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Art Journal Basics & Beyond – Pens


I recently realised that one of my AJBB posts never actually went live. Ah, isn’t technology grand? Anyway, here it is for you now, better late than never. Right?

I’m here today to share some of my favourite pens and pencils for use in my art journal. As always, this is not a comprehensive list of whats on the market, but purely my go to goodies.


Colour – I am a huge fan of the Gelly Roll pens by Sakura. They come in a range of styles – Souffle, Original, Metallic, Glaze etc – but my faves by far are the Moonlight pens. The vibrant, opaque colours are uh-mazing.

Black – Finding the right black pen for art journaling can be a nightmare. Some skip, smudge and fade. I have tried many and my top pick, hands down, is the Pilot Permaball. It writes on just about any surface and is permanent when dry. Sadly, it is rare as hens teeth, so I’ve been searching for others to replace it. The Fudeball is good if you’re after a thicker line, while the Uniball Insight are a great thinner alternative.

White – When it comes to white pens, you cannot go past the Uniball Signo, or white Gelly Roll. Both write beautifully if you simply slow down a little, and regularly clean the tip.


Aside from the obvious HB, there are a few other pencils that I love to use. I adore the Stabilo ALL pencil – or what Dina Wakley refers to as the magic pencil. It’s a very soft waxy pencils that can be blended with your fingers much like an oil pastel, but it really comes to life when activated with water. It is delicious! I love my trusty Prismacolour watercolour pencil too, in black. To me, it is much like the Stabilo, but not quite as blendable.I also love using charcoal, both black and white, and recommend the Generals brand.


Of course, I couldn’t do a pen post without including my favourites – paint pens! My favourites by far, are the Sharpie water based pens, but Posca & Montana are close behind. I was recently introduced to the Sakura Permapaque pens courtesy of Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, and have fallen in love with them. They have dual tips and offer great opaque coverage, without the mess that sometimes comes with traditional paint pens.

So there you have it, a peek inside my pen stash. If you havent tried any of these, I suggest you do. Heck, I will even give you permission to run out now and splurge ;)  Have you got a favourite that I havent listed? I would love to hear about it!

Happy arting!






Friday Five: Goals for 2014

Melita Bloomer - Friday Five

I’ve decided to start a totally frivolous weekly post called the Friday Five. Put simply – each week I’ll pick a random subject and share five things about it with you. It might be art related, music, books, or even just five things that made me laugh this week. So what do you think, want a little insight into this crazy beautiful life of mine?

With the new year upon us, it seems only fitting to include five of my goals for the coming year. So here are five art related goals of mine for this year.

1. I want to practice daily art.

2. More artful videos to share :)

3. I’d love to meet up with more like minded people, especially for art filled afternoons!

4. I’d love to sell a piece of my artwork. I’m a fan of big dreams :)

5. In an ideal world, I would LOVE to teach art journaling to local ladies, particularly as a form of art therapy. Aiming high with this one, but if your dreams aren’t scary, they’re jut not big enough, right?

What are your goals for 2014? I’d love to hear from you!

Happy arting!

Melita xo


Rediscovering Neocolors

I purchased a small set of Neocolors quite some time ago but, like many other things, they’d gotten buried in the clutter that is my studio. I pulled them out tonight and had a play in my little journal. Nothing fancy, just aimless doodling, but it’s reminded me how much I love the colours. I really need to bring them out more often.


Hoping to carve out some true art time this weekend, and finally create something from start to finish again. Feels like much too long since I did. But for now, bed. My to do list for tomorrow is ridiculous, I’m battling a cold, AND it looks like I’ll be dragging the Mr to the doc. He went go-karting as a work function and came home with rather sore ribs. Apparently they drive hard lol

Until next time, happy arting!

Melita xo