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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, and a lot of attempts to refocus my mind. In the midst of the homestretch of opening the new The Craft Central store in SM North EDSA, planning for the next store ?,  thinking about my quadruple wisdom tooth extraction tomorrow, and all the infinite details in between…
These goals might just overtake me if I’m not careful. How do these actions glorify the Lord?
In some way, I am comforted by this status post in FB. With my “real” handwriting as I hang out in Toby’s Estate in Art Bar.
Whatever it is, I’ll get there. ūüėČ

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Istorya at warehouse eight

It’s one thing to have an eye for what’s sellable, another thing to be a fanatic collector of the things you choose sell. 

I’m not a collector. In fact, I don’t hoard. Nasasayangan akong gumastos, especially if I already have tools that worked. I did feel the pressure to “collect” and try different paints and brushes to keep up with my peers. It was such a thing to take pictures of your “haul” and to do reviews of products. Hehehe. 
Because I’m definitely not a collector, it fascinates me how other individuals are avid fanatics of collecting things. It’s a amazing, and I find it very entertaining to live vicariously through them as an onlooker. 
One very passionate collector is Lennie Dionisio of The Curious Artisan. Her choice of products, her personal selection of typewriters, pens, stamps, and all is breath taking. It looks like a huge fortune, and I believe it is worth a fortune!
There are many enthusiasts out there, and last week, Istorya brought them all together. 
From cameras to newspapers, fountain pens to bicycles, it was a whole new world for me. :)
One most interesting experience was seeing Lennie’s personal letterpress machine in the works! Ohmy!
And hey, The Curious Artisan will be in Art Exchange next week to sell her awesome finds! Catch them on April 22 and 23. They’ll have a letterpress demo in their booth, as well as a modified foiling pen demo by  Camy Cabral and Dr. Gail of The MD Writes. :)

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Praise the Lord for Art Exchange

It’s been a long and crazy week! But before I wrap up and share the official photos from Art Exchange, I want to thank God for seeing us through this event. Praise the Lord for

  • Empowering our project heads, instructors, operations team, store staff
  • Giving us good health and energy
  • Providing us with sponsors
  • Providing us with participants
  • Bringing in shoppers
  • Helping us in booking last minute suppliers (imagine, we had to get a projector and big screen a day before! Additional tables and chairs too)
  • Last minute opportunity to help and encourage Nanay Premrose and family (via Mission Possible of ABS CBN) plus media exposure as bonus
  • Keeping everyone positive and cheerful

As I am in the Abu Dhabi airport now (yeap, left for NAIA right when Art Exchange ended yesterday!), I am reminded of the verse in the movie Hacksaw Ridge. I watched it on the way here. :)
Isaiah 40:28-31

Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard,

that the everlasting God, the Lord,

the Creator of the ends of the earth,

fainteth not, neither is weary?

There is no searching of his understanding.

He giveth power to the faint;

and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary,

and the young men shall utterly fall:

but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;

they shall mount up with wings as eagles;

they shall run, and not be weary;

and they shall walk, and not faint.
Thank you Lord! There were a lot of similar art-related events that weekend, but still you provided for us and made our event a huge success!!!

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Dreaming Big

The project started with a line inserted in a¬†conversation with the Greenbelt team. “We will have some blank walls next year. I don’t know if you’re interested, but we want to turn it into a mural.”¬†We were meeting for a totally different project.
It’s huge, it’s a daunting task. Our first ever mural as a team was the 9-feet tall heart that we did for Christmas. We finished it back to back in 1 day.

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Photo taken from our instagram, @inkscribbler

Now, our next task was a 70-m long wall, about 3.5 meters high. That’s a lot of surface. We’re used to paint on small 6×8″ papers for our invitation projects. I don’t know if this is doable for us. Think about how much time we have to spend out of the office for this to paint the wall.¬†Time is our most precious commodity as artists, and we can’t give our time just to anything.¬†But after a bit of thought, my innards really can’t let this opportunity pass. To have a huge canvas with a lot of visibility.. that’s the dream!
This is how it started. A canvas so overwhelming, we had to break it down into something manageable. I don’t want to paint the wall just for the sake of it. It’s been in our plans to have a “Scribble Club”, and this seems to be the perfect opportunity to launch this. Why not dream big, and turn this mural into an event?


