Sunday, December 12, 2010

Pointillism and Aother Great Sing-Along!

During A*Live December on Thu, Moses introduced French artist, Georges Seurat, and the technique the latter developed which people called "Pointillism" - using dots of paint instead of using longer brush strokes to create picture. We tried applying watercolours with cotton buds to create dots. Although the dots are pretty big, it was a fun technique; I love it, and just great for non-artist like me!
Traded quite a number of ATCs too: Going clockwise from top left "Christmas" by Selina Yeoh, "Owl Always Love You" by Rita, "Pufferfish" by Bliss (a 6-year old girl), and "Merry Christmas" by Richard Wee. Rita and Richared are retirees. Just to prove ATCs are really for anyone, young and old, and addicitive!

And these I got from my girls: Kristine's Big Butterfly, Lion is Puzzled (it's snowing and the lions don't know what is the white stuff!), Flying Fish and Joey's origami penquin with movable tail. Joey took my hole puncher and brads and started creating origami with movable parts!

I created more gingerbread boys and girls, all with 4 limbs and head movable - a hit in the A*Live trading session.
And for the Dec theme "Merry", I created these scrapbooking style "Joyfully Merry". Embossing dies work really well on these silver-coloured parchment papers.

Love the word "JOY" so much so that I tatted the candy canes, wreaths and snowflakes to sew up these fabric ATCs for the X'mas ATC swap. A lot of mails came in this week too. Here's Kath the Puppeteer's (US) Gingerbread Man. He's rather a big piece with silver icing, and really capable of every movement!

Next are the zodiac signs that landed: Hetty's (Australia) free-motion bobbin work "Aries", Susan Sawatzky's (US) "Aquarius" and Ann Seidel's (Germany) machine-stitched "Capricorn". Oops, I got Aquarius upside down, defying gravity!

3 "E"s - Elephant from Ann Seidel, Emu from Sherry Dreier (US), Eames Chair from Norma Mason (US) and the first X'mas ATC received from Sharon Scothern UK).

What is Eames Chair? I checked out and found this: The Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman (footstool) were released in 1956 after years of development by designers Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller furniture company. It was the first chair the Eames designed for a high-end market. These furnishings are made of molded plywood and leather. The chair is composed of three curved plywood shells.

What's so special about these chairs? Read on... there is a decent used market for these chairs. Some collectors are willing to pay high prices for earlier chairs made with Brazilian Rosewood veneer, which is no longer available due to a worldwide embargo since 1992 (as a highly endangered species). In 2006, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the chair, Herman Miller released models using a sustainable Palisander Rosewood veneer. Prices for original rosewood chairs have recently reached as much as US$7,000 in auction! WOw!

Had a late night yesterday at the Floating Platform @ Marina Bay for the 2010 The Great Singapore Sing-Along. It was a cooling night with the sea breeze after a late afternoon heavy shower, and set against a beautiful backdrop - the Marina Bay Sands which just opened its doors this year. Just like last year Sing-Along, I had a good time singing with thousand others, a mix of old and new songs, Chinese and dialet songs. Although my children didn't seem to know most songs, but they listened, and when had an encore back home, they could sing!


Ridgewoman said...

I enjoyed the section, in my art classes, when we did pointillism. I did a wrinkled paper bag, to use light and shadow. Later, when I took a 3-day workshop in Color Theory, I used it; because, when you put a red dot and blue dot close a distance that portion will look green! Because red and blue make green. Black was achieved with blue and red, very close together. And the dots were VERY small. Some amazing effects can be achieved; and, as you learned, it is a lot of fun! bj

Singtatter said...

Hi BJ, we didn't have so much details, great to find out more from you. How small are the dots? Like a ball-point pen dot? What type of paint did you used - markers, oil paint?

Maureen said...

I'm just amazed at the sheer number of gorgeous trading cards you produce from one blog post to the next - and all this on top of moving!
I love the Christmas ones, again, the work of a prolific tatter.

BSOTF said...

I do like your picture just as it is. The people standing under the tree are very cute too! Ok, you & your gingerbreads never stop surpising me either. Love your letter cards too. Gosh, I do enjoy all the things you share by showing us. You are simply amazing & a delight to visit your blog!

Trillian said...

Hi Ellen,
wow so many cards. Wonderful.

Angeline Yoshiko said...

I love your tatted candy cane, wreath and snowflake.

quiltcrazygaljennalouise said...

What a great blog and to see one of my ATC's on great! Thanks for visiting me and trading cards it's great to have new friends!