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My #Create365 Project

At the start of each year, I make it a point to label the year ahead with what I want it to be. I think of key words that I’d like to highlight in the upcoming months and package them all in a phrase that I think would most likely sum up the dreams I have for the year ahead.I’ve had “The Year of Magic and Wonder”, “The Year for Extra Happiness” and this year, I’m calling it “The Year for Great Things”. Part of my goals this year include going out of my comfort zone and creating, and with this in mind, my #create365 project was born. (I’ve blogged about this last January:

#Create365 challenges me to do something creative each day for a year: Make art, craft, sing, take a new route home, join classes that would enhance my skills, and try things I haven’t done before, among other creative challenges.

There are so many days in a year and if we really want to, we could set aside some time each day to pursue what makes us happy. I believe that we should follow our heart and source of bliss, and for me, bliss is in the form of creative discovery.


Every year, I try to fill up a bucket list with creative things I want to try. I tried to learn a foreign language, learned pottery, printmaking, fashion design, and joined several arts and crafts workshops when I could. I have what I call my “magic tin of creativity” filled with creativity prompts in pieces of paper that I sourced online and in various books and magazines, ready to be used when I feel like I’m stuck in a rut and need a quick dose of inspiration. My crafty friends and I created a free online magazine called “Katha”, the first local magazine for creatives because we want to empower and inspire others through the power of creativity. (You can even read our fifth issue here for free:

I’m on the constant lookout for creative items I can add to my artsycraftsy bucket list–I set aside some part of my savings for this and think of it as my “self-improvement” investment.

In participating in creative activities that make me happy, I get to improve creatively and grow. I learn about new techniques and tricks that could be applied to other creative fields, and learn about myself more when faced with challenges. It’s a win-win situation!

Here are 100 items I’ve already ticked off my artsycraftsy bucket list:
1. Try air-dry clay (Made pendants out of it)
2. Try modular origami
3. Check out Pinto Art Museum (For my birthday!)
4. Try Art Attack Products (The clay: great, The oil pastels: Not so)
5. Create my own scent for our diffuser (Citrus Olive)
6. Get featured in a broadsheet for my washi creations
7. Make handmade decor for Day’s baby shower party
8. Papel Picado
9. Learn to play the ukulele on my own, and jam with the gf, and then share it shamelessly on my Instagram
10. Make my own jam (Chili Strawberry Basil)
11. Make my own solid perfume: Olive-Tangerine-Mint
12. Attend Art Fair Phils. 2013
13. Do papercuts with my own illustration, then do a freestyle one.
14. Attend a Dr.Sketchy Alice-themed sketchmob event
15. Join Ukulele Manila
16. Draw on the streets using chalk at the Fort
17. Create a handmade papercut of blog logo/banner
18. Create a series of artworks (Dream sisters)
19. Create a panda bento box for her and a strawberry one for me
20. Try intaglio printing using an old cd c/o Serj Bumatay’s tutorial
21. Do a 3d papercut
22. Do a hollow book surprise
23. Wet on wet watercolor freestyle
24. Finally start that mixed media book
25. Buy a kalimba and play it
26. Play a gamelan and other asian musical instruments in Bali and CCP
27. Buy Hello Sandwich book and do the activities there
28. Experience silversmithing
29. Pound coffee beans the old-school way
30. Try lontar-palm etching
31. Try hand-printing, using leaves and flowers with markers
32. Study printmaking at the Phil. Association of Printmakers.
33. Try linocut, drypoint, monotype, monoprint, block printing
34. Try making glue rubber for papercutting/rubberstamping
35. Decorate home and workstation with flowers (statis in washi’d bottles!)
36. Have a small musical studio with my guitar, uke, kalimba, harmonica
37. Try ikebana
38. Visit that library in the street
39. Make yoghurt from scratch
40. Make a felt toy (stuffed cake)
41. Join a watercolor crafternoon
42. Join Fernando Sena’s art classes
43. Learn about shading, drawing with markers, pastels
44. Make a rubbercut with a rubber sole, hand printing
45. Hand color prints with watercolors
46. Check out Ronac Art Center
47. Make a landscape painting out of pastel
48. Make a portrait drawing of my mom and dad
49. Buy myself mint pens and draw with them
50. Paint using oil pastels in a huge board (15×20)
51. Paint using tempera technique, watercolor
52. Make an abstract painting using pastels
53. Try classitex in an art work
54. Be personally recommended to sell handmade crafts (twice)
55. Create pastillas wrapper art
56. Create a galaxy in felt paper using pastels
57. Attend art workshop graduation
58. Receive three medals for the art workshop: Most outstanding student, best in costume, best in group work
59. Exhibit my “artwork” in an art “exhibit”
60. Teach arts and crafts to kids (Je’s pamangkins)
61. Be the chosen leader for my art class
62. Get recommended by a friend to design artwork for a store
63. Be a dj for Jea’s road trip ride
64. Earn a certificate of completion with distinction for my online Art course (coursera)
65. Get myself teal markers from Art Friend
66. Pet Chestnut from cat socrates
67. Organize arts/crafts materials
68. Give my books/art materials and stuff away
69. Buy matboards
70. Try and make my very own travel palette using airdryclay and altoids tin
71. Start an online magazine: KATHA! (
72. Be the virtual dj for Katha’s “mixtape”
73. Have an offer to be a dj at a bar
74. Sing my “Fries” song with gf jamming on the uke over IG
75. Try an electronic massage from hi-tech massage chair in mall, complete with inversion
76. Make a video for my washi collage in instagram
77. Punch holes in my belt c/o Mr. Quickie
78. Check out National Museum
79. See Spoliarium
80. Check out Paper Popup
81. Cook using induction (last sale, sale in SM thanks Universe)
82. Create customized merbirds (TnS birds, a portrait)
83. Attend Bloom Arts Festival (Here’s to joining next year *crosses fingers*)
84. Join the MuniPH X moonleaf event for Katha
84. Art drive for Yolanda kids
85. Sell merbirds for a cause
86. Sell customized merbirds for a cause
87. Give my customized TnS merbird artwork to Tegan and Sara
88. Have Tegan and Sara post my customized merbirds on their Instagram page (!!!)
89. Make Tegan and Sara face masks and wear it to our masquerade-theme office party and the pride march
90. Be a brand ambassador for Pixaroll
91. Color-your-own merbird
92. Cook perfect runny eggs using induction
93. Create optical illusion stamps
94. Carve stamps using rubber sole, erasers and speedball ez carve
95. Frame my papercut artworks
96. Cover walls with my art using washi tape
97. Create trompe l’oeil frames using washi tape
98. Cover walls with artwork by friends and idols
99. Have baby plants! Rubber plant, 2 oreganos, sanseveria and marigold
100. Appear on TV for Katha!

About the Contributor

Andrea dela Cruz is one of the founders of the local online magazine called Katha Magazine, a free magazine which we hope would empower, unite and inspire local creatives. Check it out at: Katha Magazine and visit her blog.

This contributor is a customer of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®.

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