Sunday, April 19, 2015

Appreciating Little Pieces of Works

Swaps are moving slow and recently taking a long time to arrive - 1 returned to sender (me) after 5 weeks and another took more than 2 months to come!  Still waiting for another 2, hope they will eventually arrive.

First the Chinese New Year ATC swap organised by MaryAnn. I can't thank the artists properly as I couldn't quite made out the hand-written names... MaryAnn, Janis Graham and ?
Then there was the Bowl of Hearts swap by the Surface Design group. The hearts as done by (top left going clockwise) Aynsley McKay, Carole Hanson, Cathy Vigor and Jan Lewis. Aynsley's heart was needle-felted by hand; Carole's heart coloured by transperse dyes; Cathy's heart was nuno felting and Jan's heart was coloured with numerous methods including Pebro Setacolors and acid reduction dyes.

Here's the jointed ATC doll from (left) Eileen Kiban (USA) and (right) Linda Edkins Wyatt (USA).  Linda's doll took 2 plus months to reach me, but definitely worth the wait. Isn't it amazing how big the doll can get and it still rotate back to the size of a ATC!

Still waiting for the replacement ATC doll from Linda after we thought the original one went astray. 

I did some spring tags and binded 4 in accordion fold to form a tag book. A set each went to Mel Dunkley (UK) and Nikki Smith (USA), who is also the host of this swap. I made good use of the CNY red packets! And I added butterflies cut from aluminum drink cans. They were sharp and kept curling up and I did get some small cuts on my hands.
Received this from Beckie. So different from my style, soothing earth tones with a good mix of sharper colours and a tight flow in and between the tags. 
Pam C's tag book is still somewhere out there, hope it  turn up soon. 

A little while ago, Holly asked about my tatted alphabets/words. Actually I started many years ago with wires. And I recently did a name in wire, so here it is, a gift for my ex-colleague.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April ATC Session @Bishan Library

This month, the library arranged an external instructor to come in to our ATC session to do some stenciling printing. We used styrofoam with poster colours to print.  Quite fun actually, and fast to do compared to lino printing.  The results are as colourful as you can get, though they look a bit unfinished (bottom right-hand corner of photo).  Let's see what I can add on to finish the ATCs for a butterfly swap. 

And there's also the black-coated rainbow papers with which some of the participants used to create some very pretty ATCS. 
My first-ever Easter ATCs!  I have wanted to do more in egg-shaped, but can't find the time to do.
Cards from Cheo Hiang and Keerthi.

More about the baggie swap later. 

The theme for May session is "All About Singapore".  Hope we'll get enough cards for an exhibition in the later part of the year. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Some Works for Swaps

2 favourite swaps I have joined since the last 2 years at the start of the year - Chinese New Year ATC swap host by MaryAnn (USA).  I did more swing cards with recycled CNY cards

And the other swap - Bowl of Hearts, hosted by Jan Lewis (USA).  Again, I added tatting.

I have not done any doll ATCs for a while.  Here are the pairs for a swap hosted by Debra Claxton over at Paper Traders.  You won't have problem recognising them from Alice In Wonderland, right?  My Spade Gardeners are holding origami roses, while the Heart Royals are carrying origami hearts.

Stitchmap had the first Fun Friday Tutorial for the year doing miniature weaving. I like small project and had a go at it.  Weaved an one-inch square with size 20 cotton threads and backed with leather.  Can't find my heart beads, and flowers are too common, it ended up as an amulet/fob with an evil eye!  I love evil eye beads!

Monday, March 16, 2015

March ATC Session @Bishan Library

Mdm Au continued to show us how to quill these lovely cats and even a tiny mouse.  Just perfect for the saying about cats.

I did another 2 intuitive watercolour ATCs for the theme "Animals".

Swapped 1 with Selina. And the cats I quilled. 

The theme for April ATC session is "Easter".  I'll try some egg-shaped ATCs which should be interesting.   

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Some Places We Went

I didn't post earlier these, just some places we went last year during the school holidays. 

We wouldn't miss Wild Rice pantomime "Monkey Goes West" - just amazing how the script writer came up with the story, adapted to local context and set in the modern era!  The West in the musical referred to Jurong which is west in Singapore, so the journey was made from Haw Par Villa to Jurong!

My girl and I hopped in the Alive Museum on the spur of the moment after a late show at GV Suntec, with a good discount off the admission charge with the ticket stubs.  We had to rush through the museum with only an hour from the closing, but we almost had the whole place to ourselves!   
Spent New Year's Eve bowling and catching a show, with a bit of shopping and a dinner at our favourite Japanese restaurant in Vivocity.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

February ATC Ssssion @Bishan Library

From stripes of yellow and red, Mdm Au showed our participants how to quill a fish.  These fish could go on the ATC, but for the night, they served to decorate the oranges that we learned to wrap up.  Just the thing for Chinese New Year!  

I did Valentine fairies with die-cut, added a pair of hand-cut wings, and each slided out of the folded origami heart.  Swapped the fairies for these. The quilled sheep is of course done by Mdm Au. 

We'll be continuing our quilling adventure next session on 12 Mar 15 (Thu).  The theme for the ATCs is "Animals".

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Last and First Workshops At The Libraries for 2014/2015

This screen printing workshop I went with my girl, Kristine. Something we have not done before.  We printed our own designs on canvas bag. A bit messy with the paint, but fun to see the result.
I don't quite like to paint, but I will always try.  Kristine is definitely better than me!
Stitching is definitely easier for me!  And I added a touch of tatted flowers.  A new friend, Jessica.
How about some Indian-style painting? I would have done a better job if not for the real lousy brushes I had to use initially.