Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Creative License - Raven Ink Book Review

A new segment that will feature on the blog will be art book reviews, I know there are many of us out there that adore some eye candy, and I am a confessed art book buying crazed woman. So many ask me what my favourite books are when I show a new acquisition so I thought as a monthly blog post I would review the books in my collection and any other new ones that may happen to be adopted by yours truly. 

The book in question is The Creative License by Danny Gregory This book jumped into my basket while I was perusing the books at Kinokuniya which is a wonderful bookstore in the city, it is always such a treat when we visit this book store, with all the lush books, and stunning stationery department I could in fact spend many hours and not get bored. I always find myself in the art section of the book store, how could I not! I was feeling rather blah this day, and saw this brightly coloured watercolour  and instantly was drawn to it. The words 'Giving yourself permission to be the artist you truly are' written right up front caught my attention. I as an artist struggle daily calling myself an actual artist, no I'm not famous, no I don't have work in galleries, but I do art...most days in fact so I wondered what this book could do for me, since I struggle so much with OWNING the title artist when referring to the question...'and what do you do?'

This book changes the way you look at things, I love things that have passion about them, and reading the words while drinking in the artwork it oozes passion for art, drawing and journal keeping. He uses his own experiences to explain things, with little challenges to keep you on your toes, telling you to embrace mistakes as they are what you learn from. Creative license helped me overcome my blank page paralysis. 

Danny urges you to draw in pen, something I still struggle with but hope that in the new year I will throw myself into the whole no erasing things notion this book preaches. 

The images in this book are a visual pleasure to look at, they make reading this book a dream, I still to this day open the book up and fip through it to be inspired all over again, catching myself reading sections over and over never tiring of it. 

If you are entertaining the thought of keeping a drawing journal, or a visual account of your days and I know many of us are doing this to an extent in our Hobonichi journals this book is a great companion for you. It gets you out of your little box, and pumps you with confidence, whilst helping you get a feel for drawing even if you haven't ever entertained the idea of drawing a stick figure. 

I high recommend this book for the beginner and for the intermediate, we as artists like to feel that we are not alone in the love for keeping a journal and this book shows such love and joy for drawing everything down and keeping it between the pages of a journal. I have since purchased several other books by Danny Gregory and have devoured every single one of them, each as amazing as the last. 
This book should be your next purchase, you wont regret it! 


8/10

x Courtney


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hobonichi Supplies - What do I use?



After many requests, I sat down and filmed a Hobonichi Supplies Video! I spent quite a while finding links for everything!  hope they help you if you decide to purchase anything in the video!
Lets get Started!
The Peerless Watercolor Set
US supplier :- http://www.peerlesscolor.com/
AUS:- http://www.instituteofcute.com/jane-davenport-peerless-watercolors/

Zig Clean Color Real Brush (my favourite waterbrush)
Zigg Clean Colour Real Brush :-
US :- http://www.dickblick.com/products/zig-clean-color-real-brush-pens/
AUS - No Links I can find that are as cheap as dickblick!


Sakura Gelli Roll - various colours
US: http://www.jetpens.com/Sakura-Gelly-Roll-Moonlight-Gel-Ink-Pen-1.0-mm-10-Color-Set/pd/2354
When I find a competitive Australian Link I will add


Letraset Neon Markers :-
AUS http://www.fishpond.com.au/Arts_Crafts/LETRASET-Neon-Marker-Set-1/0801199026600
US:- http://www.dickblick.com/products/letraset-neon-markers/


Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen - Big Brush
US:- http://www.dickblick.com/products/faber-castell-pitt-big-brush-artist-pens/
AUS:- http://www.craftonline.com.au/shopping/shopdisplayproducts.asp?Search=Yes&sppp=30&page=1&Keyword=Big%20Brush%20&category=ALL&highprice=&lowprice=&allwords=Big%20Brush%20&exact=&atleast=&without=&cprice=&searchfields=


Prismacolour Premier Coloured Pencils :-
US:- http://www.dickblick.com/products/prismacolor-premier-colored-pencil-sets/
AUS:- http://www.instituteofcute.com/prismacolor-pencils/

