Saturday, September 30, 2017

Day 24-30: September Calligraphy Challenge

Finally, challenge completed!

I feel so proud and fulfilled that I was able to complete this month's lettering challenge and it was such a satisfying feeling to see that my work improved a lot.

Hopefully, I could still continue to participate on such challenges; depending on how busy I'll become, but will definitely try. 

'Til next! Here's for the last week of September's #HappyLetteringChallenge. Enjoy!

Day24: Tart

Day25: Tantalizing

Day26: Sugar-coated

Day27: Lush

Day28: Cream

Day29: Zing

Day30: Fiery

Materials Used:
• Canson Watercolor Paper
• Ordinary Jot Pad and Plain Index Card
• Simbalion Watercolor
• Scrivo Brush 000
• Pointed/Dip Pen
• Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush
• Black Calligraphy Ink
• Rosie's Studio Designer Papers (Prim & Proper, In Style, Book Club, Japonica)
• Rosie's Studio Cardstock Pad (Kraft Cardstock)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Mini Haul: Rosie's Studio is here!

One thing I like about living away from the city is I can control my spending spree on arts and crafts supplies. But the worst thing is I've been dreading for months on buying additional Rosie's Studio Designer Papers, which can only be found in Cebu, and we will only be back there on CL's sem-break. I haven't been in Tagbilaran for a long time as well, so I'm not sure if we have Rosie's Studio here in Bohol already.

Not until today.

Earlier, we had a quick trip to Island City Mall in Tagbilaran to look for CL's sportswear for her school's Foundation Day. And you wouldn't imagine how excited I am when I finally saw the newly renovated National Book Store there! Oh, my! We hurriedly went inside NBS and searched through each aisle to see if they have Rosie's Studio now. And surprise, surprise! They have! *happy dance*

My heart is jumping for joy and seeing all Rosie's Studio supplies is actually beyond expectation. I thought it will just only occupy a small space but then, unexpectedly, Rosie's Studio occupies almost more than half of the hobbies and crafts shelf.

Amazingly, aside from designer papers, die cuts, and clear stamps, there were foil numbers, foil clear stickers, sticker embellishment pack, craft stencil, decorative brads, embellishment packs, flower embellishments, and more!

Every Boholana crafter's heart will really jump for joy when they see these! 

But of course, even though they're in front of me and can easily grab all of them, still, I have to constantly remind myself not to hoard! LOL! So, in the end, I only bought designer papers - 3 of 'em! *grin*

Here they are, my mini Rosie's Studio haul.

All Rosie's Studio Designer Papers contains 40 pieces of 6"x6" uniquely designed, printed quality pages.

Rosie's Studio Designer Papers {Japonica}
40 pages, 20 designs

Rosie's Studio Designer Papers {My Favourite Recipe}
40 pages, 10 designs

Rosie's Studio Designer Papers {Pink Lemonade}
40 pages, 20 designs

Lovely, aren't they?! If you'd like to check them out or perhaps hoard these goodies, just visit any National Book Store near you.

Can't wait for another mini haul. 'Til next! *wink*

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Day 17-23: September Calligraphy Challenge

It's the second half of #HappyLetteringChallenge and there's only a week left before it ends.

I'm glad I decided to join a lettering challenge after a long hiatus because I'm really inspired to do my best now. And with that, I have a lot in mind on what I'm planning to achieve. I'm really crossing my fingers on this and I'm really wishing and believing that I'll have a continuous drive to learn.

Let's hope for the best! *wink*

Here's my Days 17-23.

Day17: Juicy

Day18: Morsel

Day19: Piquant

Day20: Sweetened

Day21: Zest

Day22: Peppery

Day23: Bitter

Materials Used:
• Canson Watercolor Paper
• Ordinary Jot Pad and Plain Index Card
• Simbalion Watercolor
• Scrivo Brush 000
• Pointed/Dip Pen
• Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush
• The Craft Central's Calligraphy Ink in Blue & Walnut
• Scrapbook Paper and Journaling Cards
• Rosie's Studio Designer Papers (Prim & Proper, In Style, Book Club)
• Rosie's Studio Cardstock Pad (Kraft Cardstock)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Day 10-16: September Calligraphy Challenge

This week's #HappyLetteringChallenge was a bit toned down when it comes to colors and papers used for calligraphy.
But of course, the progress is still more important which is, I think, pretty good. I'm satisfied with my pointed pen calligraphy, I somewhat tried a little flourishing on Day11, but of course, I need more improvement on this and I'm really aiming to learn the different flourishing techniques. 

