1. Jae
    July 11, 2016 @ 9:06 am

    Whoa, that’s a lot of sparkly pens! Man, I never leave a bookstore without new pens even if I already own 3797942 different ones already. Hahaha!


    • Adri
      July 11, 2016 @ 12:32 pm

      Hahahaha, you’re not alone! I’m not just limited to the gel pens, but I have some gazillion fine point pens like those Pilot pens, non-sparkly gel pens like Sakura Gelly Rolls, colored pencils from the generic ones to Prismacolor ones, archival ink technical pens like the Sakura Microns, a bunch of pencils that I bought from the local Sanrio store (they’re all HBs and 2Bs, which are the only two pencils that I need for random sketching), a couple of very cheap (but VERY GOOD) fude/brush pens from Daiso ($1.50 each… the more high quality ones cost about $6 each), and a small set of water-based markers. My main goal now is to own at least one set of Copic Sketch markers but they’re so $$$$ ;(


  2. Maroon Caludin
    July 11, 2016 @ 4:33 pm

    I saw you posting those pens on twitter. Super awesome! I love pens with glitter! =3 Or ones that smell. XD They make writing fun!

    That zen art seems interesting though! =3


    • Adri
      July 12, 2016 @ 9:25 am

      Oh yes! I love the ones with those fruity-sweet scents too, but unfortunately, like any other “professional grade” items, these sparkly pens don’t have any scents LOL. But what I love about them is that they don’t have that nauseous smell like the Sharpies have. I’m still wanting Copic Markers. They use the same type of ink as Sharpies, except they don’t have that nauseous smell.

      You should try out zen art. It’s like adult coloring books in a way, except you have to draw the shapes first before you color them LOL. ^^


  3. Michelle
    July 12, 2016 @ 11:49 am

    Calligraphy is a dying art form and it’s sad. It had a lot of potential and was used for so long before the computer and /internet age. It’s amazing how beautiful it all so, but so few people know how to do it anymore. Beautiful. I’m guessing from your comments above that you don’t have Copic Markers, which I heard were very good.

    Zen art seems very relaxing and just refreshing. I think I should try that out along with adult coloring. XD


    • Adri
      July 12, 2016 @ 5:44 pm

      Gone are the days of flaunting of penmanship to society. Remember the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and other documents written during those times? I wonder how long they were completed with such intricate handwriting like that? That is not easy to do, but in a way, it’d make you feel special that you would know how to write beautifully like that LOL.

      Nope, I don’t have any Copic Markers LOL. I have the Copic Multiliner pens and the Copic Atyou Spica sparkly pens, but what Copic is truly known for are their refillable (that’s why they’re expensive) markers. I’d like their Sketch series because of the chisel tip on one and a brush tip on the other… and the colors blend well too like watercolors (even though they’re alcohol-based).

      Yup, try zen art. You’d end up creating beautiful artwork without even trying. :P


  4. Pim
    July 12, 2016 @ 12:01 pm

    I love the sparkly pens I used to be attached to those when I was in school during my middle and early high school years. My mom didn’t like that I was using them since she thinks they have no education purposes to them other than being pretty.
    The zen art thing looks nice though.

    I like your handwriting :)
    Hope you’re doing well.


    • Adri
      July 12, 2016 @ 5:45 pm

      Hope you’re doing well also Pim. :)

      I only use the sparkly pens when I’m doing artsy stuff. I remember how obsessed I was with Sanrio stationery and plain envelopes, I used to decorate all my envelopes with sparkly pens before and even used those metallic markers to do the… erm… “urban” art LOL. XD


  5. Tara
    July 13, 2016 @ 5:42 am

    That’s a lot of pen :D Seeing those reminds me of the sparkly pens where we could erase the glitter from them, if we wanted. It made thing look cool when we erased them in a pattern :)

    And your handwriting is awesome. Way better than mine, for sure! ^^


    • Adri
      July 16, 2016 @ 9:46 pm

      Hi, Tara! I think what happened with the handwriting is that I spent so much time changing my previous “Filipino handwriting” to the type of handwriting that everyone uses, I just got obsessed with it and I came up with what you’re seeing now LOL. It got evolved even more when I started taking calligraphy and lettering classes in middle school and high school. I was really bound for the arts before until I got exposed to the media and the internet. Now I’m thinking of adding art into part of my living LOL.


  6. Mikari
    July 14, 2016 @ 7:25 pm

    Art and shiny things are some of my favorites too XD Recently I’ve been playing Pokemon Black 2, FFXIII3: Lightning Returns and watching A Lull in the Sea. ^^


    • Adri
      July 16, 2016 @ 10:05 pm

      Hehe, gotta love the super sparklies! We need them in life. :D

      I have Lightning Returns for the PS3 and I barely even played it because of the damn TV. :( I actually got so many games missing out because of that damn TV. Tales of Symphonia (the sequel), Tales of Xillia (first one), Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny, Skyrim, I’m about to just sell my copy of Destiny back to GameStop because their latest DLC is only available for PS4/XBOX (and I can’t afford to have a PS4 now), leaving us PS3/XBOX 360 players out. Damn Bungie. LOL.


  7. Pi m
    July 17, 2016 @ 4:25 am

    I haven’t worked on it yet. I’ve been distracted with other things :D I’ll work on it soon.
    Whenever I do visit they don’t bother visiting back or too busy RL that people don’t care. I’m the one who always says hi to them first. I dont bother visiting anymore if they’re all busy.