We still want to finish it the soonest possible time. So we had a call for volunteers for the mural! Almost 200 people responded, yahoo!

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Planning was hard. In fact, when we were on site 2 days before the actual painting day, we realised we lacked about 20 meters of designs! Patty made a bit more in time for the Saturday event. The rest, we just had to freehand and duplicate from existing elements.


Sharing some photos from the event! These were taken by Kate Cruz, and D&E Movement Photography.

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The designs we had to copy. We also had projectors on site.



The Scribble Club shirts ūüėČ


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By lunch time, we had passersby painting with us too! We needed all the help we could get!


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Of course, we had to document all our efforts!


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Project head, Patty Py


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That’s me! :)


Sharing the video made by our intern, Kate Cruz :)

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The experience was nothing short of exhilirating. To me, it was an impossible task made reality by the community. From the countless back and forth coordination for the design, schedule, supplies and volunteers, to suddenly finishing this mural in ONE DAY. It’s a miracle!!!
The best part for me was meeting¬†new people. The different young artists are so happy and energetic and just full of life. Kakatuwa talaga!¬†I’m so very proud of what we accomplished! We hit many birds in 1 stone! :)

  1. Paint the 70m white walls
  2. Finish it in 1 day
  3. Launch The Scribble Club
  4. Visibility for the Ink Scribbler brand


So hello, The Scribble Club! We hope to have many many more events!

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If you want to see more of the wall, check out #scribblewithusmural2017 on instagram!

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Thank you Wendy’s for breakfast, John and Yoko for lunch, and Chili’s for merienda! Thank you Boysen for sponsoring the paints! They got the Pantones we needed and we didn’t have to mix to get the right shades!


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Thank you to the team for an excellent job! To the Greenbelt team, thank you for always involving us in your projects. To the volunteers, we literally couldn’t have done this without you!


And hey, another soon to be result of dreaming big is our event this week, ART EXCHANGE!

Drop by this April 19-25 at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5! Say hi! :)

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This is the most frequent¬†content of my dreams in the past few weeks. Recently, it is my waking thought, my day’s¬†final worry. This project is totally consuming me, and I am very very very excited to make it a reality! (And also rest afterwards, hahaha!)


Art Exchange actually came as a side-thought from organising a workshop in Cebu. We already booked a Cebu weekend for the Ink Scribbler artists so that we can teach and also have fun. While I was having coffee with Cris, one of our artists, the idea wandered into the conversation. Why not make it big? Why not make it bigger?

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And so hello, ART EXCHANGE Cebu! That was last year in October 2016, back when I wasn’t “blogging” yet. There were a LOT of challenges, mainly because we are based in Manila. From coordinating with the venue, with the bazaar logistics (yay, Maker’s Market Cebu!), down to actually looking for workshop participants.



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We conducted it in Henry Hotel Cebu (the place is lovely, the management is so easy to talk to). We also got Janot to have a gothic calligraphy workshop, and flew in Dr. Gail from Bacolod, to conduct a Copperplate calligraphy workshop.


That was a great run. It’s nice to be stretched. And, now that we’re taller, let’s do this ART EXCHANGE Manila!


The Manila edition is a product of another set of bigger dreams. An exhibit to feature more than 40 renditions of the world map, a leg of basic workshops, a bazaar with our favourite brands, talks and demos by people we look up to. It’s definitely an event that you shouldn’t miss!

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Among the sponsors who will join us would be Sakura, Winsor & Newton, Canson, IFEX Fine Papers, Tombow! And as usual, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf will bless us with food and drinks on our opening day! <3

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In partnership with Greenbelt,

Art Exchange will be at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5

on April 19-25, 2017| 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM.


  • Opening Day – April 19
  • Bazaar and Exhibit – April 19-25 (whole week!)
  • Workshops – April 22
  • Talks and Demos – April 23


So, come join us for a week-long event of art and inspiration!
You can sign up for a workshop slot here:


Drop by and say hi! :)



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