Mini OOTD.

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While walking around we looked for somewhere to eat, stumbled across this little-hidden gem called Dead Wax Social, we noticed on the menu outside that they had vegan pizza, WITH cheese, we were there. 
Kevin ordered #20, pesto base, caramelised onions and tofu, I went for the plain tomato and cheese which was beyond worth it, they use the Vio Life cheese and you would never be able to tell that it wasn't dairy. We've been back since then, I think it might be our new regular lunch place in Brighton!
Jacket - Cotton Traders, I did the ink splats myself. 
Jeans - Primark
Shoes - Clarks 
T-Shirt - H&M
Backpack - Kipling
Camera - Samsung NX3000

Walking round we went down a side road to get to where we were going and I wanted to get one of those OOTD, people still do those right?
I haven't really 'posed' for a proper photo before but I think I did alright, the vertical one might just be my favourite photo that has ever been taken of me.
We went a few weekends ago for the Tidy Print official shop opening, we'd been before but it was nice to meet the owners and have a go at screen printing, of course with vegan donuts and cold beer. Wonderful atmosphere, it's only a small shop but they sell prints from local artists and art made in house.

 Thanks for popping in, have you been to Dead Wax Social? Would recommend if not!

Hannah. xo

Cass Wishlist.

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Hey hi hello, 

So on the Cass Art website, there is a very dangerous feature which allows you to make a wishlist, oh my. So I thought I'd pop on here and share what I've put on that list.

I'll start with paper and paper accessories! 
You can never have enough paper or things to draw on, it doesn't always have to be paper but I love a good sketchbook, so first up is marker paper, omg, one of my biggest art related pet peeves is when markers bleed through and trash two or three pages at once, WHY. 
Next up is heavy weight cartridge paper because it's good for everything (except markers).
Finally a guillotine! I usually go for the larger paper pads is so I can have any size I want rather than having 1 of every size they do, as nice as that would be, with an A2 pad I can cut it down, now I'm not the best with scissors so the edges end up wonky AF.

Starting out with Pro Markers, I've recently discovered the brush markers. We went into the Cass shop in Brighton and they had some out on their testing table, I was right there! I've been to Hobbycraft before but you had to buy the whole pack of 12 for like £25 and without trying them first I was a bit skeptical, so it was nice to have a hands-on try. 

Heavy body paints are my dream, I love using thick paint with palette knives, mum bought some of the Liquitex soft body paints, I'm looking to get some thickening paste to have a mix.
Lastly, some basic colour paint, can't go wrong with red blue and yellow.

The first photo, how cool do those look, they're like the nozzles you get for icing cakes, I'm sure they're pretty much the same but you put them on paint tubes to squeeze out the paint! 
Then we have palette knives, I've discovered these not too long ago when I worked on a larger painting, I got some of the plastic ones to have a mess with and really enjoyed them, the wooden handle ones are fab, I have one currently and use it to death.
The next image is still a palette knife but it's huge! The website says 14cm, uh imagine the movements you can get with that! 

The pebble shaped thing is a rubber knife, you can get it with different edges for mark making in paint or maybe even clay.
Finally some paint brushes because you can always do with brushes! 

Last but not least are just some random tools that you kinda want but don't 'need', you know.
MASKING TAPE OH MY GOD. I can't say how many times a day I think, damn I wish I had some masking tape, it's so useful especially for blanking off edges of the paper.

The second image is something I came across is something to clean brushes, now take it back to the beauty blogger days of that Bourjois magic nail cleaner? You know the one I'm talking about, in the pink tub that you twisted your finger round and your nail polish would be taken off in seconds, well this is kinda the same thing but for brushes! It states that it can remove any type of pain, EVEN the ones that have dried onto the brush, life saver.

A spritz bottle because who doesn't need one of those and finally a sharpener, along with the masking tape I constantly ask myself why the hell do I not have a decent sharpener. 

OKAY, are you still with me, good, we're all done. 
I feel like I could just link the whole website because let's be honest, any person who draws for fun or professionally would have a field day being let loose in that shop.

I have linked everything if you click the image then you'll be taken to the web page, see how nice I am so you don't need to go looking. 

Thanks for popping in, as always of course. 
If you had a £100 voucher for the site, what would you buy? 

Hannah, xo


Art Supplies.

