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 »

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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On Point: Branding and Marketing Art and Culture

Branding and Marketing Art and Culture
Promotional Aid from Lopez Museum and Library

While scrolling through my social media feed, a promotional aid caught my attention. There will be a presentation on branding and marketing art and culture to be held at Lopez Museum and Library! And the museum has invited the following panelists:

Looking at the list, how can I deprive myself from learning new things from these game changers?! Count me in! (No questions asked.) After waiting impatiently, October 3 finally arrived! I was even early for the event, probably due to my bursting anticipation.

And now, here are a couple things that I have learned from the different speakers.

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Graphika Manila 2016: Timothy Goodman

Even if weeks have already passed, I am still on a “Graphika Manila high”! So, here is another Graphika Manila post featuring another inspiring and influential artist. #SorryNotSorry

After his talk, Timothy Goodman has single-handedly caused black ink Sharpie to be flying out of the bookstore’s shelves. It seems like an exaggeration but when I arrived at the permanent marker aisle of the store, there were only a handful of Sharpies left and more people carrying Graphika Manila bags are heading our way. And of course, his books are out of stock both at the event and the nearby bookstores. (If anyone knows where I can find the Sharpie Art Workshop book, please comment below. And if you are oozing with generosity and would want to give this as a gift just because the world can be a better place then, I will be eternally grateful. 😀)

Who is this man you ask? Aside from being the author of the book I want so bad, Timothy Goodman is just a New-York based designer, illustrator and art director. Some of his clients are Airbnb, Google, Ford, J. Crew, Target, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He co-wrote 40 Days of Dating, which is also now a book. (Did I mention that Warner Brothers optioned to have film rights for 40 Days of Dating?).

Timothy Goodman

Graphika Manila 2016 Timothy Goodman
Image from Graphika Manila

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The Drop Cap Series: Practice Makes Progress


To be good at any craft, there must always be an effort to improve and become better. We don’t have amazing superpowers like the X-Men, the Avengers, or the Powerpuff Girls, so we must include practice of craft in our routine. Read tutorials, check out inspiring works by other artists, go to museums, attend workshops: there are so many learning options available out there but the best way to do it is to pick up that pen, brush, or whatever tool you use and apply what you learned.Read More »

Hero of the Month: Fat Pants

Can you see the hard-to-ignore distress signal coming from our frank lovable titas?

No? Let me give you a clue.

“Aba, parang tumataba ka!”

No one can escape our favorite tita who is the ultimate fat signal, illuminating everyone in the immediate vicinity of how you have grown horizontally. How can we escape this when it is the month that our calendars are filled with nothing but parties. It is also the time of the year when people give in to fattening but oh so delicious food. And, it is the month when we choose to spend our time with our loved ones instead of suffering under our personal trainers.

It is a good thing that our fat pants is here to save us from embarrassment and from indigestion. It is just waiting for us to unearth them from its hypothetical one year slumber.

Get your Fat Pants Gold Hand Lettering by Elaine Valerie Ramos

So what are you waiting for? Get your reliable fat pants and thank them for accepting your expanding waist lines.

Materials Used for the Hand lettering:
Black paper
Finetec Inca Gold

Sundae Scroll #5: Baybayin

To continue our celebration of the Akdang Pinoy (Filipino Literature) month, we went all the way back to the pre-colonial period.

Baybayin is the pre-Hispanic syllabic writing system used in the Philippines wherein each symbol is a syllable. The term baybayin comes from the root word baybay, which means spell. The pre-Hispanic Filipinos wrote baybayin by carving on different materials such as bamboo, tree barks, leaves and fruit rinds with the use of daggers or small pieces of iron.

Based on the early Spanish reports, pre-Hispanic literature are commonly handed down from older to younger generation without written records. The baybayin is mainly used for writing letters and poetry and, for writing incantations on the entrances of their homes to ward off evil spirits.

They have neither books nor histories nor do they write anything of length but only letters and reminders to one another… [And lovers] carry written charms with them.

Charles Ralph Boxer

To learn more on how to write using baybayin, you can check the article (How to Write the Ancient Script of the Philippines) written by Paul Morrow.