messed up graphics

Watch Me Fail & Try Again: Glazed Jewelry

Failed glazed images

Failed glazed images

Dear fans,

Failure is the mother of success. In this post, you’ll have a chance to watch me fail and try again at making glazed graphic jewelry using Diamond Glaze.

1) On to my merry way with Diamond Glaze I got this little bottle from a bead store a long time ago. After seeing that my new local bead store sells the metal charm that can hold graphics, I excitedly purchased a couple hoping to make some graphic jewelry with high gloss. Note that on the bottle it says the glaze is water-based.

metal pendant, chain and diamond glaze

metal pendant, chain and diamond glaze

2) Making the graphics since color markers are my favorite medium right now, I quickly made a drawing out of water-based color markers and water-based ink pen.

a water based graphic

a water based graphic

3) Adding collage from a magazine to make the image more interesting, I cut out some words from the inner pages of a magazine, which is just paper. So far so good, no big deal.

adding collage from a magazine

adding collage from a magazine

 4) Applying the diamond glaze Here comes the real deal. Without affixing each element together first, I happily squeezed ample amount of diamond glaze onto each pendant, hoping that the glaze itself will hold everything together. And then bubbles started to form.

bubbles forming in the pendant

bubbles forming in the pendant

5) Bleeding and bubbling in a little while, the aforementioned water-based drawing started to bleed into the water-based glaze. Moreover, since I didn’t stick the graphics together and to the bottom, more and more bubbles pop up from underneath.

bleeding and bubbling

bleeding and bubbling

6) The final “blow” yes, no pun intended, but losing patience, I decided to blow dry my jewelry so the glaze can set faster. Hot air made the existing bubbles bigger and bigger. The movement of the bubbles and glaze in the pendant made the bleeding worse.

blow drying the glaze is a very bad idea

blow drying the glaze is a very bad idea

7) Look at the grand mess voila! One thing I did right though, was to carve out the mess, cleaned up the pendants so that I can try it all over again.

messed up graphics

messed up graphics

TRYING IT AGAIN

Don’t we all, sometimes, wish that we can start all over again? Well, in this case, you can!

1) Background graphic learning from my failure, I know that everything that goes underneath the glaze can NOT be water-based. Since I’ve been collecting the foil wrapping paper of Lindor chocolate balls (don’t be jealous, I’m skinny and I eat a lot of them, ok), I decided to use it as the background graphic.

Lindor chocolate balls wrappings

Lindor chocolate balls wrappings

2) Sticking the background graphic using the glaze as an adhesive, I made sure the background image is securely stuck to the bottom of the pendant.

sticking the background layer

sticking the background layer

3)  Affixing the foreground graphic this time, I cut out the graphic, not from the inner paper pages but from the cover of the magazine, which is coated in a thin plastic protective layer. Again, securely stuck it on top of the background.

finding the graphic from the cover of the magazine

finding the graphic from the cover of the magazine

sticking the graphic to the background

sticking the graphic to the background

4) Adding some bling to add a little more shininess to it, I bust out my glittery nail polish that will sure add some sparks to it, plus help sealing the graphics.

My pa glittery nail polish

My pa glittery nail polish

glitterific

glitterific

5) Applying the glaze one more time I applied the glaze. This time, I used a small water color brush to scoop out any bubbles that formed. And of course, LEAVE IT ALONE TO DRY. It took overnight.

applying the glaze

applying the glaze

6) Done! The pendant is done after the glaze dried and it dries clear.  I then put on the chain and other hardware. Shown in the image is the other pendant that I made using the same method.

putting the pendants on chains

putting the pendants on chains

successful glazed jewelry

successful glazed jewelry

Thanks and I hope you enjoyed this Watch Me Fail report and learned something about applying diamond glaze. Do you have any experience using glaze material or making graphical jewelry? I’d love to hear from you!

"For Them" Silk Screened Holiday Cards

Silk Screened Holiday Greeting Cards “For Them”

"For Them" Silk Screened Holiday Cards

“For Them” Silk Screened Holiday Cards

Dear fans,

“For Them” is a set of silk screened holiday greeting cards which I made for friends and families, featuring two designs and six cards in a set. Each design has three layers using contact paper as stencils and printed on American Master Natural color paper.

