The Life Hacks of Presentable Writing on Multiple Pieces of Blank Paper

Yes, Sundae Scoops is alive. Hallelujah!

If you’ve been wondering where we’ve been… the three of us went on a mini holiday break last December. I extended finishing some projects a few weeks after. Elaine and I attended Graphika Manila last week… and finally, we’re back… with stories to tell. *wink wink*

I’ve been doing some envelope addressing projects for friends’ weddings recently and I thought I might share one of the “shortcuts” I used to get them done on time.Read More »

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Where Art Thou: Common Room x Power Plant Mall

Back in August of 2015, Common Room PH opened its magical doors to arts and crafts enthusiasts, makers, and curious beings alike. We cannot contain our excitement when we heard of its opening and, of course, shared it to you here.

True to its tagline, A place where makers gather, an extension of the store for those who do not have easy access to Katipunan in the North is a wise idea… where else but a south counterpart! The same time this year, a second store, almost twice the size of the Katipunan store, was opened (surprise!) in Power Plant Mall in Makati.

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Unfortunately, we can’t get too much of a good thing. Their Rockwell counterpart is a pop-up with a theme #180DaysOfMaking and will last for only 180 days.

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If haven’t dropped by this place yet, these photos might encourage you even more to visit the place before it’s too late!Read More »

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.

Sumasaiyo,
Ako


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

Where Art Thou: Filipinos in the Gilded Age

Crystal chandeliers, Persian carpets, damask wallpapers, heavily draped doors — it felt like a time warp as I opened the doors of Leon Gallery to visit a once in a blue moon exhibit.

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Collected by gallery owner Jaime Ponce de Leon and curated by Lisa Guerrero Nakpil, Ramon Villegas, and Liliane Manahan, the Filipinos in a Gilded Age is a collection of works that showcase the highest orders of art, politics, history, culture, and society in the 19th century.

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Stop, Look, and Sketch

In this day and age, when did you last took the time to pause, and just look at your surroundings? When was the last time you took note of how green the trees are, or how blue the skies are? When was the last time you looked up from that phone of yours, and actually captured the moment with your eyes? It’s so easy to just take a picture, share it on Instagram or Facebook. I, for one, am guilty of not being as present as I’d want to be. I’m always engrossed scrolling through my social media feeds or chatting with friends online.

In an attempt to be more present, and to have a digital detox for even just an hour, I decided to try on urban sketching.

Urban sketching is the act of drawing or painting, indoor or outdoor, with any medium you prefer. As the name implies, it is usually artful renditions of cityscapes or urban scenes, be it inside a coffee shop one lazy afternoon or a busy central business district’s pedestrian during a work day. People usually use watercolor as the medium since it is the most convenient one to bring outside the house for painting. It can be downsized to a pretty compact palette, or if you want you can opt to bring watercolor pencils. All you need is a water brush and you’re good to go. Also, others prefer to have outlines in their drawings, so they also bring with them black markers or pens. Famous ones are Copic and Sakura black ink markers with tiny felt tips.

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While it can be daunting to paint an urban scene with so much detail and with such a large area, I suggest you try to just do it. Draw the scene not so much as to how much detail you see, but to how it makes you feel. Render in your sketch the overall vibe of the place. Sketches don’t need to be down to the single brick on the road exact, it is enough to just suggest where you are and how the overall look of the place is. I guess what I’m trying to get at here is that the activity shouldn’t feel stressful for you. Instead, think of it as an act of taking time to be present. Take the time to be ‘in’ the place and not just pass by it. It is a time where you are taking time to appreciate the world around you.

When you are much more comfortable with it, then you can move on to learning about perspectives. To be honest, this is one thing I’m still struggling with and still learning about at this point.

I recently went out to do urban sketching with my dad one Saturday afternoon. And him, being a Civil Engineer, nailed perspective right on its head. Haha! See his work in the small sketchbook in the picture below.

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So, as the saying goes, “stop and smell the roses”. Well, in this case, stop and sketch the roses. 🙂

Meet the Starters of Pokémon 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 Pokémon fans. We always guessed the right Pokémon on “Who’s that Pokémon?” segment. We tried our best to follow the PokéRap until we get tongue-tied (because we cannot rap at all). We knew all 151 Pokémon by heart. We became Pokémon 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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