#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!

ฦ’. x

#natstatweek: Pen and Pencil Day

In the UK, today is the first of seven days dedicated to celebrating all things stationery, aka National Stationery Week. As per their program, the first day is dedicated to pen and pencils, so I thought I'd update you on my current faves.

I don't know about you, but I own way too many writing supplies. I love having a variety of pen and pencils to use for different purposes, but I've noticed that on a day to day basis I tend to always use the same ones. At the moment, my absolute favourites are the Pigma Micron 03 and the Tombow Dual Brush in 243 (which is a nice pastely mint green shade).

Everyone and their nan uses these two pens, so I thought I'd throw in a more unique one as well, which is a star tip highlighter I got from an Happy Mail box. These are also my must-haves when it comes to bullet journaling, so I always carry them around with me.


What's that one pen you keep reaching for? โœ๏ธ

ฦ’. x

Looking Around London: the Barbican Conservatory

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Banana trees, bamboo, cactiโ€ฆ itโ€™s not something youโ€™d expect to be growing in the middle of London, yet thatโ€™s exactly where you should go if you fancy spending your Sunday morning surrounded by tropical plants.

Located 10 minutes from the iconic St. Paul cathedral, the Barbican Centre is one of my all time favourite venues in central London. If you donโ€™t know whatโ€™s inside, itโ€™s possible youโ€™d just overlook it as another soulless, claustrophobic, concrete building, but if you actually do venture in inside youโ€™ll be surprised of how green and open it actually is.

Although I had visited the Centre a few times already, before last week I had never had the chance to wander around the conservatory. The greenhouse is, in fact, a bit tricky to find, which makes it a true hidden gem.

It houses a full room dedicated to cacti and succulents, a beautiful pond with koi fish, as well as an abundance of tropical plants and flowers.

If you're in London and fancy doing something different on a weekend (especially if the weather isn't the best!) definitely consider have a walk around the Barbican. Even if brutalist architecture isnโ€™t your thing, rough, bare concrete and lush greenery is a combination I dare anyone not to like.

TIPS:

  • Plan your visit ahead and make sure to check their opening times for the day. Although the general opening is every Sunday 12AM-5PM, sometimes they may close early.

  • The Barbican estate is not the easiest to navigate, so if you plan on visiting the Conservatory, the easiest way in is through Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS - and just head to the 3rd floor.

  • If, like me, you enjoy drawing flowers and plants, make sure to bring a sketchbook along as there will be plenty of inspiration!

Have you ever been to Barbican Conservatory? โ˜บ๏ธ

ฦ’. xx