Calligraphy Flourishing Meet-up with Shipra

We met-up with Shipra at The Fabulous Baker Boy last Saturday. Shipra is a fourth generation calligrapher and her ancestor was a calligrapher at a royal court. She got in touch with us and offered to conduct a lesson in calligraphy flourishing with the local group of calligraphers.

The Fabulous Baker Boy

The Fabulous Baker Boy

We had arrived earlier than the rest of the group at the Fabulous Baker Boy to check out the place and for a late lunch. We had the Eggs Benedict, which had perfectly poached eggs but a bit disappointing as it tasted very plain. The cappuccino, on the other hand, was very good.

Eggs Benedict and Cappuccino

Eggs Benedict and Cappuccino

They have a wide selection of cakes. We tried out The Big Mess, a very rich and creamy chocolate cake, which was excellent.

The Fabulous Baker Boy Cakes

The Fabulous Baker Boy Cakes

As attendees arrived, we started preparing for the session. We were supposed to have a calligraphy lesson and we prepared guide sheets so each participant can practice as techniques were taught. Since we were at a cafe and not in a classroom setting, it was quite noisy and not very conducive for an actual lesson.

Shipra showing us some examples of flourishing with watercolor

Shipra instead demonstrated several flourishing techniques using different tools and some tips on flourishing, as well as how to handle negative spaces. She also brought examples on how she uses flourishing in her work.

Flourishing Examples

Flourishing Examples

She shared with us some drills to practice with when doing calligraphic flourishing. One of the drills is the spirals, which is done to practice spacing and consistency. In this drill, she instructed us to hold the pen with the hand and wrist hovering above the paper and draw large spiral strokes using whole arm movements.

Flourishing Drills: Spiral

Flourishing Drills: Spiral

Shipra demonstrated the use of colorful inks. We loved she encouraged us to experiment and try new materials. I’m very excited to order some folded horizon pens from a maker in India.

Calligraphy using colourful inks

Calligraphy using colourful inks

She also showed us some interesting colour blending techniques. In the example below, she initially painted blobs of water, gradually blended different colour inks, and created strokes with a comb painting knife

Colour Blending

Colour Blending

Overall, though we had challenges conducting the session, we had an interesting time with Shipra and the Calligraphers SG members.

With the Calligraphers SG

With the Calligraphers SG

Snapshots from Instagram

Snapshots from Instagram

Photo Caption from @katrinaalana: This piece by artist Keng Lye called Kopi-O-ctopi (available at $9,416) is made from acrylic and resin painted layer by layer to look hyper realistic and appear 3D. If you’re in Orchard, drop by at the @keeperssg pop up store in front of H&M to see his work. A must-see for art lovers!

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Little Yellow Owl Tutorial

We want to share this owl tutorial from the workshop we conducted at the Yellowren Arts Festival last August. We were experimenting with the newly released Hyperlapse app and decided to shoot a video.

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Little Yellow Owl Tutorial

We displayed a few designs for participants to choose from, however, most people wanted to finish making the paper craft in under 30 minutes. We came up with this simplified owl tutorial design.

Owl Tutorial

Breakdown of the design

Materials:

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Kokoru Ichi
  • Kokoru Hachi
  • Pair of Tweezers

You can make the corrugated paper rolls by taking a thin strip of Kokoru Ichi and making a paper spiral. Glue the edge using hot glue gun instead of regular glue since you will need something that bonds quickly. Use the tweezers to hold the small pieces of paper so you can put hot glue on it without burning your fingers.

When working with hot glue gun, children should not be allowed to use this tool unsupervised since it is a burn hazard. In our workshop, we had to operate the hot glue gun ourselves and assist the kids with sticking the parts together so we would suggest to do the same if you’re doing this craft with kids.

I hope you enjoy making this owl tutorial or a similar design with these materials. Please share a link in the comments below and we would be glad to feature selected designs.

Snapshots from Instagram

Photo Caption from @katrinaalana: We made this owl with so many kids at the Yellowren Arts Festival. It was fun and hectic to teach little kids on how to make it. Check out the tutorial on how to make this little bird at the blog.

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Creme Brulee with a Rice Cooker

I first heard about Creme Brulee in the movie My Best Friend’s Wedding. The movie was memorable but so was this dessert. We love French food and we got a torch burner last month so naturally we wanted to try making it but the problem was that we didn’t have an oven in this place.

Creme Brulee with a Rice Cooker

Creme Brulee with a Rice Cooker

We researched on alternative ways to make this dessert and we found out that you can make this dessert using a rice cooker. This recipe by Christine Ho for LifeHacker was really easy to follow but we made a few tweaks.

If you want a sweeter base, use regular sugar instead of caster sugar but it will not dissolve as easily as caster sugar so you have to stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.

If you are making more than 1 batch, cook the creme brulee for 18 minutes then take it out and place the next ramekin in the steamer. Leave it to cool until it is at room temp. Once cooled, you can place the container in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it.

Creme Brulee Caramel

This layer of sugar is perfect for a crunchy caramel top

For the caramelized sugar on top, we prefer regular sugar also since it makes a crispy caramel layer. Sprinkle sugar until you have thorough but light coating. Burn the sugar until you see some caramelization.

I just love how delicious this dessert turned out. This recipe and cooking method is no different from making the dessert in a water bath in the oven. I’m not a big caramel fan but I really love the texture of the fresh crunchy caramel.

Making creme brulee is easy and it’s a great dessert to make for parties since you can make it ahead of time and just caramelize the sugar before serving.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on other ways to make creme brulee or if you tweaked the recipe tell us how it turned out by leaving a comment below.