Motivational, My Life Story, Products

Find Beauty Among the Ruins

Last summer, I went on a journey to explore the beautiful country of Greece. Little did I know that I would be overwhelmed with how seamlessly ancient ruins could weave itself beautifully into the fabric of modern Greek society.

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The majestic temple of Zeus standing tall and proud in the heart of Athens. Just look at how those columns have stood the test of time. Imagine how every piece have been put together by the ancient Greeks. It never ceases to amaze me.

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At Syntagma Square with these hungry pigeons.This first stop was followed by a magnificent trip to learn the history of the Acropolis Stadium. This was just my first glimpse of Greece.

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We were walking around the city of Athens during the first day and I couldn’t help asking: “What’s that structure on top of the hill?” My question was answered the next day when we climbed up to see that what is there is so much more than what I had expected.

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Seen from the city is Acropolis, the highest point of Athens. Beautiful isn’t it?

Sometimes in life, you can’t see the breathtaking view until you muster the courage to climb the mountain.

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During our day-trip, we ventured on a boat ride to see the different islands surrounding Greece. One of them is this quaint island called Hydra. This little island is a town in itself, with little shops and cafes near the water. What’s fascinating is that the townspeople here have donkeys to get around, nope, no cars!

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This breathtaking view where the sky meets the beautiful Greek dome-shaped architecture was taken from the island of Santorini. We stayed here a couple of days, and if I could, I would’ve stayed much longer. There were numerous mini-shops greeting passersby along the alley, from nifty book nooks to one-of-a-kind trinket stores.

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The town of Nafplio. Bustling with life through it’s diversity in art, music and delicacies.

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I love the bliss whenever I draw my adventures on my journal. It helps me remember not only the place, but also the little memories that come with my travels. When I look back, it’s the little moments that touch my heart to this day. Such as the time my mom and I shared a large Greek pretzel-like dessert, the ice cream cone I had in Athens despite the biting cold winds or the fact that not a day goes by without a serving of delicious Greek yogurt (yummy!), and the time when I looked down from the highest peak of Greece and thought to myself:

“All these man-made bricks, statues and temples  are truly majestic, but nothing compares to the beauty of nature that my God has surrounded it all with”.

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I am often asked how I find time to draw during these trips. Despite the hustle and bustle during the morning tours, I try to find time to relax in a cafe as a short pit-stop to write down the events that happened during the day. Always remember to write down the important details, you can sketch them later in the evening (if you aren’t too tired!)IMG_4458

The Greeks have a habit of drinking Frappe every now and then. I find that I also belong to this place where it is bursting with art, history, culture…and yes, coffee!

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The mystical trail of Delphi, after a hike atop the mountains of Greece.

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The Dyonisus Theater. It’s size and design is jaw-droppingly (if that is even a word) – incredible! It may be huge, but dropping a coin or stomping your feet at the center circle of the theater can be heard throughout the entire stadium.

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For those who are wondering, what is Greek food like? Three words. Fresh, Simple, Flavorful. This is my favorite, which I have learned to make at home. The Traditional Greek Salad. (Bell Peppers, Onions, Lettuce, Olives, EVOO, Tomatoes and Cucumbers, Generously topped with Feta Cheese!)

Aside from the Greek Salad, I have enjoyed the Greek Yogurt, to which none can compare. Not a day passed in Greece without us having a portion of this!

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Travelling is a perfect opportunity to experience something new. I give myself time to think when I travel, knowing that the adventure that lies ahead is so much greater than what I have left behind. It’s such a memorable experience when you put your thoughts and emotions down on paper, because every step of the journey is an adventure.

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I’m opening classes once more for a basic lettering workshop, and since vacation is just around the corner, I thought a travel journal would be perfect! If you’d like to learn the art of handlettering and how to start your own travel journal, you can

Register for the workshop here:

2015 TRAVEL JOURNAL WORKSHOP

Hope to see you soon!

Say yes to new adventures. 🙂

*All photos taken with an iPhone5

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Tools of the Trade (Features and Reviews)

Hello everyone!

I’ve been having a lot of inquiries regarding the materials I use for my art and lettering. This has inspired me to create a blog post for the materials I’ve tried throughout my journey. These pens, inks and watercolors are truly portable little rainbows that have brought much color into my life!


 

PENS

FILED NEOFINE FINELINER

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Review:

The Filed NeoFine Fineliner Set is truly a box of rainbows. Here is an artwork I made with the fineliners. The tip of these pens (0.40mm) enabled smooth writing and doodling. However because these pens are water based, make sure you don’t keep coloring / shading on the same areas as the ink will seep through the back of the paper (I used 80gsm paper). Using thicker surfaces such as vellum and 100+gsm might work better with this water-based pen. Overall, it’s perfect for note-taking in class. I’m sure I’d write with this in school to keep my notes fun and colorful!

 


 

BRUSH PENS

TOKYO FINDS BRUSH PEN

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Review:

These bright-colored pens are dual-tipped. It’s versatility makes it the perfect go-to for calligraphy and lettering.The two tips give an advantage for shading in large areas (brush tip) and for creating details too (slim tip). The ink is bright and not too thick that it would seep through the paper.

Shop: TOKYO FINDS

MARVY LE PLUME BRUSH PEN

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Review:

The Le Plume brush pen possesses a lighter hue compared to others. The ink is pretty thick and more water-based than most, it will seep through thin paper. Though I love the way it slides through the paper smoothly, and how closely it resembles the feel of using an actual brush.


MARKERS

SHARPIE FINE POINT

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Review:

One of my favorite brands! The all-around marker! These markers provide bold and bright colors, perfect for the creative at heart. Best to use thicker boards or paper, and all other non-porous surfaces when using Sharpie.

DONG-A PLAYON

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Review:

Although not the typical artist go-to, I love the black (twin tip) marker of Dong-A. I used this one for outlining and for shading, more often than not for my watercolor illustrations and lettering works.

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Review:

This one is meant to be a highlighter, but I always find a different purpose for my coloring materials. I bought mine from Japan.


WATERCOLORS

KOI WATERCOLOR

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Review:

I love, love, love my koi watecolor set. Although it’s a bit more costly, it’s a purchase I didn’t regret. The colors are bold and bright, just the way I like my palette. The watercolors are concentrated as well, use sparingly for softer tones.

KURETAKE GANSAI TAMBI

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Review:

I knew I should’ve bought myself a set of these during my trip to Japan last year! Luckily my boyfriend got this for me as a birthday surprise. The palette is very concentrated, meaning you can use just a little and have a solid texture.

PRANG WATERCOLOR

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Review:

The most affordable and has found it’s way to be called the “sweet” watercolor. Why sweet? It’s thick consistency makes the colors bold and bright. The watercolor has a syrupy thickness when added with a little water. Most people say that ants keep finding their way to their Prang palettes. Despite all that, yes, it’s also an artist’s must-have.

Shop: National Bookstore


FOUNTAIN PENS

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Review:

My first ever fountain pen. Also a gift from my boyfriend when he came back from Germany almost a year ago. I love that they have branches here in the Philippines so you could simply buy the refills (it comes in lots of different colors too! Next time I’ll try the neon yellow!).

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Review:

Very handy and writes smoothly. The tip is smaller than the usual fountain pen, but it’s the perfect travel fountain pen. I got mine from Japan and took home a couple of refills too, just in case I don’t get to visit Japan anytime soon!


For a complete list of tech-pens that I use, you can visit my other blog post about them here:

TOOLS OF THE TRADE (Part 1)


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Live to Wander.

While packing my bag for my trip to Japan, I brought along a sturdy notebook. Little did I know that it was going to be my travel buddy throughout my journey. Each day I wrote down the wonder I felt when I saw new sights, the unexpected joy as I walked the unfamiliar streets and the even the simplest reflections I had were not left unrecorded. This year in Japan, I discovered the importance and the thrill of documenting one’s adventures.

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I’m a kind of person who finds joy in the simple things. When something makes me happy, and I immediately write them down. Sometimes I feel so shallow haha! Some of my entries even include the inflight wifi and the yummy inflight meal – in a bento box! Oh I just love airplane food, don’t you? 🙂

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Just in case you’re wondering, Tokyu Hands is a craft store HEAVEN in Japan. Five to seven floors (depending on the branch) of pure crafty bliss. Planners, Craft items, Notebooks, Pens, Brushes and a chock-full of stationery supplies! Don’t ask me how long it took me to go through all of it…

Two Hours.

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Japan is known for it’s rich culture and creativity. Art is everywhere! The walls, the streets, their everyday products and even food. I don’t normally take food photos but I do sketch them onto my journal.

I personally have no sense of direction when it comes to roads and places. It was truly an adventure going through the streets of Tokyo with my little brother.

Every New Year’s Eve, I make it a point to read my Bible and claim God’s promise for me for the coming year. I prayed a simple prayer expressing my fears, doubts and worries about life; and He gave me this verse. I wrote it down: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” It brings me great comfort up to this very day.

The morning of January 1st, I looked out the hotel window and to my surprise, the rooftops were covered in white – it was snowing! I smiled because it feels like God wants me to know that this year will be beautiful. In spite of everything that will come, through the storms and the pain, God is there to watch over and let blessings come down, just like snow. And when it does, I will smile and wonder why I was even worried in the first place.

 

 

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After experiencing the beauty of traveling with a journal, I wanted to share the joy of it with others and teach them how to create their own.

For the month of March, I held a tandem workshop in partnership with Life on Ink, which we called the 2015 Travel Journal Workshop at Mrs. Graham’s Cafe (Scout Rallos, Tomas Morato).

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The workshop covered the basics of lettering, the tips and tricks of layouting and what to write on one’s first travel journal.

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It was a small class, but I loved it! More often than not, I enjoy teaching in small groups because I get to know my students personally. This bunch is such a lively group of ladies, I can’t wait to see how beautiful their worksare when they travel this summer!

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popoppOverall the workshop has been a blast! I have enjoyed getting to know the ladies of our first 2015 Travel Journal Workshop and I was so blessed to have the opportunity to share the beauty of documenting one’s adventures. 🙂

None of this would have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors: Paper St. Ph Sketchnotes and Mrs. Graham’s Cafe.

We live to wander.

FOR MORE WORKSHOP SCHEDULES this 2015:

SNAPPERDOODLES WORKSHOPS

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SnapperDoodles Quote Bags

Hello everyone!

The new designs for my Quote Bags are here! I made sure these are bigger than the previous one!

Without further ado, here are the specifications:


 

SnapperDoodles Quote Bags

These hand-drawn lettering designs are original artworks by SnapperDoodles.

PHP 250 (plus shipping fee, PHP 50 to Metro Manila and PHP 120 for Provincial)

-14×15 inches in size

– Black and white print only

– Machine washable

To order or for inquiries, please send me an email at: snapp3rdoodles@gmail.com 🙂

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SnapperDoodles Shares

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People always say, end the year with a BANG!

My year has been a time for self-improvement, career-changes and finally, an opportunity to give back to those who are in need.

I blogged about what ShareMovement is about here: Heroes, Blessed to Bless

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I praise God for the opportunity to collaborate with Jam Pangilinan of Share Movement this December 6, 2014. We hosted a small workshop where the students can learn lettering, as well as help the feeding program of JFM. The proceeds were donated to them to be able to reach out, in what little way we can.

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I personally met Karrots N. from the Global Pinoy Bazaar last November 15th, and I am so glad she came to this charity workshop too!

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I’ve been afraid of public speaking for as long as I can remember. This is by far the biggest class I’ve had since I began SnapperDoodles last June. It’s definitely a breakthrough for the Lord this year 🙂

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Most of my workshop students would say : “…but I have no talent in art! I never even doodled on my notebooks way back when I was studying! I give myself a zero rating in creativity!”

But I always tell them how wonderfully their works will turn out after the workshop. Sometimes it’s not about talent or creativity, it’s about having fun learning a new hobby. Life is a never-ending learning process. It’s not about how good you are at something, but how willing you are to try it.

You’ll never find your talent by holding back from the opportunities presented to you…

and that’s why….

