What I’ve been up to: March 2017

Happy summer! Summer is my fave season and I’m so honored that I got to be the one to make the March 2017 journaling prompts for #HobonichPH:

image

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #HobonichiPHChallenge if you’re participating! 🙂

I had so many happy moments these past few days:

😙 I got to try and experiment and make my own handmade rose gold watercolor paint! Kinda obsessed with rose gold recently and I thought I’d try and make paint with this hue in mind:

image

Success! It took a lot of trial and error but happy with the outcome. Brought it with me to a mini artambay with my washi and sticker-loving friends yesterday.

😙 Got new washi tapes (first group buy and so worth it!) and mildliners yesterday and got to bond with friends:

image

image

image

image

😙 Attended the #ArtfairPH with K, her first time:

image

😙 I also painted mini abstract paintings which I turned to stickers using handpainted watercolors made by @seamountainco 🙂

image

😙 I uploaded several flipthroughs of my past journals and travel project life in my youtube channel, if you want to take a peek: http://tinyurl.com/mabuhaydiy2011journal

I hope March has been good to you too.

My first hobonichiPH planner group meetup

Yesterday was one of the happiest days of my life! I attended my 1st planner meetup with the hobonichi ph group. I met so many new friends and we all geeked out over the same stuff: stationery! Heh.

I think I must have spent hours getting washi samples. I am not the neatest roller so I made a collage using the samples instead:

image

It was so fun meeting people who share the same interests and who understand your needs for cute and good quality stationery.
Here are all of our hobonichis, stacked together:

image

Rej gave us some cute planner date stickers, which I used for my monthly view (thanks, Rej!)

image

Some more pages. I bought those japan-themed stickers from @monicarize–they’re perfect for my planners!

image

Before I left we had a “watercolor table” where we shared our pages and our supplies. These are pages from the hobonichis of the people there:

image

Group photo! Grabbed from Ellie, thanks, Ellie! 🙂

image

We were featured in the official japanese hobonichi website and instagram! Senpai noticed us haha:

image

Happy to have found this group! 🙂 🙌

Journal Journey: Ria of Imfeelingcraftytoday

0

1.) Tell us about yourself. What made you start journaling and when did you start?

I’m a mom of 2 boys.  I love documenting our family adventures through scrapbooking and journaling.  I had kept a diary (from papemelroti!) when I was in high school.  I didn’t write everyday, only on those days when I had something interesting to write about my crushes. 🙂

After high school, I didn’t write much except during moments when I felt sad or angry.  Then, I realized I didn’t want to have a record of those sad/angry moments lying around for someone to read, so I stopped again. I picked up journaling again a year after my second son was born as a form of therapy to combat the stresses of daily life.  This time,
it was more than just a “dear diary” thing, because I added some art into it.

2.) What journal are you using right now? Do you have more than 1 for various purposes? Do you have any specific qualities you look for in a journal?

I have more than one because I like to compartmentalize.  I have separate journals for food, patterns, travel, planner, recipe, bucket list,  #listersgottalist, etc.   I like buying journals with plain covers that I can personalize by adding stickers or stamping.  The binding is also important for me; I noticed that handsewn journals are better than stapled ones because they have less tendency to collapse.  The journal has to be able to withstand the wear and tear that stickers, watercolor and other materials can bring.  I almost never use lined paper.  I like blank pages that can handle even just a little watercolor. I don’t use the back pages because I don’t like bleed-throughs or show-throughs.

0-6

3.) What can we find in your journal pages? 

I like documenting our family adventures.  When we travel, I journal about our trip by painting the places I visited and the food I ate and then I also write down my memories of the trip.  I like sticking the memorabilia like plane tickets, brochures, etc.  to make it even more authentic.  I’m also obsessed with drawing my meals.

0-5

4.) Can you share your journaling routine and journaling process? How often do you journal? (What time of day you do it, your journaling setup in terms of materials, etc.)

I do my journaling late at night when everyone is asleep.  I can only work on my journal when it’s quiet and there are little distractions.  Doing it at the end of the day always feels like some kind of therapy to counter the stresses in my daily life.  My materials (stickers, pens, watercolor, stamps, inkpads) are all within reach so that I can start working immediately.

