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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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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