Sunday, October 23, 2016

Design Week - October 2016

This has got to be the best week of my year (so far) :)

I celebrated my birthday (and this blog's 5th anniv) with a Pattern & Print wall collage exhibit and LifeAfterBreakfast Blank Slate sketch pads at Design Week Philippines' Creative Marketplace!

I had a little pop-up shop where we sold the Blank Slate pads and some wrapping paper with my floral patterns. This exhibit was in partnership with International Fine Paper Exchange (IFEX), which is my go-to source for quality specialty papers. I use their papers for my calligraphy and watercolor workshops, and for all the wedding invitations that I design as well. 

My exhibit space was styled by Love and Jamie, the awesome duo of Flora and Fern PH

Love helped me during the entire planning process, and Jamie was there to do the actual styling. Even with last minute changes in the venue, we easily worked together because of their taste, and their amazing eye(s) for detail. It also is a huge advantage for them that they are photographers, so they really know how to make your spaces photogenic!

Jamie adds leafy elements to my wall collage :)

Just to prove how amazing they are, here's a before-and-after look: At the evening before the exhibit opening, we left the display table for registration/business cards like this.
Since the event was to run for 3 days, Jamie wanted to bring in fresh flowers early on the first morning of the exhibit.

When I came in the next morning, Jamie had already set it up, and it looked like this:

Jaw-droppingly amaaazing.

Sooo beautiful with all the pinks, greens, and copper details to match the LifeAfterBreakfast BLANK SLATE sketching and calligraphy pad.

The LifeAfterBreakfast x IFEX Blank Slate pads are now available at select National Bookstore, SM Stationery, and FullyBooked branches! 25sheets of 300gsm smooth black paper perfect for calligraphy, painting, and sketching. It also comes with a script and floral sketching guide! The A4 pad retails for P299 and the A5 sized pad retails for P199.

Many thanks to IFEX PH, especially to Carmela for overseeing this project, and for being with me at the exhibit with Jenny; to Kathryn for helping me plan the booth's set-up and for being there at the exhibit as well; and to Ms. Nancy for the trust and support!:)

It was my birthday on the Design Week's opening day, and I celebrated with a Floral Sketching Workshop and an intimate media launch. 

Floral Doodles by Clare and Macy.

Signetura created copper wire bracelets inspired by my floral doodles, and we gave them out as giveaways to the guests. These will make such thoughtful presents for the coming holidays. You can order your custom accessories from them at :)

Thanks to Jamie @adashofjamie for these beautiful photos of the exhibit, and of course, for the gorgeous Protea bouquet!!!

To book Flora and Fern for your special event, e-mail :)

Thanks to everyone who visited my exhibit wall at Design Week! :) Hope you can share your photos with me by tagging me on Instagram @lifeafterbreakfastph

Patty & Theo, Muffin & Toby :)

Last Saturday, we closed the Design Week Creative Marketplace weekend with an afternoon of Creative MBA talks at HallONE.

PJ Lanot (my husband!) kicked it off with his talk Maximizing Opportunities

Francis Miranda gave really important and useful tips about being in charge of your own freelancing life in his talk entitled I, CEO.

I shared how I get inspiration from my trips around the country, and hope for a creative nation to give back to the motherland in Creatives For Country.

Fozzy Castro-Dayrit speaks to an eager crowd at the break-out session with her talk, Studying to be Yourself.

Mikko Sumulong and Atty. BJ Palattao gave a tandem talk on Design Licensing: how to get your work out there, and how to protect yourself and your work.

Special thanks to my sister Aia and Hannah for handling registration!:)

Photo from Francis Miranda

Earlier in the week, I also taught a couple of Calligraphy workshops at Design Week Creative Environment: Intramuros, which was organized by the Design Center of the Philippines.

We had brush and pointed pen sessions at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) building.

And as if all of this isn't amazing enough, my birthday week was capped off by with a feature on their Creative Space! ☺.♡.❤.♥.⚘.❀.❃.♥.❤.♡.☺ OMG I'm so kilig like a teen na crush rin pala ng crush niya!!! Hahaha!:P

Grateful to everyone who attended the Creative MBA, dropped by the exhibit at DesignWeek, and joined the workshops! :)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Craft Camp Antipolo

Craft Camp Antipolo is a one-day getaway where we slow down, take time for ourselves, connect with our surroundings, and create with our hands. To nurture the creative spirit, we've sought out beautiful spots up in the boondocks of Antipolo for a day of craft exploration. Breathe in fresh air, learn about the local crafts, savour delicious meals, and create beautiful things. We'd love for you to join us at this creative retreat.

Day Camp Itinerary:
Your day begins with a hearty breakfast in a Swiss chalet paired with the first art workshop of the day. Be overwhelmed with nature and inspiration with a trip to the country's most beautiful museum. A healthy lunch spread will be served in a pottery studio cafe, where you can watch craft demos, and do some souvenir shopping. Enjoy local delicacies for afternoon snacks, and get creative in the afternoon with relaxing craft workshops.

