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Creative Doodling & Coloring Workshop with The Crafters Marketplace

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I was very privileged to attend the Creative Doodling & Coloring Workshop at The Crafters Marketplace. I have always wanted to be an artist when I was a kid, but my talent was hidden. Too hidden.

I was very nervous at first. Good thing, I got to spend it with amazing people: fellow Mommy Bloggers!

Our instructor was Ian De Jesus. He started of by introducing himself and some of his affiliations. Would you believe that he created the wall without a pencil?

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I got nervous at first since I’m not artsy, but Ian was very nice. It was only supposed to be a coloring activity, but he thought of teaching us doodling as well so the art would really be created by us.

We started of by learning about the materials that we will use that afternoon:

creative-doodle-9The Polychromos color pencils were a great discovery. We were told that it doesn’t fade fast, so it’s best for keeping artworks. They are also smudge-proof and water-resistant, and has an oil pastel lead so it’s easier for blending compared to other color pencils.

Each pencil also has a particular # and color name, so you can buy exactly the same color just by mentioning the number. We were told that each piece is also about Php 100. I now know what I want for Christmas!

creative-doodle-6We were also introduced to Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens. It doesn’t fade as much when wet. It also comes in different colors and tips.

creative-doodle-7We were also given a worksheet. This intimidated me a bit, but Ian told us to not worry about it so much. If we went past the border, it’s okay. If we don’t create a perfect line, it’s also okay. That’s when I started to really be at ease and enjoy the session.

“There is no such thing as a mistake. Art should never be stressful. We’ll just call it a happy accident.” – Ian De Jesus

We then proceeded to discussing what doodle is all about.

Doodle is a drawing made when someone’s attention is occupied.

To prepare us, we did practice exercises. It has been awhile since I used a pen, so my fingers were shaking at first. It was a good thing we practiced first before doing actual drawings.

We also learned coloring techniques such as scrumbling, gradiation, blending, and layering.

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“We learn the rules so we can break them later.” – Ian De Jesus

Now that we learned the rules, it’s time to break them! We were given black notebooks, so we tested each color first to see its effect on black paper. We also learned to do some basic shapes, such as leaves, ferns, and roses. I didn’t know it was easy to draw a rose!

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Photo credit: Ian De Jesus

Our last activity is to doodle, design, and color our name. We had all the freedom to do whatever we want.

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I was so engrossed with the activity that I didn’t notice the time. The next thing I know, we’re almost done!

Of course, we wouldn’t leave without a class picture!

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It was such a fun activity, I was sad when it was over. I attended the workshop thinking that I will learn art. But, the experience was more than that.

“We are all artists. We all shared a simple thing. We all drew when we were kids.”

– Ian De Jesus

According to Ian, the best artists are the kids since their imagination is unbounded. As I learned to let go and just express through my work, it helped me find my inner artist…my inner child.creative-doodle-2

Art should not be stressful. It should be your expression of yourself…of your heart and soul. And with that, once again, I am inspired to doodle, to draw, to create, and to express. 

I had such a great time that I’m planning to join their future workshops! If you would like to join to, here are some of their upcoming classes:

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The Crafters Marketplace is owned by Sunshine Asuncion-See & Alma Borruel-Ramirez.

They have been in business since November 2015.

Their supplies shop is Crafters and Scrappers. I got a chance to visit it before I went home.

Some of the items sold here are from Canada & the US. They also have have “create your jewelry”, which are super cute!

Which workshop would you like to take? Let me know in the comments!

 

Enjoy life. Cheers!

~Nina

34 Comments

  1. Rowena Wendy Lei

    I’d love to learn coloring techniques but I prefer sketching to lettering 🙂

    29 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      I hope I will be able to do sketching too. For now, I’m only comfortable in lettering. My sketches look abstract even if they’re not. Hahaha

      02 . May . 2016
  2. Denice Diaz

    My talent in crafts is hidden too, hoping that a session with them can help that hidden talent come out especially for calligraphy or even doodling.

    28 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      I’m eyeing a calligraphy session next. Hope they have one that fits my schedule 🙂

      02 . May . 2016
  3. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    What a super fun event! I would have enjoyed attending this. I’d love to learn how to make cute doodles.

    27 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      It’s super fun! I wish we had more time. Nakaka-pressure kasi magaling si Sir Ian, but he’s super nice 🙂

      02 . May . 2016
  4. Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy

    I was just there yesterday for the calligraphy session. I ended up getting a personalized bracelet too. Haha. I’d love to try that doodling class also and the polymer clay. I hope MBP will have future sessions pa hihihi.

