Experimenting With Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground

I’ve always wanted to try painting with watercolor on canvas. I tried to research on how to do this, and apparently, you just need to first apply some watercolor ground on the surface.

And so, here’s a video where I have tried using watercolor ground on wood, paper and canvas…

Prior to this, I have tried the Schmincke watercolor ground, the transparent one. I didn’t really like it so much on the wood surface where I have tried it on. But maybe I will try it again another time on canvas.

So far, though, I was quite satisfied with the outcome of my watercolor painting on the canvas where I have used Daniel Smith’s watercolor ground (Titanium white). The only thing I’m not so crazy about is that the watercolor paint looks slightly more opaque than usual due to the titanium white watercolor ground in the background. It looks less luminous than when applied directly on paper.

I do hope you enjoyed this video. If you did, please do give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel if you like this sort of stuff. 🙂

Valentine Cards, etc — New Items on the Online Shop

Having recently acquired the sudden urge to create some new collection of artworks for my online shop, I thought it timely to update my blog to let you all know about it. 😉

And just in time (hopefully, not too late), I have made some Valentine cards with my original watercolor artwork prints. You still have time for the SALE, just use the code SENDLOVE2021 before check-out! 😉

Halo-Halo Valentine Card with a print of my original watercolor artwork

For those who do not know, Halo-Halo is a Filipino dessert. Yes, it’s a dessert, even though most of the random stuff in it wouldn’t count as dessert ingredients for those who do not live in the Philippines, or its neighboring countries.

Philippine Gumamela (Hibiscus) Valentine Card

Made some greeting cards and postcards as well…

Tuyo is a dried fish made in the Philippines. The term, tuyo literally means dry or dried. Most of the time, tuyo is made with a fish called Tawilis or Tulingan. It is a local favorite, which, I’m sure, most Filipinos like myself terribly miss the comfort of savoring (especially the distinct putrid smell 😀 ), most especially during the depressing colder months, like, right now.

And while, I was at it, I have incorporated my artwork on some other cute items such as magnets, stickers, posters, tote bags, clothes, etc. Please click away on the images or captions for more details.

I do hope you take the time to visit my shop, and maybe try out an item or two, while you’re at it. 🙂

I hope my Filipino themed products provide the same kind of comfort and sentiment to all the Pinoys / Filipinos out there who are terribly missing all things Pinoy back home.

Happy shopping and Happy Valentine ! 🙂

Happy New Year, etc.

First of all, Happy New Year!!!

I can’t believe 2020 just happened. It just does not feel like we have really left last year though. It feels as if 2020 was not really done yet. It just wants to be a longer year than it already was. But I really don’t want to spend the first blog of the year ranting and complaining about 2020. I’m back here with some life updates, etc.

First off, I got myself a new iPad. It’s the 4th generation iPad Air. It’s really fancy-schmanzy and all coz I bought with it the Apple Pencil and the keyboard which also acts as a protective cover. So far, I’m really loving it. I bought it for the sole purpose of using Procreate coz I find that Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop nowadays are such an expensive scam. Since I’m already at ease with Apple products, why not just use Procreate, the much cheaper version?

Self-portrait created in Procreate and watercolor

Anyhoo, I’m thinking of creating some digital artworks with it, which I would like to mix with the old and familiar, watercolor. If you could see my new profile pic, I actually did the portrait sketch in Procreate but I did the soft-focus background with watercolor. I just love how the foreground seamlessly merged with the background. After unsuccessfully attempting to achieve this simple effect using Gimp, it is such a welcome respite to find how easy it is to do this with Procreate.

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Paint-Along-With-Me Filipino Christmas Card

Hey there!

