Swap Watch has collaborated with 30 Type artists in the Philippines to come up with designs that celebrate the hand-written movement. These pieces can be converted into inspirational/motivational reminders to everyone, which, I think, is such a brilliant idea.

Here's a preview of all the designs:

I made a design that is close to my heart so that everyday, when I look at the time, I will be reminded to take it easy and live life freely. It's actually my personal mantra and I hope you guys like it! You only have this life to live after all - so don't waste it sulking over things you cannot control. Step out of your comfort zones and do something new! 

To kick start the launch of the #SWAPxType collab, I'm giving away a watch with my design + Black Strap (as seen in the photo above). Here are the mechanics:

1. Follow @swapwatch and @aninarubio on Instagram

2. Like my Facebook Page: facebook.com/anina.rubio

3. Post a photo of your adventure/s and tag #ARxSwap 

4. You can join as many times as you want but PLEASE DO NOT TAG ME! Just use the hashtag #ARxSwap and make your posts public so I can view your entries. Those who do not follow instructions will be disqualified.

Giveaway will run from September 27 to October 4. I will announce the winner on October 5 :)

If you want this watch, you can purchase it here. Buying any watch from the #SWAPxType collection gives you a chance win the SWAP LAUNCH GIVEAWAY (different from my giveaway) and have your own watch customized by you or your favorite artist (from the roster of 30 artists in this collaboration). Support Local! xx


P.S: I will be doing a Brush Lettering Class in collaboration with Swap Watch this coming October 17. Sign up details on this link.

REVIEW: Mica Gold Ink from Kuretake

I've always been a fan of gold paints and inks - hence, #thegoldinitiative. Recently, I've discovered this Gold Mica Ink from Kuretake Zig and TBH I think this is a must-have for every calligraphy/lettering-enthusiast. Here are the reasons why:

1. EASE OF USE. It's already in liquid form so I don't need to brush it over the nib for pointed pen calligraphy, as opposed to using paint. Also, each bottle comes with a ball shaker. This makes it easy to mix the ink everytime the pigment settles at the bottom of the container.


2. PIGMENT. This gold is brilliant, opaque, and very saturated. It can be used on both light and dark colored papers. You can also use this for both brush lettering and pointed pen calligraphy.


3. PRICE. A bottle of 60mL retails for just Php 499 (Pesos) - It's very affordable for a lot of gold, to be honest. You can purchase this at @swirlsandstrokesph (Instagram).

I think the only thing I don't like is the bottle. When you dip your holders, it tends to get messy, especially when the bottle is halfway empty.

Here are some samples:


Unlike the Finetec watercolor palette, this ink can't be blended. If you want something to mix with paint, get a Finetec. For everyday writing, get this ink instead.

Happy hoarding, then!

P.S: Tag your golden artworks! #thegoldinitiative

REVIEW: Peerless Watercolors

I've been reading about these Peerless Watercolors online but never really got a chance to try it until one student of mine, Ice, brought her own palette during our watercolor class. I FELL IN LOVE. 

What I got was the Peerless Bonus Pak of 40 colors, small. These watercolours are made out of mineral dyes and are acid free. They were created by Nicholson to tint commercial packaging back in 1885 and was eventually used to hand tint black and white films, in partnership with Kodak. Basically, these watercolors have been around that long!

The small version comes in 2x2in squares. One side is the pigment, the other is the color reference. There are no color labels - but the color of the pigment is the one on the back side of each paper.  The great thing about Peerless watercolors is this: you can make your own palette and it is very, very (repeat 1 million times) portable! It also goes in tandem with waterbrushes - which is basically what's in my bag everyday! PERFECT MATCH <3

I cut my squares into smaller strips and started sticking them onto a small watercolor paper. I made sure that the paper is almost the same size as the pocket Moleskine watercolor notebook so that it slides and fits perfectly in between the pages. There are tons of tutorials online and you can also download the 1x1 inch palette template. I just wanted to make mine smaller :)

It is important to leave a space for swatching because sometimes, the color on the paper isn't the same as the actual pigment. Some papers appear purple but when swatched would yield brown. You can also put the color labels if you want. Mine was too small so the words won't really fit. 

Since I made a two-fold palette, I put acetate in between to prevent the pigments from sticking to each other when folded. That's it! VOILA! Palette on the go <3


Love that it is really pigmented. One dab goes a long long way! 


If you love lettering, watercolors, and urban sketching, this product is for you. 

You can buy Peerless Watercolors and other rare art finds over at Art Whale Ph.

Waterbrush used in the photos is from Dip N Brush.