In the City. 🏙🌆My watercolor artwork technique on a flatlay for last week’s @nuffnangph’s @googlygooeys x @fabercastellphils #fabercastellbloggersday was inspired by the hardhat I brought with me in the event itself, and the unique prop I used for my very own flatlay design. Albeit the noobity, the artist was pleased.
Others believed that unlike the artistic architects, technical engineers are stiff and is stucked with the basic rigid frames. At this age and time, I could attest the you could actually blend art with engineering. It only have to take something that is highly functional yet adds aesthetic component to it – making it pleasurable to the senses and ticklish to the imagination.
One perfect example of this is the warehouse aesthetic design that encompasses simplicity and minimalism with firepro mechanical tubes sticking out but blending well in all its dark red paint glory to dull orange bricks painted in pristine white.
Architects may design various structures but without the bone, it’ll never stand…
Just like Arch. Buensalido’s Terraza de Barako in Lipa, Batangas. Among many others, the engineer here bend to the architect’s art, incorporated and maneuvered it to become aesthetically beautiful without compromising it’s structural safeness.
The structural designer was my dad.
As for me, you see, in the field of numbers and dusts (Engineering and Construction), my left brain is tiring for logic, analysis, design, and the girly girl in me can only take so much.
Constant in analytical thinking – moment of inertia, torsional bend and seismic loads, and the latest in my self-review section, the brosler method that I need to master for a current column investigation, plus the fact that I can’t wear stilettos on site inspections and I need a sturdy backpack, not a ru-bu-tan, or an er-mez. What I wear? Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for my highly hazardous work environment – the construction site. A shirt with caution vest, denim pants with hardhat and steeltoe to protect myself
Covering yourself for protection is good but inspecting the site under the scorching heat of the sun is not so good – at least for the reputation of the girly girl in me. I don’t feel very feminine with hair sticking on the sides of my face and shirt wet from sweat and accumulating stain from either mud because its raining or dust because its hot.
I basically can’t dress to impress, and no matter what primer and setting spray there is to rectify the foundation on my face – it’ll just melt away after an hour or two of soaking under the sun.
Where thou shall passion for art be released?
From thy words I form to articles in my blog,
to poetry that rhymes,
to doodles and scribbles that are therapeutic and relaxing.
From my cutesy planner backdrops,
to foreign language I am polygloting.
Math indeed, is a beautiful, organized, exact science. But I also want liberty, chaos, randomness, because there is also beauty in things tangled, rusted and broken. #gerilenmbf
Last Saturday, October 28, Nuffnang Philippines invited art enthusiast bloggers for a fun afternoon of Googly Gooeys’ art workshop as a celebration to Faber Castell Bloggers Day! Hosted by Ms. Magenta of Faber Castell and Nuffnang’s very own Mr. Jan Rae, bloggers from different niche feasted on Instagrammable buffet while learning the basic in having a creative flatlay and the basics of watercoloring techniques.
Ms. Tippy Pelayo-Go graced the event and showered us with tips and tricks in mixing colors and making our flatlays as posh and curated as her award-winning webcomic-turned-design blog that talks about anything fun & colorful, the GooglyGooeys.com.
Our weapons in this battle of colors, the Faber Castell Philippines’ art materials – the Classic Colour Sketch Set with 16 pigment rich colours, a graphite pencil grip 2001 2B and a pencil sharpener locked on a zip tin pencil case, and the coveted Connector Paint Box with 12 bright colours, a tube of Chinese white and Clic&Go paintbrush.
The first thing I learned in mixing colors is that you don’t have to have every color in the palette to have dynamic range of hues. Sometimes, all you need is a little courage to smudge your newly acquired paint and experiment with the three basic colors – red, yellow and blue.
The colors will intensify and becomes darker when mixed with purple or brown.
Add white to lighten any pigment; red for instance could be a fuchsia but will turn to a carnation pink after adding white.
Yellow and blue makes green; dilute it with water and it’ll turn to a pastel green.
Dab a hint of blue to a green pigment and you’ll make the boring hue a lively teal.
Gray and Black is from a mixture of red, yellow and blue.
Brown on the other hand is also a concoction of red and yellow with a lesser portion of blue.
Flat wash Technique – Only know you love her when you let her go. Just like Flat wash, it is a basic but an essential part in making a master piece. It is the technique of diluting the desired color in water and applying it uniformly to the whole sheet of paper as background or on part of the composition as back drop for the main characters of your art. You might not think of it much until you need to paint a blue sky.
