What I’ve been up to: July to August 2018

It’s the half of 2018 already, and I’ve been reminding myself of my word for 2018, which is “light”. I’ve read about the seasons of our life and how we should honor that and accept it. Maybe I’m in my post-winter season, because I do feel like I’ve been doing a lot of internal growing and stretching lately, in preparation for full blooms facing the sun in spring. I know that the “invincible summer” awaits me soon, but in the meantime, I am willing to be open to the lessons that this tail-end of winter has to impart.

I got a scholarship from a fave online class site called Sketchbook Skool! I’m so grateful and am learning a lot from their various teachers. I’m also a mentor now in the group’s FB page so that’s pretty exciting, since I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have a mentor/mentee. 🙂

Art-wise, I’ve been doing some explorations and experiments! I was lucky enough to be sent some NeoSketch Markers from @getfiled and I tried them lately by doing portraits and landscapes. I love that they’re an affordable alternative and that they are odorless and watersoluble:

I got to visit Ayala Museum again this year for the “Inspire Every Day” event with my friend Nix. I loved this exhibit using bamboo:

Gouache and I are closer now, I think? I have been doing paintings using gouache and studying lines and tone.

I have a minimalist journal! I gave up on trying to fit a maleta of art materials in my bag for work because the commute is a killer so I pared down my needs to 2 essentials: my plain notebook from Muji and a black pen from Muji as well.

I also tried the #drawthisinyourstylechallenge in instagram, and it was quite exciting, trying to mimic someone else’s work but injecting my art style into it–which I’m just trying to figure out myself as well haha. Reference images from @uxia15 and @janicesung.

Hope 2018 has been kind to you as well. 🙂

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What I’ve been up to: April to June 2018

Trying to be healthier by eating more greens, less processed food, and walking more after lunch.

So far I’ve lost 10 pounds in a week! Not really depriving myself of the occasional milk tea and cake so this is good news for me, but I’ll have my executive checkup in a few months so wish me luck–I really hope the results are favorable.

I love watching female feminist comedians on Netflix. My faves would have to be Ali Wong, Lynne Koplitz, Cristela Alonzo and Tig Notaro, but my ultimate favorite is Hanna Gadsby. I was listening to her instead of watching her because I was inside a jeep and I didn’t want to have my phone snatched and after a few minutes of laughing I started crying because of her honest revelations. I won’t spoil you but please do check her out via Netflix.

The image above was my homework output for Rebecca Green’s challenge in Sketchbook Skool. I finally ticked off an item in my bucket list and that’s enroll in a paid online class taught by a fave artist. Having fun so far!

Been making diary comics too. Am such a big fan of artists who make diary comics and I wanted a body of work that would make me feel happy and grateful for past me when I look at it in the future.

I also tried the #drawmystyle challenge! I didn’t know drawing myself as a Simpsons character would be so challenging haha.

I’m also trying out gouache again! Just getting the feel of it. Feels quite exciting, as I learn new things about it every day. I use Simbalion because am still deciding on whether we’re friends or not. We’ll see.

It has been a pretty productive past couple of months! I think I owe it to my Draw Every Day, Draw Every Way sketchbook/activity book by @augustwren.

I hope you’re also having some nice “me” time. 🙂

What I’ve been up to: March 2018

March was filled with qt with my family and with people close to my heart.

We went to Gandang Ganda Sa Sariling Gawa, a womancentric zine and art fair, and it made me so happy that there are lots of like-minded women in this corner of the world who are sharing their art. Here’s my loot:

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I also had more time to experiment with different art forms.

Like making collages:

I sometimes catch the sunset when I ride the bus home. I try to take some photos whenever I can:

Loving my old uni posca markers and enjoying experimenting with them:

What I’ve been up to: February 2018

I’ve always felt that Valentine’s day is my kind of holiday: lots of cheesiness, flowers and chocolates galore, hearts hearts hearts plastered everywhere, and all those hues of pink and red.

This year, I received so many happy surprises from my partner, who remembered my fave flowers: gerberas, statice and carnations!

She also surprised me with a pamper kit (which serendipitously is also what I gave her lol) via a scavenger hunt and numerous (!!!) love letters. How’d I get this lucky?

We also went to Baler to surf together. The Joy bus ride was terrifying, tbh, but having someone hold my hand while I clutched theirs with a death grjp throughout the nerve-wracking ride made it (a bit) bearable. ♡

Loved the chill vibe of Charlie Does!

I’ve been dreaming of owning my very own Camel midori so I finally got one!

I also went to the Big Bad Wolf Booksale and almost fainted from happiness. Here are the books I got:

I focused on arts and crafts books since I know these are the really pricey ones that I’ve been eyeing in bookstores. We went twice but I think the best finds are found in the earlier days. Less messy bookpiles and less people too!