5.) What are your favorite brands for journaling and why? Do you have favorite stores for supplies?

For journals, I love using Labrador and the Hobonichi planner.  I also like using traveler’s notebooks from Traveler’s Factory and Airees Creates.  I use a lot of scrapbooking stuff from American Crafts, Kelly Purkey, Studio Calico and many more.  For stickers and stamps, I like buying from online stores like Saffy Tenten, Bee Happy and Hobby Depot.  I get project life cards from Life Documented Manila.  For items bought abroad, like from Studio Calico or Kelly Purkey, I join a monthly group buy hosted by my friend, Nicole Chua of Scrap Happy.  For physical stores, I love Lasting Impression in San Juan which has everything!!! National Bookstore and Scribe Writing Essentials too.

 

6.) What are your favorite journaling tools?

I like using acrylic stamps because they’re so versatile and reusable.  I am also crazy about stickers.  For illustrations, I use watercolor.  For writing, I just use a waterproof pen or any ordinary black pen.

 

7.) What’s the best thing about journaling that you wish everyone knew?

It’s a good way to record memories.  It always feels good to flip through an old journal and remember the past. It also inspires me to go out of my way to make my life more interesting to document.

0-1

 

8.) Any tips on how people can get started with journaling?

Don’t think that you need fancy art materials to start journaling. All you really need is pen and paper and commitment.  You can start with something as easy as writing “A Word a Day” to describe how your day went.  Then you can move on to doing “A Sentence a Day” and more until such time journaling becomes a routine.  I recently started journaling in a planner; I love that the pages are small so there’s no fear of the big blank page or the fear of having to fill a huge space.

0-4

9.) What is inspiring you right now in your journaling journey?

I follow a lot of journalers like you on my instagram feed. I always feel inspired to create after seeing other people’s work.  I also enjoy going on art tambays or any art event because it feels good to be around people who share the same interest.

0-2

BONUS QUESTION:
If you’re restricted to journaling using only 2 tools, what would these 2 tools be and why? 

It would have to be my Sakura Koi Watercolor Field Sketch Box because you can do anything with watercolor like paint, do lettering, etc.  The other tool is a Uni-Pin fineliner waterproof 0.1 pen so that I am free to write as much as I can.

 

 

Thanks Ria! Here’s where you can find more of Ria’s art:

Blog: https://imfeelingcraftytoday.wordpress.com/

Instagram: @imfeelingcraftytoday

All the photos in this post are from Ria.

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:

image

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

image

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

image

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:

image

New artworks up on my wall!

image

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

What I’ve been up to: August 2016

I’ve been painting impressionistic flowers in watercolor lately. When I found out that my titas @ella_lama and @hueandai were doing a #colorexploration project, I decided to join them to challenge myself as well. Am multitasking and calling it my #30daysofimpressionisticbouquets project 🙂

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

Here are metallic blooms using finetec paint:

image

Also, I woke up this morning and saw the neater, cleaner and cuter version of my workspace, illustrated by tita @ella_lama. I love it!! Now I’m inspired to clean my workspace haha. Thanks tita! 🙂

image

Exploring the universe: Baguio 2016

I’ve always dreamt of having an artambay with friends outside of manila and recently that dream came true!
Visited one of my fave places in the Philippines, Baguio, with my friend Ella 🙂 Met up with Aileen and we had a mini artambay while munching on yummy pastries from Hill Station:

image

I was also able to draw some Baguio memories in my travel sketchbook:

image

image

image

Painted this linnet while we were waiting for the bus:

image

Parkfest at Nayong Pilipino!

image

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:

image

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

image

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:

image

Ceramic butterflies by Iori:

image

Streetfood art by Camy:

image

Wire sculptures by Maikala:

image

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

image

image

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

Hi Pierra, Cynthia and Arnold!

image

Kalesa by Abbey:

image

image

Flowers by Mabby:

image

Interactive kalayaan mural by Ella and June:

image

Jeep art by Patrick and John Ed:

image

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

image

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:

image

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)

image

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!

image

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:

image

image

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

image

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:

image

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

image

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

image

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:

image

image

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. 🙂 

image

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