What kind of woman is this that she looks gorgeous even as a papercut art? Hi, Lana del Rey. Life totally sided with you when everyone else asked for fairness.
Papel de Pinay will be holding another workshop this summer at The Crafters Marketplace in Shangri-La Plaza Mall on April 16, from 4PM to 6:30PM.
Fee is PHP 1,600, inclusive of a starter kit and snacks. Register by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register now! 🙂
A little over a month ago, Papel de Pinay joined yet another Maker’s Market — this time, for a two-day stint at the newly built Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons. For some of you who may not have heard of this event before, Maker’s Market is a seasonal event held by the fine people of Craft MNL. Crafters, makers, artists, and what-have-you’s gather in one event selling stuff from yarns, paints, cutters and sculpture materials, handmade soaps, paper quilled accessories and cards, handpainted paper mache forms, to handstitched leather goods and prints to name a few. It was my second time to join such an event, and being someone who have enjoyed her first Maker’s Market last year, I decided to sell my handmade products for 2 days — the last weekend of June.
It was a fun two days. While I enjoyed entertaining inquiries from buyers, and even passers-by, I also loved the feeling of being surrounded by other makers, such as BioArt.ph, Frou Frou Crafts, Sqooid, Craft Carrot, Sketchnotes, Dagatbeads, and like, 40 others (yes, FORTY). It was the biggest Maker’s Market to date, and I’m so thankful to have been a part of it. Looking forward to the next one! 🙂
It’s been a week since my bazaar stint at Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons — my second time to join the Maker’s Market — and I’m still over the moon. It was a successful one! I can’t wait for the next one in September. (More on my bazaar experience in my next post)
One of the people who paid my booth a visit was an old friend. She was my first ever best friend; we’ve known each other since grade school. I’m going to spare myself the task of revealing my age by not going into more details (*cough*specific year*cough*). Let’s just say it was in the 90’s. Yeah.. We’ve been friends thaaaat long, and so, it was really a lovely surprise for me to see her there.
She commissioned me to make her elephant papercuts: a bookmark and a framed papercut. I’m posting just the framed papercut as I haven’t gotten a good photo of the bookmark yet. Anyway, here it is:
I love how it turned out. I used stone paper for this piece as the lines are very fine which made the papercut delicate, then framed the final piece in double glass. Total time to make this: about 1.5 hours, including the sketching bit.
Fun fact on elephants: Did you know that when elephants meet up with family or friends, they entwine their trunks? That’s elephant-style hugging right there!
I’m ending this post with a song which played while I was just about to finish my elephant papercut. Spotify is magic.
February! Whew, the first month of 2015 flew by so fast, I haven’t had time to write a proper entry for my blog. Well, to be honest, I did not really do a lot of crafting last month. I wanted to give myself time to recuperate from the busy months of November and December. Now, don’t you rejoice yet, coz I’m back! With my unwitty remarks and geeky crafting moments. 😝
I had some free afternoon one Saturday last month. The weather was cool and the sun cast the perfect lighting, so I went to the beach and surfed. Not. I’m way cooler than that so I brought out my crafting tools in the garden. 😊
Of course, I had to be surrounded by my pets! I thought they can learn a trick or two in cutting paper.
Now, the project. I wanted something new for my office desk so I made a quote about, er, vacations. I know, I know. Vacation already?! Haha! But I thought this would keep me motivated (sane?) during moments of stress and save my hair from being pulled out a lot.
I first wrote the text in freehand calligraphy on tracing paper. Then, I traced the wrong side of the image on to white paper to create a mirror image. And then, I cut them with my trusty craft knife.
This came out:
Charlie was the perfect border: 😜
This is now on display at my workstation:
What do you think of the quote? Agree?
Watch this video while you think about it. Cheers! 😉
I had some down time during Christmas break (by down time, I mean one free afternoon) so I finally had the chance to bring out my first ever watercolor paint set I bought a few weeks ago. I have zero training on painting, so please be nice. 🙂
Anyway… These are my latest papercuts, with watercolor-painted back material.
