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. πŸ™‚

Happy to report that I didn’t faint while speaking! πŸ™‚ 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 opportunity πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚ 

Can’t wait for the unveiling of the @getfiled 2017 planners! 🙌.Β  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. πŸ™‚

Hope to see you there!!

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

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Exploring the Universe: Vegas 2016

From New York, we flew to Cali and drove to Vegas. Amazed at how bright Vegas is at night, and how similar the morning weather is to Manila (except less humid and more windy).

I’m not a huge drinker but I do enjoy seeing colorful things and structures heh. My fave activity from Vegas would have to be sampling the 16 international coca-cola flavors at the Coke store! For only 8 dollars you can do this, and it was a fun bonding activity for the family:

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I wrote notes in my journal about each one and my fave would have to be the Smart watermelon one from China and the Fanta Pineapple one from Greece.

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Also enjoyed the colorfulness of the M&M store–resisted the urge to splurge inside, probably because I just ate a huge dinner before going here:

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I got some tsum tsums, finally! These are mystery ones and I was hoping I could get the Cinderella one, but oh well. Look at that cute mermicorn tho:

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Um, I got some plush tsum tsums too:

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I enjoyed faux Paris and faux Venice and faux NY! I loved how you can travel to various places in a day haha:

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I also enjoyed the fishes made from flowers at the Bellagio! The real fishes in Caesar’s Palace freaked me out a bit so this was more awesome for me haha:

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Look at that beautiful ceiling!

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I also thoroughly enjoyed the dancing fountain show:

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Exploring the Universe: New York 2016

What I love most about NY is how easily I can go around the city via subway. I was intimidated and confused by the many different lines ar first but when I figured it out a bit, I was able to visit all the items in my NY bucket list!

Rode the ferry to Liberty island and Ellis island:

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Walked along the high line a la Abbi and Ilana from Broad City:

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I would have loved staying there for longer, I loved the plants and flowers and the view:

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Saw the Alice sculpture in Central Park after around 2 or 3 hours of walking haha:

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Really steep subway escalator:

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Ceiling mosaic from a subway station:

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Checked out the Guggenheim museum, and my fave would have to be the exhibit featuring artworks by children:

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Saw these black and white cookies first from seinfeld first, and bought some as my drawing snack while I did some urban sketching at Bryant park:

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At the MoMa, I serendipitously bumped into Victoria! We were looking at the same painting (seen below, the one behind us) and I noticed that the girl beside me looked familiar. When I asked her if she was Victoria, I was actually surprised that she was! Haha πŸ™‚

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I loved the MoMa but was really happy I caught the Degas exhibit, with all his monotype works:

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My fave from the Met, entirely made of glass:

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Was also able to finally meet my lj friend Keith! We met in lj ten years or more ago and we were able to finally meet in person! Thanks for everything, Keith πŸ™‚

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She took me to Koreatown where we had really yummy sweet and savoryΒ  waffles and this unforgettable jasmine matcha latte (still dreaming of it till now):

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Then we walked around Times square, saw a Strand stall, and went inside the Disney store where I went a bit crazy (tsum tsumssss):

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Offered to take photos of tourists and tourists offered to take photos of me, which I gladly accepted haha. The Grand Central station is as beautiful as they say it is. Wore my Ghostbusters shirt becauseeee New Yorkkk

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We rode the Roosevelt island tram (I want to live in Roosevelt island):

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Brooklyn 99 is love, so I snapped some photos of this police station in Brooklyn when we walked towards the Brooklyn bridge:

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Also visited the NY public library:

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And walked to St. Patrick’s cathedral and the Rockefeller center:

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We stayed near the NY Times building. Got myself mexican corn and hibiscus juice from the popup stalls near the area, and took this photo of the buildings nearby:

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Brooklyn bridge:

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While walking around, I was able to catch a glimpse of the Chrysler building from a side street:

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What I’ve been up to: April/May 2016

Having such a productive summer this year, filled with art and creative magic. πŸ™‚

Started a series of after work capsule workshops for watercolor and here are my students! So proud of them:

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I will be doing a journaling demo this May 7, in the Pagtitipon event above! See more details here: bit.ly/pagtitipon

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I made the rubbercut bookplate and rubbercut stamps above, because I was so inspired by my collab with @kraftkart!Β  I designed book-themed stamps and she carved them by hand:

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I also sold my handpainted gilded stickers at the BGC art mart this past weekend, sharing a booth with my good friend @ella_lama:

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The day before that, my #artitas and I had a handmade sticker swap party and here’s my loot:

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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! πŸ™‚

Hope you’re having a happy and productive summer as well. πŸ™‚

Just add water: A watercolor fair 2015

I was so excited when I found out that Dianne was organizing a watercolor event. πŸ™‚ 🙌 I have attended a pointed pen meet before and a brush calligraphy meet and even an art materials meet but never a watercolor meet or a formal event so this was really awesome. We got to see amazing artists do demos and we got to ask them questions and learned a lot from them. I also enjoyed the part where we exchanged artist trading cards–so happy I got to exchange cards with so many talented local watercolorists. πŸ™‚

Group photo! Also got to hang out for a quick artambay after with Manuel Jiongco, Paola and Megan—artists I admire. πŸ™‚

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Some of the artist trading cards I made, using metallic kuretake watercolor paint. πŸ™‚

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The beautiful cards I got in exchange:

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I also treated myself to a gold Escoda travel brush and Shin Han Pwc paint from Artwhale. I painted some quick florals this morning:

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P.s. Here’s a painting I did the other day, my first time to try negative painting. πŸ™‚

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Watercolor dutdutambay and inktober

I have been seeing the hashtag inktober for the longest time and this year I’m finally trying it! Mostly I’ve been using brush pens and my waterbrush:

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A few hours ago my friends and I had a watercolor dutdutambay where we tested each other’s tools. I was able to test Yarka, winsor and newton professional, daniel smith, escoda and other brushes and mon marte brushes. πŸ™‚ I was also able to test awesome 300gsm watercolor sheets from @pensgaloreph:

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