Artsycraftsy shenanigans, post-Easter edition

Met up with the crafty ladies for a craft tambay (we bought our fave tools!) and a mini-TWYK (Teach What You Know) sesh. Made some easter cards for them using the crayon-resist method and washi tape:

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Also! I bought a new Speedball cutter and I’m sort of in love with it. Thanks, Aya! So much in love that I hand-carved a few stamps within a few days:ImageImage

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Also tried linocutting! It was fun, but I was used to the soft erasers so it was a bit more challenging. I shall practice some more!: Here’s my first attempt, burnished using a negative canister;
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Tippy taught me some watercolor techniques that I used in some watercolored paintings,

The day my hair became the sun:
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For a friend’s birthday, she requested that I paint her a cake–I made her this cupcake, which is salted caramel, with strawberry orange buttercream icing and cherries:
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Do you paint while traveling? I discovered that I like it, my waterbrush making it easier and super fun. I used my Prang set here and painted the Baler mountain view from memory, while we were on our way home. Also used some crayons for the crayon-resist effect:

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I love sunsets and how it makes the world golden:

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With the lovely crafty ladies:
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Had a great time, girls! Sa uulitin!

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30 day drawing challenge, days 1-7

In the spirit of challenging myself, I joined the 30 day drawing challenge of Aileen.

Here are some of the drawings I’ve finished from Days 1-7. I’m really enjoying this challenge, and after the initial typical block of wondering what to draw, I find that experimenting with various techniques and materials to be highly pleasurable. I also realized that I dislike creating outlines with pencils, or just drawing with plain pencils–unless they’re colored ones. Due to this I’ve taken to drawing without outlines which results in a certain messiness that I’ve grown to love. This challenge has made me embrace the process more than the output, and to learn from each mistake. Thanks for this, Aileen!

Day 1: Yourself
Day 2: An animal
Day 3: An object in the room
Day 4: Favorite piece of clothing
Day 5: Fashion Illustration
Day 6: Something Involving water
Day 7: Inanimate Object come to life

Here are my drawings, starting from day one:

Day 1: Yourself
(Used a calligraphy pen, a really quick sketch so I don’t end up overworking it)

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Day 2: An animal
(A young fallow deer, drawn using watercolors and my water brush)
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Day 3: An object in the room
(That little mermaid metal statue)

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Day 4: Favorite piece of clothing
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Day 5: Fashion Illustration

(Used watercolors, no outlines–which means a bit of wrong proportions haha)

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Day 6: Something Involving water
(The day I married the sea, no outlines, watercolor)

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Day 7: Inanimate Object come to life

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DIY galaxy Chucks

I’ve been seeing a lot of galaxy prints lately in clothes, bags and shoes, and I’m glad about this trend because the cosmos has always been a source of fascination for me. Saw a nice pair of shoes with a pinkish galaxy print in Forever 21 but for around the same price, I thought it might be better to invest in a new pair of Chucks. My ratty old pair celebrated its tenth birthday recently and it’s so worn out that when I step on puddles, my heels get wet because the sole has tons of holes, heh.

I treated myself to a new pair and chose an all-black one because I wanted to try customizing it with a galaxy print. Why buy when you can DIY, right? 🙂

There are lots of tutorials online (google galaxy print shoes. Thank you, lovely generous people of the interwebs) but this is the lazy-arse way of doing it, with cheapo materials from local bookstores. The original plan was to make a detailed tutorial but my hands got too messy and I forgot to take photos of some of the procedures because I was so engrossed with the process, so apologies for the lack of photos.

What you’ll need:

– Shoes made of canvas material, preferably black or dark blue so that it’d look more “spacey”

– Acrylic paint. I used an acrylic paint set from Color & Co, around Php100+ from National. You’ll probably just use the blues, the reds and the white tubes.

– Masking tape

– Very important: A sponge brush. I got myself this nice sponge brush from Fully Booked for around Php90, but I think you can also try using plain sponges.

– An old toothbrush

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HOW TO DO IT:

1. Cover the non-canvas areas with masking tape. I originally used yellow, but that ran out, so I switched to blue, but that ran out as well, so I ended up using brown paper tape from Daiso. It’s better to use plain masking tape, though, since the brown tape wouldn’t stick to itself.

2. Mix the paint so you’d get a nice royal shade of blue, purple, and pink. It’s up to you. I saw a tutorial that used bleach, but we didn’t have bleach so I wasn’t able to try it. The results of bleach against black canvas would be orangey, and that’s also nice. Try it in a small hidden area first to see if you like the results. Dab the paint with the sponge, spreading it gently. A small amount of paint goes a long way, so it’s better to layer them. Use alternating colors. You can search for galaxy images online and use them as reference if you want.