They’re not so bad, right (I hope)?
I badly need/ want to attend a workshop on Watercolor Painting, though. That’s definitely on my list of to-do’s for 2015. This year has been a year of firsts. I had a blast. Here’s wishing 2015 would be an even better one.
Cheers, everyone! 🙂
Hi guys! I have a mini feature on the Time Out section of Good Housekeeping Philippines‘ October issue.
I was asked to make a papercut based on their theme for the month which is fitness.
I came up with this:
The magazine issue is still on local newsstands, but you can also download an online copy here.
This post is embarrassingly late — 7 weeks late, to be exact. I did say I was going to post about the bazaar, so as late as it may be now, here it is (yay!).
Sometime in July this year (exactly a year after I participated in a papercutting workshop), I learned about the Maker’s Market for an upcoming bazaar. Craft MNL, a community of crafters I follow on Facebook and Instagram, were looking for independent local crafters who would like to sell their locally made products for Global Pinoy Bazaar, to be held on August 22 to 24, 2014. I have always dreamt of joining one, or just being able to sell my stuff commercially. Then I stumbled upon the event’s application form, and thought, “Hey, why not?”. Basically, I just had to submit an application on-line, tell them about my product/craft, and wait if I get accepted. Yabang Pinoy, the organizer of the bazaar, is pretty particular about selling only locally sourced products, so they had to screen each application. Luckily, I got accepted! After settling the fee and requirements, off I went with the planning.
The Planning. Thank God for friends with a bazaar background. I literally had a very detailed checklist handed to me by a friend weeks before the event, so that was very helpful. What gave me anxiety attacks were the artworks that I was going to sell. I only had two weekends to prepare and I just had a handful of ready-made paper cuts on hand, which meant I had to make pieces at about every single free time I had (I think I have mentioned in my previous posts that I have a full-time job). It wasn’t easy, but I’m glad I managed to make enough pieces.
The Big Day. I only signed up for one day. Unlike the other concessionaires who had been there for the ingress and whose booths have already been set up the day before, I only had an hour to set everything up. Of course I had to keep my cool and act like I was already Queen of Bazaar Set-Ups (LOL, I’m just kidding. I was like a lost puppy. Thank goodness I had with me my Dad and cousin to give a helping hand). An hour later, everything was good to go.
The bazaar was from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The booth space was cramped so I had to sit (but most of the time, stand) a couple of feet from across the booth and just come up when there are interested buyers. I didn’t feel tired at all. Maybe because I was so excited and all geared up for that day. The sales weren’t that spectacular, but that wasn’t really my main concern when I signed up for the bazaar. I wanted to test the waters, get maybe a little recognition, and start from there. I thought of it as an investment. And invest, I did. I had no calling cards left even before the bazaar ended and got lots of inquiries afterwards. I even got contacted by a magazine editor to have my artwork featured (that’ll be on my next post ;))! Eventually, most of the leftover pieces from the bazaar have been sold online, too.
All in all, it was a fun event. I’m lucky to have friends and family who supported me with my very first bazaar. Hopefully, this won’t be the last! 🙂
A couple of weeks ago, a friend suggested that I submit an entry to Le Petit Prince website’s Fan Art Friday. It’s basically a collection of fanmade artworks inspired by, well, The Little Prince. I thought, “Hey, why not?”. Nothing to lose with trying; so I submitted one of my works through their Facebook page.
A week later — I kind of forgot about it, actually — another friend, subscribed to LPP Officiel’s fanpage, tagged me in a post. My entry was chosen! Ah, it was incredible! I couldn’t believe it. 🙂
You can visit the actual website with my artwork here.
There you go — my little moment of “on-line fame”, LOL! So to that special friend who pushed me to do this, thank YOU. You know who you are 🙂
I posted my leftover pieces from last week’s bazaar here. I know, I know. I was supposed to blog about it, but I’m still so busy. Will write about it soon.
In the meantime, feel free to browse through the images and send me an e-mail at email@example.com for inquiries. All items are framed. 🙂