Thursday, September 1, 2016

September 2016 Printable Calendar

Spent a week in Siargao with my best friend and our boyfriends :P I painted this lilium pattern using ocean water and used sea shells as my palette! :P

My Top Phone Apps for Photo Editing

Currently living in my new Dr. Martens Lite--my fave shade of tan :)

 Looks like I watercolored on the floor, but these are actually just a bunch of effects done with some FREE photo editing apps on my phone.

All of these effects can easily be done on Photoshop on a laptop/computer, but for the times when I'm mobile, here are the apps that I use when I want to play with photo effects and overlays:

MagicEraser, Patternator, Pic Collage, and Piclay


I started with this muddy painting I created a couple of weeks ago.

Using the MagicEraser app, removed the background color, and saved the image as .PNG (transparent background)

I did the same for my shoe-selfie :P

Wasn't so OC when it came to removing the background bits, because I want to layer this on top of the edited photo later.

Opened the transparent image on the Patternator app. Played with the type of repeat pattern, and the scale. When you're happy with how it looks, save your pattern.

Using the Piclay app, blend the original shoe-selfie photo and the pattern with the overlay effect. 

Save the photo. (Don't worry about the pattern covering the shoes!)

With the Pic Collage app, layer the previously saved photo with the photo of the shoes without the background (in step 1).

Adjust to align perfectly with the photo underneath.

Lastly, edit / tune image the photo's brightness, contrast, highlights, etc on Snapseed by Google :)

It does take quite a number of steps, but editing photo overlays are possible on the phone!;)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Travel Diary: Berlin

Berlin has locked down its place in my hearrrt. 

Bear-lin. :P We stayed at Hotel Catalonia, and loved everything about the place.

So. Much. Floor. Area.
Always a treat! Haha.

Spotted these buildings growing greens on the way to the train station.

Love that there are playgrounds all around the city.

During the first couple of days there, we toured various memorials. This one was for the Murdered Jews of Europe. I found this quote in the underground museum--it explains why the memorial was built. So sound, even for our own country today.
"It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say." - Primo Levi

The East Side Gallery, Berlin's memorial for freedom.

Noelle & Kai

Plastered posters everywhere

This condensed slab serif speaks so much of what you see in the streets of Berlin: how there is only old or new-- no in betweens, no room for transition. No choice but to move on from a grim, complicated past towards simple shapes and basic colors.

Alphabet noodles, and old letterpress blocks. I love how they love their letters. :P

I used a postcard-sized book of hot-pressed watercolor paper as my journal for the trip. Documented some letters that I found around the city.

Bubble man!

Currywurst near Checkpoint Charlie.
They had veggie hotdog! The sauce is basically tomato paste and curry powder.
There's also an old school photobooth in this place! (see first photo in this post)

Luckily, we were able to catch Street Food Thursday at Markthalle 9 in Kreuzberg.

Beer! And Donuts! Homer Simpson would be so happy :P

Randomly bumped into Ateneo friends Gabi and Andrea!

Took a bus to the (old) Bauhaus. This would have been my dream school (had I lived in the 1920's :P). They combined crafts with fine arts! Artists like Kadinsky, Albers, Klee, and Bayer (designer of the geometric sans serif font) all went to school here. They've now turned the structure into a gallery.

The new Bauhaus is located on Moritzplatz, Kreuzberg. Aufbau Haus is an office building that houses small creative businesses and creative spaces. Planet Modulor is a HUGE creative department store, where I, of course, spent hours going through the aisles of art supplies.

Also went book and magazine shopping! One of my fave stores there is Voo.

I will always love a city that loves primary colors and typography. :)


Köpenicker Str. 80-82, 10179 Berlin, Germany

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin

East Side Gallery
Mühlenstraße, 10243 Berlin

Platz des 18 März / Brandenburg Gate
Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin

Checkpoint Charlie / Currywurst / Photobooth
Friedrichstraße 43-45, 10117 Berlin

Markthalle IX
Eisenbahnstraße 42-43, 10997 Berlin

Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design
Klingelhöferstraße 14, 10785 Berlin

Aufbau Haus / Planet Modulor
Prinzenstraße 85, 10969 Berlin (Moritzplatz station)

Voo Store
Oranienstraße 24, 10999 Berlin

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Floral Sketching at IArtYou

I spent the past Saturday morning with art enthusiasts at National Bookstore's I Art You FineArts event. The atrium of Shangri-la Plaza mall was packed with talented artists doing live murals and eager minds ready to absorb all they could from a whole day of learning.

Did a live demo teaching basic floral sketching using Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers.

I started out with a bit of color theory.

Then I moved on to the floral sketching part, breaking down the flower parts into different petal angles.

Also showed how the white pigment marker can add white details on top of colored parts. Enjoy na enjoy si kuya cameraman sa live art :))

Also played with layering colors and blending them together using the blender brush.

Earlier in the morning, I did a piece of live art using Liquitex liquid markers.

Thank you to (MG) Gay Somera for taking these photos during my demo!!

Also gave away some floral temporary tattoos at the event ;) Tag me on facebook/instagram if you were able to get one!

Monday, August 1, 2016

August 2016 Printable Calendar

Tuning over a new page for a brand new month! I know it's the rainy season already, so hopefully these neons can help brighten your days. I'm looking forward to an island trip towards the end of August, and this calendar should keep me sane until we get there :P 

I made the design using these blendable Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers from IFEX. :)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Scripts & Serifs: A Modern Calligraphy Workshop

YES! learning new things having more time for yourself self-improvement going offline, even just for a bit ;P

This Modern Calligraphy workshop covers freehand pointed pen techniques to help you develop your own style of Scripts and Serifs.

In this class, students will learn how to mix their own white and gold ink. We'll start with practice strokes and movement drills, and enhance our own handwriting style with calligraphic strokes.

Beginners are welcome in this class! Even if you have no previous experience with calligraphy, you'll be able to learn the basics in this 3-hour intensive course. Writing with white ink is much easier than it looks! 

Those who are looking to refine their skills will learn new techniques in creating botanical illustrations with the calligraphy pen.

The workshop features a well-curated workshop kit, which includes:
- a wooden oblique nib holder
- bleed proof white (full size)
- gold gouache
- two (2) nibs
- LifeAfterBreakfast black calligraphy pad
- ink jars
- workshop zines
- meal & refreshments

To schedule a private class, e-mail

To join a scheduled workshop, fill up the registration form below:

See you in class! ;)