My Favourite Art Materials

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Cotman Watercolour set

Cotman Brushes
colour pencilsCaran d’Ache Prismalo pencils

Staedtler Karat pencils

gouacheWinsor and Newton Designers Gouache

Series 7 Kolinsky sable brushpencilsMuji Mechanical Pencil and refillsink

Daler Rowney Acrylic Ink

Staedtler pigment liner

Winsor and Newton drawing ink

Muji Gel pensketchbookFlexi Sketch sketchbook


Daler-Rowney’s Fine Grain Heavy Weight Drawing Pad

Daler-Rowney Heavy Weight Cartridge

Cass Art Heavy Weight Cartridge


For watercolours and gouache I use Winsor and Newton. Gouache is essentially an opaque watercolour so I use them both together. I have a bigger set of watercolours, but this is the set I use most. If you know how to mix colours you don’t really need a set bigger than this.

I really like the Cotman brushes from Windsor and Newton at the moment, they’re great for painting and brush lettering. I also love to use sable brushes, Series 7 Kolinsky are the best, but the Pro Arte sable brushes are good too.
When it comes to coloured pencils I’m mostly concerned with the colour and quality of the pencil, so I use lots of different brands. I like the softness of water soluble pencils best. I love Muji’s mechanical pencils, they’re lovely to use and very stylish. I also love Muji’s gel pens for list making.

I don’t use sketchbook as much as I used too. I love the romance of them, but when it comes to scanning in sketches or using a lightbox it makes more sense just to sketch onto A4 printer paper. I do like to take a sketchbook with me when I travel though.

My favourite art shops in London are London Graphic Centre and Cass Art. They both have online shops, and most of the materials mentioned can be bought on Amazon.

I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have any questions.

A few days in the Cotswolds


After an incredibly busy month my boyfriend* and I took a few days off to enjoy a mini break in the Cotswolds. We were expecting chilly autumnal weather and what we actually got was a few last glorious days of summer. We were to lucky enough to stay at a friend’s cottage, which came equipped with bikes, maps, a bottle of red wine and an excellent dvd collection. We spent our days cycling from village to village, enjoying the stunning scenery, and we spend the evenings cosied up in the cottage drinking wine and catching up on classic films. I also managed to do a bit of sketching and Alex did a bit of guitar practice.

*technically he’s my fiancé, but I find that word a bit fussy

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London Graphic Centre

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Last week I was invited to a bloggers event at London Graphic Centre. There aren’t many events for creative bloggers, the way there are for fashion or interior bloggers. In fact I think this is the first creative bloggers event organised by a brand that I have ever been to. It was so nice to catch up with and meet some lovely creative bloggers from all over the country including HarrietLauraNatasha, SophieJackAnnie and photo2

The London Graphic Centre is my go to art shop when I need to stock up on gouache and sketchbooks, so it was great to learn a bit more about the brand. All the staff are lovely and are all really passionate about what they do, which means you can end up having a really in depth conversation about your favourite brand of pencil.
They have lots of fantastic events in the pipeline, including students day tomorrow, which gives students 15% off everything and a goodie bag of products worth £50. We got a goody bag to take home with us, and it’s full of some pretty good stuff. If you’re a London based art student I would definitely recommend checking it out. Thank you London Graphic Centre for the wonderful evening!




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