Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Let's Make Stamps!

I spent last Saturday afternoon making stamps with crafty ladies! I was so happy I got to prepare a mini workshop guide, which also doubled as the workshop certificate, for each of them. I also included in their kits our very own carving blocks (available at our shop in Katipunan), which were thick enough that they didn't need to mount them, and firm that they wouldn't crumble when carved. Really ideal for beginners. Aside from the Versacraft inkpads, we also had an ink station where they could try our neon refills!

The Juice Barista made the workshop even more fun by providing us organic cold pressed juices! So refreshing, especially this season! :)

Rubber Stamp Making Workshop 

Rubber Stamp Making Workshop

Rubber Stamp Making Workshop

Rubber Stamp Making Workshop
Stamp by Maggie
Rubber Stamp Making Workshop
Ink station!
Rubber Stamp Making Workshop

Rubber Stamp Making Workshop

Rubber Stamp Making Workshop
Refreshing organic juices by The Juice Barista!
Handmade Placecards

Rubber Stamp Making Workshop
Congratulations Steph for winning the Best Stamp Prize!
Rubber Stamp Making Workshop

Thanks to Candice, Maggie, Kathe, Paola, Christine, Bianca, Steph, Tin, Carol, and Aura, for joining me last weekend. I hope you continue making stamps! :)

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PS For those who want to make stamps, I'll be at the The Block Party at Makiling Park, Ayala Alabang Village for a demo from 11am-1230pm. Kindly bring your own materials, or you can always buy from our craft booth.

PPS The next Rubber Stamp Making Workshop is on April 26, 2pm-5pm, at the studio. We will be stamping on summer sandals! You can register below:


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Brass Jewelry Workshop

Brass is one of my most favorite material to work with! It's easy to use, looks nice, and can be turned into different types of jewelry. A few days ago, I held a basic Brass Jewelry Workshop at the studio. The students learned about the essential tools, brass types, and jewelry making techniques - and even the French version of the song Let It Go! Haha. Anyway, here are the photos of that fun afternoon. :)

Brass Jewelry Workshop

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DSC_Brass Jewelry Workshop

Brass Jewelry Workshop

Brass Jewelry Workshop

Brass Jewelry Workshop

Brass Jewelry Workshop

The next Brass Jewelry Workshop is in May. For more details and to register, go to www.heykessy.com/register.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Chalk Art by Paul Imbong

It's about time our glass wall has a makeover! Don't you think so? I invited one of our favorite artists, Paul Imbong, the talent behind our monthly postcard design, to work on one portion - well, actually, this would be the second time as he also did the "Let's Be Makers" chalk art - of the wall.  And he did great! We also got him to answer a few questions about his work. :)

Hey Kessy Shop

Paul Imbong x Hey Kessy

Paul Imbong x Hey Kessy

Paul Imbong x Hey Kessy

1. Hi Paul! Thanks for making another awesome work for Hey Kessy! Can you tell us about this piece?
You're welcome! This is actually a poem, by William C. Hannan. It's a good message not just for crafters and makers, but to anyone who's searching for something to be passionate about. It's an encouragement for us to be persistent and diligent.

2. How was it working on this project?
I used chalk markers from the shop to write on the window. They're much easier to use than a brush, and I really like how I can just wipe off any smudges or mistakes, which happens a lot when I'm drawing or writing.

3. Speaking of style, what is your style?
Well, generally I tend to go for something that looks clean and simple. And I always try add a bit of fun and whimsy in there as well. I try to do the same with my illustrations.

4. Who are your artistic influences?
An early influence was Ed Emberly. My mom brought home one of his books way back when I was in grade school, and I still adore his work up to now. I still have the book!

What got me into drawing  was superhero comic books because my older brother used to collect them. There's still a part of me that wants to explore that, but at some point I was drawn to children's book illustrations and that's what takes up most of my time nowadays.

5. What particular craft would you like to try this year?
Craft beer. Just kidding! Probably rubber cutting, and I think it goes well with the type of illustrations that I do. I tried it before in a workshop, but I didn't get to do much afterwards. It's a good time to start making my own stamps again.

Paul Imbong x Hey Kessy

Paul Imbong x Hey Kessy

Yay! Thank you so much again to Paul Imbong for agreeing to have this sit-down interview, and of course, for the awesome chalk art!

And here's something I'm sure you guys would love! We're looking for a crafter or artist who's willing to do another portion of our window for the month of April! Email us at contact@heykessy.com with your details and design proposals, as well as the kind of craft materials from the shop that you'd be needing. We can't wait to see those amazing artworks!

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PS Interested in Paper Quilling? Drop by the shop on Saturday, 3pm, because we'll have a live demo and pop up by Mary Imbong! 

