Akashiya Sai

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I think I mentioned before how strongly I feel about using archival art materials. I usually use only acid-free, better yet lignin-free, and lightfast art making supplies.

The only exception so far is Akashiya Sai brush pens. These Japanese dye-based coloured pens have synthetic brush ends that are finer and more supple than regular waterbrushes. They are also a dream to work with. They blend with water so easily and the colours are so beautiful, vibrant and transparent. I mentioned them before but I had to bring them up again because they are sooo nice to work with.

Since they are not archival (the colours will fade with light), I use them only in journal pages or doodles that will not be sold or displayed:
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If you like watercolour effects in a brush pen and do not need something archival, give these pens a try. You can find them at Jetpens and other online stores like Amazon.

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

P.S. I can never remember how to spell the name of these pens. 😆

Abstract watercolour: When I was a Child

Oftentimes, I feel downtrodden by life. I crave the innocent wonder and natural acceptance of the world I felt when I was a child. I don’t think I would be amiss to say everyone treasures those feelings they had in childhood.

In art and life, I sometimes strive to achieve ‘the beginner’s mind’ or to see things with fresh eyes. This was the goal for my piece ‘When I was a Child:

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I started this watercolour with the motivation of the feelings I just talked about. I wanted to express a carefree, playful and innocent feeling, but there is another element in the painting as well. There are opposing rectilinear symbols that look foreign to a child’s mind; much like how the world would seem from a child’s eyes. But even these foreign elements of the adult world coexist naturally in the child’s world.

The child’s world reflected through the painting is colourful and vibrant with fluididity and movement. Transparent colours intermingle and the cryptic incised symbols are just there. I guess my metaphor of this piece would be: to be fully engaged with wonder, curiosity and beauty in life despite the unknowns and uncertainties.