I got inspired to paint some sakura blossoms using fountain pen ink (oxblood):

Since I missed making collages, I made some collages recently as well. My books from the #bbwolfbooksph inspired me to make these:

Plus, I’ve been filling up my journal/planner pages daily:

I hope February has been kind to you too! 😙

What I’ve been up to: January 2018

Hello, friends! How has 2018 been treating you so far? I hope you’re doing great, and I hope you’ve been showering yourself with love and kindness. I have been taking care of myself more lately, and I’ve spent less time pressuring myself about all my 2018 goals and just going with the flow. I like this style more! Here are some of the highlights of my January. It’s my birthday month which makes it really special.

This month was filled with aromatherapy–I have been making mood-enhancing oil mixes using what I’ve learned from a perfume-making seminar eons ago and from some research and through following my nose haha. I can’t stop making them, and I carry some bottles in my bag daily.

I have also been painting more and filling up more pages in my journals and planners. I use several planners and journals and I don’t think I’ll ever just stick to one. I love using pretty paper!

I also am falling in love with a lot of cats from BGC. My day isn’t complete without petting them:

Not a cat but super cute so this has to be included:

Were you able to see the #superbluebloodmoon? I was so mesmerized by how magical it was. 🙂

I discovered I could make art using the notes function of my phone and my fingers. Enjoying it a lot. What stuff have you been enjoying lately? Tell me all about it! ♥️

A Yearender (or, so long 2017!), and 2018: The Year for Light

Whew, 2017 finally came to an end, and I couldn’t be more grateful. 2017 was my year for mindfulness, and at the beginning, I thought it would be all about more ways I could be more mindful in my thoughts and actions. To be honest, I envisioned myself all enlightened due to my daily meditations and super diligent in my journaling.

 

Boy was I ever wrong.

 

I’d like to think of all the things thrown my way as tests where I was unprepared–the big breakup, work changes, moving, etc. etc. I kept trying to tread water in flashflood after flashflood and in the end I finally gave up fighting it and decided it might be better to just float.

 

And float I did.

 

If those were tests, I’d like to think of myself as the master makeupper–wherein I took makeup tests because I haven’t learned my lessons yet. Those makeup tests involved lots of yoga and meditation (haha, it was a year of mindfulness after all), a trauma yoga workshop, a sound meditation workshop involving soundbathing, retreats in faraway places, going wayyy out of my comfort zone by dating again (lol), and learning how to ask for help when I’m drowning. It felt like one of those movie montage scenes after a breakup: finding myself, lots of self-discovery, trying new activities, learning what I look for in a partner (and what dealbreakers are), and also tons of #adulting. I am grateful I survived all of it, and I am grateful that I still have that optimistic side of me that knows that this too shall pass. And that I’ll pass those makeup tests, so help me, Universe!

 

I am glad my heart wasn’t hardened by everything–I believed in finding true love again (and my rose quartz crystals certainly put me in the right state of mind), and some time later, that’s exactly what happened.

The biggest lesson I learned this 2017 was trusting myself and my intuition, and taking care of myself as well. I learned that it’s okay to be vulnerable and not know the answers all the time. I learned how to take opportunities that would help me grow as a creative, even if it was out of my comfort zone. I learned that life wanted to give me nice surprises, if I opened my hands and eyes to them. I got magical messages from the Universe via the law of attraction and synchronicity. My family and friends were there for me when I needed them the most, and I am forever grateful.

 

We ended the year with a farm and beach trip, very similar to trips that saved my heart and sanity in the middle of the year, proof of the Universe’s magic yet again.

 

To you: Thank you very, very much.

 

Highlights of 2017:

❤ Hobonichi feature!

❤ Collab with Moleskine

❤ Live demo with National bookstore and Ban.do

❤ Being asked to be a part of Creative market Dubai

❤ My own brush calligraphy has been turned into a font by mixfonts.xyz (look for “Daydream”

❤ Meeting KB ❤

❤ Journaling a LOT.

 

My word for 2018 is light. Lightness of heart, without baggage or drama, and being a beacon of light for myself and others. Lightness of body too, if I’m in the mood for it, but since I am more for living in the moment and listening to what my body wants, that might take the backseat for a bit. I’ll try to eat healthier and exercise more though, the usual start of the year resolutions, heh.

My 2018 goals include:

❤ Making time for art

❤ Consistent journaling and writing

❤ Lots of selflove and selfcare

❤ Consistent yoga and meditation

❤ Kindness to myself and others

❤ Healthier food choices

❤ Using my best stuff now

❤ Living each day as if I paid for it already

 

I hope 2018 is kinder and brighter for all of us. From my still-beating heart to yours, have a great year ahead! 🙂

 

 

 

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Learning is cool (and fun!) with SM Stationery

It’s almost June and that means it’s time for some back-to-school shopping!

