While there are a lot of good things about the studyblr community, a lot of people (myself included) have noticed that the goal of many within the community is often having the most perfect, beautiful notes and supplies. For a lot of people, this is just far too expensive to be justified. There’s obviously nothing wrong with if you have the money for the “studyblr best” supplies, or if you just want to treat yo’ self, but here’s some tips to help you get nice study supplies without breaking the bank!:
1. Dollar stores! They generally have a decent selection of office supplies (as well as a lot of other basics), and some stores stick to an “everything is $1″ policy. I tend to buy pens, sharpies, and notecards from dollar stores. Though a tip is to go for the sets of pens/sharpies, because those are likely to be cheaper than buying them somewhere else (individual pens aren’t necessarily cheaper at a dollar store). I also have a nice set of highlighters, and my mom got a set of gel pens that seem to be similar to the Pilot Juice pens.
2. Speaking of pens… if you want to keep a good variety of pens, my general rule of thumb is this: ~4 black pens in two different sizes (My most-used are my Pilot G-2 in the 1.0 size and the Muji 0.38) - this way you have a thicker pen when you want/need that, and a thinner pen when that’s preferred. If you only use one size, more power to ya. I like to use a thicker black pen for headings and use the thinner for details when taking notes. As for colors, I recommend just having one of each color that you use. If you’re not going to use 5 shades of yellow pen regularly, you don’t need that new set with a cool shade you don’t have yet. Find a brand/type of pen you like, and stick with one or two colored sets at most (I learned this from experience).
3. Highlighters: Don’t get them if you know you don’t use them. Don’t get different varieties if you don’t use them. If you love the look of neon highlighters, you don’t need to splurge for something like the Zebra Mildliners. If you don’t like the neon ones, but think you’d use the Mildliners, go for it. Most of the time, I don’t use highlighters when taking notes, I just write the words I would have highlighted in a different color from the rest of the notes (this works best when you’re taking notes from a textbook or copying notes over).
4. Just get a decent backpack. One that’ll hold up and hold all you need, but don’t feel like you need a specific brand or style of backpack. It’s literally on your back half the time, it doesn’t need to be cute.
5. Cheap notebooks work just as well as expensive notebooks. Get the off-brand notebook on the bottom shelf at target. Don’t feel like you can’t use the remaining pages at the end after your class ends. You can start a new subject in an old notebook. You can practice handwriting in an old notebook. You can use an old notebook as scratch paper or to jot down random things you need to remember. Hell, make a hundred paper cranes with the extra paper if you like to. You don’t need to let the extra paper go to waste.
If you know you’ll only use about half a notebook for one of your classes, get one with less paper or get a 3- or 5- subject notebook for your classes. Each subject generally has less paper than a regular 1-subject notebook, and it helps keep everything together.
If you want to keep a bullet journal, that doesn’t mean you need a fancy notebook for it. You can make the inside look just as good or be just as useful as any Moleskine.
6. Study with a whiteboard. I’m one of those people who has to write something down ten times in order to remember it. Now I could use paper to write it all down, but that’s a lot of paper that I’m wasting over the course of a school year. I decided to get a couple whiteboards instead. I have one small one, about the size of a piece of paper (I don’t exactly remember the cost but I think it was somewhere around $5 maybe? Could have been another dollar store find), and I have a bigger one that I keep on my wall (this one was from Sams Club and cost around $12 and included markers, a tiny eraser, magnets, and a cork board section with push pins - I use this for reminders and holding up my wall calendar, but before exams I take it down and use it to review)
7. Don’t buy the pretty planner if you know you’re not going to use it. If you already have a bullet journal, you probably don’t also need a planner, and vice versa. You can generally use both in the same way, it’s just a matter of finding what works best for you.
9. Don’t fall into the studyblr aesthetic trap. If you know you won’t use something enough to make the purchase worth it, don’t feel like you have to get it.
If you really want to get something, go for it. But don’t feel like you have to have certain supplies to succeed or to be studyblr famous. I’ve been a stationery lover for much longer than studyblrs have been around, and these are just a few things I’ve learned. Now, go tackle that homework!
Inspired by Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are - one of my all time favourite stories. The persona here is Bunnyman who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and indeterminacy. It will go wherever floats its boat.
months. That’s how long almost half of the new hire last when they
become social workers. Some will tell you it’s the pay, others will tell
you it’s the stress, still others will complain about poor training or
case overload or the broken system. But that’s all bullshit. The reason
they quit is always the same; the kids.
I wanted to try a new watercolour sketchbook I bought recently for my plein-air painting. I did a simple sketch this time with my lightweight Holbein set in a style similar to concept-art works found in Studio Ghibli art-books.
I painted this based on a photo of a tea house located in a Japanese garden belonging to a hotel located near my house (It’s a shame I can not paint there). You can see the painting process in the making-of video but to make things short I did not like how the paper worked with the watercolours really much. In the end to “save” the picture I decided to use ink on top of the watercolours to give it a little bit of depth.
