Sunday, October 30, 2011

Jars, jars, Jars 3 - Cindy Trombley

This book is about painting on Jars using Acrylic colours specifically Decoart Americana. It has 44 little projects in a 76-pages book with Country Designs. If you are interested to buy the price is RM 30 inclusive of postage and handling. To make the order please fill up the form at this link :

Send it and I will provide you with the information on how to make the payment. Thanks.

Mesra A;lam FA Workshop in JB - 19/11/2011

If you are interested to paint like the students in Ipoh, I will be conducting the same workshop in Johor. This workshop will be held on Saturday 19th Nov. 2011 at Good Hope Hotel, Skudai, Johor. It will be between 10 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. Any adult with any level of painting experience including beginners can also attend this workshop. The attendees will get to learn to paint six different flowers (Pansy, Morning Glory, Rose, Tulip, Daffodils and Lilac) on coasters. You will also get to learn to create a smoking background effect. If time permits I will also be demonstrating a couple of background effect that you can create like cracking, marbling, etc.

If you are interested to know more details like prices, materials required and registration procedures please make the request by sending this form at

Mesra Alam Workshop in Ipoh - 30/10/2011

We just had the Mesra Alam FA workshop in Ipoh yesterday. The attendees had learned six different floral designs on coasters with a smoking effect background. Apart from that I also demonstrated to them some other background effects like cracking and glazing/marble-like effect.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Deepavali

I would like to wish all my Hindu friends and customers a Happy Deepavali. Don't eat too much curry...hahaha!!! To all others have a good holiday !

Monday, October 24, 2011

The new book

Some of the people who had bought the new book has given me a very encouraging comments. Some of the comments made :

"Buku yg kedua nie memang bagus dan cara penerangan dn penyampaian amat jelas... boleh dikatakan sekiranya sy tidak mengikuti kelas FA pn dh boleh buat sebab cara asas nya amat mudah difahami. "

"Buku tu sangat2 menarik dan memberi saya banyak idea untuk lebih berdaya kreatif. Cara mengajar langkah demi langkah amat membantu dan mudah di ikuti. Di harap En Zahir dapat menghasilkan lebih byk buku sedemikian. Tak lah mengharapkan buku2 dari luar negara saja. Kita kan ada ramai decorative painters yang berbakat besar! "

"Sangat menarik dan berkualiti"

If you want to read the article that appear in the Sinar Harian recently just go to this link. Its in the media room section of creative cottage website :

Thanks to all who have given me positive feedback. It helps.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Folk Art Workshop in Ipoh 30/10/2011

I will be conducting a folk art workshop at the Hill City Hotel, Ipoh on Sunday 30th Oct. 2011 between 10.00 am till 4.30 pm. You will learn to paint six different flowers on coasters i.e Tulips, Pansy, Roses, Lilac, Daffodils and Morning Glory. You will also learn to create the smoking effect on the background. If time permits, I will also demonstrate some techniques from the new book such as how to paint on glass and fabric using acrylic paint as well as creating special effect using glaze medium. If you are interested please call 03-79555909 to get the details on price, etc.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Ai-Man's Wedding Collection

These are cardboard boxes that has been painted with a theme of white roses meant to be used as part of decoration for Malay wedding "hantaran". A bit delicate in handling it since its not wooden boxes.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sinar Harian 20/10/2010

I am featured in the newspaper Sinar Harian today. It mainly tells about my passion with Folk Art Painting and promoting the previous as well as the latest book. It also highlighted bout my website. If you interested to know the details, go and get a copy.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Website Updated

Please visit the website It has been updated with new outlook, latest info and added pictures. You can go to our online shop as it has been expanded with more variety of products and items. You can also browse the latest update on the facebook from the website as well as order my new book from there. Check out the gallery, as it contains some new pictures of my creations and also some students' work. Just enjoy the browsing and if youthink its awesome, just go to the facebook to click "like".

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mesra Alam Workshop in Ipoh

In conjunction with the released of my second book I am planning to conduct a workshop in Ipoh really soon. This workshop will cover some aspect of the book. I will be teaching you to paint six different flowers like lilac, morning glory, daffodils, etc. and also how to use smoking technique in the background. Those who are interested, please check here for the announcement.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Painted wooden cloggs

I bought this wooden cloggs from the flea market sometime back and decided to paint it with roses just to make it look more elegant. I hated the red plastic that covers on top and decided to re-paint it with green enamel paint. The rest of the cloggs are painted with acrylic. You can learn to paint the roses from my second book that was released recently.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Frangipani Stools

These two stools was painted for the project in my second book. It looks nice when you put them together. A student of mine had painted stools before and according to her everyone loves it however they refused to sit on it because its too nice to cover it with your butt......hahaha!!!

So if you have old stools that you need to re-furbished you might as well paint it following the example shown in the book.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Majalah Keluarga Nov. 2011 Issue

The latest issue of Majalah Keluarga is already out in the market. It has my craft fetured in the DIY section. Simple steps but yet effective in creating something different.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Painting a wooden windows from a kampung house

This is a wooden window from a Kampung house that I bought from a customer last year. Originally my idea was to paint a scenery but I changed my mind to have it look like shelves with still life things on it. Takes a bit of time to finished it but it looks good.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Refurbished old litle cabinet

This old little cabinet was given to me by a friend and it has shells carved into it. At first I did not know what to do with it because you can't really removed carved design. So I decided to paint seaside scenery to compliment the shel and some mariner's themel. It turns out quite good.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Painted key box sold

I had painted this key box with a garden scenery sometime ago. This english-style design is one of its kind since the box itself is customed-made. This key box was also featured in my new book. Now the item belongs to this customer who adores it very much.