Thursday, April 30, 2015

For crafters, makers, letterers, calligraphers, creatives, and artists:

If you have craft projects and artworks that you want to share, craft collaboration ideas that you want to pitch, or DIY tutorials that want us to publish on the blog, here are the guidelines:

Blog Tutorials
Send an email with a short write up about the project. Please include the instructions, materials used, and some photos. Don't worry about the photos! If your entry is chosen, we are more than happy to take care of the photography!

Instagram Photo Submissions 
Tag @heykessy and use the hashtag #letsbemakers so we can see your photos! Also which Hey Kessy materials you used to make the projects!

Craft Project Proposal 
Send an email to with a description of the project that you want to do and tell us how we can participate.

Thank you for your interest in sharing your creativity through the Hey Kessy blog and Instagram account! We're anticipating we won't be able to immediately respond to everyone who send us an email, nor can we publish all the entries, so apologies in advance. Kindly include your name, link to your website or blog, and Instagram handle in your email.

Looking forward to seeing your craft projects! :)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Craft Events and Workshops at the Shop

We had a series of craft-filled weekends here at the Hey Kessy shop and studio! Crafters, letterers, calligraphers, and independent brands came over, and made our shop and studio extra brighter and happier.

1. Type Kita hosted a calligraphy workshop taught by Gail, the awesome and kind calligrapher based in Bacolod! She visited Manila just for a series of workshops!

Calligraphy Workshop

Calligraphy Workshop

Calligraphy Workshop

2. Mary Imbong finally had her first workshop and demo! Check out her Instagram account to see how she transforms quilled paper strips into awesome art pieces. 

Paper Quilling

Paper Quilling 0024

Paper Quilling

3. Another talented calligrapher/letter who held a workshop at the studio is Anina. Learned so much when I attended one of her fun brush calligraphy workshops!

Calligraphy Workshop

Calligraphy Workshop

5. Dom of Dom Stamps showed how to carve stamps out of rubber soles! His techniques are different and worth learning!

Rubber Stamp Making

Rubber Stamp Making

Rubber Stamp Making

6. Folks from Mad Tatter bought their temporary tattoos and DIY temporary tatt sheets!

Mad Tatter Temporary Tattoos

INKIES + Mansy


Hey Kessy Shop

My nephew Mawsy and some of my friends from INK also dropped by. I hope we have more weekends like these! It's always a good idea to have fellow creatives around and talk to them about their crafts.

If you are interested in having craft workshops and pop ups at the shop and studio, here are the things that you might want to know. :)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

How to Make Your Own Sundried Tomatoes

Notice how much I take advantage of the summer heat for my craft projects? I'm lining up more summer DIY projects, and this one is definitely one of the simplest and yummiest!

I first learned about sundried tomatoes through my sister Germee back in gradeschool. She loved buying cold cuts, different types of cheese, and pickled veggies from a local delicatessen. She gave me a few pieces of the best and first sundried tomatoes I've ever tasted. It was always a treat for me snacking on them. Until eventually, I realized how expensive they were!

There's an organic vegetable store near the studio so I figured why not make my own sundried tomato salad! 

Homemade Sundried Tomatoes


Sea Salt
Olive Oil
Wax Paper
Muslin Cloth

Homemade Sundried Tomatoes 


1. Wash the tomatoes thoroughly, slice each into quarters, and remove the seeds.
2. Cover your plate with wax paper, and lay the sliced tomatoes on it.
3. Sprinkle sea salt and olive oil.
4. Cover with muslin cloth, and let dry under the sun for 2-3 days. Put the plate inside the house at night.

Homemade Sundried Tomatoes

Homemade Sundried Tomatoes

Enjoy your homemade sundried tomatoes! :)

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Make Your Own Sunprints this Summer!

More than just the beach, fresh fruit shakes, and out-of-town trips, summer means I can go back again to doing one of my favorite projects - Sunprinting - and being in a tropical country does make it even more fun! Join me on April 12 (adults) and 15 (kids), and let's sunprint on fabric and postcards! :)

Sunprinting / Cyanotype Workshop
Cyanotype Workshop

Cyanotype Workshop

You can read about the Sunprinting Workshop last year HERE!

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