19 June 2018

Rubber stamp carving workshop in Singapore

Now that I've settled into the new place, I finally have time to conduct workshops at the comfort of my Sengkang home! I'm so glad I got down to doing it because I've met so many talented and wonderful people. It also helped me consolidate what I've learnt about carving all these years. I definitely enjoyed it more than I could imagine!

For a start I offered 3 different themes, but because it's such a casual and cozy setting, the participants didn't have to stick to the theme and could even come up with their own designs!

I was extremely lucky to get a professional photographer joining my workshop on the first day! Check out the wonderful pictures he took for me!

Credits to Justin Lim (that's his amazing instagram!)

Amongst the many talented people I met, there's also a caricature artist Weiying, decoupage master Alice, and a very lively participant Mrs Nah who makes shadow boxes in her free time. When you spend most of the time alone and carving away in a little home studio, interacting with fellow crafters in person feels so refreshing!

Looking back at the past 2 weeks, it's such a humbling and rewarding experience! I'm definitely looking forward to conducting more workshops towards the end of the year. But I've got so many ideas going on, it'd be great if you could help me out! 

Lastly, I'm still open to corporate and private workshops, and you can find out more here. Feel free to email me at baisimu@gmail.com if you've got any questions! 

10 September 2017

My handmade flower bouquet!

Sometime last week, I was invited by A better florist to join their flower arrangement workshop. While I do like flowers, I've always only enjoyed drawing them. So it was quite an adventure for me last Saturday!

The shop smells wonderful with all these flowers.

And here's our wonderful instructor who made the workshop so fun!

Here are the roses I picked,

and the bouquet I arranged with the help of the instructor.

After wrapping, here's a ig-friendly picture of the bouquet!

The main flowers are the carnation but all of my attention went to the pink roses. 

I did a quick illustration and added in words for anyone to download and use it for your own use. Have fun!

If you're looking to order some beautiful bouquets, or would like to participate in their workshops, be sure to check out their website!  

A phone wallpaper just for fun. Enjoy!

And if you'd like to get a high resolution vector image of the rose, here's a link to my digital art in my Etsy shop!

31 May 2017

StazOn ink pad review

Brand: Ink It Up
Where: PaperMarket, craft shops, online platforms
Price: About $10
Size: 4.5 x 7.5cm
Good for: Stamping on plastic, metal, glass, ceramic, laminated paper, coated paper and leather  
Properties: Raised surface (which means you can use it with stamps of any size), fast-drying solvent ink

I never had the need to stamp on plastic, which explains why I took so long to do this review. There were many colors to choose from and I decided to go with Hydrangea Blue and Teal Blue! Turns out on materials other that paper, they weren't much of a difference!

This is how they look on paper. Not fantastic. VersaColor is much better I would say.

But oh well, it is stated on the back that this is meant for plastic, glass and metal. So let's give it a shot.

When I first tried stamping on plastic, I was a little skeptical. The effect isn't impressive and the normal black one seems to look exactly like the StazOn blue ink!

Boy was I wrong. Check out the video to see how the ink stays after I tried wiping them off. Just to be sure the ink has time to dry I left it aside for about 5 minutes before doing this. 

Check it out.

Isn't it amazing? Now you can use your logo and address stamps on your plastic/ metal packaging and poly mailers!

How about a custom stamp to go with this? Check out my handmade stamps in my online shop.

Happy stamping!