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. 🙂

Happy to report that I didn’t faint while speaking! 🙂 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:


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


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


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:


New artworks up on my wall!


Thank you universe and tita @ella_lama for this amazing learning opportunity 🙂

Parkfest at Nayong Pilipino!


See that higante? That’s what the #ARTitasofManila and I painted for the Parkfest event at Nayong Pilipino. The event aims to revive our beloved Nayong Pilipino through showcasing the works of local creatives. We were very lucky to have been invited to be a part of this event. 🙂 We got the Mindanao higante and we scheduled a day for painting it and painted from 10 am to 8pm! Super worth it though, especially when we see that the crowd appreciated our efforts. 🙂

Here are photos of the other higantes:


With the artitas (missing Lai and Airees). We are eternally grateful for the help of Tita Geli and Tyang Ella too, thanks Titas!


There are so many beautiful artworks made by Filipino creatives in the park, and you can visit the park till 7pm today to see the works for yourself!

I joined Richelle’s chalk walk and started to draw this merbird using white chalk but unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish it. Happy that when I returned to it some kids have already colored some parts:


Ceramic butterflies by Iori:


Streetfood art by Camy:


Wire sculptures by Maikala:


Bamboo art chimes by Geli, Anina, Carl and Jelvin:



There was a cotton candy stall, a sorbetes stall, ihaw-ihaw, other food items and arts and crafts stalls.

Hi Pierra, Cynthia and Arnold!


Kalesa by Abbey:



Flowers by Mabby:


Interactive kalayaan mural by Ella and June:


Jeep art by Patrick and John Ed:


You can tie your wishes for the Philippines here and here’s mine:


So grateful we got to be a part of this nationalistic and art-filled venture. 🙂

What I’ve been up to: #the100dayproject update and an art-filled event!

I am still doing my #100daysofhandsketches and I’m learning so much from using various materials. Here’s a contour drawing using a ballpoint pen from Titus pens without lifting the pen:


Speaking of Titus pens, Titus has an art event this Saturday, see the image below for more details and follow them on instagram for updates (@tituspens)


P.s. I met an awesome friend from Davao and she sent me these super lovely surprises! Thank you very very much, Dotee! You’re the sweetest!


Event alert!: Parkfest 2016

I have fond memories of field trips and family dates to Nayong Pilipino, so I’m really excited to be a part of @parkfest_ph, a day filled with live art, workshops, pop-up shops and other fun activities. 🙂

Add @parkfest_ph on instagram for updates and more details. See you there! 🙂


What I’ve been up to: April/May 2016

Having such a productive summer this year, filled with art and creative magic. 🙂

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



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


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


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


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


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! 🙂

Hope you’re having a happy and productive summer as well. 🙂

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:



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. 🙂 


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

An artsy craftsy summer at the SM Stationery Art Fest

Summer for me means unwinding, relaxing, and trying new things. I did all of those today at the SM Stationery Art Fest at SM Megamall. I also met new friends!

If you love arts and crafts supplies and learning as much as I do, I bet you’d have a blast as well at the SM Stationery Art Fest. I’m still adding items to my wishlist haha. From today till April 17, Sunday, they’re having pop-up booths of arts and crafts brands, coloring activities, on-the-spot calligraphy and papercutting, and more!

This coming weekend (April 16-17), they’ll be having the workshops of super-talented local creatives. The corresponding workshop per brand is free when you purchase Php300 worth of products from their partner brands: Ifex (International Fine Paper Exchange), Pentel, Titus and Faber-Castell. For updates and for the details, check out their FB page: Or check out my previous post.

I have always loved arts and crafts supplies so I was really excited about today’s event. (So excited that I went to the venue one hour earlier, lol)

Even the stage got me excited! How awesome is this giant orange comma:



At the Ifex booth were these beautiful artworks by Alexis of Inkscribbler. They also sold various pads (Canson is one of my faves!), calligraphy pads and the books of Abbey Sy:


Here’s Wednesday Sambile, doing on-the-spot papercutting and calligraphy! Starting today until Sunday, you can get a free papercut and/or calligraphy from her when you buy Php200 worth of products from Ifex.


