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.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Pattern Design Crafternoon ♥

The daydreams my mind favors wandering to are ideas for new prints and patterns. I think it's the meditative repetition of making and looking at them that soothes me. 

Almost every crafter is a supplies hoarder. My personal weakness is shopping for new arts and crafts supplies that I've never tried before. I was in FullyBooked High Street a few weeks ago to plan for my workshops there this August and September, and I had a chance to browse the lower ground level where all the art supplies are. My favourite purchase is a set of Lyra watercolor pencils.

I can't believe it's only now that I'm trying out watercolor pencils! Where the heck have I been?! They're so much fun to play with! I colored my design lightly using the sides of the pencils (not the tip!), layering the colors over each other, and then I used a filbert brush to dump lots of water onto the design.

The colors spread with ease. I scanned this watercolor doodle and made a repeat pattern, and then had it printed on fabric for the 3rd Pattern Design Crafternoon. :)

Watercolored Rainbow Houndstooth on Chiffon

Last Tuesday evening, I taught a class how to make hand-drawn patterns. It's always nice to pull away from the computer screen and do something by hand. This exactly the reason why I love organizing workshops. :)

The kit included a set of Sai Brush Pens, a paintbrush for blending the brush pens (for watercolored effect!),  two pigment pens, and my hand-draw pattern design zine, all over a printed paper placemat.

Look at the amazing patterns and fabric that the students made, printed by Adamant Eve.

On the second workshop day, we did a fabric swatch swap, and sewed some crafts. I brought my sewing machine, and the students took turns sewing. Some chose to sew by hand!

Tricia's pattern on fabric, sewn into a large totebag with leather straps

Gaby made a scarf. Cat made a pouch/pencil case with zipper and leather flap.

I sewed my own chiffon fabric and made a top! This is far from perfect, but it's wearable! :P

Sign up here if you would like to be part of the mailing list for the next Pattern Design workshop

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lily's Craft Party + A Watercolor Crafternoon for Kids

Daphne's daughter Lily celebrated her 8th birthday at Pino Jupiter and we made crafts all morning with her sisters and friends. We made stamped scarves, braided leather bracelets, and shrink art jewelry!

It was fun crafting with these little girls!

Love watching kids draw. Lily is super talented, just like her ate Sophia!

This August and September, I'll be teaching Watercolor Workshops at FullyBooked BGC. I'll have another run of the Watercolored Lettering & Flowers classes, as well as a Watercolor Basics workshop for kids! Fill up the form below to register for a class.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Download: August 2014 Printable Calendar

Carved these patterned raindrops for the August 2014 Calendar. It's obvious that I'm addicted to carving rubber stamps, but my favourite part is the actual printing to create repeat patterns. :)

I also used this sleek calendar stamp that I got from Delfonics in Tokyo.

Download the August 2014 Desktop Calendar
Mac | Win


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Around Mindanao - July 2014 Snapshots


Went island hopping, and PJ and the guys surfed a break out in the open sea.

Kai paddlin' out with Daddy, top Filipino surfer Luke Landrigan, who was our tour guide for most of the trip. We also met up with our cousin Alex who is building a resort in the island. Half of the people you'll bump into the island are foreigners who have settled down there, and run small businesses in exchange for giant stoke they get from Siargao's various breaks.

We stayed at Kalinaw resort, managed by two friendly French guys. They have a brick oven that produces delicious bread and pizzas, and many people visit their restaurant for these.

This was our gorgeous villa. Roomy with a king-sized bed, two couches, a bathroom the same size as the bedroom, and a veranda out front. It's over on the pricey side compared to most accommodations in Siargao, but the comfort was definitely worth it, especially when the primary goal of a trip is to relax. Thanks to my cousin Noey for booking this place for us!

Baskets made into lamps

Such a beautiful sight as our airplane landed... so much green!

Grass so fluffy, you'll want to run around barefoot all the time

PJ and I went to town one afternoon for lunch.
We walked all around, and spotted this art house.


Spent a weekend in Davao for our Shop, Craft, Swap event. Our first stop was lunch at Balik Bukid, an airy restaurant that serves organic food. Love the concept! And I love that people there still like going to small arcades and hole-in-the-wall restaurants as opposed to malls. Thanks to April for taking us around on a food trip!

Ding, Anna, April and I enjoyed this banana torte from sagingrepablik. Yum!

Right beside Yellowhauz, April's lovely studio greeted us.

We stamped on Stationery sets all weekend!

Taught a calligraphy class one evening. This was my second workshop in Davao, and I was happy to see that more and more people are interested in learning new crafts!


General Santos City was our jump off point to South Cotabato. We stayed at Green Leaf hotel. (Props to Ate Ricci for googling this hotel and saving us, haha!) The hotel is right next to Manny Pacquiao's Wilcard boxing gym. Our taxi driver even humoured us and drove us by Pacquiao's houses!


Took a trip to Glan where we played on the beach all day. Glan is an hour and a half drive from GenSan. We negotiated with a taxi driver and booked him for an entire day. You'll just have to pay an entrance fee at the beach resorts there--inclusive of cottage use, but we ended up just staying under the coconut trees on the beach. :P

Giant gumamelas


Lake Sebu in South Cotabato was nothing short of amazing.

I have always dreamt of visiting Lake Sebu because I've heard so many wonderful things about this town. We were there to source local fabrics for my cousin Ate Ria's children's clothing line Sugarcane, and for the t'nalak festival, but was apparently a week too early. Punta Isla resort arranged our transfers and tours for us. You can choose to stay at Lake Sebu, or take a van from General Santos. (I suggest the latter.) Unless you are doing business there, you can tour the town in a day, starting with a Lake Tour, followed by visits to the weaving center and cooperative centers. The 7 Waterfalls is also a must see!

Beautiful patterns both by nature and by hand.

Took a relaxing boat ride all around the lake

Visited the t'nalak dreamweavers

National treasure Lang Dulay

little brass toys

a gong gallery

Trekked to and ziplined over the 7 waterfalls

kong mahal!

You've done it again.