Litte corner of my so-called studio

Hello !! How are you?
I'm currently sipping my second cup of coffee with some cny cookies. 
Today I felt like sharing some snippets of my process and the little corner of my room which i claimed it as my studio .

 I have this fancy thing towards succulents and peonies as they're very complex and elegantly beautiful to paint. It's just that I felt like I lack of understanding of their forms. I find it difficult to picture how peonies look like. 

 This peony that i painted was self referenced. It was alright i think. More to improve! 

 Using waterbrush to paint was a little bit challenging. I cant really do the same technique as how I did with a brush. The waterbrush I am using is the Kuretake waterbrush that comes with this small palette I got last year. It is a pretty decent brush to paint with while you're out. But I am spoiled with my Cotman and Pro Arte brushes. ;)

And here comes the photos of my little corner.

 top shelf- where I store art materials I seldom used and tea and some candles.
 Right next to my laptop-  Some stuff i use everyday - earbuds, colour pens, calendar.

 My favourite quotes and the cliche " I believe I can do it" quote that help me keeping in focus.

 Every morning I make a To do list just to keep my thoughts together.

My favourite- tigger

If you want to see more photos of my 'studio' or more process photos of how I paint, do comment below!
I hope you have a great weekend! 

From Ashley 

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Hsieying stuff : Currently stuff I use to paint

Hello! How are you?
I'm a little sleepy from a long day at work. Today's post is a rather personal one where you can sneak a peek over the stuffs I currently using for watercolour painting!

This month of February marks the 2 years of when I committed myself  on watercolour painting. Time really flies over and I am still learning to be the amazing watercolour artist.

When it comes to brushes, I always feel cozy inside I don't know ,I think I'm just excited to share this to everyone. These are one part of the collection I have for brushes. They range from a big size 8 to as tiny as size 4/0.  Bear in mind that you do not need expensive brushes to paint with. I'm just a curious person who loves to experiement with different brushes. Collecting new brushes is equivalent to getting new makeup brushes for your makeup kit 8D .The most frequent used brushes are surprisingly the Cotman and the Pro Arte brands. They're affordable yet suitable for my kind of painting style.

Brush sizes I always go for : size 1, 3 and 5 (round brushes) 

I take really good care of my brushes. those tubes are helpful to help the brush tip to stay in shape.You can already guess which brushes I have used often by the stains on the brush tips. :>

This is my new watercolour palette tin box that I ordered online.
I don't hold myself back when it comes to quality paints (now you can see where I spend the most from my salary '_' ) .As much as I love collecting brushes, I love to collect different watercolour paints. I started off with the Daler Rowney pocket box watercolour set back in 2014 and I slowly expand to different watercolour brands. Currently the paint that I have in this palette are a mix of mostly Holbein, Winsor and Newton and Old Holland.

Finding a good quality paper suitable to my style of painting is a very tedious thing to do. I have tried brands from Daler Rowney, Fabriano, Campap and a few more with no brands . So far I'm liking this Daler Rowney Graduate sketchbook 160gsm and the Cass art Hot pressed paper 300gsm.

I prefer hot press because of the smooth surface so it enables more details to be painted on. 

The three essentials for my painting milestone : a small dish for white ink (for highlights and corrections), glass bottle and a dirty rag ( don't worry I always try to wash it at least once a month)

Saving the best for the last will be my undying love for Coffee. I love mine with a teaspoon of honey and a splash of milk :) 

And there you have all the current stuffs I have been using recently. If you have any questions regarding my painting supplies, where to buy them, how to use them or maybe about my life just comment down below.

Much Love from

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