Keds Shoes artwork

Early this year, someone asked me to paint her white Keds shoes since it was already dirty. She gave me the creative freedom to paint whatever subject that I want on her shoes – so I made peonies.

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I only had red, yellow, brown and green acrylics on hand. Since I didn’t have the time to buy additional paints, I settled on peonies as my subject. This was also the first time that I painted on Keds, so I have no idea what I’m doing.

My acrylic mixing paper plate.

Done! ♥

The sides were also dirty. I decided on painting leaves / mini peonies to these as well.

And done! I was satisfied with the final product. I want to do more of this in the future! ♥

Stickercon Pre-event Art Tambay

Same with last year, the Stickercon team had a pre-event meeting for exhibitors to discuss the ingress/egress, additional reminders and rules, and to give out our Artist pins. I was the only representative again for our group. Thankfully, Clair and I were going to have our art tambay after the meeting. Some of our other friends were also planning this, so we all went to Shang after.

January Makers PH represent ♥


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What’s interesting about this art tambay is that I finally brought my markers with me. I let Clair try out my favorite colors. After learning that you can’t erase your mistakes in markers, she decided to not pursue it anymore HAHA.

Warm up!

And then I remember why I hated markers again. I felt limited to the colors. Even though I already brought a bunch, it felt like I couldn’t get all the colors that I want. Plus the prices of these went wayyyy up. It used to be 88~100php each. (It still is though in P. Noval, but its not accessible to me). And the ink! A marker would only take months before it runs out of ink. When we compared it to watercolor though, well, we immediately switched mediums. 

I finished the artwork with my Prismacolor pencils – another art material that I seldom use. My complaint with this one is that my hands are already sore and I’m still not done coloring! HAHA. With watercolor, its only just one stroke. Oh well. It’s still useful for the finishing touches?

It’s already the second week of April and I’m still not done with Stickercon blog posts! Stay tuned for the rest of the series HAHA. 

Custom Ceramic Plates

One of my Christmas gifts to myself last year are these gorgeous custom ceramic plates by neshoi. She’s an artist friend who creates ceramic stuff like earrings and plates. I asked her if she could create custom shaped ceramic plates for me, and she took the challenge. I gave her my sketches and she created them from scratch/clay. I love them so much! ♥ 

Obviously my designs are flowers: a peony and an orchid. The peony’s purpose is for IG feed goals (that I haven’t used YET), while the orchid is for everyday use. ♥ I heard that a ceramic or porcelain palette is the best mixing surface for watercolor. And yes, I agree! The colors are vibrant, paints stay wet, mixing is a breeze, and apparently clean up is easy as well. 

Handmade watercolors by seamountainco

I’d like to talk about seamountainco, one of my favorite watercolors! Seamountainco is a local store that specializes in portable handmade watercolor sets & notebooks. Their products are perfect for those who love to travel! The owner is a dear friend of mine & also one of the co-founding members of January Makers PH. ♥ Though we are friends, this post is not sponsored in any way & is not biased. Hopefully.

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(This post is long overdue. I planned on posting this last July 2017! But I was too lazy to do the sample artworks.)

The basic set (middle tin with 4 watercolor half pans).

We received one of the first batches of the Basic set last February 2017. You can read more about that here. The Basic set includes a portable tin can, four artist grade handmade watercolors in half pans that are highly pigmented with excellent light fastness. The four colors are: Ultramarine Blue, Indian Red, Yellow Ochre, and Raw Earth Umber.

We were tasked with reviewing the quality of the first batch. It really is highly pigmented. Just one swipe is enough. ♥ I used to joke that her watercolor is similar to the dishwashing liquid commercial: “Isang patak, sangkatutak!“. HAHA sorry.

On fabriano acquarello postcard paper.

What can you do with the Basic Set? I usually use mine for my sunflower watercolor paintings. I really love the yellow ochre for this. Its versatile that it can do the light yellows and also do the darker, muted tones that I want on my paintings. (Did that make sense?!). The only problem I think is the green. You can mix Ultramarine & Yellow Ochre to create an Olive green, but its not my preferred tone of green.

On further meet-ups, I received these from Jean: Philippine Indigo (aka #Jeandigo), Venetian Red, Verona Green, Cassel Earth, and Nicosia Green. I also bought the Purple Ochre, Pink Pipestone and Gold during our recent bazaar.

Clockwise from Top Right: Philippine Indigo, Venetian Red, Purple Ochre, Gold, Pink Pipestone, Nicosia Green, Verona Green, and Cassel Earth.

Even though seamountainco aims to cater to those who love to travel, their sets are also versatile in other subjects. My fellow January Makers PH members can attest to that! Check out their works below:

I’m very happy with my seamountainco set. ♥ I plan on buying more when I get the chance! HAHA.

You can follow seamountainco on Instagram & Facebook! For online orders, click here. ♥

Winsor & Newton Cotman

After months of deciding, I finally bought my own Winsor & Newton Cotman set!

2016 08 W&N box

Ta daaaaa ♥

Since I can’t afford the 45 set yet, this will do. I ordered mine from The Opinionated Store. It was my first online purchase from a local art supply store. It was hassle free! I just messaged my order on their Facebook page, selected the method of payment (Online bank) and delivery (LBC), and I got it the next day ♥.

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2016 08 W&N closed

So pocket friendly!

2016 08 W&N unboxing 1

Just like yummy candy ♥

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With a travel brush!

The W&N Cotman sketchers pocket box is Winsor & Newton’s student grade. The colors included are: Lemon Yellow Hue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Cadmium Red Pale Hue, Alizarin Crimson Hue,  Ultramarine, Intense blue or Pthalo Blue, Viridian, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, and Chinese White.

I can’t wait to try my new bbs. ♥

Bras Basah

As I said in my previous post, we went to our preferred areas on our second day of our SG trip. My preffered place to go to was Bras Basah Complex. If you’re an art hoarder in the art field, THIS is the place to be!!!

This building is an artist’s heaven. ♥

I discovered Bras Basah Complex in the internet while looking for places to go before our SG trip. A lot of bloggers recommended this place because of Art Friend, Art Mark, and Straits. They have brands that are not available/hard-to-find in the Philippines!
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art friend copic sets

Copic marker sets.

copics 1

Copic Ciao & Copic Sketch markers

copics 2

art friend notebooks

This notebook / sketchpad aisle is HEAVEN. ♥

art friend bulk buys

I saw this in between the two Art Friend stores. I bought 2 packs of the Montval paper. What a steal!!!

art friend bulk buys 2

After browsing the wares of Art Friend and Art Mark. We checked out Basheer Graphic books. The interior design section has a lot of books only sold there!

I'll buy you... some day.

I’ll buy you… some day.

basheer id detail books

We then went to Straits after. Its near the Bras Basah Complex so might as well visit.

straits

I was supposed to buy watercolor tube/pans on this trip but I didn’t find what I was looking for. So these are what I hoarded:

I’m sure this will last for months/years. Happy with my haul ♥