Friday, April 24, 2015

Watercolor Fun

Hello.. Today I want to share my latest "toy" with you. I have always been in love with watercoloring. And have been playing with Inktense Watercolor Pencils, Gelatos, Distress Ink Markers and Simply Art watercolor palette.

But 2 days ago I just received the Winsor and Newton Cotman pocket box. Its only around S$25. I'm so excited with the new toy that I started using it that very night. And I love the intensity of the colors. I also bought the pocket sized Strathmore Visual Journal for watercolor. This is so that they are more portable to bring out.

And I'm going to show you the different watercolors by Winsor & Newton, Inktense and Distress Ink Markers.

These 2 stamped images are watercolored with Winsor & Newton watercolor palette. Love the vibrancy of it.


This piece is done with Distress Ink Markers. I first stamp the image with Distress Ink, Vintage Linen. Then I use the markers to "draw in the shading and watercolor it. As you can see, its less vibrant in comparison. But good for doing a vintage look.

This piece of 4 images (other than the horse image) is done using Inktense Watercolor Pencils. As the name suggests, the colors are very very intense and pretty. This set of 72 Inktense Watercolor Pencils is abit costly. I think you can get it at Artfriend (Singapore) around S$90. Though price on the high side, its very worth as it contains 72 colors & it last very long.

I love how watercolor is so easily done with a watercolor brush. I have used several brands of watercolor brush and I still prefer the Faber Castell watercolor brush. It gives more control and the water wont seep out so easily. A good point of watercolor brush is you don't need to carry a container of water with you when you are outside. Its so convenient. 

Personally I find that watercolor is more forgiving and easier to pick up than using alcohol markers, acrylic paints etc. I tried both alcohol markers and acrylic paints. Frankly speaking, I'm not that good in coloring. So my alcohol marker images turn out bloggy and ugly. And my acrylic paintings stress me out... LOL.. 

I hope you will be inspired by my sharing and do try out watercoloring. If I can do it, I'm sure alot of you can. Have fun.

Thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

"S is for Sister.." Layout And A Tutorial

Hi, friends. Today at Imaginarium Designs, I will be sharing a layout and a video tutorial for another layout.

I love sweet shabby look. So the first layout I'm sharing is using papers from Lemoncraft and Prima flowers and of course, the main character, Imaginarium Designs chipboards!!

"S is for Sister" Layout

Recently after my hubby sorted all the photos in our computer, I realised that there are many many pretty photos that I can scrap with. Even photos that we had forgotten about. And this picture is one of them. Both my kids are so adorable and sweet. LOL... I know, I'm thickskinned and bias when come to my kids. LOL.

For my second project, I made a video tutorial for a layout that I shared earlier in Imaginarium Designs. Here's the picture of the layout:

Please go over to Imaginarium Designs to read the details and view the video tutorial of both my projects. And do leave a comment at Imaginarium Designs blog to win a pack of chipboards.

It's my first video tutorial that I recorded and edited by myself. And this is after a whole day of training given by my talented brother, who just graduated from filming studies. LOL.. so please be kind to me and give some constructive comments.

Thats all for today. Thanks for dropping by.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Prima DT Call Application

Hi, friends. This year my crafting goal is to "Dream Big"!!! So I decided to apply for Prima DT Call. I loved to do layouts and mixed media projects. And here's 3 Prima projects I have done.

"Art Journal"

 This is one of my past projects, created for Imaginarium Designs Team in February 2015. I altered the Prima fabric cover journal, using Prima Black Sand Texture Paste for the background textures.

"Treasure The Time" Layout

Using Prima April BAP sketch, I made this layout of my kids having fun at Sentosa Merlion Tower. I used Prima mists to create the watercolor background. Wanted to create a waterfall effect. So I also added Prima microbeads and dew drops to asimilate water droplets.  I stamped the edges with some swirls to represent plants. For the Imaginarium Designs chipboard title, I painted it pink and added glitter.

"Enchanted Garden" Canvas

Enchanted gardens, fairies are my favorite subjects for creating an art piece. I love the green, mysterious and secretive feel. So I created this 12 by 12 inches canvas, all front, back and sides. Here's the front of canvas. I want to present a bigger picture of the rose garden with a shadowy fairy approaching a Prima resin butterfly as focus. 

