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! ;)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Chasing Waterfalls


We walked along the river and balanced on rocks on a random Monday morning

to get to Tangadan Falls in San Gabriel, La Union

After the hour-long trek, this is what greeted us: the majestic 40-footer waterfall!

I was soooo not prepared for the hike--only wore my Havaianas! :P It was definitely a struggle especially while crossing rivers and stepping on smooth, slippery rocks, but they (& I) survived!

Video posted by PJ Lanot (@pjlanot) on 

Of course, PJ (our very own ninja warrior), did not miss the opportunity to jump off the cliffs and rocks :P

We swam in this gorgeous cyan pool just in front of the waterfalls. Water was so cold, but it was suuuper relaxing. I could have stayed there all day. THIS is exactly what we need. Regularly.

I realized then that my life is way too fast. Days are counted by ticks off my to-do lists. Multiple meetings are scheduled in an afternoon, and it results to everything being a blur. What happened? Who was I with? When did it happen? I hardly even have time to journal anymore.

There, a few quiet minutes to myself, was when I promised that I would be present in each moment, and to take in each experience.

To be present, and to be grateful.

The flowers I painted (and cut) above are Banaba flowers, from the Banaba tree. Going up the top of the waterfalls, the rocks were covered with these magenta petals!! They were so beautiful! I wasn't able to take photos, so I decided to recreate them with radiant watercolor. I nomate these flowers/trees to be our country's own version of Sakura :) Someone please plant these in a park!!!

And then back in San Juan, we hung out on the beach.

I noticed that the shore was dotted with tiny broken shells. Maybe because of the big waves? I started picking up a few, and decided to challenge myself with...

a Shellphebet! :P

Haha! Took me a couple of hours searching for the right shapes to make the letters. Took a photo and then tossed them back into the sand.

Photo by BJ Ching 

'Til the next weekday getaway ;)