Monday, February 29th, 2016
I finally did it and started my art journal. It took me nearly a year to start and I don’t want this to happen to you, too. I think it was a combination of different reasons why I didn’t start an art journal immediately.
Well, have a look at my results by scrolling down and let me know what you think of the beginning of my art journal!
It’s really easier than I imagined it and now I want to introduce you to a few simple steps on how to start an art journal today.
I’d love to see your art journals on Twitter – @foundsomepaper – if you’ve started already. If not, what are you waiting for?
xFake it until you make it! This is so true! Start your art journal today in 5 easy steps. Click To Tweet
Friday, February 26th, 2016
I love how creative subscription boxes are. I can’t wait to introduce you to the 10 coolest subscription boxes (I found so far). I’d love to interview each one of the founders to ask them how they came up with their idea. I’m a freelancer at the moment, i.e. I’m poor, but I really want to test all of the below subscription boxes. Let me know which one is your favourite!Here are 10 cool subscription boxes, from stationery & notebooks to magazines & flowers! Click To Tweet
#1 Stack Magazines
I know we all live an intense digital life but do you remember the excitement when you bought a magazine and you couldn’t wait to read all of the interesting articles? There are two types of magazine readers: the ones who read a magazine from start to end (me!) and the others who look out for the best articles to read first even if it’s on page 100. Stack Magazines sends you each month an independent magazine – it’s a surprise! I couldn’t believe how many magazines exist. They have a pretty cool Instagram account which introduces you to so many.
#2 Ink Drops
Moving on from good “old” magazines to good old letters. “Do you love handwritten letters, crave old-fashioned communication and adore receiving parcels in the post?” Yes, please! Ink Drops delivers surprise boxes full of cute stationery. It celebrates everything around writing a letter. I experimented with it a couple of months ago when I asked people to participate in The Letter Project. It was definitely a great feeling sitting down and creating a letter in order to make someone happy. We can never have enough stationery, can we?
#3 London Sock Company
I mention this cool company because I love buying socks for my boyfriend. He likes the quirky and unusual ones so when I discovered this subscription box, I was like ‘yessssssss’! I really like that they’re elegant and bohemian, a perfect mix. I’d probably sign up to the subscription box myself because I get holes in my socks all the time and it’d be wonderful to get a surprise pair each month. London Sock Company is one of my favourites!
I’m so getting hungry right now. As far as I know Graze was one of the first companies to introduce “delivered” snacks to the world. Their selection is phenomenal and I think I really like everything. They actually have over 100 snacks to choose from. Yummy!
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
When it comes to DIY, I like it quick and minimal. Therefore, I thought I present to you the easiest Easter DIY. I haven’t told you yet that I have started an art journal this year – which was a goal I set beginning of 2015 (yes, it took me that long to start) – but don’t worry there’ll be a blog post on this soon. I mention this art journal in this post because I concentrate a lot on geometric shapes. I’ve taken this recent passion to make some cool Easter eggs.
Here are the few steps you need to take.
If you create some Easter eggs yourself make sure to tag #foundsomepaper so I can share them with everyone.
Otherwise, do you have any DIY plans for Easter this year?
Find more Easter DIY ideas here.
Sunday, February 21st, 2016
Somehow, I had an image by Drew Turner saved on my laptop and when I went through my million folders I thought why did I never introduce you to the artist Drew Turner? I say artist but Drew Turner is also an illustrator and designer. I never really like to distinguish those ‘titles’, I guess at the end ‘artist’ is the best description anyway (…for all my artists on this blog).
You probably noticed that there might be a little obsession with certain things when it comes to the choice of artists on Found Some Paper. The latest artist Fei Alexeli included the universe in her collages as well. Ah, how I love the universe. It’s beyond beautiful and I admire artists who come up with unique ways of expressing their passion for the galaxy. Drew Turner brings together nature and the universe. I quite like this contrast, or maybe they’re meant to be together?! It probably depends on how your personal view is.
Wild animals, shapes, and the universe… Well done, Mr. Turner, you couldn’t have chosen a better combination! I really like the description Creative Boom wrote about Drew Turner’s designs:
Drew Turner is a designer and illustrator based in Plymouth, UK. His illustrations focus on our evolution through time and space. They depict the psychological differences found between ourselves and present day organisms. With a shroud of mystery over other lifeforms, they are a visual reflection of our greater ability to imagine and argue a question of thought towards an animal as a conscious being.
What do you think about Drew Turner’s style? Do you like it?
Thursday, February 18th, 2016
I listen to podcasts every day. It’s really a thing at the moment. Whenever I do some design on my laptop, hang up the laundry (so much fun!) or cook a meal I have a podcast playing in the background. Sometimes I pause it and make some notes. Storytelling is so important in the creative world that podcasts are a wonderful technical addition to our every day lives. We can learn so much from other people’s journeys. With no further ado, here are my top five podcasts for creatives I listen to every week.
