Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 2015 Printable Calendar

I've been looking forward to October for the past 11 months. :P 

October marks LifeAfterBreakfast's 4th birthday! I'm kicking off the month with a special WRITE WITH WHITE Calligraphy Workshop on October 3 at the Katipunan Art Festival.

I'll actually be there at the Festival the whole day, which begins with the STAMP SWAP at 10amAt12noon, I'll be doing a Live Demo for Botanical Doodles. Do come by Ninyo Fusion Cuisine on Esteban Abada for all the craft goodies!

I'm super excited to be part of this event because I've lived in Katipunan my whole life (til I got married :P), so I'm glad that there's finally a festival like this in our hood. Congrats to Mansy for organising this awesome event! Hope to see you all on Saturday :)

Oh, and of course, here's the October 2015 Printable Calendar with a simple bougainvillea pattern. I'm practicing my botanical drawing skillz for the live demo on Saturday! :P

Monday, September 28, 2015

Swap x Type

SWAP x TYPE is a collaboration project featuring 30 type and calligraphy artists in the Philippines, all celebrating the beauty of handmade letters to inspire your every day. It's such a great honor for me to be part of this project!

We were tasked to design something that inspires us. It's no secret that I'm a morning person, so of course I wanted to highlight my favorite part of the day!:P I'm an early sleeper and an early riser--- I wake up at 5:30-6am every day, then start with some breakfast. I love breakfast so much that PJ and I even had a breakfast wedding. (He's not a morning person, so I'm grateful that he made my dream wedding come true :P). We always start each day with "Good Morning, Love", and this is what inspired me to use it for my Swap Watch design. :)

What gets you up in the morning? Whether it is your work, your favorite person, your family, your passions, or even just a good plate of breakfast, I hope this watch inspires you to have those reasons to wake up happily everyday. :)

My Good Morning watercolored typography design comes in 3 strap colors: white, navy, and teal

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Here's a preview of the works created by the other amazing type artists! 

Photo from SwapWatch

@aninarubio  |  @ascorbiceline  |  @battery_full  |  @calligrafikas  |  @carligraphy  | @daniel_lei_studio  |  @darkgravity  |  @ella_lama  |  @forevernostalgia  |  @gailgloria_  | @gelibalcruz  |  @_inklovewithpen  |  @jelvin  |  @joanniecandi  |  @junedigann  | @lifeafterbreakfastph  |  @mansyabesamis  |  @oceanchelle  |  @origamidreamer  | @paola_koala  |  @piescribbles  |  @rstacruz  |  @seabearwrites  |  @swirlsandstrokesph  | @the_md_writes  |  @thedesignhobbyist  |  @thefozzybook  |  @theleftieadvantage  |  @thepapercat  |  @typekita

a.k.a. 30 Amazing Artists to follow on Instagram! :P

If you buy a watch, you'll also get a chance to have a Swap watch designed for you by your chosen artist!

Check out the Tomato store at Glorietta 2 to view the SWAPxTYPE Exhibit!
Photo from SwapWatch

Special thanks to SwapWatch and Lennie for inviting me to be part of this project :)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday7: Sweet September

o n e
Our favourite verse is also our wifi's name at home. Haha :P Reminds us to always be grateful for what we have, for the good and the bad, for the big and the small.

t w o
Absolutely loved this interview of Mansy and me by our good friend Macy. You can read it on Mansy and I always joke that our photoshoots together look like prenups! :P Thanks, Macy, for allowing us to share our thoughts, stories, and dreams about crafting. Thank you also to Bride and Breakfast for including me in their list of awesome calligraphers! 

t h r e e
I've already taught 9 workshops this month and we're not yet done with September! It's been fun, but I CANNOT wait til October (my fave month!).  Next month, I'll be celebrating LifeAfterBreakfast's birthday! I'll be having a Stamp Swap on Oct 3 at the Katipunan Art Festival, crafting by the beach in La Union at Craft Camp on October 17-18, and I'm also planning a few by-invite-only workshops for students who have already taken the previous classes. Super excited for all the upcoming events!

f o u r
My current fave at Pipino: the banana choco peanut vegan cupcake. I made this recipe years ago, and so happy that my amazing staff at Pipino have perfected it-- I think it's even better now than before! :P Super moist and with just the right amount of sweetness. There are fresh banana chunks in the cupcake batter, topped with peanut butter choco flavored frosting using unwashed sugar that we grind ourselves. Making a mental note to add this to my Christmas gifting list!

 f i v e
New flipflops from Havaianas, yay! This wobbly, hand-drawn pattern is ♥.

 s i x
Gifted myself with a layered set from the L'Indochine x HeyJow jewelry collection. You can check out the beautiful designs in the L'Indochine stores in SM Megamall & SM Aura. You can mix and match 3 pieces in this set: choose 1 short pendant necklace, 1 stone necklace, and 1 tassel necklace.

s e v e n
Was finally able to see The Curious Artisan's pen holders, and feel them in my hand! These are from the new Balustre series, which is inspired by Philippine ancestral homes. I love this Bolo design, which I am now using for some commissioned illustrations that I'm working on. Also eyeing that Dyosa straight holder!

