12.19.2014

Merry Friday


Merry Friday. Long time away from this blog. I'm thinking about how to incorporate blogging into my creative life more smoothly and effortlessly. I really want to see myself updating this blog consistently next year...


11.15.2014

Things that confirm me I'm walking on the right path :)

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So, I have been busy again these past months. This time is quite different as I have done a lot of creative projects that really help set my goal for next year. It's November and I already think about next year with enthusiasm :D I have so many things to share on this blog, which will take some time to talk about them all. I'd like to put everything in details as each experience means so much to me. They boost up my confidence on my creative career, something that confirm me I'm walking on the right path of my life.

Right now I can only sum up what I have done here:

• I did my very first workshop making MerryDay pop-up card.
• I started painting fabric bags and got a big order to be done before Christmas
• I had a great experience selling my merry items in a Saturday art market.
• I got contacted to be guest blogger for Flow magazine blog in the month of November.
 This is very exciting to me and you can read my first 2 posts here:
How I become MerryDay today
How my draw everyday project is important to me.
• The picture above are stickers I designed to sell on Line, a worldwide chatting service. If you use the service, you can now purchase them here.

There are many more things I plan to do and I hope I can have time and energy to record all these great experiences in this blog. In the meantime, you can look at my daily updates of my draw everyday project on my Facebook Page, that's where I am always :)

See you next post, have a merry day!

9.04.2014

A day with creative energy

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I have so many things to tell here but just too tired. I can only say that each day of my life right now is full of creative energy and I love it :D If you miss my work, I update my facebook page and instagram everyday. Hope to see you there :)

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8.24.2014

Sunday Sketch : crayon drawing and play with paint

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I'm spending this peaceful Sunday watching Alisa Burke's wonderful e-class videos. I was first introduced to this super creative and prolific artist through Creative Courage course, signed up for her classes (with 50% off you just couldn't resist it) and have been inspired by her works and classes ever since.

Redefine Creativity is my second class with her. Her lessons really got me excited and inspired me to get some paint and have fun. This drawing is done with Sea Green (I just love how they name each color) wax crayon first. I already loved how it looked and almost left it as is but decided to go ahead and play with it (I can always draw it again if I want to). I painted over all the drawing with different shades of watercolor. I didn't think much just put water and colors on. The wax lines worked as resistance that you can still see the original drawing, just with different look and feel.

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Then I put pink marker on some parts, making it pop out a bit and some little drawings behind the scene. I just couldn't help it, playing hide-and-seek with my characters becomes part of my drawing passion :)

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I have to say I love the very first crayon drawing best but I enjoyed the process of putting colors on and watching colors blended and be resisted by the wax. I think I'm going to experiment more with this technique :)

This is only the first lesson I learn from Alisa. Can't wait to learn more and be inspired in the next 4 weeks :D


8.22.2014

Make it in design Summer School week 2 : Tribal theme

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Here is one of the online design challenges I'm participating this month. I got the news of this Make it in Design Summer School through Nini (again, she's such an inspiration!). The school is giving out a creative brief every 2 weeks in August to those who sign up. Then we design a pattern based on the brief and the final work will be shown in their gallery. So many people signed up for the class (it's free!) that the web site went down in the first week and I had to wait for a day to be able to submit my first work. You can see my first design in the theme of Tropical Paradise here.

The above image is my pattern for week 2 theme, Tribal. I didn't have time to research much so I decided to go with very simple icons of geometric shapes representing nature.  Here is my initial sketch.

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I tried using various shapes and varying sizes of each icons to make it dynamic. Keeping it in my merry style is very important so I added cuteness and put in very bright colors. I had problems choosing background colors so I posted this color choices on my facebook page and got some helpful replies :)

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My eyes really went for the yellow (always my merry color) so I used it in the final pattern (the very first image). I'm very happy with this design as I was figuring out how to make pattern for my personal project and still couldn't make it. This design at least makes me understand more about making pattern. I'm also excited to see details that used to be in my doodles developed into a real artwork.

Below are my other color choices. Although I go with the yellow, I'm curious to know which one is your choice :)

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This summer school has 3 tracks altogether, beginner, intermediate and advanced. I signed up for all 3 tracks but decided to do only the beginner for now. It's a good exercise to help you stay in design challenge and connect with people who are like-minded. I just wish that I could have time to chat more with talented participants in the class. But like I have said, facebook and other social media really suck your time. Right now I really need to focus on creating more art. I'm so happy that I can do more and focus more this year :)

I like this design so much that I made it a wallpaper for my screen. Feel free to save the image to use it on your desktop if you'd like. Hope it will make your day merry :)

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8.18.2014

Watercolor painting practice

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Hello my blog :) I am having problem with my eyes and cannot stay too long in front of computer screen. It's a bit frustrating that I have to work on my digital drawing at slower pace. However, I use this opportunity to work on my watercolor practice and really enjoy it. It's really art therapy. The painting above is my latest practice and the ones below are what I have so far. Remember, I 'm always on my facebook page and instagram drawing my draw everyday project. Hope to see you there!

Thanks for coming. Hope I can talk more about my new journey of watercolor painting soon.
Have a merry day!

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8.12.2014

My Artist's Date : how to make paints from flowers and leaves

Last week was quite a busy week for me. It was full of family activities as well as of creative ones. I attended 2 live workshops and two online art challenges plus I'm practicing watercolor painting!

There are so many things happening in just one week and now I have stories to write on this blog for maybe 2 or 3 weeks :).  Let's begin with my latest Artist's Date. The Date was for a live workshop with a lovely artist who specializes in painting watercolor with organic paints, the ones that made from leaves of plants and trees and flower petals. Her name is Tongkarn Samathakorn and you can look at her beautiful work at Organic Water Color page.

The workshop was hosted by The Museum of Floral Culture in Bangkok where you can learn about plants, flowers and Thai culture related to flowers.

Here are some of beautiful flower displays around the museum.

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The class was held in a small cozy little pavilion in the garden. We were introduced to various kinds of flowers and leaves that could be made into watercolor paints. 

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You can make pink paint from Bougainvillea,  blue from Butterfly Pea, yellow from Night Jasmine, green from Pandanus leaves, and the list goes on. How to make it is very easy.  Begin by picking the petals off, put them in a mortar, add little bit of hot water and start grinding until you see the color comes out.

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This method needs time and patience. The artist has devoted her time in experimenting until she finds the right paints for her paintings and here are her works all done in organic paints.

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The artist has a lot of her paintings published in books and magazines but I have to tell you that the original paintings are much much more gorgeous than the printed ones. So happy to have a chance to see them :D

And here is my attempt of organic watercolor painting.

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This workshop inspires me to begin my journey of watercolor practice. If you have been following my facebook page, you may have seen some of my paintings already. After some awkward moments in front of water and paints, I think I'm beginning to fall in love with watercolor painting and I will write about this lovely journey here soon :)

Thanks for coming. Hope you have a merry creative day today :)


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