Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy 2010 everybody!

This is my first posting on this blog for 2010. So many things has gone through in 2009 and my high points of that year is obviously the birth of my first painting book. Thank you so much to all my students and customers who has bought the book and I promised there will be more to come.....we shall wait and see.

In case you have not noticed, I was in the Dec 2009/Jan 2010 issues of Majalah Keluarga as well as Seni Hias magazines. Also in the planning stage in the very near future is a book with a compilation of all the DIY articles that I have appeared in all of the Karangkraf magazines (Majalah Keluarga, Nona, Impiana, Dapur, Nur, and Rasa) eversince 2002 till now.

Also I will be involved in the Environmental Carnival at HUKM this Jan 9th 2010 and most probably the Karangkraf Carnival which is on the 29th of Jan. 2010.

Meanwhile don't stop learning new tricks in crafting and hope that 2010 is a very crafty year for all of us.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Student from Brunei

Here's a student from Brunei who came to KL for holidays but at the same time, she took the opportunity to learn Decoupage from me. Glad to know that she is also interested with my craft work. She even bought the book.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Eco-friendly bag

I had ordered a few eco-friendly bags to promote recycling. This bags are mainly for my regular students to put in their painting materials when they come to class or when they come to shop for materials.

Today it has arrived and the first person to received it is my regular student Aveena Devi.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Three Birdhouses

A new design of a series of birdhouses was done for a customer. I painted Roses and laces st its motif...a mixed between the english elegance and country colours. Originally the customer was quite skeptical about the concept but finally it turns out quite alright ...well at least the customer is satisfied. Although it looks quite straightfor ward but coming out with the approach was a bit tough

Shooting for Seni Hias

Recent photo shoot session with Seni Hias MPH magazine for their step by step craft section. This time I was doing fabric painting on a little canvas bag and laces on a door stopper.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Kerosene Lamp

This old Kerosene Lamp from the old days can also be painted to make as a nice decoration for your house. This belongs to a customer who had clean this old lamp for painting roses around it.

Signage for Boutique Again

Busy painting this boutique signage which will be opening at Empire gallery Subang jaya soon.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Another kettle to paint

Another object that has been quite popular to be painted is the kettle. Here's a student painting roses using the filbert brush.

Painting chicken

It has been quite a favourite among my students to learn how to paint chicken. Here's a student from JB doing a version of her chicken recently

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Painting glass bottles using Enamel Paint and some Christmas Decorations

You can also paint bottles using the enamel paint as what I did for Christmas. Some of the Christmas decorations and items that I put it up at the shop :

Painting on watering can

If you have a large wtering can, its nice to paint a garden scene on it. Like any other tin surfaces, you need to basecoat it with two layers of white gesso before starting to paint using acrylic paint.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Shooting for Majalah Keluarga

This is a shooting session that I had with Majalah Keluarga for the step-by-step craft section. To be issued next year. I'm also in the current december isue of Majalah Keluarga.

Decoupage on Tin

Decoupage on tin using the paper napkin is still ever popular these days. Here are some tins that I did for a customer using the paper napkin and some painting. The design are all realated to food and kitchen stuff.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Enamel painting using Acrylic Paint

You can also paint an enamel pot acrylic, but you need to paint the undercoat white gesso before applying the acrylic paint. However, you also need to apply several coating of varnished when you finished painting.

Enamel Painting

A student painting hydrangea on an enamel item using the Decoart Ultragloss Enamel Paint. Its the easiest to paint on smooth surface like enamel, tin, glass, candle, etc. You don't need to use a medium to mixed with acrylic paint or varnished when its finished. Just let it dry for 15 minutes and you can washed it after that. To make it last longer baked the item if possible.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Painting on candle

You can also paint on candle using your acrylic paint. However you need to add a medium into your paint.

Painting bottles for charity

Painting 100 recycle bottles can be quite a tiring process. But its all for the sake of a charity event.

Painting on a kettle

If you have an old kettle that you are not using anymore, don't throw it out. Paint it up to make it as a decorative item. This student did just that, and it looks pretty when you have painted it up.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Making new acquaintance

Sometimes when you come to learn painting you will make new friends with people who have the same passion as you do. Its not only learning painting but exchanging ideas and sometimes updating each other with the latest gossip in town....hehehe.

But most importantly you are able to expand the circles of friends that you have.

Painting on fabric

A student painting hummingbirds on a piece of linen cloth. The technique requires Acrylic paint to be mixed with fabric medium in order to make the paint permanent.

Its inspirational !

Its inspirational to paint when you have a friend that keeps you company and give you the encouragement.

Painting group

Its fun to paint together in a group. It will motivate you to do more.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Christmas is coming.

With the Christmas season is just around the corner, its time to paint some christmas decorations. Here is a student painting Santa Clause on an oval plaque for decoration. If you are out of ideas for Christmas gifts, then its time for you to learn some painting to create something different for your love ones.

The esier way to paint

If you don't have the confidence to learn the brushstroke, you can also start learning to paint using the stenciling method which is faster and easier. Nevertheless the end product is still quite presentable as well.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Jo sonja method of painting

A student learning the Jo Sonja Painting style. This intricate design requires the usage of layering painting techniques, lots of mediums, lots of colours, lots of time and lots of patience. But you will get lots of knowledge and satisfaction when you are done with it.

Teachers taking a break

The Bukit Bintang Boys School Teachers taking a break in teaching. Instead they became my students learning decoupage. One thing for sure they have enjoyed the afternoon in learning something new and enjoyed each others company.

First Buyer

Puan Catherine is the first person to buy my book when it arrived at the shop. It feels good to know that some one appreciates all the effort that I put in producing this book.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A book in the making

Recently I was given the opportunity to write a book on painting in Malay language. Working together with the publisher was a great experience. The team was quite young but they have the energy and creativity that is something to be proud about. Thus my book came out with an excellent outlook. Thanks to the editor, photographer, graphic artist and their manager for making it happen.

Painting Birds

This student likes gardening and nature. So for her project she has chosen to paint different types of birds on her stools. I thought it was a good idea to have a theme towards the painted item and for her case it is about birds.

Bhaju Boutique

I was given the opportunity to paint the signage for a Boutique "Bhaju". It was quite an interesting project to do where the concept is to have a rustic english look - roses and soft colours. This signage is for the Subang Parade Outlet.

Also did the drawers for the cabinet for the Amcorp mall Outlet and drawers for the Ampang point outlet.

Young artist at work

If you have the interest plus a bit of talent and creativity, you could actually do some great art work. This boy has shown that he has the the talent and the interest to do a design that is normally done by an adult. It gives great joy for a teacher to see a good attempt by a young student.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A window to the garden

This student painted a garden scene on a huge canvas. Its actually a window overlooking a garden.

Roses are for men too

A male student painting roses on a board. So, decorative painting is not only for girls but guys would like to try it too.