The idea behind this set of cards is that, instead of me giving my friends one greeting card that I write, since I have the ability to reproduce images, why don’t I give them the cards so that they would be able to pass on the greetings to other friends? Sounds more romantic. Yes, anything more romantic I’ll do! I started working on these holiday cards early so that my friends will have plenty of time to send them out.

Originally I was to give away 20 sets, which means a total of 120 prints, 60 in one design and 60 the other. However, I mistakenly printed the first design on all 150 cards (extra 30 for error margins), therefore I had to get another 150 cards for the other design. For some reason, I cut myself 60 of those wrapping straps while in fact I only needed 20. In total I ended up producing around 50 sets that took 3 weekends. All I have to say is, kids, stay in school and learn your math good!

1) Design brain storm Knowing the volume that I was going to produce, I tried to simplify the ideas down to just some simple shapes that are iconic for the holiday season.

design brain storm1

design brain storm1

design brain storm2

design brain storm2

design brain storm3

design brain storm3

First of all, the two designs should utilize the common holiday graphic elements and be able to relate to each other in terms of shapes and color schemes. The X’mas tree decorations came to mind. What does the holiday season mean to me? Since I’m not so  religious, it mainly means love, warmth, friendship, something from the heart, and…eating! I tried to combine the heart and stomach, but they just didn’t go very well and the visual was too complicated, so I scratched stomach. Another major icon for the holiday is the star. What does the star mean for me? At this stage of my life I see the star as some kind of guiding light, kind of like a north star. Therefore I put a compass in the middle of the star.

2) Refining the design I created the design and mockups in Illustrator. Tested some fonts for “For Them” text and see how it’ll look like. Again, I will have to manually cut out from contact paper, therefore choosing something that will work with that was an interesting challenge.

Designing in illustrator

Designing in illustrator

Testing the font for "For Them"

Testing the font for “For Them”

Adjust tracking for the text

Adjust tracking for the text

A mockup for how it should look like

A mockup for how it should look like

3) Making the stencils Printing out all the shapes in black makes it way easier to cut stencils out of contact paper.

shapes for cutting stencils

shapes for cutting stencils

Stencil for the text

Stencil for the text

the star and the heart

the star and the heart

 4) Printing the first layer for the X’mas ball design It was pretty straight forward, a ball!

printing the x'mas ball

printing the x’mas ball

 5) Printing the hanging string on the X’mas ball Again, quite straight forward, printing that layer. For simplicity’s sake, I did not layer or put any element adjacent to one another, therefore making it very easy. Well, I’ve told one of my friends that my house is currently full of flies, as illustrated below. They like lights, you see.

my house is full of flies

my house is full of flies

Closer look at the X'mas balls

Closer look at the X’mas balls

An interesting phenomenon occurred while printing these small shapes. The ink was sticky enough and the paper is light enough that every time I pulled the print, the paper itself would be stuck on the screen. If not separated carefully, the wet print could be ruined.

a stuck print

a stuck print

 6) Printing the heart Since the heart is the focal point in this design, I made sure to print a whole bunch of proofs.

printing proofs of the heart

printing proofs of the heart

first design complete!

first design complete!

 7) Printing the star of the star design Illustrated here is the slight tear at the sharp ends of the star. Sometimes you just can’t cut that precisely. In these tiny tears ink would leak out and the beautiful angle would be ruined. Foreseeing this based on experience, I cut out extra stencils to cover up the torn area, however small they were.

Mending the stencil

Mending the stencil

proofs, proofs, proofs

proofs, proofs, proofs

all the stars

all the stars

8) Printing the hanging string By this time you can see, it’s in the evening already.

printing the string for the star

printing the string for the star

9) Printing the compass in the star Because of the “doughnut hole” problem, I needed to put the middle stencil back into the doughnut hole. Since the area was so small, the ink leaked out some, the position moved some which only required more proofs and readjustment.

the compass stencil

the compass stencil

ink leakage

ink leakage

proofs!!

proofs!!

completing the star design

completing the star design

close up of the star design

close up of the star design

10) Printing the wrapping strip I made a little registration marks to make sure the text printed in the middle.

registration for the wrapping strip

registration for the wrapping strip

it's all for them!!

it’s all for them!!

close up look for the strip

close up look for the strip

11) Packaging I got 300 envelopes in total from Staples, and used up all of them. Still had a lot of plastic sleeves from my previously failed craft business that was never quite a business. Some double sided tape to help hold the text strip. I’m so happy they are all going somewhere outside of my bedroom!

