Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year Everyone!

      Thanks to this song I will always remember how many minutes there are in a year - a non leap year to be precise hehe. This video I'm sharing, a song form the 2005 film adaptation of the Broadway musical Rent, is just perfect for today's occasion. Because naturally, a few hours before we look up to see the fireworks, blow horns or sip champagne, we tend to reflect about the passing year.

      So was it a good one, bad or so-so? How do you measure? Well I certainly hope that it's not by how much was gained and how less was lost, such as money and all the things that it can buy.

     "How about love?" asked the singers in this video. Inviting us to measure a year not just by how much of it we receive but, more importantly, how much of it we give. So how much love have you given to your family and friends, your work, your team, your talent, your nation,  your ecosystem, your body, your spirit, your Creator?

     Well I hope you had a year that is full of love. And in this last blog post of the year, I wish that love will always be present in each of the 525,600 minutes of 2014. Happy New Year fellas!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Last Shirt Printing Project of 2013

     I've completed these yesterday morning. Uniform t-shirts, 16 pieces with a 2-color logo at the front, department and company name at the back with an employee's name on each shirt. Commissioned by a neighbor, a young guy renting an apartment in front of our house with 2 or 3 of his office mates. Obviously they saw all the shirts that I've been making in the garage and so they asked me to make shirts for their team. They probably couldn't find a shirt printer that will accept less than a hundred shirts in the middle of December where most are all booked up with orders.

      Really, I avoid making these kind of shirts. I mean, making them myself. So tedious and less artful. But I ended up making this, because I felt that I shouldn't turn down this blessing that literately came knocking on our gate despite me not marketing my services that much. It's just 16 pieces anyway, it didn't look so hard.

        I'm glad I accepted this project anyway. Aside from the profit, I gained some knowledge from the experience. Maybe someday I could figure out how to set my press for printing different names on the sleeves.

       Well now that this project is over, I'm looking forward to a stress-free New Year celebration! ^_^

Today is Rizal Day

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Marvelous Medieval Music

       I was listening to the radio while printing shirts this afternoon 'til evening. I was tuned in at 98.7 DZFE, a classical station, and they were playing medieval music. 

      One piece really caught my fancy. I loved it so much that I waited for the host of the program to mention the title so I can take note and look it up on the web. It was Ghaetta (An Instampa) which is a 14th Century Italian composition, performed by the Belgian medieval ensemble Millenarium. I'm soo glad that their album Danses Medievales is on Spotify. 

     It has been a while since I've shared music here. Well here are 30 beautiful tracks. If you dig medieval music, this will magically transport you to old Europe. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

      It's Christmas Day! Nice and sunny - perfect for my new brown sunglasses that I got as a gift from my brother and his wife. It's what I requested for when they asked me what I wanted for Christmas hehe. Thanks Mark & Erl!

     You know there's something magical about brown lenses. Aside from making you look good (LOL), they seem to make the surroundings look good too. The harsh noontime sunlight becomes golden like it's already 5 PM - my favorite time of the day when everything you see is tinted in amber, as if I'm inside an old photograph from the 70's. It actually gives me a good feeling.

        I think everybody should have a pair of brown sunglasses.

Merry Christmas, everyone!
Have some cookies...

Friday, December 13, 2013

New BuhayBohemio Shirts!

      So here are the shirt designs for the last quarter of 2013. They were already available last month but I failed to post about them. Been busy as usual. Couldn't even find the time to model them hehe. Actually I'm one shirt short and it looks like I won't be able to produce the last design before the year's end. 

      This is my 420 t-shirt. Pronounced as four-twenty, the number is a code-term for the consumption of cannabis, also for the cannabis subculture, or simply cannabis itself. In North America, April 20 (4/20) has become a counterculture holiday where they gather to celebrate and smoke pot.  Some events are for the advocacy for the legalization of cannabis. 

      My friend Avhel of PinoyDreadman was first to sell these shirts last month. He requested for a new design when he ordered a bunch of Rasta-Reggae themed shirts from me. So this is a design that I made real quick hehe. It is available for men and women at Php240 each.

       Now I call this my Starvebucks t-shirt LOL. Skulls and skeletons have been a common subject in art. You will usually find a "skeletonized" version of a popular figure. From the Mona Lisa,  Buddha, to Mickey Mouse, even Barbie and Bart Simpson.  So here's my take on the popular coffee brand. Available for men and women at Php 200 each.

