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: bit.ly/pagtitipon


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. 🙂

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. 🙂


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.


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! 🙂


#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:


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:


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:

ImageAt my lola’s house, I made this fashion illustration:

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.:


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? 🙂

Artsycraftsy shenanigans, post-Easter edition

Met up with the crafty ladies for a craft tambay (we bought our fave tools!) and a mini-TWYK (Teach What You Know) sesh. Made some easter cards for them using the crayon-resist method and washi tape:


Also! I bought a new Speedball cutter and I’m sort of in love with it. Thanks, Aya! So much in love that I hand-carved a few stamps within a few days:ImageImage



Also tried linocutting! It was fun, but I was used to the soft erasers so it was a bit more challenging. I shall practice some more!: Here’s my first attempt, burnished using a negative canister;

Tippy taught me some watercolor techniques that I used in some watercolored paintings,

The day my hair became the sun:

For a friend’s birthday, she requested that I paint her a cake–I made her this cupcake, which is salted caramel, with strawberry orange buttercream icing and cherries:

Do you paint while traveling? I discovered that I like it, my waterbrush making it easier and super fun. I used my Prang set here and painted the Baler mountain view from memory, while we were on our way home. Also used some crayons for the crayon-resist effect:


I love sunsets and how it makes the world golden:


With the lovely crafty ladies:

Had a great time, girls! Sa uulitin!

My first commissioned washi fashion collage

I’m very excited about my first commissioned piece! The partner’s highschool friend asked me to create a washi fashion collage for her room, with an “oriental” theme and with the base color as red, since it’s her favorite color. I didn’t have red washi tape from my stash (eep) so it was serendipitous when my friend Geli was kind enough to share and swap her red washi tapes with me. Thanks Geli!

Here’s what I did:


I was also able to find some pretty feathers for my merbird. Here she is with her colorful tail and rubberstamped wings:


Liebster Award and V-day stamped cards!

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by the awesome Eliza! Thanks Eliza! The Liebster Award is given to up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.

Here are the rules:
Share 11 facts about yourself.
Answer the awarder’s 11 questions.
Ask 11 questions of your own.
Nominate 11 bloggers.

Since this is my craft blog, I’ve decided to share 11 Artsyfartsycraftsy facts about me instead.

11 Artsyfartsycraftsy facts about me:
1. I made zines as a kid. I was obsessed with mermaids and made one with a short story, a crossword puzzle, a riddle page, comics and fake mermaid bios. Cricket magazine was my source of inspiration back then.
2. I’m a hoarder of arts/crafts supplies. (not too proud of this, but I can’t help it!)
3. Since we didn’t have a gameboy or a family computer, we made a gameboy out of paper. The game was Popeye and the objective was to reach Olive Oyl, dodging the baddies and eating Spinach for strength along the way.
4. We had a gumamela shrub and I loved it so much. As a kid, I tucked it behind my ears and made bubbles with it and still fantasize about that gumamela jelly my mother said she made as a teen.
5. Influenced by Sweet Valley, I attempted to make my own YA novels using cheapo spiral notebooks. I had fun with the physical description part and drawing them on the first page but never got to finish them because of my extremely short attention span.
6. I was obsessed with no-cook fudge and pastillas as a kid. I was so obsessed and believed that it was a big deal that I drew the steps of the recipe. I saw the drawing recently, complete with overzealous ALL CAPS.
7. There was an old cookbook at home and I was searching for recipes that involved ingredients we already had and saw one recipe that seemed easy enough and didn’t need cooking. Turns out it was eggnog, which I didn’t fancy at all.
8. My mom encouraged me to craft. We’d make nature impression prints using leaves and kraft paper and use air-dry clay to create tiny pots and pans for my dolls.
9. I can never cut straight lines, even if I wanted to. I just can’t do it.
10. Because I’m not fond of sewing, I use pinking shears to prevent fabric from fraying, and to add that punky DIY effect. Or I’m making excuses because I’m too lazy to sew, heh.
11. I’m a spiritist, but I used to teach Sunday School at the Catholic church when I was in highschool (it was required by our school) and for Valentine’s day I brought some colored paper, scissors and crayons and told the kids to make V-day cards for their loved ones. I was so surprised and happy that they gave their cards to me afterwards and ended up bawling in front of the kids, haha.

Eliza’s questions, which I enjoyed answering:
1. What is your favorite color?
Pink! Right now I love this combo: Hot Pink, mint green and gold

2. If given the chance to live in a foreign country, where would you go?
I haven’t been to Japan and I think living there would be very interesting (crafty and fashionable people, lots of fat cats, my oh my). Melbourne, Australia is heavenly too. I’d love to live there and make and sell crafts and zines. Then I’d subscribe to Frankie magazine and attend craft expos. Mmm, craft expos.

3. What’s the last film you’ve seen? Did you like it?
Les Miserables. Quick story: When I was a little girl my dad would play cassette tapes of Les Miz (The London cast) during road trips and tell us the story behind each song. I grew to love it, almost to the point of memorizing each song, and often dreamt of there being a musical movie with stars I know. I didn’t like the first film (because it didn’t involve the songs) so this film is my dream, after more than ten years of dreaming about the concept itself. I am very biased and give it a rating of 5/5 stars. Also, yes, I was crying audibly all throughout the movie, haha. Opening credits pa lang namamaga na mata ko level haha.

4. What’s the last book you’ve read? Would you recommend it?
I was browsing through Jonathan Adler’s book: 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life at some bookstore and I felt so happy to be reading it at the start of the year. Very light, fun and inspiring.

