My Roots in Art

1. Singing lessons

I took up singing lessons in U.P. Diliman’s College of Music when I was in high school or was it grade school? I don’t remember anymore. My recital piece was “Climb Every Mountain” from The Sound of Music.

I enrolled in Center for Pop twice. Once when I was in grade school or high school and again after I graduated from college. I did not join the recital during my first try because it required a fee and my mom found it too expensive.

For my second time, I joined the recitals and sang Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”, Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel” (group number), Lady Gaga’s “Speechless”, Kelly Clarkson’s “Behind these Hazel Eyes”.

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My first bus ticket art exhibit!

(My bus ticket artworks at iChill Theater Cafe)

If you’ve read my previous blog posts (My First Bus Tickets ArtworkHow to Design Your Tablet Case with Bus TicketsHow To Use Bus Tickets to Design Your NotebooksNew Bus Ticket Tablet CoverBus Ticket Tote Bag), you’ll know that I am obsessed with bus tickets. I also explain in those posts how the whole bus ticket thing got started and why I love them.

My first bus ticket artwork has been gathering dust for two years or so (exact date of when I created it is unknown because when I reposted the blog post about it, the date changed, but there are comments on the post that date back to 2013). Then, on Nov. 21, my friends and I opened our first group exhibit, and because of it, I finally got the chance to show my bus tickets to the world! So awesome!

So here we our with our press release (omg!) and some photos of the exhibit taken by Lester Babiera! It feels sooooo cool!

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Experimenting with watercolors and doodles

The other day, I decided to go on YouTube to watch a few videos on how to paint a rose using watercolors. I don’t really know how to use watercolors, so when I made my rose, it felt empty. So I resorted back to my ever trusty black permanent marker and did some doodles in the background. I think the result is cute. Do you think I can sell this for P50?

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More Katipunan Finds: Crafts Supplies Store Hey Kessy (Stuff I bought and Crafts I made)

If you’ve read Craft Cuties I Want from Katipunan’s The Common Room, you’ll know that I found this interesting crafts store near Katipunan Avenue called The Common Room. My trip to Katipunan though wasn’t because I wanted to go to The Common Room, but it was because I wanted to go to Hey Kessy ( 71-B Esteban Abada St, Quezon City, Metro Manila), a crafts supplies store which also holds craft workshops.

They have Prang watercolor set, mod podge, foam brush, chalk stickers, and more!

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Craft Cuties I Want from Katipunan’s The Common Room

As you know, I love making crafts. Recently, I chanced upon this new store at Katipunan called The Common Room (#325 Dela Rosa St. corner Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City), and it’s filled with handmade stuff and a few craft supplies.

A lot of their retailers are the ones who sell at 10A Alabama, an antique furniture shop which does crafts bazaars, craft workshops, and art exhibits. The Common Room also conducts craft workshops. Sooooo cool!

Anyway, I found lots of stuff I want to buy. Sadly, right now my budget is tight, so I’m writing this wish list in case anybody wants to be nice to me. Hahahaha. Or I’ll buy them myself, soooooooon–I hope!

Cute painted wallet

Pad paper with inspirational message

Fragrances named using cool Filipino words like “Kilig”, “Umaga”, “Alaala”

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My First Bus Tickets Artwork

If you follow this blog, you’ll know that I’m mad about bus tickets. I’ve designed tote bags, tablet cases, and notebooks with bus tickets, (check out Bus Ticket Tote BagHow to Design Your Tablet Case with Bus Tickets, and How To Use Bus Tickets to Design Your Notebooks), and now I created my first bus tickets artwork.

This obsession with bus tickets all started on a random day. I was riding the bus and realized that I naturally accumulated an art material–a colored paper, a bus ticket. So I started collecting them because I knew I liked making crafts but I had little money to buy expensive paints.

From that day, I became sensitive to the free art materials that constantly came into my life. This is the case with bus tickets. I don’t have to go out of my way to get them. I just have to go through the course of my day, and hello, these colorful critters will say Hi, Jasmine! Nice to see you again. Where to now?

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DIY Adult Coloring Book

One of my friends said that she wanted to have an adult coloring book because she read that it can relieve stress. Since I didn’t have money to buy her one, I decided to make her one. I’ve never made a coloring book before, so at first I was planning to look for pages online, print them, and bind them together.

When I started searching online though, I discovered that the free ones weren’t so pretty. I also stumbled upon Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford, but the images available online were either tiny or could not be printed.

So I decided to copy the images in Secret Garden and images from other sources. Now don’t panic, I’m not selling this coloring book, so I’m not infringing on copyright laws. In the latter pages, I started to make my own designs by mixing and matching the shapes that I learned from Secret Garden. 

My friend said she really liked it, and another friend requested that I make him a coloring book inspired by fashion designer sketches. So stay tuned for that second coloring book. Meanwhile, here are the instructions for the first one I made:


1. A blank sketchbook

2. Colored paper enough to decorate the sketchbook cover

3. Black sign pen

4. Gold gel pen

5. Letter stencil ruler


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