CRAFTER. WRITER. FABRIC ARTIST.

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a mom of a 5 years old twinnies (boy and girl), an ex architect, a lecturer, a crafter, and a children book's writer.. loves drawing, crafting, illustrating, making pretty things..

Hi there...

Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to stop by my little space! i am happy to share my daily crafty activities and hope you enjoy it...

-Dini-

dkwardhani@yahoo.com
0341-6802107 (esia)


Senin, 25 Agustus 2014

Keni and Her Self-publish Books

Let me introduce you my little daughter called Keni. 
Her full name is Kenia Dyanti Sukmarini, was born in July 2008. She really is a special little girl with a beautiful smile and amazing talent. 




These are her selfpublish Picbooks. She, with a little help from me as her co-author plus editor has been writting more than 5 picture books, since July. As I said before, She started to use pencil when she was just a toodler. She doodles all the time, here and there. She tried everything from watercolor, crayons, colored pencils and playdoh for drawing.

I really hope she will be able to publish her book in a real publisher, someday.
Wish you all the best dear.






Keni and her twin brother, Adit

Next time I will share my stories about adit and his creativity.




Selasa, 19 Agustus 2014

Free Picbook #2 KELAS SERANGGA (by Keni)

Keni has finised her second picbook. It is all about bugs :D 
Well done Keni :)
She loves bugs so much. All of them, ants, grashopers, ladybugs, dragonflies, butterflies etc. Bugs became her drawing objects mostly, beside herself and cats.

She always puts attention on the details, draws expressions and gives embelishment here and there. She always amaze me with her imagination, she had just turn 6 years last July.
Keni never worried about mistakes she made, she draws everything with one line drawing without erase it. 






I used some free pattern form http://meinlilapark.blogspot.ch/ and http://melstampz.blogspot.com/

You can read and enjoy her downloadable Picbook titled KELAS SERANGGA

Really hope you will like it. I really love this Picbook. I am a big fans of her :D
Please give your comments below. She will love to read it.




Free PicBook #1 Pesta Buah (by Keni)

Hello there...

Today is really special day for me as a mom... 

Keni - my daughter- had finished her first picbook. She is now 6 years old.
She has been practicing her drawing since she was 2 years old. She doodles all the time, here and there. She tried everything from watercolor, crayons, colored pencils and playdoh for drawing.

I think she quite talented :)



 Keni and her comic
.
Keni tried watercolor

She used play doh for drawing
  
She made her own logo and brand :D



and this is it. Her First Free downloadable Picbook "PESTA BUAH" or "Fruits Party"



I did a little editing and layouting for this picbook, hope you like it. 
Happy Reading.

Kamis, 12 Juni 2014

CRAFT IT NOW - craft book launch

Craft It Now is finally here!! after 2 month of long waiting ^^


There are over 75 fun & other fast crafty projects included in the book. Really enjoyable, relaxing crafts for all skill levels. You can find any kind sewing, crochet, polymer clay, paper, jewelry and loads of other crafty themes projects. 


It's a awesome book for anyone new to crafting, anyone who likes to try different things or just pick up some new ideas for favorite types of crafts. 

You can find my Fall Foliage Coaster 

my Purple Bloom Hanging Pocket (of course you have seen it in front cover)

and also my special Batik Wall Deco

I'm really proud to included and thrilled that I can finally tell you about it now that it's out. It's a great feeling to see my name in it, and my project is in the front and back cover :)



Kamis, 15 Mei 2014

Which one you choose?

Dear friends please help me to pick one of these covers of my craft books. 
I love them both, bust mostly readers consider the blue one more saleable and the yellow one more eyecathing.

What do you think?






Rabu, 23 April 2014

Craft Video by DK. Wardhani (capungmungil)

Hi there^^

Uhmm... Some of my new books will available at book store soon. therefore, with help from my video maker -Tyan- , I made a short video showing you a some of my new projects that will be include on that new books.

Thank you Tyan Varian (http://variantyan.tumblr.com/) for the lovely video. 
And Thank you mb Wiwin for the sweet orchid and green flower ball in this video.

Please enjoy ^^


one more thing, from now on I decided to replace my old logo with this adorable one. I made my name as my new logo, and add some tagline on it.


Citra from Innocentia helped me to develop this new logo. 
What do you think? Isnt lovely :)




Rabu, 09 April 2014

Craft It Now is on amazon.com

Craft It Now: 75+ Simple Handmade Projects 

by Shannon E. Miller (Editor)

Jumat, 07 Maret 2014

my first debute - CRAFT IT NOW

Suprisingly, one day I received an e-mail from F+W Media based on Ohio, US.

