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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 - 2018 Resolution Layout

Daolin Goh

All items are available at Made with Love. 

Papers: Kaisercraft Documented 12 by 12 papers: Desktop, Pencils, Chalkboard, Ledger, Lockers, Measurement
Embellishments: Collectables Documented Die Cut Shapes


New year resolutions: one of the yearly rituals that I have a love-hate relationship with.

But there is a certain necessity that demands this ritual. It is not really so much the resolutions themselves that is important but rather what it represents about the year before and the desire that I want to achieve it. 

1. Getting rid of things that don't bring me joy: 
Consumerism is often feeling the emptiness in our hearts but ironically, bringing us less joy for each new thing we buy. Especially for crafters, we have all these wonderful things that is suppose to inspire us. Instead, too much supplies bring us guilt when the paints harden, the ink pads dry up and the washi tape don't stick well anymore. So this year, I want to look through the things which are just there collecting dust and giving them new homes and focus on using a small limited set of supplies which are often more than enough to get the job done.

2. Save more money:
Because we can always save just a little more for future rainy days. And as above, I really don't have to spend so much, right?

3. Be a better brother and son:
There is always a little guilt each year when I reflect back on my relationships and realized I have gotten mad when I should not have or gotten impatient with my loved ones for very small things. May I strive to be better this year. 


4. Lead. Don't Wallow:
In the past year, in my relationships and at work, I find myself sometimes paralyzed and then my lack of decision causes things to go south. I end up feeling even more depressed and anxious and everything spirals into a toxic cycle where I feel even more paralyzed. It is time to become brave and break this cycle. 

5. Increase flexibility and functional fitness:
Last year, a few injuries on my back muscles caused excruciating pain at my hips, lower back and spine, and put me out of being physically active for a good part of the year. All because I have not have focus on the correct posture, have not been focusing on my form and flexibility. These are things that I often take for granted when I was young. Here's to a healthier physical body. 


6. Get things done:
Procrastination, and consequently pulling magic out of a hat at the very last minute, only work so often. Getting things done can also help encourage me and give me a sense of accomplishment. If being joyful and happy starts with the mundane, I should be focusing on all the little victories I can get. 

7. Read 6 books:
If one doesn't read new perspectives and learn new things, one can really regress in self-reflexivity and stop growing mentally and emotionally . Especially in in becoming busier and busier each day, it is important to equip myself with knowledge, both in breadth and depth. 

Here's to a happy 2018 everyone! What are your resolutions for 2018 and the reflection for the year of 2017? 


Made With Love Design Team Project - DIY Christmas Decorations

Daolin Goh

This is how you know Christmas is coming.

1. There are less and less people working in the office.
2. It is harder to get people for meetings. 
3. The shopping malls are playing Christmas songs (thank God for Pentatonix!)
4. And you have loads of Christmas gifts and commissioned work to make. 

I still managed to take time out to make some simple but effective Christmas tree decorations (including a paper bauble hot air balloon with a deer in it!) Pictures down below. Enjoy!

*All supplies are available at Made with Love*

Supplies used:

Tim Hotlz 8" by 8" Mini Stash Paper Pad
Simple Stories 12" by 12" Very Merry Collection - Happy Holidays and O Holy Night Collection - The First Noel
Graphics 45 12" by 12" Winter Wonderland Collection: Woodland Whimsy, Holly Berries, Rustic Holiday, Scandinavian Sampler
Kaisercraft Romatique Gold Frames Paper with Foil
Size 8 Tags

Tim Holtz Ideology Christmas Quote Chips
Tim Holtz Ideology Christmas Decorative Deer
Tim Holtz Ideology Bouquet
Red White Baker's Twine, Green Twine
Tim Holtz Ideology Design Tape Aristocrat

Tim Holtz Sizzix Paper Rosette and Mini Paper Rosette
Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz Tiny Houses and Scroll
American Craft Red Cardstock


Made With Love Design Team Project - Fall/Autumn Junk Journal

Daolin Goh

All materials used can be found at Made With Love.

Materials used:
Bo Bunny Dreams of Autumn Ephemera
Bo Bunny 12"by 12"Dreams of Autumn collection: Pines Cones, Autumn Foxes and Autumn Sweater Weather
Carta Bella 12"by 12" Hello Fall - Fall Forest and Falling Leaves
Graphic45 12"by 12" Vintage Hollywood Tinseltown

Mixed Media Products:
Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Reinker Ground Espresso and Fossilized Amber
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Fired Brick

Maya Road Steel Dies (Doilies)
Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz Travelers Words

Stampers Anonymous Tiny Things 2 and Noble Gentlemen

Red and Cream Ribbon
Red waxed cord

Sometimes, I get inspiration from a product kit with all its eclectic element and build upon it. And one of my favorite products out there is the Bo Bunny Ephemera Kits which are often a fun mish-mash of past collection that works well with the color palette of the current collection. 


Although we don't have fall/autumn in Singapore (we are on the equator!), the colors have always fascinated me and one day I do hope to travel somewhere during their fall season to experience the browns, reds, yellows and oranges. 


The junk journal is done together simply with a pamphlet stitch. Do take Stacy's class which is available at Made With Love which shows the different ways to bind pages to form a book. 

The focus however of today is on the dyed paper. These are copy paper, white cardstock, and note cards that I have dyed with Ground Espresso and Fossilized Amber Distress ink and then subsequently, swiped it against the Barn Door distress oxide smooshed onto the non-stick craft mat spritzed with water. 

