A Creative Week in Davao

One thing I love about Davao is how laid back every thing and every one is.
The second thing I love about it is how the beach is so near the city!!
I spent a week of work + play with old + new friends. 🙂
Kat, Anna, Brandie (with Josh & little Joshua), and I took a daytrip to Mati. We were greeted by the ice-colored waves and salty wind.


The sky was my view for the most part, because after a crazy workshop weekend, this is all I wanted to do:


Feasted on amazing quinoa & chickpeas by Kat on this super windy day.



PJ arrived that evening, and we spent the next couple of days at the Floating House in Maxima, Samal Island.



I think I swam for about 3 hours in the sea 😛 For some reason, I didn’t feel tired at all!


I guess it was because of all the delicious food!
My plate of greens


PJ, me, Josh, Brandie, and Kat


I carved stamp-souvenirs of Davao and printed patterns with them on local handmade banana paper.
Happy I was able to share this addicting craft with some creative folk in Davao. In one weekend, I taught four workshops: Pattern Design and Rubberstamp Carving at Sea Green Cafe, and White & Gold Calligraphy, and Watercolored Type at Cafe El Gato.


Each student got to take home a specially curated workshop kit. We used Craftdoodle waterbrushes to turn our sketches to watercolored works at the Pattern Design Workshop. I think these Craftdoodle brushes are some of the best brushes for painting/crafts because the tips are really sharp, but the bristles remain soft for coloring, and they easily spring back to their original form.
Square Repeat & Layout Patterns by the students!


All students got to take home a canvas pouch from Anna of Fabienne Trends Unlimited. You can order custom canvas bags and pouches from them! I already placed my order to give away at the upcoming workshops!:) My friend Kat of Artsyfunshop also gave out her marbled notebooks as prizes for our little workshop contests.


Love the natural light of Sea Green Cafe! In the afternoon, we did Rubberstamp Carving.
Super fun stamps by this awesome class. Everyone got to stamp on their totebags and pouches. The stamp ink I use is pigment ink, so they’re permanent on fabric.
Made a seashell stamp for Sea Green Cafe (I hope they get to use it!:P) as a thank you for hosting our workshops.


Day 2 was for Calligraphy and Watercolor. Participants got to take home these beautiful resin carrot nib holders made by The Curious Artisan.


Intense afternoon as everyone was super focused on the strokes!


Thanks to everyone who came to the workshops! Really excited that there are so many craft lovers in Davao 🙂
And many thanks to Kat for having me over, and for taking us, and showing us more things to love about Davao!
On the plane ride home, the seatbelt sign was already turned off, but the tip of Mt. Apo was still peeking thru the clouds. What am amazing sight to end our week.
We brought over 100kg of art materials to Davao (craaazy!), and shared the crafts that I love at four intensive workshops, but I feel that the memories and good times we went home with weighed so much more. Hoping to be back sometime this year for another round of classes! Click here if you’d like to join the next workshops in Davao.