Month in Review – things I made and did in April

April was a pretty creative and fulfilling month for me. Midway through I decided I would start posting weekly roundups of the creations I made that week… And then the month just happened and blog posts didn’t get written, besides a post on a creatively productive Easter and one about rice cakes gone wild. So here is a rundown of some of the other things I made (and did) in April.

This month I kept up a daily illustrated calendar square in my “bullet journal” (the only bujo thing about it is it’s a dot grid layout and I draw my monthly calendar), which was actually much easier than trying to keep a daily journal entry and much nicer to look back on at the end of the month.

In April, I traveled to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Busan, I spent time with friends and family, I sent a bunch of snailmail, I went to an art show and a baseball game, and played ultimate on the beach. Watched GoT with friends, ate some things, made a lot of things, took lots of pictures of flowers. I was creative and inspired and grateful.

First, I finished up the Captain Marvel cutout series I started last month (by upcycling the backs of old Christmas cards, chocolate wrappers, and a Beard Papa’s box). I sent them out as an offer to RAOC along with a personalized collage postcard for an RAOC exchange.

Two painted paper thank you cards: One to my paternal cousin’s maternal grandmother (as in, no relation to me) who sent me one of her hand embroidered cushions. And another to my aunt (daughter of said no-relation grandmother and mother to cousin), who sent me a freezer box of individual servings of her six ingredient vegetable juice! So yummy and very nutritious!

I did buy some postcards while I was in the US, but sent them while I was there along with some that I took from my collection (the Wynn hotel, California, and Disney one), so I think technically there was no net gain in my collection.

I collaged some black and white doodles in my sketchbook, got really excited about Spurs advancing over City in the Champions league, made a postcard inspired by a writer’s letter, and a Rachel Carson quote postcard for Earth day.

One day I went to the Caran D’Ache cafe in Seoul near Yangje Station where you can order a coffee and try out all their products. The Neopastels, Pablo color pencils, watercolor pencils were divine. I can’t wait to upgrade my student-grade supplies. Also bought a pack of round label stickers at Daiso and drew some faces and notes on them.

Finally, my rice cakes got a little excited about Avengers Endgame. So excited, they rewatched the first Avengers and went full out cosplay.

This was exhausting to organize, and I sort of gave up looking for everything. In May I will be better about updating regularly.

EDIT: Just after I published this I found about the Changing Seasons Challenge on Zimmerbitch’s blog through Sarah at Art Expedition. I miss the old WordPress prompts like Word or Photo of the Day, they were a great way to discover new blogs.

From the original post at Zimmerbitch (her photos are so vivid):

If you would like to join in, here are the guidelines:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.

If you do a ping-back to Su’s original post, she can update hers with a link to yours.

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