Papercon Prep

Last year, after StickerconMNL2019 and Baguio Craft Fair our January Makers PH team had no events lined up for the rest of the year. When Papercon was announced, we were hesitant in applying at first due to the rent price. But after a few weeks of discussion, we eventually applied. Gambling on a first time con is a big risk, but I believed that it would be a successful one. And so by August to September, it was back to the con prep once more.

New watercolor pad favorite: Canson Watercolor XL pad!

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As per every con, I wanted to sell new products. I think its good marketing that invites people to get first dibs on your new product. (If you have fans, I guess?). For me, well, I wanted to paint my new pencil case which was a tilapia lol. Then it reminded me of the Filipino meme that an ice cream in the fridge is usually 50% real icecream or 50% fish/meat/or any ulam. So I went with that concept “Trust Issues” HAHAHA.

I tried my best with lettering ok.

The final product. ♥

Printing time usually looks like this.

My office desk.

During that time, I also made postcards so my supervisor can give these to our designer counterparts in the US during her US business trip. I printed more in preparation for Papercon. I ran out of postcards because my officemates bought them. I had to print some more! It was a good thing that Hannah and Shine were also going to the print shop that weekend.

After printing, we found a korean cafe lol. We had our own cubicle!

Yasss foods.

Cutting a huge batch of stickers is tedious, but I’m so glad I have a support system! Thank you to my officemates once again for cutting my stickers while de-stressing in the office. ♥

Agueda Pinta Cookie Workshop

A few weeks after Daluyong, my friend Dandi announced that she was going to have her first Pinta Cookie workshop at Papemelroti! I’ve blogged about her brand Agueda Manila a lot of times here in my blog. You could say that I’m a pinta cookie veteran lol.

The workshop kit consists of 1 square cookie, 2 round cookies, a hexagon cookie, and a paint brush. The “paints” were also included, and we were given the freedom to choose our own colors in our palette.

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Hi Dandi! ♥

 

Some of the paints that we could choose from. ♥

I was grouped together with my blockmate Tin. The first cookie we painted was the rectangle cookie and we were to paint wood grains. It reminded me so much of our first year in UST doing our “plates”. 

With the rest of the class. ♥

After painting wood grains, Dandi and her team collected our cookies for drying. Next up is the Hexagon cookie and marble painting! ID na ID ang peg HAHA

My white marble paint. ♥ How do you paint like this? Just like watercolor. Add a generous amount of water or vodka, and then add the paint on the dry parts of the cookie for detail or on the wet parts so the paint would spread.

 

Beautiful marble tiles with gold leaf! ♥

The next tasks were floral wreaths by Sav and my own flower painting demo. I did a quick peony painting on my square cookie. Insisting everyone to use liquids on the cookie and letting the paint do its magic. After my demo, everyone had free time to create their own subjects on the square cookie.

My floral wreath that consisted of poinsettias and berries; my peony painting demo; a rose painting for Tin (referenced from a rose given to her by her boyfriend).

Tin gave me her extra cookies YAY so I did more flower paintings: a blue hydrangea and an anemone.

 

After we finished painting, everyone got all of their cookies for coating with corn starch.

Coating your cookies with corn starch will give your cookies a matte finish. And its quicker to pack since waiting for the paint to dry will take a while!

I also saved my IG Stories of this event in my Highlights.

Overall, it was a fun and successful workshop. Congrats again, Dandi! I hope there will be a part 2 workshop soon. I’ll volunteer! ♥ 

Please follow Agueda Manila on their Instagram or Facebook page. Thank you!

Daluyong Opening Night

A few months ago was my first ever exhibit at Pineapple Lab. Inggo and I went to the exhibit after our work. What we didn’t expect was the heavy traffic since it was a Payday Friday. So we walked from my office all the way to Rockwell Guadalupe.

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There’s not much else to say, really. I felt proud and giddy when I saw my paintings up on the wall. I wished my bbs good luck, and we went to Rockwell for dinner. I bought an XL watercolor pad as a reward for myself. And then we went home.

I think its because I’m just writing this now that I can’t remember all the details of that night. After a month in Pineapple Lab, I had a Lalamove driver pick up my paintings. Nobody wanted them, so I proudly display them now on my office desk. 

Baguio Craft Fair

A few weeks after Sticker Con MNL 2019, 3/4 of the January Makers PH team went up north to Baguio for the Baguio Craft Fair 2019. Jean participated in this fair a year ago and said it was a good event. Since Hannah and I wanted a quick vacation, we went with her this year.

