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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What I’ve been up to: March 2016

This has been a beautiful, art-filled month! I was able to visit Yuchengco museum for the trade fair for women’s month and we were lucky enough to access the museum that day for free!

I’ve been so inspired by frannerd’s ‘Draw Outside’ series, so I tried drawing a fave Amorsolo painting too:

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Here are my other favorite artworks. To know who made each, check out my instagram: @mabuhaydiy 🙂

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My greatest purchase involves this midori traveler’s notebook insert. Still saving up for the cover, but for now, this works well for me. I personalized it with washi tape and a unicorn sticker:

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I love the page size, which is challenging but also manageable for making art, and how I can use both sides of the paper, how it’s sturdy enough. My eyes are happy with seeing all the beautiful inspiring pages using the hashtag #travelersnotebook in instagram. 

Here are some pages I made:

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My passion for stickers have been rekindled by this journal obsession. I’ve been making these handpainted stickers for a long time but seeing planner layouts made me interested again in making various ones. I made summery neon ones:

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Every day I’m craftin’

…or making “art” haha.

Been spending most of my free time watching movies and reading but I don’t wanna neglect my other loves so just a few minutes ago I made some tita stamps. Featuring my fave tita treasures: milk tea, hot tea, and a slice of cake, specifically brazo de mercedes from goldilocks. 🙂

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These watercolor paintings below are inspired by tutorials from Sikander Singh. That camper planner is up for grabs in my instagram, btw! Check out my instagram (@mabuhaydiy) for the mechanics.

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I posted this is our wall at home so I can be reminded that being a scanner and loving many many hobbies is quite alright lol.

Hope you’re having a great year so far! 🙂

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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.

#booksiwanttomarry project

I started this project since Ella and I saw a book at National with illustrated bookshelves. I’ve been thinking of doing something like this for the longest time but seeing that book gave me that push. So I started this personal project, featuring books I love. It made me realize most of the books I love have been given away or loaned to friends though, so I’m making do with existing books here.

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See more painted books on my instagram: @aphazia
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Artsycraftsy experiment: Glow drawings!

I’ve been drawing on this black sheet that Nayna found from Divi. I like the surprise colors I get when I begin scratching the surface. I recently was able to buy Vogue Paris for dirt-cheap from Booksale and I’m using it as reference:

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I also tried to write a fave poem in it:

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The mag also inspired me to make quick fashion sketches, prada-inspired:

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I splurged on a chinese brush you can fill with water, and with the leftover ink, made a quick sketch of a rocky cliff with the sea:

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Painting with gouache

My fascination with gouache stems from the reviews and wikipedia articles that I’ve read: it’s like watercolor and acrylic, they said.

I played with it several times before, but always with other mediums like a white accent on a watercolor painting, or with acrylic as I painted those matryoshkas.

When I did try to paint using pure gouache, it was pure love. It does dissolve like watercolor (only more opaque) and you can blend it and layer it like acrylic.

I took this photo of a bottle because I liked the shape and the tiny glass bubbles near the tip:

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Here’s what it looked like when I finished painting it. Those tiny glass bubbles were a real challenge!

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Artsycraftsy experiments: Derwent inktense blocks on fabric , watercolor experiments and Yayoi Kusama portrait

As an early anniversary present, K gave me something from my wishlist: Derwent Inktense Blocks! (Thank you! <3)

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I have been having fun with it and studying ways on how to maximize its potential. I read somewhere that it works on fabric, so I tried it with a canvas pouch. The inspiration behind this is the children’s book “Lilit Bulilit and the Babe in the Womb” from Nick Joaquin’s series ‘Pop Stories for Groovy Children’.

Backstory: My parents saved up when I was young so they could buy the whole series and it was a big part of my childhood. We’ve donated them to an orphanage when we outgrew them, and I hope those kids loved the books as much as my brother and I did. I remember Lilit and her pearl necklace and how she liked sucking babies from wombs–she’s actually a very lovely monster based on the local aswang called “tiktik”–if I remember the story correctly. The illustrations in the entire series are beautiful, and I do hope they reprint the entire series soon!

Here’s what I did–I haven’t tried ironing it yet since I don’t have an iron and I haven’t washed it yet, heh. I used a Rubadub fabric sharpie for the outline so the details would be finer:

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I’ve also been experimenting with watercolor techniques. Stumbled upon Cathy Johnson’s tutorials and I just want to say that she is an excellent teacher. She’s so creative and generous with her knowledge. Do check out her other tips in her site.

With her tips, I tried creating various textures using watercolors:

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At Ayala Museum a few days ago, I was able to watch Near Equal Kusama Yayoi-I Adore Myself, which is a documentary about Yayoi Kusama from Japan. She’s one of my heroes, and it was very inspiring seeing how talented and hardworking she is. I love that she’s proud of her work; she tries her best to outdo herself and she succeeds. I was floored when I saw how meticulous her process of creation is–I get excited when there’s stop-motion process footage. With just markers and a huge blank canvas, she creates her trademark artworks filled with staggering detail and emotional weight. She has a modern, feminist vision when it comes to making art, and she has the guts and bravado to push that vision to the awe-inspiring finish. I love her and want to be her when I grow up. I made this portrait of her in the poster while waiting for it to start and was unable to finish it. Unfinished forever. Love you forever, Yayoi Kusama!Image