One of the great things about Christmas is the fact that it falls right before January – the time in which I usually feel motivated to rekindle creative projects. This year, I knew I wanted to step up my bullet journal game; this, of course, required a little renovation of my art supplies and a haul of stationery as a Christmas present. Here is what I got and have had a chance to experiment with over the last few weeks…
Tan toned paper
This is one of those things that you didn’t know you needed until you had it. And now I am converted. White paper is (almost) a thing of the past. I love being able to paint in pale colours and have these pop off the page instead of pathetically blending in with the paper.
Tombow brush pens
This is one of the few things on this list I have had before (and I use to make headers like this). These pens were the first kind of brush markers I ever used and I think they’re great. I find that the nib frays a little after a while, so lines aren’t always clean, but apart from that I’d recommend them.
These are hollow brushes you fill with water to supposedly make it easier to paint. I have only tried them out a little bit so far, and I have to say I feel mixed about them. Part of me loves the concept, and the wonderful blending abilities, of these brushes. However, I found it difficult going from one colour to another easily, and so maybe the possibilities are limited. Although they are good at the few things they do.
Uniball white pen
I have so much love for this inconspicuous pen. It adds gorgeous highlights to drawings and looks good as lettering over darker backgrounds. My only worry is that it feels as if it could run out very quickly.
Ecoline brush pens
These are my favourite things ever. Honestly. The colours are vibrant, and I love how the tone changes depending on the pressure applied to the paper. I just need to practice lettering now.
These don’t need much explanation – I have always loved crayola markers. They’re perfect for people of all ages, and all sorts of projects. And so cheap! You can see my colour swatches for these pens on the right in this photo.
Winsor and Newton Brushmarkers
I will admit that I haven’t reached for these as much as my Ecoline pens yet (I know, it’s still early days). I think it’s because I’ve been so hyped about Ecolines for a long time, I haven’t wanted to put them down at all. However, this is completely unfair to the Winsor and Newton pens: they seem very good quality. Their tone doesn’t change as much with pressure (this is a pro and a con, I think, depending on the situation). I’m excited to give them a proper go in the future!
And I think that’s it! Did you get any new stationery recently? What’s your favourite?
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