• art & design

    How To Choose The Perfect Sketchbook

    As a design student turned freelance artist, I’ve bought many sketchbooks over the years. Some were bought for a specific purpose,  others because they were the cheapest thing I can get.  Choosing the right sketchbook can be a surprisingly difficult task. I could tell you my favourite sketchbook (MD Paper with dot grids) but what works for me almost certainly won’t work for you. Choosing the right sketchbook involves figuring out what sort of creative activity you want (or will) be doing and finding a sketchpad which allows you to do that thing.  Today I’m going to share some of the aspects you should consider when buying a new sketchbook.…

  • lifestyle

    Why Are Christmas Cards A Thing?

    September is coming to an end and with it, the festive season begins to draw closer. One aspect of Christmas which brings much enjoyment, along with a good amount of stress is sending cards to friends and family. But where did this tradition of sending Christmas cards begin, and why do we still do it in the age of email?  Today I’m going to share a very short history of the Christmas card, how we got into the habit of sending cards every year, and at the end, I will be shilling my own Christmas cards which I’ve just released on Etsy.  Why Are Christmas Cards A Thing? The First…

  • art & design

    A Beginner’s Guide To Keeping An Art Journal 

    Art journalling can be a fantastic form of creative expression. Art journals tend to take the form of part-written and part-visual journal. You could think of the bullet journal as a sort of art journal; the more visual ones at least. But others choose to have a separate art journal. I love using a sketchbook, it’s an integral part of my creative process where I can save my thoughts and ideas and work on my skills. Though I use this art journal as part of my process, you don’t need to be a professional artist to have an art journal. You don’t even need to be good at art. You’ll…

  • books

    Craeft by Alexander Langlands (and Calligraphy)

    One of the most interesting classes I took at university was run by the fine art department. This class was about looking at spaces, the outcome was to be a response to a specific space. I ended up making a lantern which told the story of a witch trial which took place very close to me. Something which came out of this project was this idea that a connection to the land had been lost through the persecution of witches. Witches were more like herbalists and this knowledge had been lost because of the witch trials. It was an idea which fascinated me but as a design student, I was…

  • bullet journal

    5 Hand Lettering Styles For Your Bullet Journal

    Today I want to share some hand lettering styles to use in your bullet journal. I love decorating my bullet journal with hand lettering. I find it a great way to practise my hand lettering as well as something fun to look at. I’ve tried to come up with some styles of hand lettering rather than specific fonts. I think this should give you far more flexibility with how you choose to letter in your bullet journal.  But first I just want to share some info on my favourite art supplies and a wee typography lesson which will help you get better at hand lettering.  5 Hand Lettering Styles For…