Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The First Craft Camp

I still can't believe the weekend already happened. Craft Camp was too much fun! Mansy, Isa, Mikko and I spent the weekend in San Narciso, Zambales with 20+ participants making crafts all day, and laughing til our bellies hurt! I loved every single moment, no matter how hot or exhausting! :P All in all, we made about 15 different crafts in 2 days!
The group met up in Katipunan and upon registration, each participant was given a passport/ID which contained all the information needed for camp.
Isa, Mansy, Mikko and I prepping for the activities. That's our humble hut above.
Our hand-painted banner 
The participants were grouped into 4 tribes composed of 5 members each, and was led by 1 instructor. The first task was to make a banner which highlighted the tribe names: TaraTahiTawa, GupiTupiChaCha, CuttahCuttahWowWow and TintaPintaWea. In case you didn't notice, the tribe names are all craft-materials inspired!:P
And then we headed to the KampSite for the DIY Watercolor Palette craft.
We used pigment from dried flowers and crushed colored stones, mixed them with gum arabic and honey, and made travel palettes from sculpey in tincans (thanks to Tatin for the palette idea!)
We had a HeyKessy washi tape hanger on site for everyone to use!
And then in the afternoon, we had the Craft Challenge, where the groups were tasked to finish 8 crafts in 2 hours! The winner of the challenge was Mansy's Tribe GupiTupiChacha, and they took home a bag full of craft goodies and materials, and totes from DMC.

I brought my Gocco Printer and each group designed cards and made their own prints.
We also had a DIY Tea Station, where they filled up tea bags with dried and fresh herbs.
There was a Friendship Bracelet station by DMC using a super easy winding technique to help you make bracelets in minutes!Mikko set up a DIY wire rings station, while Isa prepared a DIY journals station.
Using wax and stamps, they made batik bandannas!
Fire in the sky at sunset

Next morning, right after breakfast, my cousin Ate Ria taught everyone how to braid hair. We started off with yarn to learn the rope and fishtail braid, and then paired up with other participants to learn the other types of braids.
Thanks to Goody for providing the campers with Ouchless elastics and hairpins!
 Waterfall, crown, and reverse french braid
Group instax!

I led everyone out to the beach and taught them how to make leather card cases. We punched, tooled, and sewed under the summer sun, and at lunch, no one wanted to get up to eat! :P
Left: burning patterns on the leather. Right: the finished piece.

In the afternoon, Rizza the Pompom Queen taught everyone how to make perfect pompoms and add them to necklaces.
We had halo-halo for merienda
and taro chips from Pipino! :) 
And when all the crafting for the weekend was done, Mikko brought out her tools and taught different nail art techniques.
And then the wild jumping happened!
Thanks to everyone who joined the first ever Craft Camp! I hope you all had fun! Thanks also to our guest teachers, Ate Ria, Rizza, and Noelle, to my assistant Bevs, and of course, Mansy, Mikko and Isa! :)
We're still super stoked about the camp, so we set a date for the next one!

Craft Camp 2
August 16-17