Crafting obsession realized.
And yes, my wallet hates me.
I have always had a crafting obsession. As a kid I would collect stamps, guard steadily my Crayola stamp markers and use sparingly my 180+ crayon set. This habit of mine has continued to accompany me as I grew up and my wish list would change to suite whatever I fancied then -- metallic pens in high school, journal notebooks in college, reliable blue ballpen during the corporate phase, etc.
Nowadays my Craft Wishlist has revolved around my Calligraphy hobby --- it includes anything that will make my writing pretty and stand out. So this collection has included iridescent inks (love you Dr. Martin's!), flexible nibs (I am loving the leonardt line up), colorful brush pens (Kuretake, Pilot and Tombow are my go-to brands) and different cutters or punches -- you can read about the great craft re-organization here.
But for the quite some time I have been lusting over the Midori Traveller's Notebook that I dedicated a blog post about it -- read here. After hemming and hawing I finally caved and bought for myself a black regular sized TN from Scribe Writing Essentials. This gloriously luxurious purchase of mine felt like such a reward that after taking it out of the box I found myself just staring at it for a few minutes. The paper is my biggest come on -- it's light and smooth and can take any kind of ink i throw at it WITHOUT BLEEDING. Yes you head me right it does NOT bleed. I've used brush pen ink, acrylic ink, watercolor and calligraphy. The paper just eats it up like it was nothing.
Thus far I have only written in a few pages but find doing so such a relaxing experience. I don't need to worry if my nib will snag the pages, if the ink will blur, etc. For the front pages I even decorated them with little sayings using white ink just for added inspiration upon opening the leather cover. I am looking forward to filling this notebook -- and it's refills-- with my thoughts and even considering making it a true TRAVELLER'S NOTEBOOK when I leave for my adventure this September. (I'll keep you guys updated regarding this, sketching might prove to much of a commitment while on the road and I might just get frustrated trying.)
So here's a peek of what my Midori looks like these days. I might shuffle up the inserts after a while. That's the beauty of this notebook it's totally customizable that you can change the insert arrangements whenever, wherever, however you want it. I totally recommend this for notebook and writing aficionados such as myself. You will not regret!
Ten months after I first picked up a pointed nib
and a bottle of ink, I didn't think I'd find
myself actually teaching a class.
This pet project of mine has been brewing on the back burner for quite some time. Of course every time you decide to share your talent to a lot of people -- say in a seminar-- there are a lot of questions that pop up like:
Ever since I began with my calligraphy obsession last September, I never thought that it would get this much attention. Posting my "work" on Facebook and instagram (@sab_adventures) made friends and strangers alike ask if I could teach them. This journey has been a work in a progress and there are times when I didn't think I was worthy enough to teach a class -- my alphabets aren't perfect, I still get shakey lines, I make mistakes, my flourishes aren't pretty, etc. But I decided it was time to bite the bullet and luckily enough my teacher Imma (@dyosaimma) wanted to teach the class with me.
So preps began for the first ever BRUSH CALLIGRAPHY SEMINAR here in Albay. We began talking about location, materials, and advertising.
Imma arrived in Legazpi on the Friday (July 17) which meant 2 days of catching up and preparing the kits in time for the Jul 19 seminar. A big thanks to Balay Cena Una also for sponsoring our snacks that afternoon --- really delicious pasta and iced tea! Perfect combination for the humid weather.
Everything was set for the workshop: paper, brush, watercolor, folder, etc. Setting up the place was a breeze and all we needed to do was wait for the participants. Remember we capped the class at 15? Well SEVENTEEN came and I still have a couple of people on the wait list. All of them were super excited to learn. Imma and I did our best to put them at ease -- reminding them that this is a process, one that wouldn't be perfected that same afternoon.
Our class had the following structure:
I'd want to do this again. What do you guys think? Yay or nay?? haha
I didn't even realize that the month has gone by so fast.
so, here's a RECAP
June was such a bustle but July was even more of a hustle. I didn't realize that almost a month has gone by since I last updated my website. So I will try to keep this entry short, sweet yet image-filled. (AKA maraming picture)
So yes, this month has just been really busy and its going to get even busier. In a few days I will be facilitating, alongside Imma, my first ever BRUSH CALLIGRAPHY workshop. Ill write all about it after the class ends.
So this is it for now.
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