Sunday, July 15, 2018

It's been quite a while...

I haven't posted in quite a while. In fact I haven't tangled in quite a while. A lot of things have been happening and it's been getting to me quite badly. Or rather, to put more specifically I have been LETTING it get to me. Was in a baad place for quite a while =(. 

Spent a bit of time trying to "unwind" through the mishmosh of emotions to try and rationalize and look out for / search for the small blessings that (like it or not) are actually in every single (bad) thing that happens / happened. 

I must consciously remind myself to look for these silver / gold / chicken nuggets (I like chicken nuggets) and Thank Upstairs (whatever your belief is) for small blessings. 

Arting / crafting and sharing about arting / crafting seems to help. 

Hence... I thank you for your patience, understanding and your help towards normality. 

Found a new art supply shop (more conveniently located than the ones I do already know of) in a new-ish mall. For locals, you might want to check out, Umistrong


They have packed a lot of things into a small shop! They seemed to carry a lot of Chinese products  (e.g. watercolour paper of a Chinese brand) that I have never seen before - but they do all seem to be reasonably prices. I fought the urge to buy some to try (I already have too many art supplies!) so I can't give any input as to the quality of said Chinese products... but I did cave for pencil roll (which was a quarter to half the price of a "branded" pencil roll)! I had been looking for one for a while as my Omni Instense pencils (which I think have been featured on my blog quite a few times) doesn't come in a box with the tray that "slides" out... which makes them difficult to use - and I had been keeping them all in a discount store lunch box.


(in case you are wondering - yes I did number my pencils and create a colour key - yes I am a colour pencil and staitonary geek)

Behold the glory of my pencil roll! *drumroll*

Bask in it's rainbowed glory! 

Ahem - now on to some zentangling (to be honest there was almost a month where I couldn't get myself to draw... =( hence I don't have that much to share but share I shall!). These are tiles done in June. 



I loved this string idea! Read more about it here

Joey's Weekly Challenge #219 feat pokeroot:

pokeroot.huggins.shattuck.florz

IAST #245:
marasu.purk.'nzeppel


And on to July...


The bestie is on a 6 month stint far far away and she's none too happy about it. So I drew up a little postcard to send to her... using my new gift from the sister. 


Yes, you are looking at Primacolor watercolor pencils - my sister rocks I know. 

Also sharing my only tile in July so far (which was Joey's Challenge #222 - feat maryhill) 


Using a new thrift store sketch book - I quite like the fact that I have space to do multiple tiles but I really don't like the spiral binding - it gets in the way when I want to turn the sketchbook. the spread features Prismacolor orbs and a Prismacolor watercolour penciled version in the bottom right corner. Also am taking the chance to practice on my (really bad) brush lettering with a Pentel Touch. Practice makes perfect right. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Faber-Castell Art Festival and more!

Warning: Loong, image heavy post! (But do read on... I'd like you to) 

For those in Singapore, the Faber-Castell Art Festival is currently ongoing at Marina Square and will run till 3rd June 2018. If you haven't checked it out you might want to do so. 


Like a little fortress, the fair sits in the central atrium of Marina Square and has several "components". The predominant portion of the fair relates to the children's / school supplies (many of which are on pretty good looking deals). Most things appear to be on at least 15% off with a selection of items on "1-for-1". 

However, for the "hard core" don't dismay!


There are corners dedicated to their "higher end" pens and artist grade art supplies *drool*. Waaay out of my price range but hey! Window shopping is free!

There's also a small art exhibition area which is cool to check out - all pieces made with Faber-Castell products of course. 


I loved the robot / gundam / transformer made of Faber-Castell connector pens *hee hee* 


And perhaps best of all, workshops!!!!! There are workshops EVERYDAY! [It's unbelievably hard for me to find interesting workshops that fit in my work schedule...]

My sister treated me to a 2 hour workshop with local artist William Sim, "Nature Study with Colour Pencils". She went as well of course! This is what I did in the 2 hours: 


Not too bad if I don't say so myself... considering in particular that I've always maintained that I suck at "true to life" drawing, colouring and painting. The wonders a great teacher can do! He was patient, encouraging and gave a lot of "tips and tricks" that I didn't really know about drawing / using watercolour pencils. 

I didn't know much of William Sim before (but my sister is a fan girl). Now that I do know of him, it's really worthwhile taking some time to look at his works - I promise you it's worth it! Here are his pieces that are on exhibition: 



William is holding one more session of this workshop! It's an awesome workshop so do check it out! 

