2014

Makeup Brush Drying Rack

I've never fuss much about my makeup brushes in the past. I'll wash my brushes and lay them on a piece of towel to dry overnight. But recently I came across the lovely Benjabelle Brush Tree while surfing on youtube and thought it was a great way to dry the brushes. These quality beauties range from $19.95-$39.95. So, I thought I would try and design one with some familiar materials. If you would like to know how this was constructed, read on :)

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There were many DIY projects that people have done; in fact, many done in half the cost, time and they work just as well. Google/ Youtube 'DIY Brush Rack' and there are many tutorials out there. But I was still very attracted to the Benjabelle's Brush Tree and wanted something closer to that. (There's a pic of it below)

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Project inspired by the Benjabelle Brush Tree Materials used: A rack, 2 circle templates, Magnets, Anti-slip mat Tools used: Hot Glue Gun/ Superglue, 1/4" double sided tape, Blade, Ruler, Artline250 marker.

(Scroll down for more information about each material used)

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1. Circle Template | Art Friend - RM11/pc (member price) The thicker it is, the better. If you have more thinner brushes, you would want to find one that has smaller circles.

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2. Foldable Rack | Daiso - RM5 Ideally, get something that has the same base dimension of your circle template. Thankfully, this rack fits the circle template I bought beautifully. Daiso has all kinds of things under one roof, so you can definitely try this place!

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It was a great bonus that this was a foldable rack and also a magnetic one. This allows the pieces to be detached and stored away when not in use.

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3. VARIERA Drawer Mat | IKEA - RM19.90(roll) Alternative: Any bendable material like a foam sheet/ similar material will work well. You will only need a small piece from this entire roll :)

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4. 1cm Round Magnet | Art Friend - RM5 (member price) You will only need 4 pieces.

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Step 1 Turn the rack upside down; we will be using the bottom as the top.

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Step 2 Place one of your circle template onto your mat (on the smoother side). That's the exact amount you will only need.

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Step 3 Using a marker (I used a black Artline 250 Permanent Marker), trace out each of the circles and also the sides of the circle template.

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Step 4 For each circle, you will divide them into 8, like cutting a cake.

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Step 5 Now we will remove all the ink marks. I used some makeup remover on a cotton pad and rubbed it over the entire surface.

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Step 6 Tape each of the sides and inbetweens with 1/4" double sided tape.  You would then tape this to the mat, and tape the other circle template on top of that. You would end up with a sandwich (circle template - rubber- circle template). Make sure you press the sides till they are fasten tightly together. We will now call this the 'top'

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Step 7 Place the 'top' on the rack to determine where the magnets should be placed to be fasten. Attach the magnets to the bottom of the 'top' with a hot glue gun / superglue and leave it awhile for it to set. Once dry, go ahead and plop it up on the rack. The magnets allows you to remove the top and fold up the rack if you want to store them away.

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This rack has 34 holes (2 are way too small to fit any brushes), but they managed to hold up to 40+ brushes- ranging from large handles to thin ones - all these below.

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If you notice after hanging all of them on it to dry, it can get rather heavy in the middle. Thus I used a bookend to hoist it up. Other than that, it held each of the brushes very well, it's easy to use and now all my brushes dries the same time! *I use brush guards to keep the shape of my brushes while drying. Found a cheaper alternative to buying loose pieces of makeup brush guard covers is to buy a roll of it and cut it into your desired sizes. (I got mine for RM5 and one roll is enough for about 14 brushes) You can get some here.

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What's helpful is that some larger holes can fit a few thin brushes as well.

And that's my take on making a drying rack for my makeup brushes :)



S+S: Thank You Cards

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This project was for a lovely couple who wanted to thank a group of important people who helped them with their wedding preparation. A total of 32 pieces of 15x15 cm cards were handmade and thankfully able to be completed in a small window of time.(phew!) The nights spent putting these together was a joy as I worked on it stage by stage, and seeing it slowly takes its form. If you would like to find out how these were made, read on :)

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A close up on the front and back on the card. Thought I would also share how these elements were made and hope these images will help demonstrate the steps better to show you how easy it is to create these with the right tools at home. I'll start by breaking down the components of the card and explain the 4-part individually.

