Workshops

It's June

Just in time for June!

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Have been working with lots of agates and quartz stones this month, and i'm not complaining! Listed some to my Etsy, but there are still more to go!

Look at all these beautiful stones! 

Look at all these beautiful stones! 

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Tried my hands on engraving too for my giveaway (congrats to Gwendoline!), and have to say these beauties are such great pieces for engraving! I can foresee me doing more of these, but first #letmefindtime

But one thing i'm super excited is this

Finally!

Finally!

My first calligraphy book is actually by Eleanor Winters "Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy", and i think most of us who learned calligraphy actually had/flipped it before. And so when Chia of cforcalligraphy shared with me about her tour, i couldn't help but immediately up for it! 

All these while there are enquiries on me for workshops, but honestly, i feel that teaching is one great skill, how to make them understand, at the same time igniting their passion on calligraphy, which i think i'm lacking of. So i have been declining to teach (ok i should have ammend my website on the "Workshops" section, but oh wells again #letmefindtime). It has been my dream after Micheal Sull's Spencerian workshop, to bring in teachers to share their passion. Even though nowadays i rarely practice Spencerian (sorry teacher!), but the experience, learning bout his passion and the humbleness, meeting fellow calligraphy enthusiasts are something that i'll remember for a very long time. I guess this is the beauty of in-person workshop!

And so when Inez agreed to host together, double joy! And the good people in Cziplee are sponsoring the printing materials, so you know you'll be getting some quality papers to write on! 

Head on to kligraphy for more details on the workshops, and can't wait!

Spencerian Bootcamp by Michael Sull

I never thought i'd like Spencerian

I mean i started from Copperplate calligraphy, and it actually took me quite a while to appreciate the beauty of the fine lines and crazy beautiful curves! And one need to have great skills in order to master it!

Sadly in Malaysia i couldn't find anyone to teach me this beautiful script, and so when i found out the Master Penman Michael Sull was going to have Spencerian workshop in Cebu and Manila, i was like i MUST go! Was contemplating to join both Cebu and Manila, but i thought to myself, just learn the basic first, and maybe next year join the advance class! So after checking with my ever supportive husband, plane tix booked, hotels booked, and off we went to Cebu!

i am really glad that i make it to this 2-day Spencerian beginner's bootcamp, to learn all the basics, understand the forms and the reasons, and surrounded by all the talented people in the room. I still remember when i found out someone i followed for quite a while on insta was sitting just right next to me, i screamed a little inside (and out)! And Michael Sull, oh Michael Sull, so adorable, and so so humble even though with his wealth of knowledge on this field! He really took the time to explain and show us the right way, and always when we said thank you to him, he'd replied "Thank you for letting me to show you!" awwwwwww

And to be able to immerse myself in this beautiful script for 2-day, even with this 2-day, my eyes are trained, and i'm looking to train my skills so i can write this script beautifully and confidently!

So here are some photos for the 2-day!

 

Excited kids with not so excited parents behind

Excited kids with not so excited parents behind

We (or I) were actually quite worried for the plane ride, coz you know, 2 kids. And this is the first time Jiunn takes a plane ride that is more than 1 hour. But luckily everything went well, without the help of iNanny (but lotsa grapes and biscuits helped!) and we reached Cebu safe and sound!

Dec 7 1910, no biggie

Dec 7 1910, no biggie

Michael Sull brought along with him a giant folder, that contains original letters or writings of the great penman, so that we can be inspired by the writings, and we were really amazed by the skilfulness and gracefulness of the letters!

I screamed a little when i saw this! Louis Madarasz of Madarasz Script!

I screamed a little when i saw this! Louis Madarasz of Madarasz Script!

Pardon my fingers, but such delicate lines!

Pardon my fingers, but such delicate lines!

Who can resist these gorgeous penholders?

Who can resist these gorgeous penholders?

So light and fits just right!

So light and fits just right!

I liked how Michael Sull took his time to explain the difference of holders, and also helped us to adjust our own holders. But i remembered he was abit shocked seeing my ink-stained holders (opps!), and kept telling me to "Remember to clean the nib properly after writing!"

