Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Succulents & Serifs

The world is always silent once brush touches paper. Painting quiet little serifs is such a relaxing process; it's like nothing else matters more than straightening those lines one tiny brushstroke at a time. I love getting into that zone. Painting things from memory (no typeface guide was used to create this alphabet) is like talking to yourself and meditating. Working without pencils is like daring yourself to make a commitment with every movement. So many things happening to you, challenging you all at once, and yet you try to keep still and own maximum control of the process. This tiny 20/0 brush helps make that process easier; I feel like it just goes where I command it to go, and not anywhere else.

While cleaning my old room last Sunday, I unearthed my vintage Guitar watercolor palette. It's student grade, but I'm amazed at how highly pigmented it still is. The cakes are super dry, too, (they always have been), and I like it that way. I like being able to control the pigment consistency in my washes. Aaaand, I'm in love with the fact that it comes in a tin case. Why don't all watercolor sets come in tins?? Haha :P

I'm so excited for September! I'll be teaching workshops every week, and almost all are already full. There are still a few slots left for the Watercolor Lettering class that's happening this Sunday, September 6 at Hillside Cafe. Click here if you'd like to join that class.

I recently did a video shoot for Bride&Breakfast, where I demonstrated how to make rubberstamps (they'll be posting it this month!). It was awesome because I got to create real material for one of our couple friends getting married this year.

Currently making more of these succulent stamps and floral watercolored tattoos as my FREE giveaways at the Candy Fair! Hope to see you on September 12 at Metrotent (in Metrowalk Ortigas). You can buy tickets to the fair here.

Thanks to Macy for, as always, being the best hand model. :P I just noticed we have semi-matchy flat gold bangles!

At the Candy Fair, I'll be teaching a simple step-by-step for different kinds of Watercolored Succulents. The kit (for workshop use) is only P290--a real special deal for the Candy girls. ;)

To map out all the events happening this month, here's the September 2015 Calendar!:P

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The 4th Craft Soirée: Watercolor Swap

Last Summer, I organized the 4th LifeAfterBreakfast Craft Soirée: 
A Watercolor Playdate & Swap!

Craft Soirées are gatherings where artists and makers get together for a show-and-tell afternoon of crafts and art swaps. Held last April at Pipino in Teachers Village, Quezon City, the 4th Craft Soirée featured 18 female watercolor artists from Manila

Since 2012, I’ve been organising the Craft Soirées as a challenge to crafters and artists to create something new, and to get out of our crafty shells and get to know more people in the community. We’ve done craft exchanges and a stationery swap in the past. You can read about the past craft gatherings herehere, and here.

Front: IoriArleneFranValerieTippy
Back: Mansy, AbbeyMacyLorraJuneMeganCynthia and me

Check out the list of artists who joined! Pipino restaurant was exploding with talent that afternoon. :P I organized this event in just 3 weeks, and I'm so happy everyone was game to participate.

We began with the playdate part while waiting for the other artists to arrive. I announced that a Herschel Little America backpack was up for grabs for the best watercolored postcard! Ummm, no pressure, guys!! Haha :P

Aaaaand the watercolors sets are out! Thanks to Herschel for giving us these enamel mugs that were perfect for watercups. It was so fun to see all the artists in action!

For those who opted out of the painting activity, there was also a Totebag Stamping Station.

Thanks to Pierra Calasanz-Labrador for featuring the event in Fifi's Finds! Mansy Abesamis also gave a prize from DandyOna and lots of HeyKessy Washi Tape for all participants.

Alexis and Anina won Jewelry from HeyJow for the Best Totebags!


After painting playtime was the main event: The Watercolor Swap!

Each artist took turns to introduce herself and her work for the giveaway. As always, this is the part where it feels like Craft Christmas! Goodies from everyone! :P

Meet the artists, see their swapped work, and learn about their favorite watercolor brushes by flipping through this PDF below :)


Guests were treated to a sit-down merienda meal from Pipino. Thanks to our team, Chef Edward Bugia, Star Jose, and of course, my husband PJ for always supporting my crafty dreams!:)

In between bites, I had more goodies to give away. The Totebags that everyone stamped on earlier were actually for this amazing loot!:P

Stationery and Notebooks from The Lunch Break Project

Washi Tape designed by Paul & Mansy of HeyKessy

Paper Palette + Watercolor Pad + Dr. Ph Martin's Radiant Watercolor from Craft Carrot

Vegan Cookies & Black Bean Bagoong from Pipino

Dish & Brush Cleaner + The Little Warrior Sanitizer from Messy Bessy

Mug, Notebook, and Magazine from Herschel Philippines

Fine Watercolor Brushes and a mini Leather Brush holder from me :)

And then we put in our ballots (and shoe sizes) in to raffle off flipflops from Havaianas, who also gave away gift cards to all artists!
AbbeyJune, and Megan won the flopflop raffle!

Fran and Tippy won Card Sets from The Lunch Break Project for the Early & Late Bird awards :P

June won the postcard designing contest and the Little America Backpack  from Herschel!