First of all, some updates… It’s been a while. I have been super busy with my Christmas Greeting Card for a Cause project the past few weeks. I’ve also just recently put up my online shop. Add to that the fact that I’ve started studying French again. The French government has been kind enough to approve my request for full financial support to study one-on-one, customized French course for myself online, so as to improve my conversational skills and to pass the exam to B2 (Advance Intermediate) Level. The last time I took the exam, I was B1 (Lower Intermediate) Level, and that was like 5 years ago, I think. 🙂

Anyway, just want to keep you posted. Been busy with the Christmas shopping, updating my online shop for more items and making videos. Also, preparing documents to submit for a Master’s Degree I’m looking to apply for next year. I might also enroll in the meantime in an online Garden Design class to a prestigious school in the UK. I’m excited about this! I’ll let you know more in the coming weeks.

Anyway, here is a video of me painting one of my Christmas greeting cards. You can follow along, or just watch. Watercolor is so relaxing to watch. Plus, I’ve put some nice and cheerful Christmas songs in the background. It helps to feel more relaxed, more zen and more cheerful, especially during this times of confinement and gloomy winter weather.

Paint-along watercolor painting tutorial of a Filipino themed Christmas card courtesy of yours truly

This Christmas greeting card, along with all my other watercolor artwork prints on Christmas gift items are up on sale, folks!

Also, there is now a new item in my menu (Link Tree) that links to a page containing all my social medial sites, FYI. I first had the idea to do this via linktree (the web site that allows you to create a “link tree” of you social media sites). But then I thought, hey why not just create a link tree of my own in my web site. It’s more practical and I get a nice URL with my own domain name instead of using theirs. Haha! 😉

Maligayang Pasko po! 🙂


POST UPDATE (20/11/2020): A portion of the sales from the first batch of orders of my Christmas Cards for a Cause project is now being used to help victims of typhoon Ulysses in Cagayan Valley in the Philippines via AFPMP (Association of Filipino and French community in Toulouse). Thanks to all those lovely people who supported me on this charitable project! #paintingitforward

And… my online shop is still up, both here on my web site and my online store via zazzle.com (with some Christmas gift items in my product list)!

Please do take the time to check them out. This is a personal project to make a donation to the Filipino-French association here in Toulouse for their various charitable projects in the Philippines. It’s always a good feeling to give back your blessings. It’s not only good karma, it’s good for the soul as well.

I have started selling them two weeks ago via facebook, and I’ve had so many orders from my lovely friends all over the world! It made me so happy how my project was so well-received, even by people I have not even seen for more than twenty years! It was very touching.

It’s always true that the people who are most blessed are the people who know that you get more when you give more. 🙂

So, please, please, please do take the time to check out my Christmas postcards for SALE!!!

Thanks, and have a good weekend! 🙂

Filipino-French Community Newsletter Web Site

Just a short blog here to let you know that I was appointed Editor in chief for the newsletter of the Filipino-French community (AFPMP – Amitiés Franco-Philippine en Midi-Pyrénées) here in Toulouse.

visit the newsletter web site: https://afpmpnewsletter.wordpress.com/

This was a special request of the association’s president since the previous Editor in chief has resigned.

The old newsletter had always been sent via email on PDF, or published in the old defunct web site of the association.

For this year’s first issue, we have decided to create a web site for it.

The articles are mostly about the social gatherings of the association (personal and virtual), profiles of the members, and the charities in the Philippines that we support.

Here is one of my favorite articles that I have written myself, regarding the profiles of the members of our Watercolor Painting Meet-up:

Click here to read more about it.

My Indoor Plants

During the confinement period, like most people I know, I have rediscovered my love for plants. Particularly, the indoor kind. I suddenly crave for more greenery inside the house as a result of not being able to visit my favorite garden (Jardin Japonais) right next to my old office. I have accumulated quite a collection of them, some of which, I am about to obligingly enumerate in this blog post… starting with my beautiful tall plants…

Pendant la période de confinement, comme la plupart des gens que je connais, j’ai redécouvert mon amour pour les plantes. En particulier, celles d’intérieur. J’ai soudain envie de plus de verdure à l’intérieur de la maison, car je ne peux pas visiter mon jardin préféré (Jardin Japonais) juste à côté de mon ancien bureau. J’en ai accumulé toute une collection, dont certaines, que je m’apprête à énumérer obligeamment dans ce blog… à commencer par mes belles grandes plantes…

If you have read one of my previous blogs, you would have already seen my Bird of Paradise, which is a Mother’s Day gift by my husband and my daughter. It has grown a lot of new foliage now. It looks quite happy and healthy. I have not repotted it for fear that I might damage its roots. So far, it acclimatized quite well. To take care of this plant, you need to put it closest to the window and water it every three days, or so. Of course, I also wipe the leaves with disinfectant once a week because… why not? I do this for all my other plants as well. Seriously, it’s a good way to remove the dust so that it could absorb more sunlight, and helps ward off bugs at the same time.