      My goal is to produce one design per month in 2013. Well I was able to produce 12 because one of the screens, the one that makes the Ethiopia jersey, also produces the Jamaica jersey. Anyway, my shirt brand now has 23 designs (excluding some designs I phased out). I planned to have printed stocks by the end of the year but I failed to make them because of the same old excuses. Harhar. With printed stocks, I will be able to deliver right away and also readily join bazaars.

       So I really have to start printing them early next year. At least 4 sizes for every design for men and ladies, and 2 colors for each design. So that's around 368 shirts and I would probably still  be making new designs along the way. Sounds pretty realistic, I think.  Unless delays will get in the way. Good delays, I hope. ^_^

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Into The Busy Season We Go!

     So how's your first week of December? Preoccupied with the concerns of the coming holiday season I guess. Well I certainly am. The last month of the year brings me more orders, surprisingly even when I'm poor on marketing my products and services hehe.

       This holiday season seem to be more on shirt printing because I've been sliding my squeegee more since mid November. People are starting to buy more than a single BuhayBohemio shirt - obviously for gifts.

      Last Monday I delivered 26 shirts for 199jobs.com. They are giving away these shirts for their top buyers and sellers. Yeah they went tutti-frutti with their shirt colors this time. Why not?

        Also I've just completed 27 pieces of varied BuhayBohemio shirts last Thursday. A friend of mine joined a bazaar and he will be selling these shirts there. Really I never though somebody else will beat me on first selling my own line of shirts  in a bazaar hehe. It's all good anyway.

         Next week I'll be printing some reggae shirts for another friend who also joined a bazaar.  Keep it coming guys! LOL Just enough for me to enjoy the Holidays.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

      I don't own any of the pictures in this clipping. I grabbed all of them from the web and I'm sharing this here in my blog to inspire you with a beautiful thing that is happening now.

        It has been 11 days since typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) left the Philippines and I'm sure you've seen and heard a lot of unpleasant things in the news and online social media. Stories of desolation and despair, blame-throwing and selfish political agendas. 

      But despite all of these, we've seen good things. Some of them we saw in person - Filipinos helping each other, nations reaching out to a country in distress. And we must continue to see, and of course DO good things because the damage left by Yolanda is quite massive and it would take more days and many  months for the victims who lost love ones, homes and employment, to get back on their feet.

      So my fellow Filipinos, let's keep up the good work. And to the other nations and international organizations who helped us, our deepest gratitude!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

     It has been 5 days since the typhoon Haiyan, a typhoon of record-breaking strength, left the Philippines in a very heart-breaking situation. A kind that was never seen here before. The Visayas region was still rebuilding itself after the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that happened about a month ago. Now the same region suffers with even more rubble and debris, and the loss of lives that can never be replaced.

       But aside from having the resilience that we Filipinos are known for, we also have faith that help will always come to us. A cloud of solidarity is now hovering across the country. Concerned Filipinos are doing what they can to reach out to their "kababayans".

      There are many ways where you can help and yes, we need all the help we can get, and no amount is ever too small. Click on the poster above to get to bangonphilippines.appspot.com, a website where you will find information about the affected areas and also about the the relief operation centers by government and private organizations nearest you.

      Alright people, let's get this going! Donate, volunteer and spread the word on how others can help! God bless the Philippines!!!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Départ pour le Sabbat by Albert Joseph Pénot (1910)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My Room Makeover:
Painting the Floor

      It would be nice if I can have my bedroom floor tiled. I saw really nice vinyl tiles that convincingly look like wood planks. I estimate that it could cost me around Php 5,000 and that's way way over my bohemian budget hehe. Maybe next time.

       My floors has a  finish using terracotta colored cement. "Pulang simento" as we call it here. Not so smoothly done but at least it can be painted over without much scuff sanding . I bought this paint, Bronco, which is specially made for floors. I got it from Wilcon Builders here in Alabang.

    Yup, black. They make light or brightly colored furniture stand out. In fact black floors seem to make them float hehe. 

     I'll give the paint a couple of days to cure. Once I have moved the bed and the other furniture back in, I could finally decorate! But until then it's the couch that I'll be sleeping on. :P

Saturday, October 26, 2013

      It's nice to know that members of Pinoy Bloggers Outreach are holding another charitable event today and I've printed 50 shirts for them yesterday. Their previous orders early this year  were white shirts and this time they wanted another color - five colors to be exact hehe. I have to admit that varied colors does look good on an event shirt.

