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Friday, February 20, 2015

Your weekly graphicalicious gift no. 05/2015




This week: Two variations of abstract desktop wallpapers + three variations of Facebook covers. Enjoy! :)









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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Free Monthly Folksy Graphicalicious Coloring Book Vol. 02 / February 2015



My Folksy Graphicalicious Coloring Book
Volume 02 / February 2015


New coloring book every month! Subscribe to my graphicalicious updates below to get the coloring books delivered to your mailbox each month: 






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Monday, February 2, 2015

Your weekly graphicalicious gift no. 04/2015




This week: Folksy graphicalicious postcards in four color variations. To be printed on both sides of a A4 paper then cut and make 4 postcards. Enjoy! :)










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Sunday, February 1, 2015

From my studio, sketchbook and art journal today (with a note from the little Dala horse)


THE DALA HORSE'S NOTE: Today it was raining the whole day. It was perfect for Amreta who still had a little bit of pain from the tooth extraction yesterday, she could rest. But, well... she had a bag full of colorful oil pastels. And she couldn't stop drawing after opening the bag. Here are two of them:



AND MY OWN NOTE: I draw intuitively - and so everything that you see here is what artist Lisa Congdon called by "happy accidents". Turned out it's a 'required' creative process. I love it!

For the picture on the left, I created the background first, a mix of a few colors then I drew the abstract images with charcoal pencil and overlaid the lines with black and gold pastels, then added more and more colors on the drawings and throughout the space, until I was happy with the color blends. The happy accident happened when I accidentally scratched the drawing with the pencil cover, resulted in an interesting white line. So I continued scratching over the charcoal pencil drawing and the background and ha! That was fun!

For the picture on the right, I drew the oval shapes first, then added the teal background, blurring the oval shapes edges. Then overlaid the blurred edges with gold (love it!) then doodled with charcoal pencil to top off. It was also fun. I love both techniques.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

From my sketchbook + art journal today: playing with oil pastels


Today, just me, my sketchbook, oil pastels, charcoal pencil, old magazines, scissors and glue.

I'm supposed to go to the dentist now but I couldn't stop drawing!!! Help!!! :D

It turned out drawing with oil pastels is so much fun.











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Friday, January 30, 2015

15 Days to Freedom New Year Blog Challenge: Day 15 - FINALE! The daily challenge I like the most


Day 15 - the daily challenge I like the most!

Whoooooow I made it! I made it!!!

I didn't always made it through a blogging challenge, even ones I set myself (ough!) so this is quite special. Even more special because I had to deal with several days of internet trouble in the middle of the challenge *BIG SMILE*

And now for the last challenge, I have to look back and see which daily challenge I like most and why.

Hmm...it's quite difficult. I love each and every challenge because it was the sequence and the momentum building that energized me day by day with every blog post I had to write.

But if you ask me about the 'aha' moment, I would say the day 14 challenge:

Day 14 - I'm forever a tourist in my own town, and I love it!


Aha moment?

Yes!

I remember I really had fun writing about my own experience being an 'everyday tourist' where I live in Jakarta, but not only that.

In the morning after publishing the blog post the night before, a colleague told me she had read my entire #15DBC posts "this morning on the way to work on the train"."And now I think I understand how you can be such a happy person - you have that daily me-time adventure, like a tourist, a lot!"

Haha! I admit I'm not a happy person all the time but yes, I think I mostly have a happy mood, perhaps sometimes too much. I remember some friends from abroad said I got happy too easily, I laughed when Jakarta was flooded and the house where I lived got 2 meter water inside, my housemates and I had to stay on the balcony for 4 days, and according to those guys, it's not real. Another friend questioned whether I got injected with a "happy vaccine" when I was baby.

While so far I thought it was normal :D Many Indonesians are just...like me. We get used to the fact that life is not always easy, and we tend to laugh a lot in order to cope.

Thanks to my parents. Especially my late dad, who taught me - since I was little - to 'play' with my own mind and enjoy what we have. Life was hard for an artist at that time, we couldn't afford travels (even having beef rendang for dinner was a luxury - now I can buy beef rendang for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday if I want!) so he often took me for a walk around the city, playing travel game where we visited Rome, Vienna, Monza, Geneva...when actually we went to walk along the shopping street and passed by shops called Rome, Vienna, Monza and Geneva. We walked everywhere, or took the three wheeled bike called "becak" - because that's how tourists went around our town. We had magical adventures, and I was a happy kid. Though there were times I was not a happy kid because my schoolmates thought I was talking nonsense. But my father was known as an eccentric artist so I had a reason to have weird stories, too :D

And now I realized I keep that habit with me - and I took it for granted. While I knew it was a valuable coping skill, I wasn't fully aware that it could be as important as life goals or business strategy. How you see your everyday life is more or less the way you see the world, right? Keeping that "feel good' is also very important for me, an artsy girl in the corporate world. I'm still on my way to the freedom life I dream about everyday, and on the road, I'd choose the view that propel me towards that dream life!

