Posted in Artwork

Marker VS. Watercolor (Part 1)

I have to confess that I don’t have to courage to get out of my comfort zone when it comes to art! I always have a hard time with watercolor but with my best friend’s invitation, I decided to take a watercolor course, “Food with ideas” with Daily Draw Studio. This is my latest attempt to give it a go.

I had several attempts to improve it (and failed) over years of my life as an illustrator, although Watercolor is my weakest point. When I was little, my dad bought me a tin box of 80 watercolor pencils from Caran D’ache but I mostly used them as coloring pencils. My first real watercolor set is a 24 colors tube set from Sakura, which was required for my junior high school art class. My second set, I bought by myself, is also a tube set of 18 colors by Pentel. However, I fell in love with Too’s Copic markers and their vibrant colors. So, I stopped using watercolor for a long while.

As time goes by, I grew tired of the markers and decided to start again with Cotman 24 colors half pan set from Winsor & Newton, bought when I was living in the US. The set has been with me for about 5 years now. Even though it’s a student grade, I think it’s just right for a beginner like me. I also brought and used it in my watercolor course. After 3 classes, they actually made me like watercolor more and more! I can’t wait to practice and become better at it.

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Recently, my dad also got me a set of “Gansai” or traditional Japanese watercolor with full pan 36 colors. I will give it a try soon.

Watercolor

Pro

  • Flexible, mix to get the wanted colors
  • Portable, paint anywhere with water brush pens
  • Easy to find tutorial courses and books
  • Cheaper then markers

Con

  • Take more time to dry, need to be patient
  • Hard to get the right colors (at least for me)
  • Water is always messy, easily rue the paper

Daily Draw Studio’s facebook page:
https://th-th.facebook.com/dailydrawstudio

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Posted in Game

Lesson learnt from “Travel Frog” Game

I recently addicted to this game, “Tabikaeru” or Travel Frog on my iPhone. Developed by a Japanese company, It is a super cute game and doesn’t required any actions or attention. I basically taking care of a frog who like to travel. I named her “Himeki” which was¬†my old nickname my best friend gave to me when we were in school. Apart from packing a bag, putting stuff on a desk and collecting clover leaves, all I can do is waiting for my frog to go out, send some pictures and come back with small souvenirs.

Here are some photos, including the rare ones, sent to me from my girl.

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However, I’m not here to review the game but instead I would like to give my thoughts after playing it for about a month. It taught me valuable lessons. Firstly, I learnt to be patient and maintain discipline. After the frog went out on trips, sometime I have to wait for days until she returned. Instead of checking the game all the time, I will open the game and collect clover leaves every 3 hours in order to get maximum benefit.

Secondly, expectation leads to suffering. I’m learning to let go of things that are beyond my control. I can’t really force my frog to do anything. She will come and go as she pleased. Most of the time she sent general pictures or came back empty-handed, so I have to stop myself from expecting a rare photo or a special souvenir every time. Of course, I’m very pleased to receive them and so far I got 3 rare photos and 5 special souvenirs.

Finally, it reminds me of my parents. As I already left home, get married and am living with my husband, I imagined that they might feel the same way. Your child has grown up and went out in the world doing his/her own thing. I feel like I understand “parents’ unconditional love” better than before. In my opinion, both players and their parents can learn a lot from this game. Parents should understand and accept who your child really is, on the other hand, a child shouldn’t forget about his/her parents. A small gift and kind words can make their day brighter. ūüôā

Posted in Artwork, Book

Girl meets Sweets by Sakizo

I would like to show off the latest book in my reference book collection, “Girl meets Sweets” by Sakizo, a Japanese illustrator (http://sakizo.jp/). While picking up another book I reserved via telephone at Kinokuniya, I stumbled across this book and asked a customer service representative to open it.¬†After flipping through the book, I fell in love and decided to buy it right away.

I love every aspect of her works, from the style and color combinations to sweets and of course, those Marie Antoinette inspired dresses! Costume design is always a field that I’m interested in, so I took a fashion drawing short course with Bunka Fashion School. Ever since I graduated from it, my art style has been changing dramatically. I moved toward surrealism and incorporated everyday objects, like candy sweets, into characters’ outfits and accessories. Here are some examples of my work, colored with copic markers.

I will mainly use it as an inspiration for not only my next artwork but also during “Food with ideas” watercolor workshop that my friend and I registered for next month. Can’t wait! In my opinion, this book is highly recommended for artists who interested in watercoloring and Gothic-Lolita or Victorian style cosplayers.