I cannot encourage you enough to send messages to your favourite artists.
You know that person who drew that totally cool drawing you love? Message them.
That one kid who wrote the cool fanfic you read during the lunch break? Message them.
The amazing artist who’s working on another page of the comic you can’t wait for? Message them!!!
Trust me, these people are keeping lots of stuff to themselves. There are things that never make it to the paper. These authors and artists have most likely created a whole little universe for their characters and for their stories.
You have a funny idea about the characters? MESSAGE THEM!
You really enjoyed reading/viewing it? MESSAGE THEM!
You wanna know if your theory about their story is right? MESSAGE THEM!!!
Please, message the authors/artists. They’ll be incredibly happy to talk to you about their “children”!
I grew up an only child in a suburb of the city Spent my days alone my only friend was a stray kitty Called Sardine Yeah! I thought it was hilarious to call a cat a kind of fish She played hard to get, hissing while she scratched me What she was trying to say was, “Ogie come and catch me” I learned quickly, that perseverance stood between A cat and her new best friend, me!
Moana + Musical Theatre Part 2/?:Never Ever Getting Rid of Me, from Waitress
Y E S
Kravitz is like- constantly amazed that Taako is actually interested in him and doesnt just want something from him
As far as Kravitz is concerned he never gave Taako a reason to want him in the first place but Taako wants him anyway
So Krav lavishes Taako in verbal affection
He constantly makes sure Taako knows how much he cares about him
He wants to makes sure Taako knows how thankful he is to have him in his (un)life
Lots of little passing “i love you"s and subtle touches and kisses on the forehead or back of the hand
Taako expresses his affection in more tangible ways
Talk is cheap to a compulsive liar so when Taako wants to show how much he cares he does things
Mostly making time for dates, doing little thoughtful things like helping keep Krav’s papers organized, waiting up for him to get home, cooking for him stuff like that
Taako has given up have pretenses for his relationships a long time ago
He knows his not like the best person and he’s accepted that. He’s not about to change himself to keep someone around
Either they wanna be with him or they dont and if they wanna be around him that’s their problem not his
That being said Taako sees Kravitz actively putting time and effort into the relationship and he’s a little shook?
Like Krav goes above and beyond to assure Taako that he’s in it for the long haul
I like to imagine that Taako has this moment of clarity where he realized that Kravitz is actually in love with him like- for real in love with him and he just
Just snaps bolt upright in bed and is like "what the fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck??!??!?!!!?”
Like he knew that he cared about Kravitz, yeah sure fine, whatever
But Kravitz????actually cares????? About him?????
Hi Hiller- when I was younger I loved to draw. I'm an adult now and for some reason when I sit down in front of a piece of paper I don't know what to do. What advice do you have for a grown up who forgot how to draw?
that’s a tricky one. Sitting in front of a blank piece of paper is
probably the most intimidating thing and has always been kind of scary
for me. I’ve come up with a list of things for you to try to make
drawing a bit easier.
A. Work on old paper/materials. End papers
from discarded books, craft pads from second hand stores, a notepad from
grandma’s junk drawer, a cool piece of wood you find in a dumpster,
like that. It takes away the pressure of having to create a
perfect thing if the material you’re working on is already flawed or smells weird.
Draw a lot. It doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad. Only a small
fraction of things I draw end up being shared, maybe every one out of
twenty things will be decent. What people don’t see is the heap of not-so-great things I create in the process of making that one thing. If you’re
drawing different ideas all the time, and thinking of how to make those
ideas better when you’re not drawing, eventually you will get better and
the good ideas will come more easily and more frequently.
It’s incredibly hard to draw when you are overly prepared to draw.
Sitting down with the intent to create a perfect drawing adds a terrible
amount of pressure and is the thing that trips so many people
up and makes it hard to even start creating in the first place. Draw
informally, when you’re watching television or listening to music. Watch
a movie and draw a picture of something you hear that would be
interesting when taken out of context. Try to not think too
much about it. Approach drawing from an angle, not head on, if that
Finding your subject matter can also be difficult and may be what
you’re actually talking about here. A few things influence the content
of my drawings:
Inspiration from the world around me.
Other artists’ work, books I read, music, conversations I have while
waiting to buy groceries, things like this.
My feelings and internal dialogue, what I’m thinking about or am moved by
or want to express to others. Daydreams, real dreams, imagined
conversations are all good sources for drawing material as they are things that no
one else would ever know about unless you expressed them.
My ability as an artist. I am less of an M. C. Escher and more of a
David Shrigley. You have to find the right spot on the infinitely wide
spectrum of art in which you can create work that you like and you think
is good. I like drawing amorphous shapes and faces and fun things, so
that is where I’m currently situated. Agnes Martin drew lines and dots
and is well known because she was super good at it.
at some point, 1, 2, and 3 will come together and allow you to create
something that you consider great or good or even okay will do
I think those are four good things to think about. The very beginning
is the hardest part when it comes to making art, I wish we could all just skip it. Hopefully this will
help you, and maybe others, get started again.