300 envelopes

300 envelopes

packaging station

packaging station

12) Voila! Merry X’mas and Happy New Year!

"For Them" Silk Screened Holiday Cards

“For Them” Silk Screened Holiday Cards

Thank you for being here. Again, with all my prints, these are dedicated to Larry, who taught me how to print. If only he can write from the grave, I’d give him a set. Every set has a name on it and they are all flying out of my house in no time. Yes!

colored markers for drawings

30 Days Challenge: A Drawing A Day Week1

30 days challenge: A drawing a day, first three days

First three days

30 days challenge: A drawing a day, 2nd three days

another three days

30 days challenge: A drawing a day, 3rd three days

Another Three Days

Dear Fans,

This is the 10th day of my 30 days challenge of a drawing a day. Matt Cutts was right, I really member these 10 days a lot more vividly than if I didn’t do these drawings. It’s a bit obvious though that I remember the days better because I’m leaving some visual documentation for it. But I guess that’s the whole point–leaving something for the days that otherwise just fly by without a trace anyways. If so, would leaving 30 days of trash also make my days more memorable? I’m guessing yes. This idea sounds even more interesting than 30 days of drawings because we produce so much trash everyday unconsciously that by documenting just one piece of trash everyday would be raising awareness of our habits. This, however, will be for next month!

colored markers for drawings

My little mind liberators

Okay, I’ve been waiting for this question and you finally asked. Why do these drawings look like they are done by a 10- year-old? Here’s my answer. Because I AM a 10-year-old.

These drawings took no time, no thinking, no deliberation, no expectation, no philosophy, no clients paying for it, nobody’s going to buy it, I don’t care who’s going to see it, nobody’s going to judge me for it, although you might be judging me for it, but that’s alright. They are a direct reflection of my mental state, and for better or worse, it is like a 10-year-old’s.

(and I turn my head to see the pile of letters from insurance companies…)

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Quiet Explosion :: screenprint

quite_explosion_screen_print_yachinyou

Quiet Explosion Screen Print

Dear fans,

It’s Friday! Today I made this editioned screenprint using a gradient background with two colors and grunge effect text with talc powder/body powder. The paper is Utrecht American Masters 90lb printmaking paper that has a slight cream tone and holds the ink very well. If I were a goat I’d eat it, it’s nice.

So what is “Quiet Explosion“? Well, I’m referring to those moments when you encounter something so beautiful that your eyes widen, your heart hurts, you hold your breath and there seems to be an explosion in your brain and you think pieces of your skull must be scattered all over the place. All this happens in absolute silence in a split second, yet you are a different person now. Prepare to accept. It’s hard to accept, but you’re different now.

It could be a blooming flower on the road side, it could be realization of some kind of knowledge, it could be a mysterious stranger who passes you by on the street. It could be anything, anything that blows your mind yes yes yes.

Anyhow, here’s the total steps break down of how I screen printed this.

1) Sketch: I rolled out of bed and sketched out my idea on my sketch book.

quiet_explosion_screenprint_tutorial_image0

Quiet Explosion screenprint sketch

2) Design: I did my design in Illustrator, testing out fonts and making the shape of the explosion. As you can see the explosion is made of several circles and many long triangles.

quiet_explosion_screenprint_tutorial_font_test

quiet_explosion_screenprint_tutorial_font_test

quiet_explosion_screenprint_tutorial_explosion_shape

quiet_explosion_screenprint_explosion_shape

quiet_explosion_screenprint_tutorial_final_design

quiet_explosion_screenprint_final_design

3) Make contact paper stencil for 1st layer: I printed the design flipped, then use it as a guide to cut out the contact paper stencil to affix on the screen.

quiet_explosion_screenprint_contact_paper_stencil

quiet_explosion_screenprint_contact_paper_stencil

quiet_explosion_screenprint_background_stencil

quiet_explosion_screenprint_background_stencil

4) Mix and print gradient colored ink: As you can see from the design above, I wanted to have a gradient effect on my background from red to orange/yellow. Once I have my orange color mixed, I put the two color together side by side on the screen. This is how you make a gradient shape. At first it will appear to be two clear cut colors, but after a couple of pulls they get mixed better and became a nice gradient.

