Beru Betto Commissioned Illustration for *SCAPE-KIT KAT 'Yer Big Break' Showcase 2011

April 11, 2011  at 9:28 PM
Hi all, I'd like to share a happy news : ) *SCAPE is currently working together with KIT KAT to select and profile 3 young visual artists who will create one piece of artwork each that will be shown on public buses and bags for the 'Yer Big Break' Showcase in 2011. And how lucky and fortunate I was to be one of the 3 selected artists! : ) It has been a really great experience working with nice peeps from KIT KAT, *SCAPE and creative agency, Contagious. It was their wonderful project that led me to create this illustration for their awesome showcase:

For the illustration, I created a dreamscape that reflects a strange and psychadelic world. The monsters and creatures are those that appear in my imagination while I am having my break and day dreaming. What taking a break means to me, is when I can really focus on expanding my imagination, and letting it take me far and beyond. The design was then adapted by the creative team at Contagious for the bus decals. I love how they used the illustration elements for the buses : ) Here's how the design turned out on the SBS buses here in Singapore:

And here's my modified design specially for the bags:

Yes, that's how it turned out : ) I love the white patent look of the bag! Will be posting more updates on this exciting project soon. Want to have your works showcased too? Here's the *SCAPE - 'Yer Big Break' Competition organized by *SCAPE and KIT KAT:

Find out more details about the competition and guidelines here:

*SCAPE - 'Yer Big Break' Competition

Do remember to submit before 20 June 2011! I wish you guys all the best! Have fun!

Toodles : )

Beru Betto Postcard Illustration for 'Aid Japan Through Design!' 日本がんばれ!

March 26, 2011  at 7:48 PM
Today's post goes out to Japan for her quick recovery from the recent havoc unleashed on her beautiful land. My friends and I will be coming up with donations through postcard illustration and design. A big special thanks to wonderful Tze Qi for coming up with Aid Japan Through Design! and organising it with her kind heart.

Over 70 designers and illustrators will be participating in this casue. Postcards will be sold in gorgeous sets, please do support. Here's my contribution for Aid Japan Through Design!:

What will you do for Japan? : )

Tze Qi
Aid Japan Through Design!
More than 70 designers and illustrators

Beru Betto & Other Artists Featured @ NOISE House Exhibits for Youth Olympic Games 2010!

August 20, 2010  at 1:06 PM
Hi all! Come join in the awesome NOISE exhibits and concerts around Singapore! Beru Betto has been featured along with other awesome artists from Singapore in this massive exhibit island-wide! Do drop by to check out the fantastic showcases and concerts! : )

"Designed in the concept of a youth living space, Noise Singapore brings arts into your life! Drop by and make yourself at home during the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games period. The creative movement starts here!"

For NOISE Exhibits:
*SCAPE Youth Park (old): 14-23 Aug, 10am-9pm
Bugis Junction (level 1, near the water fountain): 14-26 Aug, 11am-9pm
Raffles Place (above the mrt station): 16-20 Aug, 10am-7pm
ION Orchard (level 1, external): 17-22 Aug, 11am-9pm
Changi Airport (terminal 3, near departure hall row 11): 18-23 Aug, 11am-10pm

For NOISE Concerts:
*SCAPE Youth Park (old): 15-18 Aug, 7pm-8pm
Bugis Junction (level 1, near the water fountain): 19 Aug, 7pm-9.30pm
Raffles Place Park(above the mrt station): 20 Aug, 12pm-2.30pm
Raffles City: 18 Aug, 7.30pm-10pm
National Library Building: 22 Aug, 3.30pm-6.30pm
Marina Square: 21 Aug, 6.30-10pm
Jurong Regional Library: 15 Aug, 4pm-6.30pm

For NOISE Arts Performances:
Suntec International Convention & Exhibition Centre: 24-25 Aug, 12pm-7pm

Here are some photos from the *Scape Youth Park exhibit. Enjoy! To view more pictures check out the full album (on Beru Betto's Facebook Fan Page) here:

Facebook Photos from NOISE Exhibits for YOG 2010

Here's what the customized glass bottles look like with light sticks in it! Check out the tutorial here:

Customized Glass Bottle Chandeliers for NOISE HOUSE Exhibition 2010!

