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What I’m Up To, #8

February 2nd, 2016

I’m excited to do this “What I’m Up To” entry because I’ve been productive with my hobbies lately! I believe this is the first time I’ve included “What I’m Drawing” as a section too. I don’t draw as much as I used to, and every time I do it, I realize how much I miss it. So without further ado, here’s what I’m up to lately in each of my hobbies!

What I’m Drawing

It’s been an annual tradition for me to draw something for Chinese New Year, and it’s about to be the year of the monkey! I was dreading it at first because I had never drawn a monkey before and thought I’d be terrible at it, but it actually turned out alright :)


This is actually my 12th year in a row, which means I’ve made a full circle. I have now drawn every animal in the Chinese zodiac! This time around, I decided to take a photo with my phone along the way. Here are all of the progress photos, so you can see how the drawing came together. I start with a basic sketch and then layer on details with Prismacolor pencils.

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February so far

February 19th, 2015

To those who celebrate it, Happy Chinese (Lunar) New Year! Since I don’t see my parents today, I called to wish them a “happy new year” this morning before going to work :) I’m going over to their house for a home-cooked Chinese New Year meal tomorrow!

Every year, I do an animal drawing for Chinese New Year, and it’s the year of the goat/ram/sheep this time. Here is the drawing I did for this year! (Colored with Prismacolor pencils.)


I looked up a lot of goat photos as references, and while doing that, I realized I wasn’t sure what their eyes looked like. I Googled for “goat eyes” and… goats have such weird eyes! Look at them!

Anyway, I originally had an entry planned about using manual settings on a DSLR – basically what they mean and tips on how to balance them together. It’s not quite ready yet, so this will be more of a rambling entry about my life lately :)

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Cake decorating tips

June 15th, 2013

Cake decorating is a hobby that I do on and off. (See my works.) It came about after I watched way too many cake shows on TV, and I just kind of taught myself over the years. Though I show off my fondant ones, I actually use frosting a lot too. Here are a few tips on getting pretty cakes with frosting instead of fondant :)

1. Crumbcoat
I always crumbcoat my cakes, whether I use fondant or frosting. A crumbcoat is a thin layer of frosting that traps in the loose crumbs. After your cake is fully cooled, apply a thin and smooth layer of frosting, then refrigerate for about an hour.


What does this do? First, the crumbcoat seals in the cake’s moisture. Second, after you take it out of the fridge, you’ll notice it turns into a solid layer with the loose crumbs stuck in it. It gives you a smooth surface to do the rest of your frosting.

2. Homemade frosting
Not only does homemade frosting taste a billion times better than any store-bought frosting I’ve ever tried, but I also find it easier to spread. Need a recipe? I recommend this one.

3. Icing spatula
If you don’t have a long, flat icing spatula, I would definitely get one! They are great for getting a smooth look. You can find different sized ones in the cake aisle at craft stores.


4. Pile on the frosting
I like to put a bunch of frosting on the cake before I start smoothing it out. I find this easier to do than just putting a little on at a time. A thicker layer of frosting will also be easier to work with than a thinner one.

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