When I was in primary school I had ridiculously neat hand writing. I was obsessed with being neat. I borrowed the creatively titled Lettering Book (this is a more modern version) from the library to learn different typefaces and I’d spend ages making sure each letter was spot on. I was at the top of my hand lettering game as I transitioned into high school. Unfortunately I soon learned that bubble writing and swapping full stops for love hearts was frowned upon in high school. It was heartbreaking to realise that legibility was more important than creativity. Five years of scribbling notes killed my creative game and I never hand lettered again. So when I see the work of someone like Noel Shiveley I get super jealous and I ponder what could have been.
Noel is an amazing hand letterer from Colorado Springs who creates pin worthy pieces of art including those that fit into my favourite subgenre – poignant-and-inspirational-phrases-over-grand-landscapes. Follow Noel on Instagram and prepare to be wowed.
(How’s your hand lettering game? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook)
I don’t know about you guys but my weeks are speeding by so fast! I can’t believe another Tuesday has rolled around. This week I’m sharing the Instagram account of Ashley Brook Designs. I’m really drawn to her beautiful, colourful designs. Her feed makes me so happy and I’m sure she’ll brighten up your day too. Follow Ashley here.
Jen Stark is an amazing contemporary artist from Miami who creates mindblowing layered paper sculptures that explore and are inspired by patterns in nature. What I like best about Jen’s work is that even though each is an explosion of colour there is cohesiveness – each layer, each colour, in their place works to create configurations that are hypnotic. Instead of seeing chaos in the colours and patterns we see orderliness. That end is something only a skilled artist can create. Follow Jen on Instagram or check out some more of her work.
I’m feeling kinda whimsical today so I thought I’d share an Instagram account that suits my mood. Today I give you the Instagram account of a lovely young lady by the name of Violet who posts at I’m Vintage Rose. She is a planner addict (who isn’t?!) who creates amazing looking spreads/art. Her planner pics are…well…planner porn tbh and I never get sick of scrolling through her feed. Follow her on Instagram and pop over and read her blog too.
I’ve been following Jo from The Darling Tree on Instagram for years now and the one thing I love the most about her feed is her positivity. I, personally, find it hard to be positive a lot of the time but it is something that I am working hard on changing. It helps to be inspired by people, like Jo, who just exude a magical, creative spirit.
I love looking up at the stars. Over the last six months T and I have been venturing to dark, out-of-the-way places to get a better view of the universe. If you haven’t seen the stars for a while you should pop outside on a cloudless night and look up. It’s a truly humbling sight.
Being the space nerd that I am it should come as no surprise that I seriously LOVE the Instagram account of German artist David Ambarzumjan. He creates the most mind blowing illustrations of the cosmos and is definitely an artist to watch. (Oh and check out his store too)
The National Stationery Show is on in NYC at the moment so I’ve been watching Instagram with interest as the #nss filtered posts come through. So many pretties!
As a planner nerd I love spending time making my planners look nice. While I have more than enough stickers, I don’t have any planner charms. Which brings me to this week’s Instagrammer. Kay, who runs the Instagram account Bits to Pieces showcases some of the sweetest charms that I’ve seen on the interwebs.
Hop over to Bits to Pieces and prepare to be wowed.
It’s time for some prettiness! Today’s Instagrammer is Maricris Emma Mende also known as PaperPanduh. Her feed is always full of beautiful pics of planner supplies, washi and her Panduh kits and boxes. So bright, fun and inspiring.
You should totally follow PaperPanduh on Instagram and while you’re there, add me too!
Bianca Jagoe is an illustrator and zine creator from Launceston, Tasmania. Her feed is full of colour and happy, smiling faces. I am especially fond of her studio wall which is decorated with discarded shopping lists. So awesome.
Be sure to follow Bianca and while you’re there follow me too!