     Actually, I only had 2 days to print these shirts. I always require a lead time of at least 1 week for bulk orders. Depending on the quantity of course. That includes the time to make the silkscreen stencil, the purchasing of blank shirts, and most importantly, the allowance for contingency. 

     It's a long story but I ended up accepting this project and it was really physically straining.  In a day I had the film negative reprinted, burned the screen, purchased inks and bought the shirts minutes before the shop closed for the day because of last minute changes on color allocation per shirt size. 

     After packing the last printed shirt I took a shower, quickly got dressed and took a bus to deliver the shirts to Mandaluyong City yesterday evening.

     Really, I never thought I could print this many shirts in such a short period of time. So I'm gonna give myself a pat on the back... my aching back. ^_^

Monday, October 21, 2013

How to be Creative
by Off Book, PBS Digital Studios

      My friend Fitz has a habit of watching informative videos and he shared this one on Facebook. Since it's about creativity, it naturally got my attention. 

     Looking at the title, I imagine being asked the question of how to be creative. Now I've been creative all my life but it took minutes for me to gather my thoughts and come up with an answer - and that answer only raised more questions in my head hehe.

     "To create" is not simply just "to make". To know how to be creative we must first understand creativity which is actually a process. In this video you will find an insightful explanation of the nature of this process.

       Enjoy! ^_^

Friday, October 18, 2013

My Room Makeover:
Installing Shelves

    How do you like my shelves? Actually, I hoped for box shelves or floating shelves for a contemporary look. But those that you find in home improvement stores are quite pricey hehe. I would at least spend P3,000 for three 1-meter bracket-less shelves. I also thought of making the shelves myself but I don't want to use plywood and I couldn't find flat and wide wood in nearby stores. Besides, I'm a bad carpenter hehe. I'm not sure if I can saw in a straight line.

            Good thing I found these shelf kits at True Value in Alabang Town Center. I never thought you can actually find something cheap in there hehe. These 0.45 x 0.14 meter shelves is only Php 295 each. I got six of them. So a total of Php 1,770. There's also a 0.60 x 0.20 meter shelf kit for Php 350 and a 0.90 x 0.20 meter shelf for Php 450. I think they are made of pine wood because it's a bit heavier and harder that the local palochina wood. It is already sanded and ready for whatever finish you like. I applied a white-wash finish on mine. Well they look less contemporary but the rather rustic look of these shelves is more bohemian and suits my room just fine.

         Of course I installed the shelves myself, which was fun and frugal hehe. Luckily by brother has a power drill that I can borrow.

     So now that my shelves are on my wall I'm really itching to put my knick-knacks on them, which I have been keeping in a big box since I moved into this room. But I still have to do something about my floor. Hmmm...

Monday, October 14, 2013

Art Watching at Manila Art 2013

     This is my 2nd visit to Manila Art, an art fair that happens yearly since 2010. This year was held at the SMX Convention Center in SM Aura Premiere, Bonifacio Global City, from October 9 to 13. I was there last Saturday and I'm glad to have bumped in with my cousin Camille and my auntie Ethel. They are both artists and that's one of Camille's paintings behind us. 

    It's so nice to again be in one place with so many artworks to inspire an artist of the likes of me, you know - frustrated hehe. Anyway, here are some favorites I found at the art fair. Click on the picture for a closer look.

    See more than 80 photos in my Picasa Album. ^_^

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

BuhayBohemio Shirts:
CMYK Buddha

      Not really an original. I've seen this style on a t-shirt design book (which I regret not buying), only I don't recall who's face was on that shirt. But I thought using a Buddha bust would look cool. 

      Making this first samples was fun. It uses only a single screen and the different colors are placed freely, that is, without attaching the screen to the press. So for this design, no two shirts will be exactly alike. However this method only works on light colored shirts since dark shirts would need at least 2 coats of ink. That means the screen really has to be secured to a press to apply the second coat with precision.

      Well I could make this design available on a colored shirt, but with just a single Buddha print. Maybe purple print on a pink shirt? We'll see...

      Contact me if you want a shirt like this. ^_^

BuhayBohemio Shirts:
The Motorcycle Diaries

        I think it was sometime between 2000 and 2005 when the Che Guevara trend in fashion reached the Philippines. Yeah I was one of those who sported the red shirt with a black print of a high contrast image of Che. But mind you, I'm not the kind who wears a shirt simply because it is popular. I pretty much know about the man, the Argentine Marxist revolutionary from the 60's who today remains a revered and reviled figure in history.

