Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Fabric Bows: A Hit and Miss Project

I've never worked with grosgrain ribbons before and I find it amusing that these ribbons were made of fine quality materials that made them heavy and stiff. Which, actually, is perfect for creating bows.

Grosgrain is a very popular type of ribbon used in creating hair accessories. I've seen many pieces made of these and I find them really cute.

So aside from the usual fabric flowers that I'm making, I kind of stepped out of my comfort zone and tried to do the simplest possible bow that I could make.

I bought 7 pieces of grosgrain bows and tried my hand on bow-making. However, since I only bought one size, I totally forgot that I needed a smaller size for the center. Instead, I used my fabrics to complete the bows.

At first, I find it pretty cool incorporating fabric with grosgrains... but in the long run, I find it weird and decided not to use this combination ever again. *giggles*

Anyway, this is just part of a 'trial & error' process in producing pieces. I'm just glad I didn't create too much and just had enough number for the sample bows.

And yes, I learned - grosgrains are for grosgrains. *wink





Sunday, April 24, 2016

#TogetherWeLetter Days 18-24: I need more!

This week was fun and a very productive one because I discovered and used different materials on my work. I used smaller paper for my calligraphy and used fabric flowers and colored background taking photos. It turned out great and I might use more on my future letterings. I just need to go through my things, though, to gather everything that I could use.

I also maximized the use of Cocoiro Letter Pen - Brush Tip refill. The bristles are really good and I like using it. And because it is now almost running out of ink, I'll wait for it to get emptied so I can finally use the brush refill on watercolor. 

I just hope Scribe Essentials in SM Cebu already have the brush tip refill, because I really want to get one now. And I hope they will sell Tombow as well! *grin*

Enjoy my days 18 to 24 works. *smile*

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Day 18 - Gracious

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Day 19 - Friendship

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Day 20 - Try Again

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Day 21 - Colored Pencil

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Day 22 - Awesome

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Day 23 - Prayer

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Day 24 - Rest

Sunday, April 17, 2016

#TogetherWeLetter Days 11-17: More on Colored Pens and Markers

Going half way through the month, here are my days 11 to 17. I tried using my other pens this week and lessen the use of brush pens for the prompts. I think I have to play with my colored pens and markers more, as I am already used with Tombow and Cocoiro.

As per my progress, I'm definitely satisfied with how my writing is doing now. I still use tons of paper before settling with the final lettering, but as they say - practice, indeed, makes it perfect. *smile*

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Day 11 - Relax
"take time for yourself"

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Day 12 - Art

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Day 13 - Pink

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Day 14 - Excite

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Day 15 - Permanent Marker
Used here is my go-to marker Dong-A Twin Permanent Marker

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Day 16 - Sweet

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Day 17 - Shout
"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth."

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bespoke Hair Clip for the Bride

One of the requests that was made by my friend's sister is to make her a hair clip for her wedding that is really simple. I was given a sample of what she wanted, just like the photo below.

the inspiration

From there I used a neutral colored fabric and black seed beads for center accent. It's very easy to make, and the Bride is very happy with the outcome. 

Now I'm considering of adding medium-sized fabric flower for hair clips for little girls and bride-to-be.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

#TogetherWeLetter Days 04-10: Keeping up!

Here's my day 04-10 of #togetherweletter lettering challenge I joined for this month. I've been seeing progress with my writing and even add some doodles on some, but still struggling with a few alphabets.

Also, I ran out of paper while I was in Cebu so I did my day 06, 07, and 08 all at once when I got back here in Bohol. But what's good is I get to use the watercolor that I've been dreading to try since the challenge started. It was good, but of course, I still need to practice more on watercolor techniques.

Here they are, enjoy!

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Day 04 - Inspire
"Beautiful minds, inspire others."

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Day 05 - Brush Pen
The pen I used here is ZIG Clean Color Real Brush in Light Blue. The first and only brush pen I got from the brand. It's a really nice pen. I need more of this!!! ^_^

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Day 06 - Rain

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Day 07 - Celebrate
Love the buntings! 

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Day 08 - Season

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Day 09 - Pencil
Supposedly, it should be easy to work with pencils, but then it took me longer to finish this piece compared with the others. And yeah, I need to practice on shading!

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Day 10 - Study
"Study hard. Do good and the good life will follow."

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Freshly Made Everyday

04.01.16 | Greenwich Pizza, SM Cebu City | Photo by Aine Garcia

Greenwich Pizza is every family's favorite. We always get giddy whenever we see that "g" in a red and green signage. But as years passed by, there were changes - from their menu up to their store's interior. And seeing bricks and retro-ish typography inside this local pizzeria is so refreshing. I like it, to be honest! It's very homey.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

#TogetherWeLetter Days 01-03: Let's do it!!!

It's been a while since I joined a lettering challenge over at Instagram - which I didn't even make it through the first week. I admit, I was a bit intimidated by wonderful pro and newbie calligraphers that made me decide to retreat.

After a few months of practicing, armed with lettering weapons (I only have a few ^_^), I once again joined a lettering challenge. This time, I'm determined to finish 'til the end. It's a great way to practice my lettering skills and a great way to discover other talented calligraphers around the world.

Amongst the number of challenges I found, I chose to join the one that was hosted by amazing calligraphers @lissletters and @renmadecalligraphy. They're hosting #TogetherWeLetter over at @togetherweletter, where you can find the monthly prompts and their favorites from all the participants. The challenge is a bit different from the first one I used to join. Here, with the daily prompts given, it's up to you on how you interpret that word. Which I liked better, because I get to decide on what to write and how I'll write it.

Here are my first three days of the challenge.

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Day 01 - Smile

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Day 02 - Grow
This quote is perfect for my growing little girl! *smile*

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Day 03 - Positive Vibes
This one's my favorite!!! The quote, the lighting, and everything! Taken on broad daylight. I just love this! ♥

What do you think? Not bad, I guess. Besides, practice makes perfect right?! ^_^

And if you're interested to join the fun and practice your lettering skills too, head over at @togetherweletter and check our their April lettering challenge.

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