Nothing gets me more excited than paper and art materials, so when SM Stationery announced that they will be holding Art Fest in SM Megamall, I jumped at the chance to join. Not only was it an opportunity for me to try tools that are different from my usual creative weapons, it was also a reunion of sorts with artist friends I haven't seen in a while.
Upon entering the event premises, I was greeted by loads of cute stuff at the SM Supplies Station area: coloring books, pens and sketchpads. I was particularly drawn to the erasable fountain pen with baby animal designs and went home with one. I plan to use it to get some texture in my drawings.
My friend Andrea and I arrived pretty early so there weren't a lot of people yet. It was fun to see the freedom walls in pristine condition and then later on witness the collaboration among strangers when it was time to color the walls. Pentel Philippines' wall was my favorite because I love architectural drawings. Guests were encouraged to hang out at their booth to try oil pastels and paints and get the chance to have their works displayed at Pentel's mini exhibit.
I was looking forward to visiting the booth of International Fine Paper Exchange (IFEX) because aside from being a fan of their Canson line of sketch pads, I was also interested in inquiring about their wholesale options for my own line of paper goods. Their very accommodating sales staff (hello Kath and Mela!) were very helpful in discussing which paper stocks I should look into. IFEX also started to venture into the retail market last year when they released the lettering and calligraphy pads designed by local talents Abbey Sy and Alexis Ventura. As an added treat, they offered free custom papercuts by Wednesday Sambile for every purchase of Php 200 and above from the IFEX booth.
Titus Pens' probably had the most activities going on during the launch event. Aside from having their ambassadors demonstrate doodling on their booth display and freedom wall, they also had an exhibit of winning artworks from their past doodle art contests and several contests running. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for more details.
The most exciting thing that happened to me throughout the event probably took place at the Faber Castell booth. They had a mandala coloring activity and I got to try their premium Polychromos colored pencil line on my piece! These pencils glided so smoothly on the paper and had a texture almost similar to oil pastels, which makes blending easier.
As if hoarding is not a reward in itself, there's another incentive to visiting Art Fest this week. A minimum single receipt purchase worth Php 300 from partner brands entitles you to a free workshop slot on April 16-17, Saturday and Sunday. There will be workshops on illustration, lettering and calligraphy, coloring, and many more. I was looking forward to joining Sir Harvey Tolibao's comic book illustration class, but I have somewhere else to be on that day. :( Please see the poster below for more details.
SM Stationery Art Fest runs from April 13 to 17 at the SM Megamall Mega Fashion Hall. This event is in partnership with Faber Castell, Pentel, International Fine Paper Exchange and Titus Pens.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but all the opinions expressed here are entirely my own.