However, brush lettering's the opposite. I'm really not sure what happened, but I think it has something to do with the watercolor I'm using; it doesn't inspire me anymore and I'm not getting the outcome that I've been aiming for. For the past few weeks, I've been thinking of buying a new one, which I think is about time if I'm going to expand my calligraphy skills with wreath and florals and foliage. I've been eyeing Winsor and Newton, Dr. Ph.Martin's Hydrus Fine Art Watercolor and Prima Watercolor Confections, specifically the Pastel Dreams. But I guess, for now, I'm going to settle with Prima.

Oh my, hopefully, I'll get my hands on them really soon! And while we're waiting for that day to come, please check out my Days 10-16 of #HappyLetteringChallenge.

Day10: Melt 

Day11: Gritty 

Day12: Relish 

Day13: Spice 

Day14: Bland 

Day15: Rich 

Day16: Delectable

Materials Used:
• Canson Watercolor Paper
• Simbalion Watercolor
• Scrivo Brush 000
• Pointed/Dip Pen
• The Craft Central's Calligraphy Ink in Magenta
• Scrapbook Paper and Journaling Cards
• Rosie's Studio Designer Papers (Prim & Proper, In Style, Book Club)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My Mom's Purple Asters

09.10.17 | Bohol, Philippines | Photo by Aine Garcia

I deeply adore flowers and it is only now that I'm more interested in them than before.

One of my favorites is this daisy-like flower - Purple Aster. This flower is really meaningful for me, it symbolizes a new beginning for my mother. And every time I looked at them, I am always reminded of my parent's most-awaited day.

However, as much as I wanted to keep them close to me, I stopped placing them in my room because of my unending allergic rhinitis. Ahhh, allergens! But it's okay, I can freely gaze at them from my mother's garden. *smile*

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Day 03-09: September Calligraphy Challenge

I'm in love with my progress for this weeks lettering challenge. Why? Because I was able to pull off what I've been long aiming for my calligraphy. Plus, I finally had a reason to use my Rosie's Studio Designer Pads. Everything is satisfyingly adorable, I'm so proud of the outcome!

I'm looking forward to next week's daily prompts. For now, enjoy my Days 03-09 of  #HappyLetteringChallenge.

Day04: Flavorful

Day04: Crunch

Day05: Salty

Day06: Rare

Day07: Tang

Day08: Essence

Day09: Sour

Materials Used:
• Canson Watercolor Paper
• Simbalion Watercolor
• Scrivo Brush 000
• Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen - Hard Tip
• Pointed/Dip Pen
• Walnut Calligraphy Ink
• Rosie's Studio Designer Papers (Prim & Proper, In Style, Book Club)
• Rosie's Studio Cardstock Pad (Kraft Cardstock)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Day 01-02: September Calligraphy Challenge

It's been a while since I joined a lettering challenge on Instagram and finally I picked up my pen again and started to do what I love the most. After a few months of hiatus from crafting and calligraphy, I'm happily sharing to you the first 2 days of this month's daily practice - #HappyLetteringChallenge.

Created by the team of Ida, Tyra & Chrystal, @happyletteringchallenge is a hand lettering challenge created to practice the art of hand lettering every day. Daily prompts are given days before the month starts so anyone who wants to participate could get ready.

This is my first time to join #HappyLetteringChallenge as I used to do #TogetherWeLetter, I'm not sure though what happened to them as they're not regularly posting anymore. That's why I'm really glad I found a lettering challenge that I'm comfortable and excited to be a part of.

So here goes to my first 2 days of #HappyLetteringChallenge.

Day01: Savory

Day02: Delicious

And if you want to join the fun, head over HERE for September's daily prompts. Enjoy!