Because the July miscellany didn't contain the usual links, I'm a bit behind with links, and most of these are from July rather than August. Not to worry, I'll probably be caught up by next month. Enjoy!
- A short video and post from Tammy at Daisy Yellow about the value of doodling, making patterns, and creativity. As a long-time doodler, I agree with her, and I highly recommend that you check this post out.
- An awesome tutorial from iHanna on how to create an inspiration notebook or a gluebook of ideas. I kept a gluebook myself from 2010 to 2012 (click here to see all of my posts about my gluebook) and I really enjoyed it. Mine started morphing into an art journal at the end, but generally keeping a gluebook is simpler and less intimidating than keeping an art or visual journal. Now I want to start another one...
- Jarka, one of my readers who lives in the Czech Republic, has started her own blog. It's called Czech Stationery Addict, and - while she doesn't have many posts up yet - you should go over there and leave her some comments and encouragement. (She's blogging in both English and Czech, so click on the "English" tab at the top if you can't read Czech.)
- Mary took three Lamy fountain pens with her on a summer road trip. To me, the colours of the pens suggest Halloween more than summer, but I love the ink colours she selected and how they suit the colours of the pens.
- Another thing I love is artist's sketchbooks, so here is a look into the sketchbooks of one my favourite artists, Rima Staines (be warned, this post contains a lot of images and may take a while to load). I love how rough and yet evocative her sketches are. I should work in my sketchbook more often.
- Writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt explores diaries and the wild mind, with three tips for starting a journal habit. I think her tips are excellent ones, and I like how she has just one notebook for everything - something that I am working towards. (You can also check out my review of Haupt's book, Crow Planet.)
- Finally, John at Pencil Revolution reviews neon Dixon Ticonderoga pencils. I'm usually not that into neon, but these pencils just look awesome.
That's all for this month. Stay tuned for new reviews and posts in September!