Dry Brush Technique – If you are draining yourself to sustain others, then you are this. Dry brush technique is using a relatively-dry-but-still-holding-paint brush. It is applied on paper or canvass with scratchy look that lacks smooth appearance. It will give everything until it literally dried out. The only bittersweet reminisce you’ll have is the fact that
Wet in Wet Technique – Sometimes, you simply have to let it go and let fate takes the wheel. Wet paint applied on wet paint produces a soft, diffused look as the two colors mix. The extent of mixture of two colors combined is highly dependent on how wet the first layer is and how diluted the second color is. From soft-edged to widely spread pattern, you should let go and let the paint on water run wild.
Graded Wash/Gradient Technique – When two becomes one, this is where 1 + 1 = 1 is true. A fusion of evil and good, dark to light, or for those hopeless romantics, two lovers united as one – depending on the artist’s point of view, gradient technique is a gradual change in the value of the color as the wash progresses.
If one color is used, the intensity could change from dense to light, but for two colors meeting halfway, the key is to compromise…
The event was held at the Acceler8.ph Coworking Space in Paseo that also held location for kid’s art station and displays of the latest Faber Castell art material offerings including:
Stylishly Slim & Finely Crafted, Neo Slim is the newest addition to Faber-Castell’s series of fine writing instruments. NEO Slim has a distinctive slim structure that leaves a lasting visual and tactile impression. The minimalistic design of the NEO Slim marks the first slim series for the brand and is fast becoming a striking statement.
There are four different writing modes to suit every individual’s preference:
– Ball Pen with ‘stylus’ function
– Gel Roller
– Roller Ball
– Fountain Pen (EF, F, M & B)
Available soon at major National Book Store branches: SM Mall of Asia, Glorietta 1, SM Megamall Bldg. A, Robinsons Ermita, Quezon Avenue, Trinoma, SM North EDSA Main Bldg., Noteworthy Greenbelt, &Scribe Writing Essential branches!
Neo Slim Stylus Ivory Rose Gold – Ball Pen – 2,050.00
Neo Slim Ivory Rose Gold – Roller Ball – 2,700.00
Neo Slim Ivory Rose Gold – FP M – 3,000.00
Neo Slim Ivory Rose Gold – FP F – 3,000.00
Karl Lagerfeld Limited Edition
Multifaceted artist, fashion and accessories stylist, designer, photographer and publisher, Karl Lagerfeld is also known for his artistic skills. Artistic skills which, in a few lines, give life to characters, looks, landscapes, snapshots of life put down on white paper.
The pencil that he uses are extensions of himself; colours, crayons and pencils decorate his various living and work spaces. And they are all inevitably labelled Faber-Castell. This Karl Lagerfeld Artist Box is limited to 2,500 KarlBoxes only worldwide and is sold for Php150,000 pesos in the Philippines.
More about Faber Castell Bloggers Day photos here.
The internet’s chicest trend ever is the oomph that comes along with having a curated flatlay. The pizzazz could raise your personal branding game to a higher level and Ms. Tippy’s tips took us through the unbelievably simple steps in creating the perfect flat lay designs.
I learned to never cease to take risk in exploring and creating art.
From saving the shavings of your newly sharpened pencils,
to using white cartolina as light reflectors,
to partnering faber castell materials to items with same hues,
to even making your current moisturizer tube a backdrop stand!
Anything is possible, you just have to let your imagination run naked and wild.
Thank you so much Nuffnang Philippines and Faber Castell Philippines for having me on this fun-filled event. I may not rock a perfectly winged eyeliner but I’ll definitely swirl colors and add vibrancy in my digital space with newly acquired knowledge & tricks and Faber Castell art materials!
Looking closer, I found that most intriguing examples of art and engineering fused together engaged both sides of the brain – the analytical left and the creative right. Wearing my PPE is a standard protocol in the field of my choosing, but I have more appreciation of my profession now. I help in civilizing humanity, I volunteered in designing public maternity facilities and charities catering small kids and women, I’m in the middle of conceptualizing a sphere house – which will float when it floods and will roll during earthquake. Thinking about it, I may have had to add textures and dab colors to that blob of floating-rolling house.
Such beauty to see formulas formed into perfect engineering.
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