Shopping Haul from Overjoyed, Singapore
In our previous post on 10 Stationery & Art Stores in Singapore Worth Visiting, we featured the Overjoyed shop. The shop is located inside the Cathay Cineplex basement. The nearest MRT station would be Dhoby Ghaut or Bencoolen, either stop are equally distant from the shop.
The shop carries various art supplies, journaling supplies, calligraphy, crafts and basically the entire spectrum of products for arts, crafts, office & school stationeries. On top of that, they do sell art pieces commissioned by artists. You can find it hanging behind the counter.
It is nice to find that there are various options when you are shopping there, but one problem we had was, we weren’t acquainted with the layout of the shop. As a result, we find that the products aren’t displayed properly, for example, you can find some loose watercolor on the walls and some other watercolor sets are located underneath the calligraphy pens. They don’t display all the items in one shelf, so expect to spend some time playing hide and seek if you are looking for a specific product.
Here’s a little haul from our trip to Overjoyed.
Hero Arts Ombre Ink Pad
The item I was excited to get was the Hero Arts Ombre ink pad. After trying it out, I didn’t quite like the result. It is patchy and the ink is really strong. You need to dab the rubber stamp carefully so to have overlapping ink to create the ombre effect. I find it tedious to use this, instead, the Tsukineko Soramame ink pads create better gradient than this.
Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Sakura Pigma Pens
Another two items I instantly regret buying was the Tombow Dual Brush Pens and Sakura Pigma drawing pens. These are great pens, however, I think that the exchange rate conversion does not do justice for those from Malaysia. I could have gotten these at much cheaper price back home. At that point when I was shopping, I only think of the stationery I need, hence got these two.
The rubber stamps that I got are from Hero Arts (same brand as the ink pads). I find it hard to get Hero Arts product in Malaysia, so I didn’t think twice on these. The world map stamp was pretty pricey, but I know I can use it for a lot of occassion. The vintage frame is my favorite and the compass is a gift for my friend who loves vintage stationery.
I’m new with the Shinhan watercolor, but I do hear a lot of praises for this brand. The brand is from Korea. I picked up mostly pastel colors. I’m working a lot with pastel colors lately, and it is annoying to mix up colors. Sometimes I finished up the mixture of the paint and couldn’t get the right shades again. Getting these ready-pastel watercolor is going to make my life a lot easier. The shades I got are Shell Pink, Jaune Brilliant No.2, Grey and Lavender. The quality of the paint is really good. I do recommend you get the set instead of loose tubes. It costs more if you buy loose.
I also picked up the Diamine Grey ink and De Atramentis white ink for my fountain pen. The Diamine ink is easily available in Malaysia, so I don’t recommend buying it in Singapore. However, the De Atramentis ink is so good. The white is extremely opaque. The texture isn’t runny, so you can use it on your dipped pen for calligraphy as well.
Not in the photos are some of the pen converters for my Kaweco pen and Sailor pen. I also purchased some rather large watercolor paper that doesn’t fit in the photo. I really enjoy using the Clairefontaine Watercolor paper in Cloud Texture. I do highly recommend that as well.
Generally, I think you should get the paint and paper from Overjoyed. Also, the rubber stamps are worth to check out as well. Whereas, you can skip the general stationery.