They say, “Creativity takes courage.” As I agree with these beautiful words of Henri Matisse, it is also deeply-rooted in my mind that each of us has a diverse way, perspective and capability to think creatively. To be able to communicate it in your own manner is another thing.
Creativity is self-expression that can be explored through a variety of artistic disciplines. In my own creative journey—magazine layouts, newspaper page designs, and photography, all have been very encouraging and worth taking the risk of pursuing my artistic side.
However, attending the Papemelroti Art Journal Workshop is a different thing, especially when the invitation is extended by the “art of craft master” himself, Sir Robert Alejandro.
I was previously tagged by my high school friend Chingz from Sir Robert’s Facebook thread to attend a certain workshop event, knowing on my end that I do not have the courage to put myself out there because of the belief that it’s a different medium.
Before this, I have created a few scrapbooks for myself, usually made up of pictures and scrap art materials available at home and some bought from Papemelroti stores. It is personal, though I have shared some of it online, literally sharing it with others is a risk of being judged.
My initial ideas and intuition in creating art journal are the synchronicity of artistic drawing and persuasive words. Sir Robert, co-owner of Papemelroti, taught us the easy ways to train ourselves to be more creative.
“There are no rules and there are no ways to get it wrong,” tells Sir Robert as he explained that it’s all about the imagination and freeing oneself to get creative. His words are very empowering as he facilitates the workshop with the materials in his hands and a big screen monitor on his back for us to follow to.
Participants were welcomed by a name tag, an art journal kit by Papemelroti and welcome drinks, accompanied by a warm handshake from Sir Robert as you enter the door to the Artisan’s Workshop. Continue reading