My Favourite Art Materials

emma block art materialswatercolours gouacheFor 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 Winsor and Newton and the Aquafine Brushes from Daler Rowney , 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.
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Set
Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache
Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour Brushes
Pro Arte Series Sable Brushes
Daler Rowney Aquafine watercolor brushes
Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable Water Colour Brush
Pentel Aquash Water Brush Pens
colour pencils

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.

Caran Dache Prismalo Aquarelle Pencils
Staedtler Karat Aquarell Watercolour Pencils


Ilove Muji’s mechanical pencils, they’re lovely to use and very stylish. I also love Muji’s gel pens for list making.

Muji Mechanical Pencil and refills
Staedtler Pigment Liner
Winsor & Newton Drawing Ink
Daler – Rowney Acrylic Ink
Muji Gel pensketchbookpaperI don’t use a sketchbook as much as I used too. I love the romance of them, but when it comes to scanning in sketches or using a Wooden Artist 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.

Flexi-Sketch Book
Moleskine Cahier Sketchbook
Daler – Rowney Heavyweight Cartridge Pad
Fluid Watercolor Paper Block
Cass Art Heavy Weight Cartridge

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.

Watercolour Competition with P&O Ferries

P and O Ferries competition emma blockIf you follow me on Instagram you will have seen I’ve teamed up with P&O Ferries to help you make your holiday memories last a little bit longer! We are running a competition and seven lucky people will win an original watercolour painting based on their favourite holiday snap. So far there there have been three winners. I am enjoying this competition so much. It’s so exciting to see who P&O Ferries have picked every day! There’s still time to to enter just, upload your favourite holiday photo to Instagram, tag @poferries and use the hashtag #POFerriesXEmmaBlock. You’ve got until the 16th October to enter. I can’t wait to see all your lovely holiday pictures! Find out more details here

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London Drawing Club

london drawing clubAt the beginning of the year Viktorija from AndSmile Studio and I started meeting up regularly around London to draw, chat and drink excessive amount of coffee. Recently we’ve been thinking about how we could share this lovely experience with more people. So next month we are hosting our first ever London Drawing Club! It’s not a formal class or a workshop, but an informal meeting of people over a nice drawing & painting session. A place for people to come and meet fellow creatives, flex some creative muscles, exchange experience but most importantly experiment and have fun! It’s happening at the gorgeous Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch. It’s on the 23rd of November from 7 – 9pm and tickets are selling fast! Get yours here.

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Our Love Story

emma block love story illustrationRecently creative jewellers Savvy+Sand got in touch me and asked me if I’d like to share my love story as part of a project with them. I’ve always drawn key moments of my relationship with Alex, it’s just natural to record my life with illustrations. The very first Valentines present I ever gave him was a portrait of the two of us, which is still framed on our living room wall.

We first met when I was still in university. Alex was playing football in the park with our mutual friends. I was watching with a pot of tea and a packet of biscuits (yes, I brought a whole tea pot to the park), and he came over to hello.emma block love story illustrationA big milestone in our relationship was moving in together and having our own little flat. It was so good for both of us! We both work from home so having that extra space gave us room to grown our business and our relationship.emma block love story illustrationA big step in our relationship was our first proper holiday together, not least because Alex had never been on a plane before! Our week in Morocco was a whirlwind of colour and magic.emma block love story illustrationLast year we spent two weeks travelling across America together. It was a big test of our relationship as being together 24 hours a day for two weeks was really intense, but also really amazing. We felt like such a team, even when we had to deal with minor disasters like booking a flight on the wrong day!emma block love story illustrationFour months ago was the biggest milestones stone of our relationship yet, we got married! I just love the tradition of throwing confetti, it perfectly captures how I felt on our wedding day, being completely in the moment and showered in love.emma block savvy and sandemma block savvy and sandAs part of our collaboration we had the opportunity to have a photoshoot together. I was pretty excited about this as we didn’t do an engagement shoot. My husband was a lot less excited by the idea but ultimately agreeable. I picked the Wallace Collection as the location because it’s one of my favourite places in London. Going to art galleries and drinking coffee are our two favourite things to do together.emma block savvy and sandemma block savvy and sandSavvy+Sand are a creative jewellers, which means every ring they make is driven by a creative and innovative approach, ultimately inspired by stories of love in order to create their beautiful collections. I think it’s such a lovely idea that the brand recognises that each love story is unique and whatever your story, they will bring it to life. Share a photo that captures your own love story for a chance to win £250 to spend with Savvy+Sand. Remember to follow @savvyandsand and #sharehowyoumet.