Friday, 29 September 2017

September favourites ♡

I've been wanting to start this for a while, I think it's really healthy to take stock and appreciate all of the things you've enjoyed each month, even if those things may not look like much to an outsider.

1. Gouache. I've been watching a lot of art YouTubers over summer and they really made me want to finally try this paint. I generally paint with watercolours or acrylics, and gouache is supposed to be somewhere between the two. I bought my first set this month, and guys, I've found my favourite medium. I can't stop using it. I love how vivid it is, how it plays with other mediums, and it's pushing me out of my comfort zone in the best possible way. I've never been confident with my colour selections before, but for some reason every colour I mix with gouache just works.

2. My sketchbook. I've only ever completed about two sketchbooks in my entire life. I always fill in a few pages, then give up as I loose momentum and don't want to 'mess it up'. And yet for some reason I can't put my sketchbook down at the moment. I've stopped being so precious about what I put in it and I'm just enjoying using it so much. I'm far from completing it, but I'm finally at a point where I can imagine it happening and that's quite exciting. I'm excited to see my art grow and my progress. I aim to do Inktober next month, so I shall definitely be keeping it up.

3. Tea. I've always enjoyed tea, but I tend to drink more coffee for the caffine and tea falls by the wayside. I've really been enjoying it this past month, whether that be sitting down with a good cup of proper English tea (preferably PG Tips), or a warming cup of herbal. Blackcurrant and camomile is my favourite at the moment, although I have to create it myself using two tea bags!

4. Charity shopping. I'm no stranger to charity shopping, I've gotten it down to a fine art over the years of trawling for vintage, but it's a temperamental hobby to say the least. It tends to be either all of nothing, and I'm having a particularly lucky spell. I found a beautiful woolen dress that fits me just right, a snuggly pink duffle coat, an angora sweater, and numerous scarves and home wares.

5. Knitting. I've been buying far too many balls of wool, but it's such a relaxing way to unwind.

6. Autumn. My favourite season. I've been looking forward to autumn throughout most of summer and I couldn't be happier now it's actually here. The leaves, the acorns and chestnuts and conkers, the seasonal food, the miserable weather, foraging for berries. I love it all. I come alive in this season.

7. Being home. I have to leave soon to go back to uni. I'm going to miss it so much.

8. It. I forgot to add this to my drawing (even though it's featured heavily in my sketchbook this month!) but I've been obsessed with It since I saw the film earlier this month. It was such a good adaptation, and I'm loving how many people are discovering the story through it as it's one of my favourite novels. I'm currently giving it a re-read!


  1. This is a cool idea! Man I can't tell you how many little sketchbooks and notebooks I have acquired over the years, that I barely even fill out! I spend so much time trying to think of just the right thing to put on each page that I end up never doing it. That's something I would really like to change because it is so much fun to flip through old notebooks years later. This is a great time of year, enjoy it! :)

    1. I'm exactly the same, I spend so long agonising over what to put inside that it ends up being stressful. I think what helped me most was clearing out a load of old sketchbooks and notebooks recently and realising I wasn't so critical of my old work and had fun looking at it all again. I want to give myself plenty of new fun things to flip through in the future!


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