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Art in everyday objects

No tools? No problem. Young Filipino artists prove that one doesn’t need fancy materials or equipment to make art. Imagination, creativity, and resourcefulness are enough to make artworks that are double tap-worthy. 

Pantry paintings

Grade 12 student from Nueva Ecija, Vincent Dwight Paulo went viral earlier this year because of his catsup artwork. He has created portraits of celebrities using UFC Banana Catsup, a staple in their family’s pantry.

Vincent Dwight Paulo uses catsup to create portraits.
Vincent Dwight Paulo uses catsup to create portraits.
During the lockdown, he said, “I really engaged myself in doing catsup art since school and art supplies shops were closed. I was running out of materials, so I used catsup instead.”

With catsup as his medium, he made portraits of Liza Soberano, Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Taylor Swift, and One Direction.

“UFC Banana Catsup is always what is in our kitchen and I don’t like to stick to the conventional typical artworks that we see,” enthused Vincent. “I would recommend this because it is unique and easy to find in grocery stores.”

Taking cues from the pantry playbook, Thea Sophia Disabelle, 19, from Cebu, uses soy sauce as her paint and plate as her canvas. 

“Basically, it just can be found at your kitchen. No more hassle,” said Thea, when asked about why she chose Silver Swan Soy Sauce. “I would love to recommend this kind of medium to artists. They just need soy sauce and a lot of imagination.”

Due to their exceptional creativity and resourcefulness in making art out of household condiments, NutriAsia sent Vincent and Thea more products they can use for both their art and their dinners.

Thea Sophia Disabelle paints using soy sauce.
Thea Sophia Disabelle paints using soy sauce. 
The sauces and condiments maker also opened a challenge in July for its 100 percent Filipino juice brand Locally, asking netizens to submit digital, traditional, or unconventional art depicting the drink and their love for the Philippines. 

Many responded to the call, posting beautiful art on social media—some even created new recipes using Locally juices. 

The juice brand on September 9 announced Athea Monique as the grand prize winner, with Grace Maligalig and Dyanna Mae Cañas winning second and third prize, respectively.

The winners received prizes and an opportunity to work with the brand on special projects.

“Filipinos are known for their resilience and creativity—and what better way to bring these two together than through art. We are truly amazed with the entries submitted to us. Each work of art is a showcase of talent, passion, and love for local!” said Gretchen King, category manager for beverage.

Plant art

DRESSED UP DRESSES. Aspiring fashion designer Edgian James Florida turns his sketches into colorful artworks using leaves, petals, vegetables, and other things he can find in his surroundings. (Photos from Edgian James Florida / Facebook)
Have you seen the malunggay dress? 

Aspiring fashion designer Edgian James Calapardo Florida makes his sketches colorful using everyday objects he can find in his surroundings—usually weeds, petals, vegetables, and leaves.  

The 18-year-old senior high school student in Iloilo dresses up his sketches of dresses using plants—combining his love of nature and fashion design. He went viral in August for his whimsical work which he said were not for sale. 

In interviews, Edgian said his artworks were inspired by creations he saw on Pinterest as well as his desire to use his talent to help his family. He named Kapampangan designer Mak Tumang as one of his influences. 

According to him, he has created more than 50 sketches over the quarantine period. 

Topics: Art , Pantry paintings , Vincent Dwight Paulo , UFC Banana Catsup , Thea Sophia Disabelle , Silver Swan Soy Sauce , NutriAsia , Edgian James Calapardo Florida , Plant art
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