Hope you all have a great week ahead!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Floral Watercolor at Candy Fair 2015

I was at the Candy Fair last Saturday, September 12 at Metrotent for a Mini Botanical Watercolor workshop! It was a busy morning as the tent filled up with Candy girls and Candy cuties, but I was with my crafter friends, Anina, Mansy, Mikko, plus Reese (who I just met that day:P) so we had fun catching up while setting the booths up.

Photo from Anina

I taught a FREE mini workshop on making floral wreaths. We had very little time, so it was really just a primer class where students got to play with the materials. The participants used Dr. Ph Martins Hydrus Watercolor, and got a free Sakura Waterbrush from Craft Carrot! IFEX also gave away Canson Montval watercolor paper. I also gave away these free mini zines and postcards.

Over at the LifeAfterBreakfast booth, we sold Watercolor supplies, including brushes and paint from Craft Carrot, and paper from IFEXph.

Photo from Macy /

One of the bestsellers were these leather brush holders (that I normally give out with my workshop kits).

I gave out these free Watercolored Tattoos to the first 200 guests of the fair.

(Thanks to Mansy for modelling my temp tat :P)

Thanks to Candy Magazine for allowing us to share our crafts at the Candy Fair! :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Workshop Schedule

Scroll down to see the list of Workshops & Upcoming Schedules


Modern Calligraphy + Gold Leafing

Learn pointed pen calligraphy tailored to fit your own handwriting!

Workshop fee is P2500 inclusive of the workshop kit with:
- Wooden Straight Nib holder- Oblique Nib holder
- Three (3) flexible nibs
- A Bottle of Calligraphy Ink
- Practice Guides
- Materials for Gold Leafing
- snacks & refreshments

September 12, Saturday, 3-6pm @ I Am Kim - Estancia Mall, Pasig - [CLASS IS FULL]
September 16, Wednesday, 6-9pm @ Prism Gallery Makati - [CLASS IS FULL]
September 20, Sunday, 9am-12nn @ Pipino QC- [CLASS IS FULL]

Upcoming Dates:
October 4, Sunday, 9am-12nn @ Hillside Cafe QC


Watercolor Basics
Learn basic Watercolor techniques, with a focus on birds and small animals.

Workshop fee is P2950 and is inclusive of a workshop kit with:
- Sakura Koi Watercolor Set (24 colors)
- fine watercolor brushes
- watercolor paper
- snacks & refreshments

Upcoming Dates:
October 10, Saturday, 9am-12nn @ Pipino QC


Botanical Watercolor 

Learn basic botanical painting in this watercolor class focused on flowers and leaves. Get to know your paints and learn how to mix colors better. Create motifs and monograms to help you get started on creating designs for commercial use. The first two workshops sold out in a day, so I've opened a new class!

Workshop fee is P2850 and is inclusive of a workshop kit with:
- Winsor & Newton Watercolor set (12 colors)
- professional quality watercolor brushes
- watercolor paper
- snacks & refreshments

September 19, Saturday, 9am-12nn @ Hillside Cafe QC - [CLASS IS FULL]
September 27, Sunday, 3-6pm @ I Am Kim - Estancia Mall, Pasig - [CLASS IS FULL]

Upcoming Dates:
October 11, Sunday, 9am-12nn @ Hillside Cafe QC


Watercolor Lettering 

Play with an assortment of brushes (flat, round, mop) and practice various lettering techniques. Learn typography basics and specific watercolor techniques to help you create your own watercolored typeface!

Workshop fee is P2750 and is inclusive of a workshop kit with:
- Dr. Ph Martin's Radiant Watercolor
- fine watercolor brushes
- watercolor paper
- lettering supplies
- snacks & refreshments

Upcoming Dates:
[check back later for October schedule]


Craft Camp PH

Aimed to bring together individuals who love making things with their hands, Craft Camp PH will awaken your love for the handmade with 5 capsule craft sessions on a weekend by the beach.

I'll be teaching a Watercolor Crafts workshop!:)

October 17-18,  Saturday-Sunday @ Urbiz Garden Place, San Juan, La Union


See you in class!;)

Friday, September 4, 2015

Join the Stamp Swap!

Here's a craft challenge for you: carve 10 stamps and exchange them with other rubberstamp makers and carving addicts!:) 

For the 5th Craft Soirée, I'm hosting a STAMP SWAP! There will be lots of goodies and free carving blocks for all participants!:)

Each participant is tasked to create 10 stamps with 10 prints for the swap. At the end of the event, you'll get to take home 10 different stamps made by other awesome artists!

You can choose to create individual rubber stamps, stamp sets, rubbercut or linocut prints, and pair them with art prints, stamped postcards and stationery, stamped ceramics, or stamped fabric.

This event is in partnership with the Katipunan Art Festival.