      As a rider, one of the things I find interesting about Che's life is his 9-month 8,000 km motorcycle journey through most of South America in 1951. He was a medical student at that time and it was because of this journey, where he witnessed great poverty and the injustices of US domination in the hemisphere, that he decided to turn his back on medicine and consider the political arena of armed struggle.

      I used bleach to create an effect on the red shirt I'm wearing. But I realize the local brand of bleach  is not powerful enough to turn some areas almost white hehe. This shirt, by the way, is available in 4 colors.

      Contact me to order! ^_^

New BuhayBohemio Shirts:
A Couple of Jersey Tees

      So here are 2 of 4 new designs of BuhayBohemio shirts for the 3rd quarter of 2013. Yeah late again. But I think I'll be making the last 3 shirt designs for this year before the end of October. By then my brand will already have more than 20 designs and I've been contemplating on producing printed stocks for the coming Season of Spending hehe.

       Anyway, here's the Ethiopia jersey  -  you've seen the print on the tank tops posted earlier.

          This shirt of course is for the reggae fans and supporters of the Rastafari movement. Rastafarians believe that Ethiopia is the promise land, the New Jerusalem, the future capital city of Zion. 

        And here's the Jamaica jersey. You're probably wondering why both shirts have the same number. Well it's because both share the same stencil hehe. Yeah I know it would be nice if they have different numbers.

     I though of using the number 89 and rotating the screen will give me 86. But doing so will cause some difficulty during printing registration.

        Well the Jamaica shirt is really just the byproduct of the screen that makes the Ethiopia shirt. At least I was able to produce 2 designs with just one screen hehe.  So why 25? Well the number simply has a nice symmetrical form. 

      Jamaica, by the way, is the birthplace of the Rastafari movement way back in the 1930s. Also it is the home of the reggae legend Bob Marley.

        If you want these shirts contact me! ^_^

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Bohemian Diet:
The Original Pares Mami House

         Beef Pares is a popular Pinoy dish. It's a stew made with beef cutlets cooked in sweet soy sauce and anise. "Pares" means "pair" in Tagalog and this viand is paired with a bowl of soup and served with rice. 

          Road trippin' with peers late at night brought us to a 24-hour roadside eatery known for their beef pares. In Quezon City, at the corner of Retiro and Alejos streets is The Original Pares Mami House.

         It is said that this is where the recipe originated. By the taste of their pares I rather believe it is true. This is so far the best that I've tried. Even the soup is tasty. No wonder why people would wait outside for their turn to sit and eat, even at 2:00 in the morning.

       A pares meal here is only Php 75. That less for a delicious and generous serving. Because of that I'm giving The Original Pares Mami House a bohemian badge. ^_^

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

       I did this over the weekend. A total of 34 garments that include jersey tank tops, t-shirts and a hooded jacket. These are re-orders by Avhel, my dreadlock artist, and he will be bringing them to Palawan and sell them in a beach resort there. I'm pretty sure with his followers there down South he could sell these out quite easily hehe.

        Most of these tops have more than one color print.  So making them all is like printing 80 single-print shirts. Yeah it was a tiring weekend for me.

      By the way, the photo above gives you a glimpse of one of the new designs of BuhayBohemio Shirts. Watch out for the rest! ^_^

Sunday, September 22, 2013

About 199Jobs.Com

      To my Pinoy readers, have you heard of this website? It's relatively new and I made these shirts for the administrators. My business partner on BloggerShirts, Fitz, is one of them and he's gonna wear this to promote the website on an event this weekend.

      199Jobs.Com is an online marketplace where you can buy and sell services starting at Php199. I already signed up there but I haven't thought of any service that I can offer for that price just yet hehe. But maybe you do. Sign up now! Maybe there's a simple job that you want to outsource. There are over a thousand services offered there already.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

           Here are two digital portraits I've had printed last week. Again from one of my best clients (the lady wearing the gold lace dress in the portrait below). These portraits took a while to finalize. I started working on it in the first week of August. Yeah, the portraits went through a series of revisions, like background changes, removing this, reducing that, replacing a face with one from another photo, etc.,  and my client was quite patient about waiting for the desired outcome. Of course I'd like my clients  to be happy with my work and I tell them they can make as many revisions as they like on the soft copy.

       They are printed on canvas to a specific size, around 20" x 24", to fit  antique frames. She got a nice oval frame for the solo portrait of her mom.

