Super inspiring day: #realtalktambay

My tummy hurt because I was extremely nervous before giving my talk yesterday at #realtalktambay. I was invited to talk about creating consistently and talking about what I love is exciting for me but also nerve-wracking.๐Ÿ™‚

Happy to report that I didn’t faint while speaking!๐Ÿ™‚ Glad I got out of my comfort zone and happy I leapt into the fire and found out how nourishing it was haha (based on the latest Magic Lessons podcast which I am so enjoying!)

Here are the tips I shared:

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Group photo! I enjoyed that the speakers and organizers wore similar colors lol:

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I made my wallet cry from my visit to the newly-opened The Craft Central store in Greenbelt but it was worth it:

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Before I slept around 4am because of too much tea last night I listened to the Magic Lessons podcast and made sleepy sketchnotes in the semi-dark: meaning I used my phone as light if I wanted to write something:

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New artworks up on my wall!

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Thank you universe and tita @ella_lama for this amazing learning opportunity๐Ÿ™‚

What I’ve been up to: September 2016

At the start of the year, I named this year: The Year of Abundance. I was thinking that I wanted more money haha because to be quite honest I was really challenged in that area (maybe because I have hoarding tendencies and the urge to stresseat haha). Now that we’re in our Ber months, I’m happy to report that this year proved to be super abundant for me, and not just money-wise (still figuring that area out lol).

I was able to travel to new places where I got to tick off several items in my bucket list, meet a lot of new friends, test my skills in exciting but nerve-wracking activities and make lots of art! Still have a few months before 2016 closes and am sure I’ll have even more exciting surprises from the universe haha. Thanks, Universe!๐Ÿ™‚

In other news, I joined the workshop of Arlene Sy yesterday because I wanted to improve my flower-painting skills. She’s one of my idols because she’s so good at what she does and she has that distinct painting style which I adore. Her flowers look so fresh and alive and also delicately gorgeous. 

The workshop was held at Te Amo Floristeria at BGC and wow, that place sure is pretty! I couldn’t stop taking photos of their flowers and floral arrangements. If I were rich I’d buy flowers daily because I’m just so obsessed with them and the way they freshen up a room and make people smile.๐Ÿ™‚

The snacks were from @alchemybymeryl and we got to take home one beautiful yummy box each! I think I squealed with delight lol when Arlene announced that because I’m pataygutom hahaha. And because the boxes looked delightful and I wanted to store my washi tapes in them haha.

We also got a surprise flower-arranging workshop with the sweet owner of Te Amo, Ms. Amy!๐Ÿ™‚ Kuya had to help me wrap mine because I wasn’t able to focus because I was so distracted by all the beautiful flowers haha sorry #shortattentionspan

Here’s my rose, and I almost gave up on it because it was not cooperating with me haha. I don’t usually paint with pencil lines so this was ultra – challenging for me:

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I had to keep on adding shadows to it because it looked so flat at first. Accckkk.

I was excited about the impressionistic flowers because I like painting that way:

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I need more practice but am happy that it’s a start!๐Ÿ™‚

Also, my washi tapes fit PERFECTLY in the empty macaron box so big whoop for that:

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All in all yesterday was pretty amazing! Thanks, universe!๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s talk about art with #realtalktambay!

So honored and excited to be talking about creativity and art and making next Saturday at Local Edition for #realtalktambay! This is hosted by @ella_lama and here’s the poster:

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There are a few slots left, so do click the link if you wanna join: http://bit.ly/realtalktambay

Also joining @getfiled’s fun challenge!

Constant creation is my #GoldenGoal in life because I believe it is the best, fastest, and easiest way to improve as a creative. Practice makes permanent, after all! :) 

Can’t wait for the unveiling of the @getfiled 2017 planners! 🙌.ย  Planning on using it as an art journal and filling out mine with creative art prompts.

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Will be talking more about daily practice in #realtalktambay and I’ll be sharing tips and techniques that might work for you if you want to try it as well.๐Ÿ™‚

Hope to see you there!!

P.s. Here are some bouquets from my #30daysofimpressionisticbouquets using colors from the #colorexploration challenge:

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Magical notebooks: Eden Street

A beautiful parcel arrived yesterday and I was delighted that it matched the theme of #colorexploration! Yellow and green๐Ÿ™‚

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Inside were these beautiful items from @edenstreet. Swoon.

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Couldn’t resist placing my little pony and unicorns in this shot–they belong together!

Snapped another photo, this time with my #colorexploration bouquet, featuring mint and green.

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They make me smile and feel so happy and giddy. I just adore the feel-good sentiments in the journals and I love how it’s just like a love letter from the universe.๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to fill these with positive quotes and lovely sayings.

Thank you very much, @edenstreet!

To order these items, check out the instagram page of Eden street: @edenstreet๐Ÿ™‚

Stay golden!

What I’ve been up to: August 2016

I’ve been painting impressionistic flowers in watercolor lately. When I found out that my titas @ella_lama and @hueandai were doing a #colorexploration project, I decided to join them to challenge myself as well. Am multitasking and calling it my #30daysofimpressionisticbouquets project๐Ÿ™‚

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Here are metallic blooms using finetec paint:

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Also, I woke up this morning and saw the neater, cleaner and cuter version of my workspace, illustrated by tita @ella_lama. I love it!! Now I’m inspired to clean my workspace haha. Thanks tita!๐Ÿ™‚

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Journal peek: July 2016

I’ve been having “such fun” (as Miranda’s mother is fond of saying–have you watched the Miranda series? I want to be her when I grow up) with my midori traveler’s company journals.

I am influenced by the many comics and books I’ve been devouring like a madperson recently and I was a bit concerned that reading would take a chunk of time from making art but am pleased to report that it’s feeding each other. I read more and listen to more music, I make more art. Or maybe I’m just more relaxed lately.

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This last one is inspired by my idol Frannerd๐Ÿ™‚

Exploring the universe: Baguio 2016

I’ve always dreamt of having an artambay with friends outside of manila and recently that dream came true!
Visited one of my fave places in the Philippines, Baguio, with my friend Ella๐Ÿ™‚ Met up with Aileen and we had a mini artambay while munching on yummy pastries from Hill Station:

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I was also able to draw some Baguio memories in my travel sketchbook:

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Painted this linnet while we were waiting for the bus:

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What I’ve been up to: July 2016

Hi friends! July has been a pretty productive month, so far! I’m learning watercolor via a book by Yuko Nagayama. The first lesson is painting apples which I thought was easy. 2 hours later, and I almost gave up  haha:

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Have you watched Ghostbusters? Please do and have your kids watch it too. It passed the Bechdel test and is pretty empowering and just plain fun:

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Obviously I love Kate Mckinnon so I had to have that funko pop.๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been making more comics too!

Here are my memories of NY via washi collages:

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I also tried painting flowers using gouache for the first time! I enjoyed the process:

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Painting in my travel journal a lot, and painting flowers more. I wanted to try that beautiful loose airy Yao Cheng style but I guess I’m just more a messy, cluttery type of flower painter. Lol. I am accepting this, Universe!๐Ÿ™‚ For more of my adventures, see you on instagram! @mabuhaydiy๐Ÿ™‚

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