Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Lavish Grace

Lavish Grace
This season means many things to different people. One of them would be to remember the birth of Jesus who made it possible for us to experience the lavish grace of God and to live every moment in God's abundant favour and with unspeakable joy.

Blessed Christmas!

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Room for You

There are friends who would like to see the products from A Rhyming Tern before buying. So, here's a chance.

Drop by my living room in Toa Payoh North this Sat, 18 Dec, between 9 am to 5 pm. Landmarks - Braddell MRT, Beatty Sec, SPH, Botak Jones.

Thought of You

Thought of You from Ryan J Woodward on Vimeo.

Simply breath-taking.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

ART Public Display

A Rhyming Tern Display
Earlier tonight, I had the chance to display and sell ART resources from A Rhyming Tern at the Emergenetics Associates gathering.

I appreciated the heart-warming responses I received.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

A*Live December

.A*Live December
This month, we tried our hands at creating art using pointilism. Drawing using just dots is as fun as it is challenging. As usual, the creativity of everyone is just wonderful to enjoy.

Next session is on 13 January and the theme is Chinese New Year.




For Illustration Friday

Sunday, 28 November 2010

IF - Savour

One of the things to savour when eating delicious fried hokkien prawn mee is the lingering smell of lime on your fingers after squeezing the lime over the piping hot noodles.

For Illustration Friday.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

A*Live Nov 2010

A*Live Nov @ Bishan Library

This month, we had a colourful time learning from Tia. She generously shared her sketches, showed us her tools, gave us some neat tricks and taught us about colour theory.

And then we all attempted to create our own colour wheel.

A*Live Nov @ Bishan Library

These are some of the new ATCs.

A*Live Nov @ Bishan Library

More photos here.

We meet again on 9 Dec and the theme is "Merry".

Monday, 8 November 2010


You know those little stands that you can clip a note or photo to?

It usually works well as a reminder - from a note to yourself perhaps about something to do afterwards or you place a photo afterwards to remember an occasion or a person from before.

For Illustration Friday.

Also sent it over for Design Sponge's Alphabet Contest.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Flea Market

It was a fun Sunday afternoon flea market at Like That One. We set-up 2 tables and met lovely people there, and of course made some sales too.

Like That One Flea Market
This is Vicki's handmade goodies.

Like That One Flea Market
And this table has Richards' vintage gems and my handmade items.

Friday, 5 November 2010


Happy to have been able to help Vicki setup her little webpage. She does make the finest handcrafted things.

And she will be at the Like That One fleamarket this Sunday, 7 Nov, from 1 to 5 pm.

See you there at Skytech.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

I Won

I found myself a surprise winner of a set of cool zines from Steve.

I enjoyed Steve's post about the zine fest he was in and must confess that I missed the last para about the giveaway. So, it was such a delight to realise that my comment being the second one meant receiving a very generous gift from Steve.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Nostalgia Wrap

This wrapping paper would make a great poster. All the little things that makes up my memory of childhood.

This other classic based on old mosiac flooring is fantastic too.

From moof.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

A*Live Oct 2010

A*Live Oct 2010

The October ATC session saw a more intimate crowd.

The theme was Artist. There was an art appreciation game followed by all of us trying to extend the work of a famous artist.

A*Live Oct 2010

And we had some interesting ATCs based on the theme too.

A*Live Oct 2010

The next session is on 11 Nov and the theme is "Building".

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Vicki's Little Li-zee

Little Li-zee

Vicki makes wonderfully fine little felt creatures and pasteries. I was given Little Li-zee.

She hopes to sell her creations and I think her creativity and fine workmanship would be appreciated by many.

I wish her all the best!

Little Li-zee

Saturday, 9 October 2010

IF- Transportation

Read about Buckminister Fuller's Dymaxion car as I was thinking about this week's Illustration Friday topic. Also wanted to try creating something largely blue and pink. This is what resulted.

