Creative Doodling & Coloring Workshop with The Crafters Marketplace
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?
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:
The 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!
We 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.
We 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.
“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!
Photo credit: Ian De Jesus
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.
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!
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.
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:
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!
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/craftersnscrappers.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Viber: 647.895.1051.
Which workshop would you like to take? Let me know in the comments!
Enjoy life. Cheers!