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 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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30 Days in Japan: Himawari (Sunflower) Festival, Kiyose

After my last visit to Japan during the hanami season, I was on the lookout for more flora finds in Nihon town. Together with lilies and peonies, sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers as they just give out the happy and cheerful essence of mother nature. The sight of bright yellow sunflowers on sidewalks, at parks or even private gardens gets me every time. Kiyose Himawari Festival 2016 One Sunday morning, Jim and I hopped on the train from Futamatagawa Station to Yokohama as usual, then to Shibuya where we got our Tokyo Metro 1-Day Open Ticket for 600 Yen. This ticket allows travelers to unlimited rides within the Tokyo Metro lines, and since we were planning to check out the Jamaican and Carribean […]

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Mash up Travels: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Bangkok

A big part of why I love traveling is because of the fact that I get to discover local art and artists. During my visit in Bangkok, I had one free Saturday to explore the city. The weather was terrible that particular day and I was tempted to stay in my hotel and sleep in. I worked the weekend prior so I kind of gave the weather a middle finger for raining on my last Saturday in Bangkok. Not wanting to waste my remaining time in Thailand, I decided to go to the MOCA or Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok. Are we there yet? The place is not reachable directly by Skytrain, so we decided to take an Uber to get to the Museum. […]

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