Art Outdoors: Day Trip | Rantai Art Festival

rantai art festival flyerthe Rantai Art Festival was held on March 29th & 30th. we went there yesterday afternoon. check out the sweet graphics on the flyer!

 

it was an art exhibition, some music, and an artsy bazaar combined! the art exhibits were in a small building called the MIA Art House. MIA stands for the Malaysian Institute of Art, by the way. i wonder if this festival it is an annual thing.

one of my friends had her work exhibited there (: it was the main reason i went to check it out, actually. i want to have a post on her art soon (keep your eyes peeled. it’ll be worth it!) the other art was really good too. i don’t have pictures of the bazaar, but here are four of my favourite artpieces at the festival:

 

favourite artpieces at Rantai

the steamed fish at the top right is a MARKER RENDER. so great!

breakfast and books

breakfast behind-the-scenes. and CUTOUT design magazines i bought at the bazaar.

 

*slurps

 

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Applique On Doors: Tutorial | Shrinky Dinks tutorial and door knob adornment!

hello everybody (: it’s such a pleasure to see you here again.

backstory: my mother has a white Ikea cupboard. it looks plain. she has a Hello Kitty obsession. i like to draw stuff.

Imageso what do i do when i’m bored at home and decide i want to surprise her? stick little kitties onto the door knobs of course. she got me a pack of Shrinky Dinks (which i treasure) while she was holidaying in the States. they are the perfect material for making small, durable things. everyone should have Shrinky Dinks and permanent markers. i cannot find them here in Malaysia! the government should subsidize these kinds of things. not so much sugar. i like Shrinky Dinks more than diabetes.

i didn’t mean for that to sound offensive. it does, i think. somewhat. anyway, here’s the process, just for you. (:

materials:

Shrinky Dinks suitable for your project (clear/frosted/printable)

permanent markers of your choice

this kind of toaster oven

aluminium foil

scrap paper and pencil

Imagedirections: 

1. check to see how large the surface you want to applique is. Shrinky Dinks will shrink to about 1/3 their original size. measure if you need to (multiply the length of the surface you want to applique by 3). this gives you a good estimate as to the length of unbaked Shrinky Dink. if you need to be even more precise, make a Shrinky Dink ruler! then draw your desired applique onto scrap paper, then trace it onto the plastic with a permanent marker.

2. on the flip side of the plastic where you drew the outline, add colours if desired (notice the kitties in the picture have flipped in step 2?). this is so that you don’t have to worry about smudging the colours with the outline. permanent markers have that annoying tendency. they love mingling and being sociable.

3. cut out the shape as neatly as possible, and round off any corners because they will come out super sharp! then, fold a piece of sturdy aluminium foil to make a small tray for your Shrinky Dinks to bake on. preheat your toaster oven (adjust it to a medium temperature if you can), and then place your tray with your creations in it (coloured side up) into the oven to shrink.

once it goes into the oven you will be entertained with a magical shrinking process that starts about 8 seconds after you place it into the oven. if this is your first time you may panic due to the sheer wonder and sudden-ness of it all, like i did. after about 2 minutes, when the Shrinky Dink lies there on the aluminium foil, shrunken, adorable and flat, take it out of the oven, or else it will form little bubbles under its surface as punishment for you leaving it to be scorched in the fires of toaster oven hell.

so if you were successful (my fingers are crossed that you will be!), you now have door knob appliques to be super proud of. stick them onto the door knobs with superglue and you’re done!

 

tips:

1. clear Shrinky Dinks may have marks when you stick them onto something with superglue. you might want to use frosted Shrinky Dinks on darker door knobs to help your design stand out too. they are slightly whitish when they shrink.

2. if your Shrinky Dinks don’t lay flat after they bake, cool them and then put them into the toaster oven again. while they’re hot, use chopsticks to press them down to flatten.

Hello Kitty is a trademark of Sanrio. please don’t sue me.

 

thank you for reading! happy crafting and tea-slurping (:

*slurps

 

(an) Award! Odin’s Deeply Touched | we’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award!

liebster award

it is my great pleasure to announce that this blog is deemed worthy of the Liebster Award!

thanks natalieerose98 for nominating us. she has a very pretty blog here!

liebster award buttonthe Liebster Award is an award passed around in the blogosphere, mostly around newbies. although i’m not exactly a newbie, i’ve only been seriously active on this blog since the start of 2014. (: there are some rules and tasks tied to this award, such as: listing facts about yourself, answering questions from the blogger who nominated you, nominating a number of other bloggers, and creating a set of questions for said bloggers to answer.