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3. When you’re satisfied with it, dip the toothbrush in a mixture of white paint and water. Then flick the toothbrush atop your design to create stars. Another technique is to try drawing tiny stars with white paint and a toothpick, but I tried it and it messed things up so I’m not sure about this idea. Try it and see if you like the results more. Image

4. Peel off the tape and admire your masterpiece. Voila! I’m thinking of replacing the black shoelaces with something more striking, maybe shoelaces in hot pink or purple.

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Feel free to ask me if you have any questions, though, and I’ll try my best to answer them. 🙂

Happy DIY-ing!

Ticking off items from my crafty bucket list and new music-inspired papercuts

It’s only March but I’m glad to report that I’m feeling accomplished lately when I check out my artsycraftsy bucket list.
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I was invited by Genie to join this fab foodie blogging event called “Our Growing Edge”. Read more about it here.

It’s no secret that I love food and eating, and this year has been turning out to be a very good year for food (diet schmiet!).

Aside from being able to finally taste food items and restos that are on my gluttonous wishlist (Carmen’s Best, Echo store resto, Stella and Circles, among others), I was also able to tick off food-related items from my artsycraftsy bucket list:

1. Make my own jam. Full post here.
I was pleasantly surprised with the end-product, and although it was pinker than the usual, it tasted just like what you’d imagine a chili-strawberry-basil jam to taste like. Meaning, it was edible, which was a relief. Haha.

 

2. Make a bento for me and my life partner. She’s on a raw diet so it was a bit harder to come up with a meal that wasn’t too light and to think of ways to design the bento, but I took it as a challenge. Read more about it in this post.

 

Here’s my updated artsycraftsy bucket list (it’s still growing, by the way!)

* Try embroidery
* Embroider on paper
* Make my own chalkboard paint
* Paint chip art
* Make that wrap dress
* Paint on those wooden matryoshkas
* Make a “tribute to artists I love” post/craft
* Make a paper quilt

I also made some new papercuts! They’re inspired by songs from Tegan and Sara and Stars (I still have a concert high):
Walking with a ghost/We don’t want your body:

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Tried to make a 3d/pop-up papercut, words from my favorite Stars song, and a gentle reminder to continue living with hope and a happy heart:
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Alice’s Dream and my first bento

For the first time, I tried papercutting at home. I was sprawled on the floor with my cutting mat propped against my legs and cutting very slowly and carefully lest I end up slashing my legs instead. I started this at CBTL but had to leave since it was getting too late and finished it at home. Here’s ‘Alice’s Dream’, because I love Alice and her curiosity:

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One of the items in my craft bucket list include preparing a nice bento lunch for my love. I always enjoy checking out bento photos online and am amazed at how meticulously prepared they are, and how they look too pretty to eat! I got what was left from my paid VL (one day? two? haha)  and rushed to the nearest Japan Home Store for some bento paraphernalia:

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Decorated the jellies with handmade stickers from Richelle and some deco tape from Frances (thanks, girls!).

The partner’s on a diet and can’t eat a lot of fried food so I made what I think is a healthy mix of savory and sweet: Panda egg with cucumber bamboo forest, herb-y steamed young corn with olive oil, orange wedges and apple with orange juice and freshly-cracked pepper for zing, and raisins as a pebbly surprise:Image

For me, almost the same thing, in a nifty ichigo bento box:

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The night before that, I pretended to be Alice and had myself a wee tea party. My tea pot is smiling (because she likes washi too, apparently) and I filled her with healthy malunggay tea which I drank in my handmade stoneware cup and saucer set from Crescent Moon.

I also adore the beautiful packaging of Vanilla Cupcake Bakery! I wanted to treat myself to a cupcake after a long day at work and was so pleasantly surprised when I saw the teapot box:

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New papercut banner and a selfie

I’ve been planning on making my own banner for this blog for the longest time and I was finally able to do it today!

Incorporated some DIY elements like stitches, DIY tools (pencil, scissors, a paintbrush) and my very own merbird and cursive handwriting. It’s also inspired by balloons because I like ’em and they commemorate my eternal state of hyperactivity. I’m hoping they’d remind me to stay hopeful and positive eternally too.

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Inspired by Mansy’s self-portrait and that I Made Face app, I made a papercut version of mah face and my favorite expression:

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I’m planning on challenging myself by making a papercut of one of my favorite quotes. To be honest, I’ve always had the worst handwriting ever, and it pulled down my average grade back in grade school because I always got seventy somethings in penmanship, haha :

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.“- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wish me luck!

