Tuesday, January 6, 2015

I am not perfect and I don't have to be

2014 was just another special year to me, I suddenly found myself being addicted to calligraphy which have been a hidden element* of mine all these years.
So now I am really happy to find it out and enjoying the fun with it. Doing something because of passion rather than just obligation is totally different and it yields mush fantastic result.

I am so grateful that a friend asked me to write for his tattoo recently, this is my first time writing calligraphy in long sentence, I tried that with brush and graphic liner, and finally I prefer the result of using the pointed nib, though I am a beginner using this tool and still need some time to master, I enjoy playing with it.
And I really like the quote that I wrote for the tattoo this time, from Bob Marley. Though it may not be the same as what he meant, I see it as a reminder on my work and everything I do. Striving too much on perfection in a stubborn manner has been a problem to me that I always spend too much time re-doing again and again, it didn't only torture myself and the people working with me, I might even miss the beauty of imperfection.

Like drawing Enso, Calligraphy is not just another perfect moving meditation, you gain a lot during the process. I read a post in a calligraphy group online today saying, 

"You will receive most when you expect the least."

That tells why I always found that my practices are unexpectedly done much better than those being took over-seriously. Going back to the tattoo, I  chose two writings for my friend's decision(from my practices), while I suggested him to pick up one with less flaws, I was surprised that he chose the other instead and said he simply like the way it is. So again this is telling me not to dig into the perfection of every detail, but to appreciate the natural flow of the stroke, to see the beauty as it is, the perfection of imperfection..

So I am not perfect, do I have to be?

*Element - http://sirkenrobinson.com/read/

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year!

Wish you a wonderful new year!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

Wish everyone a beautiful Christmas!! :)

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Participating in the world's largest Zentangle-inspired mosaic!

I am really excited that I had the chance to participate in making the world's largest Zentangle-inspired art piece in a charity event raising funds for Operation Santa Claus. The mosaic (measuring 4.3metres tall and 5.6 metres wide)made up of 3,024 Zentagle tiles is now displaying in the lobby of the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong until 24th December.

So glad to draw the above 10 tiles for the event, they are my first Zentangle-inspired drawing and I fell for it instantly. It's another incredible mindfulness activity, a moving meditation which brings you a journey of peace and harmony, really lots of joy and fun! 

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Unconscious power

(Photo: taken from the window of my room)                                         

Do you know that we all possess great self-healing power only if we believe ourselves?

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Handwritten messages

From the experiences I had in retail and branding industry, I have witnessed and participated in different interactions between brands and customers. Of course most customers love discounts, discount offering may stimulates impulse consumption, yet it may not be the best choice to build the loyalties from the customers. In fact it really doesn't need to mark down the price in order to gain their fondness. You need to understand them and put your heart there.

I always love the surprises arranged by Dior, the brand never offers any discount no matter how loyalty you are or how much you buy. Instead, they invite customers to nice and memorable events, sending surprise gifts from time to time - chocolates, moon cakes, fashion accessories, and even new products (not samples) and special services...they knew what their customers want.

And I also like the detail or minor (yet important) area they never forget, the handwritten card enclosed with the gift enhances the whole experience. Never underestimated such a small memo or greeting, the customers value a lot on it especially they see their names being hand-written on the card (beautiful Calligraphy certainly plays an important role there).

In the end...who doesn't like a bit feeling of being pampered?


I like calligraphy and handwritten messages, they mean much more beside the meaning of the words themselves. By conveying the message, it also speaks the emotion, feeling and the heart from the message and the writer which can never be replaced by printing or digital messages.

Do you miss the days when we received written or even hand-made greeting cards?

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Enso Art - Name in Enso

Drawing Enso is not boring at all, it is fun to play with different ideas...

As mentioned on the last post, drawing Enso everyday is a great spiritual practice and moving meditation.Drawing a circle with a single brush stroke everyday and appreciate the circle as it is. Every circle tells us what we were at the moment we drawing it. 

To add a bit fun, try drawing it with different tools, materials and colors. You may like adding calligraphy and drawing to your finished Enso too, but always draw the circle first, and in one stroke only.

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