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. ♥

Small steps

When you thought January’s finally over with all the craziness of 2020, the Covid19 finally reached our country.

There’s more personal posts recently here. Here’s my summary of January to Feb:

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First art work post of the year and it's already February. This was done last month but I wasn't in the right mindset to post or talk about it. Well, we all know what happened last January.It already felt like 2020 has gone by even though its was just the start of the year. . It wasn't kind to me either. With 2 cons simultaneously asking for requirements and personal matters bringing negative thoughts to myself, I just stopped. Rested. But I still felt so tired. There are still bad days where I think of my decisions if its right or wrong. There's no perfect solution to this personal problem. So I decided after years of thought that, hey, whatever will make me happy. So far, so good. . . #suffnirain #watercolor #watercolorph #artph #mijello #mijellomissiongold

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March is okay, I guess? We’ll get through this. Our office computers were shipped to our respective homes and they announced a mandatory 100% work from home for us days before the quarantine. Which is a good thing, right?

I just..don’t have the drive to blog. I know I have tons of pending posts. I know I still have responsibilities… just, let me rest some more. 

Small, easy steps for now. Since I bought my own scanner days before Stickercon, I now have a reason to scan new works and upload them to my POD websites. At least they’re doing well.

After all the craziness

After 2 months of preparation, our events in Komiket Megamall and StickerconMNL 2020 are done! Its finally time to rest, I hope? So sorry for not updating as often as I should. I can still see my pending blog post list on the first page. I will do them this March, hopefully! ♥

5 years old

I can’t believe that this blog is now 5 years old! ♥ Happy birthday!

I’m currently updating old entries and moving my images to another hosting site since there’s a problem with Google Photos. Asides from that, I’m also busy with con preparations since I’m the group spokesperson for both events (Komiket and Stickercon). Its a mentally exhausting task.

I hope after this craziness, I can finally rest.

2020

Yes, it’s that time of the year again.

A chaotic year.

Compared to my quiet 2018, 2019 was full of chaos.

When I look back to my posts for 2019 – it wasn’t a lot. I lost the motivation to write. And I got busy with work and real life. Originally, the blog’s main purpose is for me to document my adventures and to look back on happy memories. 

I attempted to create an art tambay group in our office. But after numerous setbacks (different work schedules, commitments, distractions, etc.) I just… stopped. I mean, I invite people and they show up but instead of you know – creating, there are distractions and I’m the only one left committed to the art tambay. What’s the point, then? I could do this anywhere else. So I stopped. But then new people were hired with similar interests, and here I am hoping – maybe this year I could invite people again.

In the first quarter of the year, I got busy working on new artworks for StickerCon. I decided that I need to create something new – aside from my flowers. Since I already did that last 2018, I decided to continue working on food illustration. Compared to my JanMaker sister with her insane amount of details in her food illustration – mine was the complete opposite. It was loose and chaotic, definitely me. I was ecstatic that everyone loved my food stickers, some of them were almost sold out. Weeks after that was my birthday, and then we went up north to participate in an arts and crafts fair.

There were so many lows this year that were so… stressful. I cut off people to protect myself and my mental state. I wish for karma to decide their fates, but sometimes I just wish for something else. I got stuck in an unfavorable situation, so I just left. I’m just happy and grateful that I have the support system that I need ♥.

In between the stressful situations, I also had some achievements: I got accepted in an Open call of artists for an exhibition; two of my renders were accepted as finalists in an international competition; had numerous events with friends; and was accepted to StickerCon 2020 and February Komiket 2020. 

There were a lot of things that I had no control over that I hated, but needed to accept. So for 2020, I wish for a quieter and steady year creating art at my own pace. I’m so tired.

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. ♥

Life Updates

Argh, so sorry for the lack of updates. I guess, life got in the way of updating my online place. Which is a good thing, right? Most of the events for the year are done so I finally have some time to blog.

Back then, I used to believe that if I write a list about pending stuff, I’ll do it eventually(soon) because I hate seeing lists that are incomplete. So let’s do this!

Whew, I think that’s enough for now! I’m sure that I’ll find more stuff when I dig through my photos. ♥