Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Draw Oreo Contest Winner and Entries

We had a very hard time picking due to the many wonderful and delightful entries but finally we have decided on the Draw Oreo Contest winner!!! 

Congratulations to Rheena Legaspi for this purr-trait!

Rheena said, " I feel so honored, I honestly didn't expect to win! There were just too many awesome entries, add to the fact that Oreo is the cutest "meowdel"! I'm so glad he picked me, thank you Oreo and Papemelroti!"

Congratulations to the 20 Runner Ups!

Don't you just love their work?

Oreo sends his BIG THANKS fur all of you who sent in your entries to the Draw Oreo Contest! He will be busy picking 20 runner ups and we will post it here soon!!! 

Illustrated Faith Journalling for the Journey

Have you ever heard of Bible Journaling or Illustrated Faith?
In the Illustrated Faith Group in Facebook, there are 20,000 members!
You can also find examples on Instagram using #illustrated faith or #biblejournaling.

Such is the growing popularity of this way of getting closer to God and embedding Scripture in your heart, that it is sometimes very difficult to find stock of Bibles with wide margins!

Not all of you may want to draw on your Bibles, and that’s fine. I started in 2006 with drawing and doing collage in my prayer journal.  But today, I paint on my Bible to highlight a verse, while making sure that I can still read the verses.

If you want to try painting on a journal or your Bible, here is the way I do it.  It will start you on a journey with God, and you can never imagine where God will take you!

 I needed to draw Ezra the Prophet from the Bible.  He is in anguish because the Jews are are disobeying God.  I couldn't find a man in anguish, so I used a woman.

I usually look for pictures to trace in a magazine.  Some people use their iPad- they look for a picture on the web, and put the iPad under the page to trace it.

I usually paint the flesh first, as I want the paint to dry before I shade it.  Sometimes I mix in Acrylic Glazing Liquid so the paint becomes translucent so that I can still read the words on my Bible.  But thinning the paint with water helps as well.

After painting the flesh, I paint the other colors.

When the paint is dry, I use "Territorial Beige", a darker flesh color to make the shading.

I add shading on the brow, the side of the nose, beneath the headdress.  I usually look at the picture to see where to add shading.

I use two brushes- one filled with paint, and a second brush to remove the excess paint.
I brush over the dark paint so that there is no clear line, and the paint fades away.

I painted Ezra's beard gray.  Actually I looked in the Bible for an indication of Ezra's age and could find none, so I just made him old.  After all, for a man with a lot of responsibility, if he was young, he would have gone gray in no time!

After shading, I used a brown pencil to outline, and also add details- for instance the creases in the eyes, and nose, the folds on Ezra's headdress, hair on the beard, etc.

So here's Ezra the Prophet.  
Then I write the words in the margin: "For slaves we are but...He has turned the good will of the Kings of Persia toward us." Ezra 9:9
While painting, I have time to meditate, or listen to preaching on Youtube.

Here is my meditation for that reading:
If there was ever a people who could have claimed to be abandoned by God, the Jews could be that people. But only when you look at their history from the eyes of men and unbelievers, seeing how they have been exiled and exposed to evil men's whims several times. 
In the Book of Ezra, which was written by the Prophet in the 5th century B.C, the Jews are returning to Palestine after they have been held captive in Babylon, part of the spoils of war for decades. King Cyrus of Persia issues a proclamation that God appointed him to build Him a temple in Jerusalem! What an unlikely instrument God chose for His purposes!

It just goes to show that we must never give up, never lose hope! 

God will find a way for His purposes to be fulfilled - in our country, in our family, in our business, in our neighborhood, in our church. Wherever. He will even use the most unlikely people, unlikely events or timing! He can even use me! I just need to trust and to wait with hope!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Papemelroti's owner and artist Patricia Paterno has been married for 21 years to a man with a good heart. They have one son who is as funny as his dad. She has been working in the family business since she was 11. When she gets home from work, she stays in her craft room and makes collages, scrapbook layouts, ATCs, and thinks of ways to re-use things normal people would throw away. Visit her arts and crafts blog.  She wants to be passionate about God's passions so she also made a blog, Hebrews 13:3, about their service in the QC Jail.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Recyclart Coin Banks

Human ♥ Nature products are all over our homes and offices.  We love their 100% chemical free healthy products that are not only pro-environment, but also pro-country and pro-poor.  We started to think of ways to recycle their packaging and turn these into a livelihood project!

