June 26, 2017

PINK

PINK PINK PINK!

Went for punchy hot pink with my favorite monochrome painting approach!
What color should I do next?

Scroll down to see close up and a mini tutorial of this illustration.

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June 11, 2017

Oyster Sauce Soboro Don

Soboro donburi is Japanese dish that uses ground chicken with soy base sauce mixed in and put on top of bowl of rice.

This one is slightly difference where you use oyster sauce as part of it and egg tartar sauce. It gives a creamy texture when you mix between these two!

If you don't have Oyster sauce you can replace it with soy sauce and it will still goes well with egg tartar. Another thing you can replace is use mustard sauce instead of mayo.


Oyster Sauce Soboro Don


Oyster Sauce Soboro Don 
- 350g~400g ground chicken
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 bowls of cooked rice
- green onion, chopped for garnish

Oyster Sauce:
- 1.5 tbsp rice vinegar
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp sake
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 4 tbsp ketchup
- 2 tbsp oyster sauce (OR replace with soy sauce)
- pinch spice
- 1/2 tbsp potato starch(with 1 tbsp water mixed in)

Tartar Sauce:
- 2 half boiled eggs
- 3-4 tbsp mayo OR 1-2 tsp mustard
- 1/2 tsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar
- pinch of salt and ground pepper


1. Lightly mash eggs into chunks with fork and add all tartar sauce in a bowl, mix and set aside.

2. Heat med. size skillet and satay onion until brown. Meanwhile in a separate bowl make the oyster sauce.

3. Add ground chicken with the onion.

4. When chicken is fully cooked, add oyster sauce to mix well, then add potato starch.

5. In the bowl follow this in order: rice ► chicken ► tartar sauce ► green onion 

June 3, 2017

Bow Tie

Made bow tie for Tim to attend a wedding.

This bow tie is made with simple construction compare to traditional bow tie. It's using elastic band as strap so it's easy to put over through your head and go under the collar.

With this simple bow tie you can use it as a bow tie, hair clip or pins!

Bowtie


Originally I was going to make fabric strap but made last minute change that using elastic band. It is a lot easy alternative to wear it around the collar.

Materials:
- Denim fabric
- Elastic band

Supply:
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing needle
- Thread
- Ruler/tape measure
- Piece of paper
- Sewing machine
- Iron

Bow tie measurement:
Bow: 3cm x 25cm
Bow knot: 1.5cm x 8cm

Bowtie: material



Step1: 
Use any piece of paper to decide the on bow size and use it as pattern tracer.
For bow, you need two of 3cm x 25cm
Bow knot one of 1.5cm x 8cm

Trace your pattern on fabric with chalk and decide how much excess fabric you need to stitch. (I left mine with 3/8).

Bowtie: prototype



Step 2:
With 2 pieces of 3cm x 25cm, put the front-side face together and use needles to pin together to secure for sewing.

Bowtie steps



Step 3:
When sewing, have about 5-7cm unstitched so you can flip it inside-out. Leave a mark so you don't accidentally stitch all the way.

Bowtie steps



Step 4:
After stitching around with a gap in the middle, cut the 4 corners and any excess fabric around it. This will help get cleaner fold when you flip it inside-out.

Bowtie steps



Step 5:
Flip the bow inside-out.

Bowtie steps



Step 6:
Use iron to get to get cleaner fold.

Bowtie steps



Step 7:
Stitch the gap to close.

Bowtie steps



Step 8:
Optional: Hem across the edge for decoration.

Bowtie steps



Step 9:
This is how bow will fold in final form. The ends of the bow should align with the loop of the bow.

Bowtie steps



Step 10:
Stitch across the fold to secure the shape.

Bowtie steps



Step 11:
The bow knot is folded twice. Use needle to secure the fold and hem the edges on both side.

Bowtie steps



Step 12:
When two pieces are ready to put together, wrap the knot around the bow and decide how tight you want the knot to wrap around the bow.

Bowtie steps



Step 13:
I went for looser wrap, just enough to see the bow folds. After that stitch the knot together.

Bowtie steps



For final finish, you can thread elastic band through the knot and decide how much elastic you need to wrap around the collar.

Bowtie steps

May 28, 2017

Killarney 2017

Went to Killarney Provincial Park this year for camping!
 It's about 4 hours drive from Toronto, very long drive but beautiful place to hike.
 
Hiked at "The Crack", about 6km walk in super misty rain. I didn't bring my camera to take photos there but I'm glad I didn't. After 3 hours walk we were drenched by the rain. That one day of rain, spent most of the time setting campfire to dry off our clothes.

Minus that, it's a great place to canoe at the lake and check out the views.

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May 14, 2017

Outfit Inspiration 16

It's nice to wear jogging pants to work.

So comfortable and so much easier to concentrate on your work!

Love and Culture : black collar shirt / Bluenotes : white t-shirt / Urban Behavior : men's skinny jogging pants / Converse : white shoes /  Handmade by me : plaid scarf / R & Em : tote bag

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May 5, 2017

Kodomo No Hi

My first Kodomo No Hi illustration.
May 5th is Children's Day, one of Japanese national holiday. It's to celebrate kid's happiness and the personality they define.

For this art I resembled myself and my 2 little brothers.

Happy Children's Day!

Kodomo No Hi

April 23, 2017

Sun And Rain

Tried combination of my female character coloring style with simple graphic elements.