Step 1: Take a food zip lock bag and fill it with a small amount of water (make sure it is not leaking!)
Step 2: Drop in 2 dropper load full of Tim Holtz' Ground Espresso Re-inker solution into the bag and mix it well. 
Step 3: Put the papers into the bag and let it soak for a few minutes after sealing the zip lock bag.
Step 4: Fill a spritzer bottle with 1 dropper load full of Tim Holtz' Fossilized Amber Re-inker solution and fill the rest of the bottle with water.
Step 5: Take the paper out of the bag and spritz the areas where the dye didn't fill up with the Fossilized Amber solution. 
Step 6: Take Tim Holtz Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink pad and smoosh onto a Ranger non-stick craft mat and spritz water over it. This activates the Distress Oxide. 
Step 7: Use the Ranger Heating Tool and proceed to dry each piece of paper and dab gently onto the Barn Door Distress Oxide halfway through drying process and continue to apply heat until it is completely dry. Watch the oxide magic happen!


I chose some fall papers that I've cut down to 6" by 9" and selected some of the 6" by 9" papers from the ephemera kit. With the dyed paper and the fall themed papers, I folded them into four signatures to be sewed into the book. 

I made little tabs from the die cut circle pieces from the ephemera kit as well as die cut doilies that were also dyed in the same way. I also fussy cut around some of the design paper for the autumn leaves medallions. I took the die cuts from the kit as well as cut outs from Graphic45's Tinseltown 12" by 12" paper from the Vintage Hollywood collection to fill the book with photomats, embellishments and mini cards. Some of the left over dyed paper I cut into smaller pieces and stamped Stampers Anonymous' images from the Noble Gentleman and Tiny Things 2 collection. 



Made With Love Design Team Project - A Nature Journal of Quotes

Daolin Goh

*All supplies are available at Made With Love*

Vicki Boutin - Watercolor Journaling Pages (they take on water based medium really really well)
American Crafts - Cardstocks
Pink Paislee - Spellcast 12
Graphic45 - Nature Sketchbook's Diary of a botanist

Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint Ruby and Night
Distress Paint Evergreen Bough and Mustard Seed
Distress Oxides: Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers, Fired Brick and Walnut Stain

Tim Holtz Mini Stencils Set 29 and Stencil THS009

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Illustrated Garden


Sometimes, life can throw many challenges at you all at the same time and one can easily feel overwhelmed. So whenever I can, I take a little trip down to Bedok Reservoir to look at nature and look at the weeping willows, the trees and the water. 

This time, I was very much inspired to do a nature journal but instead of filling it with writings on the object of nature, I filled it instead with my favorite quotes. Some of this quotes are written by a friend (who also provided some of the nice nature sketches too). 

Because I can't draw to save my life, I got a friend who was a sweetheart that could do really nice sketches to add to the quote book. 


In terms of the creative direction, I wanted the following elements: clean and simple mixed media, minimalism and letting the words speak for themselves.


A few tips: 
1) Always consider different ways to introduce words into quote books: brush lettering, regular writing, typewriter etc. to add interest and emphasis on the words you want the most attention to be drawn to. It is your book, so you can decide on the sort of focus you want. 
2) Keep it simple and make it about the words and not about the images. They help to frame and tell your stories and not the other way around. Hence I went for a more minimalist approach to the design. 
3) I intend to continue adding new pages along the way so consider a format of a book where pages can be added in easily. 

Hope you enjoyed the project.

Made With Love Design Team Project - Vanishing Point Mixed Media Collage

Daolin Goh

Continuing with the direction towards a more geometric spin towards my work. Here I explored the idea of vanishing point which is a common technique used by photographers and architects to express dimension and perspective. 

First I wanted a nice distress background with some distress oxides and distress inks. The colors I choose was really to match the theme of my cut-outs (see the next step!)

Supplies: Wild Honey, Black Soot, and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide and Pine Needles and Candied Apple Distress Ink.

I used a smoosh-ing technique with acrylic block and water onto watercolor paper mounted on greyboard. 

Next, I fussy cut out different sizes of characters from graphic45 lovely images from the Master Detective and the Vintage Hollywood. 

Supplies: Master Detective Collection's It's Elementary Paper and Vintage Hollywood Collection's Tinseltown.

Vanishing point technique: I cut my 12 by 12 paper of two pieces to the same size as the watercolor paper. I first marked the center and then pasted square or rectangular pieces of another pattern paper on "random" places on each paper. I then draw the closest 2 to 3 corners to the center point with a pencil. That makes the singular unit of the vanishing point unit. 

Important things to note:
1) The square or rectangular pieces should be in the same direction through out (it will look less confusing on the final piece)
2) Rectangles or squares that crosses the horizon line only has TWO lines to the center. 

Supplies: Kaisercraft Storybook Collection's Pages Paper, Blue fern Studio's Chesterville's Hargrave Paper and Graphic45 Master Detective Collection's Get a Clue Paper

Then I shaded the shadows with walnut stain with a simple masking technique. Units that I expected to be above the horizon, I shaded the bottom while those I expected below the horizon, I shaded the top. This creates the illusion of dimension that is consistent with light coming from the vanishing point. 

Supplies: Distress Ink Walnut Stain

The rest is about maintaining the direction of the cut out units and layering them on the background. 

Firstly, I found the middle of the watercolor board and then pasted the first layer over it. Additionally, I used a thin marker (important) nib pen (the smash book pen is amazing for this!) to draw additional boxes. 

Supplies: Smashbook Pen

Then I pasted on a second layer of the vanishing point units as well as the cut outs on top of these pieces. I double layered the pop up adhesive when required. 

Enjoy the pictures!



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.


[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!)