Here are the finished products!  These prototypes were hand-painted by award-winning graphic designer Robert Alejandro.

They do look very artsy together don't they?

Best of all, they don't just look pretty, they do pretty things too!  They help save your money.  Just drop a coin or two each day to save (you'd see the coin bank slot at the back)!

Today an enthusiastic and purposeful artist and craftsman, Robert Alejandro, talked to us about his upcycled work from discarded Yakult and Human Nature bottles.  These hand drawn works of art took Robert two hours to paint while watching TV and amidst other distractions. And there are more ideas in his head which he describes as "bursting". He finds the ultimate fulfillment when they are realized. A brilliant morning with a brilliant artist. #upcycle #humannature #papelmelroti #artbottle — with Robert Alejandro and Anna Gamboa at Adobo Magazine. (October 23, 2015)

Coming to papemelroti stores soon!

A graduate of Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines, Robert is an award winning graphic designer.  He is a founding member of Illustrador ng Kabataan (INK), an organization of children’s book illustrators. 

His varied projects include design and illustration for books, magazines, and advertisements as well as designs for shopping malls, retail shops and entertainment centers like Eureka at SM Mega Mall.
For papemelroti, Robert makes designs for stationery, bags, figurines and a variety of decorative accessories, often using his popular "Official" characters and Filipiniana themes.  He was once the host of the popular television show "Art Is-Kool" on Channel 7, a children's art workshop on TV and formerly one of the correspondents for "The Probe Team" with Che Che Lazaro on Channel 2. 

Read up on our other Designers

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Free Puzzle Game

Love puzzles?  We do!

Puzzles develop our cognitive skills and increase our mental stamina.  They help improve our memory and make us more creative and these are only some of the benefits!

So here's the puzzle scene we drew for you!

48 piecePattern scene

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

More DIY Postcards

Did you get one of these handmade postcards from artist Robert Alejandro?
He talks about the lucky people he sent these off to.

This is an artwork for "Do" (short for Dorothy I think). Do is the owner of the wonderful Parisian apartment I stayed in. #airbnb Do is a designer and so it was nice to see we had books in common! Merci Do!

 This is an artwork I gave to Alexandra. Alexandra met up with us and led us to the airbnb we stayed in for a week in Paris. Look - she is holding the keys to the apartment! Merci Alex! #airbnb

 Everyday I would purchase a baguette at the local bake shop. "Bonjour!" I would say and the beautiful owner would speak to me in French - which I didn't understand. When I left Paris I gave the French woman a little souvenir. #memoriesofparis #thefrencharentrudeatall

A postcard I made for my Auntie Cora in Austin, Texas 
I used a white inked pen for this artwork. 

I travel with the simplest of watercolors (Prang) a couple of good brushes, a watercolor sketch pad (or a moleskine ). I bring along some glue as well.

I stayed at an airbnb in Paris (Le Gobelin)- I felt like a local (buying a baguette at the shop downstairs, chatting with my 4 word French vocabulary). Made this artwork for Jean, the owner of the French apartment which was my Parisian home for a while. Merci!

 diypostcard turkey coffee

 Met and drew another beautiful girl from Istanbul - she was inviting us for breakfast but I was too shy to say yes to the invite.

 Had a bit of trouble looking for our reservation in Istanbul (my fault- I didn't save the details). A young lady helped us and this is my gift to her. Thank you very much!!!!!

 diypostcard i particularly like gluing / sending an actual part of the city to my friends (happens to be a leaf in this case).

 Still people watching / drawing from life in Stockholm kulturhuset I really do enjoy drawing from life

 My first time in Scandinavia- I loved it! #diypostcard

 Man at the Kiev airport. Used a fountain pen and watercolor.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

24 Fun Things to Do During Traffic

We know you're supposed to be focused on the road but sometimes when you've gone home for work on one day and arrive home the next day due to hours and hours of traffic, one needs a bit of help to restore one's sanity.  All of these suggestions are guaranteed to keep your mind away from negativity, moving you (amazingly) towards gratitude!