Submisson for Wonderful World of Water

August 16, 2010  at 7:28 PM
PUB and Yolk have tied up to create Wonderful World of Water to bring this message to people in Singapore: Everyone's help is neeeded to keep our waterways waterbodies clean, so that we can all enjoy a vibrant landscape created by active and beautiful waterways! The site showcases a fun art competition to design artwork for the drain covers all around Singapore. And I have just submitted mine : )

"Here's your chance to design artwork for our drain covers! Submit your designs by 2nd August 2010 and let our panel of judges select the top drain cover designs. Thereafter, members of the public can also vote for their favourite designs online. Get your fans, friends and family online to vote for your designs. The most voted designs will win incredible prizes and an opportunity for their creations to be displayed on drain covers for all to appreciate."

I will be updating about the voting details here soon, so do stay tuned : ) Meanwhile here is the gorgeous website and my submission for the competition:

I hope you like it :D Here's a shoutout to everyone: Do take part in this wonderful art competition and send in your awesome designs soon and stand a chance for your works to be on the covers of our drains! : ) I wish you all the best! : )

Beru Betto Featured on U-Weekly Magazine

August 4, 2010  at 9:52 AM
Beru Betto has been featured on Singapore's U-Weekly Magazine's DIY Supplement! The feature is in Chinese, and translated, the DIY Supplement would read: '23 DIY Tips', and 'Home DIY'. The DIY supplement also showcases other very awesome works by Mark Tay! So you've got to purchase a copy (Number 242) of this soon to check out other very interesting DIY stuff! Big thanks to YieYeng from U-Weekly who did a wonderful job translating the instructions from my blog, and for the wonderful picture layouts! It looks great, I love it! : )

Customized Glass Bottle Chandeliers for NOISE HOUSE Exhibition 2010!

July 10, 2010  at 6:24 PM
Hello all! Year 2010 has been full of surprises and this one is another one that I would like to share with everyone : ) I was invited by National Arts Council Singapore and Original Media Pte Ltd to be part of the upcoming NOISE House Exhibition 2010 happening in August! For the upcoming event, there are 2 teams of commissioned artists; a team designing Crates and the other team designing Bottles. Team Crates would have their works crafted into shelving units and Team Bottles would have their bottles made into a chandelier! And yes, I'm in Team Bottles, and it's 10 glass bottles to work on! So here's a simple tutorial on how to design and customize your own glass bottles, and turn them into gorgeous light chandeliers : )

We will need:
1. Glass Bottles (the ones that were provided were from IKEA)
2. Glass paint (I'm using Marabu Decor Glass Paint)
3. Permanent Markers
4. Varnish
5. Brushes
6. Other miscellaneous materials

For the purpose of this project, I have to use a paint that will allow the light stick to shine through, in order for it to be a sufficient source of lighting. So before I started painting, I tested out different paints on the glass bottle. Below is an image of the different paints and markers I used. Acrylic doesn't stay well on glass, and neither does the light pass through it well. My poster paint Sharpie Poster Marker doesn't stick very well either (you probably need to use the permanent ink ones). Glass paint turned out to be the solution as it stays well on glass (doesn't rub off easily) and it allows light to shine through.

How to paint: I first used black glass paint to outline the drawing, and then waited for about half an hour to start filling in the gaps with other colours. I used a brush to paint. It's a little slippery, especially painting on a curved surface, so you have to keep practicing to get used to it. If you happen to have painted wrongly or want to take off the paint, just use good old nail polish remover. It works like magic! Let dry and paint over the second coat if desired. Dry again for about an hour and then varnish with Marabu Colourless Varnish. Be careful while varnishing, and try to varnish only on the areas where you painted the bottle, because the varnish tends to leave a colourless stain if you apply it on the unpainted areas.

For this set of 10 bottles, I decided to go with a cute and simple design that represents some of the different elements of nature, in my own warped version of course : ) Here are the 10 bottles:

I hope you like them : ) As you can see, I used other materials to fill in the bottles. I have things like crumpled coloured paper, felt, cotton wool and natural dried moss. So get creative and figure out how you'd like to design your bottles.. you can use any materials you want! Here are the 10 individual bottles for you to have a closer view. Enjoy : )

Oh yes, I will be posting pictures of how the glass bottles turn out to look like with light sticks in it, and also show you the other awesome bottle and crate designs done by other commissioned artists. So do stay tuned for upcoming updates about the Glass Bottle Chandeliers in August!

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