Sunday, November 9, 2014

[NEW VIDEO] Craft Tutorial: Altered Clothespins

Growing up in Malaysia, my family had only a washer.  Laundry was hung outside to dry;  rightly so, the weather was very hot and humid there. 
I remember we had a bucket full of clothespins. We used those clothespins everyday.
I admit that ever since I started to use a dryer, when I had my first child, I was hooked.  Laundry became a joy instead of pain. I didn't have to hang the washed laundry outside anymore.  Instead, I just stuffed them in the dryer and came back when they were dry.

Living in the United States, I hardly saw any clothespins until recently, my husband bought a bag of them.  Another new thing to alter, I thought!  So, I decided to record my tutorial on altered clothespins.

I think you're going to love this tutorial and it's simple to follow.  I enjoyed altering the clothespins, they're not just useful, but adorable as well!

Click to watch the video now, Altered Clothespins.
For more videos, visit Siti Nuriati Studio YouTube Channel!
Thank you so much for reading my blog and watching my video. Give it a try and let me know how it goes in the comment section below. 
Finally, do you have other creative ways to alter this laundry buddy? I'd love to know!
Have a great week!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

My Very First TV Interview!

Did I hear myself right?!  Yes, you bet!  I never thought this day would have come but it did!
Way back in 2007, I had an invitation from TV3 Malaysia to speak about my published Princess Diana portraits in the UK based book, 'Diana in Art', in their live women program, Wanita Hari Ini.  Since I hadn't got the book yet, I informed them once I did get it, I'd let them know when I could go back to Malaysia.  But, a short while after the book was released, I left portraiture and  I didn't think of that TV interview again. 
Certainly, God Almighty had a better plan for me.  A friend of mine introduced me to Mrs Hayati so I could be included in the Malaysian TV documentary called 'Rumpun Melayu Global'.  Mrs Hayati and the crew of five members flew to the United States and stayed for two weeks. They interviewed Malaysian entrepreneurs who resided in California and Las Vegas.
My interview was originally scheduled for Monday.  But, I asked for it to be rescheduled and thankfully, they set the date for Friday, just a day before the crew flew back to Malaysia.  It was great because, besides my tight schedule with homeschooling and work, I managed to get the house ready with the help of my dedicated husband and two sons. 

The front yard was chosen as the location for my interview.  With my easel out and a couple of chairs, we were set.  My family and I helped them by providing them with what they needed, to make the most of their time.

I was being prepared to get ready for the interview with the help of Mrs. Hayati.  Mr. Yusri, the interviewer, told me to relax and be cool.  Who could be relaxed, especially if it's their first TV interview?  But, I did as I was instructed!  I tried my best to answer the interviewer's questions.

Several different shots from my interview were taken by my husband.  These crew members were really professional. I personally LOVE these shots!! :)

The pictures above show my original pastel paintings that was published in Azizah Magazine.
All in all, the crew took tons of shots, videos and photos, during their shooting session at my home; that included my home office, working together with my husband and our family portraits.  
The RMG ('Rumpun Melayu Global') banner was presented to me before they wrapped up the session and left for another candidate. 
As of today, I placed back the book rack in it's original place.  Instead of books, I display my finished colored pencil paintings, all sized 5" x 7".  My husband made a remark that I should of thought of this for the shooting. 

