Wait for the Lord

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I was asked to do this commission for a group of girls in my fellowship for when they went on an overnight stay-retreat. It’s taken from a website called Naptime Diaries that does a lot with Bible verses and pretty posters 🙂 This was my first attempt, clearly, as it looks pretty rough and also unfinished as I didn’t completely outline all that I needed to. Technically speaking, I need to work on the lettering for everything that isn’t in cursive and also take note that you cannot simply watercolor on regular cardstock. 😛 I will also probably redo this and maybe do an update on it and see the progress I have made, which I think would be quite cool!

This verse to be honest did not strike me at first. Especially in recent times, with such tragedy all around us in the news and everywhere, I took it to mean something almost of a complacency with the world around us. But I don’t think that’s what it means. Now, it reminds me of the title of this blog, Still and Know, which for those that don’t know, is a reference to the Bible verse, “be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10.

Wait for the Lord because He will come to conquer all in the end, wait for him, be quiet and listen for him, because He is there. He is present, He will always provide. But more than that BE STRONG AND TAKE HEART. Have confidence in Him and what He can do. And be strong. Be courageous. Be all that you believe is right in the world, wait for the Lord, but also be in the world and do good onto it with belief in Him .

“Types” of fun (II)

For those who don’t know, I am doing a series on different forms of type – whether handmade or made on the computer that I find really beautiful and well-designed that I stumble upon in my daily life. I realize that it would probably be very easy to find stuff on the Internet and post it, but I thought this would be more fun for myself to look for and find and share 🙂 Some of these are so much more prettier in person, but nevertheless here they are!

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Taken from the Yale Lit Spring ’16 which my suite mate was featured in, but decided not to use her exact piece out of respect for her privacy 🙂

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Google’s recruiting pamphlet during CS50 celebrations

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Another one of City Church’s designs that is used as a coupon to Elm City Social for lunch after every Sunday church

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Again, City Church design for Christmas 2015 focusing on creating this illusion of snow in this beautifully themed piece

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Another one of my suitemate’s work for her graphic design class – it hangs on my room and also in the laundry room of our dorm

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I thought this cover looked nice for something that was pretty dense and not too colorful on the inside – ha!

Summer List To Do // Musings

I have a bit of time this summer after freshmen year. I’m taking two physics classes at the University of Delaware, but they both end before one every day, so I thought I would put the time to use focusing and honing in on certain skill sets and discovering more hobbies. I’ve decided to list them below for other people if they are interested and also to keep track myself when I go back and look at this at the end of the summer 🙂

  1. Knitting… crocheting?
    1. I figured it would be really cool to learn how to make my own scarves and hats. I mean, most grandmothers know how to knit and how did they learn? They must have started somewhere!
  2. Matlab
    1. Next semester, I am taking a full course on Matlab, which is a computer program for engineers that is really efficient for solving problems and data analysis. Unfortunately, I suck at computer programming, so I definitely need a head start when it comes to it. Always best to be prepared 🙂
  3. Adobe Creative Suite
    1. I have been dabbling quite a bit in design and photography this year – slowly dipping my toes into the graphic design world and into the world of creative possibilities. I’m really excited because I already have all the programs through a computer exchange program at my old school, so I really have everything I need to practice and explore. It’s also incredibly useful at college too for designing and advertising.
  4. Hand Lettering / Calligraphy
    1. People such as Jennet Liaw and Chasing Linen really inspire me to take something that I do feel I have a natural talent in (neat handwriting lol) and turn it into something that gives back. I started making congratulation cards for the seniors through hand lettering, and I feel like it’s something that with practice, I can begin to genuinely share with other people – maybe cards, later wedding invitations? Who knows!
  5. Photography
    1. I know how to use a camera, but I don’t consider myself a professional at all. I have been trying to learn how to change aperture, ISO, shutter speed all manually. I think I have been doing okay so far, but it’s a lot of practice makes perfect until I can get the perfect numbers etched into my mind so that it’s automatic. I have been shooting a lot recently, so look forward to seeing some more photos on the blog!
  6. Blogging
    1. Talking about the blog, I have been thinking a lot about what I want this blog to be. I started it a couple years ago and it has grown significantly from what I expected it to be – a personal space to post, like a journal. But it’s become so much more than that and the last couple of weeks, I have felt the pressure to gain more followers and fit more people’s interests by really just unleashing, I wouldn’t say bad quality, but really haphazard and not really thought out blog posts. All these things that I am learning above (with the exception of perhaps knitting and Matlab) will help me to really produce the best content possible for this space. I’ll probably go into this more in a separate post, but basically I want greater quality and greater cohesiveness in this blog and to really take it in a specific direction with a specific impact. I am not going to delete any posts because I think they all served their purpose, but just expect some changes – positive ones… this summer will be a great one 🙂

“Types” of fun (I)

A series on some of the really nice graphic design/hand lettering work that I stumble upon in my daily life, I have a lot of these hanging on my wall for inspiration

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City Church gave these out around Christmas, I believe, in order to encourage people to really branch out and believe in the spreading of churches across the New England area

Lit

The Yale Literary Magazine always does something funky every year. I believe they also try to incorporate the letters of the alphabet into the magazine, so I”m assuming that these abstract pieces can be manipulated into letters.

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A sophomore in Yale Students for Christ designed this beautiful little invitation for a women’s celebration event that the men of YSC helped put together.

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This is for a bi-semester Yale literature magazine Kalliope that had a really nice cover.

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The Asian American Cultural Center had their annual cultural showcase. This was the poster designed for advertisement – it’s really very beautiful.

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City Church gave these out for their new sermon series on the “unparalleled accomplishments of the Son of God” – really a beautiful series, I might add

Random PINS

Ahhhhh my weekly segment of random pins….

For some reason, I haven’t found anything I’ve particularly liked on Pinterest so far for a while. I feel like a lot of the things are repeats of things before, so that’s been quite frustrating.

1. Watercolor Flowers

I love all watercolor art, but my favorite types are those of flowers. Added that it’s on an old book makes it look that much more unique and fascinating.

2. Obsessed with designs, hand lettering, quotes.

I love the intricate designs that a nice black pen can make as it incorporates these beautiful shapes and images to represent a profound quote. Possibly something I could do too???

3. Clever Flower Pot

Such a creative idea – hollowing out old magazines and stacking it and storing flowers or plants in it – such a cool idea that would be lovely in all types of rooms as decor.