quiet_explosion_screenprint_mixing_orange_color

quiet_explosion_screenprint_mixing orange color

quiet_explosion_screenprint_two_colors_side_by_side

quiet_explosion_screenprint_two_colors_side_by_side

quiet_explosion_screenprint_two_colors_mixing

quiet_explosion_screenprint_two_colors_mixing

quiet_explosion_screenprint_mixed_ink_on_screen

quiet_explosion_screenprint_mixed_ink_on_screen

quiet_explosion_screenprint_background_layer

quiet_explosion_screenprint_background_layer

5) Make text layer stencil: while the bottom layer is drying, I went ahead and made my text layer stencil on the contact paper.

quiet_explosion_screenprint_text_layer_stencil

quiet_explosion_screenprint_text_layer_stencil

6) Grunge effect with talc/body powder: To create the distressed, grunge effect on the text, I used talc powder, also known as talcum powder, which is basically body powder which you can buy from Walgreens. I have no idea why someone would want to put this stuff on their body. What the powder does is that after you sprinkle some on the screen, the powder goes into the surface of the screen and clogs the pores of the screen, creating stencils of those shapes. Now maybe that’s why people put on this stuff because they want to clog their pores!?

quiet_explosion_screenprint_grunge_effect_body_powder

quiet_explosion_screenprint_grunge_effect_body_powder

quiet_explosion_screenprint_grunge_text_effect

quiet_explosion_screenprint_grunge_text_effect

6) Print text layer and viola!

quiet_explosion_screenprint_text_layer

quiet_explosion_screenprint_text_layer

Done done!! It too me all day and fortunately I had turntable.fm with DJs spinning sick dance tracks to tie me over. Ate a bowl of rice noodles and 2 sweet potatoes. You know how we roll :)

Finished painted converse

Paint Converse Tutorial :: art process

Dear fans,

I’ve been wearing my painted converse around town and it feels great! Nothing compares to wearing something you’ve made just for yourself. It’s one of a kind and full of LOVE yes! It’s fairly easy and here’s how I painted mine.

finished_painted_converse_yachin_bonny_you

finished painted converse

1. Get the shoes :: I got mine from the art store Utrecht in my area. But I think you can order them online too. They come in two types. One is regular converse and the other is with higher ankle and more like boots. I’m using the low rise kind. They are about $40.

blank converse you can paint

blank converse you can paint

2. Get the paint :: You’ll need good quality fabric paint which you can get in most local art supply stores. I think some people use acrylic paint, that’s probably okay as well. Ask your local art store people, just make sure to get something that will not run when it rains. Here you can see I got a couple of different types of fabric paint and marker.

paint_converse_fabric_paint

paint_converse_fabric_paint

3. Start by painting the flaps :: I started by painting the inside flaps. I guess my logic is that if I mess up with the color there it’ll be more hidden and wouldn’t matter as much.

painting the inside flaps of the converse

painting the inside flaps of the converse

The pearlescent paint gives it a nice subtle shine to it. Yes don’t be afraid of some glitterific effects!

pearlescent paint for the converse

pearlescent paint for the converse

4. Paint the body of the shoes :: Okay, here’s when the rubber hits the road, I mean, the paint hits the shoes, the main part of the shoes. Just go for it and you can always paint over if there’s something you don’t like. I was being careful not to paint on the white/sole part because I wanted to keep it white. But it’s okay if you miss a bit. First it won’t be too obvious when you wear them. Second you can always buy white paint and paint over it!

paint the main part of the converse

paint the main part of the converse

painted bottom layer of the converse

painted bottom layer of the converse

Not a perfect paint job but it’s okay. Nobody is going to bend over and critique you! If they do, kick their butt!

not a perfect paint job on the converse

not a perfect paint job on the converse

I left the back strip blank because I wanted it to be black. You can choose to paint over or paint a different color.

leaving the back of converse blank for now

leaving the back of converse blank for now

4. Paint second layer of background :: I chose to have a bottom layer that is pink for the entire body. A second layer of gold to add a subtle variation, and then black line drawings on top. I’m using Jaquard gold metallic paint here. I’ve used their dye products and was very happy about the results. It did not disappoint this time either.