        So if you want quality painting-like portraits that are made real affordable, contact me! ^_^

Saturday, September 14, 2013

My Room Makeover:
Mural Project

        Like it? It was only completed yesterday and I'm being OC about it. I find myself retouching it from time to time. The artwork was inspired by the statue of Jupiter in Versailles. I used Photoshop to make this street-art kind of effect.

        This was the wall before  I started painting on it. You probably didn't notice there was a closet door hehe. The yellow wood partition is flushed with the concrete wall which I painted gray.

     I painted a base of Raw Sienna then started with the Burnt Umber shadows using a small brush.

            Then come the highlights.

        After the second coat I realized that the image is too pristine and high in contrast. 

          A wash of diluted Raw Sienna did the trick, giving it an aged look and softened the image a bit.

        It's been a while since I made an artwork by hand. I actually had fun doing this. I don't think I would paint murals for anyone though. But I can produce murals with today's printing technology. The image can be printed on large sheets of stickers and be installed like wallpaper. Contact me if you want a mural on your wall. ^_^

         So what's next for my room? Box shelves.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

        I discovered this really nice quote about art. Reality could be unpretty sometimes... maybe even most of the time. That's why we beautify things - with colors and shapes, textures and tastes, sounds and movements. Thank goodness for art! Life would just be existence and survival without it.

        Art is my inspiration also. Works by other artists inspire me to create. Sometimes I look at nature for inspiration. After all nature is the work of God, the Divine Artist.

        If you are wondering who Daniel Robert Lynch is, he was an art student who worked part time as Guest Representative at Hotel Triton in SF. In the hotel is a sketchbook for visiting artist and guests to write or draw about their inspiration or interest. There Daniel wrote the quote above with a sketch of King Triton.

      Life is short and that is a sad reality. Daniel wasn't able to live his dream because of a tragic incident. He was 24. A scholarship program was created after his name, aimed to help young artist pursue their education and dream in the arts. Read all about it at dansinspiration.com.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Shopping for Curtains
- The Bohemian Way

       If you're shopping for curtains and budget is not a problem you would probably head for the nearest mall and buy those fancy curtains that could cost Php 400 to Php700  per panel. 

          And if you want to save a bit you'll go to a mall in Divisoria and find nice curtains priced at Php 250 to Php 300 per panel.

        But if you're bohemian, you're dead serious about finding opulent-looking curtains at a cheap price. So you really don't mind scouting the crowded streets of Divisoria on a hot afternoon.

       That's exactly what I did a few days ago along Ylaya Street. That's between Juan Luna and Tabora streets. There you will find a relatively large array of styles. Some designs you will not find in 168 Mall or any mall in the area. You can get really nice curtains for as low as Php 150 per panel.

       Browse through the curtains hanging by the street and look at the interesting patterns and textures. You can get a 3-piece set ( 1 sheer, 2 opaque ) for Php 500.

        Even if your budget is low you can still get fabulous curtains to compliment the style of your room. All you need is good taste and, well, tolerance for little defects like on these nice curtains sold at bargain prices.

         If you are not happy with the ready-made curtains along Ylaya Street, look at the raw fabrics. There are shops there that can make curtains for you. These drapery fabrics with bohemian prints cost only Php 45 per yard!

          I'm quite pleased with the curtains I bought. The trip to Divisoria was worth it. I'll show them to you when I'm done with my room's makeover. ^_^

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fixing a Closet Problem

        I'm quite fortunate to have an extra room where I could keep all my clothes and store other stuff in and that really saves my bedroom from a lot of clutter. If you have been following my blog you know that my walk-in closet was my former bedroom. I remember when I used to sleep there and my clothes accumulated over the years. They were so many that some are stacked or hung outside the built-in cabinets.

       You know those clothes hanger rack that you buy in home improvement stores? Made of tubes that you assemble? I had two of those. We tend to maximize the rack and just hang as many clothes as we could, including the heavy ones like jeans, jackets and coats. Then after a few  years the joints break and the rack collapses hehe.

       My clothes were on piles for weeks and I finally got to do something about it ( at least temporarily ). I didn't want to buy new racks or spend for customized ones because I'm saving for my room makeover ^_^. So I just bought some rope and some hooks, and recycled the pipes from the old rack. I suspended them from the ceiling hehe. Amazing how strong the hooks are. Of course I made sure they are screwed underneath the wood runners.