Day 2: A photo of your study space - Today I’m working on my portfolio so my study space is my art table :)

Watercolours: Not sure the brand of this particular set but a very similar one is from “Winsor & Newton” (Cotman Water Colours). I highly recommend watercolours like these which are more oil based than the cheaper ones and so have a much stronger pigmentation
Paint brushes: Daler Rowney - Graduate brushes (bright) in sizes 16, 8 and 4
Pens (top photo): Berol (by papermate) - Colour Fine (the thicker one) and Fineline (the thinner one)
Laptop: Macbook Pro

(study-read-study’s 30 Day Studyblr Challenge)

I have a strong gathering instinct. I collect boxes, hats, rusty flattened bottlecaps for collages and creek-worn sticks to color with my hoard of Berol prismacolor pencils. When I was a kid I’d lie in bed imagining I was a squirrel who lived in a hollow tree, foraging for acorns, twigs and whatever it takes to make squirrel furniture.

Most of us have collections. I ask people all the time in workshops, Do you collect anything? Stamps? Shells? ’57 Chevys? Raccoons? Money? Leopards ? Meteorites? Wisecracks? What a coincidence, I collect them too. Hats, coins, cougars, old Studebakers. That is, I collect the words. Pith helmet, fragment, Frigidaire, Quarrel, love seat, lily.
I gather them into my journal.

The great thing about collecting words is they’re free; you can borrow them, trade them in, or toss them out. I’m trading in (and literally composting) some of my other collections— driftwood, acorns and bits of colored Easter egg shell—for words. Words are lightweight, unbreakable, portable, and they’re everywhere. You can even make them up. Frebrent, bezoncular, zuber. Someone made up the word padiddle.

A word can trigger or inspire a poem; and words in a stack or thin list can make up poems. Because I always carry my journal with me, I’m likely to jot down words on trains, in the car, at boring meetings (where I appear to be taking notes), on hikes and in bed.“

– quote from Susan Wooldridge’s book called “Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words


The Fat Felt Fibre Film - Visual Thinking

Our film for the visual thinking of a Berol felt tip pen. We discover that a felt tip pen is actually rubbish at colouring in - even though that is what it is sold to do. Check out our humours take on the felt tip pen.

I have had these old Berol Aqua Sticks since I was a teenager, I assume a relative gave them to me.  I can’t imagine why I never used them! 

They appear to still be fully functional, I have been doing a bit of testing and the colours are beautiful and rich. You can draw directly with them, for a crayon like effect.  They blend with water, or you can use water to paint directly from the stick.

They were made at the Margros factory site in Woking.Therefore I know they must have been made between 1967 (when the Margros company was taken over by Berol) and 1973 (when the Woking site was sold).

It’s getting to the point where I might just ship Carol and Beth. Berol. Cutest ship out. Let’s see that love and respect for female characters who love and respect each other, and who would never fight over a man. They got bigger problems. Like zombies. And how cool they are.

of all the pencils

with complete disregard to quality, I think Berol Turquoise is my most loved pencil to look at, for sentimental reasons. I used them all through college. and I love the redundancy in the name when I see it stamped on the side of the barrel over a turquoise background. any chance the color protects my drawings from evil spirits?

Let me introduce you to…

…my babies!

I have collected quite the hoard of coloured pencils throughout the years. I couldn’t even count how many I have, but I’m sure it’s in the four figure range.

I grew up on the UK brand Crayola, all the way through primary and high school. When I hit university, I was introduced to the beautiful UK pencils made by Berol, Karismacolor. (These are the natural wood pencils in the picture)

Sadly these pencils were discontinued in 2005, and a relatively small collection like mine here could easily fetch $300 or more.

I was introduced to Prismacolors (made by Sanford) in 2004 by a dear friend of mine, and found out they were of the same make as their UK counterparts.

After Karismas disappeared, I continue to use the US brand to this day.
I have a few different brands, including occasionally Verithins and Pilot leads for sketching, but Prismacolor are now a big part of my life.

Thank you for reading! I hope you realise how much traditional art means to me personally :)