How’s your year so far? Summer is really here in Manila and I find myself enjoying hanging out inside an air conditioned mall when I have free time, finishing spreads in my art journal. It helps if you have icy cold milk tea with you while you work haha.
My planner is filled with things I’m grateful for. A sneak peek:
I love making art before I rush off to work each morning. Here’s a washi fashioj collage I made the other day:
P.s. These gilded hand-painted stickers will be on sale in a bazaar very soon! Stay tuned for the details 🙂
…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! 🙂
Some snaps from my instagram (@aphazia) feed– I’m embracing my messy brush calligraphy style and making more urban sketches. For my recent urban sketches I’ve been using my trusty fudebiyori brush pens and adding tone by using my water brush. 🙂
I’ve been using fave poems for brush calligraphy practice. The one above is from Mary Oliver.
This one’s from Elizabeth Bishop. 🙂
I’ve been studying how to paint freehand portraits too, of imaginary ladies, thanks to tips from Jean (thanks, Jean!) during our artambay:
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.
See more painted books on my instagram: @aphazia
Because I had so much fun at the last type kita event (and I’m trying to learn typography), I’m attending both days in this year’s type kita exhibit! 🙂
The first day was yesterday–I went with Jaycee and Almi and was so happy I got to watch Kay Aranzanso’s live chalk lettering and The Fozzy Book and La Bella Scrittura’s calligraphy demo–both are in my bucket list, so yay!
I don’t want to spoil the surprise, it’s best to check it out for yourself today! 🙂 Here’s my loot:
Here’s my fave pic taken by Fran with the Ang Ink/Speculiars peeps. I spilled some water on my shorts during the calligraphy workshop because I’m graceful like that haha and it looks like I peed on myself with excitement Lol:
Best. Day. Ever!
See them live today! 🙂
Tried some brush lettering since I had some leftover ink:
Then I tried it with my fave color:
Tried it using a fat brush pen:
I love Rumi, so I wrote some Rumi quotes using gold liquid acrylic paint and some watery gouache:
I made myself a white tattoo:
I also drew on craft paper–I think I found myself a new love (yet again!) 🙂
When I was a kid, my grade in penmanship was always below 80. It never reached 80, since I didn’t have the patience to do repetitive exercises. Nowadays I still don’t have the patience for it, but maybe attending a calligraphy workshop will change that.
In the meantime, I’m enjoying playing with my brush pens and making hand-drawn type: