Stationery

ScrawlrBox: Art Supplies Subscription Box - Review

You may know that my biggest weakness is stationery, and that I'm also very enthusiastic when it comes to subscription boxes.. so when those two things combine, I'm pretty much in heaven.

For this very reason, if goes without saying, that when I stumbled across ScrawlrBox I was rather excited. They're an art supplies subscription service that every month delivers a box of creative goodies to your door, AND a theme for a creative challenge to complete using only the supplies provided in the box.

Sounds like fun, doesn't it?! Let me show what was included in this box:

  • Derwent Graphix Line Painter in Clockwork (water based paint pen)
  • Derwent Graphix Line Marker in Sepia
  • Parker Vector Fountain Pen on Medium Blue
  • Darwent Soft Graphite Pencil
  • Bockingford Watercolor 300gsm Paper Sheet
  • Sweets + Tea Bag & a cool print by the featured artist

The theme for this month's challenge was "spontaneous", and I'm the type of person that prefers to start drawing with (half of) an idea already in mind. What I did in this case, however, was just literally pick up the pencil and started drawing lines, and what came out eventually was this little terrarium:

So.. after all things considered, would I recommend it? Heck yes! The Parker pen alone retails for Β£11, so considering the box is Β£15, I'd say you get a pretty good value for money. Also, it gives you the chance to branch out on different brands, and maybe push you a little bit out of your comfort zone with tools you wouldn't necessarily pick out yourself. Plus, who wouldn't want to find a mystery box of art materials in their mailbox?

If you want to learn more about it and/or subscribe, make sure to check their website for more informations. 

Now, tell me, what do you think about it? ☺
Ζ’. x

// Disclaimer: ScrawlrBox kindly sent me this box for review but I wasn't compensated in any way. My opinion on the product is completely unbiased.

Looking around London: Space EC1

β–Ό Space, 25 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QL

β–Ό Space, 25 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QL

A few weeks ago I was wondering through Exmouth Market, in the Islington area (which by the way, is one of my favourite in London), and I stumbled upon a cute little gift shop called Space.

Of course, me being me, I had to go have a little peek inside, and just as predictably, I couldn't leave empty handed.

What you'll find in the store, is a little bit of everything: from cute house decorations, to knick knacks for your kitchen: just look at those very hip pineapples and cool mugs!

But also lots and lots of cards for any occasion (some are quite cheeky, too), and a very well assorted variety of notebooks in different styles and price ranges.

Now, on to my little haul, I *only* picked up a notebook, two cards and some paper bags.. but they're all oh so cool:

If you ever have the chance to, definitely go check it out!

Ζ’. x

Postcards Galore!

After waiting for far too long, I've finally updated my Etsy shop! I've still so many illustrations I'd like to print and bring out as postcards, but for the time being, I'm happy to introduce four new designs ☺

The first three are from a little series I like to call 'the Lovers series'. They're all in a similar design but convey different messages - so there's a specific one for anyone! (By the way, if you have suggestions for more categories to add, please let me know, I'm always open to new ideas ☺).

The last (for now) new design is a familiar face, an illustration of my favourite stationery bits.

What do you guys think? I love a bit of constructive criticism if you have any. 

Thank you so much for reading, if you'd like to, you can check out my shop here.

Ζ’. x (Psst, if you buy something, add a note to seller saying you're coming from my blog and I'll pop a little freebie in your order β™₯).

Workspace Wednesday: Holiday Crafts

In the past few days, I received two things from two lovely ladies, that I want to share with you today, and that I'm sure you'll love if you're looking for something to use in your holiday crafts.

First up, my friend Amanda just recently opened an Etsy shop where she sells these adorable Snail Mail Kits and other mail goodness. In my parcel I've found a set of Christmas cards, and a kit that consisted of: many stickers and decorative die cuts and paper, a polaroid style notecard, and some decorative adhesive sheets.

She very kindly offered a coupon for you guys if you fancy a something for yourself or maybe a friend who's just getting into snail mail. You can get 15% off using WRECKTHIS15 at Mail Made Easy.

Next, Anna from Mrs. Brimbles sent me another Happy Mail box, that is just perfect for this time of year as it's completely Christmas themed!

All the goodies inside it are lovely, we have a set of cards, themed stickers, a letter set with gingerbread men (!!), and a roll of ribbon for your parcels.

And also what might be my favourite bits: a set of gift tags with some nice quotes on them, and a gift wapping kit with twine and witty stickers, how cute!

I definitely can't wait to get my Santa hat on and start wrapping little gifts to send to my penpals! Have you started organizing your Christmas mail yet?

Ζ’. x

Stationery Spotlight: even more handmade stickers!

As you may know, I've been really enjoying making stickers out of my illustrations, and a few days ago I decided to put them up for sale in my shop for a limited time before I close it for the holiday break, as a couple of people expressed interest in them.

At the moment, I came up with 15 different sets, and there's a little bit of everything for everyone.

