Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Peek into my life 72


Yay this week is fall break for me! Even its just for a week, I am going to fully enjoy it. Probably I'll be busying myself with work anyway such as sketching, yarn projects and Christmas of course! I can't wait for Christmas.

But for now lets check out what I've been up to lately in my quirky life in The Netherlands and bits of Hong Kong too shall we.   

Joepie, herfstvakantie deze week voor mij! Ook al is het een week en is die week zo weer om, ik ga lekker genieten. Waarschijnlijk hou ik mezelf ook goed bezig met andere dingen zoals schetsen, haken en voorbereiding voor de Kerst natuurlijk!

Maar voor nu wil ik even terugblikken van mijn recente leventje in Nederland en Hong Kong.

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Peeks from Hong Kong
It seems that every important city has a big ferris wheel like this one in Hong Kong called Observation Wheel.

The app game Pokemon Go was and is probably still popular in Hong Kong. And something tells me that these group of youngsters are fanatic Pokemon Go players.
One of the best cup sleeve I have seen in my life. Here at Main St. Café I had hot flavored blueberry cacao because I was curious. That`s right blueberry flavored cacao but I barely tasted any blueberries init, just the very slightest hint of blueberry and tart.
Main St. Café - Jordan - Hong Kong

The many hat days in Hong Kong.
Food Expo
Here I was with my niece at a Food Expo festival and I always wondered how a food festival in Hong Kong would look like. It is immensely crowded, lots of free food tasting and promotion and deals on merch so pretty much nothing a like of what I know in Holland. Except that the price on foods were quite pricy just like in Holland. More about this Food Expo soon!
Me and my nieces favorite: turnip cake with lots of XO sauce!
Hong Kong and their many amazing looking cake displays. Why does Holland not have these?
Giving my lungs some fresher air in Tai O town. More of this adventure in the future blog post!
OMG! I met Natalie from the blog http://www.dignifiable.com/! She`s lovely and it was our first time meeting up in real life and it was a quick meeting up too sadly. Basically we met up on the day of my departure from Hong Kong but luckily I got a very late night flight schedule so I squeezed my meet up with Natalie in the early morning in Tsim Sha Tsui.

We decided to get breakfast but we couldn`t find any descent cafés. Not even a McDonald`s which was odd! I felt pretty silly and wished I`ve done more research of finding breakfast spots in TST but thanks to Natalie we`ve found a hidden café somewhere and nowhere. Here we had: HK milk tea and toast and lots of talking of course!

I really liked our meeting up and I hope we can meet up again in the future Natalie, maybe in Holland or even better: in Australia!
Peeks from Holland
I`ve made a chocolate cake for my besties birthday.
Recently I have met up with Elisa from http://www.memorable-days.net/ again in Rotterdam and it was a fun foodie day! We even watched Bridget Jones Baby too in the cinema which for the record was a good movie. More detailed of our fun foodie day at this blogpost:
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How adooorable are these handmade bags! They are €149,- per each.
A feast for my papas birthday dinner!
For my work I`ve been assigned to teach and guide refugee children this year. Communication wise can be tough honestly. Lucky for me some of the refugee children who lived in The Netherlands for a couple of years helped me out with their classmates who doesn`t know Dutch at all, plus books like these are helpful too and it`s pretty interesting for myself too!
For my other creative part of working, I have been making, crocheting and selling crown hats and game inspired items for my (nerd) friends and customers.
Have you checked out my latest DIY `poison apple` project yet? Link:
And at last, have you checked out my new Instagram account? It`s a crafty creative one where I`ll be posting all my sketches and handmades! Find it here:
» @icepandora.creations

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Miniso vs Copic markers with Inktober


It's almost the end of October but there's a challenge that is still hip and happening in social media land called hashtag Inktober, woo! Basically you suppose to draw something entirely with ink every day of October. Which in my case I have amazingly failed this challenge because I've only come up with 4 drawings in total. Sigh. Blame time, work and well I'll be honest: laziness too. I hope you like my 4 quick Inktober doodles though.

