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Illustration inspired by Artful Box: an ibex horn

An ibex horn

This illustration was inspired by the Artful box theme: An ibex from Thursday 7th January 2021.

Time was short today after I had a three-hour meeting this morning and then spent some time organising files on my laptop (just the tip of the iceberg!)

I wasn’t ready to attempt an actual animal yet, but I loved the structure of the ibex horn, so sketched this one. This was drawn with F and 8B pencils.

An ibex’s horns appear at birth and continue to grow through the rest of their life. Sometimes older ibex have horns which have spiralled a couple of times. The Asiatic or Siberian ibex tend to have the more prominent ridges on the frontal surface like these.

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An ibex horn
An ibex: Photo by Niklas Jeromin on Pexels.com

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Illustration inspired by Artful Box: lighthouse

Lighthouse

This illustration was inspired by the Artful box theme: Lighthouse from Wednesday 6th January 2021. The photo I used as my source was an Unsplash photo I found via a Google search. It is Cape Nelson Lighthouse, Portland, Australia by Joshua Hibbert and you can see it among his collection of photos.

I was keen to use the fountain pen ink and bleach technique again and this night sky had lots of stars! The bleach is hard to control and often bleeds into the ink more than I would like. To achieve as small a point as I could, I cut off all but a couple of hairs from a fine paintbrush, but it’s still tricky. If anybody has found a more precise way of dotting the bleach on, I would be grateful if you could let me know in the comments below.

I enjoyed creating the gradient in the sky and using the Indian ink to create the black rocks in the foreground. I used a chinagraph pencil to create some light and shade on the rocks.

The light and shade on the main part of the lighthouse was really hard to achieve because the previous colour would dry down and then leave a hard line, so I had to make it really wet in order for the colours to blend a little.

I didn’t really want to use the fineliner, but it gave me a crisp line especially down the lighthouse and on the railings near the top.

Overall I’m pretty happy with it, but I need to work on my arcs, as they aren’t all in the same plane.

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Cape Nelson Lighthouse, Portland, Australia

Here’s the original photo I sourced.

You can see my unboxing of the December 2020 – February 2021 Artful Box here:

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Illustration inspired by Artful Box: a pocket with personality

Pocket Rocket 2021

This illustration was inspired by the Artful Box theme A pocket with personality from Saturday 26th December 2020. I sketched the design with a pencil and drew the black lines using a fineliner. The watercolours are acrylic inks and the smoke is indian ink. I know that the phrase pocket rocket can have sexual connotations, but this interpretation is along the lines of a small feisty girl. My first thought was Minnie Mouse for some reason(!), as well as a pocket being a literal rocket!

I am disappointed with the scan actually, because the pinstripe pocket and Minnie’s dress were coloured with a very light wash of pink. Unfortunately, my scanner has not picked it up well and it appears grey with a faint line of pink around the edges in some places. The orangey-red tones in the flames are also washed out. It was scanned using the highest setting of 300dpi. Nevermind. I’m sure you get the idea.

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Pocket Rocket 2021

You can see my unboxing of the December 2020 – February 2021 Artful Box here:

ARTFUL BOX UNBOXING | December 2020 – February 2021 | Ink | Art Supplies | Rhubarb & Burble | 📦🎨🖋🖌

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Illustration inspired by Artful Box: fireworks

Firework and smoke

This illustration was inspired by the Artful Box theme Fireworks from Friday 1st January 2021. It was made using Indian ink and acrylic ink. I used a chinagraph pencil and a fineliner.

Unfortunately, the bleaching technique which worked with the fountain pen ink, did not work with the indian ink. I decided to start again and this time around I tried the wax resist technique. However, that it didn’t really work because my firework was a bit pathetic! (I couldn’t really see where I had laid down the clear wax crayon.)

I went back to my original backgound and used the chinagraph pencil instead. It worked fairly well over top, but is quite dull in comparison to the star and shooting star effect I achieved using bleach on An inky night sky. To compensate, I used some yellow acrylic ink to make it more golden in colour. I used the fineliner to extend the light burst and drew around the edges of the clouds where the pooled ink had dried, then highlighted them with the chinagraph pencil. I am actually quite pleased with the final result, albeit the firework is not very bright.

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Firework and smoke

You can see my unboxing of the December 2020 – February 2021 Artful Box here:

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Illustration inspired by Artful Box: fountain pen ink tutorial

An inky night sky

Well, I’ve finally made a start with some illustration using my first Artful Box subscription kit. I followed their first tutorial which showed me how to use fountain pen ink, bleach and a chinagraph pencil. The tutorial should be made available to non-subscribers in about three month’s time.

