December 28, 2009

2010 - New Year Resolution page

The process of discovering yourself artistically can be joyous, frustrating, invigorating, and downright depressing - all at the same time. And at some point in that journey, you could easily fall into the dangerous pattern of creating what others expected you to create - which was 'stuff ' to be packaged and sold off the shelf. You gear your creative process to, "Will this sold out at the store?"

Reading that line, written by one of my idol artist, Rebecca Sower, almost made me cry. She couldn't be more true. And I feel exactly like the way she said now. I can feel it when I am making art or just making stuff. Making stuff is fine, but somehow, it's just the stuff that others expected me to create. And in the end, it only payed off with the amount I received, not by the satisfaction in my heart. And that, when the anxiety begin.

So, here I am, at the beginning of the road of 'becoming an artist' once again. Really try to stay true to the desire in my heart. As for me, becoming an artist means : becoming a story teller of your life, becoming a true voice, and becoming an opener of doors.....

You can check on my 2007 New Year Resolution here , 2008 here and 2009 here. (May be just to make sure whether I successfully fulfilled all of them or not...... *wink*)

Hope you made yours too, and keep it.

December 27, 2009

A happy place called my studio

My happy place used to be inside my mind. I can go inside that happy place whenever I want, even only about ten minutes to write some journal of the day, or to paint for three hours straight (if the kids were not stumbled upon my paint and brushes that I put on our living room floor.)

Now, my happy place have a form of a room.

My studio. My sanctuary.

A real place where I can put all my 'make happy' things, from functional stocks of papers and embellishment, pure decoration things that make me smile which I collected over the years, and things that can trigger inspirational thoughts.
You want to see it all, don't you?
Let's begin from my table.
A stock of pens, pencils, markers, gel-pens that a girl must have.
My daily journal sits here for awhile after being taken pictured to be published few days ago. And a bucket of papers behind it is my throw-in-here papers and ephemera that I find daily, brochure from stores or from a journey, tickets, postcards, letters, 'anything good to keep' things (in my point of view, of course), so I easily dig in the bucket when I need those things.
To the corner of my table, I can find this.....
And to the other corner behind my table, I have this one. A functional corner where I can wash my brushes, paint and hands immediately.
with the functional buckets (not to mention cute.....oh, I love this once I saw it at IKEA) to store all my painting-related-things. Move to the side of of my white rack where I can display things.
Zoom in to these two shelves you can see just how many photos that I already printed out and ready to scrap. Yeah, they are hugely a lot, I know. But as a non-truster-of-hard-disc-that-can-get-crashed-anytime, I think I am safe with these (for awhile).
On the upper shelf are all the mini albums that I made so far......
and the jars of happiness buttons (oh, that's just the way I call them, because I think they are certainly happy to be put together in one place after such a long time)
The next is my other white rack, this one filled with boxes which are filled with things too.
Told you before that I love nonfunctional things which to make me smile are their only job to do. Back to the functional on the upper of my wooden cupboard, I store my scrapbooking papers...... And inside the cupboard......
(you really want to see?)
I know I will never get it tidy and perfectly in order, so here they are just the way it is now and will be.
My stocks of embellishment and mini albums...and things.....
albums....and more things...... fabrics.....and still more things....... Now, close down all the cupboard doors....I think I really want to show you this.....this portable drawers that I found in a hardware store, which, I know, used by hair-dressers, but I believe will be functional for a scrapbooker too. Don't believe me? Come and see it for yourself! ( I love the fact that I can drag it near my table when I am scrapping and put it away after I finished. Simply fabulous.)
Inside the drawers are these.....first....I put together all my borders or long form left over scrap... second drawer.....stamps and inks......
third drawer....left over tiny scraps papers or any tiny things.....
fourth drawer.....strings, embroidery floss, threads....
fifth drawer.....metal things : brads, eyelets, spare blades, or other metal embellishment... sixth drawer ......clear stamps....(which clearly will not be enough in here anymore later).... seventh and eights drawer......ribbons and fibers....lots of them.... That's all what inside eight drawers.....
You still will find this nonfunctional-but-I-can't-resist things like this at my corner..... Well.
That's really all.
Today, when I sit in this studio writing for this post, I wonder what will be the differences between having a studio in my mind, and in this room.
Do I need a studio to be more creative?
Do I need a studio to be more productive?
Or do I need a studio to become an artist?
I hear my heart whispers, "No."
And I could not agree more.
I need this studio to store all my supplies so my family will not feel like their live inside a scrap room all the time(Yes, my old living room already transformed into half scrap room with all my things...).
I need this studio to display that supplies, because when I see those items often enough, I will use them. Believe me, it's true.
I need a room with a door that I can shut if I want to be 100% entangled with my art, or if I have to leave it as it is and need no one touch it until I get back again.
That. That is what a studio for me is for.
When the more creative, more productive issues are always depend on what happened inside the studio in my mind.
Oh, how grateful I am for such a happy place.
Inside my mind and here. I'll make my first art in here later today.
Good day to you all, my friends....and again....nice to have you all here with me.....
Thanks for visiting!

