I’ve been to Ayala museum more than five times already and to be honest I just scan the areas I’ve visited very quickly. Until yesterday. I spent more than 3 hours there, just documenting my faves in my planner. I stood in front of these pieces and got a bit lost in the details, but I still carried on because I wanted something to remember it by. I am now considering getting a membership next year, and having a Saturday museum “me” time where I just draw every piece that I like.
See that higante? That’s what the #ARTitasofManila and I painted for the Parkfest event at Nayong Pilipino. The event aims to revive our beloved Nayong Pilipino through showcasing the works of local creatives. We were very lucky to have been invited to be a part of this event. We got the Mindanao higante and we scheduled a day for painting it and painted from 10 am to 8pm! Super worth it though, especially when we see that the crowd appreciated our efforts.
Here are photos of the other higantes:
With the artitas (missing Lai and Airees). We are eternally grateful for the help of Tita Geli and Tyang Ella too, thanks Titas!
There are so many beautiful artworks made by Filipino creatives in the park, and you can visit the park till 7pm today to see the works for yourself!
I joined Richelle’s chalk walk and started to draw this merbird using white chalk but unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish it. Happy that when I returned to it some kids have already colored some parts:
Ceramic butterflies by Iori:
Streetfood art by Camy:
Wire sculptures by Maikala:
Bamboo art chimes by Geli, Anina, Carl and Jelvin:
There was a cotton candy stall, a sorbetes stall, ihaw-ihaw, other food items and arts and crafts stalls.
Hi Pierra, Cynthia and Arnold!
Kalesa by Abbey:
Flowers by Mabby:
Interactive kalayaan mural by Ella and June:
Jeep art by Patrick and John Ed:
You can tie your wishes for the Philippines here and here’s mine:
So grateful we got to be a part of this nationalistic and art-filled venture.
My fave season is back-to-school season because it meant going to the bookstores to buy school supplies like notebooks, art supplies, etc.
I no longer go to school (except for the occasional language classes and workshops) but back-to-school season still excites me majorly. I love seeing school/office supplies, organizational tools and stationery goodies and there’s always a great chance that there are new innovative items.
I’ve mentioned in my previous posts how my fave SM section is the stationery department and I was raring to check out the area and maybe hoard haha. The nearest SM branch to me was SM Makati so I went there and immediately targeted the Stationery section. I was looking forward to hoarding pens and notebooks for my art journaling but boy oh boy I got pleasantly surprised when I entered the area. So many cute and colorful (and useful!) items!
They have all the school supplies you need and they are well-stocked in every section. From pens to notebooks and paper to coloring materials to bags and organizers, everything you need for school/work can be found here. I love how they have so many options for each category. I’ve snapped some photos of items I particularly fell in love with.
I gravitated towards the stickers first because I am so addicted to stickers. I use it for decorating my journals and planners and I bet students would have a fun time using these to decorate their notebooks too (or retreat letters haha). These are all so stylish and affordable and I had to stop myself from hoarding one of each sheet:
Here you can find Martha Stewart (!) punchers and craft materials, pretty notebooks and lots of paper and washi tape. There’s also paper with lovely designs that you can use for scrapbooking or wrapping your notebooks with. When I was studying I had very inexpensive spiral notebooks for school and to make it cuter I covered it with magazine pages I liked and replaced the metal spiral binding with yarn. But I bet this paper would also work and if you wrap your notebooks with it, they’d have a theme!
There are also lots of super cute notebooks so don’t fret if you just want to get one that’s already nice to look at. Check out those trendy notebooks at the bottom right of the photo below. I also liked those brown frames and can already imagine placing handmade artworks with brush calligraphy or watercolor in it:
These organizers look awesome. I love that if you’re in love with a theme (I’m in love with the purple set), you can have an organized collection at work or at home:
Pencil cases! Which one’s your fave? I can’t choose just one–I love the watermelon pencil case below, and the sparkly one at the bottom left corner and the one with the winking eyes, which reminds me of Audrey Hepburn’s sleeping mask in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s:
If you have a single receipt from the SM Stationery department worth Php1200, you can choose a free hot/cold lunch pack until the end of June. All the designs are lovely:
Good thing back to school season is for everyone, stationery hoarders included (haha).
