diy screen printed tags

I have always wanted my handmade items to showcase a tag of my brand.  I had embroidered tags sewn to the lining of purses, sure, but I also wanted something that could be showcased  outside each purse. This was a goal that took a long time to come to fruition, alas. This was due to several factors, including:

1. I didn’t want the tag to show the brand name, THIMBLECAP. That’s just a tad too long for a purse.

2. I wanted the tag on cotton. No company in our city offers tag embroidery on cotton ribbon or similar material.

3. Embroidered tags cost a pretty penny.

4. We asked a printer friend how much they’d charge for printing logo tags for us. They never gave us a number and we got tired making inquiries.

So we went the DIY route:

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it was a good weekend

I have been quite apprehensive about joining bazaars early this year due to several factors. One was the fact that I wanted to take a leap from hand stamped to screen printed purses but taking time to produce the new items proved difficult. But everything finally came together towards the end of April. The first two weeks of May saw a shift and refocus in our studio efforts. And we were rewarded with handmade items that embodied everything Thimblecap: whimsical yet practical, screaming stinkin’ cute but subtly showcased in Earth colors.

And last weekend, we were able to launch the new screen printed purses at the Art Market of the Behance Portfolio Review Cebu.

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cut and paint and write

We were at Robinson’s the other day and we did what always do whenever we find ourselves at the mall: check out Booksale for great finds.  Often, we show each other books that we think are fantastic and discuss whether any volume should have a space in our bookshelves at home. During one of these discussions the other day, I chanced upon a beautifully bound book, The Great Chiefs. Upon seeing the cover, the boyfriend suggested that I do a project combining watercolor painting, papercutting, and calligraphy. I said yes immediately, despite having no idea how to go about it.

On our way home (with no new book under our name), he further suggested that I do Noli Me Tangere and feature Maria Clara on the cover. I loved the idea and for the last 12 hours, I’ve been busy sketching, painting, and cutting.

Here was the initial sketch:

Finalizing Maria Clara:

I finished painting at around 2AM.

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