I added the year because I’m looking forward to the next one next year! :)
Felt lucky and blessed to be part of this star-studded event. Thanks to the awesome and talented organizers, I met a lot of my fave local calligraphers and letterers.
I wasn’t able to take decent photos because I was too busy testing pens and blabbing away haha.
I pressured June into making a fansign hehe sorry June, but thanks so much! (Because owning a fansign from her is in my bucket list). Here she is (seated) with (l-r) Shawie, Mich, Anina, Ella and Lorra.
I was shameless and asked for fansigns from Abbey Sy, Anina Rubio, The Fozzy Book, Patrick Cabral, John De Veyra, Geli Balcruz, Paola Esteron, Ella Lama, John Ed, Jelvin Base, and June Digan! Thanks so much!
After so many years with horrendous penmanship, who would’ve thought I’d actually enjoy calligraphy?
In fact, I enjoy it so much that I treated myself to some vintage nibs from Inkandmanuscriptart. I tested some nibs using walnut ink:
Apologies for the blobs and inkstains. I practiced on scratch paper and was all giddy and trembly (as you can see in my paper lol).
I’ve always wanted to learn more about the differences between nibs so here I go:
Eagle 370: smooth, not that snaggy, nice hairlines
John mitchell 138: lush downstrokes, a bit snaggy
Sirt bronze: unpredictable, snaggy and blobby for me. BUT that’s just me. I shall try again in the future with this.
Lus Pena Legnani 621: nice flex, I like this.
I compared Lus with the Eagle since they felt similar, and the Eagle is less flexible, writes smaller.
Which nibs are your faves?
A wise friend named Geli gave me advice in brush lettering/calligraphy: Embrace your own style, she said.
I’ve been practicing daily-mostly foregoing my morning yoga so I could write a few words. I’m slowly learning what works for me and what doesn’t, so I just need to wake up earlier so I could squeeze in a few minutes of yoga too :)
Trying this has always been on my bucket list. Yesterday, I was finally able to try Flying Fitness at Beyond Yoga, Rockwell. Thanks to Almi who alerted me about the groupon deal for this! :) She was also the one who took more pics, the first pic was taken by our instructor :)
I can’t believe I was able to do the above poses since I haven’t been as dedicated to my daily yoga practice as before because of laziness and my current slight asthma attack. But here’s to surprising yourself, yes?
Also, it was way harder than I thought. There were some inverse situps where you had to do it while you’re hanging upside down, suspended in air, which was very challenging, and some other yoga poses that had to be done upside down. I was disoriented and a bit nervous since I was afraid my legs would unhook themselves accidentally and I’d break my neck lol so I think I overthunk some poses haha.
My body’s sore right now but it’s worth it! Fun and exciting. :)
In a few days, it’ll be Christmas! I’m a bit panicky since I haven’t shopped for presents yet, but I’m thinking of ways to use my existing materials for making handmade gifts this year. Any suggestions?
I’m happy to report though, that I haven’t abandoned my #create365 challenge on instagram. Yay!
Here are some things I’ve been making:
A quick Frida sketch using watercolor (no pencil drawing because I am stubborn and impulsive and sleepy):
A washi fashion collage with chinese ink:
I drew CJ De Silva’s cat, Tomas:
I’ve been practicing calligraphy and brush pen lettering too–and I still have a lot of other stuff I want to play with/use. I’m happy my day job ends at the office, which gives me some time to pursue things I really, really love. :)
I joined the #10daysofheartache challenge hosted by Imma (lol) and instead of calligraphy, I used brush pen lettering:
I’m hoping this helps me improve
I tried to paint Renoir’s Nu Allongé for pastel practice:
I learned to love oil pastels through my classes with Fernando Sena. Next time I’ll try to paint from my photos :)
Guess what I made? :)
Because I was curious about the advantages of using a REAL, live cola pen, I decided to bite the bullet and just make one. Very very carefully.
So I got a can, and just went for it.
I used a popsicle stick as handle, and muttered some prayers as I cut the can.
Thankfully, I didn’t cut myself. I made one for each color and several more for giving away to friends :)
I found a hard, acetate-like plastic which I used to create more pens with. I’m excited to play with my new pens! What have you been making lately? :)
I swore to myself that I would practice with calligraphy drills every night so I’d improve, and last night I had a lightbulb moment: Why not make a merbird using the drills?
I’m also thinking of doing this daily :)
I saw this type of pen from Fozzy’s demo at the type kita event. She said you could make one using a cola can, but looking at thr instructions online made me fear for my hands.
So I improvised and made one using old negatives and a popsicle stick!
I love how you can make thin and thick lines from it. Will make more in different sizes later. :)