Saturday, March 07, 2015

How to Make Your Moisturizing+Tanning Oil and Sea Salt Hair Spray

We can't deny it, summer is already here! Most of the time, I'm at the attic working in my studio which can get really hot during noon time. I drink more than 8 glasses of water to keep myself hydrated. However, when I went to La Union to enjoy the beach the other week, I knew drinking water wouldn't be enough.

So, I made myself a bottle of moisturizing and tanning oil. And since we had the basic ingredients to make a sea salt hair spray, I concocted a bottle too!

DIY Sea Salt Spray

La Union Beach

INGREDIENTS and MATERIALS:

Moinsturizing + Tanning Oil
Black Tea
Virgin Coconut Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Vanilla Extract 
Water

DIY Moisturizing and Tanning Oil

Sea Salt Hair Spray
Sea Salt
Coconut Oil
Lemon
Water

DIY Sea Salt Hair Spray

Packaging
Spray bottles
Washi Tape
Markers

STEPS:

Tanning + Moisturizing Oil
1. Boil the water, and transfer it to a mug. Add 4-5 black tea bags.
2. Mix the rest of the ingredients - coconut oil, lavender essential oil, and vanilla extract - in the mug. For this project, I used organic vanilla powder from A Vanilla Story. They carry a wide range of vanilla products. You can get coconut oil from Casa de Lorenzo or Flow Shop.
3. Wait for the mixture to cool before transferring it in a spray bottle.

DIY Tanning Oil

Sea Salt Hair Spray
1. Warm the water and add sea salt. I get sea salt from Lotus Pod.
2. Add lemon. It will make your hair lighter especially under the sun.
3. You can add coconut oil to moisturize your hair.
4. Use as often as you want especially if you miss the beach so much.
5. Wait for the mixture to cool before transferring it to a spray bottle.

DIY Tanning Oil

La Union Beach

I'd love to see your summer DIY projects, so don't forget to use the hashtag #letsbemakers when you post them online! :)

Thursday, March 05, 2015

DIY Shibori Shawl

Coming up with different shibori patterns is an addicting afternoon activity. All you need to do is bend, fold, and tie! Here's the simple shawl I made using swiss cotton: 

Shibori Shawl

Shibori Shawl

Shibori

If you want to try shibori this summer, I suggest you try using the dye with different types of cloth. I normally buy fabric in Ali Mall, Cubao. :)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

DIY Temporary Tatts

Mad Tatter sent over DIY temporary tattoo sheets for me to try! I scanned one of my papercuts, a heart shape, and printed it on the sheets using my Canon Pixma printer. Amazing how the intricate details of my papercut remained intact even when I wore the tattoo. Next time I'll try printing my Instagram photos and drawings on the other sheets. :)

DIY Temporary Tattoos

DIY Temporary Tattoos

Aside from the DIY temporary tattoo sheets that you can use for craft parties, events, and workshops, Mad Tatter is also carrying Tattly and gold tattoos. My favorite ones are the summer popsicles and paper plane designs.

 Tattly Temporary Tattoos            

Papercutting + DIY Temporary Tattoo

Papercutting + DIY Temporary Tattoo

And since it's my birthday month is just a few days away, I'll be giving out some of these hearts on this weekend, February 28-March 1. Just go to the shop and ask the shopkeeper for the #MadTatterxHeyKessy tatts. :)

You can check out Mad Tatter's Instragram and Facebook accounts for the available designs or you can also email them your own design and they'd be happy to print it out as tattoos for you. 

Emailmadtatterph@gmail.com 
             
DIY Temporary Tattoos

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PS I'm going back to La Union in late March and would love to know if there are interested folks in attending craft workshops there? Kindly fill out the survey below. Thank you! ♡

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Washied Eggs, Confetti Letters, and a Craft Fair

I was invited to hold a craft workshop at a 7th birthday party the other weekend. It was on a Saturday afternoon but the kids didn't fall short in enthusiasm, especially seeing all the craft materials, the colorful eggs I prepared for the afternoon's egg race, and the washi taped confetti letters for the birthday greeting board. They made jewelry using their cute drawings and doodles. Seeing everyone was in a jolly and crafty mood, especially the birthday girl who looked so pretty in her pink top, I couldn't be happier and grateful to have been invited. :)

Confetti Letters

Washi Taped Eggs


I'm sure I'll be making more washi taped eggs for easter!

The following day, I went to the craft fair DMC organized at the event center in Century City Mall. I love this mall because it's not yet that crowded and the shops are interesting, if not new - at least to me who doesn't frequent Makati.

I only got to stay for one whole day, Sunday, but I enjoyed talking and getting to know other crafters and makers. They also played a video about the crafters who held workshop during the event. The stories are very engaging. Here are some photos of the fair:

Craft Fair

Craft Fair

Thanks to everyone who dropped by! :)

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PS For workshop schedule, go HERE
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