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Ceit’s Sketching Fun

I am going to do a series of YouTube Videos on my adventures in Watercolor. I am not great at it, but I do enjoy it.

 

First sketching video. I am really just starting in the past year. I love to watch videos on drawing and watercolor. I try to sketch daily but sometimes I can’t do it..

The Materials I used
Bee Paper Company
Super Deluxe Mixed Media
4x6in. 150gm – 60 sheet spiral bound

Pentel Waterbrush.
Pocket Pallet (I found it on Etsy not eBay – https://www.etsy.com/shop/ExpeditionaryArt?ref=l2-shopheader-name) I love these pallets but you can create your own small portable pallets. I have several that I am going to feature in a video in the future)

Daniel Smith Watercolors – Do I need them at this point? Probably not, but I do love the colors. I also use Revees watercolors I found for a set of 18 at Michaels for 8 dollars, in my Coloring books.

Escoba Travel Brush – I love them so much. The only draw back is if I have to bring water with me.

I will show my travel kit in a later video.

Thank you for watching.

Personal Learning — An Instructional Designer perspective

 

Screencapture of Watercolor Study notebook

OneNote Watercolor Study. Note Book

Sometimes you don’t want formal instruction, but rather to explore on your own, to take your time and focus on certain things. Personal learning is a concept that learning is directed by the needs of the learner. Although, more and more personal learning spaces are showing up in Academics, individuals can set up their own Personal Learning Spaces with tools like OneNote. You can see my personal learning space I used in Onenote: Watercolor Study – OneNote – View only 

The set up is very simple, I added tabs across the top that will allow me quick access to those specific concepts, ideas, and interests I have in watercolor. In the first tab, I asked what I wanted to do, this is my goal, assignment, mission statement area. This tab includes my story. It gives me the ability to set long and short term goals. I can even give myself specific measurable learning objectives. In Academics, Instructors could provide a syllabus and instructions. Since this is an informal learning space in which I am learning as I go along, my goals will be broad and not specific. As I learn, I can be more specific and detailed. Since I am using OneNote as my platform, I can add editors and viewers, which means that I can add mentors or others who share the hobby or the profession.

To keep track of the material that I consume, I use the OneNote chrome extension and

Image of Chrome extension in action.

OneNote Chrome Extension

place it under the tab that I think it belongs. I really like the extension app because it allows me to save things quickly in different formats, full page(saves an HTML file in Onenote), screen-capture of area of screen, bookmarks, or other formats.  No need for cutting and pasting. In OneNote, there is an ability to annotate the page, add notes, and to customize it. This comes in helpful when I want to make notes about my work.

 

 

Screencapture of My Work Section in OneNore

My Work section with notes!

At some point I will want real feedback from others, this will help me share the work with the person I want feedback from and allow them to edit the notebook. Possibly to add additional resources I don’t have, to evaluate the material I have in the Notebook (is it good enough), give assignments, and/or project ideas. Feedback not only from those who are in the field, but other learners can be a powerful tool. The nice thing about OneNote, is that you the learner can dictate how you want the feedback and in what format. To keep track of my work I created a My Work tab and used my camera on my phone to take a picture of it and upload it via the OneNote Android app.  I can also use the Andriod App to upload images for future projects, take notes on the go (using the keyboard or draw with my finger).

Starting a OneNote for a personal learning is easy and totally customizable. Here are some tips to get started:

  1. Title the notebook for the type of learning you want.
  2. Create goals, and break down the goals into bite-sized pieces that you can obtain in short periods of time.
  3. Give yourself assignments. Just don’t “watch” a video, make sure you do something with the knowledge in the video. If you watch a video on “how-to” something then follow along. You can always pause, go back, or move forward.
  4. Be critical of the material you are using. Only you can see if the material is useful to you.
  5. Create different sections. Even if you don’t end up using them, or they turn out to have a life of their own, you can modify them, split them up, or even delete them.
  6. Use the clipping tool from Chrome, it helps you to organize better.
  7. Be creative, look at different ways you can use OneNote.
    1. Record a note – Audio or Video
    2. Draw with a pen tool or your finger (on a touch screen device)
    3. Use the TO Do list and if you have it linked to Outlook you can add them to your calendar.

Over all, this process is working for me. As an Instructional Designer, I like to have neat and organized areas to put my learning material. As I grow more comfortable with Watercolor, I can imagine this space growing into a Place where others can benefit from the information in it.

#OneNote #PersonalLearning #Instructional Design

Bullet Journal Update

I have been using the Bullet Journal System for the last 2 years. I have used different notebooks, I started in a Filofax but quickly moved away from that system because I couldn’t find a thin printable high-quality paper that I could use in my Laser printer. After using the  Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook A5 Hardcover Dotted that you can purchase from places like Goulet Pens. I recommend them because they have great customer service and the turn around is great.not to mention they have a great pen selection for fountain pen lovers.