I didn’t want to leave because there were so many cute and useful stuff I could imagine myself using in my online classes and at work. From pens and pencils and other writing instruments to school, art and office supplies to paper products, cartridges and ink, books and magazines (to stickers!<3) to filing and various forms of storage to cool frames and accessories (whew!)–they really had it all and you’d be spoilt for choice. They also have gift wrapping services and I know a lot of people (including me haha) who’d love a stationery gift pack for any special occasion.
Follow them through their social media accounts to stay updated with their promos and specials:
I am still doing my #100daysofhandsketches and I’m learning so much from using various materials. Here’s a contour drawing using a ballpoint pen from Titus pens without lifting the pen:
Speaking of Titus pens, Titus has an art event this Saturday, see the image below for more details and follow them on instagram for updates (@tituspens)
P.s. I met an awesome friend from Davao and she sent me these super lovely surprises! Thank you very very much, Dotee! You’re the sweetest!
This is one of the items in my bucket list so I was very happy when it finally happened yesterday!
To be honest, I am quite shy when drawing in public but the spot I was able to choose gave me some privacy and challenging subjects to draw. I like drawing people and there were a lot of people walking around me yesterday!
Having such a productive summer this year, filled with art and creative magic.
Started a series of after work capsule workshops for watercolor and here are my students! So proud of them:
I will be doing a journaling demo this May 7, in the Pagtitipon event above! See more details here: bit.ly/pagtitipon
I made the rubbercut bookplate and rubbercut stamps above, because I was so inspired by my collab with @kraftkart! I designed book-themed stamps and she carved them by hand:
I also sold my handpainted gilded stickers at the BGC art mart this past weekend, sharing a booth with my good friend @ella_lama:
The day before that, my #artitas and I had a handmade sticker swap party and here’s my loot:
I have a handful of commission work that gets me excited and a trip coming up soon and I can’t be happier. Am also on day 14 of my #100daysofhandsketches in #the100dayproject and I am slowly being accustomed to drawing my hand without a pencil outline, so yay!
Hope you’re having a happy and productive summer as well.
Hello friends! I will be doing a journaling demo on May 7 at the Pagtitipon event hosted by @thecuriousartisan @the_md_writes and @calligrakada.
I’ve been writing and drawing and collaging on my journals since I was a kid because it helped me remember the highlights of my day and document happy memories. I also try to draw what I see as much as I can because a drawing done from life can easily transport you to that exact moment, like magic! Try it and see what I mean.
I made several rubber stamps today: a bookplate, diy seals and a mail-themed one for my journals and books:
I also collaborated with @kraftkart! I designed these book-themed stamps–a botanical bookplate and mini books:
So many exciting things are happening all at once and it makes me so giddy, thank universe! Happy weekend!
I’ve been meditating for quite some time, and I was really pleased when I started reading this book. It extolls on the values of meditation and how it’s beneficial to your body. It’s essentially divided into two major parts, and the first part contains facts about how meditation is helpful to your mind and body. They’re backed by research which I enjoyed, and is easy to understand (except perhaps for some parts with scientific terms where my eyes kind of glazed for a bit haha). The second part contains daily meditation exercises which you’re supposed to do for 21 days and I’m on day 4 right now. It contains thoughts to reflect on, and the time you must spend for meditating for that day to ease you into doing a longer, more beneficial, practice, and has a journalling assignment at the end of each practice. I love how I get to understand myself more daily because of this book, and the losing weight part is much anticipated as well. I am hopeful about losing weight via this book, and if not, the meditation part more than makes up for it.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Disclaimer: Received this review copy from bloggingforbooks.com. All thoughts are my own.