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Wundercolor: Your Pet is A Masterpiece!

September 8, 2017 3 Comments

I’ve known Carissa Chua-Chiaco since my freshman year in college. She was one of the first friends I made in my BFA Creative Writing block. I’m so happy we’ve stayed friends through the years — I even flew all the way to Vancouver to witness her becoming Carissa Dy as she married her wonderful Daniel!

I totally ruined this photo with my gross pose and smudged makeup

I was drunk, ok?! HAHA. As you may have guessed, Cah is the beautiful bride in this picture. With us are our college block mates Danni and Zoe.

I first noticed her blossoming love for watercolor when she started posting typography using her brush pens last year

I saw the progress through the months that passed. I swear, I’m not a stalker! I’m just observant!!! Haha

Her talent was incredible, I just had to ask her to paint my baby.

I sent her this photo as reference:

In two weeks, I got this:

I CAN’T!!!😭

This was back in April, I can’t believe I waited so long to share it with you guys!!! I’m so incredibly selfish?? Hahaha jk. I just want to help spread the word about her talent because it makes as great gifts and -ber months na!! (BTW, Candy, if you’re reading this, I finally have Bunless’ painting and I’m giving it to you tomorrow!!!)

This is my bday gift to Candy and I requested for Cah to put sushi on top of Bunless so it’s the 2 things Candy loves the most 💕

I asked Cah a few questions so you can get to know the artist behind Wundercolor a little better!

What got you into painting — specifically watercolor?

Basically, watercolor was the only thing lying around for a makeshift present. My husband, D, loves my dog Frank. He had previously given me a chalk drawing of him for my birthday a few years ago and I loved it. Valentines was coming up and I thought it’d be great if I gave him a portrait of Frank as well – maybe something just a little different. I painted Frank with the only medium I had on my desk – diluted ink from Kuretake watercolor pens. I thought the finished product was OK given that I didn’t even use real watercolor, lol! I showed my mom and naturally, she loved it (biased opinion as we all know moms are our biggest fans), but it wasn’t until I showed a few more people and received great feedback when I thought I could really do something with portraiture.


What made you decide to focus on animals as your main subject?

I guess my answer’s pretty simple. Still life didn’t appeal much to me, and I also didn’t want it on my conscience if I ever painted a human that didn’t look like the actual subject in real life. Imagine if I painted babies and they didn’t turn out looking like the real deal? That’s a lot of responsibility, LOL. I guess animals also spark so much happiness in me. I genuinely enjoy painting them and am so happy to come across humans who love their pets and want to immortalize them in a portrait.


When did you start accepting commissioned work?

I’d say about a month after I started painting. Upon chance, a pet owner from San Francisco messaged me on Instagram shortly after I posted a portrait of one of my dogs. She asked if I did custom work and I replied with a very hesitant ‘yes’. I gave a disclaimer that her pup would be my first go at commissioned work and after she accepted, I found myself sketching and painting this little long haired dachshund named Roux. The rest, as they say, is history.

First commissioned work: a pup named Roux!

How long does it take for you to finish a pup portrait?

It really depends on how much detail a pup has. Getting the colors right is half the battle, so I spend a good amount of time doing color studies before actually painting. I never finish a portrait in one go and usually prefer letting it sit and coming back to it with a fresh set of eyes. That being said, from start to finish, it can take me anywhere between 3-6 days.

So far, Cah has painted 25 dogs, 1 horse, and 1 cat. “I don’t discriminate against animals,” she says.😂

How much to get my pet painted?!

4×6″ canvas – PHP 2,500
6×9″ canvas – PHP 3,000
7×10″ canvas – PHP 3,500
9×12″ canvas – PHP 4,000
(“I’m also always open to other sizes but the above listed are my standard sizes.” – Cah)

Get yourself the perfect gift by sending her a direct message on Instagram (@wundercolor_ph) or e-mailing her at wundercolor@gmail.com. You can also just do yourself a favor and follow her Instagram because all the doggies are just so beautiful in watercolor 😭




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    September 8, 2017

    I like this content! It’s nice that you’re featuring artists and interviewing them as well, Saab! Napaka inspirational. Haha makes me want to get back into doing watercolor portraits as well because lately I can’t seem to make time for it. To more contents like this! Hehe :)

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    September 9, 2017

    Bias aside, I think Joey is the kyootiest doggo your friend has drawn!!! Ugh I wanna buy that portrait of Bear as a postcard!!! SO KYOOT TALAGA I CAN’T and also Candy’s doggo w a sushi hat!!!! ❤

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      September 13, 2017