Flower Trippin’ in Nihon Town and Then Some

So this is a little bit overdue, but I heard just recently that Jim will be going back to Japan this October for work and it kind of gave me another idea to jump into the opportunity to *maybe* plan a trip to Japan while he’s there. Since I started this blog, most of my blog entries were about my Yokohama and Tokyo adventures and inspirations and some throwback narratives of my trips in Europe. So now realizing that I haven’t written anything in a while, I thought I’d share a few photos from my not so recent trip to Nihon town last April. It’s my second time in Japan during spring time, my first time was during golden week last year which was in […]

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Mash Up Maria Invitations: A Back Story

Before Mash Up Maria, I’ve long been designing invitations for my sister Tetet who has been my supporter since Day 1. She loves organizing parties for family members and I’m always the one she taps to make invitations for her kids’ parties. It’s a fun exercise for me to play with Photoshop, putting together fonts and images to come up with an invitation that she can post online or print to give to her guests. I had not imagined early on that those personal projects with her would be my stepping stones in learning more about typography and invitation design that later on proved to be the foundations of my design practice. As I was going through this process, I studied font pairings from my design […]

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Mash Up Maria Notecards

December, oh what a busy yet super productive month! As some of you may know, I’ve launched my first collection of Botanical Notecards last month in time for the holidays. It’s one of the first products that I have introduced to the public because it marries a few of my favorite things: watercolor painting, design and hand writing. Since Christmas is such an important time for a lot of people all around the world, and of course, everyone is very much into gift giving and saying thank you. Christmas is the season for remembering our blessings and expressing gratitude for them and what I want to achieve in my notecards is provide that personal touch. Check out our Product Catalogue Fill out the Order Form […]

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Dreamy Watercolors and Personalized Postcards

I attended Cheryl Sun-Ong’s Dreamy Watercolor Workshop last November and learned about loose watercolor style painting. The workshop was held at Fully Booked BGC and I really learned a lot from Cheryl’s teaching style. She broke down the process of painting and taught us how to replicate that soft and dreamy florals using the Shin Han paints and Namura brush that came in with the set. Ok, i said i'm taking a break from botanicals, but today's workshop was super awesome I had to post! This dreamy watercolor style is worlds away from my usual style that's why I signed up. Plus, i really wanted a Namura brush for myself! Thanks for the very informative workshop, @chesun_ong! I really learned a lot! ❤️🎨🖌 #watercolor #flowers […]

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On Hoarding Tools

I was cleaning up and checking my inventory of colors/palettes and tubes and this is what I have so far. The acrylics are not even in this picture. It’s probably not as huge an arsenal of tools as professional artists, but it’s safe to say I have more than enough. It’s so easy to buy materials and think that the high end tools will make us better artists and maybe they do if it means we are more inclined to practice. My goal for 2017 is not to hoard more of these but to use them all up. I want to make as much art as I can until the last tube and pan is empty. That is a better gauge of whether I practiced […]

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Watercolor Houses Postcard Collection

It’s no secret that botanicals are my comfort subjects. Whenever I want to just scratch the itch of painting something without having to stress too much about my subjects, I would always turn to plants and flowers as references. Lately, I’ve been wanting break the trend, so I decided to make a series of experimental drawings. Experiments with gouache and watercolor! ❤️Thinking of making a series like this and turning them into postcards. What do you think? 💌 #watercolor #gouache #holbein #sakurakoi #isabey #papergoods #mashupmaria A post shared by Mash Up Maria Art (@mashupmaria) on Oct 28, 2016 at 7:46pm PDT I don’t know why, but all of a sudden, I have a fixation to drawing houses! From imaginary neighborhoods to actual places that are […]

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Sunday for Monday: On Social Media and Digital Noise

We use Social Media in varying degrees. Lately, social media has been a huge lump of mess sourced from political posts, gossip, cryptic hugot lines, random personal ranting and the occasional #blessed-look-at-me-I-have-a-new-expensive-gadget/shoe and it’s so easy to get distracted. The vastness of the internet is intimidating and finding a voice that resonates well with people is a huge challenge. It’s a continuous and ongoing process for us to identify quality resources for learning and at the same time produce content in order to contribute in a positive way to the already vast pool of information. Social media has been an avenue for me to receive updates from friends and family and mostly for following my favorite artists and creatives. It has also been a great […]

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Sunday for Monday: Bloom Where You Are Planted

Ah, it’s already Sunday! That means in less than 24 hours, it’s going to be Monday again, and we all gotta fight the blues. Wake up early, fight the traffic, get to work and hustle like ninjas. Monday, I feel ya. Sorry if people kinda hate you, so I’m going to *try* to be on your side. Every Sunday, I will be sharing artworks of encouragement & motivation, whether it be in watercolor, acrylic or even digital design and I’m calling it The Sunday for Monday Series. These are mostly prompts for me to do some art experiments and help people to not hate Monday as much. Anyway,  it’s Sunday and I can imagine that tomorrow, you’ll act like a wilted sunflower, dragging yourself out of […]

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Mash Up Tools: My new favorite Turner Acryl-Gouache Paints

Turner Acryl Gouache was an unknown brand to me until I had a chance to visit Lemon Gasui art store in Tokyo. Another friend of mine, the one and only Tuesday Vargas visited the store earlier this year and through Facebook photos, I discovered that there was this awesome wonderland of a place in Ochanomizu station. When I was planning for my first visit to Japan last spring, I knew Lemon Gasui had to be part of the itinerary. Japan art loot from @lemongasui tokyo! Holbein watercolor paper and Turner acryl gouache! Excited to paint with these 🌸🎨🌿#mxmtravels #japan2016 #tokyo #mashuptools A post shared by Mash Up Maria Art (@mashupmaria) on Apr 30, 2016 at 5:15pm PDT Lemon Gasui is more known as an architecture […]

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