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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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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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:

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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!  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! 🙂

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

Challenging myself: loose watercolor portrait

I’ve realized that my number one love is still watercolor. I have been learning so much from doing daily paintings, from books, from attending workshops occasionally and from tips of helpful friends.
As a challenge to myself, I painted an imaginary lady using only two colors: alizarin crimson and yellow ochre and no pencil lines 🙂

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I want to do more! 🙂

Also, today starts my #100happydays till the next year starts and I’m glad to report that I won as the 400th customer in subway today which meant I got a free meal! I was waiting in line, thinking how awesome it would be and whaddya know the universe granted me my wish! 🙂

Hope your day is filled with good vibes, wherever you are now.

Falling in love with brush calligraphy

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I think I’m more in love with brush calligraphy than pointed pen calligraphy because I like it messy. Treated myself to a zig no. 22 brush from my recent Japan trip and I now get why a lot of people are crazy about this brush. The flex and control you get is amazing. 🙂

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In other news, I treated myself to a leuchtturm 1917 notebook because I’ve bee caressing this one each time I see it. I believe the “free engraving” was the perfect excuse for me to splurge, and so I got one. No regrets!!

I’ve always wanted to experience having a thing of mine engraved. 🙂

Advice to my ever forgetful self from a small room near the vast sea

When you read this, you will most definitely be older. You wrote it at a fave beach, hours before your birthday, eating sweetish spicy korean fried chicken with rice and yakult while your love slept, clutching her aching tummy filled with too much heat and laughter. Minutes ago you were exploring the area, looking for bananas, yakult and skyflakes, in that particular order. This is wisdom from years of staying out in the sun for too long in scorching summer days. You marvel at the kindness of strangers, their open, welcoming faces as they gave directions and imparted navigational tips. You ended up with a bruised fuji apple, and a gatorade in that vintage glass bottle, because that was the cheaper kind. She marvels at this packaging, how rare and quirky it looks, a bit strange when you’re used to the new kind. I smell sunblock on myself and feel the sand settled on my shoulders, completely at home.

I want you to remember to live in the moment and slow down when you can. I feel the capricorn side of my brain computing the hours till we leave but I’m training it to lock itself up when it’s on vacation, to take a breather and relax, because time is relative.

Remember to always draw and write when you can. I am happiest when I’m looking at past travel/trip journals because I get to travel back in time and relive fave moments in a few minutes. I know how it’s tiresome when you’re busy but try and make time for it.

Listen more.

Ride the waves.
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2015: The Year for Creating Joy and Finding It

In a few days, we’re going to be waving goodbye to 2014 and welcoming the next year with hopeful hearts. I’ve been making sure that the upcoming year is claimed and extra special by “naming” it. For years, this has been guiding me in terms of specific goals I want to achieve within that year and encouraging me to dream big. 2014 had been my year for great things and for my #create365 project on instagram, and next year I’m planning on making more time for ‘making’ because of the joy and wealth of friends and opportunities this has brought me. 🙂

“Creating joy” will remind me to keep on creating, and encourage me to be optimistic and kind.

“Finding joy” will teach me to be content and to notice the details. I’m constantly battling my hoading tendencies and this will remind me that I have to make do with what I have (I hope).

Wish me luck!

P.s. This diy pen organizer that I made last night embodies next year’s mantra: I had fun creating it and looking at my pens make me so happy.:)

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Calligraphy exchange Manila 2014

I added the year because I’m looking forward to the next one next year! 🙂

Felt lucky and blessed to be part of this star-studded event. Thanks to the awesome and talented organizers, I met a lot of my fave local calligraphers and letterers.
I wasn’t able to take decent photos because I was too busy testing pens and blabbing away haha.

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I pressured June into making a fansign hehe sorry June, but thanks so much! (Because owning a fansign from her is in my bucket list). Here she is (seated) with (l-r) Shawie, Mich, Anina, Ella and Lorra.

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I was shameless and asked for fansigns from Abbey Sy, Anina Rubio, The Fozzy Book, Patrick Cabral, John De Veyra, Geli Balcruz, Paola Esteron, Ella Lama, John Ed, Jelvin Base, and June Digan! Thanks so much!

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Good things: Finding my “style”

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A wise friend named Geli gave me advice in brush lettering/calligraphy: Embrace your own style, she said.

I’ve been practicing daily-mostly foregoing my morning yoga so I could write a few words. I’m slowly learning what works for me and what doesn’t, so I just need to wake up earlier so I could squeeze in a few minutes of yoga too 🙂

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Challenging myself: Fly yoga!

Trying this has always been on my bucket list. Yesterday, I was finally able to try Flying Fitness at Beyond Yoga, Rockwell. Thanks to Almi who alerted me about the groupon deal for this! 🙂 She was also the one who took more pics, the first pic was taken by our instructor 🙂

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I can’t believe I was able to do the above poses since I haven’t been as dedicated to my daily yoga practice as before because of laziness and my current slight asthma attack. But here’s to surprising yourself, yes?

Also, it was way harder than I thought. There were some inverse situps where you had to do it while you’re hanging upside down, suspended in air, which was very challenging, and some other yoga poses that had to be done upside down. I was disoriented and a bit nervous since I was afraid my legs would unhook themselves accidentally and I’d break my neck lol so I think I overthunk some poses haha.

My body’s sore right now but it’s worth it! Fun and exciting. 🙂