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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World Watercolor Month 2016

In 2013 when I started my personal art blog, I have taken up watercolor again after going on hiatus for several years. It was through Alessandra Lanot’s Life After Breakfast that I rekindled that love affair with watercolor and I never looked back since. These past couple of months have been exceptionally productive for me as I continuously tried to improve on my skills as an artist and illustrator. I watched youtube videos, invested on better materials and made it a point to practice even for just a few minutes a day. That’s not to say I’ve gotten really better (still a loooong way to go!), but I am more determined than ever to get better at what I do that I have gained a […]

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Mash Up Travels: My Top 5 Places for Flower Inspirations in Japan

Konnichiwa! Been wanting to write about my awesome trip in Japan last May and it’s high time for me to share some snippets from that vacation. Even if it was my first time to go to Japan, all I could really look forward to was seeing Jim after being apart for 6 months. I had no expectations prior to this trip, but I have to say that I just fell in love with this country after staying there for 10 days. There were so many highlights in this trip but one of the the most notable of all were our garden and park runs in Yokohama and Tokyo. We filed for leaves during Golden Week (May 1-7) so that Jim could also go around with […]

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Watercolor Process: An Ode To Chlorophyll

It’s summertime! Flowers have started growing in our garden and this got me thinking how much I love being surrounded by plants. I’ve taken for granted living in a home where flowers and plants abound. Now since I’m already living in the city, I have started marveling at my mother’s ability to grow a beautiful garden! I took photos of the flowers that I found near our front porch and our backyard, and here are my favorites. I don’t know the name of the flower on the upper left side of this photo, but the others are pretty common: Haleconia (Birds of Paradise), Hibiscus (Gumamela) and Ixora (Santan) I have yet to take photos of the yellow bells, the orchids, bougainvilleas and the poinsettias when […]

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