Two Saturdays ago, I tagged Mae along and went to a “Calligraphy Crafternoon” at Pino Bar & Restaurant, hosted by Alessa of Life After Breakfast. Unarmed with calligraphy tools and clueless what to expect, Mae & I braved the gathering of calligraphy enthusiasts, hoping to learn a thing or two and to meet crafters here in Manila.
What I love about Pino Bar & Restaurant: This huge mural, which reminded me of my high school days when my friends and I would vandalize the top of our desks with pentel pens. Also, Pino’s Longganisa-Topped Nachos and their signature iced tea which tasted to me like it has mango puree in it.
The highlight of MY day: Being pressured to *finally* buy calligraphy nibs and ink. (Pressure does me wonders sometimes.) Scribe Writing Essentials had a booth set up in the venue. I’ve been to their shop in Eastwood before but was intimidated by the prices of the calligraphy tools. Something about this particular Saturday afternoon though made me feel that I was ready to invest; I’m glad Scribe was there to entertain my impulsiveness.
What we did: Instead of a formal workshop, Alessa printed out calligraphy patterns and guides to learn, so we busied ourselves the whole afternoon doing them.
What I love about the Crafternoon: How the attendees didn’t really know each other, but everyone was simply drawn together by her love for the art. Here are some of the happy crafters:
Challenge accepted: At the end of the day, we all bravely posted our amateur work on the wall. I feel so small, having one of mine posted next to Fozzy‘s!
It was fun. It’s been a while since I attended one of these social gatherings, and was glad to get out of the usual, at least for a day.
Meanwhile, I’m having a blast with my calligraphy set. ;)