Summer artsy possibilities with SM Stationery’s Art Fest 2017!

Summer is my ultimate favorite. I consider it the season of possibilities: you can opt to relax at home or take a soothing vacation somewhere, or you can maximize the sunny weather and be productive with classes and workshops. 

I want the best of both worlds, though, and since art workshops are challenging and fun but also gets you in the “flow” (i.e. a state of being in the zone/peak performance), I consider it both exciting and relaxing. πŸ™‚ If I could, I would join all the art workshops that exist, haha.

Try it for yourself with the variety of art workshops in SM Stationery’s Art Fest this weekend. Check out the photos below for more details:

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I can’t wait! See you! πŸ™‚

Happy times, thank you

It’s when you feel too busy to make art that you probably should make art, if you were me.

I resist it a bit with chores and work as an excuse but find that it’s just like a workout–once you’re there you can’t seem to stop and you feel pretty great after.

I was inspired by FRUiTS growing up and read an article on how the fashion situation in Japan is so different now due to stores like Uniqlo. Did this washi tape fashion collage using my handmade @seamountainco palette and I find that tearing washi tape is incredibly soothing.

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Quick watercolor portrait in 15 minutes–I didn’t use a pencil here so I was just modifying it as I went.

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Happy that K and I are trying new restos again.

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Joined my first #protonsworkshop and it was a collab with gogogelato and we got to eat lots of gelato and even see the process of making it–I got to churn some buko lychee sherbet which I took home after. Also met a lot of new friends, which makes my heart very happy. I hope you are having a good March too, wherever you may be.

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Teach What You Know Pampanga

I ticked off another item in my bucket list: Teach what I know in a workshop setting!

We commuted from Manila to Pampanga (some hijinks involving more than four hours of waiting in line for a bus ticket and for the actual bus to arrive ensued, but that’s another story) and arrived late because of it, oops-sorry! But we still got to make it and teach others what I know about fashion illustration.

One of my first “students” haha, Cora, a friend since college.

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Group pic! Was happy I was still able to make it and share what I love with new and old friends. Thanks to Kat and Katha magazine for this photo!

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Twyk pampanga!

My friends and I are planning an awesome artsy craftsy teach what you know/tambay/demo/mini-workshop at Pampanga! We hope you can join us there! I’ll be sharing my love for fashion illustration, and my friends will share their knowledge and love for rubbercut stamps, calligraphy and lettering, papercutting, and starting a business doing what you love! For only php250, your afternoon will be filled with arts and crafts and lots of good vibes and new friends!
Click below to register:
Yey!

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Poster by @thepapercat

Book Making Workshop at 98B

I was lucky enough to secure a slot in 98B’s Independent Book Making Workshop last June 9. I’ve always been fascinated with handmade books bound with love so I jumped at this chance to learn more techniques.

Because I was too excited, I arrived two hours earlier and explored the Escolta area for a bit. Ended up eating at the quaint Escolta Ice Cream and Snacks, where I had hearty chicken adobo and two scoops of Big Scoop mint choco chip ice cream–my fave! I had two hours to spare so I started drawing–I’m teaching myself how to draw using only a ballpoint pen. I like it more than drawing with a pencil since itΒ  forces me to accept that mistakes are part of the entire learning process:
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Before the workshop started, I browsed through some of the wares and books in 98B’s library:

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We were going to be taught by Mira Asriningtyas and Dito Yuwono from Yogyakarta Indonesia. They showed us some beautiful handmade books and I couldn’t decide on a favorite–they were all so lovely and interesting:

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This one has tea leaves inside:

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Here’s Mira telling us about Lir–which reminds me of the old Cubao X/Collective. They have several artsy activities and gatherings, with some using the lush forest as backdrop. I’d love to have the chance to visit them someday!

The 1st technique involved one piece of paper folded into eight and gutted in the middle. This is what I use in making my zines and this is also what the local magazine Juice uses. It’s economical, easy and cheaper to mail. They used both sides of the paper and printed a photo at the back which can be used as a poster:

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Then we were taught accordion-style folding and sewing with signatures:
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I experimented with all the types of binding and came up with these:Image

New friends! Hello Corrine and Aliah, thanks again for the stickers–can’t wait to use them! πŸ™‚
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Thanks for the awesome workshop, 98B, Mira and Dito! 98B has an upcoming event this Saturday called SaturdayMarketXFutureMarket. Learn more about 98B here.