As far as I can remember I started my podcast addiction with Being Boss. Two ladies – Kathleen Shannon & Emily Thompson – talk about the ups and downs of being your own boss. Sometimes it’s just the two of them talking about topics like productivity, creativity, confidence, motivation and quite often they invite another boss to their show to talk about their journey and what are the biggest learnings. If you’re already your own boss or just want to hear other people’s opinions about it, Being Boss is a great podcast for you.
BONUS: The amazing part is that they have a Facebook group which is such a positive and inspiring environment. My favourite Facebook group for sure! (Maybe next time I should introduce you to my fave FB groups…)
Find the podcast here! (or look for Being Boss on iTunes)
The Jealous Curator: Art For Your Ear
I hope you never get tired of The Jealous Curator. If you read my blog you’ll see that I have mentioned her a couple of times. Danielle Krysa is my all time favourite inspiration. What she’s doing on her blog – introducing one of the most amazing contemporary artists in this world – continues in the podcast. She invites artists to her show to talk about how they started out, how they stay creative and what are the best tips of being an artist. I really love hearing their stories. I think the interviews are sometimes too short but that’s just me being addicted again.
Find the podcast here! (or look for Art For Your Ear on iTunes)
This podcast is fairly new; it was launched by two girls from New Zealand – Charli & Femke – in December last year. It has a quite different view. Both are working in a full-time design job and have a couple of side projects going on. And that’s pretty much what they’re talking about. They share their experience and day-to-day tips in the podcasts and – what I really like – give others the possibility to contribute through Twitter. It’s not purely about design all the time but also about how to manage a full-time job and side projects at the same time. It doesn’t always need experts who have been in business for years to talk about interesting subjects. I’m excited to follow their journey!
Find the podcast here! (or look for Design Life on iTunes)
The Minimalists Podcast
Another fairly new podcast but the guys – Joshua & Ryan – from The Minimalists have been doing this for a while outside the podcast world. They’ve written books – one which I was reading recently – and their latest project is a documentary about minimalism (coming soon). I can’t wait to watch it! You’ve probably guessed it, The Minimalists talk about minimalism. It covers topics like relationships, decluttering, education and more. I’m a fan of minimalism and definitely want to live a more minimalist life so these guys are a great resource.
Find the podcast here! (or look for The Minimalists on iTunes)
I only discovered this podcast recently but I’ve already listened to a lot of episodes. It’s very obvious why I’m listening to this podcast. Since January 2016 I’m a freelancer myself and it’s so interesting to hear how other people have done it. There are some common struggles and challenges for sure. Of course, every story is different but if I can take away one common message from the podcast it is ‘DON’T GIVE UP’. For a lot of people it takes some time to establish themselves in the freelance world and I’m not an exception. There’s a lot of work going into finding your own clients. I’m still excited about my own journey and listening to this podcast shows me I’m not alone.
Find the podcast here! (or look for Being Freelance on iTunes)
What’s your favourite podcast?
Monday, February 15th, 2016
My lovely and creative friend Rasa recently launched a new online magazine full of inspiration. The Interview London introduces you to creative entrepreneurs, useful tips around your work life and finds the best lunch places in London. Here’s a perfect description taken from their homepage:
We carefully select innovative London based professionals and invite them for honest conversations about climbing the career ladder and dealing with life – the good, the bad and most importantly, the unexpected. While sharing down-to-earth advice, they laugh at their mistakes and so become just like us – clueless, yet passionate and driven individuals with an idea worth taking a leap of faith for.
Maybe it’s just me but I’m quite obsessed with other people’s stories at the moment. I want to know when their idea started, what the creative process was and how they became independent. I want to absorb these stories and pick out what I can learn from each of them.
One of their latest interviews is with Marina Munn, an upcoming illustrator. I particularly like what she had to say about building a network.
Online presence is obviously the number one thing – sharing your work with people, maintaining your channels, staying present and engaged with the community. It doesn’t happen overnight – maybe it does for some people, but that wasn’t the case with me – but slowly people start picking it up, talking about it and you gain more and more momentum. I maintained a personal blog for a long time during university, which eventually got picked up by tumblr as one of the top suggested people to follow and that way I gained quite a substantial following. Like anything else worth doing you have to put in the hours first and then one thing leads to the next.
I really like the style of Rasa’s interviews. They go into more detail without being a novel and you can really get a picture of someone’s journey. There’s a lot you can learn from other people’s stories. The Interview London is of course for everyone and if you’re interested in inspiring articles about individuals who live their dream this new online magazine is for you.
What’s your story?
Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Hello, new blogs in February 2016! Do you like to discover new blogs? Me, too. Some blogs I know for a while and others I’ve just discovered myself. This month’ blogs are all very creative (surprise!) and they captured my attention for various reasons. Let me introduce these three creative blogs to you.
No. 1 Oh To Be Calm
First of all, I love Em’s illustrations on her blog. The camera in the header was illustrated by her and you can find it on her About page. Then I love her story. Here’s another brave girl who quit her stressful full-time job to pursue her dreams. She doesn’t need to be there yet to show everyone what’s possible. Her main blog subjects are creativity, positivity and tranquility. Ah, I love it. Em also talks about Christmas outside December and has a weakness for lights (I’m obsessed with lights – all of them). Music, films, game nights… this girl doesn’t seem to stop being inspiring. Oh To Be Calm is my new favourite blog!
