Saturday, 23 March 2019

Read & Be Charmed

It's always lovely to come across a magazine that strikes your fancy isn't it?

I really enjoy losing myself in the ethos of a magazine that resonates with my own personality especially ones featuring nature, home, art and crafts. 

Luckily these days indie magazines abound...

May I recommend a few?

I love Taproot
It is called the magazine for makers, dreamers & Doers and that really perked my ears up. The artwork is very natural and naive and the subjects include crafting, homesteading, the environment, home-making, family, drawing and creativity. Here's a bit about it in its own words...

Established in 2011, Taproot Magazine is an ad-free, independent print publication celebrating food, farm, family, and craft. Our mission is to build and support the vibrant community of people participating in both the practical and fine arts, to craft handmade lives, by producing quality, unique, beautiful, positive, and heartfelt print media and an online marketplace selling a curated selection of prints, craft kits, and handmade goods.

Then there's the elegant Elementum - 
A calm and deep publication with exquisite and refined artworks that complement the academic and sincere writing. They cover storytelling, nature, spirit and this is what they say in summary ...

Connecting To What Matters
Elementum is an independent literary journal with a focus on nature writing and visual storytelling. 

We commission work from both established and emerging writers and artists, actively seeking out voices that speak from differing perspectives and that offer the reader new insights.  

Bringing together the scientist’s findings and the artist’s response, the ecologist’s observation and the writer’s reflection, we ask questions as well as seek to answer them, retaining a sense of wonder at the unseen and unknowable. 

By exploring our connection to nature through stories of transformation and startling imagery, we hope we will better understand our place, our responsibilities and the possibilities open to us.     

Elementum is printed in the UK on high quality uncoated paper and is designed to give the reader space to reflect and absorb ideas, unharried by advertising. 

Guided by a different theme in each edition, Elementum is published twice a year. 

Finally there is Slightly Foxed 
I cannot say that I have read an issue yet as I only discovered it - happily - today. I have just bought April's issue.

From what I can see it will be right up my street. This is what they say about themselves...

A World of Reading
The independent-minded quarterly that combines good looks, good writing and a personal approach. Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal. Good-humoured, unpretentious and a bit eccentric, it’s more like a well-read friend than a literary magazine.

Do you have any magazines that you could recommend? Let me know. Thanks

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Next Issue of The Pottering Artist Coming Soon

On 1st April I will be putting Issue 2 "Gaze" of The Pottering Artist live on

In it are many articles to gently encourage you on your art path.
Once the magazine is live on Monday 1st April you can click here and actually flick through the pages online.

You can get the magazine as a real softcover book, or a s a PDF which you can read on screen or print off, or you can have it as an e-book.

Here are the highlights.

As well as the above main features you will also have the regular features on 

  • loafing, 
  • resources, 
  • reader's retreats and 
  • dawdling.

Writing & Drawing with Inks

Just lately I have become interested in using dipping pens. Mostly because I was recently asked to do a drawing demo and so I chose inks rather than pencils.
Whilst preparing for the demo I tried out what inks and nibs I had and realised that I would need some more pens into which I could insert nibs as well as some extra nibs.
So I went on to Cornelissen's website and was spoilt for choice.
I selected a few different nibs which are not very expensive (under £3 each) and some funky opaque acrylic inks in white and a vivid green yellow. I seem to have a taste for that colour lately as it's the same colour as my brand new Moleskine.
So here are the nibs and pen bodies and they all write and draw beautifully.
I also bought a few reservoir triangles (do you remember these from school days?) to help hold more ink.
Finally I bought a flat nibbed automatic pen which gives strong, even and broad strokes.
I will enjoy picking these pens up when I want to write in my Moleskine of an evening or to write a thank you card to a buyer on my Etsy shop.

I had a bit of a play pasting coloured tissue paper over my dried ink writing and love the effect.
The header on the Cornelissen invoice is so gorgeous you don't mind the amount at the bottom!
It is a work of art itself with all the medallions and stamps imprinted on it.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Dips & Drips - dribbly gypsy drawing

Using my new artisan nibs and dipping pen tool from The Art Shop & Chapel in Abergavenny (picture below)

I spent a happy 30 minutes doodling and drawing badly this gypsy face.

I enjoyed the erratic line produced between my inept application (still trying to get the hang of it) and the medium of Sennelier drawing ink itself.

It's a gorgeous imperfection though when a blob emerges instead of a line and the line things just when you need strength - it affords a lost and found look that I love. Those blobs dry to a lovely shiny finish and are oily in appearance.
After this spell of drawing I decided that I'd like to be able to use different width nibs without having to stop, wash and change nibs each time. So stupidly I went online to 

in order to get some nibs. 

I should have known this wouldn't end well from my purse's point of view!
Gypsy and horse - an imaginary drawing

That's not where it ended of course...I started with happily popping 3 nibs at about 90p into my trolley and was about to head off to checkout when again I made another bad decision and decided to take the virtual gallery tour - it looked so pretty and colourful you see - more like an apothecary than an art shop. This is a shop that has every last thing in art including exotic rarities from the 4 corners of the world.

I won't spoil your fun but please explore yourself and imagine the smells of musty antique drawers and cupboards bedecked with exquisite materials and equipment of every stripe.
 Tour Inside!

It is an Aladdin's cave of art treats and so in under 10 minutes my £2.50 bill for nibs had grown somewhat to now just under £40 and included other opaque drawing inks, extra dipping tool handles and many more unusual nibs.

I finally managed to tear myself away before I broke the bank.

When my goodies arrive never fear I shall spread them all out before you in a glorious display. A display to encourage you to take up your pens and ink and dip and drip and dribble away.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Save a Chunky 25 Percent off The Pottering Artist Magazine

Dear Readers - I just got this from the people who publish my magazine The Pottering Artist.

If you fancy having the actual softcover magazine or PDF or E-book then you can use 

Code BKSTR36 

at checkout before 
Wednesday 13th March and save a chunky 


Sunday, 10 March 2019

Easy Like Sunday Morning


                 All set to draw slowly and quietly