OUT OF THE WOODS

Okay, I have been gone a long time. I am not sure how it happened so, then again – I think I know. Can I just say that I am really excited to be back? I have sincerely missed you too. Sorely! (I am breaking into a huge grin as I type.) How are you? How have you been? Everything good? Not bad, not good? Figuring things out?

I would hope you are well. (I am, too.)

Where do I begin?

There is not much to tell, of course, but it has been long and I feel like talking. Okay, so here is one something: I have purchased a monthly subscription to Adobe Illustrator so I can use it alongside Adobe Photoshop and it is one of the better things that I have done, this year! I have much to learn (re-learn?) but yes, finalmente. (I have developed a mild obsessive/compulsive way of thinking over the years – I could have just said Photoshop without the Adobe when I used it in the previous sentence – you would have got it, but I just could not bear to not. I would have not used the word at all, then.)

Because of which, I have drawing on there some more than otherwise, and I randomly thought of making a project/series etc. of it on my Tumblr blog. The series is called Women of My World and I am protective/proud of it. Of course, some of the women may have some ‘drawing defects’ (sorry, my beautiful women) but I do not know! These women are special to me, they were my friends when I was bored at home – feeling dejected/depressed/lonely (about two months ago). I also have been meaning to acquire more work (of the illustrative variety, etc.); usually, a few folks reach out to me every year but it would be nice if I could manage to hear of interesting projects outside of this ‘tiny pool of reach’, and pitch for more projects (not too many) etc.

Oh yes, and the title of this post. Yes, somewhat apt, I could say! I have not been hiding but I have been scuttling about in the woods… I have been looking for something, walking on an unbeaten path (Don’t you hate the way I talk or write sometimes?), and falling down deep tunnels (not as intriguing as Alice’s adventures) and feeling beaten and broken etc. – however, every now and then, I seek refuge in a cosy hollow; ferns, leaves and saplings have been growing all over the place or I bump into worker bees who want to teach me that working hard is one of the world’s oldest methods to make the brain feel good. So I am happy, in a general sense. It is the little stratosphere around me – that bit is okay. It is good. There are pollutants that infiltrate etc.; some, I have no protection against. I am not trying to control every little thing, I am making decisions on my own, and I am trying. Really hard. (I want it to hurt!)

I am hoping to make something better of myself.

I am scared, though. (Though I think immersing oneself into a body of something is good; the word itself is light, it is not coercive or forceful or persuasive – it is healing. It is letting you breathe/do/make – complete with a very faint prickle of urgency. All in good measure, to get your ‘floating situation’ in order.)

There is more to come.

P.S. This post may have been all over the place; I do not apologise for it being so. I am happy to be writing here, again! Over the last few months and weeks, I was in a mind to delete a great big chunk of my posts from long ago. They were bothering me. There was a disconnect. I did not know what to write about. Shallow and superficial were two of the words hovering in my mind’s eye, all the fucking time. I do not directly help anyone through this platform, I know this… I am not sure if that is/was the primary purpose of this blog. But I have feelings I would like to express, and some thoughts too. Lots of in-between tales, I would hope you understand that this space has its shortcomings – I can accept that. It is dear to me; I love my other children too. I hope you do not just see this as a puerile place, it would feel horrid. I want my work to have meaning (whatever I do in life, no – not just jobs, necessarily.)

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

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The Notebook

217 The Notebook

As is tradition, every January (feels special when it’s a new year) – I have to buy myself a pretty, new journal or notebook… Because it feels like a fresh start, and I love doodling and writing down things – so it just feels much nicer when you have a lovely book to jot down what you’re thinking – in. This year, I haven’t picked up any books yet because I haven’t found any in the city that have struck my fancy except for this beautiful set online by Rifle Paper Co., aptly titled Vintage Blossoms – ooh, how I lovelovelovelove Anna’s works!

