April 2017 Favorites
Welp, Spring is finally in full bloom! How do I know this? Because I can’t breathe through my nose and my face is as dry as California was two years ago. It feels like as if my cold and allergies are tag-teaming to wreak havoc on my sinuses. So not fun.
That also means that I spent most of April in quarantine. On the bright side, I’ve had more time at home to play around with watercolors, which leads me to my favorites for this month!
April 2017 Favorites
1 | Koh-I-Noor Watercolors
Okay, so I basically do this thing where I buy cheap art supplies to practice and mess around with, only to never touch them ever again. That’s why it took me an entire year to start using the Koh-I-Noor Wheel Stack. In short, I thoroughly enjoy painting with them. Are they my go-to watercolors for gifts and final pieces now? Absolutely not. But they’re great for just about everything else, whether that’s testing out new watercolor techniques or de-stressing with an adult coloring book.
For just under $10 on Amazon (or $5 at Blick), you get 24 colors in disks that are stackable and lockable for convenient carry and storage. The only downside to the packaging is the lack of spacious wells to mix paints in, but you can use its clear cover to prepare smaller amounts of color. The paints themselves are mostly transparent and surprisingly vibrant, considering the price. When dry, however, they do have a slightly chalky finish that sometimes rubs off with a bit of pressure. Still, I highly recommend them for beginners who want to practice with an affordable and decent quality watercolor set.
2 | Mitsu-bishi Hi-Uni Pencils
I’ve underestimated the good ol’ fashioned wooden pencil for far too long. After using the Hi-Uni pencils by Mitsu-bishi (not to be confused with the automotive company Mitsubishi), I’m not sure if I’ll ever go back to drawing with ordinary mechanical pencils. I didn’t know lead could be so silky smooth! It basically glides on the paper, producing clean and dark lines that hardly smudge and are easy to erase. I mostly use the H grades for watercolor work, but I love sketching with the softer B grades.
3 | Studio Ghibli Tea Cup
I’m so weak when it comes to anything from Studio Ghibli. So when you show me a high quality ceramic teacup with engraved art from Spirited Away, what else would you expect to happen? I definitely didn’t need more drinkware, as the current mug count in this household is well over twenty. But I’m not using this cup to hold drinks in, so it totally doesn’t count – right?
4 | Lush’s Brazened Honey
For years, if you had opened my fridge, there was a 95 percent chance that you’d find a small tub of the Love Lettuce face mask from LUSH. Earlier this month, an associate told me that they've temporarily discontinued that mask (gasp!) until they find a more sustainable way to produce it.
I wanted a worthy replacement, so the same associate recommended the Brazened Honey face mask. My only complaint is directed towards myself for not trying out this mask sooner! It’s everything I want in a skincare product: deep cleansing, gently exfoliating, and moisturizing. Thanks to the lovely dry and windy weather we’ve been having, my skin has never looked and felt duller. But after just one use, my face was noticeably softer, brighter, and more evenly toned.
5 | My Hero Academia
Growing up, I watched a lot of superhero cartoons and shounen anime – to the point where my mom got concerned. And no recent series does a better job of taking me back to my earlier, albeit awkward, years than My Hero Academia, or Boku no Hero Academia. This underdog story follows a boy born without superhero powers, or “quirks”, on his journey to become a hero in a world where nearly everyone else has a power. It’s straightforward and a little cheesy, but it proves that you don’t need an overly complicated plot or unpredictable elements to create something that’s entertaining and just downright fun to watch. Plus, for the second season, we’re getting a tournament arc! I flipping love tournament arcs!
Aaaand that’s all I have for the month of April. Although I didn’t really do much, the post ended up being rather lengthy. In fairness, I do love talking about art supplies and anime. Maybe I’ll write in-depth reviews in the near future! Lemme know what you think and what supplies or series you’d like to read about!