December 26, 2009

A place called home

Welcome to our new home, my friends....
To tell you the truth, the process for this long post (yes, this is a long post. Consider yourself warned), is really looooong....I have to make sure every room is tidy enough to be pictured (and I have no idea that it was such an enormous task) and have the right time to take the pictures (which was also not too many...sometimes the light was right but i am too tired to do it, sometimes I really want to make a shoot, but the room was already mess up again by the kids so I have to tidy up, then forget to take that pics. Hh.) So, all the pictures here are the result of many photo shoots, morning, noon and night.
Come on, get in !
You may want to sit down in our living room....
On the shelf I put the nativity set that Adam made from school. Oh, so cute!
Next to the living room is our dining room... And if you want to chill out in Bandung's real cozy weather.....sit here outside, at our terrace, best at night time..... And in the morning.....this is the view to the garden from my studio.....
Our koi pond which brings many delight and relaxing time for us and the guests..... Thirsty? Wait...I will get you some water from the kitchen....... And after you rest for a while.....I'll take you upstairs to continue, okay?
Come on up! My favorite spot in the house is this.....our library and cozy sofa to take naps...... A sneak peek to the main bedroom...... And next to it, Adam's room..... Yeah, sure, Nadea also get her dream bedroom..... which she gladly arranges almost every day.......
And sometimes, she filled with joys when she found her beloved toys that she thought is lost already.......(Yes, these are all the dogs soft toys that she collects before Samantha arrived. Amazingly a lot? Don't give me that look. I have to give her one by one to ease the pain of waiting for the real dog, right?)
And we are going down again now, sorry, I forget to tell you that the kids have their own play room a.k.a study room next to my it is........That's it, friends.....such a tiring tour of the house, don't you think?
No? What do you mean no?
Not finished yet?
Aaaah.......clever girl. I know. You must be asking, hey, show us your studio!
Alright tell you the truth (here we go again...), I still need one more day to upload all the pictures of my studio (or my scrap room, as my scrapbookers buddies called it)...yes, it will be another long post.
But for now, I leave you at here.....where the kids know what it's mean if the door is shut.....
Not clear enough?
I'll zoom it for you.... I assume you will have to wait too.
Thanks for visiting!
See you soon....

About me

  • I am a woman who fell in love with papers and words long enough before with boys. Therefore, scrapbooking, writing, reading, and art journaling are just things that complete me. I live happily in Bandung, Indonesia, with my husband, Audy Kusnadjaja, and 2 adorable kids adore me. Isn't life sweet?
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Be careful while going inside my home here. Your clothes may gets stain if you happen to walk by my still wet canvas, or stumbled upon our piles of books everywhere, and come out with a scrap paper sticking to your shoes. But I promise you, you'll enjoy the time spending here. Tea or coffee?
  • The beginning
  • Last preparation
  • Artsy Girl's scrapper bag
  • Artsy Girl's mini album
  • Back to school
  • You rock!
  • Doilies for memories
  • Becoming an artist
  • Scrap my heart away
  • Too much of good things
  • Yellow sometimes
  • Double pages
  • Some layouts
  • Don't reinvent the wheel
  • Tips for dividing scrap time
  • Back to school album
  • Christmas album 2009
  • A month to play, a month to learn
  • 'Life happens' album
  • My girl's b'day album
  • Recycling the baby book
  • My boy's b'day album
  • About stranger
  • Make something every day
  • 2009 Art journals - bounded
  • Art journals - begin
  • 2009 Daily Journal
  • 2008 Daily Journal
  • Cracked
  • Parade
  • Hierarchy
  • Fleeting
  • Legendary
  • Time
  • Voices
  • Balloon
  • Wise
  • Repair
  • String
  • First painting
  • Life of two girls-treasure box
  • Box of memories
  • Making your own embellishment
  • A month to play and learn
  • Art journal album cover
  • Week in The Life - 2011
  • Week in The Life - 2010
  • Week in The Life - 2009
  • Week in The Life - 2008
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  • Wings in The Cage - series
  • Where is it ? - click here
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  • Eat&Eat Kelapa Gading
  • Eat&Eat - part 2
  • Kartika Sari-kebon jukut
  • Warung Talaga-PVJ
  • Sagoo restaurant Bogor
  • Eat&Eat 2 - Gandaria City
  • Goela Merah - foodcourt
  • Ba-koel - foodcourt
  • MariSini - food stall
  • Eat&Eat 3 - Surabaya
  • Warung Talaga Ciwalk - new place
  • Wajan restaurant
  • Warung Talaga - Serpong
  • Eat&Eat 4 - Serpong
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