Last year, I secretly struggled with bouts of insecurity. In spite of a font of mine going viral and crashing my site, I couldn’t bear to call myself a type designer. I was a fraud who just lucked out. For the first time in a while, I was questioning if I really knew what the heck I was doing. I was trying to deal with what I later discovered was Impostor Syndrome. Sorry if this sounds like a cry for help or a fish for compliments. Trust me, it’s not. (I’m okay now, so we can move on.)
The title of this post is a little misleading. It’s not really Mikko Tries Weaving, it’s more like Mikko tried again and got totally obsessed with it this time around. I’ve always said that painting and calligraphy weren’t kind to me. Thread, on the other hand, I’m definitely more friendly with. Here are a few of my favorite pieces. I’d love to share my love for weaving with you guys. Head on over to my WORKSHOPS page to check what’s scheduled so far. I also do private workshops for groups of at least 4 people. I can’t wait to weave with all of you soon!
I don’t really remember decorating easter eggs as a kid. Growing up in the Philippines, I was so accustomed to the plastic ones that remind me of those vendo surprise eggs. This year, I decided I’d give it a shot.
You might not believe it, but Teacher Emma was my preschool teacher. She hasn’t changed one bit. She’s still the same gentle, caring and supportive teacher from, yes, 25 years ago. About a decade after being my teacher, we found her back in my family’s life when my brother, Milo, ended up going to the preschool (The Little Farm House) she later opened. My friend Ninna and I even took up Kumon when they started offering it at their school.
Anyone who knows me knows that coffee time is the most precious moment of my day. Nothing gets done until a cup of joe has been downed. I had a full weekend, so I slept in a little bit this morning. I knew I had work to catch up on, but coffee had to be had before anything.
Sometime last month, I tried this simple geometric watercolor project just to flex a creative muscle. It was one of those just because projects that turned out so so so well. This was a small piece no bigger than my iPhone. I wanted to make something big enough to frame. This is how it went!
Watch the video tutorial for this craft HERE
Practice is key when doing calligraphy work. I really don’t practice writing with the use of nibs regularly. Oftentimes, I rely on my fairly decent handwriting. (Check out my handwritten fonts here!) Practice makes perfect, but in a pinch, I suppose you can fake it til you make it. Here’s how to fake calligraphy!