No more nightmares.



I’ll be part of this year’s CANVAS Looking for Juan outdoor banner project. The topic, human rights, is a pertinent matter in our country right now, God help us all.

My fellow Ang INK members and I made pieces specifically about children’s rights. Mine is about the child’s right to rehabilitation.


A peek of my work and the mess. It’s been such a long time since I’ve painted an acrylic piece this big, and there was definitely a strong sense of fulfillment after I finished it and delivered it to the gallery. I enjoyed the process a lot, though, and I hope to learn more about painting bigger pieces in this medium.

The project and exhibits open on June 20. The banners will be installed in around the UP Diliman oval.


View photos from the opening reception of Camouflage and Wanderlust here.


My work, Long Way From Home, is also available to purchase as prints from the Light Grey Art Lab online shop. The original artwork is 9×12 inches, handmade watercolor on cold press paper.


Underwater is the best place to swim.

I have a few small paintings for sale. These are A6 in size, roughly 4x6in, and are all watercolor works on handmade paper (Khadi paper). Send a message if you’re interested!



I have also added some old and new-ish projects on my portfolio site. The latest one shows the biology posters I made for the Masungi Georeserve. I learned so much from the project, and although I had to work through last year’s holiday season, I enjoyed it very much.

FranAlvarez-Masungi-Birds_posterView more posters and learn more about the project here.


I’ll be part of Light Grey Art Lab’s Camouflage exhibit, which opens on the 26th. I really wish I could go, because it opens alongside other nature-themed exhibit, and one of my inspirations Kelsey Oseid is going to have a show up! If you’re in the Minneapolis area, or will be during that time, do drop by and take some pictures, then show me~

Keeping myself productive and busy helps a lot with the anxiety. I’ve figured that personally, I feel more at ease at the end of the day when I know I’ve finished something (ANYTHING). As much as I can, I try to accomplish even really small tasks before going to bed. It could be something for work, or other things that aren’t really as urgent like writing a journal entry, mopping the room once, or labeling emails.

I’m also very thankful to be surrounded by supportive and level-headed individuals every day, at work and at home. It really helps me put things in perspective, and keeps me focused.

Sometimes it’s hard not to be affected by the world going haywire. I guess it’s good training for keeping your head above water, and for trying hard to make things better along with the rest of the population despite everything. Some days the silver lining’s there, some days you have to draw it yourself.

Life After Breakfast Watercolor Swap

A few weeks ago, I attended Life After Breakfast‘s Watercolor Swap, and I honestly wasn’t prepared for how fun the afternoon was! Haha. Because you know, being the not-so-secret fangirl that I am, of course I was giddy the whole afternoon because Pipino was filled with all these talented ladies. Shown above were my tablemates Jamie, Anina, Macy, Angel, and Mansy.

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zine attempt

Earlier this month, I made a zine for my partner Jenny, for Light Grey Art Lab’s Make My Holiday! Art Swap. I also sent her prints of some of my drawings, plus my pattern postcard set. I hope the package gets to her as soon as possible and in good condition.

I used my tree parts stamps made out of eraser blocks, a black stamp pad, some cream textured paper for the inside pages and gray board paper for the cover, Dymo labels for the numbers, and the Quirky Align stapler I got myself for Christmas. I’ve been meaning to make a zine out of my stamps for quite some time now but haven’t gotten around to planning for it, so I’m happy I finished this.

I’m easing myself back into work now that Christmas is over. There’s still New Year’s, but I’ve been so restless these past couple of days, especially with the knowledge that I still have a few things to submit asap. I hope I accomplish a lot tomorrow before all the New Year’s eve preparations. I’ll get back to my book and movie backlog after I finish all the things I need to.

On a completely different note, I started Serial this afternoon and I’m halfway through the 12 eps. Rommel has been recommending it for some time now but I only got around to starting it today. I can’t stop listening I need the truth what happened ugh.

Yep so, happy almost 2015!

new pattern paper goods

New pattern postcard set! Digital offset prints on high-quality 250gsm Stucco Tintoretto paper. :)

“Launched” these plus its other variations, the bookmark and the poster, last weekend at Bring Your Own Benta. Thank you to everyone who dropped by! It was my first time to join a craft fair on my own. I was really nervous about it and overprepared haha but well, there’s always a first time for everything.

A lot of people had requested holiday-related items like gift wrappers and gift tags, so I miiiight just come up with a bunch of them for the next craft fairs. I’m planning on something more reusable tho, esp for the gift wrappers. The other week, my org had asked our favorite framer about his rates for a particular artwork size we were planning to use for our December exhibit. He said his rates are higher now because wood has gotten more expensive, and consequently, scarce, I guess. This has kind of been on my mind! A lot of my merchandise are paper goods, but for Christmas I’m planning on making something that people won’t throw away after using.

So there. Back to work! Bees will be busy until Christmas.

Where You’re Planted

Something I made during Ang INK’s super fun Fabriano Art Day last month. Prestige Papers is bringing in Fabriano Fine Art Papers soon, and they got INK to test the different kinds of paper. This one is on Artistico Traditional White, Grana Fina, in glorious 640gsm. I tried to test as many materials as I can: watercolor, gouache, pencils, and printmaking ink.

Fabriano’s Fine Art lines include paper for watercolor, drawing, printmaking, and acrylic and oil. These will be available locally in about 3-4 months, according to Prestige Papers, their distributor.

Sketchbook: grumpy ladies



Channeling my inner Daniel Egneus, but what do I know about fashion illustration, really. Also testing new materials in between work. These include A) a kolinsky brush, which still intimidates me and sometimes I kind of feel dumb just holding it haha. And B) a couple of Holbein watercolor tubes in shell pink and payne’s gray. I’ve read a lot of good reviews of this brand, and I’m convinced! A little goes a long way, which makes it worth the price, and I like the color range.