Free May 2015 Desktop Calendar

Hello there. It's been a while hasn't it? I am still alive, obviously. This blog almost got the boot. I have, for months, been contemplating on pulling the plug on this site because I no longer have the time to give it a well-deserved update. Despite having been busy with things which I would have loved to share with you, I often find myself posting actively on INSTAGRAM instead since it doesn't take much of my time from work and my mommy duties. 

However, sentimentality won and I just couldn't really totally bury this baby 9feet below the web ground so am still sticking to it. That said, I guess I would no longer be able to share detailed how to's for crafts and diys (which I honestly do not have time to make anymore anyway these days because my face is constantly buried under illustration work and art pieces). 

Anyway I wanna share with you this beautiful DESKTOP CALENDAR I made for the month of May. Yes yes, am happy to say that freebies are back. I may not be able to share some of my diys but i hope i could share more of my artworks through this monthly free download. 

I was so inspired by the heaps of sakura photos popping up from almost all social networking sites. I've always said that I am very partial to autumn colors but I must say that spring has started to grow on me. We've been meaning to take a vacation to see our family in Korea and at the same time see the cherry blossom festival this year but sadly it didn't push through because of conflicting schedules. So i painted them sakura instead. 

Just click the photo above to download. Enjoy!


Ai Zome - Indigo Dyeing with Japanese artist Kaoru Iwamoto

Quite of late, I find myself feeling rather wonderfully addicted to blue. It was most likely triggered by my many trips to Japan surplus stores here in Baguio and La Trinidad. We were hunting for used furniture we could diy to fit in the aesthetics of our new all-white place (yup we've moved...yet again), but i got stuck staring at  those lovely white-blue porcelains. They were just so pretty! And when my artist friend Fara told me about this Japanese indigo dyeing workshop happening at Chaya, i felt it was quite serendipitous. I just got to attend it.

We were introduced to Kaoru Iwamoto, an artist from Japan who specializes on indigo dyeing using ai, a kind of leaf which when fermented could produce this really beautiful hues of blue. Kaoru was just wonderful sharing her tips and tricks despite the language barrier. She spoke in Japanese and Chaya's owner Sonoko Taguchi  translated it to us in her perfect Taglish.

We were each given a tenugui or "hand towel" for our ai zome dyeing all made of Japanese cotton. You could dye them in bright, deep blue or soft and subtle like those cute little blouses and tiny kimono.

She also taught us different techniques on shibori or "tie dyeing." This was the most fun part as we get to experiment on different designs. It was much like unwrapping Christmas presents when we finally got to snip the bands and see what patterns our knots have created.

I cant wait to sew my tenugui into something, well will show you that on another post instead.

PS. please don't mind my oh-so-messy hair here. You will be happy to hear that i have just had my hair mowed into smithereens!


Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" plus other movies I can't wait to watch

1) Tim Burton's Big Eyes - art, scandal, controversy and paintings of big-eyed waif. The story is based on the life of artists Walter and Margaret Keane. Walter achieved popularity for the Big Eyes paintings in the 1950s...only to be brought to court by his ex-wife who claimed to be the original painter. Years of "painting custody battle" ensued.

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2) Disney's Into the Woods - based on what I've read so far, Into the Woods is originally a musical and Disney is now turning it into a movie which, as we would expect, might take a different turn from the original story somewhere in the movie. Though am not very fond of the  Act II of the musical, "The once upon a time...later, am a huge sucker for anything fairy tale so let's see how much of this movie get Disney-fied.
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3) The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby - because I just love everything James Mcavoy, period
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