Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Watercolored Funghi

A few of the things I bought hoarded during our recent trip to Japan are watercolor pads and brushes. Decided to play with new materials last night.
300gsm Matt Watercolor Paper and a 10/0 liner brush. Ten. Zeroes. !!! I'm in love. Haha!
(I'm including a 10/0 liner brush at the Watercolored Flowers workshop on May 17!)

I wanted to leave a border around the paper, so I first lined the pad with washi tape from HeyKessy, one of their original designs. Love how this one's extra wide and super sticky.I started with underpainting the funghi shapes.
Then, I used the 10/0 liner brush to add all the details.

My watercolor mixtures (another thing thing that I teach at the workshops)
and the final artwork.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Out-of-the-Blog: The Spring Fling

I love how this blog pushes me to do something creative every day, and how a simple log of the things that I make and the places I visit allows me to connect with so many like-minded people. But life inside LifeAfterBreakfast.com was never enough for me. Out-of-the-Blog is where I like to live! :P This is precisely why I organize the Craft Soirees, the Crafternoons, Craft Camps, and Field Trips. To get us away from the computers, even for just a bit. To re-acquaint ourselves with doing things by hand, writing things by hand, sharing laughs and looking at people in the eyes (as opposed to profile photos on a screen :P).

Earlier this month, Patty, Kelly and I hosted the first event of our Out-of-the-Blog series, called The Spring Fling. The idea was to have our blogs come to life to celebrate simple joys, explore our creativity, and promote positivity.
Hooray for happy projects! Kelly, Patty and I met up a couple of times to plan, and then later communicated through e-mail and sms to organize this ambitious event!
Welcome to the Spring Fling!
The event was held at Early Bird Breakfast Club in the new Century City Mall in Makati. It was the perfect setting for our spring theme!
Our guests didn't know what was in store for them that afternoon, and we're so lucky that they still trusted us and came to the party even with the vague invitation! Haha! :P
Early birds at Early Bird :P

 So here we are doing the introductions to explain why we organised this event, and what we had planned for the afternoon.
The event was divided into four major parts, starting with Patty's segment: FOOD!
Ellen of Early Bird Breakfast Club introduced the delicious dishes we devoured that afternoon, all of which are Patty's favourites!
French Toast Fondue
Bacon Jam and French Toast Paté
Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomato Soup
 Poached Salmon Aioli and Yin & Yang Champorado
 Nutella Banana French Toasties and Feeling Fruity
Thanks to the Early Bird Breakfast Club for the delicious breakfast food (yay!) and for allowing us to invade their space for the afternoon! They also gave away these really cute patterned notebooks.

And to celebrate Patty's love for travel, Lagu gave away their beach-friendly beach blankets!
Next up was Kelly's FASHION and BEAUTY picks. First, she presented her picks from the current collection of the fashion brand that we all grew up with: Guess!
Kelly's Spring Fling outfit is also from Guess.

Next, Kelly introduced everyone to her current favourite make-up find, Happy Skin Cosmetics.
Rissa Mananquil-Trillo talked about how they meticulously created and tested all the products of their wonderful local makeup brand Happy Skin.Can you guess why everyone was smiling??
Well, it's because everyone got to take home a make-up set from Happy Skin!
For the third part of the afternoon, we headed to the restaurant's outdoor seating area for my Brush Calligraphy Crafternoon! :)
Each guest got a set of Sharpie Fine Markers, Mongol #2 Pencil, a Sakura brush pen, an Enlivo steno notebook, and a set of handouts.
I was so happy to find everyone excited for the workshop!:)
Three best works were awarded with the rainbow roll of Sharpie markers!
We also had a Canon Pixma photo printing booth at the party!
While all of us were busy crafting outside, our super amazing friend and event coordinator 
Marge Montemayor (extreme left of the photo) and her team set the tables ready
for some afternoon tea and surprises!Thank you so much, Marge!!:)
Afternoon Tea (more food!) from Early Bird Breakfast Club

And as if the day wasn't awesome enough,
we capped it off with more giveaways for all the guests!
The fourth part of the afternoon was a BOOM-BOOM-BOOM mala-Oprah way of giving giveaways! Check out the TEN more items that all the guests got to take home:
Canvas totes with leather straps from Joan & Klaire.
Mini jars of Puttanesca & Kale Malunggay Pesto Sauce
Taro Chips
Oatmeal Choco Cookies
from Pipino.
Floral Capas from La Tercera.
Sandals from Lulu Swing.
Sunnies from Icon Eyewear.
VIP Access Pass with 2 MONTHS UNLIMITED Pilates from One Life Studio.
Hair clip-in from Goody.
Purse from L'indochine.
BB Cream from Pond's.
Keratin Smooth Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair Spray from Tresemmé.
Cupcakes from My Little Buttercup.

After the giveaways, we raffled off some major prizes!Gift packs from Guess.
Canon Pixma P200 all-in-one printer.
Cafe Cagliari Coffee Machine.
Special thanks to Chris Clemente for our event photos!

It was such an exhilarating feeling to share all of this with our friends all in one afternoon, that we're thinking of doing this as a seasonal event! Check out Patty's and Kelly's blogs to read about their #SpringFlingPH posts!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Watercolor Weekend Getaway in Tagaytay

Let's escape from this sticky summer heat!

