Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Incoming mail 20150429

Wonderful surprises from this morning!

I was surprised to find a small note and coin -- I totally forgot I had requested for these a few months back. (I changed my profile and omitted that part)

It sure was interesting to see something like this from Ukraine, especially since I've never been.

A 10-cent coin from the Ukraine.

One of the nicest stamps I have received so far:

A beautiful 2013-2014 Euromaidan Stamp:

This was the postcard she sent:

[Where to get this postcard / Wiki: Cossacks / Wiki: Zaporozhian Cossacks / About the artist: Антін Манастирський / ]

The other card was from the USA

And a Christmas Forever stamp:

I get a lot of the Earth ones from the USA, but this one's new to me.:D

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Incoming mail 20150406 + 07 + 14

This is way overdue! (Turns out it's is so much harder than I thought, starting a new wordpress blog and posting every card I receive! D:

I know it is all I ever talk about these past weeks (yes, expect that from people who have only been on PC for less than a year!)


I received two cards today, one from my dear friend Sam from Germany!

She sent me a card with a piece of the Berlin Wall! How cool is that!

At first I thought it was a postcrossing card, and I wondered who would send me this?
It was exactly the card I wanted! A beautiful black and white photo of the Berlin that was; and a piece of something from the city too.

Thank you for reading my mind, Sam. Lol.

The card didn't use a real stamp but it was very nice too.


A card with a view of Malta, sent from Germany.

I didn't mention liking rabbits on my profile but the sender placed a rabbit stamp and I was so happy to see it.

The sender does direct swaps and has mass-produced copies of her photos from Malta and beyond; the card quality is very nice though, I wish we had a self-print machine that does just that here.


This came from Moomin land, Finland! (What I also like about receiving cards from Finland is that travel time is short.) :3
(oh wait, actually it varies from 16-28 days -- depending on the post's cut off dates, I think.)

I love this character so much and it is my first Moomin card. :D

It has a matching Moomin stamp too! It was more like a sticker than a stamp, actually.


Received my first ever card from Kazakhstan, one of Russian origin.

The sender claimed to have found this card in a second hand bookshop. (That just makes an even more interesting story!)

These are also my first stamps from the country.


Next up is a card sent from Taiwan, of another work by another Russian artist. Later, I also found out the card is actually of Russian origin too, she probably got it from a swap -- which I don't mind at all.

(This card only took 5 days to reach me! How amazing is that!!)

I forgot to save a copy of the stamp for this blog but you can find it on my wordpress postcrossing blog here!


I love this beautiful vintage Kewpie card from a granny in the USA. :3

Where else could I find something like this? Definitely not where I'm from!

She also placed an enormous amount of stamps (well, it filled almost half of the postcard, since they were big stamps)


Next up is more mail, 2 from Russia, 1 from Belarus (let us not go to that for now).

These were from Russia:

Olga from Moscow sent me an art card plus some extras (I didn't really ask for anything else except old & used stamps.:3)!

She send me a beautiful card, pretty stamps, and extra used stamps from Kazakhstan!

Here was the card she sent me:

And something from maybe a calendar:

Random stuff from Russia, candy wrapper, a greeting card, some lottery card or similar.

Play money! ... and on it the tiny Kazakhstan stamps!

I've only jut learned that Kazakhstan issues a lot of space stamps. That's really interesting.

Stamps on the envelope:


This card also came from Russia, one of an assortment of the country's stamps.

Ksenia from Moscow used a lot of stamps, all featuring beautiful Moscow landmarks.

She also sent me an extra stamp, which she claims is from Thailand -- wrong.

This is from a series of stamps produced in Manama - the dependency of Ajman (United Arab Emirates) in the years 1965-1973. This particular one was produced in 1972.

to know more, Click on this post I wrote on my other blog -- I had explained more profoundly there.:3


A more detailed post on the cards I received are on

DCBPOSTCROSSING [dot] wordpress [dot] COM. :3

And the cards received on this post are the following:

RU-3583949 // RU-3572983 // FI-2348892 // US-3295961 // KZ-18975 // TW-1565313 // DE-Sam // DE-4058801

See you there! x

I'm guessing my mailbox will be quiet next week -- and I will have time to write an entry for my photoblog. Haven't been on there for almost a month. I think I will join in next week's ABC round/ Black and White weekend meme.


Monday, April 06, 2015

Ferrero Duplo

The last of my choc stash from Milan.:P

I had to keep them all in the fridge because they melt easy.XD

They were so good.:3

Oilpainting : Finalizing

Here is how it is looking right now:

I feel like adding more shadows because I think I put too much white this time. :O But anyway it is a snow scene.. so.

Finalizing before I finally let this dry for varnishing.

Monday, March 30, 2015

WorkInProgress: Oilpainting

Week 4

This week I added shadows and highlights, painted the snow in on the foreground.

Check out my progress:
Week 3
Week 2
Week 1

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WorkInProgress: Oilpainting

Week 3

This week I bought Mineral Spirit to clean my brushes with. (Yes, I failed to clean my brushes the first two sessions... It was awful. Finally went out and bought one)

It is unscented but still highly toxic.

My main brush (the largest one), and also bought two other smaller brushes for details.

As a beginner I find hard brushes easier to work and mix colours with.

I feel I have better control; But it may also be because I'm working on scenery.

Softer brushes may be needed for portraits and such, for softer details.

My main brush (is one of those cheap china hog-hair brushes):

I also bought some Pebeo oils. I don't know how good they are, but it was reasonably priced--which is why I bought to try.

The other reason is that it has Ochre! Since my mentor introduced ochre to me back in my art classes (when I was working with oil pastels) I discovered the value of this colour. Haha.

I feel it adds colour and character to any work -- and also because my winning piece was 75% ochre.

Anyway, here are the colours of Pebeo and LeFranc&Bourgeois:

Since last week, I have only used LeFranc&Bourgeois oils: (I have had this since 2004; It has been 11years since, and still workable. That's oils for you.)

And this is Pebeo's palette.


Colour comparison:

Pebeo's tubes are sealed; whilst LeFranc&Bourgeois' are only sealed with a thick layer of oil.

Colour mixing chart on Pebeo box.

Both of them are actually made in China.

So this week I drew the water in.

For this I used some Pebeo oils, the orangey shade. I find Pebeo's to have a rather strong vibrant colour.

Here is how it looks under white light:

Still under white light but not direct:

Painting can be quite messy and for some weird reason I keep dropping my brushes everywhere today.
(now I understand why people go through the trouble of covering their floors with newspapers)

I'm quite satisfied with the colour of the sky; but feel the rest needs more working on.

My palette. These are the colours I used.

This is my makeshift workspace:

First time I ever used this. (watched how people clean their brushes on yt)

The whole thing turned a cloudy blue, But the paint eventually settles later.

Sediments on the bottom.

Check out my progress:
Week 2
Week 1