Latest papercutting attempts

I’m glad that papercutting and I are now friends. It was a bit awkward when I met her a few years ago and it might have been my design which was too ambitious or my huge cutter which always accidentally cut places that shouldn’t be cut. I’m still learning a lot about what kind of cuts I enjoy making and which to avoid (I’m still struggling with letters) but I find the overall experience enjoyable this time.

Some papercuts I made:

This one’s called “Pandora’s Dream”:

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DIY solid perfume, homemade jam and Art Fair Phils 2013 preview

So happy I got to tick off several items in my craft bucket list today!

1. Create my own scent, make solid perfume:
Got my recipe from BUST magazine, and tweaked it to my liking. Ended up with this rollable solid perfume, which smells like that Olive spray from Body Shop with tangerine notes and a hint of mint.

2. Make my own jam:
I got the recipe from BUST magazine as well! I tweaked it again, and the result is this Chili Strawberry Basil jam:

Here are my handmade homemade items, decorated with washi, lace tape, and a calligraphed label:

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3. Make my own decorative tape:

I also made ,my own fabric tape using nice trim! It was a bit tedious though, since I hated cutting straight lines, so I’ll probably just do this to the amount that I have to use at that moment:
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Today I also attended Art Fair Philippines 2013 (post about it soon!) and left it feeling inspired and fangirly.
Everything was incredible. All the artists are so talented and creative–go see it for yourself, the exhibit’s still up till February 10.

Here are some of my faves:
“Dream Awakening” by Daniel Dela Cruz (metal sculpture)

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“Cessation of Birds’ Song (Dusk)” by Geraldine Javier

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“Untitled 1-10” by Bernardo Pacquing

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This piece made with thread on silk by Eugenia Alcaide

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“Moon Roof” by Louie Cordero (with a shell frame)

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P.S. I’m working on a project involving another item in my grand bucket list, which is to self-publish a book. This time it would be filled with some flash fiction that I wrote and handmade mixed media collages involving crafts I made recently. So excited about this, stay tuned!

P.S.S. Just saw more than ten sets of fireworks, it felt so magical. My year of Magic and Wonder has been unfolding like a very good dream recently, thanks to the Universe. Happy Chinese New Year!

DIY: Miniature trompe l’oeil beach view and papercutting attempts

Happy Friday, everyone!

I was checking our old beach photos and getting a bit nostalgic. I miss the beach and that summery vacation vibe, that excitement of looking forward to exploring our glorious islands and being one with nature–when it occurred to me: why not bring the beach to me? I’d love to be able to imagine that each day the beach is just outside our window, within my reach.

It’s an easy way to brighten your walls and remind you of how lucky we are to be living in a tropical paradise:

What you’ll need:

-A colored printout of a beach photo (or any photo of nature, or what you want to see), I wanted it to be miniature so I printed it in a super small size, but it’s up to you

-Washi tape (preferably brown to mimic windows or white or gray)

-Lace tape (optional)

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STEPS:

1. Place a washi tape border on all sides of your photo:

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2. Trim evenly and cut a thin strip of washi to be pasted in the middle to mimic a window. I did it three ways here: horizontally, vertically and both ways. I also added a strip of real lace tape to mimic lace curtains. You could also stick real fluttering fabric if you want, for that whimsical effect:

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Enjoy your beach view!

In other news, I have my list of crafty challenges and papercutting is one of them. Inspired by Rob Ryan’s intricate papercuts, I have attempted to make my own papercut art several years ago and failed miserably. I sucked at it, and almost nicked myself so I stopped and decided that it just wasn’t for me. Fueled by the new year and inspired by local crafters, I challenged myself today to try it again and made a merbird for my first attempt:

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I felt more satisfied with the results now than the results before so I made another one:Image

I felt like doing another one without thinking of a design in mind. I just wanted to cut shapes that are angular since I discovered that I didn’t really enjoy cutting curves, but then out of the blue this forest was formed and this kitty emerged. And then the fishes arrived:

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I surprised myself with this one, I never imagined I would like the act of papercutting, but now I do. Can’t wait to create other papercut designs in the future. 🙂

My first commissioned washi fashion collage

I’m very excited about my first commissioned piece! The partner’s highschool friend asked me to create a washi fashion collage for her room, with an “oriental” theme and with the base color as red, since it’s her favorite color. I didn’t have red washi tape from my stash (eep) so it was serendipitous when my friend Geli was kind enough to share and swap her red washi tapes with me. Thanks Geli!

Here’s what I did:

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I was also able to find some pretty feathers for my merbird. Here she is with her colorful tail and rubberstamped wings:

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