April 2015 Favorites: Books and Beauty

Huntington Library Botanical Gardens

April is on it’s way out, much like the Red Wings chances of a Stanley Cup this season, so I thought I’d share my favorites this month.

I recently discovered the Lush Daddy-O Shampoo. Don’t let the purple stuff inside fool you! It’s like magic! My hair feels so light, smells good, and most importantly, it doesn’t get tangled after I wash it. I don’t think this is an intended effect, but it’s what happens and I’m not going to argue.

April has been a busy month at work so I’ve been trying to keep organized and stay on top of things. One thing that has helped me is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing written by Marie Kondo, who is a Japanese organizing consultant and has a business in Tokyo transforming homes and spaces. I picked this book up at Vroman’s Bookshop in Pasadena (thanks to Karen!) and it has transformed not just my closet, but my life. I got rid of so many things and discovered that I had been stockpiling paper, toothpaste and random things that I didn’t need. Another thing I bought from the bookshop is the Stackbook, a sketchbook from Plumb Notebooks. This sketchbook is so beautiful with cream-colored paper and color swatches from a project by artist Linda Geary.

To get drawing, I brought out my long-time favorite sumi ink. The one I’m currently using is the Sumi Drawing Ink in a 180ml Bottle from Daiso. I often feel that I waste “good” ink on sketches and doodles, and then I end up just not drawing which is silly. To get myself to draw more without worrying about wasting materials, I just got a big bottle of this stuff. In my opinion, it’s good quality for the price. There’s something about drawing flowers in April that cheers me up, with all the birds singing outside and the sunshine.

Indoors, I’ve been addicted to YouTube, and one of the reasons why is Fran Meneses who has an amazing channel about drawing and going out and drawing and hauls about drawing. Wow. Watching her work and talk about finding an illustration style has been eye-opening and inspired me to start my own channel.

Looking forward to May!

(Photo: Huntington Library Botanical Gardens, see others at orloviephoto.tumblr)

1 Comment

  1. […] here because I really wanted to take advantage of the watercolor paper. I do have another sketchbook where I thumbnail but it’s not complete yet. My hope is that this inspires your own practice. […]


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