Saturday, January 31, 2015


Mid-week beach break   |   Breakfast with best friends  |   Jayson (our go-to mac specialist) who literally resuscitated my laptop   |   Conversations in the car with (PJ, Star, Del and Clems) to keep you awake, i.e. Sinong artista ang gaganap sa'yo kung sa MMK ang buhay mo?   |   Nice cab drivers who don't complain about taking you from Makati to QC at rush hour   |   Exchanging cars with dad when ours is broken and Mom lending me her driver   |   Tita Ditas and Papi taking home stuff we left behind   |   PJ re-delivering the sketchpads I forgot for the workshop   |   Leftovers for breakfast

Grateful for my lifesavers this week! :)

Grumbacher watercolors on 425gsm cold-pressed paper, using 3/0 and 18/0 brushes.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Leafing & Weaving with Gold

Instead of new shoes (like my husband :P), my suitcase full of new art supplies from our trip. Every morning, I pick out something new to try. (Having something to do at 2am was really helpful while fighting jetlag!) I'm inspired by materials. I love experimenting with new things, and love how trying something new can be both scary and exciting at the same time. 

Below is a sneak peak into the first of my many adventures with gold leafing & weaving!

I'll be sharing this gold-leafing technique at the next lettering workshops. I'm in love with all things gold right now, so I'm thinking of doing the workshop with an all-gold theme. New workshops, new materials, and new kits! THAT's what 2015 is all about! :P

Oh, and I. Can't. Stop. Weaving! Starting something and laying out the foundation is always the toughest part. But once the system is set, it's easier to plan your next move. I like the idea of being creative within boundaries. It's a lot like my philosophy in design and creative problem solving -- having the right questions to create the boundaries, in order to get the right answers. That's the reason why I don't believe in having to wait for inspiration to strike before you can create anything. If you can narrow it down and simplify the task, you'll find that the answers or the "inspiration" is right in front of you.

Was finally able to use this multicoloured slub silk thread from my trip to India last year. Mixing it with hemp, wool, and metallic threads that I collected over the years. Excited to see how this weave will turn out!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Stone Clay & Basket Weaving

Every morning for the past couple of weeks, I've been experimenting with new materials. This week, I played with some self-hardening stone clay. I used this type of clay before when I taught kids through my summer art school Art Adventures. It's perfect even for kids who have sensitive skin and sand/clay allergies (but still best to do an allergy test!).

I made some mini planters, and punched holes in them to string later on.

I painted them by spraying different shades of walnut ink (terra cotta, walnut, and eucalyptus).

And then using raffia, I tried to do a simple basket weave...
...which was not so simple because I was working with 26x2 strands!

After a few rows, it looked pretty decent.

The basket isn't done yet, because I'm still thinking of how to finish the top off. I think little projects like this are perfect for exercising creativity, just like this "rainbowl" I made using DMC threads.

I'll be sharing this basket weaving project at the Handcrafted Arts & Crafts Fair on January 31, 3-6pm! To register for this class, e-mail your name and contact number to with the subject: Rainbowl Weaving. :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Travel Diary: FanMode, ON!

5 flights, 3 road trips, 9 cities. Our US itinerary was packed, so we decided to plan it one city at a time. In between holiday get-togethers and touristy trips, we made sure to check out some concerts and NBA games. Here's a little scrapbook of the celebs we saw!


Our first stop was LA, and with my Tita Ditas' house being so close to Universal Studios, I took a chance and signed up for free tickets to The Voice. The day before we left Manila, I got the confirmation e-mail, and found out that they gave us priority tickets! We got upgraded to the mosh! :)

It was a quick show being elimination day, but lucky us, because Taylor Swift was the special guest, and she sang Blank Space! On the bottom left of the photo above, the 4th light beam is shining over my fuzzy head-- oh em gee. Adam. Pharell. Gwen. (And sige na nga, Blake & Carson). Gaaaaahhhh.


We had two nights in Seattle, but we made sure to visit the EMP Museum. Local heroes (and arguably the biggest musical hero in PJ's life) NIRVANA had an exhibit there. It was just an exhibit, I know, but Kurt Cobain's guitars and the cardigans that he lived in were all there!

We ♥ Museums!

So far, we've visited LACMA, SAM, MoMA, and Norton Simon Museum. 

Geeking out over Magritte, Miro, and Van Gogh. :P


And of course we had to watch some NBA games!

Rockets vs. Warriors & Mavs vs. Knicks


I also visited a few craft fairs, and got the chance to buy artwork from awesome illustrator Jill Bliss, and felted toys from Moxie at the Urban Craft Uprising fair in Seattle! Also met weaver Maryanne Moodie in New York.


In New York, PJ got to see his fave Ewan McGregor live. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cynthia Nixon, and Josh Hamilton co-starred with him in The Real Thing.


On New Year's Eve, we met up with my cousins Ria & Marc and our friend Mel in Vegas, to party with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at 1-OAK!


And then on the first day of 2015, we watch Justin Timberlake's concert (the 2nd to the last show of his 20/20 Experience tour). Been staying *NSYNC for many years now (haha!) but this is the first time I've seen his solo concert live!


While I was randomly looking for gigs to watch here in LA the other day, I saw the listing for the People's Choice Awards. We just decided to go at the last minute! 

Got to see Ellen DeGeneres, Betty White, Two Broke Girls Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, Entourage cast Jerry FerraraKevin Connolly, and Adrien Grenier, the whole Greys Anatomy (current season) cast, the whole Big Bang Theory cast, Ben AffleckIggy AzaleaAmy AdamsChris EvansAmy AdamsViola Davis, and Robert Downey Jr! Craaazy!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Travel Diary: That Grilled Cheese Sandwich from The Movie 'Chef'

In between museum trips and touristy spots, I try to squeeze in a bit (okay, a LOT) of craft shopping. On our first week in LA, we visited the trendy Line Hotel along Wilshire Blvd (Koreatown) to check out Poketo.

This was part of my "as-seen-on-Instagram" list. Haha, yessss, I actually made a list of craft and stationery brands to stalk during this vacation.

I actually just window-shopped at the store. :P

After that, we headed up to the pool level for dinner at The Commissary.
The sight was a feast for my green-loving eyes.

The restaurant, which has a view of the city's nearby skyscrapers, is housed in an actual greenhouse with hanging and potted plants everywhere.

The Commissary is by Roy Choi of Kogi food truck fame. And in case you didn't know, he was the consultant for the movie Chef. (If you watched the movie's credits, you'll see Chef Roy Choi teaching Jon Favreau how to work the kitchen.)

One of my favourite parts of the movie is when Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) creates the grilled cheese sandwich with so much passion (who didn't drool while watching that?!?). If you didn't see the movie, here's the link to that scene

The waiter handed us a mailer envelope with photo cards for a menu. This one sheet had all these veggies in them! Haha, it's always a treat for vegetarians when they can order ANYTHING (and everything) off the menu.

The menu doesn't say how the veggies are cooked, so I didn't really know what to expect.

I ordered the Broccolini.
And of course, the Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

The sandwich tasted just like how I imagined it to be. You don't even need to order tomato soup because it already comes with marinara dipping sauce on your plate. And that broccolini with pesto...Amazing. Now I want to go back to taste the rest of the veggies on the menu.

After downing their famous "Pimp's cup" made of gin and beet juice, PJ and I played a match of table tennis. I lost (booooo.) but my taste buds were too happy to care! :P


The Line Hotel
3515 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010