List of Biennials and International Prize Awards:

1) International Prize Tiepolo Awardee (my 1st Arte Milano award) - Milan, Italy (April 21, 2016); 2) International Prize Colosseo (Artist in History) - Brancaccio Palace - Rome, Italy (May 20, 2016); 3) Shakespeare In Art Award at the 1st Triennale in Contemporary Art - Verona, Italy (June 9-11, 2016); 4) Venice in Art (Casanova in Art Awardee) - Flangini Palace - Venice, Italy (September 17, 2016); 5) Critically Acclaimed Contemporaries at Uffizi (Contemporary Artist Awardee) - Uffizi Gallery Museum & Ximenes Palace in Florence, Italy (November 11-13, 2016); 6) International Prize Award Galileo Galilei Awardee - Pisa, Italy (January 22, 2017); 7) Awardee of International Prize Cristoforo Colombo in Genova-Genoa (an Art Explorer Awardee) - Genova Aquarium in Genova (February 16-18, 2017); 8) International Award Dante Alighierri Prize Awardee - Biennale Peschiera del Garda, Italy (April 1 2017); 9) Chosen or Cited as Top 100 International Artists for 2016 By VIDA E-Commerce Shop - (San Francisco, California, USA); 10) International Award Francisco Goya Prize Awardee - Hall of Mirrors at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain (May 6, 2017); 11) ART EXPO ROME CARAVAGGIO PRIZE: Awardee of International Award Michaelangelo de / di Caravaggio - An International Award Caravaggio Experience - Salle Del Bramante at Piazza del Popolo, Roma (May 26 - May 29, 2017); 12) Premio Internazionale Milan Art Awards Awardee (my 2nd arte milano award) - The very First International Milan Art Awards -Theater Del Verme, Milan (July 25, 2017); 13) A part of - "The Best 2017 Modern & Contemporary Artists" an Effeto Arte curated by Salvatore Russo & Francesco Saverio Russo "Premio Internazionale Berlino" with Official Presentation of Art Volume - Berlin at Franzosische Friedrichsadtkirche Georges Casalis room (September 24, 2017); 14) a part of Art Exhibition: Segnalati I in Berlin (September 2017); 15) Silver Artist Awardee of VIDA E-Commerce Voice and VIDA (dolce) Artist Discovery Showcase - San Francisco, California, USA (September 30, 2017); 16) Awardee of International Prize Award Andrea Mantegna - Biennale Mantua, Francesco Gonzaga Museum, Mantua, Italy (November 2017); 17) il Genio dell' Arte 2017 (Prize) Awardee {the Genuis in Art 2017) with Art International Contemporary Magazine (Paler{o}mo, Italy) - October 2017 release {November / December 2017 publication}; 18) a mini part with Miami meets Milano {International Art Milan / Arte Milano Exhibition} - Hotel Victor, Miami Beach, Florida, USA with El Russo and Spoleto Arte: on Biennale Milano (an Art Milan) {December 6 - 10, 2017}; 19) International Prize Leonardo Da Vinci (the Universal Artist Award) Awardee for 2018 - Borghese Palace, Florence (Firenze), Italy (January 20, 2018); 20) Biennale della Nazioni (United Nations Biennal - International Artists Awards 2018 Awardee) – Miseracordia Complex, Venice (March 16-19, 2018); International Prize Award of Nations (Tribute to Tiziano),
Scuola Grande della Misericordia Palace in Venice (March 19, 2018); 21) New Art Masters 2018 Catalogue (United Kingdom), only waiting now for the catalogue's release with; 22) Premio Canaletto Awardee (one of the 15 awardees) – Spoleto Pavillion, Venezia (May 29, 2018); 23) International Prize Raffaello Awardee 2018 - Bologna, Italy (May 4, 2018); 24) International Prize Guilio Cesare Awardee 2018 - Velli Palace, Rome (July 7, 2018).

{-[-(--- my artisianl goals below: ---)-]-}
to create, to aspire, to design, to inspire and hopefully continue to reach new heights in this crafting hobby]
[NEEDLE CRAFTING GOAL: to create, to aspire, to design for gifts and give-aways of friends and loved ones]
[CULINARY & BAKING GOAL: to aspire, to indulge, prepare & bake and hopefully . . . learn to bake fondant & go full blast on this culinary endeavour]

Kerygma Books by Shepherd's Voice Publishing


Monday, June 1, 2015

Tips for the Month of June 2015


This is a Summary of the May 2015 Tips of the Week, I've written for Sunshine Inspired Designs (SID)'s blog.