Don't you think the paintings look nice displayed together? :)
I had a memorable experience for my first TV interview.  I couldn't believe I did it and this has made me more inspired than ever. I believe putting out great content so people who come across my work, posts or videos, will learn something from me. 
We are also thrilled to receive them as our first Malaysian guests to our humble home. 
I want to take this opportunity to thank several people:
Kak Joyah Vegas, she's my inspiration in business in this American land.
The crew: Mama Yati, Cikgu Abu Hassan, En. Yusri, the cameramen, En. Hussin and En. Rosli, and the new friends that followed the crew members to our house for the TV shoot.  I was nervous because I didn't know what to expect. But these amazing people knew how to make the newbie feel comfortable.    
My husband, David, who believes I can do this. He told me that I should give it a try even though I told him about my anxiety to be interviewed for TV.  He is my backbone for all the things I do.  Without his computer and video knowledge and expertise, I would have not been found online.
My children, Ben and Yusuf, for being a great sport, always ready to help and be my cheerleaders.
Most of all, thank YOU Blog readers, FB fans, YouTube subscribers, and Pinterest pinners. Thank you for reading, liking, commenting, pinning and sharing my posts and also, watching my videos.  I seriously hope that I, for a bit, inspire you to be creative wherever you are in the world!
I hope you enjoy reading this post and looking through the pictures as much as I did. I look forward to reading your comments on the blog.
Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

[NEW VIDEO] Tips and Techniques - Efficient Reading: Making a Notepaper [Part 2]

I love making videos!  Who would have thought it possible to share something beneficial through videos say ten or fifteen years ago?  With digital cameras, IPhones, to name a few, it has become a reality.
So in this week's video, I'm sharing the study method that I developed while studying at Mara University of Technology (UiTM), Malaysia, many years ago. During my first semester at UiTM Johor, doing pre-diploma in Intensive English, I was searching for a better way to memorize the Basic Grammar Rules. 
So I began to write my notes on a piece of paper. I folded it to make it smaller for easier memorization.  Since then, I did all my notes in that format.  Even though in classes I took notes in a regular notebook, I'd transfer them later to the notepaper.  I did this consistently early in the semester, making notes for all my courses.
The notepaper is easier to carry around, especially during test days.  I didn't study from books when tests or big exams were around the corner.  I think, psychologically, it could affect me because I'd think there were more books to read and more chapters to cover. I only did my revisions from my notes.
This simple technique helped reduce my test anxiety.

Whether you're a student yourself, teach your children, or have friends who are still studying, I believe strongly that this technique can help anyone achieve better test results.
Remember, it's important to study smart, not hard, by preparing early before the big tests.

What is your current study method and how does this technique assist you in improving your studies? Let me know in the comment below, I'd love to hear from you!
Thank you so much for stopping by, reading and watching the video.  If you find this post helpful, share it with one friend that you really care about, so she/he can also benefit from this too.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

[NEW VIDEO] Colored Pencil Demo - Rose in Mug Step 2: Coloring the Mug

I finally found some time to do my colored pencil paintings, particularly this one, titled, 'Rose in Mug'. So, in continuation of my first video demo on how I started this painting, I recorded step 2, coloring the mug.

I follow simple steps in coloring the mug a solid, dark black.  Instead of using just three pencils, I used a fourth one to create the shine on the mug.  Watch the demo on how I do it!

Also, you might notice the uneven color of the mug on the second layer, the existing color and the new color that I've just layered.

This is due to the wax from the wax-based colored pencil that covered the surface. To remove it, simply take the tissue paper and gently, rub the entire surface.

FYI: I added a couple of useful tips on working with colored pencils in this video. 
I hope this will assist colored pencil newbies and seasoned veterans as well.
Click to watch the demo now, Coloring the Mug.

For more videos, visit Siti Nuriati Studio YouTube Channel! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

[Video] Tips - How to Use Stylish Corner Bookmarks in Books

I take pride in not only making beautiful corner bookmarks, but also in showing how to use them properly.
Watch as I share a few tips on how to use corner bookmarks in your favorite books. 

Check out this video at Siti Nuriati Studio Channel!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Colored Pencil Painting: Bowl of Grapes WIP

'Bowl of Grapes', colored pencil, 8.5" x 10.5"

At this stage, I already began working on the glass bowl, which happens to be the same color as the grapes. The tricky part in this painting is finding the lines that separate the shape of the reflections. 

It's kind of like road maps. Once you've figured them out, you're good to go to paint the whole bowl!

Want to see how I color the grape? Stay tuned for tomorrow's NEW Video!