Thanks Natalie for this challenge! You rock!





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Thursday, January 29, 2015

15 Days to Freedom New Year Blog Challenge: Day 14 - I'm forever a tourist in my own town, and I love it!


Day 14 - I'm forever a tourist in my own town, and I love it!

YES! I LOVE this question! ;D

I feel alive most of the time I'm out in the city because I play this "tourist game" almost every day. Or perhaps every day, in fact.

I live in Jakarta since 1992 when I went to study at the University of Indonesia, and it was so exciting, as a little girl from a little town of Yogyakarta, about 800km away in the center of the island of Java, to be in the big capital city, and actually live there!

Everyday was a discovery. There was always a new word to learn (the Jakarta dialect was as fun as it was confusing when you start to learn!), new food to taste (street food, always street food). I was a tourist in my everyday life, and it just became a habit.

I love getting lost in the city - in the {traditional} residential areas where people are so nice and kind and they would be amused that you're wandering and normally they would show you shortcuts and nearby street food stalls if you're hungry or just need to rest and have a tea.

The word for that kind of wandering in the traditional residential areas is "blusukan" which became very popular when our President Joko Widodo, then Governor of Jakarta did that quite a lot to see the real situation in the city.

I also love history, love visiting the old town while learning about history of Jakarta. I feel home in the museums. So I'm very lucky that in this city of more than 13 million inhabitants, it's quite easy to find a community or like-minded people: friends of museums, lovers of history, culinary adventurers.

And a lot of huge shopping malls with a lot of entertainment, attractions and eating places inside.

But if you ask me, wandering in the old town, including the china town and eating out in the traditional markets is still my favorite thing. Especially in this time of year, the chinese new year - it's fantastic atmosphere in there! And I always feel like a tourist, a happy, excited one.

And oh, I almost forget one favorite thing, pampering myself in a traditional spa! My friends from outside Jakarta all swear by it too. In this kind of spa you can choose from many kinds of traditional treatments from all over Indonesia. Mostly Javanese or Balinese, but I've tried out traditional treatments from the islands of Sulawesi, Kalimantan (Borneo) and Sumatra. Different massage techniques and different sequences of beauty rituals, but all use natural ingredients like turmeric, rice, spices, fragrant herbs and leaves and flowers and fruit and one of my favorites: coffee (real coffee!). In the background it's the sound of water fountain (real one) and the peaceful Indonesian traditional music, and you're treated with homemade lemongrass tea and ginger tea. Total bliss!

Oh dear, indeed I feel very lucky! ;D

 PS...PSS.... THIS IS ANOTHER FAVORITE THING OF MINE: Ever seen a Swedish Dala Horse going around Jakarta (and Indonesia)? Starting in 2013 when I knew Instagram for the first time, I smuggle a small Swedish Dala Horse in my bag, almost everywhere I go. Then I often took that little wooden horse "blusukan" (see the term above) and meeting people, street food, fruit or jamu (javanese traditional herbal drink) sellers. It becomes really interesting because it 'forced' me to see Jakarta from a Swedish dala horse point of view! It forces me to see my daily life like a tourist, and no wonder, I felt alive in the company of that horse! ;D

You can see the pictures on my Instagram account but I'm posting some samples below:


The Dalahorse going "blusukan" in the residential areas, talking with happy kids (and ducks, and chickens...)


The Dalahorse goes to Monas! (the National Monument, the landmark of Jakarta)


We are going to eat Nasi Goreng (fried rice, a must try if you go to Indonesia) at a street food stall.


Grilled corns after a long walk...yummm...


Grilled rice in banana leaves and spicy tempeh and hot tea... it's what people traditionally have for lunch. Delicious!


OMG! The jamu seller has the turmeric drink in an Absolut Vodka bottle!! She thinks it's a beautiful bottle :D


Look! Jakarta welcomes me!!! (that's the statue of "Welcome to Jakarta" at Hotel Indonesia roundabout, one of Jakarta's landmarks)






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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

15 Days to Freedom New Year Blog Challenge: Day 13 - the ONE thing to help my mind, body and soul



Day 13: the ONE thing to help my mind, body and soul

ONE thing only? Ow! I think I have a lot to introduce into my life that is going to help my mind, body and soul... hmm..

But to sum up, yes, I think there's ONE thing to do: to be mindful as I take care more of my mind, body and soul.

And then, I can break it down into practical actions. For the mind, for the body, and for the soul.

Ah, now I can have a lot of things on the list :D

For the mind: be mindful: read, watch, listen, and study quality stuff.
For the body: be mindful: eat only healthy food, do joyful exercises, and plenty of rest and self care: go to good quality spa, using only natural beauty products. do regular detox and drink lots of water.
For the soul: be mindful: laugh a lot. love all things. pray with gratitude, count my blessing. make art.listen to uplifting music (for me, classical music, especially the baroque). dance (can go to for the body, too - but for me dancing javanese / balinese is more like a moving meditation)







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