February 02, 2019

The Social Media Take Down

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There have been a lot of changes in my daily life ever since the latter part of last year and while I'm still adjusting to a new work and lifestyle schedule, I've incurred some new habits as well. One of them is browsing through IG to get some inspiration going for some art projects that I have in mind. So while I was doing just that last week, I had the unfortunate luck to chance upon a post from one of my favorite artists Soey Milk.

She does these great Asian pieces of really beautiful women and her art style is particularly noticeable which is why she also has a great social media following. Anyway, as of writing this blog article, she has taken down the original post that I saw that night. She was extremely sad because a restaurant here in the Philippines, had printed her art pieces and used it in their restaurant and their advertisements.

October 21, 2018

Inking it Up

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Lately, I've been filling up an old sketchbook of inked drawings. The sketches are studies I've been doing for a client who has commissioned me to design stamps. So the exercise had been going great. It's making me practice my proportions and line weights. 

October 11, 2018

Freshening up my Gouache and Watercolors

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It's been almost a month since we got back from our two month long stay in the US and while I have tidied up and organized the new art supplies I bought from the trip, I still haven't really sat down and thoroughly play with them yet. Between setting up our new business and catching up on pending art commissions, it's been a crazy toxic month back. What I was able to do was squeeze my new paints into their corresponding sets. My artist gouache set and premium watercolor sets both got filled up.

September 29, 2018

Inktober Prompts for 2018

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October is fast approaching and for us art enthusiasts, it's that time of the year where most of our social media feeds get flooded with Inktober artworks. Yup, it's Inktober time again! I'm considering to join this time around so while I'm mustering up the courage to do so, here are some prompts that I compiled that I thought would be interesting to draw for this year.

August 18, 2018

Venturing into Hobby Lobby

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Major things have happened in the past months. I’m currently in the US and I’ve been going crazy fawning over the art stores and touristy sites I’ve visited thus far. It’s not really keeping my wallet happy but my artsy and wanderlust heart is really happy. Also, there’s been a major shift in my life and now I’m just trying to get back into the swing of things and settle into a comfortable new schedule which includes more time for my art and for blogging (yay!). The very first art store that I visited here in Florida is Hobby Lobby. I had no idea how big of an art store it was until me and friends had lunch near it one day. As soon as my friend’s husband said that it will be heaven for me, well I was sold. So one afternoon, I asked my husband if we could go there.
Huuuuge storefront view from the parking lot. 

May 31, 2018

Arternoon Tea Event with Stabilo

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It was mid-May when I was invited to an exclusive journaling workshop hosted by Stabilo Philippines. The event was held at Bizu in Greenbelt 2 where Stabilo also showcased their new pastel line of highlighters, pens and pencils. When I got to the event place, I was surprised that the foreign execs and staff of Stabilo had come to visit and take a peek at the Arternoon Tea.

The setup of the place was gorgeous. There was a middle table where participants for the journaling workshop by Aina will be seated.

May 31, 2018

Your Basic Calligraphy Materials

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If you're mildly interested in starting on calligraphy as a hobby then you might want to check out what materials you would need first. This post is intended for just that. Once you've started though, I can assure you that calligraphy is one hobby that you'll really enjoy. You'll learn to appreciate the high quality kinds of paper, the different kinds and colors of calligraphy inks, the zen-like state you'll get into while you practice and the significant improvement in your handwriting.

One of the queries that I always get when I'm teaching calligraphy workshops is if they have bad handwriting to start with, will their calligraphy be bad as well? Taking up calligraphy is like learning how to write all over again and with the proper tools you can be sure that even with only 15 minutes a day, your calligraphy game will improve.