Sunday, March 29, 2015

Watercolor Lettering + Gold Leafing Workshops in SF & NY

I'll be back in San Francisco and Brooklyn for more workshops this May!

Catch my workshops at Makeshift Society and learn

Watercolor Lettering + Gold Leafing

I'm looking forward to sharing my love (and addiction) to watercolored typefaces :P These are some tearsheets of my watercolored alphabets, which I use in a lot of my design projects.

We'll be using Dr. Ph Martin's Radiant Concentrated Watercolor
so you don't have to worry much about mixtures, and can focus on the painting process.

In class, we'll go over different typographic styles and learn creative lettering basics.

The workshop kit includes an assortment of brushes, liquid watercolors, a watercolor pad, and lettering supplies.

'San Francisco' is based on art deco style type Cassanet

'Brooklyn New York' is based on Akzidenz-Grotesk BQ Light Condensed

And of course, I'll be offering this class in Manila as well!:)

Hope to see all of you letter lovers!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Crafted: Lap Loom Weaving

Once upon a time, the weave on my frame loom was 3 inches tall. :P

Like many of my craft projects, this was a little experiment, so finishing it right away wasn't at the top of my priority list. Whenever I could find the time, I would weave a few rows in. I had no previous looming experience, and had no pattern to follow. Not having a plan takes longer, I've learned, because you're designing and weaving at the same time. Don't get me wrong, though! I totally fell in love with the weaving process.

I used DMC's gold metallic thread, some locally farmed multicolored cotton yarns by Nooks, and my favorite slub silk yarn from India.

Yesterday, I finally finished the piece! The finished size is around 10 x 13 inches.

Can't believe I wove a piece of fabric! :) Still basking in that high you feel after completing a complex craft project. 

I love feeling the bumpy textures created by thick and thin threads

Excited to weave more! Let's see where this new addiction goes. :P

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Female Network's Amazing Filipinas 2015

Thanks to the folks at for including me int the list of 50 Amazing Filipinas 2015! It's such an honor to be alongside other incredible human beings, all who are so inspiring!

You know, when you've worked freelance all your life, it's things like these that give you the 'pat on the back' that you need--that validation that you are doing something right with your life! :P I've been crafting since I was a kid, been teaching since I was 16 (bagets!!!), and have been organizing craft workshops for over a decade now. I'm just so glad this digital world still embraces the handmade.

Hop on over to their site to check out the other wonderful women on the list!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Workshop Schedule: April 2015

Excited for my new workshops this summer!

Click away and sign up for


Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Rise of the Maker: 13-16 March 2015 at SMX

It's time for  DESIGN WEEK PHILIPPINES again!

Really excited for this year because they've put the spotlight on crafters and makers. This year's theme is The Rise of the Maker (haha sounds like an action movie! :P), and there will be talks, exhibits, and workshops all weekend.

I'll be teaching free macrame workshops on Friday, Saturday, and Monday.

There will be lots to see at SMX this weekend: ManilaFAME, The Philippine International Furniture Show, and of course, our Craft Area at DesignWeek Philippines!

13-16 March 2015
Friday to Monday

SMX Convention Center
Mall of Asia Complex
Pasay City, Philippines

Friday, March 6, 2015

New Schedule: Gold Leaf & Calligraphy Workshop

What's on your summer to do list?

Learn something new at this month's Gold Leaf & Calligraphy workshops.

March 21, Saturday, 3-6pm at Bungalow 300 Alabang
March 22, Sunday, 9am-12nn at Hillside Cafe QC
April 25, Saturday, 9am-12nn at Hillside Cafe QC

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Another Coral Alphabet

P l a n e  r i d e s

a r e   m y   e x c u s e   t o   g e t   c l o s e r   t o   t h e   c l o u d s  .

(look at that bed of cotton!)

Lounged on the beach all weekend, which was made up of

m a n g o   s h a k e s 


s u n s e t s

I found another Coralphabet!

(Found the first alphabet in Bohol last year)

This time, I searched the sand for coral numbers :)

C a r a b a o   I s l a n d

R o m b l o n


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Washes and Wishes

I got a few new paint supplies this week, and in between work, workshops, and meetings, I test them out. Here are some sketchpad shots.

Watercolored Carnations

My current favourite detox drink at Hillside: the Colada Cooler!

Used a 10/0 round brush for this entire piece (a bit lazy to switch brushes, haha) and tried out my new Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor set. Still getting used to the sticky pans, but I'm loving the pigment!

While we were in LA over the holidays, mu husband PJ gave a goal-setting workshop for our family, and it really helped in defining the things I want to do in the next couple of years. I'm making this one of my top priorities for this year:

PJ celebrated his birthday last Wednesday! His only wish was to spend it with family, so that's exactly what we did, starting with lunch at Pino, and then followed by an impromtu jam with Papi, our nephew Isaiah, and Tito Armenio. Thanks to Tita Nene for taking our photos!

Not many people know this, but back in high school, I used to play the guitar for our school masses and extra long prayers before each class (hehe delaying tactics!). I even made the music for our graduation song then! haha *cringe*.

Oh, and I surprised PJ on his birthday by designing and printing this fold-out Zine containing his Wattafriend Instagram Posts and online jokes! Check out @PJLanot on Instagram and Facebook for more laughs!

We ended the day by going to Ash Wednesday mass, dinner with family, and drinks with friends. Happy birthday, Love! :)

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Breakfast Club: Valentine Edition

It's a wonderful thing to share my favourite meal of the day with other people who equally love it. The Breakfast Club was (unofficially) formed during Em & Euge's Batanes Wedding, followed by a breakfast couples cook-off in our little condo. The idea is we all pitch it to bring ingredients and cook our favourite breakfast food, and share it with the whole group. It's actually a fun couple activity because each husband-and-wife couple works together on their potluck meal.

We decided to make Valentine's Day this year extra cheesy by 1) holding Breakfast Club exactly on v-day, and 2) going all out! :P Aside from cooking the main dishes from scratch, we also took couple souvenir photos and made placecards!

Fresh Strawberries with Dulce de Leche. Grilled Cheese by Em & Euge.

Veggie Inasal Chunks, Potato Hash Cakes, Spinach & Kale Salad by me and PJ.

Chicken Tocino by E&E, and Beef Tapa by Jean and Eric.
Thanks for hosting it at your place!

"Guam bread" and Baked Bacon from Dar and Dokes.

And then for dessert, we had coffee by Kape Komunidad (c/o Ryan, Jean's brother) Jello in Jars, and Tsokolate Batirol.

Hope you all had a great Valentine weekend!:)