• 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…

  • lifestyle

    Are Hogwarts Acceptance Letters Historically Accurate?

    Something which has never quite made sense about the Harry Potter universe is their rejection of muggle technology. JK Rowling makes it quite clear that Arthur Weasley is seen as an odd-ball because of his interest in all things muggle. In fact, the Wizarding World seems to be stuck in the Middle Ages in several different ways. You could argue that there is no need for electricity or modern transportation methods when you have a magic wand that lets you do almost anything. In some cases, the “muggle world” moved on from these older technologies for very good reasons. Today I want to take a look at the writing system…

  • stationery

    Troublemaker Fountain Pen Inks | Test & Review

    I love finding new inks to try with my calligraphy and recently I came across Troublemaker. A small brand which specialiises in fountain pen inks. These inks come in some lovely vibrant colours and they also make what I would refer to as “special” inks. These combine multiple pigments to create an iridescent effect on the paper. As I said, these inks are formulated specifically for fountain pens. However, I mostly use dip pens which usually require slightly thicker ink. Despite saying that, I’ve fallen in love with these inks and want to share my thoughts. About Troublemaker Inks Troublemaker (also known as TMKR) is a small studio, hand-making fountain…

  • stationery

    Leuchtturm1917 Drehgriffel Mechanical Pencil Review

    I am a fan of mechanical pencils, sounds like a silly thing to say but it’s true. As a calligrapher, I spend most of my time creating art on paper. But that doesn’t mean I spend all my time writing with a dip pen. I admire the people who can create beautiful calligraphy straight out of the pen. But most of the projects I work on require a series of drafts before I begin the final artwork. I don’t do these drafts in ink because it would take far too long, and this is where the mechanical pencil comes in.  I’ve talked in the past that I’m not fussy when…