Saturday, 12 January, 2013 3:05 AM

Dear Dini
F+W Media is planning to publish a compilation book of short multi-craft projects. As a successful crafter, we thought you might be interested in this opportunity to submit projects for consideration. We are planning to include all types of crafts in this book including, but not limited to, sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, beading, jewelry, polymer clay, and paper. Detailed rules and instructions, as well as deadlines and our submission form, can be viewed at http://bit.ly/CallForCraftEntries. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Thank you, 
C. Noel Rivera
Associate Editor - Craft Community
F+W Media, Inc.
I submitted 5 craft projects, and they sent me another e-mail stated that they accepted 3 of it (Fall Foliage Coaster, Purple Bloom Hanging Pocket, Batik Wall Decoration)

Saturday, 8 June, 2013 2:04 AM

Dini,
Congratulations! Your project has been accepted to appear in our general craft book, which will be published in Spring 2014. Thank you, and I look forward to working with you! Let me know if you have any questions.
Noel River
         
Owh...I was so excited. This will my first debute as a contributor for craft compilations book and I will be writing in english. Well, you know.. I am not a native speaker. Alhamdulillah.. the editors had been really friendly and helpfull during the process.  

Here we come... They sent me the CRAFT IT NOW 's cover.
Voilaaa...! My project "Purple Bloom Hanging Pocket" is on the cover. 

It will be available on April 2014 @ http://www.fwmedia.com/shopIf you want to know more about F+W Media kindly read this article

and, these are the contributors.. 
It is really awesome hanging there with other 45 ladies ^^



Alhamdulillah ^^
I will tell you more about my projects later in next post



Selasa, 04 Februari 2014

Watercolor Tutorial #2 - Basic Step

Hello Dear Readers,

Today will learn about basic step to paint in watercolor. Water color painting is both enjoyable and a bit frustrating at times. You will have to do a bunch of painting before you feel completely comfortable with the medium.

You can read and learn about #1 tutorial tools and materials here

Lay a sheet of heavy paper out on a table. Draw some very simple design on it with LIGHT pencil marks. 
Use a flat brushes to wash the paper. It is useful to make a wet on wet painting style.
Put a small dab of any color of watercolor onto the white palette plate. Get your brush lightly wet. Drop a couple of drops of water - from your paintbrush - onto the dab of watercolor that you have on your palette plate. 



Dip your brush into the watercolor liquid on your palette, and lift a small amount of color onto your brush.
Let the picture dry.
You can tell when the paper is completely dry because it will no longer feel cool.




Senin, 06 Januari 2014

Watercolor Tutorial #1 - Tools and Materials

Hi There...

Still remember my last post about watercolor experiment? if not you can read it here watercolor-experiment-for-children-book. Many friends asked me to give some tips and tricks using watercolor as illustration or painting. Ok then, I will post several tips in watercolor painting and I will post it in several parts. This is our first part. So keep on following.

"nothing quite compares with the transparancy, luminosity and sheer beauty of well-painted watercolor" (William Newton)

Watercolor is really difficult to learn for some people. As people always says, Practice make perfect ^^. I will write this post (and next posts) based on my own experiences.


To make a beautiful watercolor painting we have understand our tools and materials first.

1. Paints (cat air)
watercolor available in tubes and pans, I prefer to use tubes since it is wetter and easy to mix.

2. Pallets (palet)

Pallets is really useful to mix some colors. I use to mix every colors with yellow ochre to get a nice color scheme.

3. Brushes (kuas)

Yes, brushes definitely is a very important tools that you cant ignore. Never pick a wrong brushes, it will cause failure in panting. A good quality brushes will hold water very well and joy to use.

a. Cotman from Winsor Newton
I pick Cotman form Winsor Newton. It is quite expensive since it cost over IDR 27000-45000 in 1998. But It will give you a very excellent results. 


 b. non branded
synthetic brushes are also enjoy to use and relatively inexpensive. It is only IDR 5000 (in 2013).

c. Flat Brush
I need flat brushes to lay a wash, to wet the paper or to apply sky.

4. Papers (kertas)
watercolor paper is quite different with other papers. It is made in different kind of thicknesses and texture. I use Canson for average usage and Fabriano for advanced usage. I prefer fabriano than canson.

5. Fresh Water (air)
It is important to have two bowls of fresh water. First bowl for washing your brush and second for dilute your paints. Adequate water will determine best result. Remember, always keep your brushes clean.

6. Pencil and eraser (pensil dan penghapus)
I use sketches pencil B or 2B for drawing outline. Keep your drawing light. 


For guiding you to learn more about watercolor i suggest you to read some books about watercolor, one of them is Painting with Watercolours (William Newton)



I think it is enough for today... will post second part soon.
(to be continued)

warm regards'
Dini

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