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Artsy Montmartre
 
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It's time to start blogging seriously again after a huge revamp! I'm starting an artsy column to share the flow of my creative juices. I'm at the phase of life that I should document everything. 

I don't think that I've shared before that I can paint. It's required during my earlier school days, but I usually suck at painting with acrylics. But after I developed digital painting interest, somehow my acrylic painting improved as well. Improved — as in improved blending, as if it was Photoshop blending modes. But I'm not joking; ha

In recent years, I've somewhat picked up acrylics again. But I didn't want to go back to the traditional old school brushing that I was used to. I decided to try out palette knives. I'm still not used to it, but I'm slowly adapting and mixing mediums. I gotta say I'm very pleased with the layering textures :)

 As you may have noticed, I draw a lot with my Pental Ink brush as seen here. Originally,  I wasn't that clever to think of mixing mediums. It was because I failed my painting, while desperately trying to salvage it, I decided to pick up my trusty brush pen to draw over it. After some trials and errors, it turned out pretty awesome.

There, there— I've developed a new style **a round of applause**
I started painting this because I didn't know what to prepare as a farewell gift for a friend who was leaving France. She used to live around the Montmartre area, and love it so much. I thought that maybe I could make a little tableau replica of the frenchy vibes that she perhaps love. 

 

 Artsy Montmatre Acrylic paint
 
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It's Fall, Paris
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Literally, "fall"...

If you see what I mean. It's autumn, Paris has been transformed into a golden yard wherever there's trees. Plus those pitter-patter rain drops, it makes walkways ultra slippery which makes you fall :( Which I stupidly fell flat on my face some three weeks ago. A huge 'piak' echoed the street, while two ungentlemen pretended not to hear— that moment, I lost a huge chunk of hope in humanity. I mean, does it to help a lady who fell flat on the face? As if falling isn't very embarrassing already, you had to ignore her as if she didn't exist *roll-eyes*. I took it as a slap in life, to wakeup, perfect man does not exist. While in any kdrama, I would have fallen over a super hot guy and the story blossoms into some life changing drama/ Et NON! Not happening ha...

Just kidding... I was in a bit of depressive mood, plus the fall- made everything more depressing.

Fast forward, I flew to London to meet Paula for 3 days. Fast forward again, she visited Paris. And we went havoc, feeding ourselves all the fats out there.

Here I thought, I should get serious, and keep this blog alive. I recently met a random stranger who asked me why am I (still) blogging. Why blog when I'm not earning money, nor am I an influencer. I was a quite offended though :(  I mean, do you have to be famous to be a blogger? :-| First, I liked blogging— I actually spend time reading my blog from time to time. It's my personal journal— except it's public. Secondly, it's for my friends to keep track of me :P It's easy to start a chat over some topic, and it points to "Oh hey, did you take any photos?"/ it also help to keep the conversation rolling. Besides I hate Facebook, it's a gossiping terrain. If people like to snoop around on Facebook to gossip about me, it'd take them a little more effort to google me out! (Even though it's super easy, but it kicks out lazy bums :oops: ) A blog looks so much better, without all those extra infos that fill up your screen.

If we come back down to earth, to these illustrations, it was actually a request.

A childhood pal visited, and she demanded a gift. I draw a card for her. I've been drawing a lot lately, I've even started another new instagram account! As my dear followers may have heard, Bonjour Paris vol.2 is official! I'm so busy these days, trying to get the samples and production done in time for Christmas. Plus, I'm working on other freelancing projects. God, how I wish there's 48 hours a day and working hours' still 8 hours day. Simply thinking about it as divine. Till then, I get everything sorted out, cya!

Autumn in Paris
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Autumn in Paris
Bonjour Paris,
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Voila! For the first time ever, I'm doing a giveaway!

After lots of illustrating, a couple of sleepless nights, a couple of re-designing (because of format and printer changing) here's my new baby. I'm so glad that I finally took the courage to make my very personal planner. My first intention was a Christmas gift for my close friends. And then a lot of people loved it, I've only managed to print 10 copies so far and they're gone like 10seconds.

We are already midway through January, so for the giveaway, I'd remove January's weekly planners and replace them with a dotted grid for notes! Or well, the winner will be able to choose. If I leave it as it is, January weekly plan or dotted grid notes. I'm terribly sorry for my lateness, I wanted to do this in December, but well— vacation took up 26hours of my time everyday. Plus I think it's better for the winner to pick what he/she wants for January.

This is an international giveaway, so where ever you are, I'd try to send it to you. Unless the post office says your address can't be sent. As I've mentioned, I'm super late, so the giveaway contest would be open for a week— Afterwards, the winner would be able to pick the cover. It's either White or Black cover. Pink and Navy Covers are specific limited editions and tough to reproduce! So unfortunately they wouldn't be available. Then there'd be another 3-4 days of production before sending them out. To the lucky winner, you'll bring home a copy. For the rest of my lovely readers (who stayed with me even after I went haitus for so long) would be able to order a copy, which would cost you 38€ (shipping fees included / wherever you are). It's 1000% designed and printed in Paris, unfortunately it's quite costly as I haven't been able to find a cheaper and reliable printer.

Bonjour Paris 2016 Planner
Bonjour Paris 2016 Planner
Bonjour Paris 2016 Planner
Bonjour Paris 2016 Planner
Bonjour Paris 2016 Planner
Bonjour Paris 2016 Planner
Bonjour Paris 2016 Planner
Bonjour Paris 2016 Planner
Bonjour Paris 2016 Planner
Bonjour Paris 2016 Planner
Bonjour Paris 2016 Planner
Bonjour Paris 2016 Planner
Bonjour Paris 2016 Planner
Bonjour Paris 2016 Planner
Bonjour Paris 2016 Planner
Bonjour Paris 2016 Planner
Bonjour Paris 2016 Planner
Bonjour Paris 2016 Planner

Over 200 little illustrations featuring Paris.

I'm telling a little story based on my 2 years living in Paris. Pastries that I love, things that I like and places I usually hang out, well and plus a couple of compulsory touristic spots of course. Put it another way, it's my little Parisian guide for you. Don't take it too seriously though, it's mainly for illustration purposes and random suggestions when I get too bored during the week!

So then, good luck!! We'll see who's the lucky winner in a week's time!

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