Thursday, March 17, 2016

A Creative Week in Davao

One thing I love about Davao is how laid back every thing and every one is.

The second thing I love about it is how the beach is so near the city!!

I spent a week of work + play with old + new friends. :)

Kat, Anna, Brandie (with Josh & little Joshua), and I took a daytrip to Mati. We were greeted by the ice-colored waves and salty wind.

The sky was my view for the most part, because after a crazy workshop weekend, this is all I wanted to do:

Feasted on amazing quinoa & chickpeas by Kat on this super windy day.

PJ arrived that evening, and we spent the next couple of days at the Floating House in Maxima, Samal Island.

I think I swam for about 3 hours in the sea :P For some reason, I didn't feel tired at all!

I guess it was because of all the delicious food!

My plate of greens

PJ, me, Josh, Brandie, and Kat

I carved stamp-souvenirs of Davao and printed patterns with them on local handmade banana paper.

Happy I was able to share this addicting craft with some creative folk in Davao. In one weekend, I taught four workshops: Pattern Design and Rubberstamp Carving at Sea Green Cafe, and White & Gold Calligraphy, and Watercolored Type at Cafe El Gato.

Each student got to take home a specially curated workshop kit. We used Craftdoodle waterbrushes to turn our sketches to watercolored works at the Pattern Design Workshop. I think these Craftdoodle brushes are some of the best brushes for painting/crafts because the tips are really sharp, but the bristles remain soft for coloring, and they easily spring back to their original form.

Square Repeat & Layout Patterns by the students!

All students got to take home a canvas pouch from Anna of Fabienne Trends Unlimited. You can order custom canvas bags and pouches from them! I already placed my order to give away at the upcoming workshops!:) My friend Kat of Artsyfunshop also gave out her marbled notebooks as prizes for our little workshop contests.

Love the natural light of Sea Green Cafe! In the afternoon, we did Rubberstamp Carving.

Super fun stamps by this awesome class. Everyone got to stamp on their totebags and pouches. The stamp ink I use is pigment ink, so they're permanent on fabric.

Made a seashell stamp for Sea Green Cafe (I hope they get to use it!:P) as a thank you for hosting our workshops.

Day 2 was for Calligraphy and Watercolor. Participants got to take home these beautiful resin carrot nib holders made by The Curious Artisan.

Intense afternoon as everyone was super focused on the strokes!

Thanks to everyone who came to the workshops! Really excited that there are so many craft lovers in Davao :)

And many thanks to Kat for having me over, and for taking us, and showing us more things to love about Davao!

On the plane ride home, the seatbelt sign was already turned off, but the tip of Mt. Apo was still peeking thru the clouds. What am amazing sight to end our week.

We brought over 100kg of art materials to Davao (craaazy!), and shared the crafts that I love at four intensive workshops, but I feel that the memories and good times we went home with weighed so much more. Hoping to be back sometime this year for another round of classes! Click here if you'd like to join the next workshops in Davao.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

All The White Things

What. Am. I. Doing. Clumsy me just bought a bunch of superwhite stuff. With all the ink and paint that I work with every day, is this a disaster waiting to happen?? Aaack. But, white is pretty! Haha. Well, at the very least, wearing all these white things is teaching me to be more conscious of my movements, and less of a klutz (so far!!).

I just realized that in the past 3 years, I've bought more sneakers than heels! Says so much of what my work requires: standing all afternoon (sometimes all day!) at my workshops. And since the beginning of 2016--in all 10 weeks of it, haha-- I've already conducted 30 workshops! Crazy, I know, but I'm really happy that more and more people are spending time away from their screens and focusing more on moving their hands and making beautiful things.

My newest pair in rotation are these Reptile Stan Smiths. It's so interesting how the pattern is created by the cutout leather & suede. Textured white was love at first sight. :P

Ordered these online in the States (because, really, who has time for mall shopping? Buti ka pa.) and had them shipped straight to my door via Shipping Cart. Sign up for free, and you'll get your own Shipping Cart account holder's US address! You can track and consolidate your items when you shop from different online stores, and you get a report once they arrive at your US address.

You can can choose to consolidate or have the items shipped immediately, and the packages will be forwarded to your selected delivery address. There are no surprising fees upon arrival--Shipping Cart includes all shipping and customs taxes into the delivery fee. You'll see what you need to pay for even before shipping.

Been using my white bucket bag for over a week now, too! :) I know it looks tiny, but it actually fits everything I need. Trying not to carry big bags anymore because I tend to dump in so much stuff.

Here's the secret to keeping white things white: Collonil Carbon Pro Waterproofer! Sprayed 3 coats all around, and soaked it with the waterproofing spray. Now I don't have to worry about getting my bag dirty! I swear, it really repels off the liquid.

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