Sunday, December 10, 2017

New Art Journal

Here's the bolohead girl I told you about. She's shaded using a technique taught in Jane Davenport's book called glazing. You mix matte medium into acrylic paint to make it translucent. The different areas of shading are painted in layers. I  used Ceramcoat paint and Liquitex Matte Medium. 


Here's another page I'm working on. I got the idea from the internet. It's fun. 

This is the journal book I'm using now.  It was on sale at Fisher for 25% off. I think I paid $5 something. Not sure if it's still on sale, but you should go get one. 

I named this journal "embrace imperfection" to remind myself that everything in the journal need not be perfect, and that I should just relax and enjoy creating pages. I made this title page using Stampin' Up stamps.

K den, it's Marathon Sunday and I can hear commotion going on outside. But for me, that means it's cookie baking day. I took the butter out earlier and it's 7:45 am now. I best be getting to it. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Nothing really interesting to share so here's a page from my Volume 2 Art Journal. It's actually not my latest. My latest page is a scary-looking bolohead girl. I'll show you guys later.

I painted this with some Winsor and Newton acrylics that I got in a small set from Ross for $5. I really, really like the quality of the paint. This scene evolved from the shapes of the torn-up ephemera that I had glued on and painted over. It wasn't planned . . . it just happened.

I seem to like things floating in air . . . first a kite, then a balloon and now flower petals. The girl is similar to one in my Jane Davenport book.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Perfect Project

I've been volunteering for a few hours a week at Lunalilo Home in Hawaii Kai. I help the adult day-care staff with small-kine stuff. 

Iwa, the day-care coordinator, gave me this Christmas project . . . to paint and write names on ornaments. Howzdat for the perfect project for me, yah!


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Faces Faces Faces

I'm into faces right now.  Soooooo hard. 











Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Vegan Pizzas from Pieology

Not really sure if these pizzas really do qualify as vegan because of the crust, but I think that Landon said that the cheese was vegan cheese and for sure there is no meat topping. I liked both of them. 



Sunday, November 26, 2017

I Made Manju!

WHAAAAT??!!  I know . . . I made manju! First time! And was good!

Leslie gave me some pumpkin butter manju about a month ago, and it was so ono that I kept craving it. I asked her for the recipe even though I was thinking that it probably was too hard for me.

I decided to make it for Thanksgiving and was totally shocked that it came out. 


Sorry, too lazy to type out the recipe for you.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Last Page

Here's the last page in my art journal. I started the journal on October 1st and it's become a good record of the progress that I've made in the past 2 months. 

I bought a "real" journal from Fisher to use for my Volume 2. It has a spiral binding so I'm not sure how that's gonna work for two-page spreads, but it was on sale and at least I don't have to glue two pages together like I had to for this journal. 

For this page, I used Liquitex black gesso, Shinhan watercolor paints, Prismacolor colored pencils and uniball white gel pen


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Color Burst Powders

Do you remember CQ? She's a friend that I used to work with. If you search "CQ" on my blog you'll find that she's in it a lot.

CQ took a class at Ben Franklin about a month ago and learned how to use Ken Oliver's Color Burst powders. She came over to my house the other weekend and taught me!! 

Here's my Flowers in Vase.  

Color Burst are watercolor powders that are activated with water. It's very, very potent, kinda scary to use, and very, very fun. 

Here's CQ's masterpiece.  !!!!!!  Holy Crap, right!!!??

Thanks CQ!! You can come over again anytime!!!


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Webcam on Mt. Kongo in Osaka

I just watched a Document 72 Hours program on NHK that was about a live webcam on the top of Mt. Kondo in Osaka. 

A photo is taken at the top of the hour every hour and is posted online. People gather there at the top of the hour so that they can be in the photo.

I just took this screenshot at 6:00 p.m. tonight! Funny, yah!!

Mt. Kongo Webcam

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Update:  Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. our time. Raining. Hahaha. 
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Monday, November 20, 2017

'Ai Love Nalo

I went to pick up eggs from OK Poultry the other day, and on the spur of the moment I decided to go check out 'Ai Love Nalo.


Landon's Medi Bowl ($14).  Kalo falafel, fire-roasted baba ganoush, beet hummus, millet tabouleh, greens and creamy balsamic dressing. Lan liked it a lot.

My Buddha Bowl ($12).  Roasted kabocha, sauteed mushrooms and kale, kim chee, wakame, avocado, brown rice and ginger tahini dressing. Was ono.

It might be a good idea to call in your order before going. Even though it wasn't busy, they took kinda long to make my food.