The Stamp Swap will be held on October 3, 10am-12nn at Ninyo Fusion Cuisine

photo from Ninyo

Click here to register for the Stamp Swap!
(More details will be sent to you via e-mail after signing up)

You can read about the past craft swaps here.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Succulents & Serifs

The world is always silent once brush touches paper. Painting quiet little serifs is such a relaxing process; it's like nothing else matters more than straightening those lines one tiny brushstroke at a time. I love getting into that zone. Painting things from memory (no typeface guide was used to create this alphabet) is like talking to yourself and meditating. Working without pencils is like daring yourself to make a commitment with every movement. So many things happening to you, challenging you all at once, and yet you try to keep still and own maximum control of the process. This tiny 20/0 brush helps make that process easier; I feel like it just goes where I command it to go, and not anywhere else.

While cleaning my old room last Sunday, I unearthed my vintage Guitar watercolor palette. It's student grade, but I'm amazed at how highly pigmented it still is. The cakes are super dry, too, (they always have been), and I like it that way. I like being able to control the pigment consistency in my washes. Aaaand, I'm in love with the fact that it comes in a tin case. Why don't all watercolor sets come in tins?? Haha :P

I'm so excited for September! I'll be teaching workshops every week, and almost all are already full. There are still a few slots left for the Watercolor Lettering class that's happening this Sunday, September 6 at Hillside Cafe. Click here if you'd like to join that class.

I recently did a video shoot for Bride&Breakfast, where I demonstrated how to make rubberstamps (they'll be posting it this month!). It was awesome because I got to create real material for one of our couple friends getting married this year.

Currently making more of these succulent stamps and floral watercolored tattoos as my FREE giveaways at the Candy Fair! Hope to see you on September 12 at Metrotent (in Metrowalk Ortigas). You can buy tickets to the fair here.

Thanks to Macy for, as always, being the best hand model. :P I just noticed we have semi-matchy flat gold bangles!

At the Candy Fair, I'll be teaching a simple step-by-step for different kinds of Watercolored Succulents. The kit (for workshop use) is only P290--a real special deal for the Candy girls. ;)

To map out all the events happening this month, here's the September 2015 Calendar!:P

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The 4th Craft Soirée: Watercolor Swap

Last Summer, I organized the 4th LifeAfterBreakfast Craft Soirée: 
A Watercolor Playdate & Swap!

Craft Soirées are gatherings where artists and makers get together for a show-and-tell afternoon of crafts and art swaps. Held last April at Pipino in Teachers Village, Quezon City, the 4th Craft Soirée featured 18 female watercolor artists from Manila

Since 2012, I’ve been organising the Craft Soirées as a challenge to crafters and artists to create something new, and to get out of our crafty shells and get to know more people in the community. We’ve done craft exchanges and a stationery swap in the past. You can read about the past craft gatherings herehere, and here.

Front: IoriArleneFranValerieTippy
Back: Mansy, AbbeyMacyLorraJuneMeganCynthia and me

Check out the list of artists who joined! Pipino restaurant was exploding with talent that afternoon. :P I organized this event in just 3 weeks, and I'm so happy everyone was game to participate.

We began with the playdate part while waiting for the other artists to arrive. I announced that a Herschel Little America backpack was up for grabs for the best watercolored postcard! Ummm, no pressure, guys!! Haha :P

Aaaaand the watercolors sets are out! Thanks to Herschel for giving us these enamel mugs that were perfect for watercups. It was so fun to see all the artists in action!

For those who opted out of the painting activity, there was also a Totebag Stamping Station.

Thanks to Pierra Calasanz-Labrador for featuring the event in Fifi's Finds! Mansy Abesamis also gave a prize from DandyOna and lots of HeyKessy Washi Tape for all participants.

Alexis and Anina won Jewelry from HeyJow for the Best Totebags!


After painting playtime was the main event: The Watercolor Swap!

Each artist took turns to introduce herself and her work for the giveaway. As always, this is the part where it feels like Craft Christmas! Goodies from everyone! :P

Meet the artists, see their swapped work, and learn about their favorite watercolor brushes by flipping through this PDF below :)


Guests were treated to a sit-down merienda meal from Pipino. Thanks to our team, Chef Edward Bugia, Star Jose, and of course, my husband PJ for always supporting my crafty dreams!:)

In between bites, I had more goodies to give away. The Totebags that everyone stamped on earlier were actually for this amazing loot!:P

Stationery and Notebooks from The Lunch Break Project

Washi Tape designed by Paul & Mansy of HeyKessy

Paper Palette + Watercolor Pad + Dr. Ph Martin's Radiant Watercolor from Craft Carrot

Vegan Cookies & Black Bean Bagoong from Pipino

Dish & Brush Cleaner + The Little Warrior Sanitizer from Messy Bessy

Mug, Notebook, and Magazine from Herschel Philippines

Fine Watercolor Brushes and a mini Leather Brush holder from me :)

And then we put in our ballots (and shoe sizes) in to raffle off flipflops from Havaianas, who also gave away gift cards to all artists!
AbbeyJune, and Megan won the flopflop raffle!

Fran and Tippy won Card Sets from The Lunch Break Project for the Early & Late Bird awards :P

June won the postcard designing contest and the Little America Backpack  from Herschel!

Thanks to all these artists who joined the Watercolor Playdate & Artwork Swap!:)

Thanks to Chris Clemente & Egay for the photos!