Join me for a couple of workshops at Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay on May 17 & 18,
where I'll be teaching Watercolored Flowers and Watercolored Lettering,
two of my favourite, favourite things! :)

Flowers for the workshops will be provided by Vatel Manila.
Workshop fees are inclusive of all materials, afternoon snacks and refreshments.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

These are some of the striped and floral eggs that I watercolored over the weekend.
They make me doubly excited for our hunt this afternoon!
Wishing you all a Happy Easter! :)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Travel Diary: Time-Out in Tokyo

PJ and I arrived in Tokyo on a chilly night, and our first order of business was to heat up our tummies with some ramen. It was late, but good thing there was a corner eatery right outside our hotel in Akihabara. We chose from the food photos, fed the machine with money, got our meal tickets, and gave it to the lone cook inside the restaurant. In warp speed (like, 30 seconds -- no exaggeration), our dishes were in front of us! This first meal was one of the best we had during our trip.
The next day, we met up with my cousins Ralph, Noelle and her son Kai, and Ate Ria and little Amelia. They had all been in Japan for a few weeks before we arrived. We walked around Yoyogi Park (which is huge!) and propped down on the grass to take a break before heading to lunch.
All photos during this trip was taken using this Canon G15! The camera strap is the one I designed for Punchdrunk Panda.
Collected fallen flowers and pressed them!
From Yoyogi Park, we walked to Takeshita Street.How cool is Kai?? And Amelia loves Tito PJ!
 We chanced upon Design Festa Gallery, a multi-storey apartment that houses exhibitions, installations, and art space for young artists and students.

We had lunch in Sakura Tei Harajuku, a super cool restaurant with super yum food!
DIY okonomiyaki!This was so delicious!!

We took the metro to Azubujuban, and walked around some more in the afternoon.Blue and White had lots of pretty Japanese souvenirs and textiles. There's also a crafting station at the back of the store!

We chanced upon this vegetarian cafe called Eat More Greens, where we had afternoon tea + vegan green tea donuts and pastries. This was actually on my to-try list! 
Next day, we all met up in Daikanyama. Kicked off the day with some black sesame bread and pan au chocolat! I love the wooden furniture at Lotus Baguette.
And then we hit the shops, starting with Saturdays NYC.Wish we could all hang out in their outdoor seating area!
And then we spent a few hours in T-Site, the Tsutaya Books complex.
Comfy shoes for walking over 12 hours a day: PJ's high top leather Nikes, and my 7-holed sneaker-type Dr. Marten's Leytons!
There's a really cool lounge on the second floor of Tsutaya. Too bad they don't allow kids to sit/eat there!
So we headed a few blocks down to Bombay Bazar for some curry.A bowl each for Papa bear, Momma bear, and Baby bear. Haha :P

Right next door is this shop with no name; just a yin-yang heart for a logo.
Will definitely go back here to shop next time! It was just our second day, so I was holding out. Chambray is my weakness! PJ, you really should have gotten those boots on the far left!!!
Around the corner, there was a little cafe with a looooong line. Just like many other things in Japan, this was so random: giant stuffed toys sitting outdoors, waiting to be petted or hugged. Haha!

Next day, we moved to a hotel right by the Shibuya station.
We had a view of the famous Shibuya crossing!
One reason I was so excited to go back to Japan was because of all the craft stores!
Here are a few of my favourites:
Wrapple on the 4th floor of Parco
- Tokyu Hands
- Loft
We also spent a night walking from Harajuku to Omotesando, and then back to Shibuya.All their stores have amazing interiors and they all have mastered the art of visual merchandising.
We also visited the Mori Art Museum in Roponggi.Love this interactive wall!

Andy Warhol's 15 Minutes Eternal was on exhibit. I saw this exhibit a few years ago in Seattle, but this is the first time I've seen the pop-up Andy Warhol Cafe! We couldn't resist, and just had to order something, haha. PJ had the burger, and I had the banana cake.I want that floral ottoman for our house!
In the afternoon, we headed to Koenji. It's a small, non-commercial area speckled with independent craft stores. I met up with Ros of Polkaros in this cute little cafe called Hattifnatt. We talked about crafting in Japan and in Manila, and exchanged some gifts after!
In the evening, we walked around Nakameguro.I ordered a vegetarian meal at Potager, and accompanied PJ to a random sushi house, where he claims he had the best Salmon Sashimi ever.
I have a thing for ginger, and can never resist a ginger drink when it's on the menu :P

On our last full day, we went to the Tsukiji Market for brunch.Chirashi for PJ and Tamago for me. There was this whole strip solely occupied by tamago chefs!
After that, we took a train to Shinjuku-gyoen, where I died and went to craft heaven in Sekaido. It was a bit of a challenge trying to figure out the items on display because the tags are all Japanese, but the staff were really helpful. I was able to get more watercolor paper, brushes, and paint!
We visited the nearby park to check out the sakura trees, but they we just beginning to bloom during that time.
Went back to the hotel and found some blossoms in the lobby. I took some and tried to press them! :PAdding them to my journals!

Seems like we all know someone who visited Japan recently, right? But what's awesome about the city is that each one is bound to find a unique reason to love the place. I personally can't get enough of the craft shops. :P And if only we had more time, I would have loved to meet up with more crafters there, or have a picnic in the park. In the meantime, I'll be daydreaming about (and saving up for) our next trip there! :)