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..we should Stop Dreaming, Start Doing.

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I also had the opportunity to meet Kisty of the Style Mermaid. I have always admired people who could see beauty through the camera lens. I take photos for my Instagram posts, but never as creatively as how she does it. Just. Amazing!

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Oh, yes, that’s a very useful book to learn lettering. I brought this along to help the students gain inspiration during the workshop activities.

What’s that fluffy yellow thing, you ask?

Those cute keychains are from FILED! Have you checked out their Doodle and Scribble planners? Perfect to start your 2015 with creativity!

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One 2015 Scribble planner was given away by FILED for our raffle. Such fun!

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Doesn’t this give out the SnapperDoodles vibe? Those streamers are perfect!

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Don’t get me started on those desserts. Those yummy, mini cheesecakes by Chakulits. If I could never gain weight, I’d beg Jam to give me the leftovers after the workshop. (HAHA, just kidding!)

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This is the group of world-changers this year. God has shown me how many people there are in the world who are willing to give what little they have for those who are less-fortunate.

Sometimes we don’t know what it is like to have nothing, but there are still many who face that reality each day. We are here for a reason and we are blessed for a reason.

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After all the pre-workshop jitters and nervousness, it all went better that I had anticipated (with many thanks to the crew of Share Movement and TROMS).

My 2014 ends with a big workshop with amazing people and a God-given opportunity to reach out. We are all blessed to bless.

 

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SPONSORS:

  1. Filed
  2. Chakulits Sweets and Pastries
  3. Green Selections
  4. Istorya

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

  1. The Rock of My Salvation Media Ministries
  2. The Style Mermaid
  3. When in Manila
  4. Share Movement
  5. Happy Folks Studio

 

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Heroes, Blessed to Bless

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This October I had the chance to meet up with Jam Pangilinan, the big-hearted woman behind Share Movement. What I thought would be a casual-meetup became a game plan for a mission this year 2014.

That day was truly an eye-opener for me… and I hope this post will help share our mission with you as well.

We can all simply order fast food from McDonald’s, sip a 100-bucks-worth-cup-of-coffee, or even eat beyond what we can in buffets that cost a fortune. But as we enjoy life’s pleasures, there are millions out there who aren’t as privileged. There are  many who would work until their backs break, just to earn enough to send their kids to school… (and yes, their tuition fees don’t even amount to that gorgeous pair of heels you bought yesterday.) I even know of a child whose birthday-wish this year is to have a meal from McDonald’s. For many of us, we can simply make McDonald’s an everyday thing.

What we often take for granted, are the pleasures many people could barely afford.

Who knew one afternoon could change how you see life? If we say life isn’t easy, how much more so for these people? These are the less fortunate, but they are the ones who make it a habit to thank God each day for what little they have.

Like myself, I believe there are hundreds of people who are willing to reach out but never really know how to. We can donate monetarily, we can give out our old clothes and even pack some canned goods, but when will help truly be enough for the many who are in need?

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Out of love for these children, this coming December, SnapperDoodles will be collaborating with Share Movement to give everyone an opportunity to reach out to these children – through ART. We’ll be hosting a lettering workshop where the proceeds  will be given to charity, with hopes we all could change someone’s life for the better. In this workshop you will learn a new skill, while extending help to the less-fortunate. Who said you could give without having anything in return?

This project is not a “You-should-because-you-could” thing though… Sure, it wouldn’t be an immediate 360 degree change to the world, but who knows how far one act of kindness could go?

We’re all together in this mission, right? I’ll see you there then!

Oh wait… I almost forgot to mention, the child I mentioned wasn’t able to get his McDonald’s birthday wish this year..

 

Let’s all join in. We’re all heroes, blessed to bless.

 

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LINKS:

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SHARE MOVEMENT

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Tools of the Trade

Hello Everyone!

Four months into the Lettering journey and it has been such a roller coaster ride indeed! I have received many questions as to what materials I use in lettering and watercolor. To help other aspiring artists, I dedicate this post to you. 🙂 I came up with a list of Must-Haves as well as tips on the following materials.

