December 11, 2017

2017 Sketches Part 1

Started another sketchbook to complete!

I tried out using Copic's brush marker for the first time. I'm enjoying using the combination of brush marker and pencil crayon to do the shades.

2017 sketches 1

2017 sketches 2

2017 sketches 3

2017 sketches 4

2017 sketches 5

December 5, 2017

Outfit Inspiration 20

It's time of month where you need to decide what to wear on Christmas parties!

Here is one example with one simple black dress but have multiple colors of tights that you can alternate. With new hair style and change your necklace, you get a new outfit each time.

I got away with this one black dress for 8 years.

fcuk: black dress / Target: tights- red, turquoise, mustard yellow / Necklace: purl necklace, bronze layered necklace / Shawl: gift from India / Nine West: heels

black dress idea

December 3, 2017

December Calendar

December is already here!
From this year's 2017 Calendar that I made for Etsy, I posted downloadable calendar for December to do your Christmas and New year countdown.

You can hang it on the wall,or at your office and markdown your plans!
Download here now!

December calendar

close up 1

close up

November 26, 2017

Mini Calendar 2018

Here is printable 2018 mini calendar on Etsy!

I love collecting Japanese washi tapes, especially that has polka dot pattern. So this time the design is inspired from that washi tape. 
Lettering is designed and handwritten by me too!

Purchase now here:

2018 Calendar

2018 Calendar

2018 Calendar

2018 Calendar

October 29, 2017

BOO

Happy Halloween everyone!
Works been taking up my time recently so I couldn't get a chance to do pumpkin carving this year. Still have 2 more days, maybe I can still squeeze it in?

Illustrated kids dressed up for Halloween and carrying their little, jack-o-lantern, trick or treating basket.


What's next? You can follow me at my Instagram to see progress of this work!
Here is short video of inking.

BOO

October 23, 2017

Apple Head

This is a project I've been wanting to do for very long time!
I generally don't like to show my face in public so I've been wanting to make a coverup mask for any photos that I'm in.

Originally I wanted to do papercraft apple head where I was ready to make. But luckily I found another alternative to make this apple head!

Apple Head Project

Apple Head Project


I found this jack-o-lantern bucket at Target for $6US.
The bucket hole can fit through my head so this was perfect bucket to make apple head project!

Apple Head Project


Materials:
- 1m red fabric
- 1/2m green fabric
- 1 sheet of black felt
- 1 sheet of brown felt
- 1 jack-o-lantern treat bucket

Other materials:
- sewing machine
- stitching needle
- sewing thread
- fabric adhesive sheet
- craft wires
- power drill
- glue gun
- x-acto knife
- fabric chalk
- paper clips
- cotton

Apple Head Project: material


To make sphere, I had 8 pieces of flower petal shape and sewed together. I made up the pattern so I had to constantly check if it was wrapping correctly.

Apple Head Project

Apple Head Project



Have 2 cut outs of leaf shape.
Used fabric adhesive sheet on green fabric, drew and stitched to mark where I want the embroidery to be.

Apple Head Project



Left Image is the final result of the stitchery looks like, following the marking earlier. I used the default zig-zag stitch setting on sewing machine so some area looks wonky.
Right Image is when 2 pieces of leaf stitched together and how the embroidery looks like from the back side.

Apple Head Project

Apple Head Project



I used craft wires to keep the form without crushing it. The wire I used was super soft flexible wires so they will snap if you keep bending it on same spot few times.

I would recommend to put any wire through these stem and leaf so you have full flexibility to adjust when you put everything together.

Apple Head Project

Apple Head Project

Apple Head Project



Another recommendation is to do coil wrap on the bottom part of the leaf.

Apple Head Project

Apple Head Project



I needed a hole on top of the bucket so I used power drill and x-acto knife for it. 
X-acto knife was used to shave off the rough edges.

The hole is needed to thread through the red fabric, leaf, and stem when it's time to assemble.

Apple Head Project

Apple Head Project



With excess red fabric, thread through the whole and pierce with pen or any thick dowel to create a form and to keep it stable.

Apple Head Project



Use glue gun to glue down the excess ref fabric inside the bucket to secure. Once it's dry, you'll have clean finish of the red fabric attach to the bucket.

Apple Head Project

Apple Head Project



Now to close up the red fabric wrapped around the bucket.
Use paper clip to hold the 2 ends of the fabric and stitch it up.

As option, you can also stuff cotton in to add more form of the apple shape.

Apple Head Project

Apple Head Project



Use the glue gun to seal the trim.
First coat was around the rim, then the rest of the excess fabric is glued down further in.

Apple Head Project

Apple Head Project



This is same step as making the leaf.

Apple Head Project

Apple Head Project



I've also zig-zag stitched this too to give a more iron-on-patch look.

Apple Head Project



Earlier, I mentioned about recommending to do coil wrap on the leaf. To assemble, thread through the stem into the apple first and then thread the leaf.

The coil wrap will thread through the hole, making clicking noise and it'll "cap" the hole nice and secured.

Apple Head Project

Apple Head Project

Apple Head Project



And this is the project I worked on!

Apple Head Project

October 8, 2017

Green Onion Soy Sauce

Quick and easy sauce you can make for your simply cooked protein. It goes well with grilled chicken, boiled eggs, grilled fish, bowl of rice, and any steamed vegetables.

My current favorite combination is lightly peppered pan fry bass and put it on bowl of rice. And then pour 1 tbsp of the soy sauce and mix the sauce with fish and rice and just chug that in your mouth!

Green Onion Soy Sauce


Green Onion Soy Sauce
- 1/4 cup of chopped green onion. You can also chop finely too.
- 1/8 cup of soy sauce.

1. Put two ingredients together.
2. Let green onion marinate into soy sauce for at least 30min stirring twice during the marination.
3. Serve with any protein or rice.

You can also let it marinate overnight and serve it the next day. The flavor of green onion will release more and gives more interesting flavor fused with soy sauce.

Green Onion Soy Sauce
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