Koi Watercolour Pocket Field Sketch Box
US - where I bought mine http://www.dickblick.com/products/sakura-koi-watercolor-sketch-box-travel-pan-sets/
Daniel Smith Etsy Seller - https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtisticKatt (Fantastic seller, great way to try high end watercolours if you are on a budget)


Stencils were all fro DAISO


Tim Holtz Distress stains
AUS: http://www.scraptherapy.com.au/products.php?cat=520
US: - http://www.joann.com/tim-holtz-distress-stains/zprd_11445392a.html#q=Distress+Stain&start=3

Uni Pin Fine line pens in various sizes
US Girls :- http://www.jetpens.com/Uni-Pin-Pen-02-Pigment-Ink-0.33-mm-Black-Ink/pd/7284
AUS Girl:- www.notemaker.com.au/uniball-uni-pin-fine-line-pen-0-1mm

some items that didn't get photographed - because it started to pour and the wind picked up so I was running inside!
Derwent Inktense Pencils
US:- http://www.dickblick.com/products/derwent-inktense-pencils/
AUS:- http://www.theartshop.com.au/category1398_1.htm

Mechanical Pencil - Pentel p3650.5mm
US http://www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Stein-Mechanical-Pencil-0.5-mm-Metallic-Pink-Body/pd/9969
JAPAN http://www.pencils.jp/product/1199
AUS :- Grabbed this at the Japanese Bookstore in Sydney but I'm sure you can find it at officeworks or something similar

Uniball Signo White
US:- http://www.jetpens.com/Uni-ball-Signo-Broad-UM-153-Gel-Ink-Pen-White-Ink/pd/380
AUS:- You can buy them from KikkiK they just re-brand them.

Posca Paint Marker - White
AUS - Officeworks Sell these as well as https://www.eckersleys.com.au/products/posca-marker
US http://www.dickblick.com/products/uni-posca-paint-markers/

Artline Smoove Ballpoint Pen
AUS:- http://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/artline-smoove-ballpoint-pens-black-20-pack-ar1821201?searchTerm=artline%20smoove%20ballpoint
US:- http://www.staples.com.au/main-catalogue-productdetail/artline-smoove-ballpoint-pen-medium-black-box-50/18886314

Below are just some pages that are currently in my Hobonichi, I have totally adored drawing my day, I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I am, yes the editing and uploading it a bit of a pain but I have gotten into a routine where I do it on auto pilot.



I enjoy the process of seeing how I bring things to life, some days I am really stumped and turn the camera on hoping not to stuff up! As long as people watch, I will endeavor to draw and film them.


If you have any questions feel free to ask! I do try and answer everything I read as fast as possible!
get our your sketchbook and draw your day!

x Courtney

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2015 Planners and Journals - What am I useing?



This post wont be a long one! as I filmed a rather long video about this which you can find below.
With my word for the year being accountability I had to really think about what I wanted in this years planner journal line up, I needed them to inspire me and also keep me in check.



With the sudden hype around the Hobonichi journals/planners I must admit at first I wasn't as pulled as others were...till I saw this video
and that video is like a drug for me! I watch it more times than I care to admit to the universe. My husband even mentioned the video in his VOWS! yep...I love it.
As I mentioned in my video, I am a left hander and we suffer a lot with writing and what we write in and ring binders well they annoy me...I have had my arm and hand banged up against the rings for a whole year and it get's to a person after a while, so I decided to go rouge and try all BOUND planners and journals this year, and just use a ring binder for my wallet.

As you an see the bulk of my books are hobonichi's. I am using the two a6's as my home and work planners they are small and easy to carry both without putting my shoulder out.
Above is my work a5 hobo month on two pages, as things go up I write them into the calender.

This was a gift for xmas from my Besty Joanne (go check her blog shes just started up and already I know it is going to be amazing ) this planner is AMAZEBALLS it is helping so much with my one little word accountability

It is helping me immensely keep my dates for the blog, knowing when things are coming up.
there is a weekily spread aswell, too much awesome for one planner!

