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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. 


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Made With Love Design Team Project: Letter Writing Kit

Daolin Goh

Items are available at Made With Love:

Materials used:

Papers and Embellishments:
Maggie Holmes Flourish 6 x 6 pad
Maggie Holmes Flourish Always, Perennial and Provence
OneCanoeTwo Twilight Flight of Moths
Maggie Holmes Flourish Embroidered Patch
Maggie Holmes Flourish Wood Frames

Media and Stamps:
Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers
Stamp Anonymous Tim Holtz Noble Gents

WRMK Envelope Punch
WRMK Mini Envelope Punch
Mint Stitch Happy (Psst: they are having a sale now, go get it!)

Remember those days where people used to write each other letters rather than sending an email or text? I grew up in the generation that experienced the transition of analogue to automated technologies, and I often find myself enamored by the older way of doing things. 

I love technology (just in case the readers think I'm an old-fashion-live-in-a-cave-luddite), but handwritten correspondences still always finds a way into my heart. This time for the DT project, I decided to make a Letter Writing Kit with the paper and the envelopes all decorated ready for the words to be filled onto the paper and ready for a stamp and address to send it off. 

Maggie Holmes' Flourish collection is one of, if not my most, favorite collection coming out of Creativation 2018. I made many of my embellishments from the cutouts of from the 6 by 6 and the 12 by 12 papers. The WRMK's Stitch Happy helped me in making some truly unique embellishments ready to be used on the box, letters and the envelopes. 

Fussy cut!!!

Fussy cut!!!


Next, I proceeded to make a box from scratch. You could of course use an old box and alter them but I wanted to make my own. For those who want to make your own, the instructions are as below:

1) Cut out 5 chip board or grey board to 4 5/8 inches by 4 5/8 inches
2) Cut out 2 pieces of 4 5/8 inches by 5 5/8 inches (Piece A)) from kraft cardstock while scoring on the longer side 1/2 inch from each sides
3) Cut out 3 pieces of 5 5/8 inches by 5 5/8 inches (Piece B) from kraft cardstock  while scoring 1/2 inch from all sides.
4) Use washi tape to join all four pieces to the centre piece to make a cross shape, make sure to leave about 1/8 inch apart from each piece so it is easier to fold into a box later.
5) stick each of the Piece A and Piece B opposite one another to the four outside pieces. Flip the box around to stick Piece B onto the center. 
6) Fold up the box and stick the flaps onto the respective edges and you get a surface that one can alter. I recommend the Beacons 3 in 1 glue which is also available at Made With Love for this as it is a good heavy duty strong glue. 


Finally I went decorating using the gorgeous paper and embellishments I've made. Enjoy!

The tiny fram cut out is from the frames' packaging!

The tiny fram cut out is from the frames' packaging!

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 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. 

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!)

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!

Made with Love Design Team Project 10

Daolin Goh

Sometimes, when uninspired, create inspiration! And that's what this week's project is all about.

I was scouring through my pinterest pins and then saw a picture of neatly arranged vintage items as a mood board. Then I remember where I've seen many of these: design and fashion magazines.

In short, they are neatly arranged objects (sometimes product placements) of thematically similar items that invoke a certain emotion, or express a certain message.

I really love vintage ephemeras and items. Therefore, this mood board is precisely inspired by those items. 

Papers: Prima, Simple Stories
Embellishments: Tim Holtz, Prima

1) Keep them straight. Arrange things in a organised perpendicular manner. It is far easier to manipulate to achieve balance.
2) Forget symmetry. It would make the project tough to manage. Instead, focus on effective layerings and focal points instead.
3) Keep within the theme. That's what a mood board is. Keep both the colour and style variations of different elements to a minimum and that will ensure success. 
4) Layer, layer, layer. Continue to maintain the modular nature of the focal points but don't forget to layer to break excessively separated elements: for instance, I used the brush to connect the top and bottom wooden panel and the layered the ephemera to connect the wooden panels to the stamped cloth image.

Thanks for reading, til next time! 

*All supplies available at Made with Love* 

BasicGrey UrbanLuxe Collection Review

Daolin Goh

It should not be news by now that this will be BasicGrey's last offering into the papercrafting industry and they would not be focusing on their fabric and customised prints business. 

So this makes this first review all the more bittersweet. One of the things about BasicGrey's designs is that while remaining trendy, they do make sure to do something different in terms of the design or the color palette. Urban Luxe is of no exception. 

As with all complicated and saturated pattern paper, it is important to remember the following when making your scrapbook layouts or using it for craft. 

1) Alternate patterns of different sizes otherwise they may distract from the focal point as it may be too jarring
2) Select only a couple of monochromatic patterns of up to two different contrasting colors (e.g. blue and yellow) and build a layout around it and avoid other color schemes available in the collection (you don't have to be that ambitious!). 
3) Give areas of white/black/neutral-color spaces to separate between the different complex patterns to allow them to lay side by side but not in direct contact with one another.