Baguio Craft Fair is on its 4th year. It was held at Mount Cloud bookshop, near Brent International School Baguio. When we arrived on Day 1, it reminded me so much of our Metro Manila version – 10a Alabama Arts & Crafts fair. It was held at the open area of the place, with different crafters selling their wares under the huge makeshift roof, or even under the pine trees. 

Picture heavy post ahead!

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Pretty banderitas!
Weaving workshop!
Amazing work!
I met someone famous! Meet Pacha the mountain dog. ♥

What about us? We were located under the pine trees HAHA. No worries though! Since we’re in Baguio, where the weather is cool and the sun is not that hot. 

Our table! ♥
seamountainco’s handmade watercolors, clay palette, and a bit of my stickers.
Some of her sample works.
Her stickers.
My flower stickers. ♥ I find it funny that they’re more interested with the bird rather than my stickers lol.
Hannah’s stickers and post cards. ♥
Cuties!!!
Hannah’s mom also asked us to sell her handmade knitted booties. They were our best seller HAHAHA.
I also brought some of my printed bags! (This was during Day 2)
Monique’s food stickers.

We took turns manning our booth. Sometimes I’d wander off and get coffee (they encourage everyone to bring their own utensil/tumblers). Or sometimes I’d take photos of the place and just breathe the fresh air. 

Coffee!
I was mimicking bemzenit’s post card HAHA.
My lunch. Hannah took this photo. I have no idea why HAHAHA.

We also had an extra task for this trip – which was to take decent photos of our products. Thanks to the huge space, we had lots of areas we could take photos from. It was also in our aesthetic – which was nature. Reasons for these photos to be announced hopefully soon!

It rained in the late afternoon, so we had to pack up and cut our bazaar time earlier than expected. For Day 2, the organizers moved the vendors located in the open area to inside the house.

Our table!
We had more space to display our products. More space for my postcards!

Anddd that’s it! Thank you for sticking around until the end of this lengthy post. Based from this experience, I would conclude that this event is really similar with 10A Alabama. The crowd prefers more handmade items rather than stickers. My postcards and bags were a hit here, I should have bought more original works for sale lol. Oh well! Here’s to another good experience. ♥

Will we join again next year? Hmm, we’ll see. ♥

Daluyong

I am proud to announce that I am part of Pineapple Lab‘s watercolor exhibit entitled “Daluyong“. ♥

Pineapple Lab presents Daluyong, a group exhibit featuring the works of emerging artists who have shown proficiency and artistry in the medium of watercolor. 

Collected from a call-out that engaged over a hundred entries, Pineapple Lab has curated a show that exemplifies the versatility (and volatility) of this deceptively simple medium. With a diverse selection of watercolor works on a variety of surfaces, Daluyong looks to prove that this delicate medium is a force unto itself. Celebrate the rainy season with us as we dive into the world of watercolor!

Daluyong opens on August 30, 2019 at 6 PM. Works will be available for viewing starting August 30, 2019 to September 20, 2019. Pineapple Lab Gallery at 6053 R. Palma Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City. Operating hours are 11 AM to 6 PM from Tuesdays through Friday.
 
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During my final interview at Studio West, they asked me what are my goals in the future. I remembered that the first thing that I answered was to be featured in an exhibit or art gallery. Nothing office related, I think! And then a year later, it happened! Pineapple Lab had an open call for artists and I applied. I’ll be attending the event on Friday with my Inggo. Hope to see you there. ♥

Stickercon Haul

For this year’s Stickercon, I was the designated errand girl for our group. This means that I’m the one outside our table fixing our products, talking to potential customers, buying drinks/food for the group, and exchanging barya from our other friends HAHAHA. This also meant that I had more freedom to roam around to buy stuff from the rest of the 200 exhibitors.

