watercolor typography for the injured

Did I tell you the story of how I sprained my left wrist? You had better sit down for this, it’s a doozy. One afternoon, while the boyfriend and I were walking home from the supermarket, I decided to hang the lone plastic bag I was holding around my left wrist. The next day, said wrist was aching. I forgive you if you scoff. I really am that lame.

My wrist was not swollen or anything. My hand still had about 98% functionality.  And so I kept sewing and crafting; resting the wrist (which, really, was painful only 2% of the time) was not an option. Turns out, a sprain is not an affliction that one can work away, as I usually do with any form of illness I sometimes get.

And so here I am, taking it slow and doing something mellow. (But still rhyming).

There was no way I’d spend my resting days not making anything, though. And so I went back to watercolor.

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You have probably noticed that I am focusing on typography. This is because I can’t paint everything else to save my life. Or I have no patience to make non-type subjects perfect in my eyes.

Besides, I actually rather enjoy these typography pieces. It feels good to finally have a medium where I can let my cynicism shine through.

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Below is my favorite. Because teapot, and lovely color combo, and this is my jogging song.

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this was wednesday

  • Woke up at 8:30AM after only 6 hours of sleep. Five if you deduct the hour I woke after a horrible dream and had to be talked back to sleep by the boyfriend.
  • Left the house at 9AM to get a haircut.
  • Came home at 9:45AM to cook and have breakfast.
  • Got ready and waited.
  • Received SMS that driver is ready for us at around 11:20AM.
  • Arrived at one of the local TV studios at around 12:30PM.
  • And at around 1:30PM, I made a fool of myself. Proof:

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  •  Driven home at around 3:30PM and had very late lunch.
  • Switched AC on upon arriving home and passed out.

“Acting” is hard work, man.  I don’t have the right amount of gaiety for TV, I think.

The shirt I wore for the feature was our DIY or DIE design. We have posted it up on the SHOP, together with our new items.

The TV feature was for a couple of DIY projects, by the way. It was shown yesterday. I didn’t catch it because I don’t have the energy to process my lack of gaiety in front of the camera. Ha.

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tutorial: easy way to turn rings into magnets

You know how when you’re asked to think of a movie title or a song on the spot and your mind goes blank? The same “mind freezing” phenomenon happens to me when I am asked to come up with DIY projects. This usually happens when local TV shows are the ones doing the asking.

So when I was told that I might possibly be doing another TV guesting featuring some DIY ideas, I politely asked the producer to give me several days to prepare. And below is one of the projects I came up with: turning old cocktail rings into magnets!

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I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “you needed several days to come up with this incredibly simple idea?” Heh. Yeah….

But anyway, here are the easy-peasy steps to follow if you’re in the mood to turn your accessories into office essentials:

You will need cocktail rings (the bigger/flashier the stones, the better), industrial glue, magnets, pliers.

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Remove the metal hoop from your ring using pliers. Just wiggle it until it breaks apart.

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Dab a bit of industrial glue onto one side of a magnet.

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Attach to the back of the ring’s stone. Let dry or cure overnight.

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And voilà! Bling for your notes!

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PS – This sweet and funny card is by Ecka & Pecka.

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