 

Watercolor:

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1. Sakura Koi Watercolor Field Set

Oh YES! By far the best watercolor set I’ve tried. This set has vibrant colors that are perfect if you’re going for a sunny and happy illustrations such as fashion, food and nature. Along with the lovely color palette is the waterbrush; this makes it so much easier to a lovely light-to-dark effect, prominent in most watercolor works.

I recommend this one for Intermediate Artists who already have a good background and fundamentals in watercolor. This set costs PHP 900 (yikes, pricey) but looking back, to me, it was worth every single peso.

2. Prang Watercolor

On the lefthand side is the Prang Watercolor set. It comes in a set of 8 and 16 colors. I bought the set of 8 to try it out first- so far unlike the Koi, Prang is STICKY and other users of this set mentioned that it is SWEET (not that they tasted it! They say that the ants love it). No worries though, as long as you keep it closed in a clean space, it won’t be ant-food.

I normally use this for lettering works because the colors are more solid and straightforward. Prang is the perfect set for beginners and those who want to try it out before going deeper into the art of watercolor.

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3. Faber Castell WatercolorPencils

I’ve always been afraid to color my works, until after I decided to venture out into watercolor. I began with the watercolor pencils to achieve basic knowledge before I actually tried using the real deal. Not much to say about this except that it’s good practice!

 

Lettering and Typography

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Okay before all else, here’s my Number 1 advice even to all my workshop students, never, ever use MyGel. Haha! You work real hard on your lettering….and then it smudges! Here are the pens I use for lettering to avoid that smudging problem.

Finding the perfect pen is like finding your soulmate. My favorite by far is the Artline, though more pricey than the rest, it’s just my type! (pun intended).

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1. Sakura Micron

Hmmm. This one is difficult. Most people say it’s a great tool for lettering, I guess it writes a bit roughly compared to the rest. Micron is usually out of stock in the local bookstore however, and getting my hands on one of these was a stroke of luck!

2. UniPin Fineliner

This is my second favorite, it writes smoothly and comes in many different sizes, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, you name it. The Uni Pin writes smoothly but the ink-flow isn’t as consistent as the Artline. This can be found in the local bookstore, they’ve always got lots on stock so, go get hoarding!

3. Artline Drawing Pen

Yes! My favorite. This costs around PHP 85 if I’m not mistaken, but the quality is near perfect. I use this on all my artworks and it also comes in various sizes as well but the range is not as diverse as the Uni Pin.

4. Marvy 0.005

My little Marvy. I got mine from Hong Kong when it was still unavailable here in the Philippines. I found the 0.005 tip quite cute so I bought this one, it writes really, really thinly – like a strand of hair. But the ink flow isn’t as good because of the small tip.

5. Brush Pen

I barely use mine. If you ever think of buying this one for lettering, might as well stick to Tech Pens. The brush tip is horrible (rough tip, low quality) and pretty difficult to control.

6. Calligraphy Pen

The Artline Calligraphy Pen is another favorite, if you want to do calligraphy stick with this and not the brush pen.

 

Most of my materials can be found in the local bookstore (National Bookstore), yep, it’s my second home. My trip to the mall is never complete without visiting it haha! Anyway, I hope these tips and tricks would be useful as you venture out in your watercolor and lettering journey.

 

I’d love to share more techniques with you through a Mini workshop!

Registration and Schedules here: SnapperDoodles Workshop Registration

 

Stay creative!

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Art Meets ANIMO!

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After many requests to open workshops in the South, SnapperDoodles is finally heading to the Taft area! Whew it feels like decades since I last visited my alma mater! Can’t wait til tomorrow to meet up a few people for another Lettering Workshop. I’m sure many things have changed since I last visited (I think my last trip to DLSU was Oct 2012), time sure flies!

The big class workshop last Saturday made me realize that I am more comfortable and teach more effectively in a small group rather than a big one. So, these coming -BER months, the Snapperdoodles Workshops will be on full swing with one-on-one classes and mini workshops (3-4 students).

