Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunny Sunday Workshop

How nice would it be to always have this wooden backdrop with 'floating' florals whenever I teach workshops? :P This beautiful set-up was prepared by Discovery Country Suites in Tagaytay, where I taught a mini calligraphy workshop on a sunny Sunday morning.

I prepared a Gold Calligraphy kit for the hotel guests :) Thanks to my Mom for helping me set-up the workshop materials!

Loved that families came to join today. Participants perfected their movement drills and everyone was able to write in calligraphy successfully!

We were served these yummy sandwiches for snacks, and then later on, my family was treated to an awesome lunch at Restaurant Verbena!

Finally checked into our humongous room! 

All this space is such a treat for condo-dwellers like me and Peej. :P And there is absolutely no chance to be hungry here. In-room, we were served a cheese platter in the afternoon, and had milk & cookies + cake for dessert at night! 

Love how it's so relaxing and quiet here. A perfect place to paint and take photos. For some reason, I love the harsh light & shadows of the noontime sun (even though our photography teacher back in college warned us to never shoot at lunch). 

Excited to paint more motifs at the garden tomorrow!

I'm teaching Botanical Illustration (morning) and Botanical Watercolor (afternoon) workshops at Discovery Suites Ortigas (across Podium) on May 8, Sunday. To join, you can sign up at :)

Workshop Schedule

Craft Workshops in Manila

(and occasionally in other parts of the world :P)

Scroll down to view upcoming workshop schedules!

Workshops are one-day intensive courses, and are open to beginners, "non-artists", or those looking to develop their art skills. All materials, kits, and snacks are included in the workshops.


Craft Camp

Craft Camp Antipolo is a one-day getaway where we slow down, take time for ourselves, connect with our surroundings, and create with our hands. To nurture the creative spirit, we've sought out beautiful spots up in the boondocks of Antipolo for a day of craft exploration. Breathe in fresh air, learn about the local crafts, savour delicious meals, and create beautiful things. We'd love for you to join us at this creative retreat.

Day Camp Itinerary:
Your day begins with a hearty breakfast in a Swiss chalet paired with the first art workshop of the day. Be overwhelmed with nature and inspiration with a trip to the country's most beautiful museum. A healthy lunch spread will be served in a pottery studio cafe, where you can watch craft demos, and do some souvenir shopping. Enjoy local delicacies for afternoon snacks, and get creative in the afternoon with relaxing craft workshops.

Camp Fee: P5250
Fee is inclusive of transportation (to and from meeting point: Katipunan QC), transportation within Antipolo, three (3) workshop kits, all meals/snacks/refreshments, museum entrance, and a goodie bag of crafty treats!

Workshop Schedule:
Choose your schedule: Nov 12 / Nov 13
Antipolo, Rizal


Botanical Watercolor 

Explore basic botanical painting in this watercolor class focused on flowers and leaves. This class is open to beginners, and even those who have no experience with watercolor! Get to know your paints and learn how to mix colors better. Artworks will be reproduced in class for an artwork swap.

Workshop fee is P2850 and is inclusive of a curated workshop kit with:
Winsor & Newton Artist grade Watercolors + Travel Palette
Arches Watercolor Paper
Black Velvet brush by Silver Brush
Arches Watercolor paper
Leather Brush Holder
Workshop Zine
pencil & eraser
Snacks & Refreshments

Workshop Schedule:
November 27, Sunday, 2-6pm @ Pipino, QC


Floral Sketching Workshop (NEW!)

Familiarize yourself with floral and botanical structures to help you draw better. Learn how to lead your drawing hand with your eye, and gain confidence in your strokes. Students will get to create botanical motifs that can be turned into printed artworks and patterns.

Workshop fee: P1500 inclusive of workshop kit with:
- LifeAfterBreakfast Black Pad
- Drawing materials
- Workshop Zine
- Snacks & Refreshments

Workshop Schedule:
October 23, Sunday, 3-6pm @ The Grove by Rockwell, C5 Libis, Pasig


Scripts & Serifs:
Modern Calligraphy + Botanical Doodles

This workshop tackles freehand pointed pen techniques to help you develop your own style of Scripts and Serifs. In this class, students will learn how to mix their own white ink. We'll cover practice strokes and movement drills with the pen to create your own style of writing. Beginners are welcome, as the ease of writing with white ink will surprise the first-timer. Those who are looking to refine their skills will learn new techniques in creating botanical illustrations with the calligraphy pen.

Workshop fee is P3500 inclusive of a specially curated Calligraphy Kit with
- Wooden Oblique Nib Holder
- Bleed Proof White (full size)
- Gold Gouache
- Two (2) flexible nibs
- a LifeAfterBreakfast Black Calligraphy Pad
- Ink Jar
- Workshop Zine
- LifeAfterBreakfast Pen Case & Tote Bag
- snacks & refreshments

Workshop Schedule:
October 1, Saturday, 3-6pm @ Prism Gallery Makati


To book a private class 
(minimum of 4 participants Mon-Thu; min. 10 participants Fri-Sun),
e-mail Alessa at