The centerpiece is created with texture paste over a stencil and rubbing acrylic paints over. Then I highlighted the 2 birds and the resin butterfly with Luminarte Twinking H20's. Then I cut out an opening in Prima paper (from "Butterfly Collection") and adhered to canvas (pop it up with some wood strips as shown below). 

After adhere down the paper, I spread a thick layer of modelling paste over the edges of paper and canvas to cover the wood strips and make it look like part of canvas. (Pardon the ugly lighting of the photo as I had it done in middle of night)

Then I spread texture paste over Prima stencil, Grungy Grid, added some Prima Peacock Green glass beads, dewdrops and glass pebbles  and painted them with green acrylic paint,  Prima green mica powder(mixed with water). I painted randomly with brown paint before I add Prima Velvet Glass Glitter (whole bottle mixed with Prima 3D Gloss Gel). I love the whole grass effect of the glass glitter. The last step, I added the cut out flowers from Prima Butterfly collection papers, cut out butterflies from Prima Butterfly collection and Forever Green collection, Prima flowers and my calligraphy style journaling strips.

Here's the back of the canvas. I also covered the four sides, where the canvas are stapled unto the wood frame, with modelling paste. For this part of canvas, I created a zoom in view of the rose garden, revealing the butterflies fairies. Added the Prima resin lamp post to asimilate the little world of the fairies.

I really hope I can get into the Prima DT as I love all their flowers, collections and mediums!!! :)

And here's more of my past projects using Prima goodies:

"Dream Big"
"Now And Forever" Layout

"Fairy" Canvas

"My Sweetheart Tag"

"Love Every Minute" Canvas

"Happy Anniversary" Tag
That's all for my sharing. Thanks Prima for the chance. And thanks all for dropping by. Have a crafty week.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

"A Few Of My Favorites" Layout

Hi, everyone. Today I want to share my project for Imaginarium Designs DT. This month our theme is "White with Sand". We are joining the challenge with White With One. Do hop over to join in too.

I immediately thought of the photo we took at Desaru Beach, Malaysia last year. We love the Desaru beach because of the many pretty stones and pebbles along the shoreline. Always love to pick stones. And my kids love the beach. So I made this layout using pebbles and shells I collected.

I wanted to create a beach look. So I made the background to be sand-like. For the chipboards I painted them all (except for title and sun) with Prima Graphite Texture Paste and go over with Prima chalk inks.

I made this kraft jute twine embellishment to further enhance the beach look. Also added Prima microbeads randomly across page.

I have made a video tutorial for the layout and will blog about it on 23 April. So do drop by then to see how I made this layout.

Please do hop over to Imaginarium Designs to take a look at my fellow DT had made. You can also go over to Seriously Scrapbooking to buy these beautiful chipboards.

Here's the list of chipboards I have used:

Thanks for dropping by. Have fun. 

Easter Bunny Baskets

Hi, friends. For Easter, I made some simple and cute Easter Bunny gift baskets for the kids from my bible study group. Its a very simple and fast project.

For the details please do hop  over to Off The Rails Scrapbooking. And do join in our monthly challenge. Have fun.

Thanks for dropping by.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Off The Rails Scrapbooking - April Challenge

Hi, its time for another challenge over at Off The Rails Scrapbooking. This month we have 2 mood palettes for you to choose from. Exciting!!

The colors are so gorgeous!! And I made this canvas with the second mood palette. 

"Dream Big"

Inspired by Elena Morgun, I created this canvas to remind myself to dream big this year. I left most of the background white. I apply clear gesso over the canvas before add texture paste over stencil.

I adhered all the Prima flowers and embellishments with heavy gel medium. The white clay frame is diy with Martha Stewart air dry clay and a mold.  Then using Daler Rowney liquid acrylic inks (2 tones of green), I colors the background behind the embellishments. I also added microbeads and half pearls randomly.

For the chipboard title, I painted it black before sprinkled with Lumiere metallic acrylics, bright gold and pearl turquoise.

I hope you like my project. Do hop over to Off The Rails Scrapbooking to join in the challenge. Have fun.

Thanks for dropping by.