Before my junk journal..

I shared in the last 2nd post that I’m finding what’s next for me. Trash art never really leave… they’re always so meaningful to be included in my artwork. I thought maybe I should do something that combines my favs in a piece of work. So here’s some snippets:

Finishing this artwork gives 80% sense of satisfaction. Theres still something missing.. I sometimes think maybe doing Art had passed it’s season. Maybe.. I think volunteering has greater life satisfaction.

I found junk journaling

I forgotten the exact date I saw some handmade junk journaling youtube videos and they really inspired me to start my own!

What is about them that inspired me? Ok here you go:

1. They’re upcycling meaningful projects. While many people will buy scrapbook materials to create their journals, I find it really meaningful to use recycled materials almost fully to build mine instead. Plus, recycled materials are totally FOC!!

2. I can do all kinds of art within. It can holds all kinds of creatives possibilities within eg paintings, sketches, collage, image transfers if that amaze you like they amazed me, scripting, decoupage, textures… and so much more!!

So I did my first mini A6 here using Van Gogh as my main subject to drive me through from beginning to last page. He of course inspired me throughly.

Junk journal Van Gogh paintings.

And here’s 2 vid links, part 1 and 2 of my journal flip through:

I hope you enjoy them! Thank you 🙂

Finding myself…

It had been 5 years since I started doing Art. This has been a good journey, I told my friend there’s always an up and down period on this way. Starting out doing with whatever ideas that have been hovering around my mind, throwing ideas to pictures on canvases, it’s a period of throwing ideas that stretched into watercolor cards days, I did many cards that can be sold at art market.

After that phrase leads me into a down. I dun know why I was doing that, later realised ok it’s idea throwing period. I have too many ideas from many late nights not answered, I’m basically answering myself. Sorting that out was good.

I went into a second high period, trying to find my style of painting and drawing. Too captured by chinese folk art drawings over the years too, I found mediums that can captured that essence. I work out the style that I can do to match to what I wanted. I think I took over 1 to 2 months just on that, and after this is to put my works into exhibition.

Things really happened to my desire. My artwork was chosen to exhibit in Vancouver. Like a dream came through, I went through a process of painting finish artwork, prepping artwork and packaging it nicely and say Goodbye temporary and the Fedex guy took my artwork away.

Still not done with my signature painting style, I continued onto another piece. This time round for another local exhibit I signed up for. Everyone can get their artwork in and I see this process a very healing phrase for me of setting myself out to accomplish what I wanted to. It’s fulfilling, I love it.

After this phrase, I couldn’t paint any more of this painting style anymore. I remembered I found it too constrictive on my mind, the 2nd piece took a much longer time to finish than the first. Yes though it’s a bigger piece but I think it’s more on a mindset thing. I felt I need to feel relax when doing my art. Though I was able to capture that kind of finished look I yearned for then, I do not really enjoy the creation process. I was too glad when I came to homerun and successfully completed the 2nd pieced up painting.

These 2 paintings are very significant to me. They marked a few things in my art journey: to established a style, allowed me to experience that feeling of work exhibited overseas and local, also to calm me down very much during a period of teenagers growing pain years. These paintings reflected my feelings as a mom of 3 kids. I’m glad I have a space to channel out these feelings.

I moved into another phrase of down again after these 2 accomplishments. Not willing to start another painting of this constructive style, I asked myself what I enjoyed most. It’s sketching. Draw anyhow to get that certain subject out and watercolor paint over. Quick! Almost instant like production when I do sketch unlike a proper painting. I completely love this feeling.

I think from then on, I started buying sketchbooks to document my thoughts. I started from home, then I slowly shift out to the draw at the cafes, I totally enjoy the vibe and stimulation of the surroundings and people, the smell of coffee and tea, I did this part for quite sometimes like at least 6 to 8 months. I got slightly better at doing quick sketches on trains and documenting sights.

