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Flamerick Art Blog

Art blog for Flamerick Art on Youtube. This will track daily musings of Goh Daolin and his art works and review current trends and new scrapbooking and mixed media products. 

 

Made With Love Design Team Project - An imaginative altered book cover

Daolin Goh

Once in a while, a whimsical thought appears in my head when I observe a visual art piece (static art or movies, reminisce a recent conceptual lingering (the design of my recent ink), and audio art (guardians of galaxy 2 original score) and then... bam(!) an idea pops up in my head and it drives my creative processes. 

It's important to give credit where it's due, so please do visit a wonderful video that was the main inspiration for this. I also "scrap-lifted" from the Guardians from Galaxy 2 Movie Poster as well (while listening to Tyler Bates' original score for it). Did I mention I cried when Dad was played on my spotify? 

All materials can be found at Made with Love.

My recent tattoo on my left arm really explored ways to experiencing different perspectives through observation in different directions. The Noble Gent stamp set from Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous was serendipitous in delivering an image that does exactly that! 

On watercolor paper for the background, I used the distress oxides and inks to create the background and I must say, distress oxides layered over distress inks really creates an illusion of depth, while maintaining its fluidity of watercolor, that I have never experienced with any other products out in the craft market to date. It is so wonderful to work with it!

I really wanted to play with angles and perspectives so I did some hand-cutting of perfect diamonds off of a St Tropez paper from Frank Garcia for Prima Marketing using the Tim Holtz stencils, cut them out and then created cubes with them instead.

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[Importantly, the darker bolder tones are consistently on one side of the cube with the other two sides using the diamonds which were cut out of more pastel or paler tones. ]

In fact, I wanted the idea of spheres as snapshots of "reality" and the picture of the ocean on the St Tropez collection from Frank Garcia for Prima Marketing really was the perfect image for the 1 inch punched circles while I hand-cut carefully the "shadows" of the circle from black card stock to create the illusion of the sphere. 

I also cut out perspective and angular images to add interests to the piece. The skyscrapers of New York really added to draw attention to the middle of the layout.

Finally, adding a circle really completed the look and I used a circle die (you can use anything really) as a stencil to draw a bold circle line to ground all the floating elements together. 

Hope you enjoyed the work! 

Made With Love Design Team Project 14 Mixed Media Assemblage

Daolin Goh

I am oh so excited to play with Tim Holtz Distress Oxides and many of the other stuff from ideology. 

So a few things I've learnt that are helpful as tips:

1) Do not be afraid to mix with this. They blend well and will look really soft as it dries

2) It dries in a slightly different color than when it first goes down. Because they ultimately do react with the water vapor in the air, it is important to note that the final outcome will be a lighter and more "oxidized". If you wanted a much more "bold look", then the distress inks are what you might want to reach for instead. The colors for distress oxides ends up much more muted. 

Enjoy the process video down below. 

Hanami Garden Mini Album and Cards

Daolin Goh

This is one of my favorite things out of Creativation 2017. When I saw it finally at my local scrap booking store, I knew I would need to do a mini album with it. 

And this Japanese themed sort of look has been in trend for quite a while. I used two releases from Hero Arts stamp to add to the image including the layered Koi and the origami from last year's release. 

I even made some cards because the papers were just so pretty. 

I even found some papers in my stash that worked well with it like the scrap piece from Basic Grey. 

The video flip through below. Enjoy!!!

Made with Love Design Team Project 13 Mixed Media Panel

Daolin Goh

*All supplies are available at Made With Love

When I first started out dabbling into paper crafts, I was very afraid of colour. And by afraid, I meant everything was overly distressed brown or I'll just work with black, whites or browns exclusively. 

Wood Veneers colored by watercolor!

Eventually, I realised how much I was keeping myself from the range of colours and techniques out there. So I resolved to learn how colours work with lessons on colours and composition and lots of research. And all these efforts it bore much fruit. 

The magic of acrylic paints on the background

Mediums were the best way that colours could be introduced to any paper project. Knowing the properties of the paint, is essential to help a person control these mediums but ultimately, also letting the medium do their magic. In my opinion, serendipity is often partially planned (i.e. one really needs to make the condition for happy accidents to happen!)

Do not be afraid of colours and mediums

Fret not, in the list below, I'll cover a little bit about acrylic paints and watercolours, and their properties especially those which are available in the scrapbook/craft industry. All that I've used in these projects are also available at the Made With Love store. 

Acrylic paints:
Main Properties: 
1) Opaque
2) Permanent
3) Dry quickly and does not crack as easily

Additional Special properties of different products:
1) Distress paints:
Thin-bodied and when not dried yet, the water reacts and can be removed creating texture of water drops.
2) Art Anthology:
Heavy-bodied, glossy and sort of a cross between modelling paste and acrylic paints. Keeps the shape of the brush or palette strokes and can work over stencils. Usually takes 1-2 hours to dry. 
3) Prima Paints:
Thin-bodied, more mica than pigment with metallic and shimmery effects having slight translucency and less opaque than usual acrylic paints. 

