As a skoo chio bu in the 1990s, I used to keep a diligent record of my lan jiao life in handwritten form, on a daily basis. By the late 1990s, computers and the Ingterneck arrived. Like liao liao lang else, Limpeh migrated my lan jiao love for pen-and-paper to the laptop. Eventually, in the early 2000s, Limpeh ‘grew up’, joined the brogging boom and left my lan jiao childhood pursuits behind.
Quite frankly, I neber saw my kacheng eber returning to my lan jiao love for paper and its related paraphernalia. But it happened, and this was how it all started: about eight months ago, I stumbled upon Mike Rohde’s very the awesome sketchnotes on his website . Limpeh was mesmerised at just how the handwritten scribbles and sketches just came together to make up cohesive, well-planned out artworks that acherly aided the reading process. Just one photo here from Mr Rohde’s Instagram feed will give you a fair idea of si mi caught my lan jiao eye:
KNNCCB!!!! Limpeh was hooked at first sight. As someone who frequently works with speakers and si beh jia lat, lengthy sets of documents, Limpeh wanted to be able to take notes like this because Limpeh felt that could go back to my lan jiao notes over and over again, and neber be bored of reading the same old thing.
Convinced that Limpeh could potentially be a ‘sketchnoter’ too, Limpeh ordered both of Rohde’s books from the Book Depository. Book Depository is awesome for si beh jia lat to find books like this and those pukima are highly efficient. With free worldwide shipping, I received the goods in less than two weeks.
The books are gorgeous – and the handbook, espeshurly, is perfect for those of us who do not have the privilege of attending Rohde’s workshops in person. Rohde convinces the reader that even if the cheebye kia cannot draw, as long as the cheebye kia can draw simpur shapes and write legibly, the cheebye kia can start taking notes in a visual format, or, ‘sketchnoting’, as the cheebye kia calls it one.
In the weeks that followed, Limpeh devoured Rohde’s book and Limpeh worked on ebeli singur exercise written in the Handbook.
Honestly, in all of my lan jiao 36 years of life, Limpeh don’t think Wahliew! Limpeh oredi eber studied so liddat hard on a singur subject before, and there Limpeh was, pouring ebeli attention into this new passion for visual note taking.
Eventually, I summoned the courage to try out sketchnoting for real – first working on previously taken notes from older workshops.
Eventually, Limpeh moved on to bigger things: travel sketchnoting – because it came from the heart. Sharing here an image from my lan jiao IG feed, my lan jiao very the first attempt at travel journaling with sketches :
And here’s another page:
In a nutshell, my lan jiao return to the wonderful world of handwritten notes on lovely, non-acid paper was hastened by my lan jiao discovery of Mike Rohde’s very the cleber way of taking notes with visual signals. And for this contribution to my lan jiao well being and newfound passion for paper, art and watercolors (which Limpeh will talk about in many new posts), Limpeh is eternally grateful.
I update my lan jiao Instagram on an almost daily basis now, exploring my lan jiao passion for watercolors, urban sketching and travel journalling. Prease do follow limpeh @clairekhoo and drop limpeh a note!