The child in me is also rejoicing at the "fun pack" that comes with joining the class! Woo!
- a tin of 12 Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle - these are AWESOME! 
- 3 graphite pencils
- 1 dustfree easer
- 1 clic & go brush
- 1 clic & go watercup

Bask in the glory of my "fun pack"!  


And of course... all window shopping is never that fun right? Wondering how a pure graphite 3B pencil will work with Zentangle. 


Speaking of zentangle... back to the zentangling! 

IAST #243: Zenbuttons was great fun! Used a different method to do a watercolour background with my Koi markers. Quite liking the outcome!

pokeleaf.florz.chillon.betweed
koi watercolour markers direct wash 
faber-castell ecco pen

Then follows slew of tiles that left much be be desired... and also left me chanting "there's no mistakes in zentangle... there's no mistakes in zentangle... there's no mistakes in zentangle... ". Hence, BE BRAVE! And share the not so great tiles too... right? 

Tried yet another method of watercolour backgrounds, this time with a Koh-I-Noor watercolour pan  that I got as part of the "project pack" of a workshop I attended at Overjoyed some time back. The outcome was a little "powdery" but after a few swipes with a tissue it was fine. To add experiment to experiment, tried to tangle on it with a "pointed pen"- a Zig manga nib holder and a Nikko G nib with Yellow Gold from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry collection. Took a workshop on this a while back at Heartistry - thanks CZT Mabel! CZT Mabel is giving another class on this soon if you are interested!


More experiments were abound with a black background (using my Sakura Identity marker) and 5 colours of Sakura Moonlight pens (and a white of course). ("there's no mistakes in zentangle... there's no mistakes in zentangle... there's no mistakes in zentangle...")


Also experimented with Staedtler Karat Aquarell watercolour crayons with some round gems (the box of 12 that I bought were on sale). 



Also used these crayons for the background of IAST #244:

auraknot.paradox
staedtler karat aquarell crayon background
micron PN in navy.staedtler fineliners.warm grey copic liner 

Also sharing Joey's weekly challenge #217 feat. cadent:

cadent.knightsbridge.aquafleur.tipple.mooka.y.a.f. 
koi direct watercolour
staedtler pigment liner

Started out with a regular cadent then got bored and went a little crazy... resulting in a weird looking tile... ah well.. live and learn. There's no mistakes in zentangle right?

Diva Challnge #364 feat. Puf

puf 
staedlter pigment liner

Joey's Challenge #218 feat Dicso:

dicso.florz.printemps.knightsbridge.huggins
faber-castell ecco pigment liner

Now, if ya'll will excuse me, I need to go and see if there's more workshops at the Faber-Castell Art Festival that I can sign up for!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Watercolour wash phase 1!

Been going through a watercolour wash phase! 1st few times I'm trying watercolour washes in my sketch book as opposed to on loose tiles.

Diva Challenge #362 feat. Somnee 

somnee.cruffle.moonrock
sakura koi watercolour wash

Joey's Challenge #215 feat. Whirlee

whirlee.neuron

Tried something a little bit different with the orbs, having chanced upon CZT Stephanie's tutorial on gems using watercolour markers. CZT Stephanie's tutorial features a pink gem with Tombow markers. I did mine using grey Sakura Koi markers. Thank you CZT Stephanie for a beautiful tutorial. If you haven't tried it you should check it out!

Having done the watercolour marker gems, I thought I'd revisit colour pencil gems.


These were done in omni intense colour pencils with a derwent blender. After all, Practice makes Perfect right? And at this juncture, I must show one of my recent purchases - I read an article online that says you are a true stationary geek if when you go overseas, your "souvenirs" are from the stationary shop.

Mea culpa!


One of my souvenirs from Ipoh! That I used to draw my gems of course!

Continued on my gemmy journey with Joey's Challenge #216 feat. Friendship

squid.friendship 
sakura koi watercolour wash 
uni-pin in black and blue 
omni intense colour pencils 

I love how my "friendship" kinda turned out like a row of smiling blue whales. LOL.

Diva's Challenge #363 - Laura's Auras - wasn't quite sure what it meant but I thought it had to do with auras. Lots and lots of auras.

caracole
sakura koi watercolur wash 

Tried to play  a bit with line weight with my Sakura PN on this one - I have the bad habit of pressing down too hard on my pens =(. 