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Girl meets Sweets
Author: Sakizo
Paperback: 138 pages
Publisher: Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha (2017)
Language: English & Japanese

Source: Photos and cover are from Amazon.co.jp

Posted in Tech

Fujifilm instax SHARE SP-3 SQ

Last year (2017), Fujifilm launched a new hybrid instant camera for a new square format film, instax SQUARE SQ10. I was mildly interested in it because of the square film. This new camera is quite pricey (approx. 280 USD) and I’m not in to its hybrid ‘instagram like’ features (digital camera + instant printer). I keep waiting for Fujifilm to release a new line of instant cameras with this type of film. However, three months later, the company added a new portable printer to the instax SHARE product line instead. I enjoy the instax SHARE SP-1 so much when¬†I got it in 2014. So, I decided to buy the new instax SHARE SP-3 SQ. I found that it’s what I want and¬†about 80 bucks cheaper than the SQ10. ūüôā

There are two color options for the SP-3, black or white. I already own a white SP-1, so I picked the black one. The build and design of this printer is nice and sleek. The quality of the print out is good as expected. The only downside is the price of the square instant film (16.99 USD per 10 exposures). I think I will mainly use it for special occasions, like birthday or wedding. As for printing on the go or scrapbook, I would recommended the SP-1 or its updated model, instax SHARE SP-2. because the instax mini film is cheaper and easier to find.


Read more about the instax SHARE SP-1 here:
https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/instant-cameras-never-die/

Posted in Lifestyle

What’s in my Everyday Bag?

Recently, I’ve seen lot of female bloggers did “What’s in my Bag?” posts or videos on YouTube. What they have in comment is their bags are so small! Using my regular size backpack, I am so embarrassed to tell you that I carry 35 things with me almost everyday, especially on the workdays.

Essentials (10)

1. Mobile phone – Apple iPhone 6s Plus, 2 years

2. Purse organizer РPurse Perfector, bought long time ago from the US

3. Wallet РFossil Emma Mini Multi function RFID Wallet, bought in 2016

4. Phone charger – iPhone charger/wire in Husky P+G Mini Pochi Friends Case

5. Headphones – iPhone Earpods with 3.5 mm Headphone Plug

6. Public transportation cards  2 BTS Skytrain cards and 1 MRT Metro card

7. Coin purse Рsimple mini pouch for small change for bus rides

8. Apartment key and card – in Jinbesan key pouch

9. Office access card – to access every doors in the office + to use smart printers

10.¬†¬†Buddhist¬†monk amulet – “Luang Pu Thuat” amulet, received from my dad

Stationery (5)

11. Ball Pen РPental Liquid Gel Ink 0.7 mm ball pen, Blue

12. Notebook – MD Notebook, A5, dot grid for Bullet Journal with Starbucks Pouch

13. Fountain pen – Kaweco AL Sport Fountain Pen, Light Blue

14. Pencil – Kaweco AL Sport Mechanical Pencil 0.7 mm, Light Blue

15. Pen case – Kaweco Classic Leather Case for 2 pens

Personal Care (10)

16. Hygiene wet wipes – Karisma Serious Hygiene Wipes

17. Make-up removal wipes – Boots Cucumber Cleaning Wipes

18. Earloop masks Р3M Nexcare Earloop Masks

19. Pain reliever tablets – Tylenol 500 mg

20. Bandages Рseveral types of bandage strips (plastic, clear, waterproof, fabric)

21. Hand cream –¬†¬†L’Occitane¬†Shea Butter¬†Hand Cream

22. Lip balm – Laneige: Grapefruit Lip Glowy Balm

23. Lip stick – Kat von D: Mini Studded Kiss Lipstick, Cathedral

24. Blotting paper – Fenty Beauty: Invisimatte Blotting Paper

25. Comb – Tangle Teezer: Lulu Guinness Clara Compact Styling Hairbrush

Odds & ends (10) 

26. Business card case РAll Saints Metal Card Case

27. Eyeglasses cleaning cloth – Microfiber cloth from Taiwan’s Houtong Cat Village

28. Stain remover – Tide To-go Instant Stain Remover

29. Lint sheets – 3M Scotch Lint Sheets

30. Folding shopping bag – Happy Berry Dachshund, bought from Japan

31. Bag hanger – from AIS Serenade (Mobile phone service provider)

32. Umbrella – HUS. Smart Duo Folding Umbrella, Kujira design, bought from Japan

33. Reusable water bottle РA7 memobottle 180 ml

34. Instant coffee РStarbucks VIA Ready Brew Italian Roast

35. Gum – Wrigley’s Extra Strawberry Flavor, Sugarfree Chewing Gum

I think if I try very hard I could carry only to the essentials and use a small lady handbag instead. However, it’s impossible… because “Better safe than sorry.” LOL


