End of 2015 Events

As soon as October rolls in, I always get the feeling that the year is already ending. Even with three more months to go!

It’s usually a very busy time for freelancers like myself, with clients asking for artworks and designs for their Christmas-related projects. However, this year is taking busy to a whole new level!

Aside from the projects that need to be finished before 2016 arrives, I’ve also committed to several events (both personal and professional) and I’m already super excited for all of them! Continue reading

May 2015 Favorites

This post has been in my drafts list for five whole months! Wow! I’m so sorry I neglected you May 2015 Favorites. I was starting my first trimester of pregnancy when I began writing this, and that meant a lot of fatigue and laziness (more than my usual hehe), which I didn’t know was actually because of the pregnancy! So I stopped writing it mid-post and just never got around to finishing it before June ended. And now it’s October.

It’s crazy ridiculous, I know, but I wasn’t myself back then.

But now that I’ve pledged to bring back my monthly favorites post, I’ve decided to finally FINALLY FINALLY get around to finishing this…without really deleting what I’d already written since I still want to share my sentiments from back then and just thread things together to how I think of them now.

Anyway, here we go!

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Bloom: Flowers x Letters

While 2014 was the year of investments and attending workshops, 2015 is the year of bravery and conducting my own workshops!

Yes, you read that right! But because I’m still a little bit scared to do it myself, and I would really jump at any opportunity to collaborate with her, I will be conducting my first set of workshops with my friend Arlene Sy.

We’ve teamed up and designed a 4-hour WATERCOLOR LETTERING and FLORAL PAINTING workshop, priced at Php 3,500.00, where we will share the techniques that we’ve learned and developed over the years, guide you through exercises, and help you apply the techniques you’ve learned to come up with your own positive piece of artwork to bring home!

Each intimate session will be open to ten (10) participants only because Arlene and I wanted to get the chance to interact with students as much as we can.

And lastly, just as a bit of trivia to share with you, we decided to call the workshop Bloom because aside from the floral painting aspect, we also aim for the experience of learning and the final output that the participants will be making to leave each person feeling fulfilled, inspired, and…well, blooming!

Are you interested? Please sign up at bit.ly/bloomworkshopsregform. For inquiries, you can also e-mail us at bloomworkshops.ph@gmail.com.

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October 2014 Favorites

October was such a fun month, wasn’t it? It was so much fun that I got inspired to make that month’s favorites canvas a colorful one! I also thought it would be great to include a jack-o-lantern head as the first O for the header.

octfavesAnd by chance, I was painting this at Epicurious in Shangri-La Mall where they sold tiny pumpkins. Of course, I took that as a chance to make this photo extra special.

Click through to know more about each favorite and see pictures!

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The BGC Art Mart Experience 1.0

I consider myself a bazaar newbie, as the recently concluded BGC Art Mart (September 27 and 28, October 4 and 5) was only the second bazaar I’ve participated in. Despite this, I can say that this experience was completely the opposite of my first one, and I’ve come out of it a more energized and inspired artist.

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Intimate Spaces, An Exhibit

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Open the door and come inside!

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you would have seen the updates that I’ve been sharing about a group exhibit that I’m a part of at the end of the month, with Claudine Delfin and Mayu Ferrer.

And yes, finally, we can announce it! It’s happening on August 29, 6:30PM, at DITO: Bahay ng Sining in Marikina. Continue reading

Hey Kessy Craft Gathering

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Ever since summer, my freelancing schedule has been crazy, and I’ve been struggling to keep up. Add to that the fact that I’ve decided to start a handful of personal projects that I’ve been putting off. It’s a miracle whenever I get to do something relaxing these days, so when the opportunity comes, I grab it!

One of those opportunities was Hey Kessy‘s Craft Gathering that I was able to enjoy last Sunday. Continue reading

Watercolor Lettering Workshop with Life After Breakfast

You know how comic book superheroes have secret origin stories?

I’m not sure if I’ve ever said this here but the secret origin story of Stars for Dreams can be traced all the way back to 2012 (seems like such a long time ago), during the first ever craft soiree, organized by Life After Breakfast’s Alessa Lanot.

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It was such an impulsive decision really, I had printed out a bunch of business cards that already had the URL even before I had actually purchased the domain. Smart right? So when the time came that I signed up for the craft soiree, I had to buy the domain and populate it as well as I could at the time, just so it wouldn’t be embarrassing when I give my card out to the other participants and they’ll be met with a website that doesn’t exist.

I won’t always recommend it, but it was a great way to face my fears and do something brave for a chance.

Anyway, back to the present day, there are no more LAB craft soirees in its original form. Since then, it’s been replaced with arts and crafts workshops. Continue reading

An Epic Summer Komikon

I don’t think I’ve ever published it here, but the husband is a comics creator and this year, he decided to go at it full-time. And although that means a lot of sleepless nights and sacrifices, it’s also been extremely rewarding for the both of us so far. It’s not really my main thing but I do enjoy creating a comic book or two, as much as I enjoy assisting the husband in his endeavors. We’re also having the time of our lives collaborating on our weekly webcomic Homeycomb: A Married Life, where we get to commemorate and make fun of our newlywed experiences. But before I get ahead of myself, I’d also like to share our wonderful breakfast experience at Epic Coffee Roastery in Kapitolyo. front Continue reading

In Bloom

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Arlene provided us with the materials for the workshop, including the Prang Oval Pan Watercolor Set (16 colors) and some Canson 200gsm watercolor paper.

Last Saturday, I attended Arlene Sy‘s Floral Watercolor Illustration Workshop and it was one of the best things I’ve done so far this year. It was a huge deal personally because Arlene is one of my inspirations for 2014 and I truly admire her work. Aside from that, I am (in no way an exaggeration) awkwardly fearful of meeting new people and going to events where I don’t really know anybody.

I tried to ask several friends to join me for this workshop but no one was available for the day, so I convinced myself that I had to do it even if I had to go through it on my own.

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