So i bought his holders, and he was adjusting mine here

So i bought his holders, and he was adjusting mine here

My three little wands!

My three little wands!

Rise and shine the next morning! Rae loves scooping out the fresh super sweet mangoes and put them in her yogurt! 

Rise and shine the next morning! Rae loves scooping out the fresh super sweet mangoes and put them in her yogurt! 

Here's Jiunn guarding his yogurt

Here's Jiunn guarding his yogurt

On day 2 he showed us on the spot flourishing which is sooooooo crazy!

On day 2 he showed us on the spot flourishing which is sooooooo crazy!

Speechless

Speechless

He also wrote all our names in "fancy letters"

He also wrote all our names in "fancy letters"

That's mine!

That's mine!

And my seatmate-  Pia!

And my seatmate- Pia!

Of course, we need to take a picture!

Of course, we need to take a picture!

Me with  Pia  and  Hana !

Me with Pia and Hana!

Some may think learning calligraphy is a trend, like workshops popping up, fancy settings and what not. But really it has been around so for long, and calligraphy is really an art by itself. Really thankful to be able to attend and learn this artform, the warmth and hospitality, the talent, the never stop learning (do you know he still practice 4-hour per day?), the humbleness and the passion is something i'll cherish for a long long time!

Till next time!

Till next time!

Chalk Lettering Workshop!

YAY for successfully completed my first chalk lettering workshop!

This time is a smaller workshop with 3 participants, so it's a huge relief for me, as i have more time to focus on the participants, and i've thoroughly enjoyed my time guiding them in exploring with different letter forms, shadings, and color! Yeap! Lotsa colors! Who says chalk lettering need to be in white only?

Back to this beautiful place for the workshop! 

Back to this beautiful place for the workshop! 

Claire here who was sponsored by her company to attend workshops! So lucky! How i wish all companies can do that!

Claire here who was sponsored by her company to attend workshops! So lucky! How i wish all companies can do that!

Busy drawing!

Busy drawing!

Alina of the Craft Crowd painting cotton flowers

Alina of the Craft Crowd painting cotton flowers

I've also learned how to use pastels to paint in this workshop too! Such pretty flowers

I've also learned how to use pastels to paint in this workshop too! Such pretty flowers

for the name of great flatlay ;)

for the name of great flatlay ;)

beautiful piece by Claire

beautiful piece by Claire

A great fun colorful day!

A great fun colorful day!

Big thanks to Alina, Claire and Kylee for joining in! It's always great to see everyone enjoyed playing and had some happy chalk fun!

The First Brush Lettering Workshop

Hi all!

Finally have completed my FIRST brush lettering workshop on last Saturday! Yay!

I have been doing lettering and calligraphy for 2 years now, and this is the first time that i need to put myself out there and teach! It's always a very daunting experience for the first time, will there be people interested on the class? Ok now people are signing up, will i be able to teach? Will i faint? Ok the last one is just joking, but you get what i mean.

So when i know the workshops are full, inside of me danced a little happy dance, and so excited to meet my first batch of students!

This pretty space that i love alot!

This pretty space that i love alot!

Look at all those natural light!

Look at all those natural light!

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a 6-year old student! 

a 6-year old student! 

She's very good student who sat through the 4-hour workshop session!

She's very good student who sat through the 4-hour workshop session!

Speaking of children i'll be having a workshop for kids and parents together, so watch this space for more info!

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Thank you Sherly, Kel Li, Mei Lann, Ker Shin, Guendeline, Rayhan, Pooi Yee, Giselle, Tisha and Zuma for joining, and bringing great energy to my first workshop! Special thanks to Kylee of Craft Kitchen on roping me in too! Do check out #workshopatthepondok on instagram for more photos!

We will be having another one on 22nd October, so if you'd like to play with watercolor do sign up with Craft Kitchen (hello@craftkitchen.com.my)

Next up, chalk lettering!