And when I ran out of ideas for strings, I fell back on one of Ben Kwok's free templates.

printemps.zedbra.hibred.'nzeppel.onomato.bunzo.knightsbridge.leaflet.shattuck 
ben kwok's flamingo template 
staedtler fineliner in pink.sakura micron 
omni intense colour pencils

Have also been trying to egg myself to use tangles I wouldn't normally choose to use.

enyshou.pokeroot.pokeleaf.zinger.mooka
sakura koi watercolour wash 
sakura microns in black and green 

Yes I know it's weird that I avoid these planty tangles that I suspect are many people's go to tangles!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

tonnes to share!

I've just realised that I haven't posted for a month. Wow. 

Just took a trip to Ipoh - think I needed the break more than I knew I did. Spent some time with friends and visited an Aunty that I hadn't seen in 5 years. Enjoyed the trip thoroughly and am now thinking whether I have the finances (and leave) to take another trip soon.

Sharing some sights (sadly no sounds) of Ipoh. 

I loved the wall art! 


And the nature sites were awesome!


Also showing off my Aunt's and Uncle's lovely garden!


Also sharing some of my recent tiles: 

Diva Challenge #358: Pickpocket - was thinking of wall graffiti when I was doing this tile. Done with Omni Intense Colour Pencils. 

pickpocket 

IAST #237 - featuring Kaboom:

kaboom.mooka

I did this in a Starbucks one day! With my flamingos and a lego man for company. Makes me smile just thinking about it.


Joey's Challenge #211- featuring Breach:

breach.kaboom.shattuck.primtemps.abacus

Joey's Challenge #212 - featuring Relly Telly One:

relly telly one.yincut.'nzeppel.sandswirl.knightsbridge.c-six

Diva Challenge #361:

Cut out this tile from the book depository packaging from my newly ordered book.

From this:


To this:

 knightsbridge.frunky.printemps.andante.hibred

This was a little challenging as my tile is kinda like corrugated cardboard so my lines were unintentionally squiggly! Was half afraid that my pen would poke right through the surface! 

Joey's Challenge #214 - featuring Spoken:

spoken.paradox.fife.widgets.ginli.mooka.jonqal.pokeleaf.stripling.amoeba.cubine.flux.tipple.tripoli.pokeroot

The speck in the centre is not a ink blot btw, it's the hole made by my compass cutter. A good thing to have to anyone who wants to cut / make their own zendala tiles! Mine was a gift from my father many years ago - a random crafty item he bought when he was on holiday with his friends. Yes, my Dad rocks. 

The last Joey's tile above was done with my new pen from my sister *drumroll*, a Rotring Rapidograph 0.2! How awesome is that. I've read about them (at places like Jetpens) but couldn't bear to shell out that kind of money for a pen! Blessed I am with awesome family members! 

But woohoo! My sister rocks and gifted me one!!! Tested it out on Mack, a tangle I read about on TickedToTangle (but never got around to doing the challenge) and it is so crisp it's amazing. Here it is side by side with my well used Micron. For those eagle eyed people out there, yes, it is a metal tipped pen. I thought it would be scratchy but it's not! 


Although, it kinda reminds me of an epi or insulin pen though *shudder*.


Last and perhaps not least, I still haven't heard from some of my giveaway winners =(. Not quite sure what to do. Any suggestions?

++edit: Ria, Lisa and Margaret please contact me over winning prizes on my giveaway! logically_thinking at yahoo dot co dot uk!!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Happy easter all!

Happy Easter All!
 
Spent a bit of time away from Zentangling making little gift tags for easter goodies for the office. Thank the joys of the internet for tutorials on how to draw a perfect egg as well as how to draw a ribbon. Coloured with my local brand colour pencils, Omni. Am liking my eggs although I do admit that my shading / light needs work. 


[In case you were wondering the white tails are so that I can thread the wire tie / ribbon holding the gift bag closed through a loop =).]

Sharing my challenge tiles for the week.
 
Joey's challenge #209 - also photographed another pencil that I've tried. The Staedtler Kakikata:

diva dance.funsin.auraknot

It's a lovely pencil... both for use as well as to look at. Smooth and easy to move. Possibly making me look more "professional" than my usual cutesy Japanese pencils (yes I'm a stationery addict - the silver lining is that it's a lot cheaper to be a stationery addict than say... a branded handbag addict... or at least that's what I like to try and tell myself :P). These pencils are available in various designs - 3 designs per colour range with a total of 3 colours in the range. These are those that I got in the blue range.
 
 
 
 
paradox

IAST #236:

paisley.safflower
 
And by the way... Does this happen to anyone else?
 

 
Thankfully this has only happened to my black 01 micron so there's no confusion... yet...
 
As a parting note: to all the people who won a prize on my birthday giveaway please do drop me a line!