Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Inky Kisses for Punchdrunk Panda

People often ask me where I get inspiration from. I'm always afraid to disappoint the interviewer because I never really (have to) dig deep to give them an answer. The truth is, I'm inspired by whatever materials are in front of me. I just like playing with new tools! This 'source of inspiration' can get quite expensive, though, because I loooove going to art stores to check out new art supplies.

 This painting above was created using Dr. Ph Martin's radiant concentrated watercolor ink. I made it when I purchased an entire set of twelve earlier this year. One of the things I love about these inks are that you just squeeze a tiny bit onto a palette, and they're ready to use -- no need to mix / dilute!

It caught PunchdrunkPanda's eye, and owner & designer Gail Go asked me to turn it into a pattern for their new line of Duffle bags, which are perfect to use as an overnighter or gym bag! I was originally going to name the pattern "Sweaty Kisses" :P

Photo from @PunchdrunkPanda

Inky Kisses by Alessandra Lanot 

There are 4 designs to choose from in this collection!

Holiday Mixer & Market at Makeshift Society Brooklyn

Come and shop unique Handmade gifts at the 

Holiday Mixer & Market
at Makeshift Society in Brooklyn
Dec18, Thursday, 6-9:30pm

I'll be popping-up with a stamping station where you can DIY your own gifts-to-give,
and I'll also be selling some hand-carved stamp sets!:)

You can also get these handwoven Sugarcane dresses at my table.
Perfect for the special little girls in your life!

See you!! :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

LifeAfterBreakfast 2015 Workshop Schedule

Fusing two of my favourite techniques, we'll be mixing our own colors, playing with washes, inking over them, and experimenting with masking fluid.
January 24, Sunday, 9am - 12nn, Quezon City
January 25, Saturday, 10am - 1pm, BGC

Turn your doodles into tattoos! We're playing with gold and silver paint to make custom metallic tattoos. Each participant gets a sheet of special tattoo film to create multiple designs, and painting materials for workshop use.
February 1, Sunday, 3-5pm @ Pipino Malingap

I use hand-carved rubber stamps on EVERYTHING! Pretty images can be turned into patterns for paper or fabric, and logo stamps can be used for packaging & branding. This March, I'll be heading a series of stamp-carving sessions featuring a different project each day. Project kits are inclusive of carving blocks and various materials to stamp on, while carving tools may be purchased separately (or you may bring yours if you already have them!).
Stamped Pillowcases: March 1, Sunday, 9am-12nn @ QC
Stamped Stationery: March 7, Saturday, 9am-12nn @ BGC
Stamps & Tea Time: March 8, Sunday, 3-6pm @ QC 

For Valentine Season, I'm doing another tandem workshop with my husband PJ: A Crafts & Conversations workshop, which will be open to couples of all ages. I'll be conducting an accessories workshop using leather, where we'll be making bracelets, wallets, keychains, small purses, and belts. PJ will be giving a talk on effective communication--something that has saved us from many, many arguments! ;) Slots will be limited for this workshop.
February 8, Sunday, 10am-2pm @ Hillside Cafe, QC

Learn about watercolor washes, watercolor layering, and brush stroke techniques in this basic watercolor workshop. Participants get a Sakura Koi watercolor set, fine watercolor brushes, and watercolor paper.
January 31, Saturday, 9am-12nn @ QC
February 22, Sunday, 9am-12nn @ QC

More workshops coming! Save the dates below.
Please check back soon for sign-up details.
February 21, Saturday - Basic Photoshop for Digitizing Your Works
February 28, Saturday - Digital Pattern Design: Stationery Making Workshop
March 28-29: Craft Camp!

The 2015 Giving Journal

In case you've been living under a rock, the Coffee Bean & Tea Lea's 2015 Giving Journal is now available! This is one of my favourite yearly projects because it really pushes me to think creatively. This is my fourth year working on the journal, together with my friends from Viviamo! Darlyn Ty and Em Somera. All photos in the journal (and these photos as well) were shot by Ralph Hilario.

The Giving Journal

Every year, in the months leading up to Christmas, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® releases its coveted Giving Journal around a holiday campaign benefiting the Real Life Foundation, and every year, the company makes it a goal to create something better than the last, constantly evolving the journal to share the company’s passion for GIVING, SHARING, and COMMUNITY. 

For 2015, the theme of the Giving Journal is to provide the inspiration to create OVERFLOWS in one’s life.  The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® desires for all of us to thrive and live in abundance when it comes to developing personal fulfillment & growth, strong relationships, and a joyful spirituality.  To give to others, one must first have something to give, and the Giving Journal empowers us to become the best versions of ourselves.

The essence of OVERFLOW is captured in a poem highlighted in the Journal:

Watercolored these cups using real coffee!