As time passes by, I thought, yeah as much as I’m loving these careless sketches, what’s the purpose in it? This phrase sets me to think alot about why i’m doing Art. Art is helpful when someone else is moved by it, is helpful when it sends motivational messages out. I started to think how I can use Art to help people.

Not long later, I decided to set up an exhibition for mothers to participate in. Only for Mom artists. Mainly to release another part of me, remembering that low low time when I see my kids grow up, lots of mixed feelings within that motherhood journey, I feel for stay at home mothers, we are more than staying at home and the need to be at home with kids is because we are answering to conscience calling from within. It’s at least a good 15 years I’ve been raising kids at home. I know how low it can be at times and I want to create a platform for esp stay home moms to stand up so they feel slightly better being appreciated for their talent.

Well, doing this part makes me feels good, super good. Yes use Art to leverage others. It’s into another journey of difficulties finding exhibit locations and inviting artists. Some talented moms back out before registration, some no confidence to see their works being exhibited, and the process of running this exhibition is not an easy flow too. I take this as my tough learning journey.

We should’ve exhibited by now if not for COVID-19. Time passes, I hope all moms are still holding on nicely and hopefully we put on a good show in Mar 2021. COVID comes, destroy life’s and kind of set me back abit.

I’ve held my 3rd FB sketch challenge with FB friends at the beginning of the circuit breaker. It’s the most responsive challenge ever as people are staying at home! I’m happy to hold this challenge to uplift others to feel better staying at home. Art again, I see as a tool to bring some light into people’s life.

Who am I really? I look back at my life. Most jobs that I’ve held are teaching positions. I’ve taught at all levels from childcare to primary schools to secondary schools to private schools to technical levels. Haha, though i’m trained to be a designer by profession, I guess I allowed my conscience to lead most part of my life. I wanna feel good following my heart from within. Sometimes we say we like to do something or who are we but look back at what we’ve done most in our life is the answer.

After the art challenge ends in 14 days, I begin to do home stack sculptures, stacking random found objects from home to become an instant sculpture. It’s a fun process. There’s a yearn in the heart to do it so i did. I did this to entertain myself, to e joy the thrill of stacking high and balancing things. I guess it feeds my soul and helped balanced me. I stopped at 6 trials. Done, enough, finished.

Next, I did some origami pyramid sculptures, those that inspired me through instagram feeds, also compiled my own youtube vids on a trial vlog of my daily life and art. Did 2 of them, so far think it’s a fun process compiling things but I feel they’re just not me, someone to do videos… haha. Anyway the process feeds my soul so ok, i’m happy going through it.

The next thing I see flowing is to challenge myself drawing portraits. I’ve never know how to draw portraits. I did 4 physical ones altogether plus more on online drawing Dada’s program with other artists. It’s fulfilling again, feeds my souls again, I’m happy to go through these.

In that last piece of portrait, I combined paper mache, collage, my gouache painting, line sketches and trash objects into the artwork. Mache and collage is something i’ve always wanted to do but know I could not just use them to be a stand-alone artwork. I knew that is not my kind of art. This last piece of portrait seems to summarise my years of art experiences, combining them into one is Me. I’m thankful to have come to here, at this point, standing, to see how my art evolves.

I guess, my next artwork, I will love to do a big one, will be a combo of these things which I love. When will it be? I dun know. Mostly when I have space for a big studio. What do i do now? That book illustration project is coming. I have a good feeling for nature and touching earth. Not grounded enough. Maybe I need to touch base again.

When circuit breaker starts

Circuit breaker starts, everyone stayed home. That was since Apr 7th, more than 2 months back. It’s not a wonderful time, people are staying behind doors, going out only when necessary. Singapore is a too small country for far too many people, it’s hard to keep the disease away.

I started a FB sketch challenge then, this was the 3rd time i’m holding one since it’s a pretty good timing for people to come in and draw things, kind of an art therapy from this period I guess. We did it for 14 days, abt 15 friends draw something daily and yes, some of them requested more days at the end..

