Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Seriously 'ATC'ed.

I made this ATC last night. She will be used to make sticker and stamps (will make a post about it later). This is my first time using sponging technique (for the background).

Speaking of ATC, I have 5 ATC group trades in my list. All submissions ending on 31st August.
  1. Peaceful Places theme ATC - atcsforall (3 cards)
  2. Leaf theme ATC for Diladi - atcsforall (another 2 cards)
  3. Singapore theme ATC - Monday Artday (3 cards)
  4. Independence theme ATC - Special blogger group trade (3 cards)
  5. Ocean theme ATC - Monday Artday (3 cards)

Total 16 cards to finish, including another one for Rizal and Yazmin (Singapore) each. My scheduled is packed nowadays, but I challenge myself to get them finished before midst of August.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Mangosteenskin Stamps' New Look


Since a couple of months ago, I've been begging my husband to take me to wood factory and hardware shop. I still can't drive. I keep on delaying and avoiding my JPJ test because I'm still unable to overcome my fear of driving on the highway.

Yesterday my husband had a safety inspection at a fabricated steel factory. There's a wood factory at the same area, so he just dropped me by the road side and I walked myself to the factory that he suggested.

This morning, we went to his friend's hardware shop and I bought myself a small, cute handsaw. I'm smiling and can't stop talking all the home because I'm so happy and can't wait to test my new tool.


My handcarved rubber stamps now come complete with wooden backings. I couldn't believe myself, holding something which only existed in my head before. Months ago, I don't even know that I could carve. To my own amazement, I found myself can carve quite well, atleast on erasers. Seeing these completed rubber stamps, I feel satisfied as everything is worth the effort. Once again, it's worth trying, even if it's something totally "alien" in our lives.

Friday, 25 July 2008

Cupcake or not?



I designed a cupcake stamp for Bakedecorate2u (Rani's home-bakery), but I made some carving mistake because I was chatting with our new employee. When I show it to my hubby, he thought it was for ice-cream shop or something like Coffeebean.

I've shown this stamp to Rani, she likes it but I feel guilty if later people get confused and thought she runs ice-cream shop! Let me know what u think about it. I know I'm lack of experience. If it's not suitable for Rani's home-bakery, then I'll make a new one, and this time it would be a cake. How about the sketch below?

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Carol's Stamps and Stickers

At 2.30am, I manage to finish carving, printing and cutting stickers for Carol.


Carol request for the same stickers like Fliffy's, with the name and URL changed, but I decide to make a new one for her, using her favourite colors; pink, white and baby blue, and the heart-shaped candy is inspired by her current blog header. The design is really simple, as I don't have any drawing or photo-editing software, I have to draw it on paper and scan. The process is so time consuming, tiring and unflexible method as I can never undo any mistake. In fact, the drawing I made for the stickers are ATCs (maybe I can trade them one day, hehe). Please bear my limited design till I get myself a compatible laptop and appropriate softwares, namely CS3 and Illustrator.

I'm working hard for it, haiyahh!

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

My Carving Tools


People have been asking me the tools that I use to carve my stamps. They're art knife and wood carver (see above pic). And the stamp? It is just ordinary eraser. Yes, the same one like you have in your pencil case.

I just start to use the wood carver a couple of week ago when I start to receive custom made orders, just to make the removal of the outside area of an image a little bit faster. But without the wood carver, the art knife alone can still do everything. The knife has a few different type of blade, but the one that u see in the picture is good enough for me.

Yesterday, my husband told me to wait in the car as he need to meet someone at the person's site office. He did not tell me the meeting would take so long (maybe he also don't expect that). I waited about an hour an half in the car, and I tried so hard to be patient and restrain myself from turning on the aircond (fuel is so expensive nowadays, remember?) I tried to occupy myself with some sketching job for my recent orders. My neck and lower back start to ache and I felt like having a sauna eventhough the windows were widely opened. I could get moody anytime, but I tried to be rational and took out the knife and an eraser instead.

The above stamp is the one that I did in the car yesterday.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

More Handcarved Stamps



Since the past two weeks, I've been wearing only jeans and t-shirt to office with absolutely nothing on my face. I spare no time for ironing my blouse and some of them are a bit tighter nowadays, so having less choice, I might repeat wearing a shirt just after it get dried on a hanger. Ironing is only for scarves and my husband's shirts. I carry my black jacket almost everyday, as it helps me to look a bit neater when necessary, rather than just looking like somebody going to market. I sacrifice the time for self-attention and sometimes spend too much on my artsy interest and stamp-making.
Above are some of my latest handcarved stamps.

Friday, 18 July 2008

Pupu's Stamp

Pupu's sketch


Finished stamps


In my previous post, I mentioned that Fliffy's stamp was my first commisioned stamp, right? But to be more accurate, Fliffy's was my first completed commisined stamp. Pupu's order came first but it takes time to complete hers.
She emailed me her own font, icons and kokeshies sketch. I think the blank Kokeshies idea is so cool! We can add details later and produce different characters using the same template. To those whose still don't know what a Kokeshi is, I leave it to you to discover it yourself in Pupu's blog (one of my favourite blog). I think you need to look for the Kokeshies in her older post as recently Pupu has came up with something totally different from her line work style. I like all her recent works (and kokeshies of course), as they always picture something dreamy and magical.
Oh ya, congratulations to Pupu as she has been accepted to continue her study in a local university in Brunei. Pupu, you rawk!

Blue Bird and Kitsune

I was jumping with joy when I received two mails containing ATCs yesterday! Both the cards are gorgeous! I keep looking at them, again and again...and smile.

