Perfect Christmas Gifts for Your Artistic Friends 2016

Can you believe it? It’s almost the end of 2016! But before we get to the end, of course there’s Christmas to be celebrated. That’s in less than 3 weeks. Are you as excited as I am?

And no matter how horrible 2016 has been for a lot of people, Christmas is always a great time to not just appreciate and give thanks to Jesus, but also to appreciate the people in our lives.

I know a lot of artists, and I like thinking of myself as an artist too *wink*, so I thought it would be a good idea to come up with a Christmas Gift Guide for Artists. These are essentially the things that I would want to receive myself haha!

Ready? Here we go!

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Traveling with Art Materials

I’m headed for a quick trip soon, and as per usual, I bring a bunch of my art materials.

It used to be that I’d bring bulky items with me and never get to use them, but this time around, I’m gathering my smallest materials and bringing just the essentials. And yes, try my best to actually journal my way through the trip.

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Tools of the Trade

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Last updated: October 13, 2015

I’ve been getting quite a number of questions on Instagram about the materials that I like using and would recommend, and I’ve been wanting to create this list since last year anyway, so I decided to compile everything for anyone who’s interested.

This did take a while because for the last few months, I kept adding to the list and it always felt like it wasn’t ready for sharing. But enough of that! I can’t keep procrastinating, right? I’ll just have to surrender to the fact that this list is always going to be flexible and I should just add to it whenever I find a new material that I love.

So without further ado, here are my beloved materials and recommendations!

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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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Wildflower Watercolor Timelapse

The husband has been wanting to document my painting process since the Hyperlapse app came out, and of course, I wanted to see what my painting looked like from an outsider’s perspective.

It took a while to find the perfect time to do it, but we finally got the chance when we decided to work at M&S Food in BHS Central. The lighting was good enough and there weren’t too many distractions around us.

This is 1 of 3 Wildflower girls I painted for this weekend’s BGC Art Mart, to be sold as a postcard print set. Don’t forget to drop by! We’ll be in front of Brothers Burger High Street on September 20, 21, 27, and 28 at 4-9PM.

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August 2014 Favorites

It’s now September, and time flies really fast, doesn’t it? I didn’t even notice it until a few days ago because August was such a busy month, with a lot of new discoveries and events. No wonder I had a hard time just narrowing it down to just a few, but I finally and successfully chose the ones closest to my heart (and tummy).

Presenting, my August 2014 favorites!

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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!

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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.

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GK Enchanted Farm

This post is long overdue, and honestly, it took so long because I wasn’t sure how to start writing it. There was an internal struggle that I had to figure out first before being able to sit down and focus on what I wanted to say about this experience. But now, I think I’m ready to share some of the things that I liked about this community and maybe, even share a part of the internal struggle I was going through.

Last summer, the husband and I visited GK Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan for a Bloggers Weekend. Our conversations at home usually include ideation on the different ways that we can use visual notes, graphic recording, art, and design to help find a way to solve the different problems that ail our country, so we thought that this was a great opportunity to reach out. Continue reading