Fish and Cat Mail Art

I received a mail art from my favorite artist Nasya Kopteva of FishMailArt a few months ago.

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She’s an artist from Russia, and her pieces are gorgeous! She’s has Instagram so you can follow her there, see her lovely artworks and photos. It’s @nasyakopteva.

And here’s another update from my crafts. After 4 years, I started doing pyrography or wood burning again.

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Wood burning tools aren’t available where I live, so, I only use a regular soldering iron. You can just imagine the effort I put into that. I am planning to buy a proper wood burning tool when I’ve already saved enough money. It’s not that cheap and it’s only available overseas. Any ideas what kind of pyrography tool I should buy?

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Doctor Who?

For those who don’t know who or what Doctor Who is, it’s a British television program about the adventures of the Doctor. A humanoid alien who travels through time and space, using his ‘TARDIS‘. A time-travelling space ship that looks like a British police box. He also travels with different people, who are called his Companions. Why am I talking about this? For those who’ve already seen the series, you may have seen my TARDIS inspired bookshelf on my past post.

I’m a Whovian (fan of the Doctor Who series), and as I’ve just finished watching the last episode of the seventh season. I felt inspired to do a mail art based on the series. And what does a Whovian like me wishes (and any other Whovian for that matter)? To be the Doctor’s Companion of course!

IMG_9303I was also inspired by one of my favorite calligraphers, Betsy Dunlap.

Now, won’t you go crazy when a Time Lord, the Doctor invites you to travel the space and time with him? Think of all the adventures you’re going to have!

IMG_9309‘You are invited to travel Space and Time with me.

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The Doctor’

Time travel is not easy to comprehend. It is a,

“wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey… stuff”

-10th Doctor

But what the heck, GERONIMO!

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“Bowties are cool.”

-11th Doctor

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I’m a fan of the Eleventh Doctor played by Matt Smith. I suggest you give the series a try and you’ll see what I mean! Already a Whovian? Why don’t you tell me who your favorite Doctor is!

For the meantime, why don’t you check the things that the Eleventh Doctor made cool! HERE.

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Boredom strikes but Creativity flows in!

This is how I handle stress and boredom.

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My so-called room had been a mess for almost a month. So, I finally decided to do some DIY and renovated it. This is how my Adventure Wall looks like now. Sans the TARDIS and Wanderlust chalk drawing. I’ll do that after I get a new bookshelf.

desk1aAnd this is now where I make my calligraphy and mail art. After 4 years, I am finally able to display my paintings!

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Zurike Mail Art

Zurike is my pseudonym since I was still a college student. Everybody asks me what the meaning of the name is. But, I just randomly mixed up letters that I liked to create the name. So, it doesn’t have any meaning at all. I started using this name for the mail art that I create for my penpal, Molly. He’s also an artist and he’s from Ireland. He doesn’t know I have this blog so I don’t post the mail art that I have received from him. I’ll post the things that he have sent me once I got his permission to upload it on this blog.

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I printed a copy of a painting I did 4 years ago and put it on the envelope. I didn’t really have much time to paint then since I was sending 40+ postcards. But I tried to make it look good as possible.

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I also got a new penpal from Sweden!

Calligraphy was written using my revived Mickey Mouse fountain pen. Works like a charm!

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Vintage Charm.

Shopped for books again when my best friend and I went to Fully Booked. I saw these fabric bound books, as you can see, I wasn’t able to resist!_MG_1530

I finally got the package that I bought from Paper & Ink Arts. Thank you, April for sending this to me! I’ve tried all the inks and I must say that the Old World Ink is probably the best ink that I have tried! I also bought a lot of nibs. I’ll make a review of the products that I have bought once I’ve tried all of it. Screen Shot 2013-01-08 at 11.28.25 AM

Lastly, here’s a teaser photo of the first batch of mail that I got this year. I received this on the first week of January. I will be posting all the mail that I got on the next blog post!

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New toys for Christmas!

 

Early Christmas presents from Santa! Well, that is if you count my relatives as Santa Claus.

My cousins went to the States last month and just came back this week. I requested them to buy some calligraphy stuff there and take it back here in the Philippines. Because it’s really hard to get these kind of stuff here.

I’m based in the province of Pampanga, so it’s a hassle for me to go Manila at this time of year. If you’re not from the Philippines, there’s this thing we call the ‘Christmas Traffic’. Every November and December of the year, everybody goes outside to buy their Christmas presents for their loved ones, thus causing heavy traffic in the Metro. You couldn’t even imagine how bad the traffic is in Metro Manila during this time of the year.

Anyway, here are some of the things my cousins brought back home. Since a lot of the things that I ordered didn’t get to them in time, I had to send some of it here via Johnny Air. Hopefully it’ll arrive here in a week or two. Just in time for Christmas or New Year.

The photo above is me practicing with my calligraphy skills. Using a vintage Esterbrook 356 nib on a Rhodia Dotted Pad that I bought from Ebay (Martin2001) and Paper & Ink Arts, respectively.

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Pictured above are some of the nibs that I bought. I put one of each in a quill pewter nib holder that I bought from Zalora.

I bought 40 vintage Esterbrook nibs from Martin2001 in total. Twenty 356 nibs and twenty 358 nibs. It came with a vintage nib box. AWESOME!

I’m still trying to get used to how flexible the Esterbook 356 is. Since, I started practicing calligraphy with a Leonardt/Hiro III EF nib which is a stiff nib. I’m leaning towards using the Esterbrook 358 more because it is stiffer than the 356 but is much flexible than the III EF nib. Unfortunately, the 358 doesn’t create really thick strokes compared to the 356. I am quite torn. I still must wait for the other nibs that I ordered to get here. I ordered a lot of the nibs that most of the renowned calligraphers use. Like the Hunt 99 or the Hunt Imperial 101. Hopefully, those won’t disappoint me.

_MG_0328I also bought new J. Herbin inks (Poussiére de Lune, Cacao du Brésil, Vert Empire, Rouille d’Ancre & Terre de Feu). Though these are too watery for dip pens. Anyway, I still use them. It would be a shame if I didn’t. Such pretty colors. All my J. Herbin inks. Including the ones that I bought from Zalora (Gris Nuage, Bleu Pervenche & Orange Indien).

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My Clairfontaine and Rhodia pads and notebooks. So disappointed with the Clairefontaines. I even bought two large pads!

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