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When the Dreamday Pattern Journals from Laurence King arrived at my doorstep, I was a little bit excited. Not just because they are notebooks, and I admitted a long time ago that I have way too many (I just can’t put pen to paper!) but because these are different to your average idea storage. You might remember that 2015 saw the introduction of adult colouring books and they hit in a big way (and if you don’t...

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A few weeks ago Cass Art offered to send me a mystery new product – how could I say no? I’ll admit, I’m a bit behind on posting these but if you’ve been reading recent posts I’m sure you know that I’ve been a bit busy! (If not, where have you been!?) So, what arrived on my doorstep? At the beginning of November Winsor & Newton released an amazing new product: Pigment Markers. It’s like painting,...

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I’ve never been much of a doodler – I think that’s where my sketchbook perfectionism comes into play. Even at school I always wanted my exercise books to look ordered and ‘perfect’. Being organised is great, but not so great for creativity – being too systematic takes away an element of the freedom. Armed with a Tombow ABT dual brush pen, I set myself a challenge to loosen up and basically learn to doodle. Keeping it simple...

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On Sunday I set myself a little challenge; what happens when you put a blogger with a sketchbook on the London Eye Experience? Recently I’m missing being creative. I keep making the excuse that I don’t have time, but it’s one of those things that I know I need to make time for. So what better way to focus my attention than to put myself in a little bubble with the beautiful views of London? With Jack for...

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I’ve had the new Magma pocket edition sketchbooks* sat on my desk at work for just over a week now, so now that I’ve had a bit of use out of them I thought it was about time I shared them with you guys! You might be familiar with the name Magma (if not where have you been); a shop selling the best books, magazines and other printed design matter. There are currently 3 Magma...

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Hello everyone! I’m recovering from my operation (which went well btw – thank you for all of your support!) and ‘resting’ but typically I’m itching to be better and get on with life! I thought I would ease myself back into blogging with this tag post. The other week I was tagged by Naomi from Hello, my name is Naomi to complete the Creative Update Tag. When Naomi tweeted me to let me know, I realised...

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It feels so long since I shared a sketchbook post! I’ve been so busy I’ve not really had time to sketch, but I have been avoiding it a bit too. That sounds confusing, I know, but let me explain… Friday 30th August I headed up Steep Hill to sketch: Wahey! I managed to sketch in pencil, which I usually have a problem with. Steep Hill was unusually quiet too, so perfect for me to sketch...

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After a busy Bank Holiday weekend, I’m back with my sketchbook! I was thinking the other day that if I’d been logical about it, I could have gone up/down Steep Hill, but of course, I haven’t been logical because where’s the fun in that!? (it won’t matter anyway unless you know Lincoln) So in a big leap from the very top, to the very bottom: I kinda feel like because these little houses are right at the...

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Last Wednesday I began a sketch up the top of Lincoln’s lovely Steep Hill (Britain’s great street winner 2012!) but I didn’t get very far due to it deciding to rain… But it doesn’t rain all the time in Lincoln (the weather has actually been really nice at points!) so I headed back to the same bench to continue my sketch… (Photo kindly taken by Glen) But did I finish it? No. From one extreme...

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So I’m getting back into sketching, but what am I using? Well, when I go out I take my Sketchbook of the moment – it’s the one that I was given when I started my degree in 2010 (big up Lincoln GD!) as well as 2 small pencil cases (don’t ask me why I don’t just have one normal sized pencil case)… Inside the pencil cases I have a variety of pens. I have explained...

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So now that I’m getting into the habit of taking my sketchbook with me, I have a couple of sketches from my travels. I didn’t get time to sketch in Nottingham but I made a flying visit to London at the weekend to see my friend’s band (Young Aviators – Irish rascals) play a gig. The morning after, I found myself in Kings Cross for 4 hours: It’s actually quite hard to find somewhere to sit...

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Today I took the opportunity to tackle my sketchbook fear with a trip to Wymondham, pronounced ‘Windum’ (try that in a Norfolk accent). Not far from Norwich, it’s a small town with a lot of history and beautiful scenery so the perfect place for me to practice putting pen to paper! I hadn’t been before, so after a bit of research I found a couple of places to visit as well as a trail to...

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I’m not scared of heights. I’m not scared of the dark. I’m scared of my sketchbooks. Well not actually scared of the physical item but more of what comes with owning one… the sketching! I think I’ve spoken about this before but I can’t put pencil to paper. When I was younger I used to be really good at drawing (for an 8 year old – I won competitions and everything) and I don’t know...

Happy Tri Fri everyone! I am under the weather at the moment but writing this post is cheering me up. It’s amazing the effect that triangles can have, hey? Today is the first Friday of my last year at University. I’ve been getting back into the swing of things this week, buying Graphic Design student essentials – printer ink, pens, glue etc and I’ve also been shopping for a notebook. My search for a perfect...

This isn’t a brilliant sketch but… …just thought I would post it to show that I’m getting a bit braver about sketching in public. I did get some funny looks like ‘Why is that girl drawing the bus?’ but I need to keep practising my sketching! Although I find I’m better at drawing things with a lot of straight lines (buildings) I need to try and get better in general so have started taking my...

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