2015: The Year for Creating Joy and Finding It

In a few days, we’re going to be waving goodbye to 2014 and welcoming the next year with hopeful hearts. I’ve been making sure that the upcoming year is claimed and extra special by “naming” it. For years, this has been guiding me in terms of specific goals I want to achieve within that year and encouraging me to dream big. 2014 had been my year for great things and for my #create365 project on instagram, and next year I’m planning on making more time for ‘making’ because of the joy and wealth of friends and opportunities this has brought me. 🙂

“Creating joy” will remind me to keep on creating, and encourage me to be optimistic and kind.

“Finding joy” will teach me to be content and to notice the details. I’m constantly battling my hoading tendencies and this will remind me that I have to make do with what I have (I hope).

Wish me luck!

P.s. This diy pen organizer that I made last night embodies next year’s mantra: I had fun creating it and looking at my pens make me so happy.:)


The Year That Was: 2014, The Year for Great Things


Happy Holidays, everyone!

2014 has been wonderful to me, and I hope it has been awesome for you too. I’ve been doing year-enders back in my old livejournal, and I love looking back on the year’s adventures and accomplishments. It inspires me to dream bigger for the upcoming year and also be grateful for all the blessings of the past year.

This year, I was able to tick off a lot of items from my grand bucket list, and I’ve shared some of them in this blog. Some of the highlights of my year:

* I started the year with a lot of trips, and tried my best to blog about each one.

* Best trip of the year: I went to California! WOOT! Was able to visit L.A, Sacramento and San Francisco. Thanks, Universe! 🙂

* I experimented with a lot of my (hoarded) art materials this year.

* Katha turned one this year! We decided on “Myths and Legends” as the theme for our anniversary issue. Read more about it here.

* This is the year for rekindling my love with lettering and calligraphy.
* Type Kita 2! So happy I got to watch some of my fave artists at work. Also, Type Kita 1
* Arts/Crafts challenges like this.
* Or the #30bravedays challenge.
* My first drawing with colored pencils.
* I made temporary tattoos!
* For 2015, I plan to make more “good things” posts.
* I went to this year’s Art Fair.
* Big Blog Exchange 2014. I remember being top three in Asia/Oceania and feeling giddy. I didn’t win, but it was also quite an experience, deciding to join and urging people to vote for me (which admittedly, I felt kind of torn about, but, follow your dreams, right?)
* The Inspire Everyday event at the Ayala Museum.
* Katha Magazine was one of the finalists in this year’s Globe Tatt awards! Thanks for nominating us and voting, friends! 🙂
* I got to make my own perfume! It was the best workshop I’ve attended this year. 🙂
* Teach yo’self sessions. I’ve been teaching myself through books and online videos, and I’m happy that I got myself a library membership at the Union Church Library, where I was able to borrow a lot of arts/crafts books, and some rare fiction books as well. 🙂
* I tried painting with gouache for the first time.

Fly Yoga!
Calligraphy exchange 2014

I’m still thinking of what to name 2015, and listing down goals for the year. We already have some beach and travel plans and I’m crossing my fingers that they’ll push through. Recently some friends old and new and I have been meeting up for a Teach What You Know Kiligraphy date after work, filled with testing new calligraphy and lettering tools and just hoarding together haha. I love creating with a group and meeting new friends in the process, so this is totally up my alley. Can’t wait for our scheduled January TWYK Kiligraphy session! 🙂

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, lovelies!

Calligraphy exchange Manila 2014

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!


Nib notes: eagle, john mitchell, sirt, lus pena

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?

Good things: Finding my “style”


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 🙂