Friday, 19 May 2017

Dingbatz and more

  Here's my entry for this week's Diva Challenge: Stripes.
It's a small, Bijou-sized tile on my sketchbook featuring Trefoil. It's such a pretty tangle.

  Another page in my sketchbook; here's my exploration page of Dingbatz.

  And one last page featuring last week's challenges for Joey (Sand Swirl) and the Diva (Molygon).

Thanks for stopping by.  ^-^

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Review and Itinerary of Jurong Bird Park

  I wasn't intending on blogging about this so forgive the lack of pretty pictures. But I had more fun than I expected, so I decided to write about it after.

  I went to the Bird Park last week on a weekday afternoon. I bought tickets through Klook and they included tram passes in the ticket price. Awesome! I think it's really worth it to get the tram tickets so that you can cover more ground more quickly in the park. It's just an extra $5 if you're buying tickets at the park itself and it's worth it cause you don't have to spend time walking under the hot sun for too long.

I went with my husband, and our itinerary was this:
1pm: Reach Jurong Bird Park. Take a tram from Station 1 (near the main entrance) to Station 2 (just outside Lory Loft).

1:30pm: Lory Loft
We fed the parrots at the Lory Loft. The enclosure was wonderful and we made a game of spotting different coloured parrots. After that, we had lunch. We had packed a potato salad, a sandwich, potato chips, and a bottle of cider to eat whilst at the park. The good thing about going to places on weekdays is that most places are not busy so we could easily find a bench to sit on and have our lunch slowly. At about 2:15pm, we took the tram again and headed to the third station.

You can get cups of sugared water by donating to the Bird Park near the entrance of the Lory Loft.

We arrived at the Waterfall Aviary just in time to listen to a staff introduce the different birds within the enclosure. Food for the animals can be bought via a donation amount. We skipped this feeding session as I was afraid of the larger birds.

Look at the bird covered with Tipple!

  Instead, we took a short walk up to one of the viewing point to see the world's tallest man-made waterfall. We spent a while there with no one else beside us at the look out point! How amazing is that!


Here's a selfie of me at the look out point.

Then we had time so we took a short walk to the Breeding and Research Centre. By then it was about 3pm. We watched one of the staffs feed baby birds by hand (it was wonderful) and enjoyed the air-conditioning for a while and sat on a bench to rest our feet. Then off to the penguin enclosure in time for the feeding session. There were two feeding sessions- one outdoor at 3:30pm, and one indoor at 3:45pm.

We stood at the outdoor penguin enclosure and again, there weren't any people there! Just my husband and me, plus two other staffs. I made a small donation and received one glove and a plate of fish. It was wonderful to get to experience feeding penguins. I never knew they had small teeth. My only regret is not getting my husband to take pictures of me feeding the penguins. I can tell people I've fed penguins, now. :)

We took a short walk back to the Hawk Arena (it's actually located next to the Breeding and Research Centre) to watch the Kings of the Skies show. It was a great way to end our day.

  It was, indeed, a little tedious to get to the Bird Park (train transfers and then a bus) but to me, it was well worth it. Remember to put on sunscreen and mosquito repellent, and bring lunch for yourself cause everything in the park is pricey ($3.50 for a bottle of green tea! Gosh!) because it's a tourist attraction. And go on a weekday if you want to experience everything without waiting too long and fighting crowds.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Art Studio & Gallery at Eastpoint Mall

I recently found a new art store. It's called "Art Studio & Gallery" and is located at Eastpoint Mall's #02-28. They have two other stores located at Bugis and Bedok Mall. They open from 11am to 9.30pm. You may also contact them at 6538 9916.

  I do believe that they have art jamming sessions because there was a dedicated space for seats and tables, and some finished drawings were on the tables. They also offer tutored lessons with personalised guidance based on your chosen medium, art style, and artistic standard.

  They carry the brand Potentate, and also sell Renoir coloured pencils.. coloured versions of Sakura Micron pens and also brush type Microns (which Art Friend doesn't carry). Koi Brush pens, and Winsor & Newton brushmarkers are also available.

  They sell oils and acrylics by Pebeo, a variety of brushes, a variety of sketchbooks, markers, pencils.... and most charmingly, they sell busts too.

Bristol paper!

When pay-day comes, I shall be purchasing one of these to try, just to see how they compare with the ones Art Friend sells.

A sketchbook filled with Kraft paper. Cool!
But there wasn't a price on it, and I was scared to ask. hahaha

  All in all, it was a decent art store. It was filled with brands that I wasn't familiar with, and I'm sure I'd have a great time trying out some new products. Maybe you'll get to see some product reviews next month. ;)  We'll see.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day

  Joey is running an alphabet challenge and even though I'm not too keen on the alphabets, I thought I'd still join in the fun on the tangles. So here's Dicso (no, not "disco"... It's a tangle that is drawn using the five elemental strokes- a dot, line, curve, reverse curve, and a sphere... or what we simply know as "ICSO". So the name is pretty fitting.)

The tile is up for swapping. If you're interested in having it and completing it, let me know in the comments section below. I'd love to have this tile as a swap for the Travelling Tangles Project. Done on an original Zentangle tile and colours were added with Coloursoft coloured pencils.

  Today, is  Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day, and in a show of support, the Diva has asked the Zentangle community to create tiles using the Moebius Syndrome Foundation's logo as our string. Here's mine, paired with my simplified version of Diva Dance Rock and Roll:
I added purple watercolours in the background as it is the colour for MSAD.

  Lastly, I've been practicing my typography and have been creating lots of works. I've also recently started a bullet journal, of sorts. It's very loosely based on the original bullet journal idea and I've just been doing what works for me. Here's a page from it with a quote by Rumi:
"Stop acting so small... You are the universe in ecstatic motion."

