Hello from Bicol!

Currently writing from our boatride from Caramoan to San Jose, Cam Sur. I conducted workshops (both kids and adults!) at Naga and will be having more in Daraga, Albay the next week. R and I took a little “birthday adventure” in between in Caramoan. We are sore and burnt but very happy with this experience.

I’m excited to write about this!

Til then.


That's me sleeping on the corner! Photo courtesy of Ram Guanlao

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Workshop descriptions

Attending the workshops in Bicol? Here’s a little info on what to expect. 🙂


Drink and Draw:

Each person is capable of drawing, so in case you’ve forgotten how, Drink and Draw is a perfect way for you to revisit your drawing skills. If you claim you have “zero” drawing skills (which I really doubt), D&D can prove you otherwise.
We start each session with creative and drawing techniques. From there I am able to gauge each person’s skill level. Then we work on some drawing techniques. By the end of session I guarantee that you can draw still life.

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Illustrated Recipes:

Here I show you an alternative way of making recipes that you can share with your loved ones. I personally find written recipes hard to follow (or maybe the rebel in me is not too keen on following instructions!) so I draw my recipes in hopes that people understand it better. Cooking and making recipes is a great way to bond between couples and mothers and kids.

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Creative Journaling:
I love journaling but I’ve always had a problem writing. Creative journaling (via drawing, doodling and lettering) is another way of documenting and reliving memories without having to think of the perfect words to say. Why have the need to write when a more colorful outlet is available?

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Each participant will receive a drawing pad or journal. Drawing/art materials will be available for sharing. If you wish to attend illustrated recipe or creative journaling but is hesitant because of (or lack of) drawing skills or because you haven’t held a pen in a long time, I suggest attending drink and draw to warm up.

If you have other questions please don’t hesitate to email me at ask@isabelsilva.com. You may also want to register here.

See you there!

Isa Silva

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Hello leather


Stacks upon stacks upon stacks of leather look pretty. 🙂 but the smell can get overwhelming so I moved out of my enclosed workspace.

I now work outside… but the mosquitoes like me so much. If only I can get rid of them…

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I’m back. :-)

It’s taken a while for me to work on the new blog. Basically it got hacked and I did something and it got deleted. I also decided to switch hosting providers so between that and the rush of Christmas orders and what-not, it got “suspended.”

Unfortunately for me I didn’t back up my entries (now I do), so now I’m working from scratch. It has been a sad and frustrating process, but a very hard lesson learned.

What’s new (aside from the header) is the Gallery page (maartey.com/gallery) that’s linked to my instagram and the contact sheet. I’m still working on it bit by bit but it will be up in no time.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Thank you for bearing with me.

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