Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jun ATC Session @Bishan Library

I first tried paper marbling when I was quite young as a student, during an art session in school.  Never forget the fun swizzling the colours on oil and dipping the paper on the surface.  This technique is not quite the same, but it also creates colour patterns on paper. We used baby oil and diluted food colourings.
Next ATC session will be 9 Jul (2nd Thu of the month).  We are working towards a collection of ATCs on the theme of books for an ATC exhibition in Bishan Library in Nov.
My first ones for the exhibition are Sherlock Holmes. The backgrounds done with oil and colours.  Swapped 2 for Judy's and Wee Yeh's ATCS.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

I'm Impressed with Kristine

Just want to show some of the stuff Kristine did since the start of this year. 
All the macarons done with polymer clay....

Another design.

Decorated her note books (at least no macaron on them),

and drawing in white on black papers. 

She couldn't stop making macarons and baked on her own.  After numerous attempts, these latest ones were the best so far. I better sign her up soon for a macaron baking class so that we can get to eat more decent ones!
A chocolate ice cream cake she baked with her sis for me. Appreciated their efforts but that's too much chocolate and sugar really. 

I returned from my trip to find more macarons!  This time painted ones. 

She is really madly in love with macarons! 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

May 2015 ATC Session @Bishan Library

I explored and experimented with wiper cards and came up with some ATCs.

We tried them together during the May ATC session at Bishan Library.
And we completed the baggie swap.
We swapped 1 of the 2 ATCs we made, and I got this "Love is in the air" done by Valerie. 
All About Singapore ATCs I swapped with Jessica Chua and Judy Kwek.
The theme for Jun ATC session is "Books that inspire me".

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.