Maneki Neko Sketch

Art Journal + Ice coffee
Sitting in the shade with my Art Journal and a high glass of iced coffee.

Ochre ocean
Dipping my paintbrush in water and painting with a mostly unused colour (ochre) in my paint box of watercolours. Swirling it around, making pools of water.

Neko in my journal

Studying a tiny porcelain bead I found in the craft shop recently. It is the Neko cat. I’ve always thought they are cute.

Wee Neko bead

The Maneki Neko (招き猫?, literally “Beckoning Cat”) is a common Japanese sculpture, often made of ceramic, which is believed to bring good luck to the owner. The sculpture depicts a cat beckoning with an upright paw.

Wave to me?

In Japanese restaurants they are very common and often mechanics move their little paw, though I have never seen one for sale before this tiny bead Neko. I hope he will bring me some luck.

Big & Small cat

I did a quick little pen drawing of Maneki Neko and coloured it with my watercolours.

Sketch of Neko

I was thinking I was going to do lots of little drawings this summer, but there is so many things I want to do all the time. Yoga, drawing, collage, paint, sew, blog, write, laundry, meditation, Smilla-cuddle, drinks, cruising, bathing, sun worshiping and morning pages… Plus all the “musts” on my list.

Watercolors and me

On my Neko page I also did a drawing of a iHanna-girl with black hair and big eyes.

Thinking of nothing

Just sipping my iced coffee in the shade, thinking of nothing special. And you?

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13 Responses to Maneki Neko Sketch

  1. Meghan T. says:

    Since I have stumbled upon your blog I can’t but help and visit it daily. I absolutely love visiting. I am so glad you post often. I just enjoy seeing what you are up too and what you are creating. I dabble in some crafts but wish I did it daily. Life is so busy right now.
    Thanks for all the inspiration!

  2. iHanna says:

    Thank you Meghan for taking the time to comment! I am sending you a little bit of creative time for this week, please use it as you want to, maybe do a doodle or whatever?! I think you can do a little something if you try! Please, for me? ;-)

  3. Janice Mae says:

    Inspirational as always!

  4. dawn says:

    ooh i like the smilla-cuddling the best!! I do a lOT of jack-cuddling each day. I also have so many ideas and things “planned”, and then never do them!! Urrggghhh…like right now I have sitting next to me a book on drawing, a book on hand lettering, and a book on using the right side of your brain. Plus I need to learn InDesign because my vacation where I am going to make a book from is coming up in a week and a half, AND I am going to make a travel journal for that (inspired by YOU!), and I have to fit laundry in there as well…and some sort of exercise. And work.

  5. Jennifer L. says:

    I loooooove it!

  6. MissKoolAid says:

    Those watercolour backgrounds are yummy! I love the combination of ochre and blue.
    My summer is also filled with wants and musts.
    Give Smilla a cuddle for me! ;-)
    Hugs,
    Sophie

  7. malin says:

    Ser rackarns bra ut, tycker jag! Du borde anv?nda ockra oftare, det blev snyggt, s?rskilt med det bl?! Och din iHanna-tjej ser ocks? bra ut! Jag har sett Neko-katter p? den japanska bokhandeln p? Tegn?rgatan i Stockholm, ta en kik n?sta g?ng du ?r i krokarna! Dom har en massa mat och godis ocks? (mums!), och Hello Kitty-saker och manga, bland annat. Men jag gillade din lilla Maneki Neko, s? s?t!
    Jag gjorde klart mitt zine ig?r kv?ll, hoppas p? att kopiera v?ldigt snart s? att du f?r ditt ex!

  8. Mary says:

    The cat is adorable…love this journal page! Enjoy the iced coffee as you continue creating…

  9. samantha hall says:

    so much of my day is filled with cleaning, picking up, feeding, teaching my kids and house that I hope to fit in one creative thing for me each day… it doesn’t always happen but I feel so much better when I do. Thanks for the inspiration and reminder.

  10. Jo Reimer says:

    these pages are so much fun with their lovely colors and delightful drawings.

  11. amy says:

    I saw a window the other day with a whole bunch of those cats and my youngest daughter loves them. They were all waving at different intervals. I also saw one this past weekend at a jewelry booth so maybe it’s a sign? Good luck must be on its way. :)

  12. Chris says:

    Just thinking about all the things I want to do at the same time, also. Even having a whole day off, sometimes it’s like I don’t catch up. I should be used to that feeling. I love the blue/green and ochre. Really nice.

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