Above is a cheap notebook from Kmart, that I bought for the quote on the front and it now houses all my notes and brainstorming for the blog and my youtube channel then that gets filtered into actual posts which then make it to the blog planner....so streamline...I know proud right!?

and then you have both my journals, my daily drawing hobonichi a5 and my Gillio Giramondo, these are my two journals for the year of 2015!
I have been drawing daily on camera for everyone to see, so if you havent see any of them I'll leave the latest one down below for you to watch.

and that is me done for the journals and planners for 2015 I hope you enjoy the videos
x C

Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 word of the year - ACCOUNTABILITY


The year that was, 2014 started out with such high expectations that it was going to be the year where I chased down joy. For Joy was my word, and yet this year was one of my toughest emotionally and mentally. I struggled with the stress and anxiety of planning our wedding from the ground up. Thinking that this was going to be a breeze boy was I wrong, it was one of the hardest and yet most rewarding things I did in 2014.

I think choosing joy was a rookie mistake, with my rose coloured glasses on thinking that the year if I was just 'happy' then everything would just work out and yet it didn't, because sometimes joy cant be controlled. Joy and depression are not friends and I worked that out. This year has been a rather hard year, I don't deal well with pressure clearly! 

So when sitting down to think about my word for 2015 I know I didnt want to pick a word I couldnt control, for it would only disapoint me if I got to the end of the year and another word would be a waste.  So with such big plans for my little blog and my youtube channel what word would be fitting. There were a few words that got thrown about, John even suggested home, but it didnt click. Most things I set out to do seems to fizzlle out, my blog for example I posted 4 times in 2014 an all time low since I started, even though I have ideas bouncing around my head I never seemed to take the time to get them out or started.

My word for this year is accountability, something I can control, something I am responsible for, I want to be accountable for my blog, my channel, my little business and also my health. I want to take charge of 2015 with a fire in my belly, Ive made pre plans already, I wont be planning to fail this year, I want to plan to win. I have many projects and ideas that I want to execute this year and the only way that is going to happen is if I am accountable for my actions.

In the above image I have a pile of planners, journals and notebooks that Ive decided are going to keep me on track for the year of 2015.  I was going to go over them in this post but I think that will take away from just talking about my word. So my 2015 journals and planners will have a separate post and video to go along with it as many prefer videos to written text.

What is YOUR word for 2015 I'd love to know.
x Courtney

  

Friday, January 2, 2015

Daily Drawing - Hobonichi a5


This year I've decided to embark on a daily drawing adventure, I did start something like this last year and fizzled out, but because my word of the year (post to come) is Accountability I am throwing myself into tasks that have deadlines, and daily is a deadline when it comes to drawing!  I did start daily drawing in My Midori as you saw in my planner and journal round up post,  but again, with no dates to keep me accountable I seemed to let that fall by the wayside as well.
(yes I know the photo is upside down...dork mode initiated)
At the end of last year. I purchased a Hobonichi in both a6 and a5 size, now I wont go into too much detail as I will have a 2015 Planner and Journal post coming in the next week - we shall leave it at I bought them, I have them, I'm using them (more on that later). I decided that I wanted to use the a5 Cousin Hobo to document my day in drawings not only because I love to draw, but because I think doing the art of drawing daily will vastly improve my skills! I've always said just keep drawing, every single day and your hands will get the message.


Behold my messy desk last night, as it was so hot all day and my studio is literally just a re-purposed garage with no air con! so I filmed late last night.


I will be attempting to film and upload daily as I didn't expect the video to be 10 mins long even though I sped it up, so doing a weekly video is too long! so I shall do my best to get the videos done, and I will do a weekily video post maybe on here as I have other things I want to post!

I hope you enjoyed the little drawing video and the photos!

xx Courtney

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Planners and Journals 2014

Little Raven Ink - Planners and Journals 2014

Let me start with saying 2014 was a total B*tch to me, I set out all bright eyes and excited with my word for the year being Joy...and before the end of January I was failing at all the things, and totally riddled with anxiety trying to plan my wedding from the ground up. 