I use them pretty much for everything: from mail art, to decorating the covers of my sketchbooks, and I have have a couple on my phone case ☺

If you're interested in getting a pack or two for you or a friend, you can find them here! (I also have a promotion going on until I close the shop for the holiday. You can use the code: SML10 at checkout to get 15% off any order, and for each three packs you buy, you get a lucky dip one for free β˜Ί)

How do you like to use your stickers?

Ζ’. x

Stationery Spotlight: Flow for Sissy-Boy Notebooks

I've teamed up with Flow Magazine to show you one of their newest products: a line of notebooks made in collaboration with Sissy-Boy, a Dutch lifestyle brand.

Like any other Flow product, they're very nicely designed and include quite a few freebies as well. They're quite large, so you have a lot of room for your writing or drawing! What I like most about those, is that they have different types of paper inside, and for someone like me who likes to go through one notebook at a time, this is perfect; you have lined pages, grid and blank ones, some are colored too, and they all feature cute illustrations here and there.

As I mentioned, they also come with freebies. Regardless of which notebook you decide to go for, you'll find stickers and labels inside, plus another goodie that varies based on the notebooks. The one I decided to go for is the "Me and My Ideas" one, but there's also one for recipes, thoughts, or even family. Mine came with a little notebook that it's the perfect purse-size, so you can carry it around with you at any time.

I might be biased because notebooks are one of my weaknesses, so I love me a good, chunky, multi-purpose one ☺ either way, the quality is really good (they're similar to the Flow Weekly Notebook from 2014 - which I also loved - if not better!), there are so many pages, and don't forget about the cutesy graphics!

If you want to treat yourself or a loved one with one of those, you can find them here. I'm also hosting a little giveaway for the "Me and My Plans" one, so if you're interested in that, make sure to check out my Instagram page ☺

What's your favourite feature in a notebook?

Ζ’. x

Brush Pens Face-Off: Pentel vs Tombow

Brush pens are great. Seriously, if you don’t have at least one brush pen in your pencil case, you really should.

Today I’m going to compare two very popular brush pens: the Tombow Dual Brush Pen and the Pentel Pocket.

ink

Tombow: acid free, water based ink. Pros: great if you like shading, or if you want to use it alongside your watercolors. Comes in a variety of colors. Cons: you need to be very careful because it smudges very easily! You need to wait a little bit longer for it to dry completely if you want to use it just for line art or inking.

Pentel: waterproof ink, refillable cartridges. Pros: dries quickly and it’s permanent, but you can still dilute it with a water brush when it’s still wet. Cons: Only comes in black.

Brush tip

Tombow: has two tips, a nylon fiber brush and a bullet tip. Pros: Having 2 type of tips in one. Cons: the brush tip is quite stiff and doesn’t allow very dynamic line weights. The tip wears down easily.

Pentel: soft synthetic brush. Pros: the ink flow is very smooth, and the soft brush is perfect to produce a variety of line weights and strokes. Very durable tip. Cons: doesn’t perform too well on textured paper.

price & extras

Tombow: USD $2.50, Β£2.75, €4. The pen body is quite longer than regular pens so it isn’t quite as portable; it is disposable.

Pentel: (comes with 2 cartridges) USD $13.50, Β£11, €13. You need to store it horizontally otherwise you could experience too heavy or too dry ink flow; it is refillable.

verdict

It’s quite hard to pick one over the other because although they fall into the same category, you can tell they’re very different pens. In my case, my favorite is the Pentel one, and shock horror, I don’t even get all the hype about the Tombow ones.

All things considered, my verdict is: if you can, buy them both and use one or the other depending on what are your needs in that moment, despite their flaws, they’re both very good pens. If you want to commit to only one of these, instead, I’d say go for the Tombow if you’re more of a casual user (it is definitely more budget friendly), and maybe if you’re starting to get an interest in lettering; go for the Pentel if need more control over your line work, and if you plan to use it extensively and for a variety of applications.

And you, do you have a fave brush pen you'd like to recommend? β˜Ί

Ζ’. xx

Happy Mail Box - Unboxing

Hi guys! The other day I received a huge box in the mail that turned out to be Mrs Brimbles' 'Happy Mail Box', a subscription box for snail mailers and pen pallers! Anna (the owner of Mrs Brimbles) kindly sent me one to review it for you, so I decided to - lo and behold! - make a video!

I just want to quickly throw it out there that of course, English is not my first language, so I'm probably gonna sound really weird to lots of you, but alas, I still tried my best! I hope you'll still be able to see how awesome this box is, and go past how awkward I sound.

The box was a great surprise, it came with many more goodies than I expected, and all of them are really nice and good quality.

The box retails for Β£15 a month, which I think is a great deal compared to many other subscription boxes (however, you'll have to add shipping costs, and it varies based on countries). If you want to know more about it, or want to get one for yourself, you can check it out here!

What would you like to find in your perfect subscription box?

Ζ’. x