These paper samples from Ifex had me salivating–I’m a sucker for colorful things and paper so I spent a lot of time just admiring these samples. You can order paper from them for use in invites, greeting cards, business cards, etc.:


At the Pilot booth, where you can test their parallel pens:IMG_20160413_203815.jpg

Here’s Tippy and Pearl trying them out:


Adult coloring books!


There were artworks everywhere to inspire you even more:


I got excited when I saw the Faber-Castell polychromos pencils at their booth:


The greatest part was when I asked if I could try them and they said yes! Another item ticked off my bucket list. 🙂


They’re so easy to blend and smooth–I can imagine why it’s part of their premium line. Wish I could have this set (and the beautiful container!).

More artworks:

These mason jars with colored pens inside and fresh flowers are so pretty! At the Titus booth:


These flowers are fresh and lovely! I had to take another photo. I want to draw/paint this one day:


Since I love notebooks and pens, I was drawn to SM Stationery’s stall. Notebooks and pens make my heart beat faster haha:IMG_20160413_160715.jpg

Got myself nifty pens! Look at those cute designs!


In the venue are huge color-it-yourself murals that anyone can color or doodle on. Here’s me trying it out. Thanks to Tita Ella for taking this photo!

Happy to see everyone coloring and doodling! Love how art brings people together, no matter what your age may be:


I ended the day feeling inspired and invigorated, and surprisingly relaxed. Something about art puts me in the zone and most of the time it’s almost the same relaxed level of feeling you get from a massage or from a chill day. Does that happen to you too?

Here’s a peek of my loot–Expect a detailed review soon! I can’t wait to play with all of them. 🙂

Hurry on over to SM Megamall for the SM Stationery Art Fest until this Sunday, April 17. Unleash your creative side and have an artsy craftsy summer! 🙂

P.S. Check out the instagram hashtag: #SMStationeryArtFest for more photos from today’s event.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. 🙂


Artsy event alert! SM Stationery’s Art Fest

When I pass by SM Department Stores, I can’t resist checking out my fave section–the stationery section. I often find great deals and cute office and school supplies there, and if you know me, you’d know that stationery’s one of my weaknesses. (Along with stickers, art materials, books and milk tea 🙂 )

As a kid I collected stationery and stickers, and traded sheets of stationery with friends who were as obsessed as I am. We’d go to each other’s houses carrying various folders (Mine were the free promotional folders from the conferences my parents attended haha) filled with our “collection”. Then we’d trade sheets of stationery–dependent on the quality of the paper, size of the sheet, design, etc. That’s how I learned to haggle, lol.

My love for stationery and school/office supplies never waned, which was why I got so excited when I learned about this event!

Here’s a teaser:




In partnership with my fave art brands (or brands I hoard) Faber-Castell, Pentel, Ifex and Titus Pens, SM Stationery will be having an Art Fest at the Mega Fashion Hall on April 13-17, packed with workshops by local creatives and an exhibit:



For only Php300, you can join a workshop by the artists above. Here are the detailed mechanics:



For updates and more details, check out:

I can’t wait! See you! 🙂


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. 🙂

Art journal artambay

I just had the most awesome day today, I met up with friends I mostly met via instagram (and through common friends) and we had an art journal date!


(Thank you Reg for this photo!)

We spent most of the time admiring the foreign art books (in languages we can’t understand haha) and each other’s art journals and planners. Then we played with stamps 🙂


Afterwards we went to all bookstores in the area 🙂 Got myself a notebook, a few stickers and Supermutant Magic Academy 🙂

Thanks, Universe! My heart is so happy.


Just add water: A watercolor fair 2015

I was so excited when I found out that Dianne was organizing a watercolor event. 🙂 🙌 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. 🙂

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


Some of the artist trading cards I made, using metallic kuretake watercolor paint. 🙂


The beautiful cards I got in exchange:


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


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