  I hope it acts as a reminder to you to keep reaching for bigger goals and to keep dreaming bigger dreams. Until next week, my lovelies... Keep tangling! :)

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

burst of colours

  This week's challenge from the Diva was to use the tangle "Drawings" (pronounced "Draw Wings"). I added my simplified version of Diva Dance Rock and Roll (step-outs to it can be found here), and some shading with coloured pencils.
I used a wonderful ATC-sized tile sent to me from Anne Marks as part of the Travelling Tangles Project. She did the background using watercolours.

  Anne Marks also sent me another ATC tile, but this time, with a beautiful red background. I added Cadent using a Uni-ball Signo white pen.I also added shading to it using coloured pencils on the outside edges of the Cadent.

  You should definitely join the fun over on the Travelling Tangles Project's Facebook page. You'll get to swap tiles with people from all around the globe.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

playing catch up

  Goodness, how time flies. It's been a while since you last heard from me, eh? Here's a small part of what I've been up to in the past month or so.

... I completed my November Tanglelendar beautifully. December's page didn't go so well and I abandoned ship. But January's page has been alright. As always, you can download your own free template of the calendar via this link.

... I made Christmas gifts for my family and friends.

... And I held holiday classes. Here's some tiles that I did with a group of kids (and two of their teachers) from a student care centre.

  I hope 2017 is starting off in a great way for you, and that your year will be filled with creativity, happiness, and good health. I'll be back to my regular posting from now- once a week post, at minimum. Plus, I'll be back to posting on my YouTube channel soon, too.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Step-Outs to Eternity

  I deconstructed this tangle quite a while ago, but only got around to making step-outs to it recently. I named it "Eternity" in honour of my relationship with my significant other. I hope that when you draw this tangle, you would think about your love to people who matter in your life. :)

  Eternity can be used as a string, and as a border tangle. If you closed both of its tail-ends, you could also make it a stand-alone tangle. Hopefully you'll enjoy drawing it just as much as I do.

  The other tangle featured is my version of Diva Dance Rock and Roll. It is a simplified version, and you can find step-outs to it via this link.

Friday, 25 November 2016

late night conversations

  Good afternoon, lovelies. The holiday season is upon us. Can you believe it's almost December already? Time flies by so quickly. I've been busy making holiday gifts for my family and friends. I think I'm making the largest amount of presents this year than I have in the past years. I think it's a blessing. It means that there are more people that I treasure in my life now than I've ever had.

Here's my pile of things. Some tiles are already wrapped... Some will be mailed to friends and family living overseas. Some will be given in person. :) There's so much love and joy that I want to spread.
  Here are two of the tiles that I've completed. The Zendala is meant to be a Christmas tree ornament and has the birthday gemstones of the person I'm gifting the tile to (they're sardonyx gems). The other is for a child. I've left the top left area empty because I'm going to be teaching her how to draw my version of Diva Dance- Rock and Roll. It's the simplified version. And if you've not watched my video tutorial on how to draw it, you can watch it via this link. I promise it'd be worth your time. ;)

  Here's my entry for this week's Diva Challenge. It's fragments of Ving. I really like Ving and how versatile it is. The curved version of it reminded me of paper aeroplanes, so I turned them into one. :) The other tile was for an It's A String Thing, featuring Sea Wave. But I haven't finished shading it. I swear, I've been taking part in weekly challenges. It's just that I never get around to completing them.... They're all either half-done, or not shaded. Urgh.

  Lastly, here's a page from my new typography sketchbook. I'm already on my third one. The flip-through video of my second typography sketchbook should be up soon. And I also am going to edit the video for my old sketchbook.

  Thank you so much for dropping by to see what I've been up to in the past week. I hope you have a safe and lovely holiday this season. And until next week... Keep tangling!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Step-outs to Diva Dance Simplified

    I teach the Zentangle method to a lot of children, and earlier during June this year, I tried teaching Diva Dance- Rock and Roll in my classes. Most kids got it, some didn't; and I don't really like it when students don't "get" certain patterns that I teach as I think of it in the sense that there has to be a better/easier way for me to teach the pattern. ... And I found a way! I'm so excited to teach you how to draw my version of Diva Dance- Rock and Roll. I'm sure it'd be a great substitute if you're teaching it as a first tangle to someone who has never tried Zentangle art before, or to children and other non-children (or children at hearts. haha) who struggle with the original tangle.

  The difficulty that the children I taught had with the pattern was deciding where and when they should add the "bumps". Some added too few and then it didn't look like the example that I had demonstrated for them. This made them frustrated. Others were so focused on the bumps that their aura didn't keep close to the bumps and they ended drawing something that resembled Printemps. I hope this video will also help.

  And here's a page in my sketchbook where I drew it as a border. I'm going to be drawing a Zendala next to it, leaving a white border between the two parts.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Step-Outs to Lovelites

  I had taught "Footlites" to a class previously. On a following class, I built upon that tangle but drew it in a different way and used it as a border. My goal for that was to teach my students that tangles can inspire you to draw new patterns, and that tangles could be used in different ways. My students loved the tangle I taught and asked for its name. I hadn't thought to name it anything...

 "It's inspired by Footlites," I told them. "So we just say it's a variation of Footlites."

  One student suggested, "Maybe we could call it Lovelites".

  And I really liked the name. So I present to you, Lovelites:
step outs to Lovelites Zentangle, heart Zentangle, Stephanie Jennifer

  And here's a suggestion on how to shade it.
step outs to Lovelites Zentangle, heart Zentangle, Stephanie Jennifer

  Thank you Stephie for gifting this tangle a name. :)  I hope many others use the tangle.