If you need to refer for some more layout examples, I've added the link to SID's blog on her weekly tip of the week post.


TIP No. : 6  When You want to use a different color scheme to the one in the photo convert your photos to black and white.

This tip is about making everything on your LO complement each other.  There are layouts that have contrasting elements and yet work.  But most or on certain instances elements and your photo don’t match or work together.
A technique to use when the above arises is to convert your photos into black and white.  Ditch the colored photo. 

Most of the time your elements on your layout may be in full color, may they be in bright and bold or in pastel to vintage shades.  Or you may be asked to go on a monochromatic layout.  These kinds of color schemes works well with black and white photos.  You should go and try it.  Do keep this tip in mind.

Here are my examples from YEAR 2011 & 2014 for Tip No. 6:
Design Team Member LO for Let's Get Sketchy (2011); Christmas Home Decor (2014); and Peacock Handmade Embossed Card as Admin & DT work for Kaboodle Doodles (2012)

To read more and find more examples, visit SID's May 6th blog post.


TIP No. : 7  An Infographic on Ways to Make use of Digital Scrapbooking Kits

These Digital Scrapbook Kits are usually for personal use only once bought.  If you'd like to make use of the kits to create products for business, make sure to look for kits with notations of "FOR COMMERCIAL USE or CU"; and you may simply ask for permission from the digital kit designer/artist.

Here are my examples from YEAR 2012 for Tip No. 7:
From L-R:  Label for a loved ones office meeting snack (2012);  Christmas cards and postcards for personal use (2014);  Birthday postcard for personal use (2015); and Christmas give-aways for the Holiday Season (2012).  

To read more and find more examples, visit SID's May 13th blog post.


TIP No. : 8  Remember that every layout does not have to be a MASTERPIECE and it is ok to keep the embellishments to a minimum.

This tip is on creating minimalists or less is more layouts / LOs.

Sometimes it could be a cause of stress and creative block if one should be pressured to create a MASTERPIECE for every layout done.

Keep in mind our hobby is an art done at our leisure on our own inspiration and motivation.  It should not be a cause of pressure and tension.  It is done to make oneself proud on documenting one’s family event or an important milestone in life.

The best way for these is to opt to create on a less is more style or a minimalist piece of work.  Let your creativity work on playing with lesser quantity of embellishments may it also be on a clean and simple technique on a lesser note too.  Those techniques can do.

Here are my layout examples from YEAR 2012 to 2015 for Tip No. 8:
From L-R:  Golden Bay LO as CT work for Scrappy Bee (2015); Parent's Wedding Anniversary LO as CT work for Charly Renay Designs (2014); Hi! Handmade Card as Admin & DT work for Kaboodle Doodles (2012); and Peacock Feather Embossed Handmade Card as Admin & DT work for Kaboodle Doodles (2012).

To read more and find more examples, visit SID's May 20th blog post.


TIP No. : 9  When you get stuck walk AWAY from the Layout.  Come back to it the next day

This tip is on taking a breather from your designs or layout.
When you've reached a blank wall or in a rut and you could not summon your inner self to create with on that very instant, it's best to stand up from your work and walk away. Take a breather and relax.

I do sleep on it or take a break with a mini snack. But most of the time, I try to relax, breathe and try to see everything around me that I have shut off momentarily while I create and design. It makes me aware and make me indulge into daily musings . . . and sometimes it takes me out of my rut and blank wall.

Most take to Pinterest Boards for inspirations. I seldom do. I do peruse my Facebook news feed but not to look for layouts to inspire me, but to read quotes and statuses of my Facebook friends. I respond to my mails and comments . And, these usually work to get me back creating a paper LO or designing a digital layout. I take to playing with design concepts on my head before I hit the computer or my craft table.

I take to Pinterest Boards to view other fellow scrapbookers works to admire them and take note of their wonderful designs but not at the moment that I'm looking for scrapbook inspiration. It is usually just clearing my head of any designing block or what others call as mental block in school or work.

To read more and find more examples, visit SID's May 27th blog post.

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