What do you make? How did you get into it?
Both of us are into watercolor. We love to paint. But we don’t paint the same subjects. Carlos is more into painting characters from video games, anime and comics. China is more into painting bunnies. Honestly, both of us are still new to watercolor. It was just this year that our Interns introduced us to it and we got hooked! Ever since then, we try to practice each day, even after a busy day at work.
Are you a full-time crafters? If not, what is your day job?
We run our own graphic design studio where we work with various local and multinational companies. We’ve been in the industry since 2009. I guess you could say that day and night, what we do is somehow tied to art.
What motivates you in pursuing this business?
Honestly, we don’t see it as a “business”. It’s more of a hobby that we’re really into and that we want to share with people. We just really enjoy it. We love creating art with watercolor. And when people appreciate our art, it comes as a big bonus for us.
What are some of the challenges of maintaining a craft business?
For us, it’s really having the extra time to do it. Since we have our day job, we have to find time to practice our craft. But if you’re doing something you love, you’ll always find a way to overcome any challenge.
What’s a new skill–craft or business–that you’d like to learn?
China has always found it difficult to draw anything other than bunnies. She would be thrilled to learn how to draw and paint all sorts of subjects, particularly other animals. Carlos, on the other hand, would love to someday learn how to sew costumes of video game, anime and comic book characters.
What’s your most recent craft business milestone?
Getting orders or commissions from all around the world from people we’ve just met on Instagram. It’s just amazing!
What is your favorite lesson in your experience of your business?
Carlos: Dapat ‘di nagchecheck ng e-mail pag breakfast. Lalo na ‘pag longganisa ang ulam 🙂
China: Sleep. You can really never get enough of it.
What craft business advice can you share with other aspiring entrepreneurs?
Keep doing what you love. Don’t give up!
Um, if you were a craft tool, what would you be? And why?
We would be pencils. Everything that we create starts with a pencil. To us, simple as a pencil may be, it’s the most essential tool that gets us to create wonderful pieces of art.
What can we expect to see from you guys at the upcoming Maker’s Market?
Lots of watercolor goodness!
Where else can we find your work?
You can check out our Instagram Accounts @craftbunny and @creativassassin to see more of our works. Enjoy!