Thursday, May 14, 2015

Custom hand drawn business card

I am so happy having a chance to design a name card for my friend, she is a balloon artist who designs balloon decoration for different types of events. 

I have experiences design different business card for fashion retail shops before, this is the first time I design a hand drawn business card and I have to say it was a wonderful experience to me. It was totally different compared to designing it with computer. The balloons were painted in water-color, and I wrote every single word using different tools. Then I scanned it to computer and adjusted it to a printable version before passing to the local printer. The process was enjoyable and I was so impressed to see the real products in the end, I chose 270 gsm paper with textures, the business cards finally look like they are hand-made rather than printed , much alike to the my original artwork on the water-color paper. 

I really like this "hand-made" card, both the making process and the final product. No matter a freelancer looking for more personalized image, or a company expressing a friendlier image, the custom hand drawn card is a good choice!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Handmade mother's day card!

When was the last time you drew a picture or a card to your mom? I have no idea when I did it last time, maybe under age 10 or even younger? Ever thought of making her a Mother's Day card again? 
I grabbed some watercolor to draw some assorted flowers randomly, not so serious on how the flowers should be like, and let my mind flew freely. Then I matched them with my handwritten words. You never need excellent technique to impress mom, just pour your love there, spend some time and draw from your heart, just like what we did when we were 10. Make a fold card or simply put it in a nice picture frame! voilĂ !

(Of course I believe that the precious time spending with her is the best gift to every Mom!)

Wish every Mom a happy Mother's day!

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Writing Quotes

Writing quotes is an excellent way to practice calligraphy, it's a big challenge to me as I always focus on making single or simple words. It's a totally different layout and requires consistency to make the presentation smooth as a whole, I know there is so much to improve and a-ha...I know..I need to acquire some flourishing skill! :)

I suddenly have this idea to write quotes from my favorite source, I am a "Sethie" (if you are Sethie too, *high five*), if you never heard of it, here is the link for you to explore, Seth is my greatest teacher and I always like to spread his teachings to more people. Writing his quotes enables me to practice calligraphy skill at the same time, how great when you can do something meaningful with passion!!!

I hope you enjoy reading the quote with my calligraphy! :)

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Celebrate for the Spring! (Free iPad wallpaper)

I do not really like Spring in Hong Kong, the days are always moody and the humidity is very high. But it is no doubt that Spring represents birth, life, growth, vivid and new beginning, it's the beginning of a new year and it's the time to celebrate!

To cope with the festive season, I made this simple painting of cherry blossoms for Spring and Chinese New Year in watercolor. I like the translucent and spontaneous of watercolor. It's easy, fun and enjoyable. For the above piece, simply brush the shape of the five-petal flowers with just water first, pick a little color from the tube with dry brush and apply it on the center of the flower when it's still wet. Let the color goes its way freely and use the brush to help a bit on the final shape if necessary, draw the stamens when it got completely dried. and finally it's always a great idea to complete the piece with nice calligraphy, no matter it's in Chinese or English. VoilĂ !

Beside hanging it in my room, I found it looking quite good on my iPad (it's time to add more joyful mood on daily life).

I use it only on the lock screen of my iPad Air, if you like trying it on yours too, feel free clicking here to download.

Have a lovely Spring and a happy Chinese New Year!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Love and Harmony!

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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?

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year!

Wish you a wonderful new year!

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