The last playdate we had was way back in January. Yikes! It was not because we did not want to meet, we just couldn’t find a common schedule. After a few of us attended some workshops last March, there was a greater need to see each other so we can compare notes, show off our respective materials and finally come together to chat beyond Facebook or Instagram.
We finally met this April at CBTL, Net Lima Building, Bonifacio Global City.
We typically don’t have a theme but for this one, we agreed on coloring pages inspired by the works of Johanna Basford
It was timely because I’ve been mulling over making printables / downloadables for my blog and I’ve been inspired by The Postman’s Knock
‘s printables. I volunteered to make coloring pages for my art friends for the playdate. Fortunately, I also learned about the #100dayproject
so I decided to venture on creating something new for 100 days. More on my #100dayproject in a separate post.
For our playdate, I made a few coloring pages – a frame, monograms and general doodles. Here are some samples.
Beyond coloring, this is also for completing the portrait
Inspired by one of my paintings for my 2015 calendar
A monogram for one of my Art Friends
Coloring, Calligraphy, Painting and Show and Tell
Each of us had our own arsenal of art stuff to use. Some opted to use Sharpies to color, some used Sakura Koi Watercolor paints. I was happy with the handling of the A4 paper I used to print out the doodles / monogram. The ink did not bleed with markers, watercolor (not too wet). This was Besform Cartidge Paper which I bought in Art Friend, Singapore a few months ago.
On the left is a coloring page made by @spellpj that I painted on. On the right is a painting I finally finished from a sketch I made several weeks ago
We did make collaborative art for the group – I made ART (the rest were supposed to embellish and color but I ended up finishing the letters). The rest did a letter each to spell out “FRIENDS” at the bottom. I used Canson 200 gsm watercolor paper for this one. We had some problems with the Noodlers Ink Apache Sunset on the material (see the smudges).
Collaborative Art. Yay!
Some of the favorite art stuff that was a certified hit for many of us were the Noodlers Ink Apache Sunset. Its an orange fountain pen ink but what makes it so interesting is that the ink has spectrum of colors from yellow, orange, red and brown. You don’t see the gradient when used on a dip pen though. Another new discovery for us was Dr. Ph Martin’s White Spectralite Liquid Acrylic. Great for calligraphy and easier to handle that Dr. Ph Martin’s Bleedproof white. I haven’t bought a bottle myself. Let’s see how long I can hold out. hahaha
Some of us brought our little kiddos over (age ranges from 3 – 8 years old). There were a couple of pre-teens but they were old enough to be in our “proper” art playdate.
We thought the kiddos would be interested to create art. (They were entertained for… 10 minutes?) Fortunately, they had each other for company so they had their playdate of their own. There were not too many customers in the coffee shop at the time so hopefully the kids didn’t bother that much people.
What I loved the most were the selfies / groufies they were taking of themselves.
That was so much fun! Another productive and satisfying afternoon. It’s a great way to learn something new, do something new and most importantly catch up with friends! Hope you can join us in our next art playdate!