Monday, May 17, 2010

Key Box

At last, the key box project done. It takes about 2 weeks to finish it plus minus with other 'disturbances'. For this project, I applied Priscilla Hauser's technique of painting roses, leaves and buds. I used ' Priscilla Hauser's Book of Decorative Painting' as a reference. In the previous entry, I gave my review of the book.

Front of the box

At the side of the box.

Four roses.

The buds.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Priscilla Hauser's Book of Decorative Painting

As I promised in the last entry, today, I would like to present my review of Priscilla Hauser's Book of Decorative Painting. I bought this book at Kinokuniya, Dubai Mall for AED107 . Inside the book, you can find topics such as

1) surface preparations and finishes
Learn how to properly prepare surfaces such as MDF board, wood, metal, tin or glasses. And how to protect and finish the projects when it's done. This also included 6 techniques for adding beautiful finishes.

As with other books, this book also teaches the skills needed in decorative painting.

3) How to paint leaves
Step by step demonstration in variation of leaves from simple to complex leaves such as basic leaves, turned leaves, blade leaves and the scribble leaves.

4) How to paint flowers
Step by step demostration in variation of flowers such as rose, daisy, violet, poppy, morning glories,pansies, Iris, tulip and magnolia. And also include how to paint ribbon, basket, egg, nest n grass.

5) Patterns
Several patterns for the reader to try are also provided inside the book.

6) Tips
Priscilla also give some tips to complement the topics in each chapter.

At the back of the book.

For me, the book is worth it because it has so many good tips and techniques that helped me improve my skills. It helped tremendously to reduce mistakes that I used to make earlier.

Rose worksheet.

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Entry for today, I would like to do a tutorial in doing lettering on the project's surface. For quick and easy solution, usually I used WordArt. What u have to do, You open Microsoft Word, and click button 'Insert' at the top of the page. Then search for WordArt and then click that button.

When u click WordArt button, It will show as above and you have to choose the word style that you like.

Right after you click that, it will show as above. And you can type the phrase that you want. For example..welcome. U can choose your favourite font and adjust the size of the font. In this case, I choose "Monotype Corsiva'.

And then, click ok button.

Time to copy and paste. What you have to do, print out that word and copy the word using tracing paper.

Transfer the word into the surface of the project using carbon/graphite paper.

After tracing on your design with graphite, start fill the word with paint. Usually for small and thin letter like this , I'm using liner brush. It is easy for me to fill in the word.

Here, to make the word stand out a bit more, I will outline all the letters by painting with other colors such as brown. Or you can outline the letters with Micron Black Permanent Pen.


Friday, May 7, 2010

GA From Ira Pink Vintage

First time, I'm involving myself in joining Giveaway by Ira Pink Vintage
. In this GA, I have to do some assignment...hehehehe... teringat zmn U, berhempas pulas buat assignment. X sangka dah jadi mak orang pun kena buat asssignment juga. hahaha. Xper, xper....nak hadiah Ira punya pasal, ku sanggup redah segalanya. :) :)

Ok...lets start our sessi bersoal jawab. Sib baik soklan subjektif kalu objektif memang limited nak menjawabnya.

a) mcmna dpt tau blog Pink Vintage yg sungguh menawan ni (perasan sikit nooo)
Ira dtg ke blog bertanyakan tentang buku Ros Singleton yg saya beli thru Ros Singleton's website. Nak bukti? Ni kat bawah ni Ira tinggalkan jejak dia.

b) apa pendapat anda tentang blog Pink Vintage ni? pjg @ pendek doesn't matter k.
So far, Pink Vintage bnyk memberi tips2 n informasi yg berguna tentang FA. Kiranya Ira ni x lokek ngan ilmu yg dia ada, so dia share ngan pengunjung2 blog dia. Sbb tu, saya selalu bertandang ke blog dia...hehehe. FA dia juga ler membuatkan sy kembali bersemangat tuk melukis setelah senyap seribu bahasa kerana ke'bz'an yg melanda. Walaupun bz, sanggup curi2 masa nak melukis punya pasal. Itu ler penangan dr Pn Ira kita.

c) kekerapan anda melawat blog Pink Vintage
Selalu jenguk blog Ira, kdg2 seminggu tu ada ler 3 0r 4 times keluar masuk blog Ira. Ira ni sentiasa update her blog with her new projects sbb tu rajin singgah ke blog dia. Tapi selalunya jadi silent reader sbb kdg2 tu x sempat nak write something at her wall. Baru jer nak comment, budak kecik kat sebelah dah bising. Bila dah busy...lupa trus nak comment. :(

d) andaikata anda yg menang..apa yg akan anda buat???
Kalau saya menang, syukur Alhamdullilah. Hadiah tu of course saya akan jadikan hiasan rumah di ruang tamu bersama2 ngan hasil FA saya. Supaya senang saya melihatnya..sumber inspirasi tuk melukis ngan lebih baik lagi.

Cemana Ira...boleh dapat full mark x?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Practise make perfect

Recently, I practised painting Priscillia Hauser's rose. At first, it was very difficult to get a perfect rose until I almost gave up. I went through the techniques again. So,the next day, when I found some free time from the usual chores, I continued practising. At last, I finally nailed it. Well, not 100% perfect,but I am satisfied with it. Above picture is the book I referred to. So, in the next entry, I will review the book and write about it here. Insya Allah. :)

I tried playing with colors and took notes each time I was finished with one rose.... every detail I jotted down so easy for me to refer to it later.

My first attempts, not quite there yet.

A few months back, I painted this rose and also hydrangea.