Collaboration With Stranger London

Stranger London Moon Rabbit 4

Stranger London Moon Rabbit 2

Stranger London Moon Rabbit 5

Stranger London Suguaro 1

Stranger London Suguaro 2

Stranger London Suguaro 3Images taken by Yasumi, Stranger London

After launching my handmade clay necklaces on the shop, I was approached by the lovely Yasumi from Stranger London – an online shop filled with thoughtful and lovingly made accessories, homeware and jewellery. She asked me to make bespoke clay beads to add to her wall hangings, where she’d sell on her shop. She specifically asked for three to be painted with pink dashes and other three with black dashes. When the beads were dry from the painting, they were varnished with few layers of eco-friendly, odourless and waterproof sealer so they stay in good condition for a long time.

Needless to mention, I was thrilled and honoured to be involved in Stranger London in small ways and I absolutely love how they look in the end.

It was a pleasure working with you, Yasumi, and thank you so much for trusting me to make beads for you!

You can buy them here:
‘Suguaro’ Ornament
‘Moon Rabbit’ Ornament

My Daily Art In July


I was slowly improving from feeling uninspired few weeks before. I think starting my butterfly series helped a lot, and it was a hit! I wanted to do more oil paintings but with less work coming in, I couldn’t afford more canvases and paints that was running very low. The weather was glorious, apart from some random rainy days (which was also pretty beautiful though), I was inspired by British countryside hence the bird I painted from my front garden (1st picture), this windowsill painting (I really don’t like it!) and those butterfly illustrations.

My thoughts while being creative every day in July:

// My persistence was impressive – painting butterflies were surprisingly not easy so I ended up painting some of them twice for me to finally be happy with them. It was totally worth it now I have new products featuring them! Keep your eyes out for them as they are going to be listed on the shop super soon.

// Painting this windowsill painting that I didn’t like, I wanted a challenge and to do something different. I wanted to try paint something bigger than a painting of object with white space around it, which is my usual style and that is fine – I just wanted to see what I am capable of! It freaked me out that painting a ‘scene’ was harder than I thought and I am trying not to let my fears take over. I have few ideas floating around and I hope I nail it next time!

Handmade Nottingham Market

ORANGE POSTER

Imagine my excitement when I saw that Handmade Nottingham is hosting a market event for the first time this Sunday.

I will be selling my paintings and products with 20+ other designers/ makers. It has been a while since I sold in markets so I am curious whether my latest arrivals will sell well, including my clay necklaces. The response to my market stall is usually different from my online shop.

I will also be selling brand new collection of prints and notebooks, featuring my butterfly series and new paintings I’ve yet shared. I’ve just sent designs to the printer and I hope they will turn out as lovely as I imagine them to be!

My last market event was last December and feeling a little out of practice, I’ve already started preparing last week. My tasks this week are to finish painting new necklaces, test new boxes I am going to display my products with and organise float money.

Wish me luck!

My Daily Art In June

June was a good month but I noticed that my collection of work is lacking development. I’ve just realised that from reflecting on my work, which I do monthly. I don’t really love anything I painted and I feel my painting skills haven’t improved. It is like my art practice got stagnant – I was enjoying painting the natural world and everyday life but I wasn’t fully satsified with the finished pieces. Perhaps I need to change things up and get excited about my new work again.

As this project is about learning as an artist and getting into the habit being creative every day, I am trying not to feel bad about it and figure out how to banish the stagnancy.

Any thoughts, suggestions or ideas – please share with me! Thank you for sticking by me and rooting for me.

What I’ve Learnt Being Creative Every Day For 6 Months


Last year, if you asked me if I could be creative every day, I’d laugh and tell you that I usually create something once weekly or sometimes fortnightly and that I couldn’t possibly find time to being creative every day.

Now I realise I would have been lying.

I can be creative every day. I’ve done it. I have a huge pile of paintings to prove and I look at it with amazement, I wonder why it is so often that I beat myself up for being a rubbish artist – I get up and paint for me every day, even if I have paid work to do on that day. I do realise now that I need to believe in myself and remind myself that constantly.

Why am I doing this? Discovering Crystal Moody and her inspiring lifetime project last year, I was always thinking how amazing it is to be able to paint every day and that I couldn’t possibly do that – I have a business to run…I have commissions to do…I have lots of things to do.

Toward the end of the year, I was beginning to realise that it is possible to be creative every day like Crystal, if I simply find time. Just an hour of my time. I could wake up an hour earlier. I could find an hour to paint instead of watching TV in the evenings. I could organise my day better or work smarter so I have an hour to spare.

That is it. It is already 6 months. And I am not finished. I am making this my lifetime project too. I am not finishing the year putting my paintbrush down. No way. It is a great habit to have.

