Welcome to my blog

If you are interested to learn folkart and decorative painting, join my classes every thursdays and sundays 10am till 12.30pm. Fees is RM50 per class. Bring your own painting materials and supplies or you can get me to buy for you, if you haven't any yet.

You can contact me at email
zaitunramli@yahoo.com or call at 0173144532

Also, look out for the workshops which is organised from time to time, here in my studio and also at other towns/states.

Do visit my other blog Ye Oliveblue Shoppe, where I have some painted stuff for sale.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Bread Carrier

I painted this carrier for a customer who wanted pictures of bread. After a long search for the design, I managed to combine referring to Aniza's painting and some serviettes. So, here it is.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Hydrangeas season

'Tis hydrangeas season amongst my students. Prior to that was season of pansies. And there are some other interesting pieces from Jo Sonja's design like the Fruitcake (bird) on the blue tray. Others are the first step roses and tulips. These pictures are all beautifully painted by my students in the class at my home.

Friday, June 18, 2010

An interesting piece

Having to paint something new, something different is so motivating and satisfying.This piece of plaque I painted for my dear Kak Masnah is meant for her workplace/studio for her hobbies of painting, sewing and other craftwork. Of course it was not my idea from scratch but bits and pieces from different books and objects at home put together. Voila! Its my proud masterpiece. Besides the things that can be seen in this size of picture, if you look closely there are 2 threaded silver needles on the left.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A dash of Red

My house decor is basically off-white with touches of subtle olive blue . When a friend gave me this nicely hand-made red cushion during my morning coffee with friends at my house early this week, she was afraid I could not put it in my living room. But I do not mind because a striking colour of an item gives another breath of freshness to the overall decor. I like the cushion so much. Thank you Kak Jan for the lovely gift.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Blue and White Collection

Contact Shidah Noor to buy the following collection of blue and white items. 0192283083 or 0356388845

My friend Shidah is all so crazy for blue and white collectibles. She has started using blue and white china since a long time ago when very few within our circle of friends, or probably amongst the locals, learn to appreciate them. She now sells these blue and white china and other decorative items in blue and white designs like cushions, curtains, table cloths etc. She also has nice white laces to enhance the blue and white collection.
Shidah has asked me to advertise in my blog as I do paint blue and white designs too . Anyone interested on these blue and white items shown can directly contact Shidah Noor at 0192283083 or 0356388845. Hurry. call her and you can get some free decorative tips from her. As a result of these interest, it has brought me to find out more on Blue and White history.

Blue and White china are evergreen collectors items of porcelain vases, tablelamps, cups and saucers and the rest of tea or dinner sets. Besides having them as decorative items in the house, many also use them regularly for daily meal servings. Blue and White ware in Chinese 'qing-hua' literally 'Blue flowers' designate white pottery/ porcelain decorated under the glaze with a blue pigment, generally cobalt oxide. The earliest invention was in the Middle East in the 9th century through the decorative experimentation on white wares. The first China blue and white wares also started in the 9th century in Henan Province China. It was tracked back to the Tang Dynasty where those were primitive blue and white products. It was then well developed in the Yuan Dynasty. These were the start and has influenced the Islamic and European designs. By the beginning of the 17th century (that was the century that folkart also came about), the blue and white wares were directly exported to Europe and America. European manufacture of blue and white porcelain started in Germany in 1707 and the early wares has strong influence by chinese and oriental patterns. Many European countries followed this trend. The factory in England produced a style known an Chinoiserie and also followed the manufacturer in Delft Netherlands has resulted in the English Delftware.

The current blue and white wares are combination of the above history at one time or another, with high-end designs by Spode, Churchill, Johnson Brothers, Royal Doulton etc and the lower range are regular porcelain with no significant brand names from abroad or locally produced which are also beautifully designed. Our very own local Air Hitam, Johore ceramics have been famous for its blue and white and other designs and colours.

Here are pictures of blue and white porcelain by Spode.
There are also coordinated blue and white cushions in roses and toille designs. A dash of white lace here and there gives a soft touch to the setting /arrangement.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I am in MIDI magazine

The 1st June issue of MIDI has an article about me and my job as decorative artist. Grab a copy to read details. In the magazine. also featured a collection of decorative painting items, could be products by any one of you decorative artists out there. And also another advertisement of the upcoming workshop by DAPUR magazine.

What's cooking?

Eversince Safiyyah started her holidays, she cooks a lot, meaning having save my cooking time, I can paint a lot too! But now is June, soon she will start her college again. Today she serves Red Pasta for lunch and White Pasta for dinner as written on the Laura Ashley Teapot Board. By the time I decided to take the pictures, the lunch is gone so, only manage the shot of dinner here.