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February loves you

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year!

This is a day for celebration so I am sharing with you another simple sketch and calligraphy work. Don’t forget, February loves you! This is also the Valentine’s month so don’t forget to embrace your life and loved ones.

Create and enjoy  a charmed and authentic life!

Create and enjoy a charmed and authentic life!

I checked the direct translation of Gong Xi Fa Cai and found out that it means “Wishing you to be prosperous in the coming year” (Translation by Goodcharacters.com). And so, this is my wish and prayer for you, my dear readers. May this year be another year of blessings, inspirations, good health, and strength of spirit!

As I have shared in my first post for this year, I will do my best to create little art works at least once a month. As you will notice, I have really become a little rusty in the art department so I need to practice more. 🙂

You will also notice that the blue ink here looks “thick”. I guess this is one proof that I must practice more calligraphy because my first batch of ink is now beginning to dry up! Many artists recommend adding water to ink (depending on the ink brand) but I sort of liked the “oil-like” effect so I tried using it. I enjoyed the small improvement in my stroke because I no longer needed to write the letters in pencil first so it may mean that I am more confident now in doing calligraphy. Of course, more practice is necessary!

I decided to surround the theme with positive words and phrases so when you read this, you will be inspired and reminded again about the gifts and promises of this universe. See if you can read all of them (it might be a good way to exercise your brain and eyes)!

I hope you have enjoyed this simple gift. Thank you for dropping by! Enjoy your life and be a blessing to others!




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There is poetry in every moment

There is poetry in every moment. [Photo, text, and calligraphy by Mary Anne Velas-Suarin]

There is poetry in every moment. [Photo, text, and calligraphy by Mary Anne Velas-Suarin]

I have fulfilled  another dream of mine–and that’s to learn calligraphy. This is not yet a perfect work but I am very grateful just for the journey of taking the first steps. I that hope this postcard will inspire you to learn a new skill, take up a new hobby, or simply appreciate every moment of your life.

Have a beautiful life!

P.s. Thanks to Riza of SCRIBE Writing Essentials in Shangrila Mall for assisting me as I looked for the right tools for my first attempts at calligraphy. Thank you again, Riza! I wish you joys and fulfillment of your dreams.

Note on copyright: What is posted here is mine including the text of the postcard but I cannot guarantee that it is the first time that this sentence was ever said. 🙂 It is what I had been thinking of while I was doing my “baby steps” in calligraphy and my sincere apologies if someone else had already thought about this very same thing.


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