Thursday, 15 September 2016

life is tough, darling, but so are you

  I'm playing catch-up on the weekly challenges. This one was done for It's a String Thing and Joey's challenge, last week. The colours were added with Peerless watercolours. I'm trying out this new thing where I'm adding tangles on what would be the edge of the tile. And I'm still continuing that thing I've done where I try to make the tangles of the different tiles merge together.


  This one was done for last last week's of Joey's challenge. Hahaha 

  Some new tangles- Dreamdex (by a Zentangle teacher-friend of mine, Debbie New). It's such a beautiful and versatile tangle. Then there's Dreamcatcher and Nymph. I haven't added shading to this page, yet.

  This week's Diva challenge; Tripoli. I tried to make mine unique. It's a free-floating pattern on one of my sketchbook page and I'm not showing the rest of the page because it's not completed yet.

  Here's a picture of me and my new bag that I drew on. I recently cut off about 5 inches of my hair.

  Everything Is Art also recently opened its craft store. Here is a sample of the things that we have available for sale. :)

  They're all hand-drawn with love. And if you're interested in seeing all the items available and how much each item costs, you can visit our webstore.

  And lastly, here's a tile I did inspired by this week's Joey's challenge. Tipple on all four corners of the tile. Echos across the tile. And Dreamdex, looking like a pinwheel. The background was done with Winsor & Newton watercolours.

  Thank you for dropping by. I hope I've inspired you. Until next week... Keep tangling!

Friday, 9 September 2016

I see your true colours...

  I've been working on my tiles for various weekly Zentangle challenges. They're all being done in my sketchbook. But I've been so busy for the past week that I've not gotten around to completing them. I'm so sorry I haven't been posting here, either... 

  Here are some tiles from the Travelling Tangles Project that I've been working on...


  Sandy Kelley-Jones did the start to this wonderful tile. The obvious choice would be to have complete the Huggins, but I refused to take the easy route. Instead, I added a curvy version of Floatfest, plus Cadent and then went super crazy with Striping it. (That's why it took a while for me to complete the tile....) The original Huggins then became a sort of river. This was fun!


  Here's another one from Kat van Rooyen.

  I secretly hate working on black Zentangle® tiles because of how much they absorb the ink from my white pen.... And so it takes a while to get my lines to look as opaque as I want them to be. But I still had fun with it. I added some gems, and then made everything look like a bracelet.


Pretty tassels.

  Also notice how I'm toying with the idea of changing my initial? It's a triangle with a dot in the middle in the last two tiles... But I'm still reverting back to my cursive "s" initial, so I'm not sure yet... Here's a tile from Sabrina Kirjavainen.

  And here's my finish. I'm teaching that fan-shaped looking pattern in my classes this month. ^-^

  And one last one. This one is from the Diva herself, Laura Harms.

  And here's what I did with it.

  If you didn't know yet, I also cut my hair!


  And here's just one last tile that I did for fun. I've sent it off to one of my best friends who currently lives in London. It's the same tile; the one on the left side is just the line art, the one on the right is after I added colours with Peerless watercolours, and shading with a grey Fabrico marker.
Shading with markers is tough, but I think I did a good job.


  I hope you enjoyed seeing what pretty things I've created in the past week. I've been working on other things, too. It's just that they're not completed yet so I didn't want to show you yet. Until next week.... Keep tangling!


Saturday, 27 August 2016

the best birthday

  Last week was a great week. Just yesterday, I had the best birthday that I've had in quite a while. My friends have made me feel very loved by gifting me nice art supplies that I wanted... I had a wonderful lunch with someone who I hope will turn into a sort of mentor in the future... I bought some nice mooncakes in lieu of a chocolate cake because I had a craving for mooncakes. hehehe. And today, I spent some time at the Night Festival with a new friend, and it was wonderful. And of course, I've been busy with artsy things as well.

  Let's start things off with a simple Bijou tile, featuring Cadent.
I'm teaching Cadent to my students at the moment. And before this, I had completely forgotten how much I love Cadent. So many possibilities with it! This tile was real fun to do.

  My sketchbook page for Diva's ("Ing") and Joey's ("Finish My Tile #2) challenges.
There's Meer wrapped around the border of the top tile; Aquafleur is featured in the Bijou; Cadent is featured in the lower tile; and there is a couple of Springkles on the lower left of the page. I hope that helps if you'd like to find any step-outs to the tangles I've drawn.