it all sounds a little bit tedious so i’ll try to do something different. (: after all, ‘liebster’ is a German word that is defined ‘sweetheart, beloved person, darling’. i don’t think you’d read a self-absorbed list of 11 facts about myself, read my 11 answers to 11 questions, then read my 11 new questions (AND if you were nominated by me, feel obliged to obey these rules and make a Liebster Award acceptance post completing all the tasks), and still feel like my blog is deserving of the definition ‘sweetheart, beloved person, darling’. too many words.

the number of almost anything in a list on this blog is (you guessed it) EIGHT! get it? octopus? so, i will cheat at Liebster shenanigans and provide 8 facts about me, and answer 8 of the 11 questions. i’m one step ahead, because the 8 facts about me (well, Odin) has long been up on the page titled ‘Odin’ on the menu of my blog. on to the 8 questions!

here is my art for the first question i am supposed to answer:

drawing of my favourite meal

it’s aglio olio pasta and a hot tea, with my sketchbook, and my phone for music. it’s perfect. <3

which leaves just seven more:

2. if you had one word to describe yourself, what would it be, and why?   clueless. i don’t know.

3. if you were from any other decade, which would it be?   the 70s or the 80s.

4. what is the talent you wish you had?   psychic powers when i need them. (:

5. how did you spend your childhood?   my childhood just ended a year ago. i spent it eating, drawing, sleeping, studying, painting, dreaming, and making a mess. no regrets!

6. are you religious?   no. but i do have a crush on this guy called Jesus.

7. are you a morning or a night person?   i’m a whenever-there’s-coffee person (:

8. if you had only one day left to live, where would you go, and what would you do?   i would get on a night flight to Paris, to see Mona Lisa in the Louvre. then i would go to Subway for lunch and eat a sandwich with extra olives and pickles.

(thanks natalie for taking the time to think up these interesting questions!)

here are my 4 nominated bloggers:
irene marie cortez illustrations
nevermindarthur
paddling in the shallow waters
dosirakbento

people usually nominate 11 bloggers, but i’ve seen some nominate fewer than that. i chose to just nominate 4 because i thought it would mean more to the nominees if i did. (:

note to nominated bloggers- you aren’t obliged to accept your award, or complete the tasks! i would feel like such a burden if you felt that way. but it would be super cool if you’d answer just this one question (cheating again) in your own way, like how i did by drawing. what would you do with your life if money was no object?

i admire all four of you and would love to read/see your answers sometime. have a great day (:

*slurps

Airborne: On Decorative Tarp | butterfly canvas painting

AODT full butterfly painting

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

ta-da!

hello everyone (: this is the finished large canvas painting i have been slaving over! i haven’t been very hardworking, so this took quite a long time- about a week. my feet are there as a rough reference (for size), but now i’m going over why i did that, because my feet are quite big (do you know the agony of hearing the salesperson saying ‘oh the biggest size we have is a 7’?). probably not a good representation.

airborne 4

i spray painted the background, to try something different. it turned out okay, but i had to make the paint extra opaque, and put an extra layer on most places, because the gold was showing through and muddy-ing up the light colours! but i guess it turned out just fine (: there are many parts in the painting where i purposely left little specks of gold, as you can see in the close-up below, because they look cunningly like gold leaf or something fancy like that. (:

finishing this was quite a feat, so i’m celebrating by framing the painting and putting it in a special place! also because if i don’t, it is going to be rolled up and chucked somewhere, knowing me. plus, i don’t really like the look of the plain canvas border around it.

AODT airborne close up

a close-up of some butterfly wing details.

if you have ideas, please suggest a next canvas painting for me to do, in the comments (: artist’s block gets to me sometimes. one day i want to call myself a real artist.

*slurps

Art On Digits Time | painting stuff on my nails

photo: AODT art nails

from left to right-

  • Mondrian
  • Van Gogh
  • Da Vinci
  • Munch

hello everyone! i haven’t been too diligent with my large canvas painting, and as a result it isn’t finished. here’s a little tidbit just for you, to make up for it. i will finish the painting and post it very soon. (:

nail art is such a guilty pleasure! i love doing it and looking at it. so one day i thought, why not recreate actual masterpieces on my nails? they turned out recognizable, but then again, these four pieces of art are probably the most popular paintings in the world. speaking about my canvas painting, you can see it halfway done on AODT’s instagram.

