Artsycraftsy challenge: my own sparkly handmade watercolor set

Wow can you believe it’s already half of 2017? I am happy to report that I feel buoyant because of friends and family, and this little fellow called “art”. 2017’s first half was pretty tough, but we do what we can do to stay afloat. For me that’s artambay with friends and milk tea and making art as often as I can.
How about you? Let me know if you have self-care tips!

I organized my sparkly handmade watercolors in an altoids tin. I super enjoyed making these!

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Clockwise from top left: rose gold, mermaid gold, sunset gold, sakura gold, graphite gold, midnight gold, galaxy gold, pomegranate gold. 🙂

I also painted parts of the face for practice using handmade watercolor paint from @seamountainco:

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The night before was Thursday night which meant it was #Artsythursdays wherein I paint more for myself:

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Last night I painted

What I’ve been up to: June 2017

I’ve heard very good things about the p2p buses and i’ve been dying to try it out. Yesterday I was finally able to do that with my good friend Nayna. 🙂 Yay for trying new things! I imagined it as a sort of mini field trip in the metro.

Nayna and I have been friends for 14 years! If we had a child, that child would be in high school already haha.

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Inside @ritualph in Pamana building Makati. Hoarded the laundry soap which I use as my body soap because it smells like lemongrass. 🙂 Sort of like how I’ve heard a lot of peoplw use Perla for their face and my skin isnt very particular, so there we go.

We had a quick brunch in Makati and off we went to ATC to visit the pop-up of @commonroomph. I got myself a new beep card with wonder woman in it. 🙂

We saw @timipee! What a wonderfully small world. We rode the bus with her and I may or may not have changed my super drenched shirt (it was so humid and hot yesterday!) with the help of a scarf and N inside the bus lol. Only to remember that there’s a cctv inside haha whoops.

I love Serenitea in ATC because you can see what you’re drinking lol haha. In Makati the cups are made of paper but here they’re in plastic. It made me feel that the scoop was extra big and not squooshed up inside that flat plastic cover. My go-to drink here is the uji matcha pyramid and I keep on plugging it to friends I bring to Serenitea. Hi serenitea please get me as an endorser hahaha:

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With Timmy and Nayna:
One of my fave moments was when while we were walking we heard a random boy say “tita” and we all thought he was calling one of us hahaha. He was talking to his legit tita on the phone btw. 🙂

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Saw titas @ella_lama and @marie_lama in the @commonroomph popup! Also saw superwonderwoman @romaagsalud and her fiancee hard at work:

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Truly enjoyed taking part in the common room challenges! Painted in wood for the first time which I super loved (they’ll use it in making their new home), made cranes and painted their creative and collaborative tarp!

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Happy to see a lot of Pinoys supporting local handmade:

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Rode the same p2p bus going back to Makati and snapped some photos of the glorious sunset:

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It was a beatiful end to my day. Cannot wait to return to ATC for Common Room in the future! 🙂

Also, am joining Arriane Serafico’s #daretoshareIGchallenge and am already in love with it and the community! Thank you for this, Arriane! Am learning more about wonderful women and about myself. Here’s my journal page containing some self-care apps for the challenge and a food painting I did yesterday during our date. I was also able to draw and paint random passersby when I challenged myself to do that while eating. Might do more!

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Finishing #inktober 2016

I did it! I am happy to report that I was able to finish all 31 days of #inktober this year. 🙂

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Left side was done October one, right side was done October 31. Some realizations after doing this challenge:

– I like drawing androgynous ladies, and ladies with wavy hair.
– I don’t really enjoy drawing full bodies but I love figuring out where shadows go for faces
– Working with just one pen, a brush pen and a waterbrush has made me consider darkest tones and highlights.
– One month creative challenges work best for me. After that I sort of lose my interest and it’s not as fun anymore.
– Inktober is best done with something you want to get better at, for me it’s drawing fashion figures originally but I realized I wanted to paint faces more.
– Doing this and knowing that a lot of people all over the globe are doing it too made it more enjoyable.
– Just start. Sometimes you are too tired to make one but just soldier on and when you’re actually doing it you’ll realize you just had to put pen to paper.
– There’s nothing wrong with starting over.