Some Travelling Tangles tiles...




  Don't forget that you can join the fun over at the Travelling Tangles Project's Facebook page.

  And here are two tiles completed by my mum, Joni Toh. Send her some love. :)


Featuring "Singapore Sling", one of my own patterns.
You can find step-outs to it via this link.




Friday, 19 August 2016

50:39, our first Olympic gold

  I did my entries for this week's Joey and Diva challenge in my sketchbook. 

  The top tile is for Joey's challenge, featuring Paradox and using a similar idea to the Travelling Tangles Project. I've also been hooked on Starcrossed and will probably teach it in future classes. I'd wanted to add Paradox in grey ink to the background but that just seems like too much work now that the Starcrossed is so...... crossed.

  The bottom tile is for Diva's challenge. Singapore has a new celebrity. Our very own Joseph Schooling won our country's first ever gold medal in the Olympics. He competed in the Men's 100 metre butterfly and made an Olympics record of 50.39 seconds, beating joint second Michael Phelps, Chad Le Clos, and László Cseh by 0.75 seconds. Needless to say, he's a celebrity now that he's back in the country and we're all very proud of him.

I should've used inks for the Olympic rings to boost their colour saturation. Also, I'm not quite sure whether the Crescent Moon is working out on the Diva tile.... So...

  Here's another page from my sketchbook that's pretty too:
  Featuring Yuma in the top tile. I love this shading. Heartswell is beside it. And then below, I'm going back to my drama tiles with Cadent as the star. There's also a Bijou that's still empty. Haven't thought of what to put in it yet. Perhaps you'll have a tangle in mind that would look nice in it? Let me know in the comments section. :)

Friday, 12 August 2016

Where did all that time go?

  I don't have much to show for this week because I had a four-days event at Expo on the 6th to 9th of August... So I didn't draw much over the week. Here's my entry for the Diva's Challenge this week:

Featuring Auraknot and Meer.
Keeping it really simple.

  And I just realised I'm super behind on my Zentangle calendar.... I still haven't completed July yet! Here's how far I've gotten. I'm probably going to add just a little more shading, and details in white pen. Then call it a day. (Call it a month? hahaha)

  I've designed free calendar templates that you can print out so you can have a Tanglelendar just like I do. :) Link to download whichever month(s) you want is right here. There's also the Tanglelendar Facebook group that you might want to join.

  Thanks for popping by to take a look at what I've been up to. See you next week~

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

new tangles take you to new places

  I swear I have started so many ideas in my sketchbook but just never got around to inking them.... I'm Queen of Procrastination. :<  I wanted to do It's a String Thing #155, but never got around to completing it. I did, however, spend the good part of last night to complete this page in my sketchbook for this week's Diva Challenge:

abeko, 4Rosie, Knightstar, Tripoli, Stephanie Jennifer

  I used a different (easier) way of drawing Knightstar (and I made a video of how I did it!). I also learnt a new way to fill Tripoli from a Zentangle friend, Midori. I also tried out two new patterns, "4Rosie" and "Abeko". This was a really fun page to complete.

  Here's my Draw With Me video on how I drew Knightstar:
  And in case you need it, the link to step-outs to "Facets" is right here.

  I also managed to complete the second postcard-sized watercolour flower drawing I started two weeks ago.

Zentangle watercolor flower, watercolour flower


  And of course, I've been kept busy with the Travelling Tangles Project. "Andante" is my current favourite tangle at the moment.


  My mum, Joni, has also been catching up with her swaps. Here's one she did with Janine Pottish Barash:
Travelling Tangles, Joni Toh

  That's really all I have for this week. Next week is going to be Singapore's National Day, and I'm going to be at this large event holding a Zentangle workshop with Joni, so we're going to be super busy from the 6th to the 9th of August. If you live in Singapore, join us for the event at Expo, Hall 5. From 12pm to 8:30pm. We'd love to see you there. ^-^

  I don't know whether I'd have time to create new things for next week's post, but I'll try my best. :)

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

drawing outside the tile

  If you dropped by last week, then hello again~ Remember I created two watercolour flowers? I completed the pink one this week.

With some Tripoli in pink and purple. I'm not sure whether I should fill the entire paper with Tripolis or leave it as it is... Any thoughts on the matter? Let me know in the comments section below. :)


  In other news, I also posted new videos onto my YouTube channel. You can view my channel via this link.

