Mommy and Baby Favorites #1

I thought, what better way to revive my Favorites series than with a Mommy and Baby list? It was a great way to blend my old life with my new life – watercolors and motherhood.

My style for this has changed a bit since I haven’t done it in a while and I wanted to experiment with sorely missed art materials. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, despite painting it in installments (meaning, whenever the baby would give me the time to do it and the husband wasn’t too busy with his own work).

If you’re a mommy too, what are your own favorites? Do you use any of these products?

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FREEBIE ALERT! Lorra Elena x SheenaLovesSunsets Collab

I don’t get to do much painting these days because of mommy duties, but I’m super thankful that creative friends still remember me and ask me to do simple collaborations with them.

A couple of weeks ago, Sheena Sy of SheenaLovesSunsets.com asked me to create some lettering to go with her illustrations for a travel-themed downloadable set for YOU! Yes, YOU!

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November 2015 Favorites

November has been such a full and happy month of events, memory-building, and errands! We were just two months away from our due date then (just one more month now), so a lot of the things we needed to do were for the baby.

But the husband and I have also talked about making sure that we still spent time on things that make us happy individually and as a couple. Basically, to not forget the life that we’ve built before the baby. Instead, build on top of it.

That probably won’t be as easy to do once the baby is actually here with us, but I’m sure it’s not impossible!

Aside from that, when I made my November 2015 Favorites canvas, I also tried out my new Joby phone stand and recorded the entire process. Play the video below to watch.

What do you think? Are there any other videos you’re interested in seeing from me? Let me know in the comments section below! You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel to follow my uploads and see the latest ones right away.

I’m glad that I’m able to share this list before the year ends, and hopefully, I’ll be able to do the same for my December favorites too.
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October 2015 Favorites

I don’t know if any of you are wondering but I’ve moved on to using Canson Montval, almost exclusively, for all my watercolor needs. And that means a bigger canvas to play with for my favorites!

I used to paint my monthly favorites on a smaller sized Berkeley watercolor pad but they’ve since changed their quality and their paper doesn’t work for me anymore.

Montval is a much more expensive pad but that also forces me to up my game whenever I paint something, whether it’s an exercise or for a more important project. I see that as a great learning opportunity!

Anyway, here are my October 2015 favorites – which are mostly sweet food items because, well, read on and find out!

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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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Hokkaido Haul

Over the Holy Week break, I joined my family on a trip to Hokkaido in Japan, hitting cities such as Sapporo and Otaru.

I didn’t really plan to do any art supplies shopping because it was a guided tour but I still managed to find some treasures, both ones that I’ve been looking for and ones that I didn’t expect I’d even see there.

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Tools of the Trade

Originally uploaded on March 18, 2015
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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