I currently use a notebook by Nanami Paper called the crossfield, it is 480page,  5mm, A5 sized, tome river paper, dot grid notebook. The paper has a beautiful feeling to the touch. It loves fountain pen ink (although it dries slower than other paper, but they give you a blotting page), and watercolor.

I roughly use the Ryder Carrol system and you can find out more at his website Bullet Journal. What I love about the system is that it is very flexible and allows you to take control over your own time. I use other products to combine it with my notebook to help me keep on track. The inserts I get from DIYFish on Esty, she has great inserts for Filofax or midori style notebooks. I use Hyperdex Stamp Set and I use 2017 / A5 1-year Calendar / fold into A5 – Inserts Refills Filofax Binder Collins.

I use my Bullet Journal in a different way, because not only do I use it for planning, track tracking, I use it for everything. It’s the one book that comes with me everywhere.

For work:

  • Note taking at meetings – in conjunction with OneNote (I will do a separate Blog post about this.
  • Note taking – for articles, books, or blog posts
  • Brian dump for ideas, understanding.
  • Mindmapping. great for designing courses and helping faculty
  • Everyday tasks and reminders. I use this in conjunction with Outlook.

Here are images from my October 2016 set up.

octorber 2016

two pages from a bullet journal spread

 

I try to make each month my own. I like to add the Moon Phases for my spiritual work, add paydays, holidays, time off, or anything that is important to me.  The point of this is to make it work for you. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just something that you will use.

I do like to use watercolors in my journal. I currently use Prima

page from Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal week on two pages with Hyperdex stamp

Watercolors, They come in pan form and easy to store in a bag. It’s a great way to add emphases to your entries or to de-stress.

 

To the right is how I use DIY stamps for my daily time tracking and tasks. I have one week on two pages I really like this because I can quickly see what I need to do, and, well, what hasn’t.

 

been done. I use the time tracker because I want to see my sleeping habits and time spent on projects. I do color code by using a

Week on Two Pages with Hyperdex from August 2016

Week on Two Pages with Hyperdex from August 2016

pentel mechanical pencil that has an assortment of 8 colors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Code

Color Code Key for the Hyperdex

I really love the system and encourage everyone who loves pen and paper to give it a try. I love technology as well and do use tech tools as much as I can. I think of my Bullet Journal as my collection of ideas, that I can then enter into the digital world. Below you will find my YouTube Video which walks through my just completed Bullet Journal.

 

 

Hobby: Buffy

On of my all time favorite shows was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy is still fresh today as it was when it came out in the 90s. I really love to help spread the word when I see cool inventive things, this was created by a fan. What great work!

Oh NO, Not that, Thoughts on Cursive Writing.

I am recently reminded that Cursive is dead. It’s not really taught in schools anymore, because some say that because computers have taken over the world, there is no need for learners to learn, well cursive.

I admit I do a hack job at cursive, mixing at times print and cursive. There are many ways that you can improve your writing skills.

Here are some tools:

Kidzon Cursive

Cursive Logic (this is by far my favorite one. it was a kickstarter program)

Tools needed:

Paper and writing instrument!

On journals and paper!

 

One of my passions is writing. I love the feel of the paper, of how the nib of the fountain pen glides, the sheen of the ink, and how I feel when words flow from my mind. Most journals made for the US market are not great with fountain pens. The big reason is because most people use ballpoint pens, gel pens, or rollerball. The in that comes in these quick consumption inks are made to be disposable. Not saying that gel pens are not great pens, but they just don’t have the same feel as a Fountain pen.

 

I have found a great journal called Seven Seas, sold by Nanami paper (http://www.nanamipaper.com/categories/seven-seas-tomoe-river-paper.html). It’s a small website that has a following. There is a wealth of information on his site, and Dave (the owner) is fantastic to work with. The best-selling notebooks on his site is the Seven Seas journal made with Tomoe River paper. The paper is made in Japan by a company called Tomoegawa (http://www.tomoegawa.co.jp/english/index.html)  It’s super thin paper 52gsm for instance regular copy paper might be 20lbs (75 gsm).  (I hope I did that right! Paper weights can be confusing.  This journal is extremely well made and it holds 480 pages. You can get the Seven Seas in three ways, lined, blank, and dot grid (which is more like a cross rather than a dot. I think it’s better than a dot because I can follow the lines a little better). I use these books for journaling and Bullet Journaling (which will be in another post).

Here is a review of the Tomoe River paper (http://edjelley.com/2014/01/20/seven-seas-tomoe-river-paper-journal-review/)

Although, I am in love with the Seven Seas notebooks, there are times when I would like a little diversity in my notebook. So recently I started to make my own books! Yes, bookbinding. There are times when I want nice paper to write with, or watercolor paper for water coloring. Although, I can watercolor on Tomoe River paper, it can get crinkly, so I have decided that I will make my own. Not only for me but to give to friends.

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