Friday, November 25, 2016

Watercolor Wednesdays

WATERCOLOR WEDNESDAY is open to anyone who has taken a watercolor basics class. If you'd like to further develop your skills in watercolor, experiment with new techniques, and develop your own watercolor style, then join me for a series of capsule classes this December! Learn how to mix colors better to create your own color palettes. Feel free to bring watercolor projects you are working on, too! There will be new watercolor exercises and activities every session, so students are welcome to join one class, or all!

SCHEDULE: Wednesdays, 7-9PM
7 December  |  14 December  |  21 December  |  28 December

VENUE: Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar
#57 Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City

FEE: P850 per session, inclusive of meal + watercolor paper + freebies!
Students must bring their own watercolor paint & brushes.


For the Beginner Botanical Watercolor Workshop Schedule, click here

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Since we live in a tropical country, I'm celebrating this holiday with an Apple Pie Smoothie from Hillside Cafe! :P Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating it! :)

The Apple Pie Smoothie is available this holiday season at Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar, #57 Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City.

LovEmHearts Painting at Glorietta

I live for creative challenges. Each one is an opportunity to learn, to know myself better, and to grow as an artist. Glorietta asked me to come up with a holiday theme for the heart mural that I first painted back early this year for Valentine's Day.

Next to me painting is fellow artist Mercedes Olondriz. We were lucky to have Joanne Fugoso-Pajarillo shooting our work progress that week! She was the one who snapped these images of us working on our hearts.

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see that I've been experimenting with a slightly different style of watercolor. I've been integrating pattern-fills in my botanical shapes, and layering them on top of each other.

On our recent trip to Siargao, I sketched the different flowers and leaves that I saw around our resort. Then I used those sketches as my reference to paint a patterned bouquet composed of lilies and tropical leaves monstera, banana, and palm.

I decided to use this motif for my Holiday Heart. I changed the color scheme, and then turned it into an all-over pattern.

I used Liquitex paint and markers for the entire heart mural. These made painting really easy. And I love that my hand-drawn strokes can be seen!

Liquitex materials are available at IFEX Fine Arts.

On the first day, I sketched the design, and worked 'til evening on underpainting colors.

The next day, I began to add the patterns inside the shapes.

My Daily Progress Shot :P

Then finally, on the last day, I added splashes of patterns all over the heart.

My holiday heart is a TROPICAL WONDERLAND! :)
And after 14+ hours of painting, it's finally done!!!

Check out the painting process here:

Find my Heart at the Glorietta 2 Palm Drive lobby. Take a photo of yourself with the heart, and tag me on Instagram / Facebook @lifeafterbreakfastph!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Calligraphy for Tiffany&Co

When Tiffany&Co asks, "Will You?", there is no answer other than

The two-day event was a collaboration between Rustan's Tiffany&Co and Raffles Hotel Makati, in celebration of the Tiffany setting's 130th year. 

Hello there, yellow diamond! ðŸ˜

Rustan's Flower Shop set up a flower bar at the event. Super love this idea! Guests at the event were invited to select the flowers they wanted for their custom bouquets.

Love these all-white arrangements!

At the event, I did live calligraphy for all the guests. 

They chose from four different design motifs, which I designed on custom Tiffany notecards.

Also did the calligraphy for the place cards, table names, and menu.

It was such a privilege to collaborate with this brand!! I was so happy that they were open to my non-traditional calligraphy and floral sketches! :P

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Macramé Workshop at R2R

I gave a quick macramé lesson to the R2R team and artisans. Quick, because I was teaching artisans, and since they are already so adept in their craft and used to working with their hands, the lesson part went really fast. :P

We practiced the different knots and hitches, and then I let them work on their wall hangings.

Excited to see what they produce with this new skill!

It's no secret that I give out free craft workshops occasionally. Sharing what I know really is a passion, and I love being able to equip others with new skills that they can profit from.

If you know of or work with an NGO or foundation and would like to organize a craft class for them, do send me your proposal at workshops [at] lifeafterbreakfast [dot] ph, and let's see how we can work together. :)