I’m moving

Hello guys!

I’m currently fixing my site so I decided to move to Weebly. I will no longer use this WordPress account.

Blog and workshop will be posted on the new site:

datzaragoza.weebly.com

See you there!

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Just Add Water

 
(Official event poster by the awesome Pearl Diano)

I once attended Ate Gail’s (The MD Writes) pen meet. It’s a meet up of people who has a passion for Calligraphy where everyone got to meet new friends with the same interest and hanged out.

Ever since then, I’ve been itching to plan a watercolor meet where I would invite online shops to do a pop-up, invite artists for a demo, and hang out with fellow artists.

So I pitched the idea to the Watercolorists PH group, and they are all up for it. That’s when Liz of ProjectVanity messaged me and told me that we have a venue. After that, we started planning.
Just Add Water is a fair exclusive for watercolor. I’d go as far as saying that it’s the first watercolor fair that’s held in Manila. We specifically planned this for a month, asked several watercolor artists if they can do an on the spot demo or talk.

The event happened last November 14, 2015, at Commune in Makati.



  
  
  

Thank you to these people:

  • To Liz for planning it with me
  • To Commune for the awesome place and for handling the crowd control
  • To the guests who shared their knowledge, love and passion for the art
  • To the concessionnaires, for all of the drool-worthy art materials
  • To the people who volunteered
  • And to everyone who went and shared this awesome experience with us

To everyone who made this event possible, THANK YOU.

Keep the passion burning, and until the next!

Basic Watercolor Class

Hello! I was planning this for a while now, so I decided to give teaching a try and partner with Learn Lokal.

This is a 4-hour basic watercolor class for beginners which will tackle about washes, techniques, and practice on still life using this wonderful and versatile medium. Course fees are inclusive of workshop materials, and snacks

The class will happen on October 10, 2015, Saturday, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Plaza Cafe, Makati City. I’ll also be having another class on October 24, 2015 at Mithi Maginhawa, Quezon City.

If anyone is interested, head on over to this link to sign up. You can also check Learn Lokal for other fun classes that you might be interested in, like Graphic Design or Photography.

Not Another Giveaway!

  
I’ve been very grateful to the calligraphy community, and since August is my birthday month and I hit the 1k mark, I’m hosting a giveaway on Instagram! 

  1. 6 Vintage Nibs
  2. 5 Pen Rests c/o @penrestmnl
  3. 1 Monologue SketchBook 200gsm A6
  4. 1 4×6 watercolor artwork of your choice (please include a reference if it’s a portrait)
  5. 2 Prints of any of my artworks
  6. A no. 2 brush
  7. 1 Match mechanical pencil

To join:

  • Follow @dtzrgza and @penrestmnl
  • Repost this photo on IG with the hashtag #notanothergiveaway
  • Tag your friends!

Note: This is open to Philippine Residents only. Instagram account must be public to join the giveaway. 

Giveaway closes on my bday, August 16, 2015, Sunday. I’ll be announcing the winner on August 17, Monday. 

Shopping Ban

Ever since I started calligraphy, I’ve been buying, or more like hoarding, a lot of calligraphy-related supplies. My debt to my mom grew a little, and I haven’t been saving up. So in light of this, I decided to impose this ban to myself. I’ve read this from Helga’s site, which is originally from Blonde on a Budget.

My goal is to ban shopping for a month or two in order to pay all my debts, save up, and gain control and discipline from randomly buying anything I want. I know this will be hard for me since I wanted to buy a lot of things.

So, here we go.

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Arts and Crafts Shops in the Philippines

When I first started out, I found it really hard to find the supplies needed for the craft. I live in the south, and local arts and crafts shops are hard to find, or too far, not to mention the local book stores rarely have the supplies. So, I’m making this list as a reference.

Aside from Deovir Art Supplies, National Bookstore, and Fully Booked (Note that Greenbelt 5 branch has most of the materials), there’s a store especially for Calligraphy supplies called Scribe Writing Essentials. Although their stores are located mostly in Manila.

So here’s the list for all the shops I found (The ones with the check mark are the ones I’ve ordered from, and are pretty friendly):

General Arts and Crafts:

Ink and water friendly paper

Painting Supplies (Watercolor sets, Brushes, Waterbrushes)

Holders, Vintage Nibs, Inks, and Inkwell

*This post is updated regularly