Si vous avez lu l’un de mes précédents blogs, vous aurez déjà vu mon Bird of Paradise, un cadeau de mon mari et de ma fille pour la fête des mères. Il a maintenant beaucoup de nouveaux feuillages. Il a l’air très heureux et en bonne santé. Je ne l’ai pas rempoté de peur d’endommager ses racines. Jusqu’à présent, il s’est assez bien acclimaté. Pour prendre soin de cette plante, il faut la mettre le plus près possible de la fenêtre et l’arroser tous les trois jours environ. Bien sûr, j’essuie aussi les feuilles avec du désinfectant une fois par semaine parce que… pourquoi pas ? Je le fais aussi pour toutes mes autres plantes. Sérieusement, c’est une bonne façon d’enlever la poussière pour qu’elle puisse absorber plus de lumière du soleil, et cela aide en même temps à éviter les insectes.

Next on the list is my Red Abyssian Banana. The hubs saw this basking in the sun outside our favorite plants shop in a town nearby. He took a picture and sent it to me. It was love-at-first-sight. So I just had to get it. Like most bananas, it grows sooo fast. I couldn’t believe my eyes. We’d eventually have to plant it outside at the rate that it’s growing! But I really hope not coz it just looks so gorgeous inside the house.

Le prochain sur la liste est ma Red Abyssian Banana. Mon mari a vu cette banane se prélasser au soleil devant notre magasin de plantes préféré dans une ville voisine. Il a pris une photo et me l’a envoyée. C’était l’amour au premier regard. Il fallait donc que je la prenne. Comme la plupart des bananes, elle pousse si vite. Je n’en croyais pas mes yeux. Il faudrait qu’on la plante dehors au rythme où elle pousse ! Mais j’espère vraiment que ce ne sera pas le cas parce qu’elle est si belle à l’intérieur de la maison.

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Working in Aeronautics

Yesterday was my last day at work. It’s been almost two years since I fell in-love with this application that I have had the pleasure of working on as a Full Stack Developer.

Hier, c’était mon dernier jour de travail. Cela fait presque deux ans que je suis tombé amoureux de cette application sur laquelle j’ai eu le plaisir de travailler en tant que développeur Full Stack.

Those airplanes moving real-time on the airport map caught on radar and video cameras with a backdrop reminiscent of Star Wars is an intricate labor of love consisting of complex Math, the latest innovation in video analytics, and computing technology.

Ces avions se déplaçant en temps réel sur la carte de l’aéroport, capturés par des radars et des caméras vidéo avec un arrière-plan rappelant la Guerre des étoiles, est un travail d’amour complexe composé de mathématiques compliqué, de la dernière innovation en matière d’analyse vidéo et de technologie informatique.

I have always worked in (boring) banking applications but I have always dreamed of working in Aerospace… because… how cool is that?! It’s the ultimate in geekiness! Aeronautics is the closest thing to it. And everything was so new to me. It felt like starting from scratch. It was definitely challenging. But I made it, and it was ALL WORTH IT!

J’ai toujours travaillé dans des applications bancaires (ennuyeuses) mais j’ai toujours rêvé de travailler dans l’aérospatiale… parce que… c’est vraiment cool ! C’est le nec plus ultra du geekisme ! L’aéronautique est ce qui s’en rapproche le plus. Et tout était si nouveau pour moi. J’avais l’impression de repartir de zéro. C’était vraiment un défi. Mais j’ai réussi, et TOUT CA EN VALAIT LA PEINE!