Thanks to all these artists who joined the Watercolor Playdate & Artwork Swap!:)

Thanks to Chris Clemente & Egay for the photos!


I'd like to invite you to join the next Craft Soirée!

Create your own stamps, stamp sets, linocut prints, stamped ceramics, patterned totebags, or stamped greeting cards and postcards, and exchange them with other rubberstamp carving addicts! ;P The thing I love about rubberstamps is that the possibilities are endless, especially when you use multi-surface pigmented stamp ink!

This even is in partnership with the Katipunan Art Festival!

It'll be held on October 3 at Ninyo Fusion Cuisine
photo from Ninyo

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waterproofed & Worry-Free

I live in brogues and oxfords. 'Uniform dressing' allows me to allot all creative thinking time to my work. All clothes, shoes, and bags are on regular rotation, which means I really do invest in the pieces that I buy. I used to buy a pair of brogues at least once a year because I wear each pair out so bad. Not just because of rainwater, but also because of ink and paint splatters!!! AAhhhhh. Parting with a favorite pair is always a painful process. :P

When I learned about Collonil Waterproofing spray, I ordered one right away! Collonil is a German brand that's been around since the early 1900's, and they specialize in products for leather and textile care. I kinda went waterproofing-crazy; brought out all my favorite shoes and sprayed on all of them! I swear, it's like magic. I don't have to worry about spilling paint or ink on my leather loves!

It's a no-brainer thing to apply: you just lay your shoes on some newspaper (to protect your flooring!), then spray a coating or two all over the shoes, and let it dry for a few minutes. It worked perfectly, even for these suede brogues! Afterwards, all liquids-- water, ink, paint, drinks, or food that falls on your shoes will just slide off.

For my super favorite brown shoes, I used their leather cleaning foam to remove the ink splatters. Worn in, but (finally) stain-free!

And my white gumsole Vans can now see cloudy & rainy days. It's such a relief to not have to worry about getting them wet and dirty! You just need to re-spray the waterproofer after about 8 wears. A bottle of this Waterproof Spray is P1,095. I went all-out and sprayed on the covers of my Moleskine notebooks as well! :)


Online store: Collonil.ph
Check Facebook.com/CollonilPH to see videos of waterproofing tests! :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Workshop Schedule


Modern Calligraphy + Gold Leafing

Learn pointed pen calligraphy tailored to fit your own handwriting!

Workshop fee is P2500 inclusive of the workshop kit with:
- Wooden Straight Nib holder- Oblique Nib holder
- Three (3) flexible nibs
- A Bottle of Calligraphy Ink
- Practice Guides
- Materials for Gold Leafing
- snacks & refreshments

Upcoming Dates:
September 12, Saturday, 3-6pm @ I Am Kim - Estancia Mall, Pasig
September 16, Wednesday, 6-9pm @ Prism Gallery Makati
September 20, Sunday, 9am-12nn @ Pipino QC

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Watercolor Basics
Learn basic Watercolor techniques, with a focus on birds and small animals.

Workshop fee is P2950 and is inclusive of a workshop kit with:
- Sakura Koi Watercolor Set (24 colors)
- fine watercolor brushes
- watercolor paper
- snacks & refreshments

Upcoming Dates:
September 5, Saturday, 9am-12nn @ Hillside Cafe QC

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Botanical Watercolor 

Learn basic botanical painting in this watercolor class focused on flowers and leaves. Get to know your paints and learn how to mix colors better. Create motifs and monograms to help you get started on creating designs for commercial use. The first two workshops sold out in a day, so I've opened a new class!

Workshop fee is P2850 and is inclusive of a workshop kit with:
- Winsor & Newton Watercolor set (12 colors)
- professional quality watercolor brushes
- watercolor paper
- snacks & refreshments

Upcoming Dates: 
September 19, Saturday, 9am-12nn @ Hillside Cafe QC
September 27, Sunday, 3-6pm @ I Am Kim - Estancia Mall, Pasig

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Watercolor Lettering 

Play with an assortment of brushes (flat, round, mop) and practice various lettering techniques. Learn typography basics and specific watercolor techniques to help you create your own watercolored typeface!

Workshop fee is P2750 and is inclusive of a workshop kit with:
- Dr. Ph Martin's Radiant Watercolor
- fine watercolor brushes
- watercolor paper
- lettering supplies
- snacks & refreshments

Upcoming Dates:
September 6, Sunday, 9am-12nn @ Hillside Cafe QC

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See you in class!;)


After two years, Mansy, Mikko, MacyNica, and I have finally decided to organize another Craft Camp! The five of us will be your camp facilitators and workshop instructors during this chill crafty weekend out of town.

We found the perfect spot: a beautiful beach house in La Union.

Aimed to bring together individuals who love making things with their hands, Craft Camp PH will awaken your love for handmade with capsule sessions on a weekend by the beach.

Our new logo which I drew in pencil first, then later on inked, and digitized!

 Mark your calendars for October 17-18. Sign up for the mailing list, and be the first to know about signups and registration: www.craftcamp.ph