I don’t know about anyone else but my attention span since being on lockdown is shrinking by the day and I love being creative but sometimes it can get so overwhelming. Therefore, I have made a couple of arty orders lately from both TheWorks and Hobby Craft to get a few supplies for some new creative projects to keep me occupied during this time. I thought this would be a fun post to make as I’m sure I’m not the only one looking for a creative outlet, and hopefully, some of these supplies could perhaps motivate or inspire you for your next artistic adventure.

Not necessarily and arty pick, but I saw the Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman for a really good price and couldn’t say no. This is such a hyped up series and I believe they have just turned it into a TV show and so I really want to give this a read. Being completely honest, I don’t really have any idea what it is about but I really want to get around to reading it very soon.

When I was doing GCSE art, I remember one piece that I did in ink and I hated it at the time. Looking back though, I actually really liked the way it applied and so I thought I’d pick up the Frisk Drawing Ink. When it comes to art mediums, I am very much a pencil or acrylic kind of person, anything else tends not to agree with me but recently, I am trying to venture out into coloured pencil and also ink. Watercolour has never really been my medium but I think ink works in a similar way and I really like the way it looks too. Plus I think monochromatic pieces could be really fun to create and so I plan to really use and experiment with this new medium.

Like I just said, I love working with acrylic paint and my white has been running out so I just needed to repurchase the Crawford and Black White Acrylic Paint. White is such a crucial colour in anything I do and so it is always good to have a back up. I can’t wait to start painting with acrylic again, I love the way its applies and the texture it creates.

Another art medium that I wish I was good at is oil painting and I really want to get better at it, so I picked up the Daler Rowney Georgian Water Mixable Oil. From what I’ve read and tried so far, this is a mixing medium for oil paints so any blending or changing of opacity I want to do, I can do with this. I haven’t tried much of it, however I plan to play around with it a bit more, but I think that it is going to be a very useful product in my painting collection.

As I mentioned earlier, watercolour really isn’t my medium of choice but I really wish it was and so I picked up the Crawford and Black Watercolour Pad to try and improve. I also think that this will work well with the inks too, so it will definitely go to good use.

The last of the art mediums are these Crawford and Black Coloured Pencils. I am really enjoying coloured pencils at the moment, if it is for sketching or just colouring in, I think that they are loads of fun and most of mine are super old and worn out so I thought I’d pick up a new set. There are loads of colours to choose from here and they are going to the job for my little creative projects.

The final product I have to mention is the Simplicity Sewing Patterns. I love fashion, as many of you know, and it’s been a goal and dream of mine to learn to create my own clothes and with this lockdown not going away anytime soon, I thought now would be the perfect chance to learn. I have no idea where to start with any of this so any tips would be well appreciated but I saw this pattern for a good price and thought I could give it a go. They aren’t necessarily clothes that I would love to wear but I think I could manipulate them to my own taste and so I am really excited to try it.

I hope you enjoyed this little creative haul, it is something a little different for my blog but hopefully I can start sharing more of my art on here soon.

Stay safe,

Grace xx