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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Artsycraftsy shenanigans, April-May

Printmaking activities–my first collagraph:
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Here it is with color, Mariposa’s dream. I created a papercut and added additional elements from nature:

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With my classmates and instructors:

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Aside from the glorious sunset after class, I also enjoy chasing this elusive kitty:

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After last week’s class I was able to see my very first real sunflower! I’m not from UP so this is magical for me, heh:

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We ate at ROC and met a playful kitty who stood up on her hind legs just to play with the string on my shirt hahaha. That same kitty kept on meowing for our attention and which woke up this sleeping beauty:

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I ordered a Speedball E-Z carve rubberblock from Aya and made a mini rubbercut print of an elephant, because I love elephants:

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Aside from learning about Printmaking from the PAP, I’m also learning about basic art concepts from the great master Fernando Sena. I wish I took up art classes from him when I was younger but oh well, it’s never too late! I’m learning so much, and I’m planning to take more lessons until I finish the entire course. Maybe after that I can finally achieve my dreams of having my works exhibited hehe (hint, hint, Universe! πŸ™‚ ).

I learned about shading:
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…and drawing portraits. Here’s my dad and mom:

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I also learned figure drawing. We were given scantily-clad muscled men drawings to imitate and we were instructed to dress them up. I chose to make them women:

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Pastel never really appealed to me, until I learned how to use it properly. The trick is to really push it hard against the paper and not leave the white trace of the paper underneath. I always get amazed when it blends smoothly with previous colors, but my hands are really sore recently because of the muscle strain. I’m a bit pressured when drawing in class and I get shy when people check out my work but tell myself it’s part of the learning process.

Our assignment was to draw a local landscape scene and I chose a photo I took of Mt. Pinatubo’s crater, when we climbed it several years ago. The crater lake is originally just blue because the sun was too hot and didn’t cast shadows on the lake but the teacher repaired it and added shadows, which gives it more depth. I tell myself it’s a collab between me and the master and I get the giddies hahaha.

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Before that, we had to draw this landscape scene involving this bahay kubo:

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My classes have inspired and motivated me to keep on drawing and crafting, and I find myself with that growing desire each day, which leads me to overstuff my bag with materials I think I might use like these mint-colored pens and pencil, ready for the muse’s call. Or maybe that’s just an excuse to hoard, and look (and use when there’s time) at these pretties:

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I’ve been drawing my food more often.

Pink apple mangoes, painted using watercolor:

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Pondering Pon de ring donut ponders how YOLO:

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Pon de rings I drew with pastel before I ate them:

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I’ve stopped cutting paper temporarily because it also hurts my hand (and it’s still achy from the pastel dorkwings) but I kept on thinking of making something like this so I made it anyway. Papercut and watercolor:

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Quick watercolor sketches:

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Drawing hair fascinates and challenges me:
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Summer is workshop season

As a kid, summer equals “reading season”. My friends and cousins would be out there, having taekwondo lessons and music and art lessons while I chose to stay at home with my book-related adventures. Asked if I wanted to learn something new, I’d answer no, I’d rather stay in bed and read, and I was pretty much content with that, but deep down in my heart I knew I wanted to learn more about arts and crafts.

But–I was afraid. I was too shy and awkward and I feared failure and rejection too much that I didn’t even bother trying at all.

My fears overpowered my desire and that was a shame because if I really think about it, workshops are meant to be fun and not competitive–which is why I’m making up for lost time by joining as many workshops as my budget and time and schedule could allow. It’s challenging myself to follow through with that desire to create, to learn about various processes and techniques that are all transferable in the lovely world of arts and crafts. It’s also a neverending process of discovery, and I am learning about the techniques and materials that are suited for me and my short attention span. I also have the scanner personality, so there’s this huge urge to just try everything that interests me, even for a short amount of time.

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I learned about this workshop from various friends, who all told me how they really loved their experience. Held at the headquarters of the Philippine Association of Printmakers, near CCP, you get to learn about basic printmaking techniques. I discovered that I am much too excitable which results in overinking (oops) and mismatched prints (shaky hands!) but this teaches me to see beauty in imperfection and to temper my excitement when using the press haha.

For my first monotype print, I made a merbird! Here are the other prints I made:
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I also tried drypoint, a mermaid! I bought an old xray I had and used it to make this print:

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Also stalked some kitties. I like that the area is shady and windy and has a nice unobstructed view of the sunset:

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Creativity + Level 2 Watercolor Crafternoon by Alessa from Life After Breakfast
Been wanting to try this set for the longest time, and I was so excited when I opened the box!
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Attempted to paint some shells. Lesson to self: Find an easier angle for intricate objects heh.

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Enjoyed the group “collab”:

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Met a lot of new friends and learned about color mixing here! Here’s the group:
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Yay to artsycraftsy learning! Photo taken by new friend Mars, thanks Mars!
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P.S. I got myself some statis flowers to spiffify the house. PLaced it inside jars decorated with washi tape. They make me smile each time I see them. I also have a vase with the same flowers in my office desk, to add cheer to my workstation.

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