This is what they say about the notebooks on the Rifle Paper Co. website that mildly excited me, “The notebooks feature lay-flat binding, a high quality binding process that allows the pages to stay flat while you’re writing or sketching.” Coveting these books for now because they might be slightly expensive to order (with shipping, etc.) but um, you never know… I might just cave in and order them a little before my birthday. (Okay, fairly certain that I’m gonna do that. I’m an idiot! Where do you usually buy your colourful/pretty notebooks and journals from?)

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Make-A-Washi

194 Make-A-Washi

Remember when I kept on harping about washi tape? I mean, not over here, but on my Facebook page. And well, I did know of one place that retails it online from within India, Ricco Crafts, and I bookmarked it for the longest time ever, forgot about it, and asked around again – this year! Anyway, I remember having a conversation with The Closet Cook back when we used to work together (at The Label Corp, yep!) a few months ago… And she introduced me to the charms of Anupam. Yep, I know – big idiot = ME! – for not knowing better before, because I knew about Anupam, not that it stocked washi tapes in well, so many colours of the rainbow and then some more BUT because even stationery wise, I was like, really. That was my judgmental past! THANK YOU, NUPUR RELEKAR! I own more than a couple of rolls now, and I know where to refresh my stock every time I finish up a roll. And get this! One roll = Rs. 70. Right here in the city! Who woulda thunk?! Well, you could thank me but I would suggest that you direct your thanks, all here: CLICK, CLICK, CLICK, CLICK.

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Artwork  & Picture by Roanna Fernandes 

Joy to the World { GIVEAWAY }

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This is it, there’s no turning back now! Okay, I’m very excited to announce the first “ever” giveaway on my blog! It’s not international (haha, I’m not there yet!) but yes, this December will mark the beginning of my fourth year writing and illustrating here, so I wanted it to start on a cheery note. I’m giving away a little Christmas present – one that I’ve been happily plotting and planning for the past two months or so, and I bought everything last week for my special surprise. So if you’re a regular reader over here, and you’ve grown to like all things Jupiter Skye, there’s a fair chance you’re the kind of person who would want to win this! :-)

What’s in the Box?

1. A set of Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas gift tags from Little One’s Doodles by Maheswari Janarthanan (There are fourteen of these in a packet; one of which is pictured above!).

2. Do you like bow-tie pins? There’s a red, felt ribbon-made one in here that I crafted.

3. Socks! Yes, socks. I found a darling pair with a pretty splatter of Christmas roses on them, at Forever 21.

4. A set of four cheery stickers that I designed and had printed last year! There are two of each design.

By the way, I’ve intentionally not included a picture of every little thing here because I want some of them to have that surprise element. Even so, I do hope that you are tempted enough to enter!

Rules?

The rules are simple! And I’m stating this again, this giveaway is for Indian Residents, only. I’ve never done this before so I didn’t want to mess up my first giveaway (if it gets lost across the seas, etc.). But otherwise… International giveaways? Sooner than you think! ;-)

1. Comment below saying why you would want to win this, and if there’s something more you would like to see on my blog (I know, I know, this is my dumb way of getting to hear what you really think!). Okay, so my comments are moderated – don’t fret if you don’t see yours published immediately! (And please don’t forget to include adding your e-mail address in the details box so I have yours saved on my system, I’ll need it to get in touch.)

2. For brownie points – you can ‘Like’ my page on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter! ^.^

What happens after?

I’ll choose ONE winner in exactly four days, save the date – December 4 is when this contest comes to an end! (Yes, it’s going to be that short because I would like you to win the Christmas stationery in time to use some of it like a happy little elf, and this is a bit unrelated but knowing me I’ll probably write each of your names on chits of paper to decide, haha.) As soon as I announce the winner – which will either be on my Facebook or Twitter page (and through an e-mail, perhaps) –  please write back to me with your postal address and phone number right away. I’ll mail the package across then, immediately through speed post!

That’s about it, and uh-huh, this marks the beginning of many, many more to come. Especially particularly during this year! The “Fourth Year of Festivities”, remember? Good luck!

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Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes