually discovered this ‘hack’ by accident since I didn’t want to close the cover and squish the binding of my new hard cover sketch book. 😉

By the way, that is a Limelight sketch book. The quote was written using the some of the tools in my post about starting pointed pen calligraphy (Tachikawa T-40 nib holder, Brause Steno 361 “Blue Pumpkin” nib, and sumi ink); the quote itself is from the book Golden by Jessi Kirby. The designs on the side were done with various colored pens.

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Bullet Journal

Pilot Juice Dark Red Gel Pen

By on May 15, 2017
Pilot Juice dark red gel pen

Kinda obsessing over this Dark Red Pilot Juice pen I got from SM Stationery earlier this week. ? It’s such a lovely, unusual pen color and it’s so far the only colored pen I have ever used for BuJo entries (I use black Unipin/Pigma Micron/Simbalion drawing pens exclusively for this purpose). I am in love! ❤

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The Cheapskate’s Guide to Starting Pointed Pen Calligraphy

By on May 12, 2017
cheapskates guide to pointed pen calligraphy

The title pretty much says it all, yeah? ? Though I have hoarder tendencies (especially when it comes to art supplies), I also have this compulsion to canvass each and every piece I wanna buy to see if there’s a cheaper alternative, or if it’s sold cheaper somewhere else. This way, I have been able to procure much of my stuff at less cost than if I’d gotten them, say, from the mall. Mostly though, I do my shopping online so it’s much easier to research and compare prices. That, and there’s basically none to be found here in the province. #promdifeels

Anyway. Pointed pen calligraphy or dip pen calligraphy is something I only started doing pretty recently. I am obviously no expert here; I only speak for my limited experience and basic knowledge as a fellow newbie. Without further ado, here are the basic things you need to start:

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