Here’s some of my drawings which you can already see if you follows in instagram:

Above my 3 favs.

However I couldn’t help hoping the sketch challenge ends asap so I can do some crazy things like these:

Stack 1
Stack 2
Stack 3
Stack 4
Stack 5

More of a balance project, to balance outside requires me to first balance myself from inside. It’s just an idea I’ve got one night when dozing to zzz, ideas always come at that time but it’s also plain fun.

I found myself drawing too much then.. so I think I rested for about 4 weeks not drawing anything. It’s a good hand rest period or it’s more about the heart’s willingness to do something.

Cool out period.

Keep calm and draw bricks

In times like this, my delivery rate is going down the slope. There are less orders coming in and I found myself staying home more. We need the economy to be up to stay afloat. I still believe there can be other possibilities to be done and am exploring now. .

At the meantime for me, Keep Calm and Draw Bricks. ☘️

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Loves mother earth

As COVID19 comes in, lockdown of cities caused people to be quarantined into our own living areas. As humans shut ourselves doing social distancing away, dolphins and swans swam back into the rivers in Venice and much reduced pollution was tracked too in major cities too. We have been using the earth for such a long time, it’s time for Earth 🌏 to really breathe the first time instead. Much more can be done to put human and nature in balance and harmony.

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I was also very inspired by Sir Elton John’s song ‘Skyline Pigeon’ when wanting to do this sketch. He totally sings out the basic freedom rights that animals should have. We human beings can be better. .

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Smile

I took a bus home just now. Yeah the bus came and I tot it’s nice to smile to the bus driver as they’ve been driving under the blazing sun, life’s hard driving rounds and rounds on the same route so, just smile ☺️. He smiled back, happy.

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Ride came to my stop, I alighted and knew what.. the bus driver smiled even wider this round at me when I’m out of the bus turning back to look at him with his grinning teeths! Wow… what a good feeling! 😇☘️✌️

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Pardon my super imperfect drawing, yes both are the same person. 😅

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I’m a road nerd

(This post is backdated to Mar 12th when COVID situation is still quite stable in Singapore.)

I’m a road nerd. Every time when I’ve to pass by roads in the Orchard area, Braddell link to Lornie / Bishan… that Braddell viaduct or those crisscross complicated roads from Balestier to PIE or CTE / City / Toa Payoh… I will have cold sweats when I came to junctions like these because one wrong lane taken will take me afar….some too far enough for a U turn that makes me on the edge for the next delivery. I rely on the app to bring me to places, it is mostly correct but sometimes it will bring me to some nerdy place along the expressway??!! 😶

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Anyway, maybe I’m the nerd but I learnt throughout these times put into delivery on and off schedules about roads in SG. It’s SOOOOOO complicated driving here but ok, I’ve got better.

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Through these driving trials on roads, I’ve seen very nice drivers who gave way to me when I’m on that ‘omg’ road, eg 2 days ago, it’s either I got into Serangoon road or PIE to City within 200m range out of that dun know what underpass.. I couldn’t imagine how a big round I’ve to take if I’m on that Serangoon road gg to Hougang?? OMG again.

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I’m so thankful to these nice drivers and they reminded me to be nice also too but you know, sometimes another driver behind will honk at me for being too nice ok.

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Every time I meet these nice drivers, I will try to put up my hands at my rear mirror to try to wave to them to signal a sign of thank you but I really dun know if they see my hand cos they always look like a knight behind their dashboard from 2 glasses away (my rear mirror and their car window) so, anyway I did my best to show my appreciation. 🤪

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Old artworks sale!

I’m decluttering my original artworks over this link on carousell (link on bio), many small works that’s easy to frame up, also hand printed cards to let go, all at very gd price. 👍 Shipping fee within SG only.

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Pick up time

The frisbee comes and there it goes, pick up time. Life has its ups and downs. A good way to release it via drawings, splash out the negatives and balance myself back. I can.

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