#inktober 2016 realizations

It’s day 23 of #inktober already! I haven’t missed a day which I consider a feat in itself, and am still having fun in this challenge. I started with the vision of illustrating fashion poses in magazines but halfway through the 31-day mark it got a bit tiresome. I noticed that I enjoyed drawing larger portraits though, and had fun shading the faces. I’ve decided to focus on that nowadays:

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More than 3 years ago I studied fashion illustration at FIP because I wanted to learn about how to draw fashion figures and illustrate females. There weren’t a lot of workshops back then (unlike today which I’m really happy about) so that was a great experience for me and I got to meet a lot of new friends as well. As years went by I realized how much I enjoyed portrait painting and I want to focus on this instead. Will attend 2 more portrait workshops in a few weeks so I’m really excited for that.

The drawing on the upper left side was done on my 1st day and the drawing on the lower right was done the other day. 🙂

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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. 🙂 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! 🙂 For more of my adventures, see you on instagram! @mabuhaydiy 🙂

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Bullet journal obsession

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I’m spending a lot of time recently trying to organize my life and so far, I really enjoy compartmentalizing my art from my lists from my daily tasks using various journals/planners. I use my Starbucks planner for daily gratitudes, and my three traveler’s notebooks have separate functions: one is my bullet journal, one is for my drawings and stuff I’ve eaten, and the last one is my travel sketchbook. I love how they’re light and compact. Now I know why these notebooks have so many fans! I still want a regular camel one for a cover–I still don’t have a cover haha.
My bullet journal basically has pages of lists. I realized that I enjoyed writing lists, but hated that I couldn’t find everything, so the index part is what I use the most. I get tons of inspiration from searching “#bulletjournal” from instagram but to be honest I know I can never draw straight lines even when using a ruler. Drawing lines is just not for me haha. I do enjoy the prospect of doing brush calligraphy for headers using my brush pens, and I tried bringing all my colored pens to work to try and finish a page during breaktime but it didn’t work. I got so overwhelmed with the choices I couldn’t even start the page lol.
I stuck to pink and green for this one, since I had a lot of pink and green frixion pens. I also use an erasable fountain pen that I bought from the SM Stationery section. I used stencils that I got from an ukay-ukay eons ago.
So far my favorites are those collection pages, and my wishlist page, which contains stuff I really want and how much I need to save to buy it. Got the idea from one of the awesome bujo-ers online but my memory fails me–I can’t seem to remember from whom, so sorry!
I also track nice sensory moments daily because it’s want I want to remember most. 🙂

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There are so many fabulous ideas online and countless videos and blog posts on how to set up your bullet journal, which is a system invented by Ryder Carroll, which you can learn more about in this video:
Do you keep a bullet journal too? What’s your fave thing about it? 🙂

Museum “me” time: Ayala museum

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. 🙂

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Calligraphy on tote bags

I felt so happy when my friend Geli invited me to join her for an afternoon of painting tote bags for Avon. It was an exciting opportunity for me, since I’d be writing on bags as per requests of the clients. It would also be an on-the-spot affair, so double the excitement! And jitters too, to be honest. But the people from Avon were so warm and friendly and after some time we found ourselves cracking jokes with them while working:

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This was my first customer and I hope she liked it! Apologies for the blurry photo, I think I got too excited when I took this shot haha.

We also met two very talented ladies who will also do calligraphy on the tote bags alongside us. They were only in highschool but I’m already certain they’d go places soon. 🙂 

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Thank you again, Geli and Avon for this fantastic opportunity. Hope the ladies liked their customized tote bags. 🙂