Coloured Pencil Review and Green Heart Sketch.

Hello folks. It’s been a while since I did my last art tool review, so here is another one for ya. Hopefully this review will be useful to other artists, parents or beginners in the coloured pencil media.

Green Heart in coloured pencil.
Green Heart in coloured pencil.

This piece took a little longer than I had hoped but it was a great chance to play around with all my pencils. I used all of my green pencils in this one piece alone. (I haven’t got any new ones recently.) Doing this heart piece was a fab way of falling back in love with some and re-learning why I hated others. So lets get into the 3 brands that I used for this piece.

The Spectrum Sings Whsmith pencils

These are by far the oldest set of pencils that I own. Loved so much that I was given my sister’s set cause she no longer used them. They come in a pack of 48 and are avaible from Whsmith stores and their website at £9.99. A great little bargin and really good quality too. Building colour up with these is easy as is blending them together. I’ve had these since I was a highschooler and a set that I do go back to all the time. They give rich, bold colours when needed and are durable.

The Sudee Stile Pencils

Hmmm. The newest pencils I own and probally the only pencils I have some jip with. (Jip means issues just incase folk where confused!) I got the 120 set from amazon. But they no longer sell that set and now do either a 150 set at £46.99 or a 72 piece set at £19.99. Now that I have price out the way lets talk about them more in depth. Some of these colours are stunning. The blue green is gorgeous as is some of the reds, blues, and other shades. My main complaint about these pencils is that they don’t seem to have mixed all the colour in some of the pencils completely. I find it happens more in the lighter shades and I’ll get a huge line of a darker shade bleeding through. Which is annoying. Very annoying. But they do blend well together and work well with my other pencils. Plus the set has some colours that I don’t actually have in my others so that is a plus side.

The Staedtler Ergo Soft Pencils

I love these pencils. I’m gutted that I don’t have a bigger set of these beauties. I currently own the 24 set which I got from Whsmith at £15. (I think, I got these a few years ago and try not to use them for simple pieces.) If you know of a larger set please let me know!!! These are exactly what they say they are…..soft. I love using these for softer tones or when I need a gentler touch of colour. They are in a triangle shape which I find to be comfortable to handle but awkward to sharpen. Durable and the best quality of pencil that I own. They really are amazing.

I hope you enjoyed this post beauts.

Until next time my lovelies.

Life Lessons I’ve Learned Since Taking The Rose Coloured Glasses Off.

Okay. Time for a deep (ish) blog post. Life lessons and the one’s I learned the hard way. Or simply noticed as I got older and less inclined to listen to bullshit. Let me know which ones you knew or ones I may not mention in the comments. Its always good to learn more.

1. People and success. The mass majority of people in your life really don’t want you to succeed at all. They want you to do well but not better than them. And thats a scary thing to accept. It hit me when my mum would smug over the fact that I didn’t get tbe job I wanted or when I went through my times of unemployment.

2. The only person you can actually count on is yourself in this world. Too many people will expect something or some form of payment in return if they help you. And some peoplejust can not be counted on in the least.

3. Your gonna lose some people. Whether that’s cause people have moved away, grown apart or a little fight that has grown ugly. Sometimes it’s a good thing to leave people behind and others your gonna miss like crazy. But unfortunalety it happens. If you have people you want to keep in your life then keep them there.

4. The world will try to make you feel ashamed of your beliefs. Stick to your guns and you beliefs. Don’t let anyone change you or tell you how to act. We are all awesome and should be allowed to feel awesome.

5. Being an adult can suck. Like seriously can I go back to being a kid please? Try and keep those childish hobbies alive. You like pokemon?? Fantastic so do I. You like collecting stamps. That’s awesome. What about that secert love for dinosaurs? Don’t be afraid of sharing your passions and hobbies with others.

6. Last but not least. Learn how to love yourself. It will be the greatest thing you will ever do. I’m perfect for me and only me. I love my flaws and scars. My history aint pretty but it has made me how I am. I’ll be honest with you I used to hate myself. But now I love myself and who I am, from my tattooed ankles all the way to my button nose.

Really enjoyed writing this little ranty like post. Do you agree with any of these? Have you got any that you would like to share, let folk know in the comments.

Until next time my lovelies.

Xx

A Trio of Toggle Bracelet’s

Hello my lovelies. How are you all on a not so pleasant day? (Weather is horrid here!) Had a rare full day off so got my crafty mind going and made these little cuties. 

Toggel bracelets that I made
The dark blue and brown was the first one I made and after seeing the end result, with its cute little light house charm. I decided to make more. 

A close up of the lighthouse charm.
The first bracelet wasn’t without issues. First I had made it too long. Too many beads. And second I hadn’t closed the crimp bead properly so the wire was coming loose. After sorting these 2 problems I had a bracelet that fit well. (Still a little big but that’s okay for me!)

Blue spiked toggel bracelet with airplane charm.

My second creation. This one was a test of my patience. I kept having to redo it again and again cause I had too few beads. My first use of a big bead and while it is a little too big, its defo a keeper. Simply for the practice and colour combo. 

Little airplane charm detail.
Third toggel bracelet! Success!!

My third attempt at the toggel bracelet. And I can happliy say success!! It fits snuggly on my wrist and looks great. By far my favourite piece. Love the little watermelon charm and the use of gold bracelet wire. Was going to use a dragonfly charm but think I’ll use it with a different colour combo. 

Close up of the watermelon charm.
I’m off to enjoy more bracelet making. 

Until next time lovelies. 

Xx

A Body Shop Nail Affair

Summer is here!!! The weather has been amazing the last few days (maybe weeks but meh!) With it being so hot and sunny I thought now would be a fab time to try a newish shade of nail colour from a brand I adore but never used nail wise. 

My friend got me some nail colours from the Body Shop for my birthday (that was back in January! 😫 sorry hunnie!) This cute lilac is just one of the shades she got me. A fun, cheeky pop of colour which is fab for summer. It’s in the shade ‘A Grape Affair’ and does remind me of grapes. I wanted a fun colour that I don’t normally wear and this has certainly got it going on. My sister loves how it glids on (she is a beauty student so she does my nails for extra pratice) 

I kinda feel like I’m cheating on Kiko right now. Normally Kiko is all I actually wear nail wise but I think they may have a challenge. (That’s just an excuse so I can get more!) No harm in adding some new pieces to the wardrobe. But in all honesty I do love the colour and was both pleased and surprised with the colour outcome. Heck I’m even digging it with my skintone, I’ve caught the sun so my tan has darkened nicely. 

What’s your favourite summer nail colour?? 

Until next time beauties. 

Xx