No. 2 Sea Of Atlas
I met Britt from Sea of Atlas in the real world and she’s absolutely lovely. I was a fan of her blog for some time but I kind of missed that she moved to London from the US a while ago. Her blog is a mix of exploring, creating and traveling. Her artworks are just beautiful. I really admire her for her talent in illustration and design. Every time I look at her blog I think I need to visit the places she went to. I take inspiration from her adventures and creations a lot. She told me that she is creating every day and, really, that’s what I’m aiming for.
Pssst… you can download a unique Valentine’s Day print from her blog here.
No. 3 Lisa Maltby
Lisa Maltby – illustrator, designer and lettering artist. Of course, that’s already really impressive but what really caught my attention is her blog posts about creativity, the creative industry in general and art. She invites you to look behind her illustration processes and thoughts about the creative world. I was so free to take out a quote from her blog: “At the end of the day I have a love of both graphic design and illustration and I don’t want to separate them.” I’m not even close to be as experienced as Lisa Maltby but I like it when people don’t stick only to one thing and have the freedom to do whatever they want, especially when they feel strong about it. Get inspired on her blog now!
Pretty creative, huh?! What’s your favourite blog at the moment?
Monday, February 8th, 2016
Well, maybe the gardens are not that secret but when I visited the exhibition ‘Painting the Modern Garden. Monet to Matisse’ it felt like I was discovering secret gardens. It was not the first time I’ve seen Claude Monet’s Water Lilies (1914-15) but it’s easy to forget what it actually feels like seeing this painting.
I’m a big fan of contemporary artists but I realised at the exhibition that it’s fantastic to travel back in time and re-discover all the great artists. A few of these traditional artists have been presented at the show ‘Painting the Modern Garden’ at the Royal Academy of Arts. I really liked the exhibition. Although there were many other visitors I could concentrate on each painting and I was stunned by every single one of them. I was also in good company and had a great chat with Natasha from Graphique Fantastique and June from June Sees about the paintings. If you visit the exhibition, don’t forget to bring your friends.
Here’s an (incomplete) overview of the artists you can find in the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition:
I don’t know why but I always look at how old an artist was when he died. Luckily, most of the impressionist (including post-impressionist and avant-garde) artists reached a higher age. What happened to Van Gogh? It’s actually not sure if he committed suicide or if he was accidentally shot by a boy but he died from a gun shot.
I wasn’t considering going to the exhibition in the first place just because I’m more interested in contemporary art but I’m so glad I accepted the invitation to the bloggers event (Natasha was so kind to extend the invitation to me) where we received an insightful introduction by Graham Greenfield. I couldn’t wait to see the paintings. I think it’s important to know the story behind a painting or at least the story behind the artist. It makes such a difference and it’s one important aspect I learned about art: the artist is as much a part of the artwork as the artwork itself. You might say ‘yes, of course’ but I think sometimes we judge a painting too quickly without knowing what we’re actually seeing.
I really enjoyed the exhibition and would definitely go again. The paintings are beautiful, the stories are interesting and you won’t leave without being inspired and wanted to have your own garden so you can start painting it. At least that’s how Natasha, June and I felt after we explored the secret gardens of the Royal Academy of Arts.
Do you have a favourite artist?
Claude Monet, Lady in the Garden, 1867
Claude Monet, Nymphéas (Water Lilies), 1914-15
Claude Monet, Water Lilies, 1903
PS: I find it fascinating that someone paints the same image over and over again and it always looks different. I want to draw a diamond in 100 different ways. I’ll post about it soon. Wish me luck!
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
Seriously, you need to show some love to yourself. Therefore, let’s not think too much about the other half (sorry, boyfriend!) and let’s treat ourselves. It’s time for some Valentine’s Day gift ideas for yourself.
I don’t know if you remember my five Christmas gift guides from last year (for creatives, for him, for her, for book lovers, for everyone)? It seems such a long time ago… Every now and again I go back to these posts and have a little peek because frankly, I chose all the products which I would give to myself. That’s what a best friend would do, right?
So this time you can be certain that these gifts are totally amazing. I only mention a few because we still want to be modest human beings. It’s just a little ‘I appreciate myself’ gift on Valentine’s Day.
Which one is your favourite?
Last but not least, I also recently discovered the online workshop ‘Artful Hands’ by artist and blogger Alisa Burke. I thought that could be an amazing gift for yourself. Or maybe you fancy some wild flowers sent to your home? A friend of mine introduced me to these delivery flowers called Bloomon. So pretty!
PS: Okay, I also actually got some absolute cute baby clothes from Petit Bateau but I couldn’t include them in this post because it’s a surprise for my sister and my best school friend who are both expecting soon. You see I don’t always gift myself at Valentine’s Day…
*Disclosure: I was lucky enough to be gifted a few of the items mentioned in this post. All products were chosen by me.