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An inky night sky

You can see my unboxing of the December 2020 – February 2021 Artful Box here:

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Degusta Box X Sainsbury’s unboxing | December 2020

Watch our Degusta Box X Sainsbury’s unboxing video! 🔥
December 2020
*Apologies for the poor lighting, I forgot to turn up my ring light! 💡
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BOXES 📦🍾🍪🍫🍜🍯🍹🍲
Degusta Box is a monthly food and drink subscription box for £12.99 or less.
Enjoy 10 to 15 products, many are completely new to the market!
Receive your Degusta Box every month filled with goodies, all for a cheaper price than you would pay in the shops! 🥜☕🍵
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Stationery, Subscription Boxes, Unboxing

Spotlight Stationery unboxing – December 2020: artisan stationery subscription box

Spotlight Stationery Unboxing – December 2020
Spotlight Stationery Unboxing – December 2020

Watch our Spotlight Stationery unboxing video! 🔥
December 2020
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BOXES 📦🖋🖊✏📖💌
Spotlight Stationery is a monthly stationery subscription box for £27 inc. shipping (within the UK).
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Indulge your passion for stationery! Every month they curate a selection of contemporary stationery, based on a theme.
They choose only premium brands and artisan products, including items you won’t commonly find on the high street. 📮🖇🖍📔
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https://www.spotlightstationery.co.uk 🔗
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Items Included:

DECEMBER BOX – ‘Showcase’ 3 theme
Silvine Originals Aurora Limited Edition, pack of 3 plain notebooks, £6.50 https://amzn.to/3mQPCsO
Customworks Van Gogh Sticky Notes
Pentel Dual Metallic Wallet, 4 pens, £9.20 https://amzn.to/38zFX4U
Papier Tigre A5 Notebook, €12.00 https://www.papiertigre.fr/en/a5-notebook/616-a5-notebook-module.html
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ILLUSTRATORS 🎨
Rosa Martinez https://www.instagram.com/erikalinoart/
Crystal Moseley https://www.instagram.com/crystalmoseleyillustrates/
Alison O’Connor https://twitter.com/saiforella
Alex Cox https://www.instagram.com/alx.cox/
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Let me know what you think of this boxes in the comments below. Have you subscribed to Spotlight Stationery? Are there any other stationery boxes you would like to see me unbox?

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Artful Box unboxing | Art subscription box | December 2020 – February 2021

Artful Box Unboxing | Art Subscription Box | December 2020 – February 2021

Welcome to our first Artful Box subscription unboxing!
Watch our video on YouTube! 🔥
December 2020 – February 2021

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BOXES 📦🎨
Each quarter (every 3 months), you will receive one lovingly packed box filled with materials and inspiration. Each Artful box contains a magazine with detailed tutorials + interviews with practising artists. You receive your box and can join their online community, each day they host a daily drawing challenge on Instagram and subscribers will be emailed an exclusive video tutorial once a month! 🖋🖌

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https://artful.co.uk/ 🔗

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Stationery, Subscription Boxes, Unboxing

Papergang TRIPLE unboxing | Stationery subscription box | October, November & December 2020

Papergang TRIPLE unboxing | October, November & December 2020

Watch our Papergang Stationery ‘triple’ unboxing video! 🔥
October, November, and December 2020
Each month you will receive a box filled with brilliant stationery.
The product selection will vary but will include the likes of greeting cards, notebooks, desk accessories and art prints. 📮🖇🖍📔
Please use my referral link to subscribe: https://papergang.ohhdeer.com/refer/Louis-TDHXDOPP 🔗

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Spotlight Stationery and Spotlight Seasons TRIPLE unboxing! October, November and Autumn 2020

Spotlight Stationery and Spotlight Seasons TRIPLE unboxing!

I love stationery as much as I love makeup! These Spotlight Stationery boxes are my absolute favourite to dig into, so this blog post is a bit more in-depth than I normally go for unboxings. Unfortunately, when I filmed this video I got the monthly boxes the wrong way round (!), but it doesn’t really matter. You can watch the video below and beyond that, I have taken some lovely photos of the products with links to the items and illustrators. (Some links are affiliate links.)

Watch the Video: Spotlight Stationery and Spotlight Seasons TRIPLE unboxing! October, November and Autumn 2020

BOX ONE
The November Box – Blue & White Theme

Illustrators

BOX TWO
The October Box – Nouveau Deco Theme

Illustrators

BOX THREE
Spotlight Seasons Autumn Box

How do the pens write?

I had no issues with using the pens. The white pen looks a little wishy washy on the black highlighter, but I’m not sure if the ink is in full flow yet or if the highlighter ink affected it. Here’s a photo of all of them (apologies for my terrible handwriting!)

Pen and pencils included (apart from the Cressida Bell pencil)

Sad News…

Upon opening this, my first ever Spotlight Seasons box, I discovered that this was to be the final box in this collection. It’s such a shame as there are no other Stationery subscription boxes that I have discovered that are such good quality as these. Hopefully Spotlight Stationery will occasionally issue some exceptional quality Limited Edition boxes which will serve the same audience.

Announcement letter

Let me know what you think of these boxes in the comments below. Have you subscribed to Spotlight Stationery or Spotlight Seasons? Are there any other stationery boxes you would like to see me unbox?

Louisa

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