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    My Digital Commonplace System 🖍️ Studio Diary #8

    In this studio diary I am in Glasgow to visit the Botanic Gardens. I’ve spent so much time in this part of Glasgow over the years and somehow never went to the Botanic Gardens. I’m kicking myself after finally getting to visit. I love seeing the glasshouses (especially after visiting Belfast a few years ago). There was also a second hand book sale on the weekend I was visiting which was well worth a visit. There was lots of ephemera on sale, postcards, photographs and newspapers, as well as lots of books. I ended up buying a few illustrations taken from a larger book which have worked well as a…

  • art & design

    The Best Calligraphy Inks and Nibs

    I might be biased when I say this, but calligraphy is a fantastic form of art to try out. It’s great no matter if you’re looking for a hobby or something more serious. There’s so much you can do. From just improving your everyday handwriting to learning traditional scripts such as copperplate or Spencerian. Or you can even get artistic with lettering or graffiti. The world of calligraphy is literally whatever you make of it. So today I want to share some of what I think are the best calligraphy inks and nibs. Calligraphy depends on a few very basic tools. You’re going to need a medium and a tool…

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    Experimenting In My Filofax Planner 🖍️ studio diary #7

    April always tends to be a very busy month for me and this year was no different. This means I don’t have a huge amount of interesting footage to show. This month I spent some of my free time experimenting with my Filofax planner. I’ve come to enjoy using this planner, I don’t feel a huge urge to move around (which I tend to do). I think it’s the combination of designing the planner myself, and the flexibility of the rings system which makes it easy to add in extra pages where I feel they might be useful. I designed a monthly task page so it’s really easy for me…

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    Tom’s Studio Mechanical Pencil Review

    As a calligrapher, I spend a lot of time working with pencils. Pencils tend to be far more practical (and quicker) for drafts and working in my sketchbook. I also just so happen to be a huge fan of mechanical pencils so when I found out last year that Tom’s Studio was releasing a mechanical pencil I just had to try it. About Tom’s Studio Tom’s Studio is a small company based in England which specialises in high-quality calligraphy pens and other writing tools. The brand focuses on creating high-quality products which last a long time. Sustainability is a huge part of the brand. Many of Tom’s Studio products offer…

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    A5 Filofax Finsbury Planner Review

    Something you may not know about me is that I was a Filofax fan long before I got into bullet journaling. While I still love bullet journaling, the way I use my bullet journal has changed significantly over the past few years. What I needed from a planner has changed and that eventually led me to buy an A5 Filofax Finsbury ring-bound planner. I do still intend to use the bullet journal system in this new ring binder. The flexibility of the ring system, along with the ability to design a planner to my exact needs have made the Finsbury planner a better alternative to using a standalone bullet journal…