Mangosteenskin Mermaid (by me) & Blue Bird by JC, San Leandro USA (succesful swap -July 2008)

I saw this bluebird ATC in M.A.D ATC and straight away fell in love with the simplicity and composition. I like the use of color too, as their combination somehow reminds me to my childhood, especially the ochre background (actually JC recycle an envelope). It reminds me of my aunty's cushion cover and curtains, while the blue and red, reminds me of the dolls me and my sister once had. Whatever stuffs bought for us, it usually either pink and light blue or red and blue. Then, if she get red doll, mine would be blue. If she get pink pants, mine would be blue. "Eh, asyik2 saya saja yang dapat biru ni?", Yes, we did quarell over that issues long time ago. Haha!

Okay, back to the blue bird story. I told JC that I would like to have this cute bluebird but I don't have any available card to be traded with her. She said she collects mermaids and would like to have one from me. So, my mermaid is born. I've sent her to San Leandro USA to stay with JC, and I hope she will feel belonged living with the other mermaids from around the world.

Kitsune, The Fox Deity (by Beeble from UMS) & Finding Heart Shapes by me (succesful trade -July 2008)

Beeble was my childhood bestfriend, and after that, eventhough we went to the same secondary school, we're not close anymore. In fact, we became totally strangers to each other. We've lost contact for years, eventhough we share the same village. I met her again during my final year at the university, I was leaving the place and she came in to work there. Now, she's a student again. I must say, our friendship is revived through blogosphere! All these days, I never knew she could draw. Look what blogs has done to us, sometimes in reality all we know is just skin deep but through blogs we could learn a litle bit more!

Beeble produces Folklore themed ATCs (find her other Folklore series ATCs in M.A.D). She reads a lot and I appreciate that she likes to share her readings. She includes some description about Kitsune in M.A.D. Meanwhile, my Finding Heart Shapes is one of the cards where I learn to use watercolor pencil few months ago. I was lack of idea and use heart shapes to create everything in the drawing; the butterfly, the flowers and leaves.

Monday, 14 July 2008

Fliffy's Sticker and Stamp


Fliffy's Sticker and Stamp

Fliffy asked me if I can design label sticker for her and I asked her back whether she would like to have a rubber stamp too...so she can chop...chop...chop on her scrapbook and papercrafts. She said yes! I'm so happy that she asked me to make a sticker design for her, but I'm far more happier when she said she want the stamp. Of course, I made some drafts first and show it to her before she agreed.

She likes Candies for Three which I made for kak Emila, and asked me if I can make "candies" for her too. She even told me that her favourite colors are pink, orange and white. Do visit her blog, I think this pretty lady is a very inspiring, creative dedicated scrapper. I enjoy looking at the digital layouts and papercrafts she posted in her blog. I believe the sticker I made for her is nothing compared to all her wonderful digital creations, but how sweet of her, she still give chance to traditional illustrator like me.

My First Commisioned Hand-carved Rubber Stamp

Kawaii Sticker Price List

I always welcome honest comment on my works (please comment). One more thing, just in case you're interested to commision me for stickers or handmade stamps, let me know by sending me email okay!!. Come on! I'm waiting with a big grin on my face. Hihi.

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Magic Lamp of Luck


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Monday, 7 July 2008

ATCs For All

I found new place to trade Artist Trading Card. So many great art (not only ATC) produced by talented artists from all over the world! Apart from ATCs, we can trade almost everything or anything artsy with the fellow members. If you can't draw, there're thread for other stuffs like collages, handmade crafts, photos, sculptures etc! Through this website, I manage to trade both of the cards i put in the gallery within just a few hours! Frankly speaking, I had a hard time to choose (because all the cards are beautiful), so I let people choose my card. Free arts and new friends, cool heh? Just like in Monday Artday ATC!! But here, they also use feedback ranking system just like the one used in eBay, so everytime you trade---people will rate you according to their level of satisfaction when dealing with you. If you score a lot of positive feedback, it'll give you good reputation and burst your popularity.

Besides the chance to get yourself involved in trading, atcsforall is also a very resourseful site. Do find time to browse this website. If you're into art---i'm sure you'll get hooked! Just click the photo, and you'll get what I mean!

Friday, 4 July 2008

Mermaid

Mermaid - ATC

This mermaid is requested by JC from Monday Artday ATC. Soon she will be traded for a blue bird from JC.

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Real Clip Art

Clipped Art

I like art but I like it more if I could turn it into something functional. I'm hoping that I could produce more of these clips for sale. I'm using my original little paintings here. What you see in the picture is just my 6 initial attempt. They make fancy bookmarks and perfect gifts for friends and family, especially those who still studying or enjoy reading.

Thanks to Kak Ida for the tutorial on making altered paperclips.

I'm thinking of turning my hobby into bussiness. For months I've been monitoring certain websites like Zazzle, GCU and Etsy but I can't proceed with Paypal account as I don't have credit card. While my application still in process, I would like to try my luck marketing my products locally and see how it goes before attempting to go further.

I would be very happy if I could sell paintings but for the moment, I don't have the passion to produce large artworks. Apart from being calculative about the amount of money I have to invest for the material, I assume that I still have a lot to learn, thus I still need a lot of practice to sharpen my skill (and time management) before I'm ready to jump into large size of canvas. I'm okay if you want to call me "little-painting-artist". Haha.

Please don't ever hesitate to drop me any comments. I appreciate each of your comments and support.