*Please take note that you should only put on your devices before starting the car and not while in transit.  (And switch off only after parking.)

  1. Listen to a downloaded podcast.
  2. Do deep breathing exercises.
  3. Memorize an uplifting bible verse or favorite quote.
  4. Pray for someone in need.
  5. Count your blessings.
  6. Visualize a problem getting solved.
  7. Sing your favorite song/s.
  8. If you're with someone in the car, you can play 20 questions.
  9. Look at license plates and try to spot letters A to Z.  First one who finishes wins!
  10. A birthday coming up?  Think of a gift for that special person.  No one's birthday yet?  Think of your Christmas list and make a mental note.  
  11. Record yourself using your cellphone to make a greeting to someone overseas (and send the message using Facebook messenger)
  12. Listen to a gripping audiobook (and keep a stash in the car).
  13. Do a car cleanup and organize your compartments.
  14. Give some food to those who might be begging for some morsels outside.
  15. Listen to the radio and guess the song title before the DJ mentions it.  You can also make this a game of "Name that Tune" with your passengers.
  16. You can record yourself saying what you need to buy, need to do, need to remember.
  17. Think of a random act of kindness you can do.
  18. Practice your French (or Spanish or German or whatever you want to learn).
  19. Make a poem that rhymes.
  20. Tuck your tummy in for 10 seconds then release.  Again.  Repeat as many times.  You'll have smaller abs in no time.
  21. Have a geography challenge!  Think of a country.  Let's say for example, Canada.  Then think of another country starting with the last letter of Canada, that's "A".  Algeria.  
  22. Memory game anyone?  The first passenger will say "I'm going to a party and bringing ____" (must start with the letter A).   Let's say "Apples".  The next passenger (or player) will say I'm going to a party and bringing _______ (must start with the letter B).  Let's say "Bananas".  He should say I'm going to a party and bringing bananas and apples.  Everyone should repeat what the other passengers said they'll bring.  
  23. Famished?  Have a bite of something nutritious like a granola bar.
  24. Do some facial massage.  Just don't antagonize others by thinking you're making faces at them!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

How to Make a Flower Brooch

Today I am going to make a flower brooch. Here are some brooches I made some time ago.
I really like making them, basically because I use scraps-cloth scraps, buttons, ribbons, embroidery from old dresses, from Ukay ukay or flea market buys. I also like taking apart old jewelry and adding them to my brooches.

Here’s the first step. To make the flowers, just cut strips about 1” to 2” wide depending on the flowers you want to make. This will take some practice, but the more flowers you make, the better, because then you will have a lot to choose from when designing your brooch.

Fold your strip into three so that the frayed edges are inside.

Twist the end of the folded strip into a triangle, and wrap the strip around the triangle, twisting outward as you go around, to make petals.

This will require some practice but once you get it, you will enjoy making flowers from different kinds of fabric.

Here you have a flower formed from several twists.

Once you have a flower that you like, sew it securely, making sure the flower does not unravel.

Make several flowers using the same method. It would be nice to make some in different sizes.  You can also decorate the flowers using pearls or beads.

Look through your notions and find other embellishments you can use for your brooch.  I like to use ribbons, buttons, old jewelry that I take apart, embroidery from old dresses, chains, lace, etc.

Gather them together and audition how you would like your brooch to look.

I put some of the flowers and ribbons, laces, and other components together to see how I like it.

If I have a combination I like, I sew it on a piece of felt, making sure to hide the threads from view.

 Sew other parts of the brooch together, tweaking it as you go.

Here’s the finished product. If you have one of those brooch pins, sew it to the back.
If not, I just use a safety pin. Of course, if you mean to give this as a gift, you have to cover the back with another piece of felt by using a hot glue gun. There are so many kinds of brooches you can come up with, and it’s really fun to make!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Papemelroti's owner and artist Patricia Paterno has been married for 21 years to a man with a good heart. They have one son who is as funny as his dad. She has been working in the family business since she was 11. When she gets home from work, she stays in her craft room and makes collages, scrapbook layouts, ATCs, and thinks of ways to re-use things normal people would throw away. Visit her arts and crafts blog.  She wants to be passionate about God's passions so she also made a blog, Hebrews 13:3, about their service in the QC Jail.

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