The one-eyed girl in my art journal


I have finally kept up with art journaling for a whole year! That deserves a round of applause *clap clap*, right? Especially since it only took years for me to get here...*LOL*

There are many one-eyed girls in my art journals, partly because I don't want to cover too much of the background up and partly because symmetry is impossible if you don't do the eyes simultaneously. But let's go with artistic choice to make it sound more artsy fartsy, shall we? *winks*

The background was created by soaking up the residual mists from other projects and testing new mediums and stencils. The face was drawn with Sennelier Oil Pastels, inspired by the colours on the background.

P/s: I am travelling this week and feeling a little under the weather. I will catch up with your blogs soon friends! :)


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The Tupperware party


So the other day we had a Tupperware party...eh, actually it was a last-minute birthday party for nephew #1. Because the grandpa had to rush off for his tennis game, we did not have time to take the baked goodies out of the Tupperware containers! *LOL*

As usual, it was hard to get the kids to gather for a photo. Except for nephew #1 who has been well-trained by his paparazzi aunt [aka me..*winks].

Check out that chocolate birthday cake...I didn't even have time to remove the baking paper along the edges....*hahaha*

I even took out my border punch for this layout! Yay...go me! *winks*

I really had fun using my fussy-cut paper scraps...

Still a long way to go to using up those paper scraps though...;)


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The layout with lots of stuff...


Meet my layout with lots of stuff on it...*winks * 

I was sorting out my paper stash and the scraps were driving me crazy. So I challenged myself to use them ALL on my layout. All? I didn't even make a dent in the scrap pile. *LOL*

Anyway, my sister went skiing in Canada during the Christmas/New year holiday season and only returned after her birthday. So we had a family celebration for her before she left.

It was my first time preparing a birthday celebration breakfast....I kept it simple even though I made everything from scratch (and it took forever for an amateur cook...hahaha). Of course, now that I'm into baking/cooking, I need to invest in some lovely serving dishes...note that the square cake is on a too-small round plate. It was either that or serving it in the baking tin. *LOL*

Playing along with My Creative Sketches.


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A mixed media canvas inspired by Iceland


I've always wanted to visit Iceland - to take a dip in the Blue Lagoon (Iceland's famous thermal pool) enjoy the water's stunning hues and its anti-aging properties (apparently, you leave the place looking younger! *winks*) and of course, catch the Northern Lights if I'm lucky. 

The lovely Tina Walker has organized a group of us to create art inspired by Iceland....and I created a mixed media canvas inspired by the colours of the Aurora Borealis. :) 

I started wrapping tissue and remnant lace + gesso on the base of my canvas. Next I used various shades of blue, green and purple mists. Once that was dry, I added liquid inks to intensify the colours before adding gesso to bring out the textures of the paper and lace.

I finished with some lace, beads and blooms in various textures to create depth and interest on my canvas.

Check out the amazing array of projects by the artists participating in this Inspired by Iceland Art Challenge.


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A fun decorated pallet for Maya Road (a tutorial)


I have been having fun with these DIY wood pallets from Maya Road like this star one. :)

I started by painting it with my fave chalkboard paint. I usually resort to chalkboard paint when I'm lazy. It is essentially gesso coating and it looks good on porous surfaces such as wood. (If you are using regular acrylic paint, you should use a coat of gesso first to ensure the paint adheres to your surface.)

Once the paint was dry, I sanded it for a distressed look....especially the parts where the paint was applied unevenly...*winks*

Then I adhered the flat-back pearl trim to the edges. I've been using this on everything recently. *LOL*

I backed the mini embroidery hoop with a scrap piece of paper and added a sticker. Then I covered the whole thing with crackle accents. It usually takes a few days in my climate for it to cure fully and to see the crackles.

Once the top layer was dry, I added some glitter paint for a little sparkle.

Then it was time to embellish! I started with some white feathers for soft texture and interest.

Next I added my decorated embroidery hoop, a resin ribbon and a leather tassel.

Now I have a cute little wall hanging. :)


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The Gangster Gang on Christmas Eve....


Here are some pics of the Gangster Gang (niece + nephews) on Christmas Eve...on their best behaviour so that they can get their Christmas presents. *winks*

Of course, the niece couldn't understand why they had to wait ALL day to get their presents. She tried to get grandma on her side but to no avail. *LOL*

Hope you had a great holiday break and an awesome beginning to the new year friends! :)

Playing along with Stuck?! Sketches.


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Happy holidays!:)

Hello friends! Just wanted to wish everyone Happy Holidays! Enjoy the rest of 2016 and I will see you in 2017! :)

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A Christmas tag project for kids...


Late last month, my aunt was looking for Christmas craft project ideas for kids for her church's Christmas charity event in Hong Kong. It must incorporate one upcycled item, be doable for kids of all ages, use minimal supplies and be economical. Challenge accepted! ;)

I went with a cardboard tag and diecuts. :)

And of course some sparkly bits in the form of a glittered snowflake and bling.

An afternoon date with my die-cutting machine and Maya Road dies....

Photos courtesy of my aunt.

And here are some kids with their Christmas tags! :)


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My modus operandi for a mixed media canvas...:)


One of my fave things to make is a mixed media canvas. It allows me to think of creative ways to use up things that would otherwise end up in the trash. Here is my modus operandi for a mixed media canvas...

I like to start with a layer of wrapping tissue  (from packaging) which I adhere with matte medium. It provides visual and tactile texture without being bumpy. Then I adhere remnant lace over it. When that dries, I go over it with a layer of gesso to prep the surface for colorants. If I want to retain the original colour of my background, I go with clear gesso, otherwise, I go with white gesso.

Next, I choose 3 colours that I want to play with and start misting my substrate. I spray water to "move" my colorants along the canvas. You can tilt your canvas to get the colorants into the grooves of the textured substrate and use a paper towel to soak up the excess. Here I used orange, yellow and pink.

When you are happy with how the canvas looks, let it air dry.  

Next, I add a little gesso to the raised surfaces to allow the patterns to "pop".  And yes, I wear gloves for this! :)

Then it's time for my fave part of the whole process - auditioning embellishments! This is where the advantage of using 3 colours comes into play. I could go with different shades of the same colours or pick contrasting colours.

Since the pink was very subtle in the background, I used a bright pink tulle bloom as my focal point.

I chose elements of different dimensions and textures to create visual interest in the piece - there's shimmer cardstock, chipboard, sequins, paper blooms, resin and fabric.

To unify the piece, I sprayed a pearl mist for all-over shimmer.

If I were to give the piece away, I might consider adding a quote or a monogram to personalize it.

Happy week ahead friends! :)


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