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  1. Basic Decoupage

    November 26, 2008 by admin

    I found these pictures of decoupage class I conducted last year for Puspanita in Putrajaya. I think since many people these days are interested to know the basic of decoupage, this entry will help them understand.

    Of course you can use most of the materials and surface available at home like empty tin, cookies container, oil bottle, ceramic mug, porcelain plates or wooden box for decoupage. You can either choose to paint the background or straight away paste the tissue or decoupage paper on the surface.

    Usually in my basic decoupage class, I will teach on how to paint the background using acrylic paint. My preferred brands are Americana and Jo Sonja. The easiest way would be to use the dab technique using sponge. However if you are painting the background of wooden box, my preference would be to use paint brush. You can also use plain white gesso as the background color.

    The next step after painting the background will be to cut the motif from the napkin/tissue or decoupage paper. This is when your creativity comes into action. You have to imagine how the final outcome will be like i.e how you want to arrange the chosen motif on the decoupage surface.

    I use decoupage medium to paste or seal the napkin. There are actually many art brands like Mod Podge, All Purpose Sealer by Jo Sonja or Jansen Art (DecoArt) Multi Surface Sealer. After all the sealing process, you can let it air dry or use hair dryer to speed up the drying process. Then you can apply a few coats of varnish to preserve the surface. I usually use Decoupage Varnish from Jo Sonja since I can minimize the application half from the normal usage of other type of varnish.

    That’s basically how the decoupage process is like. It’s a simple craft that could be turned to a great hobby or even give extra income to those willing to do more decoupaged items and sell to others who are interested to buy.


  2. Bunga Telur Daun Getah

    November 1, 2008 by admin

    For those looking for something different for your bunga pahar or bunga telur to be put at each side of pelamin, maybe you can consider this bunga telur daun getah.

    The design has been made special so that my client can use 50 stalks instead of 100 stalks as bunga pahar during merenjis ceremony. I added the white daun getah leaves to the bunga telur since I have leftover from making the rose buds.

    Since the theme for the wedding is maroon and white, I try to incorporate both the color elements in the design.


  3. More Beading Work

    October 22, 2008 by admin

    I’ve been meaning to share this particular beading work with my fellow readers but I only found the pictures from my old PC. This was taken somewhere last year and I wore this purple baju kurung during Hari Raya open house.

    I used manik tabur technique for this particular beading work, using few types of manik jepun – the cylinder shape, the sequin and rice beads to fill up the space faster. It was tedious but the easiest method for newbies in beading.

    For the design on the baju kurung itself, I sew the beads into a design like flower and leaves. If you find it difficult to sew the manik design freehand, you can use erasable marker and draw the design first.

    It took me a few days to finally finish all the beading. It looks striking since the baju kurung itself is a plain Thai silk. Of course once you have an attire with beads like this you will need to wash it in delicate cycle or wash it by hand.


  4. Bunga Dulang Stokin In Turqoise

    September 17, 2008 by admin

    Since I still have some pictures with turqoise theme, I thought it will help those looking for ideas on how to decorate their hantaran.

    This is the picture of bunga dulang stokin I made for a customer’s wedding in May.

    I didn’t do the hantaran for her as she bought bunga dulang and asked her neighbor to do her hantaran. The above picture was sent through email from her personal collection to show how my bunga dulang were used to decorate her hantaran. She also ordered bunga dip in turqoise and white color for her bunga pahar. I was unable to attend her wedding and take those pictures myself.


  5. Turqoise Ideas For Your Wedding

    August 20, 2008 by admin

    It seems that the trend this year for wedding theme color is something to do with soft baby blue, deep turqoise and soft turqoise.

    For those looking for ideas on what to give for hantaran with that kind of theme color, you can try to give something unusual like this agar-agar kering, made into rose shapes. Of course with additional ribbons, pearls and embellishments, the arrangement will be nicer.

    No wedding will be complete without a bunch of specially made bunga telur or bunga pahar. Meant to be given to special guests or those who come for the merenjis ceremony, these bunga dip lily will surely bring the glamour you want for your turqoise wedding.


  6. Baju Kurung For Dinner

    June 15, 2008 by admin

    I decided to accompany Hubby to his company’s annual dinner at last minute. Even though the theme is Movie Night but with the limited time, I have nothing more extravagant to wear. Plus being a spouse means I have no chance to be in the best dress nomination..heh!

    I still have the leftover of the beads and sequins in pink, white and clear color so I decided to add some to the floral pattern on the sleeves.

    I thought of adding more to the front side of the baju kurung, but then the clear, shiny beads were no more in stock. Maybe next time when I go shopping I will buy some more to add on the beading work so that this pink, black baju kurung will look more stylish..heh!


  7. Decoupage On Mug

    April 7, 2008 by admin

    This April I am extremely packed with schedule to complete orders for May wedding. So I think the only craft class I could conduct will be decoupage.

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    Have a look at these two pictures. One of my students who attended the class chose this tiny motifs on the napkin and it took ages for her to cut the designs.

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    However once she was done cutting and ready to seal on the mug, it was just a breeze. Usually small designs take less time to paste on the surface compared to larger design. It will have less risk of air bubble and uneven coating.

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