If there's something that Inktober taught me is that the color black is not a scary color (is black even a color?) but a bold color that gives drawings a nice pop. I should try to incorporate black more often in my sketches.

Futhermore, the MINISO versus Copic markers. When I was in HK, I've discovered an amazing lifestyle brand called 'MINISO' and it's a budget brand too! They sell similar looking Copic markers but cheaper. In this post I'd like to give you my thoughts and my first use experience between these two brands.  

Oktober is bijna weer ten einde maar er is een challenge dat nog steeds gaande is in de social media genaamd de 'Inktober' challenge. Met hashtag uiteraard. In deze challenge gaat 't erom dat je iedere dag van oktober een tekening/krabbel maakt van inkt. Wat bij mij al sinds dag 1 finaal mislukt is. Ik heb 4 tekeningen namelijk. Ach ja. Ik schuif de schuld toe naar werk, tijd en vooruit, luiheid van mezelf. Ik hoop dat je mijn 4 tekeningen tof vinden!

Als ik iets van dit Inktober heb geleerd, is dat de kleur zwart (is zwart überhaubt een kleur?) helemaal geen enge kleur is, maar juist een krachtige kleur is die tekeningen een knal geven. Ik moet dus proberen meer zwart in mijn tekeningen te gebruiken.  

Tot slot, de MINISO versus Copic markers. In HK heb ik een toffe lijfstijl winkel ontdekt genaamd 'MINISO' en het is ook nog eens een budgetwinkel! Ze verkopen o.a. deze gelijksoortige Copic markers maar dan goedkoper. In deze post laat ik dus mijn mening en eerste indruk achter over deze twee markers.

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5 minutes doodles for Inktober
Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month - Inktober.com

And as usual I`m very very behind with trends and - sigh - I only came up with 4 drawings for Inktober 2016 and I have used Copic and Miniso markers for it. This is where I`ll be reviewing the differences between these 2 markers down below:
Miniso vs Copic
Miniso Aquarelle Brush
Price: 3 for HK$15
Colors: 18
Double heads: yes
Brush tip: yes
Fine tip: yes
Calligraphy tip: no
Refillable: no
Brand origin: Japan(made in P.R.C)
 Copic Ciao
Price: 1 for €3 up to €4
Colors: 180
Double heads: yes
Brush tip: yes
Fine tip: no
Calligraphy tip: yes
Refillable: no
Brand origin: Japan
My experience
Miniso Aquarelle

- The Miniso Aquarelle brushes does have vibrant colors, although the darker color ones only because the light version is very very soft.
- The brush tip of the Miniso Aquarelle is better off for quick sketch concept use and writing rather than for serious sketch and art pieces in my opinion. The reason: the brush tip is quite hard and it does not give that dreamy watercolor effect.
- No matter how light or hard I press the brush tip on paper, it does not change the opacity or the amount of color on paper hence you can`t really create that water color effect.
- Miniso also has other marker series called `Color Marker` which is a double headed marker with a fine and calligraphy ends.
- Unlike Copic, Miniso Aquarelle brushes does not have color names or numbers which is a bit bummer if you ask me.

Copic Ciao

- Copic Ciao has very pigmented inkt.
- The brush tip of Copic Ciao is a lot softer and finer and does give that watercolor effect.
- Copic Ciao is somehow wetter than Miniso Aquarelle, so when you work with Copics make sure you have something underneath your paper unless it`s thick paper like watercolor papers.
- Copic Ciao is one of the series that Copic has and it`s cheaper than the `Original` for example but it also contains less ink. - The colors of Copic Ciao blend better with other colors. Miniso on the otherhand does it ok/fair.
Also, I have a new Instagram called `icepandora.creations`! Here I`ll be posting all my creative stuff please give it a look and perhaps a follow, thank you! LINK: