Monday, August 30, 2010

Tolehaven Tissue Box Cover

Once again another new design from Tolehaven series painted on the tissue box cover. The design on the cover are pansies and the bottom part I have decorated with lace design. I try to enhanced the scallop edges of the cover with a shading and dots of white.

Anyway, Happy Merdeka Day to all Malaysians.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tolehaven Tray

It would be nice to serve your guest during Hari Raya with a handpainted tray like this. I have painted this one with a tolehaven design which incorporate soft colour tone.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tolehaven Jar Carrier Again

This is a jar carrier where you can put in two jars filled with cookies to be given away perhaps to friends or relatives as Hari Raya gifts. I have painted once again Tolehaven design with soft colour combination.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Student from China

Teaching folk art has given me lots of opportunities to interact with different people of multi-cultural background. From these interactions I get a nutshell view of what others are experiencing in their daily life. Something that you can learned from it. Here is a student from China who is interested to learn folk art techniques as a hobby. She does oil painting on her spare time and she is a student in UM studying Educational Psychology. She has become a bit Malaysianized because all her English conversation has the word "lah" in it ...hahaha.

Tolehaven Lazy Susan

Another creation from the Tolehaven series of design that I have painted on a Lazy Susan. Suitable to be placed in the middle of your dinner table. I like the soft colour combination. By doing this design you get plenty of practice with shading and highlighting technique.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tolehaven Placemat

Yes, I've gone crazy with painting Tolehaven design. This time on six placemats. Painting the same design over and over can be a bit tedious but if you organized your work properly, you can finished it quite quickly. Example, paint all the leaves together, and then the flowers. By doing these you don't have to wash your brush often. Also doing this project can get off your mind from thinking about food.

If you are thinking about painting placemats for usage, make sure that you sealed the wood properly and ensure that you varnished at least 3 layers. As you know, Malaysian food are often very messy. So you need to wipe the placemat with damp cloth after usage.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tolehaven cake stand

It would be nice to put a cake on an elegant cake stand and served your guest during Hari Raya. Here I have painted a cake stand with Tolehaven design to match the Jar carrier and the cutlery holder that I have painted earlier. You can also painted roses and hydrangeas on it.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Painted Cookie Jars for Hari raya

These are some of the cookie jars that I have painted using the Enamel paint. Nice to put your hari raya cookies with a matching Jar carrier. The style of painting is done fol lowing the Tolehaven method.

Jar Carrier for Hari raya

Fasting does not slow me down in fact it made me more productive. I have painted this Jar carrier or basket with a tolehaven design. The colours are rather soft but it looks elegant. Suitable for the english-style home.

English-style Hari raya plaque

I painted this plaque to decorate the shop for the Hari Raya Festivity. Since I want it to blend with the decor in the shop which is more to the English country concept, thus the Hari raya plaque has the same outlook too. You can hang it every year during the Hari raya time...quite useful.

Perhaps for the Chinese New Year we can do the same design except we change the ketupat with a hanging red fire crackers. ...and why not ?...its called being creative to the max !!!!

I have also put up my gingerbread man wearing the baju melayu which I had painted previous year.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Photo shoot with Majalah Keluarga.

On the first day of the Puasa month life goes on as usual. I had a photo shoot with Majalah Keluarga. This photo shoot is for the DIY section of the magazine which will appear in the near future issue. I did a bit of demonstration - stenciling on Fabric, Painting on jar using the Enamel paint and painting on a cardboard box. They also shoot some painted items that will appear hopefully in the September issue.

Painted item in NST

I did not realized that some of my painted items was featured in the "Top Picks" section of Lifestyle pull-out of NST on the 31st July 2010. I managed to get a copy of the page from a friend. The items look good in the Newspaper. Sorry, the picture is not very sharp. Basically its just showing the items and a bit of description about it.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Student from Singapore

This is a student who came from Singapore to learn the Folk Art series of classes which she took it for three consecutive days. She will be coming back again for more lessons.

Ladies from Miri Sarawak

These are two ladies from Miri Sarawak who came to learn Decoupage at the shop last weekend. They seemed to enjoy it and hopefully they will come again.

Tolehaven on Cutlery Holder

This is a wooden cutlery holder that has been painted using Tolehaven method. Suitable for the coming Hari Raya. You can placed this elegant cutlery holder on the dinner table or coffee table.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Tolehaven on a Hexagon Box

I have this hexagon box that I like but finding a pattern to fit this shape is a bit of a problem. Finally I decided to paint this Tolehaven design. I really like the colour combination. The painting part is a bit tedious as usual but I'm glad I did it.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Scenery on a small board.

These two small boards has its own little story behind it. It was given to me sometime ago by a person who just walk into the shop and say "I found these boards lying about in the house and I thought you could do something to it" and he just walked off. I was a bit clueless, why some people are so nice to do that.

Anyway, I decided to paint some country scenery that can be used to hang in a little corner of the house.