jaquard lumiere gold fabric paint for converse

jaquard lumiere gold fabric paint for converse

second layer paint on converse

second layer paint on converse

5. Paint top layer line drawing :: I’m using a DecoFabric fabric marker to do the line drawings on top. This is my first side, and you can tell I was trying to cram a lot of details in there. The tip of the marker could get rougher over time, making it harder to achieve fine details, so I just forgot about the fine detailed drawings and went for bigger lines and shapes on subsequent sides. It turns out that bigger drawings will give a bigger visual impact also because people can see the pattern more clearly when they’re standing and looking down.

top layer drawing on the converse

top layer drawing on the converse

Bigger drawing looks better, I think.

bigger drawings on the converse

bigger drawings on the converse

I chose to paint the back strip black. I used the fabric marker but that was a pain because the felt tip just a hassel to work with when you need to cover some big area. I’d suggest you use paint and brush to cover.

painting the back strip of the converse

painting the back strip of the converse

6. Painting the toe area :: I chose to paint the tippy toe area black and draw some *hearts* with gold paint.

painting the toe part of converse

painting the toe part of converse

7. Finish!! :: Done Done!! You know, it always take two people to paint a good work of art. One is to paint, and the other is to club the artist’s head so that he/she faints when the painting is done. I stopped when I thought it was enough on the shoes.

finished painted converse

finished painted converse

My dear fans I hope you enjoyed this and now go out and get some!

Modified T-shirt with glitter paint

If I smoke, I would smoke. If I drink, I would drink. Since I do neither, I dance :: art process

Dear fans,

It’s Friday homey! What do you do after a stressful week? Although I’m working at a wonderful place doing what I like, I still look forward to the weekend cuz dats when im da boass nah mean?!

Anyways, preparing to hit my favorite joint Bootie SF, I made these modified T-shirt out of an old shirt that hubby doesn’t want anymore. Yes, it was HIS shirt! That’s what’s so wonderful about it. Because it was bigger, I had a lot more fabric to experiment with. Made some mistakes but it ended up with enough fabric to cover me in a decent way :) I cut out the sleeves, cut the bottom into strips so they’ll move when I dance, and sewn the extra fabric up at the waist to give definition. Then I painted on top of the original graphic, the birds, with pink glitter fabric paint. No don’t be afraid of glitter, you’ll need some when the club is so dark!

I also made a simple mask that can go with pretty much anything. Since the shirt is quite busy, I think this mask would accentuate but not compete.

It only takes a bit of time to make something cool for yourself and believe me nobody would shine like you do because nobody can do what you do. Let’s hit the Parteh!

Modified T-shirt with glitter paint

Modified T-shirt with glitter paint

Simple black felt mask by artist YaChin Bonny You

Simple black felt mask

n modified t-shirt and mask YaChin Bonny You art process

Me in modified t-shirt and mask

Image of La Mezcla Mask by Artist YaChin Bonny You partial view

La Mezcla Mask

I’m sorry guys, I’m going to post a lot of posts from now on. Wait, why am I apologizing, this is my blog. But, I was going to have this be just about my art works, but you know, my life is my art work so there’s going to be a lot of things here now. If you’re interested in particular images, you can always use the right sidebar “GO TO” menu to access a particular image. Not that I have to explain here, if I do then I really failed at designing this website.

Well let’s cut to the chase, this post is about the said mask (from the last post) that I was making for the Dance Parteh before I started to paint my Converse. You ask, Bonny, what the hell is this Dance Parteh!? Okay, this is not a particular Dance Parteh event that I’m mentioning. This term refers to any and all awesome occasion in which there is great music and people dance until they forget who they are. I’ve been to a number of these. Recently I’ve been hitting up Bootie SF. I go there about once a month and I do craft projects for my look for added fun. What!? You ask, for added fun, just down a couple more mixed drinks. No, people. When I dance, I’m only under the influence of my own dance. I wear adequate shoes and check my little purse so that I can dance 2 hours straight. This is the kind of dancer I am.

This mask is called “La Mezcla”, which means “The Mix” in Spanish. The focal point of the mask is the mixed colored tassels at the bottom. I went to my super creative friend Ariel Soto-Suver‘s wedding some weeks ago. She used tassel samples to wrap the utensils at the wedding reception. I kept some because they are so beautiful. Their colors and subtle differences make my heart melt. Here they are, reincarnated in my mask accompanied by metallic beads. We will have a great time!

Tassel Samples

Tassel Samples

La Mezcla Mask

La Mezcla Mask

La Mezcla Mask partial view

La Mezcla Mask partial view

Me in the Mask

Me in the Mask