Sunday, March 29, 2015

Watercolor Lettering + Gold Leafing Workshops in SF & NY

I'll be back in San Francisco and Brooklyn for more workshops this May!

Catch my workshops at Makeshift Society and learn

Watercolor Lettering + Gold Leafing

I'm looking forward to sharing my love (and addiction) to watercolored typefaces :P These are some tearsheets of my watercolored alphabets, which I use in a lot of my design projects.

We'll be using Dr. Ph Martin's Radiant Concentrated Watercolor
so you don't have to worry much about mixtures, and can focus on the painting process.

In class, we'll go over different typographic styles and learn creative lettering basics.

The workshop kit includes an assortment of brushes, liquid watercolors, a watercolor pad, and lettering supplies.

'San Francisco' is based on art deco style type Cassanet

'Brooklyn New York' is based on Akzidenz-Grotesk BQ Light Condensed

Check out for the updated list of classes.

Hope to see all of you letter lovers!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Crafted: Lap Loom Weaving

Once upon a time, the weave on my frame loom was 3 inches tall. :P

Like many of my craft projects, this was a little experiment, so finishing it right away wasn't at the top of my priority list. Whenever I could find the time, I would weave a few rows in. I had no previous looming experience, and had no pattern to follow. Not having a plan takes longer, I've learned, because you're designing and weaving at the same time. Don't get me wrong, though! I totally fell in love with the weaving process.

I used DMC's gold metallic thread, some locally farmed multicolored cotton yarns by Nooks, and my favorite slub silk yarn from India.

Yesterday, I finally finished the piece! The finished size is around 10 x 13 inches.

Can't believe I wove a piece of fabric! :) Still basking in that high you feel after completing a complex craft project. 

I love feeling the bumpy textures created by thick and thin threads

Excited to weave more! Let's see where this new addiction goes. :P

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Female Network's Amazing Filipinas 2015

Thanks to the folks at for including me int the list of 50 Amazing Filipinas 2015! It's such an honor to be alongside other incredible human beings, all who are so inspiring!

You know, when you've worked freelance all your life, it's things like these that give you the 'pat on the back' that you need--that validation that you are doing something right with your life! :P I've been crafting since I was a kid, been teaching since I was 16 (bagets!!!), and have been organizing craft workshops for over a decade now. I'm just so glad this digital world still embraces the handmade.

Hop on over to their site to check out the other wonderful women on the list!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Another Coral Alphabet

P l a n e  r i d e s

a r e   m y   e x c u s e   t o   g e t   c l o s e r   t o   t h e   c l o u d s  .

(look at that bed of cotton!)

Lounged on the beach all weekend, which was made up of

m a n g o   s h a k e s 


s u n s e t s

I found another Coralphabet!

(Found the first alphabet in Bohol last year)

This time, I searched the sand for coral numbers :)

C a r a b a o   I s l a n d

R o m b l o n