Good thing I kept up daily doodles in my JIYU calendar, because looking at these pages and pages of memories is one of the few things that can convince me that the latter half of 2021 really happened. We’ve had a series of cloudy, almost winter-like mornings in Los Angeles, so I’m afraid these pictures shall be cooly lit, but please enjoy the last of the JIYU drawings! As with my BK Story from June, I will also list the fountain pen inks used at the end.
I will really miss collecting memories in this format. My 2022 planner system doesn’t quite the right amount of space and convenient layout to continue this habit, unfortunately. If I do continue to do tiny drawings or paintings about daily life, it’ll probably be in my Hobonichi 5-year instead. Farewell, JIYU system! Thank you for taking care of me all this time.
Now is also a good time to say thanks to you, the one reading this right now. This month marks one year since I started writing regularly for Baum-kuchen. To tell you the truth, every month I’ve wondered whether I have something of interest to share. But somehow, every month, I set one of my journals, bags, sketchbooks, wallets (and sometimes cacti) nearby and just—consider it, for a little while. Before I know it, there’s a surprising amount to talk about. I often call my Camel TN a sandwich because of its toasty color combined with the way the layers of paper, canvas and leather look from the side. I won’t bite into it, don’t worry. But if I could, maybe it’d taste the way it feels to write about the richness of life analog items can contain. It’s been a pleasure to carve out space to think more deeply about the act of writing and the pleasure of stationery and tactile experiences. Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I hope you, too, find many delicious moments to savor in these last days of the year.
July: Noodler’s Cactus Fruit Eel
August: Sailor Jentle - Epinard Green
September: Kyo No Oto - No. 7 Hisoku + orange Irojiten colored pencil
October: Papier Plume - Pecan
November: J. Herbin 1670 - Stormy Grey
December: Kobe #27 - Kounan Maroon
Text and photos by: A.C. Esguerra
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