Not quite sure I did justice to my representation of the man.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

3D Alphabet

This amazing and amusing alphabet book is now available at A Rhyming Tern.

Colourful pages that has lines scored so you can transform each alphabet into an animal.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Sketchwalk: Cityhall

Sketchwalk Cityhall
Spent a great Saturday morning at Cityhall and the old Supreme Court with the Sketchwalkers. We had a history expert share intriguing nuggets along the way. The architectural detail and history there are wonderful.

I drew exclusively with my (economical) fountain pen. The works of the others, especially with watercolour, were very impressive.

Sketchwalk Cityhall
The grey tones for this was added digitally.

One of the sketchwalkers, Parka, took some cool photos.

And I love this closing shot by Carol.
Supreme Court

Friday, 1 October 2010


downstairs from Helmi Ali on Vimeo.

Void deck - a quintessentially Singaporean phrase and concept. This wonderful docu by Brownian Motions, a team of young Singaporeans, captures the life and community around the void deck so poignantly. Filling in the void indeed.

Via Civic Life

White Frames

White Framed Borrowed Feathers
As part of OIC's 4th anniversary, they have organised a White Frames sales and there will be many wonderful original illustrations available.

Sales on at MAAD Market ( 2nd Oct ) and OIC’s corner at The National Art Gallery event ( 9th – 10th Oct ).

My Borrowed Feathers will be on sale too. :)

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Charley Harper

This is a beautiful mosiac creation by Charley Harper. He has such a distinct style in his graphic designs and this comes through so well in this mosaic design too.

A Charley Harper colouring book is available at A Rhyming Tern.

Photo from Visualingual via Delicious Industries.

Thursday, 23 September 2010



A combination of inspirations here: the fingertip PopCorn brush, fountain pen and a visit to Cheong Soo Pieng's exhibition.

Painting and drawing with Chinese ink is great fun. Drawing inspiration from Cheong Soo Pieng's works which I saw yesterday was a delight.

This has been a fun exploration on many fronts.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

My Illustrations

My Illo (Jan 09 to Aug 10)
At the risk of sounding boostful, I would say that just moments ago when I was looking at the thumbnails of my Illustration flickr set, I thought the colour and texture was most fascinating.

Didn't know how to do a screencapture that included scrolling down. So, this was pieced together and repositioned using Photoshop.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

PopCorn Brush

PopCorn Brush

So excited to finally have the chance to try out this amazing Japanese brush - a brush that fits the fingertip.

Drawing is literally at the tip of your finger. This is the first thing I drew. Using the PopCorn brush is as much fun as creating the art.

Hope to make it available in Singapore soon through A Rhyming Tern.

Let ART fly!

Friday, 10 September 2010

My Heartland

This captures so well the mood and details of where I stay - the HDB heartland.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

A*Live Sep 2010

A*Live Sep 2010
What an overwhelming number we had at today's ATC session. We needed to have extra tables brought in. A fitting way to celebrate Bishan Library's 4th anniversary too.

Too bad my camera died on me after 3 shots.

Hopefully some of the rest will send me some of the photos, especially of the ATCs we created.

Next session: 14 Oct (Thu).

Update: We have some photos from the librarian. Click here.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

My Craft in the Press

My Craft in the Press

My Craft in the Press

Two of my crafts were featured in the local Chinese newspapers last month. It was fun.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Monday, 23 August 2010

Hatching a Logo

It was fun designing of a logo for my Rhyming Tern site.

When most people hear "A Rhyming Tern", some thought they heard "a Remington" - presumably thinking of a Remingtons Typwriter and not the gun.

Putting the tern and the typewriter together, it looks a little like the tern was trying to hatch an egg. And perhaps that is what the artful creative life is like sometimes - a sitting and waiting. Doing little, yet doing what is so needful.

So, when it came to the logo's frame, I decided to make it in the shape of an egg. It also looks a little like the outline of an island. Imagine the waves lapping up on every side.

What do you think of the logo?