Sep 7, 2018

Long overdue update

Ahhhh ... I know I know ... it's been way too long. I should update the blog with some of my newer art pieces. I realized with all these newer social media platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook  etc... many people aren't too keen on reading long winded writings anymore, instead we are now more akin to "feast the eyes" on images after images. I think I too have turned to the dark side preferring instant gratification at most times. Nonetheless I do still love reading when I am presented with a bit more me-time and when the mood is right. How about you? Do you find yourself scrolling through images more now? Or do you still prefer to dwell and daydream in the written word?

Anyhow, here are some of my work that hasn't been posted here yet.

Airship

Dark Matter

Echoes from the Past

Garden

Legend - Palmsize Journal

the Weaver

the Seeker

Lady in the Mirror

Emma & Killian

Embrace Life

the Watcher

Rust and Heart

New Beginnings - Gaia

New Beginnings - Universe

Also, I am delighted and humbled that my work has been featured in the Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine Autumn 2018 Issue. They are out in the newstands in the US as I speak! Thank you so much Stampington & Co. for this opportunity! I haven't received my copy yet, but a lovely art sister Marlene Kazor Quigley, was able to snap some photos of my article for me :)


Have a great weekend all! I know I will :)

Sep 2, 2018

Wanderlust 2019


I am so excited to announce that I will be part of the fabulous lineup of instructors in Wanderlust 2019! This online course will be A YEAR long, packed with MIXED MEDIA and ART JOURNALING courses all in full length high quality videos, each streamable with life long access. 24 Instructors (including myself) and 2 hosts from all over the world would converge in Wanderlust 2019 to bring you 12 art themes.

My project will be called STEAMPUNK TOTEMS - Mixed Media Wearable Art



The best part is if you sign up from now until the end of December 2018, you will be able to enjoy a 30% discount off the original course fee of USD150! You get to enjoy a full year of lessons with the earlybird discount and pay only USD105!


SO come join me and 25 other wonderful instructors in this creative and inspiring journey in 2019.
Sign up via my affiliated link
https://www.everything-art.com/p/wanderlust-2019/?affcode=113232_qsp51ce6
and use the EARLY30 code to get your discount :)

Hope to see you all on Wanderlust 2019!! WOOOHOOOO!!!

Jun 27, 2018

new PDF tutorial


So happy to share my first PDF format tutorial after a looooong time!

Had been inspired to make a simple tutorial for beginners-intermediate level for a while now, and I finally completed it!

Over 150 images to guide you from start to finish, and what's more, if there are any parts you do not understand, I am just an email away :)


Please visit my shop http://alteredalchemy.etsy.com



Feb 7, 2018

Yet Another

This is to be my 3rd makeover of the year! And this time, I have chosen to do an outdoor space. Living on the 8th floor, our only outdoor space within the apartment would be the balcony. We have a relatively small balcony, probably about 12 feet x 5 feet give and take. It's a space that I seldom use because there was nothing there. Well we had a table and some plants but that was it ... a neglected space (for me at least). The husband likes to use it in the night when it's cooler outside. It is his go to space to write.

It's a really lovely space if I think about it, because we get to watch the most beautiful sunsets during the evenings from this balcony. Don't know why I didn't give it more attention earlier. Anyways, it's time to do it up and give the family a hangout space, watch the sunset and give my husband a nice little nook to write surrounded by beauty instead of dying plants ((O_O))

SO here is the Before and After photo of our balcony, and after that I will give you a brief description on the whole makeover process and what projects I did to enhance this outdoor space.


I decided to give our balcony a Zen Bohemian look, if there is such a thing ... because my husband and I have been quite into yoga lately, so I thought it would be nice to bring in the same sort of vibe into the home as well.


I began by building a mini deck.


We had a table which was one of the first things that came into this home with us some 12 years ago, and I have never been able to part with it. So after many different uses, this table has now become the foundation of my deck. However, it wasn't enough to cover the whole deck area, as such I had to build extra framing to fill the whole space. 




After framing up the extra area, I began to lay the 4x1 timber on top and secured them to the table/frames. I must mention that after my 2 previous makeovers, I got the attention of a local online hardware store ATKC, and they offered me all the wood I needed to build my deck for free! I only had to document my process on video so that they can put it on their website. Of course I was delighted with the offer!! As such, my deck costed me close to nothing to build :)




If you look at the photo, I have made a removable panel on the left of the deck. The reason is because my drainage outlet is there, so I thought I'd better make that part removable in case something needs to be fixed. Who knows!


On the right, I have added like a flip up panel with a magnet just for some extra storage space for unsightly object that we want to hide :)

So that's the deck done! I have also stained it with a mixture of 2 different stains which I had leftover from other projects.


And then, I designed and drew out a stencil of a stylized Lotus and simply stippled it onto the stained deck. After which I coated the deck with 3 coats of polyurethane to make it sufficiently waterproof.

And here is the finished deck. It is important to mention that the height between the floor of the deck to the top of the rail is still within the safety specs of 1 meter, as I do have a 7 year old. 


Next, I decided to make a table so that my husband would have a proper surface to write on. But I didn't want the table to be there all the time. As such I thought the best solution was to make a fold-up table.

I first cut up some block board which I had left over from my kitchen makeover, for the tabletop. And then painted it turquoise. I was determine to use brighter colors here, colors that I have never dared to use inside the home.

I made the legs with 2x1 timbers, and made it so that when the table is folded up, the legs would look like some sort of frame. 


Within the frame, I stenciled the Sanskrit symbol "AUM" to go with the Zen Bohemian theme. I also fashioned a 'stopper' to hold the table up when it's folded against the wall.

The table sits comfortably at the edge of the deck so that there's plenty of space still to move around on the deck. I was pretty pleased with the results :)


These were the 2 main things I wanted to do to the balcony. Of course before that, I did paint some walls a deep brown-grey to give some accent to the stark white walls. I could only paint on the walls that would not affect the facade of the apartment block when viewed from outside.

After building the deck and the table, I decided that it was time to beautify. I had a friend who was also doing some reno to her bathrooms and when her contractors ripped off all her old bathroom cabinets, I told her to save 2 doors for me. I had something in mind for the doors.


First I cut some windows into the slates of the cabinet door. Then I took some recycled wood and fashioned a shallow shelving. Attached the door to the shelving units and voila I have a vertical planter!

So this becomes my new succulent planter and I even kept the doorknob!


As for the other door, I cut it into half and made them into shelves for my potted herbs.


Oh! not forgetting also, another planter I made out of recycled wood and cake tins I bought from Daiso (our 5 dollar shop)


I added some floor decal which I bought online. Stick and peel tiles that were easy to apply, and remove should it fall out of favour :)


And the money I saved from the deck (it was sponsored) I bought a beautiful bamboo plant and those potted herbs in the photo above, some succulents and ferns. All in all I am a happy girl!


And here are some photos of my balcony now.








You can see the whole makeover process in the video below.