Friday, May 30, 2014

Taking one step at a time

I experimented with creating pages today and got my first page up! It's right up there in the navigation bar above and you can click on the about me section. It's still work in progress and as time passes more tabs will go up the navigation bar as well as updates to the pages.

I starting to feel the mojo for this blog which is good and for now I'll try to post/do something everyday to get me where I want to get with this blog though that will probably take a long while; I'm not expecting my blog to look how I envision it overnight. So it's taking one (small) step at a time but we will get there!

"The key to getting things done is to start"

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Blog hop at Dina Wakley's blog

Did a little blog hop today at Dina Wakley's blog and was scrolling through some of her blog posts. So I saw a couple of videos that she posted which completely wowed me and got me very appreciative of her creative mind and talents (my recent impressions of her has always been her talking about or demo-ing her new supply line with Ranger).

So here's one video from her that I will share with you today, a video of her going through her technique in doing creative warm ups. Wondering what that is all about? Watch her video now and find out! She also has a couple more videos on the site if you want to see more of her videos.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Colouring with permanent markers

I was doing a little project of adding card labels into my photo albums and was using a new set of permanent markers that I have bought to write, draw and decorate my labels. While using the markers I found something surprising - the ink from the markers actually make it nice to colour things!

The inks evaporates a short while after getting onto the paper so it is easy to blend them and they don't leave streaks behind that shows which section of the colouring is overlapped the most. Most importantly, they will not rub away the surface of the paper if you go over it too much! This is my first time experimenting with coloured permanent markers; previously I have only used water-based markers which do not give good results for colouring - they leave streaks and uneven colour, plus also rub away the paper if you work on it too much.

So in some ways, the permanent markers are able to act like alcohol based markers, they contain alcohol too, which I could smell when I'm using them, though not that strong to give me a headache. If you are sensitive to the fumes from permanent markers, I suggest that you don't work too close to the paper and the marker tips and work in a well ventilated room. Don't work with them for too long too and stay safe!

I used the Bic Marking ( permanent markers if you are interested in which markers I used. But any alcohol based permanent markers should work well, and they are much less expensive then craft store alcohol markers such as the Copics and Promarkers. Experiment a bit with what you already have at home!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

A new start and new beginning

It's the first ever blog post for this blog! I decided to start one after thinking about it for a while. I guess I want to share more about my crafty journeys and inspirations and ideas with other people. And also crafting within my limits and budget. That means using materials that can be more or less easily found near me (i.e. in my country, Singapore) and something that is more suitable for the culture here. And since I've been thinking about this for a while, I guess the first step to getting anything done is to start. So, here we are!

I'll admit I'm not too much of a blogger. I'm not even much of a computer person. I'm a young person, mind you, but I just don't like the idea of using the computer too much or slaving to my computer. It's just.. so wrong to me. But that's my choice and belief. And off we go!