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I’ve just added a new listing!  These are prints of my original ink and watercolour paintings and available in two sizes- A4 or A5.

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Sachiko x

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My Paintings

Message Card and Envelope Design :)

I’ve been writing only about page markers lately, so I’d like to write about something different today!

First I have to show you my Hello Kitty shopper & pencil case I bought recently!! 🙂

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They had 50% off so it was just impossible for me to resist them!!!

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And I’d like to show you what I made for my friend the other day 🙂

My friend who lives in Japan recently opened her aroma therapy massage spa, and she asked me to design some message cards which she wants to give to her customers.

We discussed it via e-mail a few times, and she sent me this rough sketch.  It’s all written in Japanese, so I put some translation 🙂

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Her three cats were the main design and here is my sketch:

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I then fixed it a bit and coloured it on Photoshop.

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Then printed it and cut it out to see what it looked like…

Ta-Daa!!
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She asked me to make a matching envelope as well.
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I made a dot version as well:

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I’m so happy that she loved them, and I really enjoyed making them as well!

Thank you for reading!

Sachiko

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Dividers, Filofax, My Paintings

New divider I made for my Filofax

This is a quick painting I did over the weekend.  Maybe her body is a bit too small for the size of her head, but it still looks like Charlie to me!

 She is my Syrian Hamster Charlie I got from Pets at Home.  The staff there told me that Charlie was a boy, so I believed that for a few months.  Then one day I suddenly realized that Charlie didn’t have.. um… the balls!  Charlie was already a few months old then (which means she was an adult), but I still believed that I would find them somewhere hidden in her body…lol!!

So I put her in a clear jar and looked really carefully, but I couldn’t see any signs of them! Then I finally accepted that Charlie was a girl!Well, it actually didn’t really matter whether Charlie was a boy or girl.  The good thing was her name was Charlie so we didn’t have to change her name!

OK, enough of the silly talk!!  I’d like to show you the new divider I made yesterday. It’s printed on glossy photo paper and laminated.

This is when it’s set in my Filofax.  I like the colourful tabs, so I might re-make all the dividers when I have some time.

Ta-daa!  Yes, it’s a divider for sticky notes!

I use the large sticky notes for my shopping lists.  (*You can read more about my eraser stamps you see in this photo HERE)  I write down whenever I remember things I need to buy.

Then when I go shopping I stick it to my phone because it’s more convenient than opening my Filofax at a store.  I used to type shopping lists on my phone, but I later found out that I prefer it on actual paper.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my post!

Sachiko

 

Eraser stamps, My Paintings

My handmade stamps and new painting

I put handles on my eraser stamps I showed you in my last post.  Carving is the fun part of course, but I also looove the next stage putting handles on them!  Suddenly they become like real stamps with handles, you know!

And it’s a lot easier to stamp with a handle 🙂

To tell you the truth, the eraser was a bit too thick as you can see in the above photo.  There is no problem when stamping, but it’s a bit unstable to keep it standing in the small storage box.  So after taking this photo I actually took the eraser part off the handle (it was a bit of a hassle as it was superglued!) and put it back on again after slicing it to about half the thickness.

But I really enjoy making stamps so I carve them whenever I get some spare time.  I can release my stress by doing it too!

Lastly, here is my latest painting of a geisha girl 🙂  I did it on A4 size cartridge paper using ink and watercolour.  The letters on the right side say “Maiko” which means apprentice geisha.  Letters on the left side is my signature written in hiragana letters, and it has my signature stamp underneath.

I used gold colour for the obi (sash) and some flowers on the kimono.  I love using gold colour 🙂

It’s available in my Etsy shop!

Thanks for reading!

Eraser stamps, Filofax, My Paintings, Stickers

Organising stickers and making more stamps!

I have quite a few stickers like I said in my last post. I used to keep them organised in a small file but not all of them can fit in it so I usually keep them in one bag. It’s been quite stressful to find the sticker I want in the pile of stickers!

I don’t have a small folder in which I can nicely organise all my stickers, so I decided to use some cello bags I already have.

I cut the self-sealing part off the bags because I don’t need it.  Then I made holes by a punch so I can hold the cello bags together by a ribbon.

Ta-daaa!

