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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 Anthology Decor

Daolin Goh

Products can be found at Made With Love:

Mediums:
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain Brushed Corduroy
Ranger Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint Medieval
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint Old Paper
Ranger TIm Holtz Distress Oxide Walnut Stain
Ranger TIm Holtz Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber

Paper:
Kaisercraft Anthology Collection Ephemera 12 by 12 paper
Kaisercraft Anthology Collection Botanist 12 by 12 paper
Kaisercraft Pen and Ink Collection Chandelier 12 by 12 paper

Dies:
Sizzix Bigz L Tim Holtz Tiny Houses
Sizzix Bigz/Texture Fades Tree Rings

I wrestled between whether I wanted to make something function or just something pretty. After some time of consideration, I decided for the latter. It should never be an issue that craft can make something aesthetic and not functional (besides just looking pretty). 

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The Anthology collection from Kaisercraft is a beautiful collection of vintage images with rich colours and nature theme. Using the Tim Holtz Tiny Houses, I made the a decoration product with the fussy cut butterflies, flowers and a bird. Enjoy!

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

Tools:
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!!!

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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. 

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

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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 - Fall/Autumn Junk Journal

Daolin Goh

All materials used can be found at Made With Love.

Materials used:
Paper:
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

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

Stamps:
Stampers Anonymous Tiny Things 2 and Noble Gentlemen

Others:
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. 

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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. 

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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. 

DYEING THE PAPER:
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!

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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. 

Embellishment
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. 

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Enjoy! 

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

Daolin Goh

*All supplies are available at Made With Love*

Paper:
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

Mediums:
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

Stencils:
Tim Holtz Mini Stencils Set 29 and Stencil THS009

Stamps:
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Illustrated Garden

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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. 

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

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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!)

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!