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DIY Rustic Photo Frame

We just love this DIY Rustic Photo Frame made by Joanne from Fudge and Joy featuring our Live Laugh Love print.

Joanne is working in the corporate sector and blogs about her passion for baking and crafting. Her blog is named after her pets: Fudge is a chocolate Labrador while Joy is a Calico cat.

DIY Rustic Photo Frame

DIY Rustic Photo Frame

What I like about this project is that you can make everything from scratch and you can easily change the contents of the frame with another print whenever you feel like it.

Fudge and Joy

Chalkboard Art Tools

I made my chalkboard art piece for Orange Karinderia last December and I’ve been eager to make another one using different chalkboard art tools so I can experiment with other materials. I planned to make a smaller piece since the last piece was about the size of a poster. I wanted something that we could put at the start of a buffet table or snack corner during parties, workshops, and events.

Eat Drink and Be Merry Chalkboard Art

Eat Drink and Be Merry

I chose “Eat Drink and Be Merry” since it was one of my favorite phrases. I like how this version of the expression gives a very welcoming message to guests. I made my initial sketch on paper then transferred the design on the chalkboard by lightly tracing it.

I didn’t want to order the popular chalk pencils I saw online since I really wanted to make the piece immediately so I decided to go to Art Friend at Plaza Singapura and asked the shop assistant whether they have any chalk pencils in stock. She pointed me to the Cretacolor White Chalk Pencil. I just snapped it up together with the small chalk board. I didn’t want to make my own chalk board using chalk paint since this is just an experimental project and I didn’t want to invest in so many materials.

Hoechstmass Chalk vs Creatacolor White Chalk Pencil Chalkboard Art Tools

Hoechstmass Tailor’s Chalk vs Creatacolor White Chalk Pencil

Lex and I were discussing how to do this project the night before I bought the supplies and he mentioned that maybe tailoring chalk would work so I went to Sing Mui Heng, which is a sewing and jewelry supply shop at People’s Park Centre, to look for some tailor’s chalk that would work with this project. I saw the Hoechstmass Catridge Chalk Set and decided to try it since I also have a sewing project I wanted to try and I knew the it would not go to waste.

Testing Phase: Chalkboard Art Tools

I tested both chalk materials on black paper and on the chalk board since I wanted to see how both performed using different surfaces. I have been planning on incorporating chalk art with calligraphy in another project.

Brand Derwent Black Paper Generic Chalk Board
Hoechstmass Tailor’s Chalk ($12)  - Looked greasy however it did not write a solid white line but writes easily. - Worked better for filling in the design since it gave a solid fill.
Creatacolor White Chalk Pencil ($2.50) - Wrote solid white markings on paper. Worked best on paper. - Worked better for outlining the design since it wrote a solid line but was more difficult to use when filling larger areas.

Conclusion

With the generic chalk board, a combination of both the Hoechtmass and the Cretacolor pencil worked best to produce the fine lines. I don’t think that using just one brand would have given me the effect that I wanted since each material served a specific purpose as discussed in the table above. Using the pencils were definitely a thousand times easier than using a regular stick of chalk but for larger pieces you might want to outline using the Hoechtmass Tailor’s Chalk then fill in with the middle portion with regular chalk sticks.

Eat Drink and Be Merry Chalkboard Art

My Precious

I am so happy with the final piece that I don’t think I would erase it. Time to get another chalk board. I’ll be fixing it permanently with a spray solution. I didn’t like how hairspray reacted in the Save Room for Dessert piece so I will be trying either a fixative spray used for calligraphy that I’ve been eyeing on or a matte spray paint recommended by Minifanfan. I’ll write another post about it when I decide which spray to buy.

Please leave a comment below if you have any recommendations for chalkboard art tools or if you would like to share your own chalk art projects. We would love to hear from you.

Art Friend:

Sing Mui Heng

  • Art Friend Website: www.singmuiheng.com
  • Operating Hours: 09:00 am – 06:00 pm (Mon – Fri) and 09:00 am – 06:00 pm (Every 1st & 3rd Staurday of the month)

Interview: Elise from Botanicase

Elise from Botanicase

We met Elise from Botanicase at one of Public Garden’s flea markets last year and bought one of her pressed flower casings. We wanted to feature her lovely pieces and get to know more about her.

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Elise Aw and I am currently studying Environmental Systems in the University of Sydney.

2. How did you come up with your shop or brand name?

Surprisingly, it did not take me long to come up with my shop name. Amalgamating the word botany, which means plant life and the word case, I came up with Botanicase.

3. What got you into crafting/arts/illustration?

During my 1st year of university, I was taught how to press flowers. After more practice, I gradually fell more and more in love. With inspiration online, I started to make my own pressed flowers phone casings.