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How is it going, my god where has the time gone, where has everything gone?!
Gonna ease back into the blogging scene with a look at my desk! Art supplies and what I've been up to.
Been updating Instagram with some recent projects, trying to share a lot but you just forget sometimes!
These oil pastels have a chart on the inside of the lid, which I have ONLY just seen, I've had these pastels about a year. So I coloured it in with them all and now I can accurately see what the colours are without thinking I'm getting a blue but the barrel is dirty so it comes out red! 

I won this little watercolour set from a competition that Ella Masters held on her Instagram page! I won a sketch book too but it's practically full now.

I've really been into colouring pencils lately, shading and mark making straight with them rather than graphite pencils or fine liners, these ones are a mix of cheap ones I found and some Tropicolours from Bic, they're so smooth when you apply to paper and blend really well.

These are my Holy Grail pens and pencil.

Here are just some other tools I have been using, the Tombow brush markers, I love these because they are dual ended with a fine liner the other end so you can do detailed lines as well as the brush. 
You can see on the left of that image there are what look like crayons but they're Derwent aqua crayons, super cool actually, if you sharpen it and mix the shavings with water, it makes paint!
On the right are some Stabilo fine liners, love the colour choice and they're great to colour in small areas.
Just a selection of brushes, the ones singled out are my go to's whenever I paint anything, I also use palette knives a lot.

This is the contents of my pencil case that I chuck in my bag whenever I go out and that sits on my desk so I have everything to hand! 
We'll start from the left- 
A mechanical pencil I have permanently borrowed from a hotel we stayed in last year, 
gold and silver paint markers from Pentel,  
Pro Marker in Indigo Blue V234
Pro Maker in Sunflower Y156
Pro Marker brush in Sunflower Y156, yes I have two of this colour, it's my favourite, I have a third in another case! 
The Paper Mate flair, x2 Pentel One Touch brush that I mentioned above, again I have a 3rd One Touch because I love them so much
Posca fine paint marker
x2 black biro pens
A selection of Derwent graphite pens and a few charcoal pencils

I think that's about it, not any photos of my actual desk because the lighting was diabolical so I'll do another post about my desk, it's pretty awesome.

Thanks for popping in, I have missed blogging so hopefully I can get back into it, I really want to do more art related posts, shifting over to call myself an art blogger, that's exciting. 

Hannah :) xo

Is blogging dead?

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A bit of a controversial topic today, the big question, is blogging dead?

I originally started blogging about 5 years ago and I wish I'd kept it up, with this blog it's been almost a year and I've learnt a lot in that time. I now know that I have to link my social media accounts and keep them active, I know it's not all about the followers but for some people and companies, it is if you want to get 'anywhere' in the blogging world. 
Of course, there are established bloggers, 5/6/7+ years into their blogs, can you blame them, though, they post every day, their content is beyond fabulous and they seem genuine enough to want to be their best friend, but what about us little guys. The people who only have a few posts or who have been pushing hard every day just like the big ones but still aren't getting anywhere. 

What do we do? You try and contact a bigger blogger now and you get nothing, I appreciate that they're busy and they have thousands of people trying to speak to them everyday but does that make me any less of a person on the internet because I don't have thousands of followers or views on my posts, no, it doesn't.
I blog because I want to, I blog because I love to write and take photos, I love the small following I do have on social media who interact with me and who take the time to share my posts. Some people start blogging because it is a job now, if you can make it into a full-time career then, by all means, go for it but that doesn't come without hard work and all of your time going into your blog.

So what am I trying to get at here?
I don't think that blogging is dead but I do think it is a lot harder to get up to the point that the more established bloggers are, it'll take a few more years than you may have thought because there are already people at the top, you're a few steps behind them. If you want something you have to go out and get it, now I'm sure this isn't new information to you but YOU are the only person in your own way when it comes to success and what you want from life.
If you want to be the best chef, blogger, runner, makeup artist, tea maker, whatever else, you go and get it, stop making excuses and cheer yourself on to reach your goals and aspirations. 

Of course, my dog, Lancelot, wanted to get in on the act, cute!
I just felt like talking a bit about what was going on in my head today, your opinions would be much appreciated on this topic too, feel free to leave a comment or drop me an email.

Thanks for popping in, 
Hannah :) xo

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