    • Adri
      July 17, 2016 @ 6:13 pm

      That’s rather mean to say. What if they’re really busy RL, so much that they don’t even have the time to even go online anymore, maybe because of financial issues that they can’t afford the internet anymore? Or maybe their PC broke and couldn’t afford to buy a new one? Or maybe there’s death in the family? Things such as those in real life can happen unexpectedly, and you can’t blame them for those things happening. For example, a friend of mine from awhile ago just disappeared online and no longer updating her blog. Then some 6-7 months later, I learned that the reason why she hasn’t been online was because she had been hospitalized due to a car accident. Things like that could happen, and saying “too busy RL that people don’t care” is a rude thing to say. You can’t really know what’s going on with people or even control what’s going on with life itself. You can tell who’s really busy RL and who isn’t anyway. Those who aren’t really busy RL update their blogs/sites frequently and visit other people’s blogs/sites frequently and you see them being around recently. Those who are really busy RL won’t do anything with their own sites, let alone visiting other people’s sites. You have to put yourself in their shoes also rather than just saying things like “Oh, they don’t care, they don’t bother visiting.”


  8. Jean
    July 17, 2016 @ 9:46 pm

    Hello! I really love this post because it’s all about traditional art. I remember doing the zen art last year in a recovery center. It just so nice that you can draw freely without thinking of what next shape you should draw next. It just came naturally. Also, I love your hand writing. And I don’t find it hard to read your writing. Anyway I believe everyone should have their own style.It’s sad that you have follow the standard cursive writing when in fact you can be unique.

    Those are a lot of pens! I used to have Stabilo set of pens but never maximize its use lol. Right now I have a calligraphy nib and I am really practicing a lot of writing. I wrote names of friends or even quotes because It just relaxing. Love your site btw!


    • Adri
      July 18, 2016 @ 8:31 pm

      Thanks, and welcome, Jean!

      There’s this new (well, I call it new anyway) thing in American education system called Common Core, and I learned that in a Common Core curriculum, the practice of writing in cursive has become “optional,” rather than required like the old days during elementary school, and rather, kids are now required to learn keyboarding (I learned keyboarding back in 7th grade). It’s really sad and disheartening to read about this, but come on, writing is an essential skill. In a way, writing can become an interest that anyone can get into. They can use it for art, like how we’re doing for calligraphy and lettering LOL.


  9. Mailan
    July 19, 2016 @ 2:40 am

    Wow, the ‘side notes’ feature is interesting. First time I’ve seen one in a blog post. :)

    Yeah, I agree that in PH, some people can tell what school you’re from based on your handwriting. It’s more of an all-girls’ school thingy, I know. But you have a beautiful handwriting and it’s great that you found an outlet in calligraphy. Keep up on that :)

    Great post btw. Keep on sharing your art. I might try zen doodling <3


    • Adri
      July 21, 2016 @ 12:52 am

      Hello there, thanks for stopping by Mailan! :)

      In general, the notes at the bottom are footnotes, like the ones used in scholarly journals and research papers. I seem to sidetrack a lot whenever I write blogs, and I found this nifty Footnotes plugin that would help me prevent sidetracking by adding “side notes” at the bottom. Well, they should just be footnotes, because “side notes” should be on the side. Hahahaha :D

      I write most of my art (and web development) stuff here, so when you do have the time, check it out. I also post my work in progress too in my Instagram. :)


  10. Sasha
    July 19, 2016 @ 3:36 am

    If you’re on Twitter and/or Reddit, you’ll love these ;) https://twitter.com/CalIigraphy https://www.reddit.com/r/PenmanshipPorn/ I remember gel pens being the RAGE at school, especially the scented ones. I love calligraphy and have a special swirly style when writing cards. Your handwriting is lovely! ^^ I wouldn’t say calligraphy is a dying art, it is niche though and you just need to look harder to find the places dedicated to it (definitely recommend those links above). Typography is HUGE in graphic design/web design/marketing and I would argue that it’s just the digital medium of calligraphy.


    • Adri
      July 21, 2016 @ 1:19 am

      Hi Sasha! I started following some Instagram accounts on calligraphy and lettering, but yes, I am also active on Twitter. Thanks for the links, will check them out. :)

      I still would like to create fonts out of my handwriting/lettering art though. Once I get the hang on things (mainly holding and controlling a brush/brush pen), I aim to create fonts and provide them as freebies (or if they’re just super-special, I might sell them for some side money hehe). I’ve always wanted to open my own graphics resources site (like yours), but I feel like it would be a lot worth it if all the images I’ve used are of my own creations, rather than using premade images. I guess it’s also the artist in me too. :)


  11. Brandi
    August 4, 2016 @ 1:52 pm

    I love your list of favorite things! i’ve so been eating to do one myself <3 i love that you do calligraphy. i wish i was good at that lol i always had an appreciation for handwriting art, i think it takes true skills and talents. lol i feel like my regular handwriting is okay and my cursive bleh, so to be able to d beautiful calligraphy work ah how i admire it so. keep up the good work


    • Adri
      August 8, 2016 @ 11:36 am

      What I learned from my calligraphy classes before is that your own handwriting can be its own style. It’s like a copyright style that only you can create. You just need to “spice it up” a little. I learned that’s how professional lettering artists and calligraphers create their handwritten fonts. It’s kind of like doing zen art, where you just draw stuff at random and when you’re done, it can come out as a wonderful piece of art. :)


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