I posted a total of three posts this year...3. Thats how much of a time suck planning a wedding was! Next year I have a plan, many plans and many calenders so that I wont have a repeat of this year. Stay tuned for the 2015 planners and journals which will include a video along with the post.

Lets start with the above planner, the Gillio Mia Cara A5 in Rust. It isn't a planner for the feint hearted, it is big...which is why I call her Big Girl. The a5 was our household planner and didnt leave the house often!
Little Raven Ink - Planners and Journals 2014
I had monthly spreads that were tabbed, but I changed my inserts a few times till I decided to go simple...with cheap undated ones from officeworks. 
Little Raven Ink - Planners and Journals 2014
These inserts cost under $5 they are undated, and plain and boring, but I decided to make them work for me, as the budget was tight and I couldn't afford to be buying inserts every 5 mins when I wanted to try something new. So I divided the pages up left hand side housed reminders, dinners, appointments, bills all that wonderful housey stuff we all dead with when running a busy household, and on the right side was my cleaning schedule, my little ones homework and readers, and sometimes my work tasks that I needed to attend to, and I colour coded those accordingly. 
Sometimes cheap and simple work just fine!

Little Raven Ink - Planners and Journals 2014
 I dabbled only once towards the end of the year when a friend of mine designed these inserts for herself I fell hard for them and she sent me over the file with my customizations, part of me still looks at these inserts and adore them! even though next year, I'm going RINGLESS!

Little Raven Ink - Planners and Journals 2014
I had random to do lists that spanned pages, school calenders and also the canteen list punched in for the days when the school snacks had run out.

Little Raven Ink - Planners and Journals 2014

I also used a personal during the year of 2014 as my everyday carry, there were only two personals in my life a dark brown companga, and a hot pink Wesley zipped Kate Spade.
Little Raven Ink - Planners and Journals 2014

Little Raven Ink - Planners and Journals 2014
Little Raven Ink - Planners and Journals 2014


these housed my week on two pages, with basic reminders for when I was out and about. Also things from the a5 got transferred like bills, school notes, school dates, parties all things appointment related, I also kept running to do lists in my personals as well, I'm a list maker what can I say!
Little Raven Ink - Planners and Journals 2014
Moving onto my Journals of 2014, and there was only one journal the entire year, my Midori Travelers Notebook  in brown pictured above with a field-notes sized black  Raydori. As you can see I have already finished one inesert and close to finishing my second for the year of 2014. This journal captured my heart instantly and I knew I had to get one, and as soon as I did, it hasn't left my side. 
Little Raven Ink - Planners and Journals 2014
My midori hasn't been replaced so to speak for 2015...lets just say she got a little upgrade...more to come on that later.
Little Raven Ink - Planners and Journals 2014
I experimented with drawing my weeks to get a feel for that hobonichi style that has taken the planner and stationery community by storm, being a visual person in my journals anyway, drawing my days became a fond love of mine, and something that will feature heavily in 2015 in video format.
Little Raven Ink - 2014 Planners and Journals

Little Raven Ink - 2014 Planners and Journals

There are going to be some exciting changes in what I used next year for my planning and journal system and I can't wait to show you guys! I have got myself centered and ready to hit the ground running in 2015 with lots of projects, reviews, some design team work, speed art videos and also some drawing of my day weekily videos, I want to make this a place of colour and inspiration in the coming years, so hold on tight while I make some blog changes between now and the new year, but dont fret it will be worth the wait! Next post will be what's my 2015 Word of the year.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday Mantra.

This week is all about refocusing, getting a clear mind...positive energy going and just trying my best. Today's Monday Mantra image was found over here



I'm going to print this list out and paste it into my weightloss section of my journal. 
Surrounding myself with affirmations always seems to help lift me that bit higher when I am doubting all that is around me. I am cutting sugar from my diet for the next 14 days to re align my tastebuds. So with a clean mind, I will be focusing on getting  my blog posts written, and maybe some videos! we shall see how much time I have on my hands. 
I shall see you tomorrow! 
x Courtney