Sunday, 28 February 2016

Art Haul - Cass Arts

If you follow me on Instagram then you already know I spent my Wednesday gawking at paintings in Tate Britain with Kayla and a day in London isn't complete until some serious retail therapy has occurred.

If you are an art lover, regardless of what materials you use I seriously recommend visiting a Cass Arts store soon!  There are so many arts and crafts goodies all under one roof that a spending spree was imminent.  This time however I managed to keep my cool and stop the urge to buy everything in sight, choosing instead to invest in some new watercolours and test out something new...

Something New;

These stunning Windsor and Newton Pigment Markers that I have seen all over Instagram recently.
I've done a very small amount of doodling with these in my sketchbook and I'm sorry to say they don't work all that well on leuchtturm paper, (I'll get some photo's once I've found a way to make them work for me.) Alas, I'll just have to pick up some of the marker paper next time I'm there.

Watercolour Love;

My other purchase was some new watercolours.  (Read that as clean watercolours)  I am not always a fan of mixing watercolours on a palette, being more of a 'messy dunk the brush in all the paint wells and worry less kinda gal'.

I picked up this unbelievably cute stack of watercolours which my receipt describes as 'Kohl Noor watercolour pan set'.

The colours are vibrant and mix really well, theres a whole bunch of colours in the set that I haven't tried yet, but I really like the 'colour wheels' to play with.  (Yes I've mixed them up and at least 5 no longer look that clean...sorry) For £5.50 I think this is probably the best set of watercolours I've used for that price.

The Tote;

If you are a lover maybe hoarder? of bags-for-life then you need a Cass Arts Tote in your life.  I always take my current tote and exchange it for a new one, usually a brighter colour.  But this time I felt drawn to the phthalo turquoise.  

So there you have it, a relatively small haul this time round.  Which no doubt means next time I'll have a huge wish list. 

Have you been on an art materials splurge recently? What brands can't you resist, and what's on your art wish-list, I already have dip-pens and marker paper on mine.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Filofax Monthly Makeover - March

Slightly less ‘arty’ post today; I want to talk about Filofaxes!

I’ve been using a Filofax for a couple of years now.  In that time I’ve swapped out tonnes of inserts and tried (and failed) to use various layouts in a desperate attempt to stay organised, but more importantly to make filling out and actually using my Filofax less of a chore.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who goes out on a stationary shopping spree to decorate my organiser only to find a week later that sure, it looks great, but I haven’t actually used it to plan anything.  I love looking at how other people use their organisers so I’m giving a small insight into my Filofax and how I decorate and use it.

To combat the urge to spend all my time decorating my Filofax instead of planning in it.  I try to do the majority of my decorating a month ahead.  This means I can play around with stickers and colours and post-its to my hearts content, without going overboard.  
By doing this I find that by the time the first week of March rolls around there’s enough space for me to still plan and write to-do lists but it’s not a boring white page either.  Which also means I can still add more decorations as I go along. (I'm a sucker for stickers.)

PS. I have the original Filofax, personal size in Teal.
My weekly inserts and rainbow pages came from Kiddy Qualia on Etsy. 
The stickers you can see came from Cricket Paper Co.  also on Etsy.
As for pens, I mainly use pencil and the fineliner uni pin. (in the photo above) If I’m adding colour I’ll use the staedtler fineliners. 

I have a subscription to a craft magazine, Quick Cards.  In each issue theres a double spread of patterned papers that you could use for any craft project, I tend to use mine to decorate the month ahead.  This means my colour scheme is decided for me and gives each month it’s own ‘theme’ (February was very Valentine themed due to this, and March is looking very floral and spring-like.)

Hope you liked having an small insight into how I decorate my planner.  I'm hoping to make this into a series and next month I'll try and include some more step-by-step photos as well as delving further into the mess I call organisation.

Do you use a Filofax organiser, or have you swapped over the the Bullet Journal system?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Send a Card to a Friend Day

If you already follow myself or Kayla on Instagram you'll know from January that we've started using 'National Day's of..." to inspire us.  

So if you don't already follow us, here's links to Kayla's Instagram, and Mine.

But anyway, today is National Send a Card to a Friend Day (I get all the dates from if you’re interested in using them as drawing prompts too.)  

I decided with it being February to make a valentines card… Nawwww.   

Pink. Check
Hearts. Check
Cheese Factor. Check

Overall, a very successful card in my opinion.

As for materials, I used my favourite coloured paper for all craft projects.  I buy it from Hobbycraft but I’m sure I’ve seen the Dovecraft brand on various craft material websites so it’s an easy find.

The patterned paper is a hard one to tell you where to buy as I got them as a pack, again from Hobbycraft, but last year.  So I’m not sure if they still sell this exact pack, but I know they nearly always have a wide range of these packs for various holidays so finding a Valentine themed one should't be too hard.

For my heart shaped cut-outs I used a heart punch (again Hobbycraft) but I also use the Xcut brand punches which I find online.  I find the Xcut brand to be easier to hold/punch with for some shapes, but the hobbycraft ones are often on special offer, making them cheaper.

Will you be sending any cards to a friend soon? Or making any handmade crafts for your valentine this year? Let me know in the comments as I love finding crafty inspiration!

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