In my Shoppe: Lovely Small Felt Mascots – Chinese Pattern Craft Book!

Posted Wednesday 5 September 2012 and filed under: Good Finds,Hong Kong,Just Sharing

It’s no secret that I love craft books! I have a huge collection of all kinds of craft books back in storage in Melbourne and – let’s be honest – another ever-so-slowly growing collection here in Hong Kong :-) I do spend quite a bit of time in bookshops in Hong Kong and I have come across some fantastic craft pattern books. Yes, they are in Chinese (Mandarin) but just like the awesome Japanese Craft Patten books many of you are familiar with, these books also have very easy-to-follow illustrations and photos.

What better way to share the love then make some of these books available in my etsy shop. So from time to time – when I come across really awesome craft pattern books – I’ll put a few books up in my shoppe.

The first of these is “Lovely Small Felt Mascots“.

This book has the patterns for 30 super cute, animals, sea creatures, people and fruit! All are made using felt and require simple hand-stitching, some glue and a little bit of fibre-fill/stuffing.

Here are a few pages to give you an idea of what you can find inside the book.

They are small, which makes them an easy project for kids and adults. If you’re keen to learn about how to make softies, these small, felt projects are a great way to learn about simple form and construction as a basis for making larger softies.

Other information about the book:
Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: Arts Ippudo (2007)
Author: Chen Chun-Chin
Language: Chinese (Mandarin)
Book Weight: 300 Grams
Condition: Brand New

Please note that I have only found one copy of this book (it was published back in 2007) – so if you do want it, snap it up quick!

It’s now in my etsy shoppe here: Lovely Small Felt Mascots – Chinese Craft Pattern Book

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In My Sketchbook: Ah. Escape. Recharge. Bliss.

Posted Monday 3 September 2012 and filed under: In My Sketchbook

I love drawing. I really do.

I’m thankful that I have a day job and most days I do enjoy it. But my day job simply cannot beat those quiet moments at the end of the day when the kids are happily in dreamland, and I’m sitting in front of a blank piece of paper, paints/markers/pencils on hand, inspiration in mind, a hot cup of tea and a sweet treat sitting not too far away.

I don’t have to analyse anything; no one is asking me “how do you think we should handle this?”; I don’t have to think about how my decisions will please/displease others or how it will impact other projects; I don’t have to check a schedule to see how I’m tracking; and I’m not sitting in front of a computer screen.

Ah. Escape. Recharge. Bliss.

I completed this illustration over the weekend. I’m loving fashion-inspired illustration at the moment. It’s a fun challenge – working on the human form, the outfit details, and trying to do both within some kind of composition.

Inspiration is from Hong Kong Harpers’ Bazaar (I think it was the July 2012 issue?). Pencil + Markers + Watercolour Paint.

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In my sketchbook: Audrey H.

Posted Friday 31 August 2012 and filed under: In My Sketchbook

Thanks to all who took the time to vote for my t-shirt design on Threadless.com! I really, really, really appreciate your support! Seems like the official voting period is over but the design will remain on the site for another 90 days or so, whilst the Threadless-Powers-That-Be determine which designs to print (which in turn means that if you haven’t voted yet, you can still VOTE!!)

I can’t believe this week is over  – it has completely kicked my butt (especially at work) and I’m feeling exhausted. So happy that the weekend is almost here!

I didn’t get to do any drawings this week but here are two that I completed last weekend. I’ve always wanted to draw the beautiful (inside and out) Audrey Hepburn in black/grey/white, so here she is in markers + pen:

I might develop this drawing of Audrey a little further…

The one below is the result of me playing with markers + watercolour paint together:

Hoping to get time this weekend to work on some illustrations – hope you get a chance to do something you love this weekend too!

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You could wear “A Moment’s Reverie” as a Threadless T-Shirt! Voting Open!

Posted Sunday 26 August 2012 and filed under: Just Sharing

I’ve been buying t-shirts from Threadless.com for a few years now – the choice of designs are fantastic and the quality of the t-shirts are great, holding up after many washes. Ever since I bought my first t-shirt from Threadless, I’ve been hoping that one day I would be able to see one of my designs on their t-shirts too.

And now I have a chance!! :-) I submitted my illustration “A Moment’s Reverie” to Threadless and it’s now up on their site ready for scoring!

Here’s what it would look like:

If you would like to see this as a t-shirt too, please do vote for my design! The more votes and the higher the average of scores, the better chance it will have to be printed. To vote, you will need to login to Threadless, or sign-up if you don’t have an account (and it’s really quick to sign-up too!).

Thank you so much to those of you who have already voted! If you haven’t yet voted but would like to see this design as a t-shirt, please consider voting if you have a spare moment :-)

To cast your vote, please click this link: A Moment’s Reverie by JM Aranez on Threadless.com

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Travel Snippet: Hello Phuket!

Posted Friday 24 August 2012 and filed under: Just Sharing

We recently returned from celebrating my husband’s birthday in Phuket, Thailand. It was our first time to visit Phuket. And in all honesty, it was the kind of holiday where we just wanted to ‘do nothing‘. Work has been somewhat stressful for both of us these last few months so a ‘do nothing’ holiday was just what we needed.

