Artsycraftsy experiment: The Unbubu project

I can still remember that incident when I was a freshman in highschool. A classmate was asking if anyone had a highlighter. I’ve been reading about that in the makeup section of magazines but wasn’t that knowledgeable yet in the world of arts and crafts (i.e. Highlighter pens) so I asked her out loud: Ano yun? She looked at me as if I didn’t know what water was. “Highlighter! Yung panghighlight ng books! Ang bobo mo naman.”
Except she said it in that pa-cute way: “Bubu”

Of course, her words stung–I was an overly-conscious pre-teen and was over sensitive.

But that’s the past. I’d like to think I have more knowledge in the world of makeup and arts/crafts supplies nowadays. I hope the ates at Natio aren’t annoyed when I butt in when they’re asked by the customers about which pen/paint is better hehe. I speak from experience now because I am a pen/arts and crafts materials addict/hoarder (this childhood trauma might be the root of that lol).

I’m actually proud of my past self for daring to ask. Never be ashamed to ask–it’s presumptuous to think that we know everything.

I made my #unbubu project because that incident made me value the importance of humility and curiosity. And of being kinder to others.

But it’s also pun-ny and I love puns.

I’m mixing Buffy quotes with photos I painted from Bust magazine:

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Before that, I painted Shailened Woodley:

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And Ellen Page:

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Artsycraftsy adventure: Make temporary tattoos!

I felt so lucky and happy when I found out I had a slot in Alessa from lifeafterbreakfast’s temporary tattoo-making party.

So excited that I arrived an hour before the scheduled time lol.

When we started, I got so giddy and excited and started filling my paper with everything I fancied: merbirds, cats, a unicorn, some flowers:

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I got so excited that I accidentally ruined a third of the sticker sheet in my haste haha.

The unicorn survived though:

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With creative genius, Alessa. Her flower tattoo is too lovely for words:

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I then headed to the Global Pinoy bazaar at World Trade Center where I got these goods:

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Mini Bonifacio bust, handmade unlined notebook from @pluma_ph, adobo choco from theo & philo, chinese waterbrush from @craftcarrot and panda plush from cliqnship!

Teach yo’self: Watercolored seascape and a gladiola

The other day my folks came from Baguio and got me fresh flowers as pasalubong:

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I tried painting the gladiola, without drawing pencil lines because I wanted to try how to be spontaneous. And I was impatient.

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I also challenged myself with painting a seascape based on my memories of our local beaches. I didn’t use a reference photo so I did what I could and hoped for the best:

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I plan on painting this next. Maybe I’ll draw this in pencil first:

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Teach yo’self: Watercolor via Cathy Johnson’s book

If I had money and loads of time, I would spend it learning about arts and crafts, attending workshops, buying books related to the materials I enjoy, and learn from the masters. As of now, though, I have my library card, some time (after work, sometimes during lunch break too), and this lovely gem of a book by Cathy Johnson: Painting Nature’s Details in Watercolor. She’s one of my idols when it comes to watercolor painting so I immediately grabbed this book from the library and plan on renewing it till forever heh.

I’ve been learning about painting textures found in nature and I’ve been attempting to copy her existing texture samples just so I can further understand color combinations and shadow techniques. I plan on doing this until I gain confidence to paint using my travel photos, then going out to “paint” in the future. I can’t wait to learn more!

Here are some texture studies I painted using her colored paintings and black and white illustration for the tree bark, tweaked as much as I could to suit my painting style (and by this I mean not breathing when I apply paint to paper lol):

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Who are the artists you love and admire?

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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#Create365: My Project 365 for 2014

Happy New Year! 2013 has been the most wonderful year, and I firmly believe that 2014 will be an even better year for all of us. 2013 was named “The Year of Magic and Wonder” and it was filled with so many blessings and surprises because of the awesomeness of the Universe. For 2014, I shall name it as “The Year for Great Things” to call forth good vibes and positivity. I realized that vagueness means more surprises, and I’m a fan of happy surprises, so there you go. Hello 2014!

I ended 2013 doing some crafts, like jazzing up colored pencils from Almi (thank you, Almi!) with colored nail polish, and making rubbercut stamps.

For the colored pencils, I used metallic and neon colors and I really like how they turned out:

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ImageI made a couple stamp (for Kate’s birthday), my first time to try making a portrait stamp. Quite challenging (I accidentally cut off Kate’s mole since it was so tiny, heh) but definitely exciting. I also made a grumpy cat stamp because I love her. I’m adding “Meet and cuddle Tardar Sauce” to my bucket list this 2014 *crosses fingers*. I used gold stamp pad ink for both:

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I’ve always wanted to try and challenge myself with a 365 project but I know that my attention span is ridiculously short, but maybe I can change that this year! I have created for myself this #Create365 project, where I make art/craft/write/sing each day, and then maybe I’ll share it in my Instagram account (@aphazia) for fun.

