Done by the Sun

In the world of art, one of the hindrances of artists in creating a masterpiece is the expensive materials used to get the right output. This drives the artist to be resourceful and to create a different kind of masterpiece from their ingenuity and creativity.

Sun Painting

A certain art was developed using the rays of the sun and a magnifying lens to create a masterpiece. When the sunlight passes through a magnifying lens, it becomes super-hot enough to burn paper and wood. Burning a paper using a magnifying lens is common especially for the grade schoolers and we know how hard it is to wait for enough sunlight to focus and burn the paper. Broken bottles or glasses which are thrown and left lying on the forest floor being exposed to sunlight could result in a disaster like forest fires.

This kind of art was embraced by an award-winning Filipino artist Jordan Mang-osan. While the paper takes a while to get burned by a magnifying lens, burning a wood is much more tiresome and needs extra patience. One needs to stay under the heat of the sun for a long period of time while the masterpiece slowly comes into completion. This art requires a tremendous amount of patience, dedication, and passion which the artist pours out in every millimeter of wood being burned. The depth of burn varies to get the correct shade which requires skill and talent to get it done perfectly. In this art, there is no room for mistake.

Jordan Mang-osan is an artist inspired by the native tribes of Philippine’s Mountain Region of Cordillera. Its rich culture, history, and environment deeply moved Jordan Mang-osan which is also a native of the region to use the Igorot ingenuity as his inspiration on his masterpieces.


Other than a pencil Jordan used to sign his artwork, the rest of the materials he used are totally ecological or ergonomic. To complete a single output, one has to count several months. The artist depends on the exposure of the sun to burn the wood at a faster rate. Thus, rainy days usually a problem for Jordan. But, satisfaction will not be enjoyed to its fullest when it is done without effort; it must be through sacrifice, wisdom, patience, and understanding that one could say he finished it wholeheartedly.

Duterte painting

sun-painting the Philippine president

Now, laser printers are readily available in the market to engrave images using a laser to burn the wood. This is the same concept of Jordan and is now very popular in the market world.  This innovation also provides an outstanding and accurate result as the laser printer slowly burns the details in the wood. But, in spite of this precise technology, it can never surpass the dedication and hard work that was done under the sun —  driven by passion and love of nature and the arts.

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Shirt Designing

Are you a picky person and want to do most of the things on your own to fit your style? Or a naturally-born designer with designs in your mind that actually go trending but are being utilized elsewhere without compensation?
Well, there seems to be a lot of ways to unleash your creativity in the fashion industry these days. There are online websites that allow you to create very own printed style on your tees but only a number of these offer you an opportunity to be properly compensated and acknowledged.

Printed shirt

The advent of DIY in shirt designs…

Not until the do-it-yourself shirt printing comes in the limelight to this industry. Commonly known as DIY Prints, these websites allow you to unleash your artistic skill in printing designs. They provide you with a wide opportunity to discover your inner creativity and a chance to earn as well. With the use of internet technology, you can access their platform for free you and upload your unique and awesome designs. This way, others can view your output and get profit for every online purchase from interested customers. A win-win situation for you as the designer, a boost for the website and a unique, impressive design perfect for the customer. Need anyone for anything more?

The online artwork you created can be purchased online on the website and credit transfer is made to the artist. All printable designs uniquely made by subscribers can be used on any type of clothing as long as there is that specified type of fabric available. Designs are unique just as the artist is unique on his own, depending on the artist’s inspiration, millions of designs are sure more than enough for you to find the perfect printable design for your shirt.

How are artists protected?

We all know that the internet is a vast cyber-jungle where copyrights, patents and ownerships are often neglected. With some of these websites, the artists will no longer worry about their artwork being pirated or stolen by netizens. These websites facilitate the creative work with integrity and specific safeguards. That said, they still allow the free flowing of ideas and socialization while propagating the purpose of the online market which is to be an avenue for artisans to flourish and be acknowledged on a global scale.