Sunday, August 30, 2015

The 4th Craft Soirée: Watercolor Swap

Last Summer, I organized the 4th LifeAfterBreakfast Craft Soirée: 
A Watercolor Playdate & Swap!

Craft Soirées are gatherings where artists and makers get together for a show-and-tell afternoon of crafts and art swaps. Held last April at Pipino in Teachers Village, Quezon City, the 4th Craft Soirée featured 18 female watercolor artists from Manila

Since 2012, I’ve been organising the Craft Soirées as a challenge to crafters and artists to create something new, and to get out of our crafty shells and get to know more people in the community. We’ve done craft exchanges and a stationery swap in the past. You can read about the past craft gatherings herehere, and here.

Front: IoriArleneFranValerieTippy
Back: Mansy, AbbeyMacyLorraJuneMeganCynthia and me

Check out the list of artists who joined! Pipino restaurant was exploding with talent that afternoon. :P I organized this event in just 3 weeks, and I'm so happy everyone was game to participate.

We began with the playdate part while waiting for the other artists to arrive. I announced that a Herschel Little America backpack was up for grabs for the best watercolored postcard! Ummm, no pressure, guys!! Haha :P

Aaaaand the watercolors sets are out! Thanks to Herschel for giving us these enamel mugs that were perfect for watercups. It was so fun to see all the artists in action!

For those who opted out of the painting activity, there was also a Totebag Stamping Station.

Thanks to Pierra Calasanz-Labrador for featuring the event in Fifi's Finds! Mansy Abesamis also gave a prize from DandyOna and lots of HeyKessy Washi Tape for all participants.

Alexis and Anina won Jewelry from HeyJow for the Best Totebags!


After painting playtime was the main event: The Watercolor Swap!

Each artist took turns to introduce herself and her work for the giveaway. As always, this is the part where it feels like Craft Christmas! Goodies from everyone! :P

Meet the artists, see their swapped work, and learn about their favorite watercolor brushes by flipping through this PDF below :)


Guests were treated to a sit-down merienda meal from Pipino. Thanks to our team, Chef Edward Bugia, Star Jose, and of course, my husband PJ for always supporting my crafty dreams!:)

In between bites, I had more goodies to give away. The Totebags that everyone stamped on earlier were actually for this amazing loot!:P

Stationery and Notebooks from The Lunch Break Project

Washi Tape designed by Paul & Mansy of HeyKessy

Paper Palette + Watercolor Pad + Dr. Ph Martin's Radiant Watercolor from Craft Carrot

Vegan Cookies & Black Bean Bagoong from Pipino

Dish & Brush Cleaner + The Little Warrior Sanitizer from Messy Bessy

Mug, Notebook, and Magazine from Herschel Philippines

Fine Watercolor Brushes and a mini Leather Brush holder from me :)

And then we put in our ballots (and shoe sizes) in to raffle off flipflops from Havaianas, who also gave away gift cards to all artists!
AbbeyJune, and Megan won the flopflop raffle!

Fran and Tippy won Card Sets from The Lunch Break Project for the Early & Late Bird awards :P

June won the postcard designing contest and the Little America Backpack  from Herschel!

Thanks to all these artists who joined the Watercolor Playdate & Artwork Swap!:)

Thanks to Chris Clemente & Egay for the photos!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waterproofed & Worry-Free

I live in brogues and oxfords. 'Uniform dressing' allows me to allot all creative thinking time to my work. All clothes, shoes, and bags are on regular rotation, which means I really do invest in the pieces that I buy. I used to buy a pair of brogues at least once a year because I wear each pair out so bad. Not just because of rainwater, but also because of ink and paint splatters!!! AAhhhhh. Parting with a favorite pair is always a painful process. :P

When I learned about Collonil Waterproofing spray, I ordered one right away! Collonil is a German brand that's been around since the early 1900's, and they specialize in products for leather and textile care. I kinda went waterproofing-crazy; brought out all my favorite shoes and sprayed on all of them! I swear, it's like magic. I don't have to worry about spilling paint or ink on my leather loves!

It's a no-brainer thing to apply: you just lay your shoes on some newspaper (to protect your flooring!), then spray a coating or two all over the shoes, and let it dry for a few minutes. It worked perfectly, even for these suede brogues! Afterwards, all liquids-- water, ink, paint, drinks, or food that falls on your shoes will just slide off.

For my super favorite brown shoes, I used their leather cleaning foam to remove the ink splatters. Worn in, but (finally) stain-free!

And my white gumsole Vans can now see cloudy & rainy days. It's such a relief to not have to worry about getting them wet and dirty! You just need to re-spray the waterproofer after about 8 wears. A bottle of this Waterproof Spray is P1,095. I went all-out and sprayed on the covers of my Moleskine notebooks as well! :)


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Friday, August 14, 2015

Petal by Petal Patience

I don't have to go far to look for botanical inspiration. Our restaurant Hillside is surrounded by so much beautiful greens--decorative plants, flowers, herbs, succulents!

It's located right inside Cedar Hills Garden Center along Mother Ignacia Ave, QC.

Sometimes, I go out and walk around just to search for something to paint. :P

Decided to paint a rose cactus.  I documented my process so that I can teach this at the next Botanical Watercolor Workshop!

I start off with preparing the palette:
Phthalo Blue + a bit of Viridian, Red + a bit of Brown, Lemon Yellow, Sap Green

Then I lightly sketch the shape.

I just did the wet-on-wet technique on each petal, skipping around the cactus so that the colors don't bleed into each other. With that technique, I didn't have to paint the details over, because I already put enough dark color on each petal's edge to act as its 'outline'.

I used Winsor & Newton Cotman paint for this, and the small #1 round brush that comes with the kit. It's the same paint that I include in the workshop. 

I'll be teaching two Botanical Watercolor workshops this September!

Sept 19, Saturday, 9am-12nn at Hillside QC
Sept 27, Sunday, 3-6pm at I Am Kim Estancia Mall, Meralco Ave, Pasig


PS. To those who have already taken this class, please check your e-mail inbox! ;)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Write with White!

Write with White
a mini workshop

Friday, 7 August 2015
Bungalow300 Popup @ Alabang Town Center

Photo credit: Bungalow300

Thanks to everyone who came out to play (with nibs, ink and paper) last Friday. Special thanks to for featuring the event, on their site, too!

 I had to close online registration early because there were so many signups already (over 400!) for this little workshop :P To make sure that registration flow would be smooth, I made stickers for each workshop batch.

Although it was a free workshop, participants got to take home some freebies!

The first 24 participants got to take home a free workshop zine. EVERYONE got a free nib & black paper (thanks to CraftCarrot, who also had a pop-up store during the event), and a small tub of white ink from me!:P

Photo credit: Bungalow300

Taught a total of 4 classes (hands-on style!), with over 80 students that day.

Saturday was another full Calligraphy day! I taught a morning calligraphy workshop at Pipino.

The class covers modern caligraphy basics + a quick gold leafing activity!

In the afternoon, I taught a Dipped Pen Doodles class.

It was a super relaxing afternoon -- no pressure to write letters! But I did teach some basic drawing, and then we all mixed our own inks.

 Veggie burger snack from Pipino!

Check out the students' amazing works!

If you'd like to join an upcoming Calligraphy workshop (complete with an awesome calligraphy kit), sign up at :)