With all that optimism and hope simmering inside me, I made this before I slept:

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ImageI enjoyed playing with my forgotten Prang set so much that I made another one. Then I taught my younger cousin how to make papercuttings and we played with watercolors and salt and made galaxies.:

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Here’s to another year filled with potential and boundless possibilities. I already have exciting plans which involves ticking off multiple items from my bucket list. My stomach is filled with an army of hopeful butterflies and I can’t be happier!

What are you excited for this 2014? 🙂

Collab: Customized desktop wallpaper for Allie, The Four-Eyed Wonder

I was asked by my good friend Allie to create a desktop wallpaper for her lovely blog and I couldn’t be more thrilled and honored! Thank for this really great opportunity, Allie!

When thinking of what to paint, I thought of a feminist princess and her pet merbird in a fantasy garden. I hope it makes you smile, because I certainly had a great time making it.

Here’s what I came up with:

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Download it from the blog of Allie, The Four-Eyed Wonder. Hope you like it!

P.S. My friends and I have been working on a super-special project that’s really exciting! Check it out here. 🙂

Artsycraftsy shenanigans: June-July

I have come to terms with the fact that I am a scanner and someone who has an extremely short attention span. When I obsess about a certain craft or art material,
I have this mistake of hoarding, only to be distracted by the next metaphorically
shiny thing. But good things do come out of that trait–I get to find out what material/technique/craft works for me and what doesn’t (like embroidery, but maybe
I can conquer that soon!)

What I love:
Clay.
Here’s a clay necklace inspired by Yayoi Kusama. Can’t wait for the Kusama exhibit at the Ayala Museum next week!

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Colored pencils.
Drew a peony. I used my watercolor pencils for this, and planned on wetting it but changed my mind:

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Water soluble oil paint. (Hardcore oil paint might make me sick due to the
fumes, heh)
Used my palette knife in making this. I think I might be in love with that knife.
These are small canvas paintings:

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Watercolor, always and forever.
Very tricky to work with, but teaches me to love imperfections and challenges me to keep on experimenting with the material. Created some note cards. gift tags, and
a zine called “Huggable Noms”, which contains my comfort foodstuff:

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Washi tape. How can you not love washi tape?
To frame my drypoint cat done in printmaking class, I used neon washi tape.
Yes, I have no patience for measuring, haha:

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My pigma brush pen and markers.
For making my comics. That’s my ultimate dream.
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How about you? Which materials are your fave?

Graduation and experimenting with new techniques

It felt so great when I finally graduated from Master Fernando Sena’s art class a few weeks ago. 🙂 It was legit, complete with entrance of colors and a march and speeches!

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I was able to tick off another item in my bucket list, which is to exhibit my artwork:

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Met a lot of new friends and gained lots of new knowledge. I’m glad I attended this class. Thanks for the photos, lovely Jianina!

I’m planning on attending the advanced art classes but since I’m a bit busy with work lately (and low on funds heh), I’m teaching myself as of now with the help of books and trial and error.

Lately I’ve been experimenting with various techniques and art materials. I think pastel and I are friends now. Here’s a nude drawing work in progress. based on a reference photo from my beloved book of vintage lesbian pulp fiction covers. There was text near the butt area so I was a bit confused about the shadowing and contours in that area haha.
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I’m obsessed with grumpy cat! Below are drawings using Mongol Inkjoy ballpoint pens. Fun and challenging!

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Mixed media collage using magazine cutouts and watercolor. I call this “Imagined galaxies: where flowers explode in bloom and the seven suns wander freely”

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I’m learning so much from the online art course in coursera! For our first assignment related to Surrealism, I made this using pastel and magazine cutouts:

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I didn’t realize that there were so many surrealist techniques! I like cubomania:

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Quick fashion sketches using my fave pens:
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Daily drawings and my summer workshops

Hello lovely friends!

I’ve been a bit busy with work lately but I promised myself that I should draw/craft each day since I discovered that it’s what I really enjoy doing–a gift to myself, in a way.

Some watercolored flowers:

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I was reading the book Tikim by Doreen Fernandez and was delighted to read a piece about pastillas wrapper art, something I’ve always dreamt of owning, making. Armed with my leftover papel de japon and scrapbooking scissors, I made a freehand merbird cutting:

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Now to make pastillas. Hmm. I used to be obsessed with no-cook pastillas as a kid, and even drew the steps so I won’t forget. It involved condensed milk and powdered milk and dayap rind and I would often make it since it was so easy and yummy.

My printmaking workshop ended last week! My last piece was a kitty I drew in plexiglass using the drypoint technique:

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Since I love cats, it’s also what inspired me for our class exhibit piece for our graduation day in Mr. Fernando Sena’s art workshop. This is done in pastel, 1/4 illustration board:

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I practiced learning watercolor using a painting by artist Thomas Kinkade as reference, which made it even more challenging, considering that manipulating the medium is already a challenge, and we worked on plain sketchbooks (I was afraid I might tear the paper when I got it too wet):

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Learned about abstract painting too! I name this “Sayaw ng Sirena” (Mermaid’s dance), also done in pastel. I think I might be in love with oil pastel:

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