In spreading the love of traditional art and lettering, I try my best to make the workshops more and more accessible. (I still don’t know how to drive and commute to many places, so Banawe and Taft will be the venues for now). Don’t worry, I will surely announce if I will open more venues on my Instagram page! 🙂

I hope that the coming months would be fun and fruitful for us all before the end of another year 2014. Mark off Lettering Workshops from your bucket lists and come join my classes in

Taft: Noriter and Cafe De Seoul
Banawe: Chef Roberts and Serenitea

 

To join the regular scheduled workshops, register on the online form below.

To open private workshops for you and your group of friends (3 persons) on your preferred date, please send me an e-mail: snapp3rdoodles@gmail.com

 

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Live with Passion

Last month I had a workshop with Mariane from Drawn to Life. In her I saw the person I was two years ago. Back then I kept my artworks a secret, I avoided drawing while people watched over my shoulder and I never thought it would be something that would come to define me someday. I don’t know her entire life story, but from what I see, Marian had so much talent and all that was needed is to bring it out of the box. One of my blog posts last August was dedicated to her, as well as other artists who are shy about showing the world how much they are truly capable of.

Today, I’m featuring her amazing artwork and review of the SnapperDoodles workshop. I can’t be more proud to see her finally coming out of her shell and shining like the star that she is! Thank you so much for all your time and effort here, Marian!

One of the many reasons I’m excited to have my workshops, first and foremost is because of the people I meet. I love the fact that art brings so many people, from different places, different personalities, stories and experiences, together. I may not be the best art teacher in the world, but I give what I can give, freely just like He did. 🙂

For everyone out there who is afraid to show their passion.. you’ll never know how far you will go, if you don’t try. I’m not prompting anyone to leave their day jobs like I did, (not the best route to take, honestly!) but I promised myself one year for SnapperDoodles; if all else fails, I would be glad that I got rid of the “what if’s” that have been haunting me. The future might be uncertain, but maybe we should just ride the waves and make the most out of each day.

Don’t fear. Live one day at a time.

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Be brave!

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For more adorable doodle diaries by Marian, visit:
Drawn to Life Blog : drawntolifeblog.tumblr.com
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A Year of Many Firsts

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I’ve been posting this photo on my social networking accounts because it is another first for me this 2014. I only ever share the whole story here on my blog. 🙂

Two days ago, I was at home and a thought randomly came to mind:

“It is in my hands to give it my very best in every project I do. But it is up to the Lord how He will bless the business.”

A few hours later, Joanna of Istorya referred me to a news channel to be featured in one of their segments. After a brief phone call with the channel representative, I was all nervous and being the wallflower that I am, I wanted to back out of the spotlight. Now, who wouldn’t want to be on television to bask in that few minutes of fame? Me.

I’ve been a wallflower for as long as I could remember. No, I didn’t hate the spotlight, it’s just uncomfortable having all eyes on me, all attention focused on what I do and what I say. I have been too used to working behind-the-scenes, during class projects I would do the artwork and have someone else discuss, during gatherings I would sit and watch other people mingle, all my life I was an observer. It has been a fear for me ever since high school, living too long in the background has it’s disadvantages, evidently.

Don’t worry, I’ve also asked myself how crazy I would be if I didn’t take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But what kept me from letting this pass was this simple thought:

“Pearl, when will you step out of that comfort zone? The fear, the anxiety you feel right now isn’t what matters. Rather, it is how you would feel AFTER.”

The day came and I was nervous beyond belief! Imagine a fish leaving the water, or a vampire going into the light or something! After a short chat with the interviewer, my nerves calmed a little, it was fun sharing my life and the story behind SnapperDoodles (though not as elaborate as my first post on this blog).

 

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True enough, the shoot went far better than I had expected. Sure, I stuttered A LOT, lost for words A LOT, and I probably mumbled and rambled on A LOT, which was embarrassing (for the lack of a better term). But all in all I praise God for another new experience this 2014. It is the THIRD month of SnapperDoodles and TinyTreasuresPH but for all that has happened, and all that will happen, I can only give all the glory to Him.

It brings me great joy right now, to remember once again the promise He gave me:

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Life will definitely have ups and downs, but you gotta hold on tight for the ride by holding on to THE Promise. 🙂

Praise God!

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