More detail about the backpack I use on a regular basis here:
https://korpannita.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/city-backpacker-vol-2/

Posted in Lifestyle

My 2018 Bullet Journal

Hello there! It has been a (long) while since I post anything on here. To be honest, I had a rough time last year due to the combination of new office location, new organizational structure and new boss. There was a lot to take in and process. My office moved to another part of the city at the end of October 2016. (My previous blog was posted at the end of September 2016, I guess you can see the correlation!) I also moved in to a new apartment located across town from where I used to live. The new department with a new boss is quite a challenge. I have to work under a lot of pressure and stress, which took a toll on my physical and emotional conditions. Well, that’s another topic for another time…

What I would like to present to you is my 2018 Bullet Journal! You may (or may not) ask what is it? To sum up, “Bullet Journal” is a customizable organization system that combines ‘To-do List’, ‘Planner’, and ‘Diary’ into a single notebook. I used Midori’s¬†MD Notebook A5 10th¬†Anniversary Dot Grid with plastic cover and Kaweco AL Sport Fountain Pen Light Blue with Caramel Brown ink. I put them in a Starbucks pouch and take it anywhere with me in my backpack/handbag.

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My basic bullet journal set up are the following:

  1. Goals – what I want to achieve and goals
  2. Keys – consist of Bullets, Signifiers & Meals
  3. 2018 Calendar – a simple whole year calendar
  4. Index – “Contents” page, where I add number of page and topics
  5. Future Log – “Year at a Glance” where I can see holidays and special events occur all year round
  6. Monthly Log – Calendar Page + Task Page (To-Do, Goals, Events, Note & Next Month)
  7. Monthly Habit & Mood Tracker – Personal Care (e.g. Exercise, Vitamins, Coffee), Productive Activities (e.g. Instagram, Reading, No Shopping) and Emotions (e.g. Motivated, Stressed, Sad/Depression)
  8. Weekly/Daily Log –¬†initially includes weekly ‘Review’, which I later changed it to Weekly Tasks and Next Week instead
  9. Monthly Reflect + Review – a place for thoughts on the passed month
  10. Collections – pages for specific topics, for example, “Books I Read”, “Movies I Watched”, “Game I Played” etc.

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In order to maintain it, I try to keep the system as simple as I can. I love clean and organized templates. (I am a perfectionist and hate making mistakes.) Before I started the journal, I read Bullet Journal website by Ryder Carroll (the guy who started it all!) and watched a couple of related YouTube videos, then designed my own templates to fix my 28 x 40 grid notebook.¬†The good thing about bullet journal is I can tweak the formats as I go along. I can also use it to jot down notes and sketch something on the fly. Thanks to this journal, I can keep my myself in check and on track. ūüôā


* More detail about resources and supplies I used here:

Bullet Journal: The analog system for the digital age
http://bulletjournal.com/

Little Coffee Fox: Inspiration through Organization
https://littlecoffeefox.com/

Mariana’s Study Corner (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEHp_b02I0GvTYCBPX_0w1g

Amanda Rach Lee (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/user/amandarachlee

Midori’s MD Notebook
http://www.midori-japan.co.jp/md/en/products/mdnote/

Kaweco Pen
https://www.kaweco-pen.com/en/

 

Posted in Lifestyle

My Nametag Bag(s)

I always like to support local businesses in Thailand for a long time but disappointed with some of them. (For example, 42-size-high-heels i bought from the internet that hurt my feet like hell, so the little mermaid i understand you now or sneakers that made me look like Pinocchio!) I decided not to buy shoes or anything else from local shop anymore! But after i discovered a personalised bag shop called, “Nametag”.¬†I changed my mind. I ordered a brown Gym Bag¬†(Dimension: W50 cm.) with my name “Pannita” on it. The bag arrived after about 20 days. Although it’s a bit pricey, i found that the quality is great. I immediately used it for my 4 days trip to Taiwan. I found that it’s made to withstand abuse and quite durable. On the first day, i slept at the airport using this bag as a pillow. For me, it’s perfect for 3-4 days trip and of course, a trip to the gym (which i do not take, LOL)! Anyway,¬†I love it so much that i decided to order another one, Everyday Bag (Dimension: W38 x D15 x H23 cm.) with my nickname “Kor”¬†embroidered in white.

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https://www.instagram.com/nametag.bkk/