Of course, it is not all perfect. I struggled. I bunked off a few days. I doubted myself. And this is okay. We are human beings. We need to cut ourselves some slack. The main thing is that I keep learning and grow as an artist.

These are what I’ve learnt in the last 6 months:

  • You get more comfortable with your own creative skills – the more you create, the better your work gets. If it doesn’t, keep going and reflecting.
  • Your mood and stress improves over time while you keep creating.
  • You understand yourself more, and what you love. You notice the recurring theme in your work and better appreciate whatever it is.
  • You connect with and inspire people when you share your daily creations, even if you are unhappy with what you made. Your work couldn’t be more natural and authentic.
  • You realise you are not perfect but it is okay. Embrace your imperfections!
  • You get braver with getting started and using new materials.
  • You get fewer and fewer burnouts. You really get into a creative habit – it is no longer a chore.
  • You feel guilty for skipping few days. You look back what you’ve done so far and stop punishing yourself. Then when you skip a day again, you smile and carry on.

My mental health isn’t the greatest this year, but without creating I could be worse off. Creativity is keeping me sane and I don’t think I’ve really realised how it is good for my mental and emotional health until recently.

I’ve had people telling me – “You are so talented, I wish I could paint like you and I can’t paint.” Thank you but you can. Just go and start. You don’t need to be talented to be an artist.

Learn more about me and my daily art here.

Experimenting With Clay Part 2

Clay creations second round

Do you share your makes even though you don’t like them yourself?

I finished those clay dishes over a month ago and hesitated to share pictures because I wasn’t happy with them. I cringe every time I see them sitting on my shelf that I might just hide them away in my drawers eventually. However, there are some days where I look at them and think that they are maybe rather sweet.

For the last few evenings while working on more clay pieces, I thought about why I don’t like them and how I can improve next time.

  • The colours are nice but as a collection, no. For instance, my first batch looks lovely because I’ve only used black, white, and gold. But I have to remind myself that they don’t have to be a literal collection.
  • I feel that those dishes with etchings would be better off in one light colour or left in its natural colour so the etchings stand out more rather than being overwhelmed with 2 or 3 colours.
  • I didn’t like how my last choice of varnish wasn’t completely transparent so I used Mod Podge by a recommendation and it was much better transparency wise but the surface is tacky to touch. Reading the back of the container, it suggests to use clear acrylic sealer to eliminate tackiness when it states that Mod Podge itself is a sealer (as well as glue and finish) so instead of being confused, I’ve bought another sealer and hoping it is a better choice!

I’ve said in my previous clay related post that I didn’t like Das so this time I tried Claydium, which is much nicer to sculpt with.

It is clear that I am still in experimenting phase. It’s been since November. As far as my budget allows, I am finding the best brands of both air dry clay and sealer for me and hopefully new clay collection to sell in the shop. It is so important to me that they are good quality, durable, and ultimately pretty.

Ideas On Paper

Ideas On Paper Nottingham

Ideas On Paper Nottingham

Ideas On Paper Nottingham

Ideas On Paper Nottingham

Ideas On Paper Nottingham

Heading to the city to buy art supplies, I grabbed an opportunity to head over at Cobden Chambers and find a little shop full of independant magazines, books, and stationery, Ideas on Paper. I have been wanting to visit since I moved here in Nottingham last February.

“We bring a thought provoking and collectible selection of magazines, journals, and books to Nottingham; independent titles on fashion, art, culture, design, business, economics, food, wine and travel, are complemented by a range of stationery, enabling you to get your ideas on paper.”

It is no doubt one of my favourite shops. Every wall was nearly covered with magazines and I was in awe exploring and spotting familiar names, such as Cereal and Kinfolk. I went in with an intention to buy few magazines – I wanted to stock up something new in my magazine box alongside Artists & Illustrators and Oh Comely, which has been my usual reads for years. Being a typically indecisive person, I wavered over which ones I wanted to bring home for ages and I eventually chose Puss Puss (I couldn’t not buy it after finding out it has a feline element! Crazy cat lady here *waves*) and two issues of Uppercase, which I have heard a lot about but haven’t got my hands on them yet.

I have to mention that the customer service I received in the shop was absolutely fantastic – the best so far. Alex, an owner of the shop, approached and greeted me. Even after he realised I was deaf, rather than running away (the usual response I get) he took my heavy shopping bags off me and offered me the chair so I could take my time reading and choosing. He also picked few magazines he thought I may like, Puss Puss being included in the pile. I instantly felt comfortable, and not rushed to buy and leave the shop. Because I struggle to intergrate with hearing society, I was really touched by Alex’s efforts to make me feel involved and relaxed with good reading materials in front of me.

If you are ever at Nottingham, I’d recommend putting Ideas on Paper on your must-visit list!

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