  For Diva's challenge, I did a tile in my sketchbook.

  Here's how the full page looks like. I'm trying out this new thing where I extend the tangles out of their "tiles", and also try to connect different "tiles" together by entwining their tangles together. It takes some planning, but it's lots of fun.
I've discovered that one of my tangles, Naida, works really well as a leaf.
Step-outs to it via this link.

  Here's another page in my sketchbook. It's a W2 labyrinth. The idea is by Staub Korn. I shaded it with three different purple coloured pencils.

  And here's my submission for Joey's challenge.


  Lastly, here are some tiles I completed for Travelling Tangles.
June Dalde sent in all these pretty things. 

  And I finished the first tile. I actually really like that fern thing. It reminds me of Verdigogh, but without all the layering (although I'm quite sure if you had the patience, you definitely could layer the fern's leaves too). I added some colours to it with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

  And here's another tile... This one was sent from Franciose Lip. Unfortunately, I don't have a "before" picture. She did the pretty pink background, and the Flux on the bottom right; I added the Flux at the top left, and CC in the background.
The tangle "CC" is really starting to grow on me. I've used it in four different works just this week alone... I might have to teach it in one of my classes soon.


  As always, thank you for dropping by. Reading comments really brings a smile to my face, and suggestions are always appreciated. Until next week... Keep tangling!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

blues, pinks, and tangles

  It's been a splendid week so far. And now that I'm feeling better (as compared to how ill I was last week), I could get lots more art done this week.

I did this watercolour flowers, and will add tangles to them soon.

  I'm also planning new Zentangle-inspired craft classes to teach.
Like these pins.
(Also note that the background of this picture is actually my uncompleted Tanglelendar.)

And this very beautiful shell pendant. I'm going to be tangling on it.

  I visited the Peranakan museum yesterday. I've been there before, but there's a special exhibition on beadwork happening currently. The exhibition was wonderful. I feel so much more inspired today.
Obligatory selfie from the museum.


   I received gifts in the mail from Janine Barash. Here's just two of the many tiles she sent me.
She also sent me a hand-made bookmark with the quote that said, "We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust." I really like that quote.

  Onwards to tangling that *I've* done...
Zendala done just for fun. I partially regret adding that "Afterglo" to the middle of the tile.... I feel it's a little too heavy.


  For Diva's challenge, I completed this page in my sketchbook. The pattern in the middle of the circle was done whilst on a train ride. The trains in Singapore aren't like the ones in America or European countries... It's a much smoother ride, over much shorter distances. Singapore is, after all, just an island. By train, it takes just slightly over an hour to travel from one end to the other end of the country!
I was wondering whether I should add shading to the Fugu (the pattern on the outside part of the circle) or maybe add Tipple? Or does it look good as it is? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below.

  Lastly, something from the Travelling Tangles Project. A tile from Kat Von Rooyen got smudged in transit. :( But instead of calling it a tragedy, I channeled some inner Zen and thought about how to turn it into an opportunity for something new. I briefly considered taking the easy way out and just inking a band of black over the smudges.. But no. I wanted to try harder than that.
Before.


  Instead, I turned it into a garden.
Also featuring my version of Mooka. Get more ideas via this link.

  If you'd like to join a global collaborative Zentangle project, do pop over the Travelling Tangles' Facebook page. Even if you don't want to swap and only want to see all the pretty things others have created... It's a wonderful group.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

flowers in bloom

  I told you I was ill last week, and it persisted until the start of this week... So I had a lot of bed rest, and not much drawing time. But all is well now, so I'll probably have more things to show you next week. For now, here are some pretty things I've created so far:

For Travelling Tangles...
With Sarah Jane Sexton.

With Janet Shillam-Day.
The pattern in the middle is called "Quiltz" and I struggled so much to shade it. But I'm very pleased with how it turned out. :)

  I created another "Draw With Me" video. This time featuring one of my own tangles, "Jonee".

  And here's a tile I did just for fun:

  And I created this postcard, too:
It's been a while since I last did something that looked realistic and in a traditional method.
Done with pen and ink, and watercolours. I really like how the colours turned out!

  And that's about it for this week. I've almost completed my sketchbook and I'm planning on doing another flip-through video soon. Plus, I have more "Draw With Me" videos planned. I'm excited, and I hope you are, too.  ^-^