Below is my humble haul from StickerconMNL2019. ♥

Coffee Lovers United, Hello I’m Busy, Powered by Pizza sticker and Pin, So many things so little cash by our friend Ella Lama | Watercolor set, Country tags, stamp by Marie Lama | Gold foil stickers by Paola Koala

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Top stickers by Renka | Go away I’m … by Ella Lama | Lettering stickers and free flower postcard by Clair colors | Rug by Hannah HAHAHA

Honestly this Shih Tzu sticker is the best buy for the day. ♥

Museum stickers by Louise | Pretty girl postcard and stickers by Bemzenit | Cat stickers by The Offbeat Cat

And that’s my haul! I could’ve bought more if I had the time. But table priorities first! ♥ I hope we could join the next Stickercon as well! ♥

Stickercon MNL 2019

It’s finally time for the main event – Stickercon MNL 2019! It was held at Bayanihan Center last March 16, 2019. We’re so happy that our group was accepted again for the second time! This time, we’re prepared:

Our table ♥

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Wire mesh filled with our stickers!

My part of the table: flower stickers, postcards, and my new food stickers! ♥

The popular flower stickers in 2 set varieties and the stamp sticker peel. ♥

Close-up of my food stickers. Everyone LOVED the taho stickers, I almost sold these out!

Circle Stickers ♥ I’m so proud of the quality & results!

Monique’s part of the table. Her best selling 90s candies, Chichirya set, and Biscuit sets are lined up front. She also made new sticker packs.

Close up of her packs. ♥ 10 pcs of glossy stickers per pack.

Her new sticker packs: the Kakanin set and Handaan set. ♥

Hannah’s side with our logo. ♥

She made a bunch of new fashion girls. ♥

And new dog breed sticker packs. ♥

And finally, seamountainco! She brought her new handmade watercolor set to the event and some postcards. But what was surprising is…

Her new sticker packs! And look at the packaging! ♥ I love it!

It was another fun filled day. The place was jam packed! It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get to roam around the venue as much. We only got to buy stickers from our friends huhuhu. But we’re happy with our income HAHAHA. Thank you so much for everyone who visited and bought from our booth!

♥ The whole January Makers PH team

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StickerCon preparations

StickerConMNL 2019 is done, but I still haven’t blogged about the preparations. And there were a LOT of preparations.

What my desk looked like the past few months.

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We got the good news that we were accepted for Stickercon 2019 last late October. So we had enough time to create new artworks for the con. I was thinking of venturing out of my floral comfort zone, and my attempts with food illustration seemed like a good idea. 

Almond croissant.

Salmon bagel.

Totoro cream puffs.

Strawberry taho.

I did a bunch of food illustrations from December to February. But not all of them made the cut. I was thinking of food illustrations that aren’t similar to my January Maker sister Monique’s style and theme. Something uniquely mine. That’s when I thought of dessert stickers. The way I paint is very loose and chaotic compared to Monique’s insanely detailed and perfect food illustrations.

I went with that direction and am very happy with the results.

Dessert stickers (and a salmon bagel).

The complete set. ♥

Thanks to my officemates, I finished cutting my stickers a week before StickerCon. It was a good thing though, since Monique needed help cutting her stickers. Hannah and I helped her after work.

Her best selling chichirya set. ♥

Her biscuit set. ♥

2 new sticker sheets. The Handaan and Kakanin. ♥

But I was known as a flower artist, so I created new flower stickers for the con. Thankfully, I had a bunch of new works last year that I could use. I chose some personal favorites and some popular works. This time, they are circular and with a fancy laminate.

The circle sticker set. ♥

They look so pretty when laid out like this.

Limited post card prints. ♥

Next up would be the Stickercon art tambay after the pre-con meeting, and the Stickercon event itself. I promise to blog about it soon. ♥

Draw Native Trees

Another thing that I wanted to write about from last year is the #DrawNativeTrees contest held by the Forest Foundation Philippines in order to raise awareness of our beautiful local trees. They posted a list of the trees that anyone can traditionally draw or paint. You can post as many paintings as you want as long as you follow their rules of using the hashtag and tagging @forestfoundationph and their representative artist Cynthia Arre (the amazing wife of graphic novel artist Arnold Arre).

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I have never painted a tree seriously. All I ever did during my “Interior Plantscaping and Flower Arrangement” subject back in college were careless and loose strokes. But what motivated me was the prize. I really, really wanted the Bamboo tumbler HAHAHA.

Honestly, I never knew that we had so many endemic flowering trees in the Philippines. I even thought that the champaca was endemic here. The common among the list was Narra (our National Tree) and the Ylang-ylang.

So I researched more about the said list and got surprising results. I painted a bunch to submit to the contest:

And do you know the amazing part? I was one of the winners! Woohoo! I got the pretty bamboo tumbler and 2 copies of the Forest Blooms planner. ♥