Camp Fee:
Regular Rate - P5250
Early Bird Rate (until Oct26) - P4850

Fee is inclusive of transportation (to and from meeting point: Katipunan QC), transportation within Antipolo, three (3) workshop kits, all meals/snacks/refreshments, museum entrance, and a goodie bag of crafty treats!

Book your slot now at!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Floral Sketching Workshop

Learn how to draw better, so you can paint better! ;)

I've opened signups for a new workshop: Floral Sketching!

In class, I'll be teaching techniques on how to sketch different flowers in various angles. You'll learn about floral and botanical structures to help you compose your own floral bouquets and wreaths.

I'll break down the drawing and thinking process in class, so beginners are most welcome
--even those who are terrified of drawing! :P

All students will get to create botanical motifs that can be turned into printed artworks and patterns. You'll also be able to design your own temporary tattoos in class!

The workshop kits come with my new Blank Slate black pads, produced in partnership with IFEX. 
(These will be available soon in book stores and craft shops!)

Workshop fee: P1500 inclusive of workshop kit with:
- LifeAfterBreakfast Black Pad
- Drawing materials
- Workshop Zine
- Snacks & Refreshments

Click on the Workshop Schedule below to register:

Friday, September 30, 2016

October & November 2016 Printable Calendars

Everything leads to October. :P My favorite month is here!

Been working on several projects, and I can't wait to share them!! Earlier this year, I took a huge risk, and made a promise to myself to only take on design projects that I really wanted to do, and that would best reflect my design style. (Thanks to my husband for giving me the go-signal to do this!!) 2016 is my year of designing for myself---after 10 years as a graphic designer. (Wow, 10 years!)

Committing to yourself is so. freaking. scary. And crazy! You are your own client, and it's always, always a struggle to put tasks off for later. Doing client work was pretty mechanical for me already. I would send a project brief for the client to fill up, and then based my designs on what the client needed. Now that I'm designing for myself, I'm getting used to a whole new system, where I hole up for days just painting and drawing away. That's IF I can hole up. :P There are the restaurants, and meetings, and of course, workshops that pull me away from that. Also, learning how to say "no" to work is so hard for me to do. My mentality has always been "if I can do it, why shouldn't I help you with what you need?". I still feel guilty about being selfish with my time sometimes.

Anyway, I'm publishing two calendars this month: October and November, because I understand that we all have to plan ahead. :P I'm also hoping to release a whole year of monthly calendars before the year ends!

No one says that you need to start resolutions in the beginning of the year. Starting this month, I'm making it a point to be strict about my meeting schedules, so that I can spend more quality time with my paints. :P

So if it's part of your resolution to add more creativity into your lives, then these events and new workshops are perfect for you.  Click on the event titles to sign up for the classes.

October 8, Saturday
2-6pm @ Hillside Cafe, Quezon City

October 16, Sunday
3:30-5:30pm @ BDJ Fair, SM MOA

October 23, Sunday
3-6pm @ Breakfast & Pies, The Grove, C5 Libis

November 12-13
@ Antipolo

November 27, Sunday
2-6pm @ Pipino, Teachers Village, QC



(more info about sign-ups soon!)

October 18, Tuesday
Modern Calligraphy Workshops
@ Design Week PH, Intramuros

October 20-22
Creative Marketplace @ Design Week PH
@ HallONE, Citem, Pasay City

October 22, Saturday
Creative MBA
2-6pm @ HallONE, Citem, Pasay City

Monday, September 26, 2016

Letters & Patterns Watercolor Workshop

This month, I put together a new class: The LETTERS AND PATTERNS Watercolor Workshop!

The workshop was held at Pipino on Malingap Street, Teachers Village. We all had delicious vegan platters for merienda. :)

We used Sakura Koi watercolor sets, and all students received watercolor pads, a waterbrush, and a superfine 3/0 detail brush both from Sakura.

I've been using the Sakura Koi field sketch box since I bought a set during one of my trips to Japan. They come in a nice compact size that's perfect for travel. When it comes to watercolor palettes, I like my pigments dry, and I feel like I get to control the watercolor's consistency better with this palette. Even with tube watercolors, I leave them on pans to dry before I use them. It's one of the best brands for student watercolors in the market.

We went through basic washes, strokes, and color mixing. The workshop is perfect for beginners, and those with zero confidence with their drawing skills. We painted basic geometric shapes, and used these to form letters!

We combined shapes to create abstract motifs.

Then, we digitized the illustrations and created patterns and postcards. I absolutely love seeing students' faces when they see their works turned into patterns. We did a postcard swap in class, too!

Happy students with their artworks!:)