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In Art, Painting on
November 6, 2016

Exploring Oil Painting

You know that art set they usually gave artsy children in the 1990’s and early 2000’s? The one with complete set of oil pastels, colour pens, charcoal pencils, erasers, sharpeners, etc.? I can only reminisce the feeling of getting one for Christmas. Seeing the neatly stored colors on that piece of plastic box gave me warm feelings inside as a child.

I am not sure why I had to mention that, but the familiar warm feeling comes back to me whenever I dabbled in art related activities as an adult. This year, I was able to explore dip pen calligraphy, brush calligraphy, water color lettering, water color painting, and planner decorating. Now I am into oil painting.


My cluttered and makeshift work space.


I bought a mixing palette but it was too small so I wrapped some aluminum foil on my clipboard and improvised.


My good old flat and round brushes I once used for watercolor painting.

I got student grade oil colors, an 8″ x 8″ canvass, a charcoal pencil, and a few mixing knives. I used my old paint brushes because I couldn’t find brushes in Jarir Bookstore. As a newbie, I didn’t know I needed a medium and thinner before I head on to painting, so I made do with what I had.


My tubes of colors. How lovely.

I was also not aware of the drying time of oil colors. The blue background was my first layer, and I waited around 5 days until it became dry to touch. It was not completely dry, you could feel that the paint could come off if handled roughly, but it was ready for the next layer.

Within that 5 days of drying time, I had time to think about what to put on the next layer. I know, I recklessly started a painting without actually knowing what it is. I just acted on instincts, I wanted a blue background, so I did a blue background. I couldn’t care less what I would put next until later on that I actually needed to. I was initially thinking of a burning ember to be painted in the middle, but I scratched that idea when I realized this one would appeal to me better.


“I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya

I tried my best to act on feelings and emotions, rather than the technical. Sure, you could find similar paintings on Google, but this one is the product of my heart. I am this bird. I can fly anywhere, but I don’t. Soon enough, I will let go. I will stop hanging around in my tree, and I will just fly and let go.

Humans do not need art in their lives once in a while. Life is art itself.

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In Art, Planner & BuJo on
November 12, 2015

Scribble 2016 Planner: Ready, Set, Plan!

The Scribble 2016

A few weeks into my calligraphy journey, I have decided to finally learn lettering and use watercolor as a medium. I have been craft shop-hopping in various malls in metro Manila, and have also been liking loads of Instagram craft shops. I came to realize that craft supplies are such eye candies to me, and I need to have them and flourish the artistic soul in me.

Then I found out that calligraphy and lettering come along with planning. In mid 2015, I was hopelessly looking for planners because those times were extremely busy and I needed a planner just to organize my activities and beat deadlines. I looked endlessly, but to no avail. Until a close friend of mine, Gab, gave me the Scribble 2015 as a mid-year gift. (Thanks, Gab! Still using it!)

I liked it very much, since it was not dated and I am free to use it anytime in the year, but there were certain details that hindered me from comfortably planning my week:

  1. The edge was not stable because it was not smyth sewn. It was only bound together by a single lace.
  2. The paper cannot hold calligraphy ink properly and bleeds too much.
  3. On a technical note, the cover is dull, at least for me though.

Now, as 2015 closes, released the Scribble 2016 planner, and it’s got features that I really like, and ultimately addressed my complaints (that I quietly complained to myself) with the previous Scribble planner. I pre-ordered one in October, and it came in the mail today!

FILED got my name wrong, apparently, because when I got it, “KEKA” was written on the cover. So I did some remedies and wrote my name myself. No hard feelings though, FILED!

The planner came with watercolor instructions and three NEO Fine Liners (see last photo.)

These are the features of the new Scribble 2016, which answered my prayers!

The paper can now hold calligraphy ink because it is now at 100 GSM, and it is also smyth sewn! Ah, the comfort of writing without having to worry about the pages falling off. Thank you, Filed, for this fun and artsy planner.

I am so excited for my 2016. I hope it will be the year of my life, as I am slated to finish college, and start my employment hood in that year. May this planner guide me through tough times, and help me remember the good times!

My toys all set for all the planning that's coming!

My toys all set for all the planning that’s coming! Indian Ink from The Craft Central, Nikko G nib from Pensgalore, The ABC’s of Hand Lettering by Abbey Sy, and Simbalion 16-color Watercolor Cakes

You can get the Scribble 2016 planner from at P595.00. For more detailes, visit their website at FILED! or their official Facebook Page.