Good things: ber months!

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):

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A washi fashion collage with chinese ink:

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I drew CJ De Silva’s cat, Tomas:

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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. :)

Artsycraftsy experiment: A real cola pen!

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 :)

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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? :)

Teach yo’self: Relearning calligraphy

I’ve been doing some calligraphy drills recently because I was so inspired by the awesome calligraphers I met at the typekita 2 event. My goal is to fill up a page with drills for 30 days.
Day 1:
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Day 3: I tried writing after doing drills on the third day and I think doing the drills really work! Not perfect, but a start;
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Wish me luck! What have you been up to lately?

Artsycraftsy exploration: Type Kita 2

Because I had so much fun at the last type kita event (and I’m trying to learn typography), I’m attending both days in this year’s type kita exhibit!¬† :)
The first day was yesterday–I went with Jaycee and Almi and was so happy I got to watch Kay Aranzanso’s live chalk lettering and The Fozzy Book and La Bella Scrittura’s calligraphy demo–both are in my bucket list, so yay!

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I don’t want to spoil the surprise, it’s best to check it out for yourself today! :) Here’s my loot:

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Here’s my fave pic taken by Fran with the Ang Ink/Speculiars peeps. I spilled some water on my shorts during the calligraphy workshop because I’m graceful like that haha and it looks like I peed on myself with excitement Lol:

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Best. Day. Ever!

See them live today! :)