Hello everyone! I’m happy to present to you the next EVERYDAY CREATOR, Jeanny from the Instagram account JEANNY_BEANS! Jeanny is a friend of mine who I met on Instagram almost a year ago. Jeanny’s characteristic clean and minimalistic journaling style is something I aspire to achieve in my own journal pages (which are often quite busy and heavily embellished). If you want to learn more about this visual effects professional by day, and journal artist by night, continue reading. Without further ado, I present to you Jeanny, our fourth EVERYDAY CREATOR.
- Hey Jeanny! Could you please introduce yourself to the readers? (What’s your name? Where are you located? What do you do?)
Hi! My name is Jeanny, and I’m a Korean-American living in Busan, South Korea. I came back to Korea in July of 2011 because a Korean company contacted me for a 3-month job. I work in visual effects on films and have been working on American films for almost 10 years up to that point. Three months turned into a couple years, which turned into a couple more years! I met my husband at my first job and we got married in April of 2015, and have been living happily (for the most part!) in Busan ever since.
- How long have you been crafting and journaling?
All my life! I always drew and sketched and painted as a child, and then I prepared an illustration portfolio for college, though I ultimately majored in computer animation.
- How did get you started in crafting and journaling?
My mother is very artistic (she’s a great painter!) and my sister and I both take after her in that regard. My mom’s family is also very artistic, so both my sister and I have always been interested in crafting and journaling.
- Where do you draw inspiration from?
A lot of it lately is from Instagram! Like Job’s Journal ^^ (Job’s Edit: Why thank you Jeanny!)I love that more people are branching out and have blogs and YouTube channels lately, too.
- What do you do to get out of a creative slump?
I don’t really do anything. I was recently (still am?) in a creative slump, which is basically due to the weather (L.A. girls, we can’t handle the cold!) and because I was in Vancouver for a shoot over the summer and I loved it so much that I was having (and am still having!) withdrawals. I’m also a bit homesick, so it all snowballed into a horrible slump of epic proportions. I find that the best way for me to try to snap out of it is to either look at inspiring images or to buy something new, which makes me want to get creative again so I can use whatever it is that I bought. Awful, as it tends to just be a money-sucking pit, but there you go. I just bought my 2017 refills for my Traveler’s Notebook, which will hopefully get to me in the next couple days!
- Do you think you have your own artistic style or aesthetic? If so, could you explain?
Yes, I think so. I’ve been drawing since I was a kid, and my style has really evolved since then, but the basics have stayed the same. I like thin, light lines and a very clean look, which I think shows even in my journaling. I like right angles and don’t really like to make a mess!
- Besides crafting and journaling, do you have any other hobbies and interests? How do these other activities tie in with you art?
I love to read! Reading always brings out some creative flow, since I always imagine whatever it is I’m reading. I’m currently reading “Mirror, Mirror” by Gregory Maguire. I also watch a lot of movies, though work has a lot to do with it, but I enjoy movies, as well. All creative outlets are good, in my book!
- As a Traveler’s Notebook user, what do you primarily use your traveler’s notebook for? What type of inserts do you have in your notebook right now?
I use my TN for journaling- I like the weekly and monthly inserts. I also journal freehand, which I’m still experimenting with. I had a grid insert for journaling (which I finished!), and am now using a kraft and a grid notebook to journal different things. I feel like I haven’t found exactly the right fit, though a lot of that has to do with my tiny handwriting!
I currently have in my blue notebook:
- Grid journal
In my brown notebook:
- Kraft journal
- Sermon / bible notes
- Business trip notes
In my camel passport:
- Grid notes
- Blank notes
- How do you like living in Korea and what’s the art and journaling scene like where you live?
I generally like living in Korea … I miss home, though! I’m fine living here because I speak Korean and I have a Korean husband, but I would like to move back to the U.S. or anywhere else that’s English-speaking at some point.
I have no idea what the journaling scene is like here! I don’t have that many Korean friends that are into journaling, so all of the ones that I do have are people I’ve met on Instagram. I feel like there are more people in Seoul, though, and less in Busan. The art scene is typically Korean here; lots of fine artists, not that many modern artists yet. I did get to meet @nudobamnamoo and @seong_joon.shin the last time I was in Seoul at @the_t.i.me stationery store!
- What are a few of your favourite art supplies/stationery? What is one piece of stationery or art supply you have on your wishlist?
I love pens! I have a pen and paper addiction like crazy; I hoard both and don’t let my husband use any of my pens or my paper! I don’t care about regular ol’ paper, it’s just the good stuff that I treasure. My wishlist … I’ve been eyeballing the Hobonichi daily diary lately… eek!
- What’s your journaling routine like? Do you journal during a particular day of the week or at a certain time of day? Do you watch/listen to anything while working on your spreads?
I generally always have the TV on, something light and easy to watch, nothing dramatic! I like some background noise on. I like to journal in the mornings, but will journal at any time of day if or when the fancy strikes me.
- What does art and journaling mean to you? (What a loaded question!)
Art and journaling are pieces of myself that I can leave to the future; particularly, my children (who don’t exist yet!). I like the idea of having something tangible that my kids can see and read and touch when they get older, knowing that they hold a piece of their mama when she was young.
- Lastly, do you have any tips or words of advice to anybody who wants to start a creative hobby?
Just do it! Don’t hesitate, don’t worry, just do it and bugger what other people think. Getting started is the hardest part; once you start, you’re set! Your styles and tastes may evolve, but what matters is getting it down and getting started.
I hope you enjoyed the fourth interview of the EVERYDAY CREATORS series. It was a pleasure peeking into Jeanny’s creative process and journey. You can find Jeanny on Instagram and her username is @JEANNY_BEANS! Go show her some love. Stay tuned for the next EVERYDAY CREATORS interview coming soon.