5. What course did you finish in college? If given the chance to choose another course, what would it be?
Communication Arts. Wish I was brave enough to go after my dream course at that time, which was Fine Arts.

6. If someone’s going to make a film about your life, who would you choose to play your mother?
Ooh. Joan Chen maybe.

7. Favorite cake flavor? ice cream flavor?
Love this question! Haha. I like Brazo de Mercedes from Goldilocks and Costa Brava’s Caramel Cake. For my fave ice cream flavor, as of now I like salted caramel, earl grey and fruity blends. Also coffee! Not a chocolate fan, sorry.

8. What would you say is your talent? Show off with pictures if necessary. 😉
I can roll my tongue! Does that count?

9. Worst job experience?
No comment. Heh.

10. Worst vacation/trip so far?
None–I willed myself to forget those bad memories haha.

11. Best vacation/trip so far?
That backpacking trip to Europe back in college. Best ever.

Here are my questions:
1. Most inspiring place in the metro?
2. Who is your favorite local artist and why?
3. Who is your favorite foreign artist and why?
4. Dream craft skill
5. Your craft goal this year
6. Type of music you listen to while crafting
7. Favorite movie and book?
8. Favorite childhood activity related to arts/crafts?
9. Who are your craft idols? (link to their blogs too if you can!)
10. Favorite craft store locally
11. Describe your “craft area” at home, and share a photo if you like. 🙂

Tagging some of my favorite artsycraftsy Pinay bloggers. Hello, lovely ladies! I know you have more than 200 followers but I’d like to read your answers! 🙂
1. Allie
2. Geli
3. Mansy
4. Jonette
5. HeyLadySpring
6. Aizkim
7. Stars for dreams
8. Alessa
9. Bored and crafty
10. Googly Gooeys
11. The Fozzy book

Also! Have I mentioned that I love Valentine’s day? After Christmas, it’s my favorite holiday since it gives me an excuse to declare my love for everyone around me and to be as mushy and cheesy as possible. Last year I gave origami hearts to office friends, with little notes on why I think they rock. This year I plan on giving stamped cards!

I made these stamps while having dessert at my fave Korean restaurant in RCBC. I made a heart stamp and a lacy heart pattern stamp. Tested them out using bright red ink and pastels and tried a bit of that ombre effect:



I’m planning on having a Mabuhay DIY craft challenge soon, with handmade goodies to be given to a lucky participating crafter, so stay tuned!

Crayon-resist cards, Asterix collages and more stamped cards

Today was a productive craft day since I decided to save money and just stay home, just devoting an entire day to artsycraftsy activities.

My first project involved making an owl artwork for Tippy of Googly Gooeys. (Check out her site, it’s one of my favorites!) She sent me a beautiful watercolor painting with my name in calligraphy and I’m planning on making a future post involving all the beautiful handmade items I’ve received via mail. I love snailmail! I thought she might like something with owls because I remember that awesome owl mask she did at the Hey Kessy Messy Washi Party.
I drew the owl with a waterproof marker, used the crayon-resist method to draw some feathers, and painted the background using my Prang watercolor set. Then I stamped some flowers on top. I hope she likes it!


I made a pattern stamp the other day, inspired by Escher and Cubism:


Was in the mood for ice-cream, so I used these customizable ice-cream stamps I made a few weeks ago:


Then I took out my crayons and made crayon-resist cards. I was supposed to create a tutorial but got attacked by the lazies, heh. Plus I think we were taught this in grade school so I also felt a bit shy sharing what I think you might know already, haha.


Here are the other cards I made using the same technique:


I have some leftover crepe paper from making a surprise birthday gift ball for Kate, so I used it with cutouts from a German Asterix comic I got from Booksale and made a collage. I also used my Encanta sticker dots and washi tape from Hey Kessy.



Since I love Lumpy Space Princess, I made a clay pendant of LSP too!


Happy Weekend!

DIY: Pattern stamps, sea glass pendants and calligraphed washi cards

I drank a lot of tea yesterday and couldn’t sleep. Since I knew I didn’t have to wake up early the next day (yay!), I brought out my craft supplies and crafted the night away. Alessa‘s pattern stamps had me so inspired that I tried and made some of my own. Before carving though, I tried to make a rainbowy stamp pad first, using tube watercolors. Pink is my favorite color so there has to be pink there too:


The first pattern stamp I did (lower right) reminded me of Mexican bunting or Papel picado. I got so excited by the results that I made another one. This time I didn’t plan a design, I mostly wanted to test the wood carving tools Rox so generously lent me. I actually like the results, which looks like a galaxy (leftmost).Image

The other day I found my sea glass stash. I got it from our Laiya trip years ago with office friends. It was rainy and I saw that the shore was filled with sea glass, which I adore. When they saw me scanning the shoreline for these, my office friends went searching for them as well, and I ended up with more than a fistful because of their help. 🙂 For our assignment in fashion design class last year, we were tasked to design gowns for a wedding. My wedding was sea-themed, and the bridal gown was light and lacey, the color of sand,  embroidered with accents that mimic the sea: tiny coral-colored beads, and intricate wire-wrapped bits of sea glass.

I painted the sea glass with acrylic paint, and am planning on making it a pendant. Here they are inside my handmade stoneware that I made in pottery class:Image

Made some washi cards with calligraphy the other day too!


Craft snack: Oranges, my favorite fruit after Philippine mangoes. Look how Lanelle Abueva’s stoneware plate made them look all the more appealing and yummy:Image