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Friday, July 27, 2012

Peacock Hand Pulled Linocut Reduction Print

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I finished the print last night at about 1am. I am worried that the background is too red, but was relieved this morning to see that it is just right. The background is a bit red under the night light.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Peacock Linocut Printmaking Print Work in Progress

I start a new printmaking project today. It is inspired by my daughter's peacock drawing:
I found the pattern is very nice and would love to see how it will turn out in a printmaking.

I just managed to layout the drawing in the lino board and cut the white out.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Birds Flower Night Small Round Magnet Set of 4

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Just made these very cute small round magnets. They are 3cm/1.2" in diameter. They are sold in set of 4 of the magnets.
These are the base of the magnets. They are made of plastic with strong magnets. The colors of the base are varied from set to set.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Spring Garden Hand-Pulled Reduction Linocut Print

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I found that it is easier to use colors in the night under the electrical lights to make print than painting. If I painted at night, I would find in the next morning that the colors were very wrong under the sun light. But printmaking seems has no such problem. Thus, I can work in the night when others are not "bothering" me.

It is very relaxing when cutting the lino board. I feel very therapeutic to do printing after a normally very occupied and sometime chaotic day.
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One of the exciting things about printmaking is that there are lots of surprises. You never know what exactly it is until you pull the paper.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cherry Bird Turquoise Color Elegant Rectangle Glass Pendant

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I am busy making glass pendants these days. It takes at least two days to complete a glass pendant for shipping.

This is made from Twitting among Cherries print.
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Red Tree Laptop Skin

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I just had this skin printed for a customer order. It is perfect. I love the colors. They are brilliant.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Spring Field Limited Edition of 4 Reduction Linocut Print

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It takes a whole day for me except being a "Minister of Home Affair (MHA)" to complete the print. I just got this "MHA"  new job title from my family members because of the things I do such as chauffeur everyone around to save their traffic time, design daily meal menus and take care of bills and make appointments. It sounds better than "House Wife", isn't it?

Applied the First Color
While making the print, I need constantly to look out to balance the different colored parts and white parts during cutting the lino board.

Since I cut away the color that I want to preserve after applying each color, if there is a big mistake, I cannot reverse it. The print just has to be thrown away. If nothing goes wrong, in the end, the lino board surface is almost cut away flat and all the hard work of previous cuttings are gone. That's why the reductive relief printmaking is also called "suicide printmaking".
Applied the Green Color
Applied the Dark Purple Color
This is a limited edition of 4 prints. The print measures 7 x 12"/17 x 30cm with a boarder for frame.
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I like the texture of the print. Because I use hand to push the papers to make print and that makes uneven texture of the color. I think this is the beauty of hand-pull printmaking.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Spring Field Linocut Printmaking Work In Progess

Lino Board with Drawing Done
I started a new printmaking today about the drawing that I did with my daughter in April.
Sprint Field Drawing
I had made the drawing on lino board with pencil today and started to cut out the white part.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Wild Poppies and Birds Antique Silver Tone Necklace

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I like to make necklaces. They are so adorable, This one is going to be sent for a customer tomorrow. It is made from the print Wild Poppies and Birds.
  
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How Silver Necklace looks with a cloth
I am planning to take some photos with a model so that it can show exactly how the necklace will look like in person.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Moonlight Owl Anitque Silver Necklace

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It is just made from the Moonlight Owl print today for a customer order.
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Monday, July 2, 2012

Can Money buy Good Quality Products?

Philips Customer Car Center with the Problem Vacuum Cleaner on the Bench
Finally I have settled down after staying in north America for a long time and be able to concentrate on some art work, but yesterday, my routine suddenly got disrupted.

I bought a SGD$500 Philips vacuum cleaner at the end of May. It was only used for about 15 days considering the long absent in between May and now.  Yesterday, while I was enjoying playing piano with my daughter and planning to do some painting after that, my maid came to told me: "Mame, the vacuum cleaner is not working". I checked the machine and hope to find that there was no problem, only that she forgot to turn on something. But after tweaking here and there, I realized that it was spoil and my whole day was ruined.

Because it is a fairly expensive machine and it was used only for such a short time, I cannot just through it away and buy a new one. I need to send it over as instructed by the customer service officer from Philips and get it repaired. It took me 3 hours to carry the heavy machine to the service center.

There are so many types of vacuum cleaners in the market from about SGD$100 to SGD$600. I thought if I buy expensive one, it will perform better. But actually I found the logic doesn't hold any more now days. Here is another example.
Silver Titus Watch With Crystal Dropped Off
I like Silver Titus watch very much. If I need a new watch for gift or for my own use,  I usually just went to City Chain and got a Silver Titus watch. But last year, I bought a about SGD$250 Silver Titus watch from City Chain and a crystal dropped off and crown became loose only after one month. I couldn't adjust time back to Singapore time after coming back from Germany. The ridiculous thing was that when I went to City Chain store the store men told me that the crystal and crown were all outside parts and they were not included in the warranty. Only after I argued with them for a long time, they agreed to send it to be repaired for free.

Now the watch has 2 more crystals came off and 3 crystals turned to black. I feel so sick to look at it and I just through it away somewhere so that I will never see it again.

It is very confusing now days as which brand is good or bad and who can be trusted. You cannot buy good products just by paying more money.

Luckily Singapore has introduced so called "Lemon Law" and will be effective by September 1. I hope by then, things will get better.