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.

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

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lily's Craft Party + A Watercolor Crafternoon for Kids

Daphne's daughter Lily celebrated her 8th birthday at Pino 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!

Happy birthday, Lily!:)

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
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