As we expected, the weather was both hot and rainy, but thankfully we got a few good sunny breaks – enough to enjoy Bang Thao beach, which is right next to the resort we were staying at. One of our goals on the holiday was to help our daughters get over their fear of the ocean. And yay – mission accomplished!! :-)

We managed to snap up a really good deal on accommodation and stayed at the Dusit Thani Laguna Resort in a pool villa. It was so, so lovely! It was so nice to have so much space (admittedly the villa is as big as a small townhouse back in Melbourne, but given our usual tiny living quarters in Hong Kong, it was like a mansion, haha!).

The top floor had a small private pool which was perfect for the girls to practice swimming.

The resort was wonderful, with really helpful staff, great range of spa services, and delicious Thai food. It was perfect for a ‘do nothing‘ holiday.

We also managed to spend a day at the Splash Jungle Water Park, which was AWESOME! We were having too much fun to take photos but definitely would recommend the water park if you have kids.

Love ‘do nothing‘ holidays!

If you are thinking of traveling to Phuket, I highly recommend:
Dusit Thani Laguna
390 Moo1 Srisoontorn Road,
Cherngtalay, Talang
Phuket

Splash Jungle Water Park Phuket
65 Moo.4 T.Maikhao A.
Thalang, Phuket

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An Illustration for Australian Fashion Label, Gorman!

Posted Sunday 12 August 2012 and filed under: In My Sketchbook,Just Sharing

There are moments when I am absolutely gobsmacked by the opportunities that pop up unexpectedly – this is one of those moments.

Back in March, I created an illustration featuring clothing from awesome Aussie fashion label, Gorman, just for fun. The wonderful peeps at Gorman stumbled across the illustration and put it on the front page of their website! I was so stoked and so grateful for the opportunity!

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, and I received a request from Gorman to create an illustration to promote their Summer’12 collection. How could I refuse?! The collection was released this past Friday, and you need to go over to their website (or pop into their stores) to see it, if you love patterns and colour.

I couldn’t wait to start working on the illustration!

And I’ll be posting some more sneak peeks on my Instagram (@oneredrobin) stream and on the One Red Robin Facebook page.

Very excited to be sharing the progress with you!

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New Illustration on RedBubble: “Evanesce”

Posted Tuesday 7 August 2012 and filed under: In My Sketchbook,Prints, Patterns & Fabric

There’s something about working with watercolours that makes me want to experiment more, try different techniques and stop trying to control the process so that everything is “just so”. I think that’s a good thing!

This is another watercolour painting I completed a few days ago. This one has a definite ‘fashion illustration’ bent, that seems to be influencing my work more and more these days. My challenge was to keep to a limited palette of 4 colours.

“Evanesce”:

It’s available in my RedBubble shop, as various types of prints in different sizes such as:

A poster:

A framed print:

A canvas print:

You can find it in my RedBubble shop HERE.

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New Illustration on RedBubble: “A Moment’s Reverie”

Posted Saturday 4 August 2012 and filed under: In My Sketchbook,Prints, Patterns & Fabric

I’ve been having so much fun with watercolours! I’ve been doing a few portraits and this is the first one I completed last week.

A Moment’s Reverie:

I’ve been getting quite a lot of questions as to whether I can provide my work in larger sizes, framed or mounted, or even as canvas prints! So I decided to put this illustration (as well as a few others) up on my RedBubble shop. I’ve had a RedBubble shop for a few years now (actually 5!) but I’ve never really out anything up to sell on it. However, the great thing about RedBubble is that you can choose the type of print you want.

So ‘A Moment’s Reverie‘ is available as a matted print, mounted print, canvas print and framed print, all in a variety of sizes. All products are professionally printed using high-quality materials and shipped to you in sturdy, protective packaging.

You can find ‘A Moment’s Reverie’ in my RedBubble shop HERE.

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In My Sketchbook: Playing with Watercolour

Posted Tuesday 31 July 2012 and filed under: In My Sketchbook

I’m not much of a painter. To be honest, paints in general have always scared me – I can just barely manage with acrylics and have failed big time with oils. But watercolours have scared me the most. Not sure why – it may have to do with the fact that they seem so … uncontrollable? unpredictable? umm, fluid? I think you know what I mean :-)

This past weekend, I decided it was time to overcome this fear and start playing with watercolour paint again.

My first attempt:

I didn’t get the paint at the right consistency so it was still quite thick. I like how the dress turned out but the skin needed more blending.

My second attempt:

I like how this one turned out. I used more water on my brush and experimented with the skin tone. So I think the blending turned out much better than the first attempt. I like how the wash turned out on the dress too.

I also tried a portrait:

I think I’ll need more work on blending the colours and probably a steadier hand for some of the finer lines. But I’m really having fun with watercolour paint. I’m glad I decided to put the fear aside and just do it!

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New Art Prints for Children: Softies

Posted Sunday 29 July 2012 and filed under: In My Sketchbook,Prints, Patterns & Fabric

I had a lot of fun working on these illustrations. Since I haven’t had the time, and don’t have all the stuff that’s needed to make softies, I decided to draw them! I’m secretly hoping I’ll be able to turn them into actual softies sometime in the future :-) The softies were originally illustrated using markers and pencils.

Mail Bear:

Bunny Beats:

Art Cat:

The Art Prints are now available in my shop: One Red Robin Shoppe on etsy

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