Get up and, ironically, dream! 🙂
It makes so little sense now that I’m writing this, but a few days ago, it made so much sense to me. Haha! Who would wake up to go back to dreaming again? Me, I guess.
Our workshop kits included an X-Acto craft knife, rubber cutting mat, exercise sheets, and a Papercut Diary that had four different types of paper–rock paper, ivory white paper, kraft paper, and black paper–all perfect for paper cutting and even calligraphy! Rock paper is paper made from, well, rocks! It’s also called stone paper and has a latex-like texture which makes it difficult to tear. It’s grease and water resistant, which makes it great for people who have sweaty hands like me. Our pencils and name tags were decorated with colorful washi tape. The name tags were written by Mansy herself.
Mansy taught us the most basic tips and tricks in paper cutting. We practiced cutting in straight lines and curves. We cut out leaves, flowers, and petals that bloomed from the paper. She said paper cutting is a totally different art form on paper because you finish a story by subtracting, unlike painting or calligraphy where you have to add different elements to finish the final piece. The beauty of paper cutting is knowing when to stop. It’s easier to have a direction after you’ve drawn your design guides and cut out the last piece that needs cutting. You can paint a picture and tell a story just by paper and a simple craft knife that you can take anywhere, except in places that don’t allow sharp objects! 🙂
Mansy is an amazing and inspiring woman! She’s living every artsy crafter’s dream life, owning a brick-and-mortar craft shop, doing pottery, designing jewelry, paper cutting, and holding workshops here and there. What a dream job, right? I was floating on air (besides having zero sleep) while Mansy talked because who doesn’t love an artist who talks about her passion so lovingly?
Aside from my ‘zero sleep’ excuse and Mansy’s passion talk, this amazing guy and I were celebrating our 3rd year anniversary that day. He accompanied me to the workshop and we enjoyed a nice dinner after while watching Katy Perry’s Prism Tour on television. He’s my inspiration for the beautiful things I create, but I believe all the wonderful words I have to say about him deserve a different blog post.
So my first paper cutting project was dedicated to him. I did this piece when I was supposed to be studying for an exam because paper cutting is extremely addicting! It helps you meditate and travel to a place that only brings you peace and helps you focus. At least that’s what I felt the whole time. Recently, I’ve been doing paper cut names for my friends which they all seem to enjoy receiving as much as I’ve enjoyed the whole cutting process.
I love how art brings everyone together!
Speaking of art bringing everyone together, it was art that led me to meeting Anna Jimenez–a ‘macramé artist, crafter, thrifter, believer, designer, bgirl,‘ and mama of the cutest little girl I have yet to meet! Her shack is a little sneak peek into her creative mind, where every corner is home to pretty handmade, crafted, or thrifted things. Here are a few throwback photos from one sleepy afternoon when I visited Anna and her dainty home.
Lucky me that day, I chanced upon Chloe making coffee. There goes my reflection trying to capture an Instagram-worthy shot of this moment. Haha. I got to enjoy good coffee that afternoon and took home a nice blouse (which is now my current favorite) from this little collection.
Anna also designs clothes that you should buy if you love comfort and style.
I urge you to support local artists like Anna, especially in our little City of Love, where the art community is thriving, albeit rather slowly and timidly. Try spending your afternoons here. I suggest coming around 4PM when the afternoon light is almost at its most beautiful and the air is not so humid. Anna’s shack is located at San Rafael, Mandurriao, right across People’s Condominium.
I have three days to go before I finally get to enjoy my Christmas break! That means more time for crafting, watercolor, calligraphy, and a lot of things in store for you next year! To give thanks to a wonderful 2015, I’m doing a Christmas Giveaway that ends on the 20th. Be sure to check it out and tell your friends.
In other news, I’m too excited for Star Wars: The Force Awakens which is the seventh installment in the Star Wars film series. My papa introduced me to Star Wars when my brother and I were younger and I’m so lucky to have a boyfriend who shares the same nerdy love for Star Wars. I won’t be watching it on opening day because I’ll have to wait for my brother to come home so we can watch the movie together. To end this post, I wish you good days ahead and may the Force be with you.