Friday, September 19, 2014

Travel Diary: Back in Hong Kong

We landed in Hong Kong on Tuesday, right when storm signal no. 8 was over the island. Yup, we were on PR300 that morning, on which we experienced the scariest airplane descent. Even before we departed Manila, the Captain already warned us that landing would be turbulent, but no one expected that crazy rollercoaster ride on air! The plane began its descent, but the wind kept blowing it out of its path, rocking the plane side to side. Each drop was worse than the last, so the pilot decided to bring the plane back up to attempt another approach. Everyone was shaken, all left hanging, as to what was going to happen next. Would we try to land in Macau? Would we head back to Manila?

They announced that it would take 30 minutes or so before we could make another attempt to land. This is when I decided to bring out my little pocket sketchpad, and doodle a bit to relax myself.

After another rollercoaster-attempt to land, the plane finally touched the ground. And yes, it was THAT scary, that it made it to the local news.

Smiles of relief. Shaken, but definitely happy to be here.

PJ is actually here for work, but we flew a few days ahead for a mini vacation. First on the HK agenda was to check out our favourite spots: K-11 Design Mall and Homeless, where I got these fun wooden blocks!

Of course, no trip is complete without stopping by my fave resto, Life Cafe.

Love this restaurant on the steps in Soho!

Yesterday, we went to Corner Kitchen in Sheung Wan, and met up with Geneva of a pair and a spare. We had a love time chatting about the crafting scene over some coconut cake!

Earlier today, Geneva invited me to her studio to give her and her team a crash course on watercolour and calligraphy. I brought my personal art supplies to share :P

I always visit my favourites, but love discovering new restaurants, too! This boulangerie called Passion is just a couple of blocks away from our hotel, and they serve the most perfect blueberry danish. Thanks to Ding, Bud, and Don for taking me here. Now, I've got 24 more hours left in the city, so it's time to head out again!

Praying for better weather back home in the Philippines, and for everyone's safety as well.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

September Student

In keeping my promise to myself that I would dedicate September to learning, I joined the Inky Doodles workshop by GooglyGooeys, which was held in the HeyKessy Studio. I was a bit late for class (coming from my early morning Watercolored Tattoos workshop), so I wasn't able to take much photos of the studio. But later in the afternoon, I hung out for a bit with Mansy, Mikko and Macy at the HeyKessy Shop.

All you craft hoarders should check out their lovely store filled with craft supplies, and of course, washi tape! The HeyKessy Shop is at 71-B Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. They are open Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am-7pm.

Tippy allowed me to bring my own watercolor set, which was sort of cheating, because I'm so used to these pigments already. Looking back, I think I should have experimented with a new set of paints!

The process was familiar, but I was grateful for the chance to be a student, and just create, and learn with other students. I learned new and reaffirmed old techniques, and for a moment, forgot about everything in the world, except for my little flowers and leaves. :P

Since I'm not a fan of pencil marks, I just went ahead and painted blobs.

We let the paint dry, and then inked over the blobs using a calligraphy pen. I used the G nib for this.

Then we cut out all the images.

For my homework, since I wasn't able to finish everything in class (I kept standing up to talk to my friends, haha), I composed my little flower garden.

Double-sided tape layers made these watercolored blooms look like 3D! So fun. But tedious! Much respect for all the hard work the Googlygooeys do for each blog post they make! Thanks for letting me be a student for a day, Tippy! Like I said, my creative soul needed that. ;)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Note to Self: You Belong In This Moment

You are where you are meant to be. Give it your 100%.

More craft experiments and posts on my instagram account:

P.S. Wood tape & white ink is love!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Breakfast & Watercolored Tattoos

I'm having another Temporary Tattoo Party this Saturday!

We'll be using this special type of tattoo paper that feels like second skin. It's really amazing! :) AND super fun. Everyone is welcome to join!

These photos were taken at the previous temp tattoo parties. :)

Oh, and breakfast will be seved by π Breakfast & Pies!

Just fill up the form below to sign up.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Download: September 2014 Printable Calendar

With a hangover from last weekend's watercolor workshops, I made two floral calendars for September!