Botanicase

4. What do you make and why do you make them?

I make pressed flowers phone casings. Everyone who knows me knows I’m a huge fan of plants. By pressing flowers, I am able to seal in the beauty of the flowers and bring them along simply on my phone case!

5. Do you have a favorite item that you created? Is it sold or still available for purchase?

My favourite item would be my personal iphone casing. I customized it with the flowers my boyfriend gave me, it is meaningful and special. It is not for sale.

Elise's Favourite Botanicase Piece

Elise’s Favourite Piece

6. Are you a full time artist, designer or crafter? If not would you like to be?

Unfortunately, I am not a full time crafter. As I am pursuing a BA in Environmental Systems, I would love to secure a job as a soil scientist or anything related to the soil studies.

7. Do you have any favorite blogs or resources that you can share to our readers?

My personal favourite blogger would be theclothes.blogspot.com
Her name is Rebecca. Her photos are often taken out in nature which I really enjoy looking at. & I find it terribly cute that she takes most of her own photos using her tripod!

Botanicase

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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Zig Marker Italic Guide Sheets

We had our first Italic Calligraphy workshop last Saturday at The Workroom. I promised the class that I would share some guide sheets here at the blog. This is what I use when I practice with a Zig Marker that has a 2 mm and 3.5 mm edge.

Zig Marker Italic Guide Sheets

Practicing Italic

When I measured the nib width of the marker it was 0.25 mm off, so the 2 mm edge is actually 1.75 mm and the 3.5 mm is actually 3.25 mm.

We recommend using a good quality sheet of paper so that there is a reduced chance of feathering. I usually print on A4 sheets of paper that are around 140 gsm. The paper on the photo is a light grey Fabriano purchased from Art Friend.

Please feel free to share this. Kindly link to this post and not to the files themselves.

You can download our Zig Marker Italic Guide Sheets printables in two sizes: 1.75 mm and 3.25 mm.

Zig 2 mm or 1.75 mm Guide Sheet

Zig 3.5 or 3.25 mm

Modern Calligraphy with Public Garden

We had our first workshop collaboration teaching Modern Calligraphy with Public Garden last month. It was held on August 2 which was a Saturday at TripleOne Sommerset. We’re glad to announce that we are holding another session on September 21 after getting a good response on our initial collaboration.

Live Laugh Love Calligraphy Print

We gave away free calligraphy prints for the first time

We love developing new learning materials for the class ever since we started holding workshops this year. We held more than 17 classes so far and each time we tweak and improve our learning materials. We have upgraded our workshop materials by switching to an oblique calligraphy nib, provided more ink and adding more worksheets at no extra cost to our students.

Calligraphy Tools

We equip our students with tools so they can continue learning and improving after the session ends

After the initial discussion on materials and terms, participants practice on the spot. Lex and I constantly go around the room and check-in on each participant several times during the session in case they have any questions or they need additional instructions.

TripleOne Sommerset

Bright white space at TripleOne Sommerset

It was pretty exciting to hold our little workshop and occupy a huge chunk of the 16th floor. I love how bright the light was in the space. We had a wonderful turnout and everyone was so keen on starting the activity. The time flew by and we extended the workshop by more than 30 minutes.

Quote Calligraphy

For this session, we had a quote writing activity at the end of the class. The activity varies from class to class.

Aside from doing drills and going through our custom alphabet, we hold a calligraphy activity at the end of each session. We vary the activity from class to class but for this session, we asked participants to practice writing quotes so they can immediately practice what they’ve learned.

Calligraphy Drills

Drills, drills and more drills!

We had some delicious refreshments were provided by Cupplets. I apologize for not sharing a photo of the actual snack but it was truly chocolatey and a little decadent.

Photo courtesy of Cupplets: Not the actual food served. We were so focused on eating that we forgot to take a photo.

At the end of the session, we handed out Public Garden Participation Certificates for the class. We’d like to thank the Public Garden team for inviting us to participate in their workshop series.

Modern Calligraphy Workshop Participants

Modern Calligraphy Workshop Participants

To sign-up for our September 21 Workshop:

Open Call for Yellowren Arts Festival 2014 in Singapore

We joined the Yellowren Arts Festival in Tokyo a few months ago and now the second leg of the festival is in Singapore. The organizers are looking for artists and crafters who would like to exhibit their work, sell and conduct a workshop at the Lower Seletar Reservoir in Yishun from August 29-31.

If you would like to join the Yellowren Arts Festival 2014 – Between Us (Singapore), please contact Jeremy at jeremy@yellowren.com asap as slots are limited. Please read this copy of the Singapore Participation Guidelines and Event Details PDF as the event is different from the one in Tokyo.

Snapshots from Instagram

Photo Caption from @katrinaalana: Would you like to join the second leg of the Yellowren Arts Festival in Singapore as an artist or crafter who will exhibit, sell and conduct a workshop and bring arts to the Seletar community? Contact jeremy@yellowren.com to sign-up.

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