27 April 2011


Another Easter card, and a better picture of the green one.

20 April 2011

He is risen

A few Easter cards, made from things in my backpack during a class; if I find time, I'll try to make some nicer ones.  The cardstock colours should be yellow, blue, and green, but they aren't quite right in the pictures.  (Matt. 28.6)

get well soon

One of my classmates had his appendix removed today, so at the beginning of class the professor provided a blank card for everyone to sign and suggested that I decorate it first.  I didn't have my camera, but here are thumbnails from my phone:

The front says, 'Who needs an appendix, anyway?' (not my idea) and the inside says, 'Get well soon'.  The front looks slightly unbalanced because I was avoiding the raised college seal, which doesn't show in the picture.

19 April 2011

Roman comedy is a-moose-ing...

Today at work I designed a programme/poster for this year's Latin play.  My moose-drawing skills are rather lacking, but I'm still pleased with it:

14 April 2011

this desk belongs to...


Thus far, the count has reached 1000 blog hits from Singapore!  Congratulations especially to Mum and my four sisters for helping reach this impressive number.  (The total for all locations is over 1800.)

08 April 2011


I have decided to write on techniques for cutting paper.  Below are four very useful tools: scissors, a knife, a dry ballpoint pen (yes, dry pens are good for something), and a ruler.

clean straight edges

In the absence of a paper guillotine, a pair of scissors makes the cleanest and straightest cut.  Use a ruler and the dry ballpoint to draw a guideline: the pen leaves a scored line but no pencil to erase later.

clean curved or intricate edges

Try a knife of some kind (with several layers of scratch paper underneath, to protect the desk).  Mine doesn't look very artistic, but it works well.  If (like me) you can't draw curved guidelines perfectly the first time, mark them lightly with a pencil.  I used the knife to cut out the sides of the trunk and branches of the tree in once & now too, and then I tore the ends of the branches out.  I also used the knife for the window and crenellation on the tower in I will say of the Lord.  For the crenels, I cut four parallel slits to make five tabs and then folded two (every other one) to the back without cutting them off, because cutting tiny right angles perfectly is rather tricky.

soft straight edges (above, right)

Use the ruler and dry ballpoint to draw a guideline, but instead of cutting with scissors, carefully tear along it.  If the paper is thin enough (such as the white cotton paper in happiness), the ballpoint itself may tear it. 

soft curved edges (above, left)

Mark the beginning and ending points with the dry ballpoint, and then slowly and carefully tear between them. Some cardstock and other paper has colour or design only on the outside and a white core, as it were. If you want the white to show, peel the scrap piece up from the right side of the piece that you want; otherwise, peel the scrap piece down.

02 April 2011


A project from my Chinese Calligraphy class.

Happiness is neither within us nor without us.  It is the union of ourselves with God.  (Blaise Pascal.)