Sun And Rain

Sun And Rain rough

April 18, 2017

Outfit Inpiration 15


No jacket season is here!
Garage Clothing: denim collar shirt / American Eagles: gray and white stripe sweater / dELia's : stretch denim skinny jeans / Guess: converse wedge heels

Outfit Inpiration 15

April 15, 2017

Curry Ginger Chicken Donburi

A recipe I got from Cookpad TV.
If you're ginger lover, this is perfect simple dish for it! You'll get nice kick of ginger spice with flavor of curry powder.

Most of the time when I make sauce, I use the common method using potato starch and water it down and then pour into the pan to thicken the sauce. This is another method where you sprinkle the potato starch on raw chicken first and then grill with it. When the chicken starts sweating, the juice will automatically mix with potato starch and it create this nice thick chicken sauce that you're ready to add additional sauce.

If you get chicken breasts with 4 packs just double the measurement for the sauce.

Curry Ginger Chicken Donburi


Curry Ginger Chicken Donburi
- 2 Chicken breasts
- Potato starch
- Salt
- Vegetable Oil or Sesame Oil
- Ground pepper
- Sake

Sauce
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1.5tbsp mirin or sake
- 2/3tbsp soy sauce
- 1 small size(about 1/2'' thickness) of grounded fresh ginger

1. Slice chicken breasts into bite size. Line them on tray.
2. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and potato starch in this order.
3. Flip other side and repeat step 2.
4. Heat medium size pan at medium-high. While waiting, make the sauce and set aside.
5. Pour oil and grill the chicken until brown and then flip sides.
6. Pour sake, just enough to cover the bottom and cover with lid to steam for 3-5min at medium heat.
7. Open the lid and pour the sauce in the pan and stir constantly at high heat.
8. When the sauce bubbles remove the pan from stove and serve on the plate.

As optional sidedish, you can add boiled spinach that's drained and remove the any access water and serve it together. Add chopped green onion to garnish.

Donburi:
- Plate rice in a bowl, with chicken, spinach, and green onion.

April 9, 2017

Shadow Framed Lalaloopsy Tinies

When you were a kid, you ever collected those tiny blind toys, capsule toys, or Lego figurines?
You displays them but eventually you put them in the box and leave them in the closet and never go back to them?

For my case I actually threw away majority of my collection when I move out of my parent's house. Which was big mistake, I now own a house and there's PLENTY of walls now that I can display them! I had these capsule toys of diecast Pokemon figurines, and my favorite selected Lion King Pogs, that I totally could of use this idea to display them.....

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display


Lalaloopsy is a toy that I would of loved if I was a kid. These rag dolls were plastic toys but detailed as if they are stitiched on fabric dolls. It wasn't that popular assuming they are slowly fading away.

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display: close ups


The actual dolls are huge space taking toy so I've decided to collect these Tinies as compromise. Putting them in a shadow box would look nice so I collected them at certain degree.

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display: toys


These Loopsy Tinies have holes from top to bottom that you can thread through with strings. So I threaded each one and tied a knot on the back side of the paper to let them float on the paper.

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display: materials

Materials:
- Ikea shadow frame: 50cmx50cm
- Collection of Lalaloopsy toys
- Scissors
- Mono strings(for jewellery or fishing line)
- Rubber cement glue
- Black multi-purpose art paper
- Double-side tape(opitional)
- White pencil for marking
- Scrap card stock paper
Step 1: 
Pull out the paper from Ikea's shadow box and trace the paper size on black paper.

Cut the paper following the mark.

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display: paper size


Step 2: 
Decide how to you want to display them.
I decided to follow the color of the rainbow. I did discard some Loopsy because there were more pinks than other colors.

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display: color orders


Step3:
On the back side of the black paper, decide where you want to place these Loopsy.

Things to consider:
- Border around the frame. I had about 1'' border around it.
- How many rows and column you want within the frame. I did 9x9 so 81 Loopsy in total.

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display: grid


Step 4:
Toys might get heavy so it might be safe to have reinforcement by using scrap card stock paper(See Step 6).

With piece of card stock glue on the intersection of the grid.

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Step 5:
When glue is dry, pierce 2 holes where the thread will thread through in next step. 2 holes are about Loopsy height apart from each other.

Do it for all 91.

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display: reinforcement


Step 6: 
With a string about 15-20cm length, thread loopsy and thread through the 2 holes you pierced.
Flip the paper on the back side and tie few knots.

The piece of card stock you glued earlier will help strengthen the thread through 2 holes.

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display: threading


This is how it looks like from the front:

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display: front


Then back.

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display: backing

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display: close ups

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display: super close ups


Step 7:
The paper did get heavier and I was worried it might collapse when I frame it so for extra secure, I used the mount board that came with the frame to hold up the paper better.

Use double sided tape or glue the edges around the mount board. Then place the paper on top of the mount board and press down.

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display: taping


Step 8:
Now it's ready to frame.
Make sure the glass from the inside is dust free before you mount the Loopsy display.

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display: framing


As optional step, I put the Loopsy check list(that same with the toy) inside the frame as memorabilia. Most of the time when toys comes with stickers or cards I never know what to do with them and it ends up being in the garbage or put into boxes just to "save" it.

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display: altogether

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display: clean

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display: framed


To all kids, you should keep your collection until you find a way to display them. Those Tsum Tsum, Shopkins, My Little Pony, Pets Shops Blind toys are adorable to display! These aren't cheap, you should really hold them until someday you own a home that you can decorate with.

This will be dust free, and it makes the toys look fancy. Give it a try!

Lalaloopsy Tinies Display: frame displayed
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