Everyday Inspiration: Lettering Around Edinburgh

Last year I began a series called "Everyday Inspiration: Lettering Around London" where I would post pictures of beautiful signs and lettering found during my explorations. I only wrote two posts [part 1, part 2], which is a shame considering I still have lots of photos to share, so I decided to resume the series and to kick things off with something a bit different, actually: inspiration from Edinburgh's shop fronts.

Back in March, my boyfriend and I headed to Scotland for a weekend for my birthday, and albeit short, we truly enjoyed out stay and really loved the city.

It was impossible to walk for 10 minutes and not spot a colorful shop, so I obviously had to document!

▼ The Cat's Miaou, Elm Row, Edinburgh EH7 4AH

▼ Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8PD

▼ Greyfriars, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ

▼ Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BN

▼ N W Circus Pl, Old Town, Edinburgh EH3 6ST

Do let me know if you like to see more of this series ☺️ I hope you'll find some inspiration, too!

ƒ. xx

#natstatweek: London Stationery Show

Yesterday, Natasha and I ventured to the Business Design Centre for the London Stationery Show. Much like Top Drawer, the event is mostly for traders, but we still managed to find a few gems hidden in between the very corporate/basic office supplies stands.

Some that stood out are:

1 // NU Notebooks - you'll probably all familiar with the brand (I personally loved using their notebooks back in my Uni days), but perhaps you did not know that they also have a more on-trend line called Nu:Era, perfect if you like your journals to be more stylish and luxurious (they even have a pen holder and several slots for your cards!).

2 // Origin One - is a collection of everyday stationery made in India "made for the design-loving global nomads" which is surely a message I can get behind! All the products are nicely designed and there's lot of attention to details while still keeping it pretty minimalistic, which again, I love ❤️

3 // My Pretty Circus - is a relatively new German stationery brand that mostly focuses on reversible wrapping paper and greeting cards. All their patterns are really colorful and they sell blank note cards that come with occasion stickers, so you can stick on whichever you need and be all set - genious if you ask me!

Lastly, a special mention goes to Manuscript Pen Company that was having a live calligraphy demo by the super talented Joyce of Artsy Nibs, who was kind enough to beautifully write my blog name for me ❤️


Have you got any new brand under your stationery radar? ✏️👀

ƒ. xx

#natstatweek: Sketching on The Go

It's day 2 of #NatStatWeek! The official theme for to day is 'get crafty', but I'm paraphrasing it a little bit and using it as an excuse to share what I carry with me when I wanto to sketch on the go, as well as some of my latest drawings.

When I decide to take my supplies with me, I always make sure to bring just the essentials. I find having too many things it's not only impractical but also distracting: most of the time when I'm sketching outside I just want to capture what I see in the simplest way, I don't want to worry too much about the outcome in terms of quality, but instead, use it more as a subject to practice with.

Here's what I carry with me:

  • Derwent Graphik "Inspire Me' sketchbook: it's very compact, the pages are suitable for markers and it also has several patterns printed throughout (grid, dotted, isometric...)
  • Copic Multiliner 0.3: 0.3 is my favourite tip to use for base lines.
  • Pencils: I mostly use a regular graphite pencil, but sometimes also a thin 0.4 mechanical one.
  • Sharpener + kneaded eraser

and only when I'm travelling, I also like to carry my watercolours and water brush.

Do you like sketching on the go? If so, do you have a kit of things you like bringing with you? I'd love to know!

ƒ. x