Download the September 2014 Calendars below in

I'm so excited for this month! I signed up for a bunch of workshops because I miss being a student! :P One of the reasons why I decided to teach my workshops is because of the fact that I myself am a workshop addict. Haha! I always check classifieds and event listings just to see which workshops and talks I can go to. I've signed up for livelihood workshops in the most random places, jewelry workshops in Bulacan, Singapore and Hong Kong, business and marketing classes in DTI, culinary workshops in New York, and I whenever I travel to the provinces, I try to make visits to the places where locals make their crafts and projects, just to peek into their workshops and see how they make things.

So this month is a promise to myself to take time off from work and put the focus back on learning something new. Self-studying will always be the more convenient (and cheaper) route, but nothing can ever replace human connection and the possibility of making new friends.

I'll still be pushing thru with my scheduled workshops, though! You can still sign up for the Pattern Design and Fabric Crafts Workshop this month. The other classes for September (Calligraphy and Watercolor) are already full, but I'll be posting the October schedule soon!

Embrace your pace. We will all get to our dreams, eventually.

I was sketching on my journal the other day and this is one of the things I wrote. During activity time at last weekend's workshops, I decided to render it in watercolor. (The 3/0 brush will always be one of my favorites!)

Happy Monday, everyone!:)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

From Blobs to Bulbs

Played around with my Dr. Ph Martin's hydrus watercolors. Most of my paintings start out like this, as blobs. It's only when I add the second or third layers that it starts to make sense. This was done on 300gsm Arches cold pressed paper. Inked straight away, no pencils (one deep breath and lakas ng loob lang, haha!).

Then, using Black Star calligraphy ink and the hunt 101 nib, I drew over the flowers... And then drew more flowers in between.

Once in a while, it's nice to make or draw something without a plan or purpose. :)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Craft L.A.B: Masking Fluid + Flexible Nib

One of the first things I do in the morning is play with some of my art supplies. It's not a conscious effort; there are just some ideas that need to be executed before I can proceed with my real tasks for the day. :P Sometimes they fail, sometimes they work. In an attempt to document these early morning creative experiments, I'll be posting them under this CraftL.A.B. category.

Today I decided to play with some new and old materials.

I got a new bottle of Dr. Ph. Martin's Frisket Mask Liquid, and instead of ruining a good paintbrush, I used my Brause blue pumpkin nib to apply it on paper.

Masking fluid is white liquid that is applied to mask out / cover up areas of your artwork before you apply a wet wash over the surface. You must allow the masking fluid to dry before applying your wash, and again, you have to wait for the paint wash to dry before gently rubbing off the masking fluid, (which, once dry, will feel like rubber).

I like how I was able to get a calligraphic effect with the fine strokes. The nib works perfectly because it can hold a lot of fluid, and the tip is on the broader side (for a flexible nib), so you don't have to apply so much pressure when applying the mask liquid. Once dry, the dried rubber comes easily off the nib.

I used my vintage guitar watercolor set to mix washes over the masking fluid.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Weekend Pop-up: π Breakfast and Pies in Makati!

On all weekends of September,
 π Breakfast and Pies
will be taking over Pino Jupiter
to serve breakfast from 7am to 10am!

This is in celebration of π Breakfast and Pies' first birthday!

There are two (2) seatings per morning:
1st seating: 7am 
2nd seating: 9am

You can book a table by filling up the form below:

You all know that breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, so I'll see you there!:P

Monday, August 18, 2014

Thank God It's Monday! :P

Just got back from a week in San Vicente, Palawan where Kat, PJ, Bevs, and I helped Mayor Pie Alvarez and the local municipality set up a livelihood project for unemployed women. In between the workshops, we were able to squeeze in some hours to enjoy the beach. :)

And what a gorgeous beach it was:

14 kilometers of fine sand.

We stayed at Nayarani Villas along Long Beach, San Vicente.

Alternatively, you can choose to stay in Peace and Love Resort.

PJ and I taught another tandem workshop, which he began with a motivational talk, followed by my craft workshop. There were a total of 53 nanays who joined us.

Thank God it's Monday
-- from those of us who are blessed to do what we love to do. And for the opportunity to share it with others. :)

Currently enjoying a cup of hot chocolate at Bag of Beans in Tagaytay.

Hope you all have a great week ahead! :)


San Vicente is 3 hours away (by van) from Puerto Princesa.

Contact the Mayor's office if you want to visit:
+639399242803 / +639175433368

They can arrange for your accommodations, food, tours, and transfers.