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PART A: The Card
1. Write/ Type the words– I wanted it to be hand drawn so I sketched 'Thank You' with a black felt tip marker on a piece of paper.

2. Scan it into the computer and turned it into vector using the expand feature in Adobe Illustrator. In Ai, you would have to tweak to make the edges curve nicely and to adjust it to the desired size on your page. A big advantage in sketching it in is having full control on how you want the word to look exactly. *Alternatively, you can get a ready handwritten font from Dafont!

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3. Print it and fix any imperfections. *You can see the little white bits when I printed them on textured paper. To cover that up, I used a gel ink black pen to colour over the white bits and it did the trick perfectly.

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Before (left) and after (right)4. To save on cost, they were design to fit two pieces on an A3 size paper, and later chopped down to its exact 30cm x 15cm size each. 5. I wanted these white cards to have a reversed black cover. To do that, I attached black colour paper (70gms) to the back of each white page using a spray mount. Spray mount works the fastest and best compared to using glue as it gives an even adhesive coverage to the entire page and is easy to apply. 6. After that, trim to its exact size. 7. Create round edges by using a corner rounded punch and punch the top and bottom right of each page and your done for Part A. PART B: The Flowers A brief of how the daisies were constructed in 4 steps (left - right). 1. Using any large flower punch (I'm using CARL, Carla Craft in CP-2, DAISY) and punch multiple flowers on both white and black 160gms paper. Set aside. 2.Using the tip of a quilling tool / something with a sharp tip like a bamboo stew (satay stick), lay that on top of each petal and press both sides of the edges inwards. Repeat this step on all the petals and it should looked like the pile of flowers on the right. 3. Using a normal hole puncher, create many many many MANY black dots. Set aside. (These will be the centre of your flowers) 4. Now, this is the fun part to assemble these. Remember the black and white flowers? First, glue a black dot onto a white flower. Then, glue the white flower on top on a black flower. That makes ONE SET. Make a few double sets, which are two 1-set of flowers glued onto one another. PART C: The Butterflies

This was my first try on quilling and I must say it has grown on me as I started it. If you have a paper shredder, you will want to use that to create 3mm-5mm strips of paper. I did not have one, so I manually cut them.

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*Tip for manual cutting: Staple 3-4 sheets of 80gms A4 paper together and tape the top and bottom down onto your placemat. This will help you cut multiple sheets easily and accurately without worrying about your papers moving. Cut away the bits that has tape on when you finish. 1. Each strip is the length of an A4 size paper and for this, I used the entire length to create a tear dropped quilling shape, which you will see what it is as you read on. 2. There are many tutorial videos on Youtube that will show you how these are done. One that I found really helpful was the basic shapes you can make with paper quilling by Claire Choi. Basically, you need to create a tear dropped shape and wrap that with a black strip. Use PVA glue to secure the end of each bits. For each butterfly ,will need 4 of these. 3. For the head and body, I cut each coloured strip in half (half of an A4 paper)– one half into a tight coil for the head, and the other half for the body which is a similar quilled technique as the tear drop shape. Instead, you will press both ends instead of one. *you may refer to the above tutorial for this as well. 

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4. Lay out all the parts and using a small paint brush, I drop small dots of PVA glue on the areas that I want them to stick. Leave it for a few hours/ overnight. These are what they would look like :)

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PART C: Putting them Together
This was my favourite part, seeing each little bits get put together. PVA glue is the way to go in keeping them stuck really well. Use a paint brush, apply just a small bit of glue and attach it onto your card. Leave it for awhile and it will stick onto it well :) Give quilling a go :) It's a very beautiful way to create elements for your crafting bits - and no matter how difficult it may look, you may find yourself having a new hobby after your first try!