Graphika Manila 2017: Day One

Another year, another Graphika Manila!

Yes. Day. One. Because ever since last year, Graphika Manila holds a two-day conference!

(Side comment: First “vlog” for me! Oo, “vuma-vlog” na!)

It practically became a tradition for Via and I to attend the awesome conference on creativity every year. Every year, we learn, and see new things from the incredible speakers from all over the world! Every year, we also hope to win a raffle prize. But, for n-years straight, we are still unlucky. ūüėĘ Well, there is still a next year! ūüėõ

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My Favorite 2016 Project

This year, I fell in love with crochet. It is at a point wherein every time I finish a crochet project, I look for more projects and buy more yarn. Right now, I have about a dozen things I want to create. And, I just realized that after just months of starting crochet, I have more shawls that I would ever need in this Philippine weather.

However, crochet products are not limited to clothes and kitchen accessories. This year, I learned that stuffed toys can be made with crochet. Can you guess what was my favorite crochet project for 2016?

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Where Art Thou: Qur’an and Manuscript Gallery at I.A.M.M.

These past few weeks, we have shown you the ancient art of lacquer painting in Vietnam and the home of the famous works of Gustav Klimt in Vienna. This week, I would like to show you a place where you can learn a thing or two about the most fundamental element of Islamic art, which is Islamic calligraphy.

Islamic calligraphy is¬†the highly venerated practice of handwriting for the lands sharing a common Islamic cultural heritage. Its development of becoming one of the major forms of artistic expression in Islamic cultures can be attributed to the Qur’an as it is a common text upon which Islamic calligraphy is based. It is said that in Islamic calligraphy, the¬†pupil would copy their master’s work repeatedly until their handwriting was similar.

Come on! Let’s go and¬†take a peek¬†inside¬†the Qur’an and Manuscript Gallery of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia!

Sundae Scoops Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia marker

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Color the World: Part 3

Sundae Scoops Color the World Watercolor Gouache Painting by Elaine Valerie Ramos

Mahal kong Ikaw,

Natagpuan ko ang aking sarili na unti-unting nawawalan ng tiwala sa salita.

Naipinta ko na ang gusto kong sabihin gamit ang makukulay na mga talinghaga, tila hindi ko maiparating sa iyo ang nais kong sabihin. Sa libu-long mga salitang isinigaw ko sa mundo, kahit gaano kalakas, hindi mo naririnig. Sinubukan ko ring isagaw sa tenga mo, lalo ka atang nabingi.

Nakalulungkot isipin ang hindi pagkakaunawaan dahil sa kahiyaan o sa kasakiman. Sadyang nakatatawa ang buhay dahil eto ako, umaasa pa ring darating ang panahon na maiintindihan mo ang katotohanan sa likod ng mga salitang mahal kita.


For the painting, I used ShinHan Hybrid Pass, Khadi Paper, and Water brush.

Koi Water Colors Pocket Field Sketch Box


Koi Water Colors Pocket Field Sketch Box is a student grade portable watercolor set that contains:

  • Half pan watercolor paints (12, 18, 24 or 30-colors)
  • Refillable detachable medium (#6 round) water brush
  • Dabbing sponges
  • Lid that can be used as an easel for postcard size paper
  • Palette that can be secured at the side of the sketch box

The best part is that it is only¬†6.25‚ÄĚ x 4.5‚ÄĚ x 1.125″. This set will definitely be my must-have on an urban sketching session!
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Going Sugar Free

These past few months, I have been hooked on crochet. Yes, pun intended. ūüėÜ Every time I finish a project, I am finding it harder to put down my hook. Unknowingly, I have more than ten browser tabs open every end of the day; all containing new prospects for a next crochet project. Sometimes, I surprise myself by not buying a new yarn!

Since I have probably spent so much time stalking yarns (yes, it is a thing.), Facebook introduced me to Yarns by Sugar Free! Thank you so much, Facebook algorithm.

Every few weeks, Sugar Free releases a limited number of multi-colored multi-strand yarns. The first yarn I bought from Sugar Free is this lovely cake, which they call the MYC Unicorn Fart V2.0 from the Cottonbery Diamond Line. I’ll be honest, I bought the yarn for two reasons:

  1. Yummy eye-catching colors
  2. The name. I see unicorn; I have this unexplainable urge to buy it.

Sundae Scoops Crochet using Sugar Free Yarn Unicorn Fart 2.0

Here is a closer look of the yarn.

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Meet the Starters of Pok√©mon Sun & Moon

Sundae Scoops Pokemon Sun and Moon Watercolor Rowlet Litten Popplio by Elaine Valerie Ramos

When my brother and I were little, we were humongous Pok√©mon fans. We always guessed the right Pok√©mon on “Who’s that Pok√©mon?” segment. We tried our best to follow the Pok√©Rap until we get tongue-tied (because we cannot rap at all). We knew all 151 Pok√©mon by heart. We became Pok√©mon Masters countless of times.

Imagine my excitement when earlier this year, the Pokémon Company has announced that this coming November 2016, Pokémon Sun and Moon will be released worldwide. And only last month, they have revealed the starter Pokémons! Meet Rowlet, Litten and Popplio!

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Where There is Love and Inspiration

The first time I tried using watercolor was during an elective class in College. I liked playing with the watercolor. I remember using a Prang Pan Watercolor Set with 8 colors. However, when the elective class was over, I stowed my art materials away. Then a couple of years later, I was looking for a new creative outlet; I tried using watercolor again. I liked it; however, there are times when my output is not how I envisioned it in my head. During those times, watercolor frustrated me. This year, I promised myself that I would practice using watercolor more, so that I could be comfortable with the medium.

To restart my “Watercolor Exploration” journey, I tried making a portrait. I got a photo of an actress on the internet and tried copying it. Here is the sketch:
Sundae Scoops Sketch portrait of an actress by Elaine Valerie Ramos

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Where Art Thou: Defining Quirino

Defining Quirino at Ayala Museum Sundae Scoops

‚ÄúOur country deserves all the loyalty and devotion we can give. I beseech you to summon all the big and noble in you, all that is earnest, all that is patriotic, all that is sincere, to help set a pattern of sanity and constructive action in these days of bitterness and political bewilderment.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄďPresident Elpidio Rivera Quirino

These words said by the late President of the Third Republic of the Philippines still ring true; especially now, when the majority is clamoring that they want a change for a better country.

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