My favourite spread: a bicycle made out of tea leaves!

Promo period is until January 11, 2015. 
Planners may be collected until 60 days after the promo has ended.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Watercolor+Calligraphy at Makeshift Society SF

There is something quite liberating about drawing with a calligraphy pen. Your mind wanders off to places while your hand draws out each stroke. Slight imperfections are okay. There are no rules on when to apply pressure on the strokes, and when to release. Simple doodles are taken to a whole new level :P

On December 9, I'll be teaching Watercolor Calligraphy at a workshop in Makeshift Society SF, fusing two of my favourite techniques! We'll be mixing our own colors, playing with washes, inking over them, and experimenting with masking fluid.


Makeshift Society SF
235 Gough Street San Francisco, CA 94102

Friday, November 14, 2014

For the Little Girls in Your Life: The Sugarcane Shop

Get something for the special little girls in your life from Sugarcane's brand new online shop

Inspired by travels with her globe-trotting toddler Amelia, designer and mom Ria Faust breathes life into Philippine handwoven textiles with these adorable dresses, vests, and turbans for little girls.

Visit the Sugarcane Shop
and follow them around the world through @SugarcaneSF on Instagram.

P.S. A few weeks ago, I carved these stamps for Sugarcane's packaging!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

LifeAfterBreakfast at Makeshift Society Brooklyn

Hello, New York! :)
On December 12, I'll be teaching a Hand-Carved Rubber Stamps Workshop
at Makeshift Society in Brooklyn!

I'm really excited to be partnering with them for this workshop!

Photo Credit: Makeshift Society

We'll be making gift cards, gift wrap and holiday tags!

Read more about the workshop here.


Makeshift Society Brooklyn
55 Hope Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Friday, October 31, 2014

The November Calendar + When Things Fall Into Place

Here's a fuzzy herringbone & plaid calendar to (visually) keep you cozy this November. ;)

The lettering work is a product of a recent paint-date with Tippy of Googlygooeys. We talked about crafting, teaching workshops, bits of married life, and many other things! Haha, the conversations wandered to the most random topics, while our hands worked with brushes. It was so much fun to relax, de-stress for a bit, and most of all, play with Dr. Ph Martin's Bleed Proof White. I think it is my new best friend. haha :P

My fall-phabet! :)

Have you noticed the weather's been much cooler recently? Though, we technically only have two seasons in our country, wouldn't it be fun to play along with the rest of the world and surround ourselves with all things 'fall'? I found a pumpkin patch right in Quezon City, and my mind immediately wandered to decorating the upcoming holidays' table centerpieces!

The pumpkins are around P120-140 per kilo. They're grown in Davao!

The plant nursery is called CedarHills Garden Center. It's along Mother Ignacia street in Quezon City. The main shop sells potted plants, seedlings, herbs, and everything you need for planting. Around the lot, there are stalls for decorative plants and flowers.

#57 Mother Ignacia Ave, Quezon City
(beside St. Mary's College)

We visited the store a few months ago and immediately fell in love with the place (and the super helpful staff!). When the opportunity to open a restaurant there presented itself, my cousins and I immediately grabbed it! We worked on the concept while we were traveling around Mindanao.

I'm super excited and happy to announce that this November, we will be opening a cafe and juice bar right in the Cedar Hills complex! Hope to see you at Hillside!

HILLSIDE Cafe and Juice Bar is your source of hearty and healthy meals, smoothies, super foods and juices, freshly made from all natural ingredients that are locally and organically sourced whenever possible. Feel good with food that's good for you!

Free-range Chicken Wings with Garlic Sesame

Greek Mac & Cheese with Spinach and toasted Pine Nuts

Heirloom Tomato & Herb Pasta

to stay updated on the opening date and promos!:)

When opening a new restaurant, one of my favourite parts is shopping for plates and tableware! We visited a couple of very well-known potters in the country and picked out lots of beautiful clay plates.

I met Ms, Lanelle Abueva-Fernando in Crescent Moon Cafe, her restaurant/shop in Antipolo. I just learned that she did the custom plates for a lot of big Japanese restaurant chains in the country like Yabu! Aside from plates for the resto, I got myself a suribachi bowl for crushing sesame seeds! :P

These ceramic doughnuts are too cute!!

We also visited Ugu Bigyan in Tiaong, Quezon.

Love this bright blue collection!

We just have a couple more weeks to go before opening week, and thankfully, everything seems to be on the right track. Most of my days are spent organizing and prepping the little details before we move into the space, and it's basically the reason why I only have 2 workshops this November: Calligraphy on the 8th, and Watercolor Lettering on the 9th.

It's busy as usual, but I'm really looking forward to so many things this month. :)
Wishing you a great hallo-weekend ahead!