Watercolour paints:
Main Properties:
1) Translucent to almost transparent
2) Soluble with water and not permanent and easily reactive with water
3) Important to work on porous surfaces which allow for water to flow for some time before absorbing onto the surface
4) Dries slightly lighter than when wet (important!)

Steampunk Junk Journal

Daolin Goh

So what do you do when you are stuck at home, sick in your *new* craftroom (it was not exactly new like a new location per se, I just cleaned it up and did some furniture changes and am l LURV-ing the new look)... Well, you craft. 

I took out some of my beloved old vintage items, the bo bunny beautiful dreamer's ephemera pack and some scraps I have and voila: a steampunk junk journal. Enjoy!

Absolutely LOVE the cover and the buckle.

Lovely charms eh

The letterpressed image up close. 

5 Questions and Made With Love Design Team Project 12

Daolin Goh

Hey all! Sorry that I have been away! Been too caught up "eating sand" when I was called back for outfield in the Air Force for the entire month of October. 

For my international readers, in Singapore, all healthy men are required to be conscripted into the Army/Air Force/Navy for two years after the age of 16. After that two years, we are still called back annually for training and exercises which sometimes involves going off to deserts or the forests for a short period. 

That aside, it seems that I will be putting up more content from now on since the "dust have settled" so to speak. 

For this round of Design Team, we were given 5 questions to share about ourselves as designers and as people. In between the sharing below, I will be sharing a project I did for the store which are mostly from Safari Adventure Collection from Graphic 45 and is available at Made with Love. 

1) Who am I ?

Probably the hardest question out of the lot! I often pride myself in trading off parts of my identity to discover and learn new things so every attempt to answer this question is merely a snapshot of the person I am at the current moment. I was born and raised in Singapore and I am a Pharmacist by training working in a local government-linked hospital. My role focuses on health bioinformatics, procurement and supply chain.  If I am not crafting, you can find me reading, pondering about life, or working out in a gym.  

2) What is my creative style ?

As a reflection of my desire to explore different facets of life through different lenses, my creative style is often quite varied, allowing different influences, both contemporary and traditional, to inform my works. I have found myself gravitating towards old vintage designs or strong graphical/geometric styles.

3) What inspires me ?

Tactility.

For me, it isn't just the visual components of daily life that inspire me but the ability to feel these things: like a brick wall, a texture of variety of fabrics, and my most favorite is that of paper! I often also turn to the online community through platforms like Pinterest, Youtube and Facebook to allow other works to inspire me from time to time (especially when I am in a state of creative drought!)

4 What I love about being Singaporean ?

Friends and family. This is the place where I have met most of the people who are important to me and have made this place home. 

5) What do I wish for ?

I wish for people to extend graciousness rather than selfishness, and embrace an attitude of abundance rather than scarcity. We can all afford to win one less argument, and to share what we have with another. 

Til next time!

Made with Love Design Team Project 11 - Masculine Mini Album

Daolin Goh

The new papers from Kaisercraft called Barber Shoppe is very inspiring and I was so glad I got a chance to make stuff with it. There will be a tutorial coming soon on how I make the cover as well as a video of the flip through of the mini album on my youtube soon. 

Meanwhile, photos below for your enjoyment! All supplies are available at Made With Love!

Interactive feature! The gears move!

Interactive feature! The gears move!

Loads of tags for journalling and small photos!

Loads of tags for journalling and small photos!

Yes! Even a pop up feature!

Yes! Even a pop up feature!

The Maya Road Transparencies work so well in this project!

The Maya Road Transparencies work so well in this project!

Creative Chemistry 103 Tags!

Daolin Goh

I thoroughly enjoyed doing the class this round compared to the previous two classes and one of my favorite techniques mostly came from day 5 when they did alcohol inks on yupo which was an amazing gateway into the whole thing of painting with alcohol inks. Some of the tags as below.

In addition, I really did like the distress glaze resist technique and the offset stamping on the first day!

The class would be ending it's interactive run by 12th after which it would be available as a self-paced class but it is really worth the value to do the class still. 

 

Till next time!

Midori, Fauxdori and the Junk Journal

Daolin Goh

Welcome everyone once again!

If you are following me on my Youtube channel, you would have noticed that I have changed my Youtube channel to Prism Craft Designs to match my blog but you can still search for me under Flamerick (because of how long it has been established, I'll still remain that to be my SEO friendly term). 

One of the things that I'll be doing is to do educational craft videos to fill in the gaps within the crafting Youtube thing and also blogosphere while keeping myself up to speed with the trends going on in the industry. 

So for the first series into my educational videos I will be talking about the Midori, Fauxdori and Junk Journal component.

The playlist is as below. Do continue to check back for more contents that will be added to that playlist! Til next time!