 

other nail art posts on AODT: 9gag memes & Miranda Sings.

nail art blogs on WordPress for your viewing pleasure: cmynails, fingercandy

*slurps

Artsy Outlet Discussion Time | Lian Hing Stationery Trading Co

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hello everyone! this is the first ever artsy store review posted in the Discovery tab of AODT!

the style of these art store reviews are checklists with descriptions. we include categories which we find are most important to consider in an art outlet. it’s easy to read- Odin’s expressions are included in the checklist as indicators too. please read on!

art store front

Odin and I just visited a little (but packed to the brim!) stationery store in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. for those who don’t know, we are Malaysian! (:

checklist: 

1. well-equipped?  odin baby happy

items range from basic stationery to items like huge varieties of specialist drawing pencils, cardstock, stamps, stencils, paints, clips, sequins, wrapping paper, ribbons, googly eyes.. the sort of stuff that Odin basically lives for.

2. cheap?  odin baby happy2odin baby happy2

yes! it’s a big plus- Odin and I are sworn advocates of easy, cheap and weird DIY! (: you could even get a roll of wrapping paper for under RM1, which is under 0.31 USD! amazing.

3. interesting?  odin baby happy

there are weird things that are pretty hard to find anywhere else in there, like rub-ons and vintage-y alphabet stamps. the only downside to this shop is that some items can be at least a few years old, which gives rise to maybe a little bit of discolouration or loss of adhesiveness.. which actually isn’t a real problem if you’re like me and love old-ish things! (:

4. convenient?  odin baby happy

it’s quite a surprise that they could fit really any kind of stationery you’d need into the small space, and still prove navigable. i think you could find almost everything you need for a rainy day craft in there.

5. should you make a trip there?  odin baby happy2

definitely! we highly recommended this store especially if you’re around the area. here’s a map.

if you visit the shop, remember to take picture and/or a selfie or two and tag @anoctopusdrinkstea on Instagram so we can see it and like it and be your friend!    *slurps

Appetizing, Orbicular, & Delightfully Tangy | lemon pancake cookin’

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hello! Odin and I cooked up a artsy, citrus-y snack this morning, lemon pancakes! i mean lemmm!mon pancakes. they were so fun to create, and they turned out tangy, light, and slightly crispy on the edges. perfect with a cup of tea. we’d like to share the recipe with you (:

ingredients (serves 2-3 as a snack)

160g Pillsbury One-Step Pancake Mix (we’re cheaters)

75ml low fat milk

3tsp fine sugar

10ml water

2tsp lemon juice

pinch of lemon rind

yellow and green food colouring

skillet or frying pan

chopstick or skewer

directions

1. prepare the pancake batter: measure and mix up all ingredients except the food colouring into a large bowl. the mixture is right if it is a bit runny- a slightly thicker consistency than of store-bought honey. if it is not thick enough, add more pancake mix. if it is too runny, add either more milk or more water.

Image2. once the batter is ready, divide it 3:2. colour 3 parts light yellow for the lemons, and 2 parts light green for leaves. pour the coloured batter into the corners of small, food-safe plastic bags (icing bags will probably be even better for this) as shown in the picture. the clips stop the batter from falling out and keeps everything neat. you know, with the colour-coordination and all.. (:

3. cut the tiniest hole in the corner of the plastic bag. then make sure you can make precise shapes with the batter in the plastic bags. test this by heating your skillet/pan slightly. draw a lemon shape (an elongated circle with thingies on each end). because you can’t touch the hot pan, it’s tricky and may take a few tries!

troubleshooting:

a) if the batter browns (or burns!) in 5 seconds or less, reduce the heat. you can roughly control the heat by taking the pan on and off the heat.

b) if the batter spreads out too much (the outline of the shape will be too thick to look anything like lemons), it is too watery and needs more pancake mix to thicken.

c) if the batter does not want to come out of the plastic bag (!), the reason could be that the cut you have made is too small, or that a lemon rind is blocking its way, or that it is shy and you need to coax it out by singing. two of these i have encountered.

4. when you get the hang of it, draw lemons on the pan. add dots for lemony skin (that’s where the chopstick comes in). when they have browned slightly, take the pan off the heat and cool it a little. use a fan if you must! then quickly fill in the lemon shape with more batter. put it back on the heat to cook. when bubbles form on the surface flip the lemons. if successful, the lemons should have a light brown outline with a smooth, light yellow center. perfect!

5. make simple leaf shapes with the green batter to go with the little lemons.

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Imagethis is really trial and error. when i was making these, i had a few burned lemons and some whose outlines didn’t turn out well. all it takes is a little patience. and nobody who will make you laugh whilst you are drawing. i shouldn’t have allowed my sister to be in the kitchen while i was cooking! (;

teatime: Odin suggests that you enjoy your artsy lemon pancakes with plain green tea (:   *slurps

if you try out these pancakes or are inspired by them, show us on Instagram using the hashtags #lemonypancakes and #AODT. we’d love to see your creations! follow us at @anoctopusdrinkstea .