Back-to-school season meant cool new school supplies and it was something that excited me a lot growing up. I have fond memories of holding my required school supplies list from school and searching for the items with my mom, which I considered our back-to-school bonding ritual every school year.

When I was a kid there weren’t that many options when it came to school supplies and stationery. What I did to make my notebooks stand out was to personalize them using photos and ads that I fancied from old magazines. 🙂

I went to the SM stationery department in SM Mall of Asia and I felt that same giddy back-to-school vibe I always got before. I am happy to report that my wish as a kid has been granted– they have so many options for students/stationery lovers like me!

Whether you want to fit in or stand out, I’m pretty sure SM Stationery has endless possibilities for your type of “cool”. Here are just some ideas:

ARTSY/DIY COOL:

I located the washi tapes/stickers area first and was so thrilled that they have decorush deco tapes! If you haven’t tried these, they look like correction tapes but they have cute designs and can be used for borders in your notebooks or to decorate plain notebook covers or even to create labels in sticker paper to label your school stuff! I first tried this when I bought one impulsively from Japan. I couldn’t understand the directions but when I tried it I was hooked. 🙂 What’s even better is that if you have the case already you can just buy refills and the refills are interchangeable. Trying my best to resist hoarding these so you can also try them out haha:

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To use or not to use? Erasers that can also serve as miniature toys:

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I’m glad there are so many correction tape design options but it’s giving me this urge to start a correction tape collection lol. Just look at how adorable they all are!

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MINIMALIST/PREPPY COOL:

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When I was still studying, we didn’t even have this option of having clearbooks or folders with cover designs! Looks amazing and classy:

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TIP: They have black notebooks with black paper inside and they are also selling a lot of metallic gel pens and white pens which you can use for a funner way of note-taking! I think the fluorescent ones would make you excited for jotting down your learnings from your different subjects. Maybe even try different-colored pens for writing down formulas or important dates, for example. 🙂

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Headphones for editing videos or earphones for the long commute or ride in the school bus. I envy those who can study with music on, I couldn’t concentrate and would find myself singing along or humming along! My way of studying was to crunch ice cubes to keep me awake while making reviewers which I’d read over and over during the commute to school the next day. 🙂

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These acrylic containers look so good and can store your highlighters and pens for your desk:

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TECHIE COOL:

They have powerbanks, usbs, sd cards and other accessories for your laptops and computers. That unicorn powerbank is on my wishlist:

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COOL AND CHIC:

You can never have too many pouches/pencilcases:

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These are post-it notes! Loving the many different nature-inspired designs:image

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BEST DEAL AWARD:

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You guys, I couldn’t believe it when I saw it too but these awesome bags are only php399 each and it already comes with school supplies! Best deal everrrr!
If that hasn’t blown your mind already, the best part is that they’re packaged depending on grade level and can also be for highschoolers! I had such a hard time deciding which to get for myself (I fell in love with the bags and you can never have enough stationery lol) because the designs and colors are all so great haha. Here are some quick snaps of what’s inside this all-in-one school pack:

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BONUS: You can also get a free watch with a minimum single receipt purchase worth Php1,500 from SM Stationery from May 1 to June 30. 🙂
TIP: You can personalize these with these cute patches (which I bought and are now in my journal covers):
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You can use these patches to customize your notebooks and pouches as well! Saw a lot of plain pouches which can be jazzed up with these babies. 🙂

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QUIRKY COOL:

I don’t know about you, but my mood is instantly brightened when my stuff has silly animals or creatures haha (especially when they’re cats and there are tons of cat-themed stuff in SM Stationery):

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There are matchy-matchy sets so if you fall in love with a print, you’re in luck! You can match your pouches and bags and pencilcases using the same print! I loved this quirky cat print and was delighted to see it in a drawstring backpack and in an insulated lunchbox:

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There were so many cute pouches and pencil cases and coin purses!

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One of my fave things about SM stationery is how the supplies per brand are organized so neatly and given ample space for pen tester fanatics like me haha. I could spend hours just testing out various pens. I kid you not.

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Have I mentioned how they have all other items needed for school projects like boards and cartolinas and styrofoam and crepe paper? Because they have all those too:

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If you’re planning on doing some back-to-school shopping at SM, don’t forget that your school supplies needs can all be found at SM Stationery as well! Save yourself a lot of time and effort and be like me and rack up those SM advantage points haha. 🙂

Here are some more picks and deals to inspire and excite you:

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How cool is that? Happy shopping! 🙂

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Digitizing my journals in Youtube

Hello! 🙂 Super excited to share with you something I’ve been working on–my journal digitizing project! I have so many journals since childhood and I’ve been meaning to archive its contents for the longest time and I’ve decided that I’d share it with you! 🙂 This is also for me, when I’m older and super forgetful, and is a way to document my progress and journey as a creative. I also plan on showing my stationery collection, art and book hauls and process vids too. Stay tuned! 🙂