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I’ve decided to jump feet first back in to the whole blogging/social media scene. I took a little break, and life has been c-r-a-z-y. It’s still pretty crazy, but my creativity is back and it needs to go somewhere! I’m feeling good, and I’m going to make the most of it while it lasts! Talking about time, I’m doing Inktober Artober this year!

Inktober is a really awesome art initiative that happens each year where artists post an ink drawing every day for the entire month of October. The idea is to improve and develop your skills, and both the hashtag on instagram and the videos on Youtube have always been really inspiring to me. Last year, I started sharing my sketchbook on instagram, but that stopped when I couldn’t keep it up. I’ve been contemplating doing Inktober this year but keep stopping at the idea that I won’t be able to do it for the whole month – and I really don’t like starting a challenge and not finishing it!

With that in mind, I’ve put my own spin on it. I suppose it’s cheating a bit but I’m really excited about the prospect and have dubbed it ‘Artober’. Every day I’ll upload an image that is art and design related. I’ll share some drawings too, sketches and typography, as well as sharing my tools and mini reviews of my favourite art books. Here’s a link to my instagram if you fancy following along and feel free to get involved! The #inktober community is wonderful and a quick browse through the hashtag will definitely leave you feeling inspired.

Whenever I visit London I make a beeline to the London Graphic Centre (the art haul I posted when I last visited London in May was partially from there!). The lovely people at LGC got in touch and asked me to share details about their upcoming student day. On Tuesday 4th October they’re offering a huge 20% off everything in store, as well as a free goody bag if you spend over £15. They very kindly sent me one of these goody bags and they’re full of fab tools including a Pigma Micron, some washi tape and a huge variety of other pens and pencils, so definitely worth popping by. As someone who loves stationery, buys far too many sketchbooks and who's desk is overrun by pens, I so wish I lived closer to London so I could take advantage of this!

In other news, after a few very stressful weeks at work, I had last week off and visited Kent. Graham and I ate too many burgers, I spent too much money indulging in retail therapy, we bought mouthwatering fudge in Canterbury and I discovered a new magazine in Brighton. I’ve also been really digging Youtube – more specifically, the art community. My current favourite YouTubers are:

FranNerdBethBeRadAudra Auclair and Bumble Baylee.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram if you fancy cheering me on this October challenge and I’ll be popping by when I can to share some new content on the blog.