    27 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      I wish I could’ve attended the calligraphy session 🙁 Super frustration ko un. Maybe next time 🙂

      02 . May . 2016
  5. Arlene

    It’s nice to do this kind of activities from time to time! It gives us, moms, breather! Thanks for sharing!

    27 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      It does! And I feel like I’m more equipped now for the son’s future projects 🙂

      02 . May . 2016
  6. jared's mum

    This is something I would really love to join. Also been on the look out for calligraphy workshop that is easier on the budget, might as well check out their line up of upcoming workshop.

    27 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      I’m also looking for a cheap calligraphy workshop. Most of the ones I see are expensive because it comes with the materials.

      02 . May . 2016
  7. Mommy Levy

    Looks like a fun event. I want to try water coloring and calligraphy. I will check their shop nga.

    26 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      They also have cute DIY bracelets! I wish I attended the polymer workshop too. Would’ve been a great skill to know.

      02 . May . 2016
  8. Maria Teresa Figuerres

    Interesting workshop! And because I read your post, I realize I also need to buy Polychromos color pencils for my son so that he’ll be able to submit quality projects in class.

    26 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Your son is super lucky with that support! It’s super expensive though. I wish I could buy it too 🙁

      02 . May . 2016
  9. Veeyah

    Awesome! I’m glad your hidden talent got a chance to get out for a workout. 🙂 Mr. Ian seems like a great instructor! All of you seemed reluctant to leave in the photo!

    26 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      He is really great! I’m looking forward to having workshops with him again 🙂

      02 . May . 2016
  10. Michelle

    What a fun event! I am not that crafty too but I would love to try this kinds of activities. I know it would be fun specially when you’re with your co-bloggers as well. I look forward to joining this kind of events in the future as well.

    26 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      I hope we get to join future events together 🙂

      02 . May . 2016
  11. Janice

    How fun! Like you, I don’t really consider myself artsy at all. I would be nervous too joining a workshop like this. But I’d love to learn how to doodle.

    26 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      I wouldn’t consider myself artsy too, but Ian was very helpful and accommodating 🙂

      02 . May . 2016
  12. Mhaan A

    Same as you, my artistic side is very well hidden. People affirm that by looking at my penmanship haha. Anyway, looks like you really enjoyed the workshop and your output looks great! Hindi halatang first timer. 🙂

    Mhaan | http://www.mommyrockininstyle.com

    26 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Hindi naman siguro sa penmanship yan. Haha! Ian said it takes better with practice, so doodle lang ng doodle 🙂

      02 . May . 2016
  13. Madz

    I miss doing art.I used to draw using charcoal and paint with watercolor.I also color with Faber Castell.I hope to have time to these things soon.

    25 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Wow, Madz. That is amazing! I used to “draw” using soft pastel, but I didn’t attend a formal class. I’m hoping to attend one though 🙂

      02 . May . 2016
  14. Coi

    Oooohhh! I wish I was able to attend the Daddy Doodle Workshop but I was out of town that day. Huhu! This creative doodling looks so much fun though! Were you able to bring home the color pencils? Hehehe 😉

    25 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      I wish we could’ve, but they’re really expensive. Each pencil is around Php 100. I’m putting it in my Wish List! 🙂

      02 . May . 2016
  15. berlin maynigo

    Hihihi. When attended the clay art and also had my son try the pen and pencil art, I was babywearing my son, too. Just love seeing moms babywear their kids thus the intro.

    Anyway, I am also not so artsy but I guess I survived and presented a decent flower polymer art. Ihihi. The Crafters Marketplace’s trainers are real patient and amiable.

    25 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Wow, strong, independent mommy! I wish my son is as quiet. When they learn how to walk, they know how to demand.

      02 . May . 2016
  16. Louisa

    It’s great that there are opportunities like this to get us mommies pumping our creative juices.

    25 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      It’s true! Helpful for future art projects too 🙂

      02 . May . 2016
  17. http://www.ahauntedtravel.com

    Your post took me down the years to my childhood.We all used to get a pack of crayons from our moms but our teachers used to keep them away from us lest we should lose or misplace them.The packs were opened only during the class hours and it was quite an exciting affair, I must say.

    18 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Yes, arts are fun! Too bad we lost that freedom once we started growing up. I’ll try not to do the same for my son. He can do whatever he wants to do 🙂

      02 . May . 2016

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