It’s a lot easier to look through the stickers now 🙂

I thought the ribbon would be loose and it would fall apart easily, but it’s quite sturdy to my surprise! (Or maybe it’s just because it always stays at home unlike my Filofax which comes with me everywhere I go.)  Anyway, it’s such a nice feeling to get things arganized, hehe.

By the way, in my last post I said that my weekly resolution was to keep the Week On Two Pages neat and attractive!

Here is my Week On Two Pages for last week.

And this is for this week.

I’m not quite sure if they are neat and attractive, but I’ve been enjoying writing things in with stickers, stamps and my Multi 8 pen. (My post on a Multi 8 pen is HERE.)

Oh yes, the stamps! I made more stamps after I wrote my last post.  I was into making eraser stamps for a while in June (you can see them HERE and HERE) and now it’s coming back again!  I’m still not so good at it yet, but it’s definitely a good fun.

These are the ones I use most often.

This is how they look like when stamped on paper.

Stamped on post-its.

I got some small wooden pieces today, and I’m thinking of using them as handles for my stamps. I’m not quite sure how it will go, but I hope I can show you some of them in my next post!

Lastly, this is my latest painting!  This gate is called Kaminarimon Gate and it’s in Asakusa, Tokyo.  The printed version of this painting is available HERE.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Filofax, My Paintings, Stickers

My latest paintings

It’s been quite hectic since I got back from Japan, but I was able to have a relaxing weekend.

My monthly pages look more lively with the new stickers I bought in Japan↓

While I was in Japan I took a lot of photos to get ideas for my paintings and really enjoyed sketching and colouring over the weekend.  I actually brought my watercolour set to Japan and painted a few pictures while I was there, and my father got really jealous of my compact watercolour set.

So I decided to leave it in Japan for him and ordered a new set for myself.  When I came back to England a small parcel was sitting on my desk,  and there was a new watercolour set inside!   I bought the Rowney’s set this time, not the Cotman’s set which I didn’t really like to be honest.

When I first used it I was surprised that it was really different from the Cotman’s watercolour!  It’s so much better!  I used to use a Rowney set before, and I’m very happy that I’m using one again.

It’s a “horumon” restaurant in Asakusa, Tokyo.  The man in the picture is preparing to open for business.  (The printed version is avaitable at my shop: HERE)

And I did this one as well.↓

(The printed version is avaitable at my shop: HERE)↓

Above are food stalls I saw at the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo.  There was a Hozuki (Chinese lantern plant) Market that day, and there were a lot of people buying hozuki plants and eating food near the food stalls.  The stall furthest to the right in the painting is selling yakitori (chicken shish kebab), the middle stalls is selling takoyaki (grilled octopus) and the furthest stall is selling jaga-butter (potato with butter).  It was such a hot & humid day, and I started feeling dizzy that I couldn’t visit the Skytree (the big new tower in Tokyo) afterwards which was quite near there.

That’s the Tokyo Skytree, and it just opened in May this year↓.  I always take a highway bus from the Narita Airport to get to the nearest train station to my dad’s house when I come back to Japan from overseas, and I could see the Skytree from the bus this time.  It’s blueish because I took it through the tinted window.

I already miss Japanese snacks and I was happy to find this at the supermarket today.  (There is no oriental supermarket, let alone a Japanese supermarket where I live!)

Thanks for reading!

Eraser stamps, Filofax, Japan Corer, My Paintings

More stamps!

I wrote in my last post that I started making my own stamps using erasers.  I found it soooooo difficult (I still do!) at the beginning, but I think I’m getting slightly better 🙂

 Approx. 2.5cm(H) x 1.7cm(W) 🙂

Now I’ve got quite a few stamps, so I made a small box for them.

Approx. 2cm x 2cm↓

Strawberry is about 1.5 cm (hight)

I just decorated next week’s pages with my stamps, and it was so much FUN !!  (The stamp of the coffee cup on the bottom-right corner wasn’t made by me.) I wish I could make a lot more stamps, but my eyes have been horribly sore from making stamps, so I really need to rest my eyes…!  Boohoo!

By the way, this is my latest painting of a sushi restaurant in Tokyo↓

(Available at Japan Corner.)

And these are the new personalised address labels which are also available at Japan Corner

Thanks for reading!