A Tiny Muji Haul

Today I thought I would share a few bits I got recently from Muji. If you haven’t heard of it before Muji is a Japanese homeware shop which sells a small amount of stationery. This stationery is usually very cheap and very nice to use.

I bought two of the smooth writing gel ink pens in the 0.5 size. Usually I prefer the 0.38 gel pen but my 0.5 ran out of ink and this is what I prefer for my coursework because the sketchbooks I use have very thick paper and I find this pen writes nicer than the finer 0.38. I also bought refills for this pen, I think this is one of the things I like most about Muji, they sell refills for all of their pens so you don’t need to buy an entirely new pen.

I also bought a mechanical pencil, I had originally intended on just buying the refill but they were sold out so I bought an entire pencil instead. This is my favourite type of mechanical pencil to use just now, it has a nice weight to it and I like how it fits in my hand.

I also bought some refills for my pen eraser, this works almost exactly like the mechanical pencil but it has a rubber instead of lead. I find this much easier to use as well because it is pencil shaped rather than the smaller typical eraser shape.

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March Papergang Unboxing

I’m back today with a post about the March Papergang subscription. If you haven’t heard of it before Papergang is a monthly subscription service from OhhDeer.com and it is basically a box full of lovely paper goods. The subscription costs £9.95 a month and it usually works out cheaper to buy the box rather that buying the items individually through OhhDeer.

I suppose the only downside about this box is that you don’t know what will come in it. You got a really nice thank you card with gold foiling and the riso printed monthly calendars. But I didn’t like the fact that it also came with three notebooks. I love notebooks but I am very quickly getting more than I could ever hope to use, I haven’t finished using the notebook I got in November and in the last month I’ve gained three more.

I realise that Papergang is all about the stationery but at the minute I’m seriously considering cancelling my subscription when it comes time to renew. Though next month seems to be going back to the tropical theme which I am slightly obsessed with just now.

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February Papergang Unboxing

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I don’t usually sign up for monthly subscription boxes. I never think the price is worth what you get (this is especially true for book subscriptions), but a few weeks ago I decided to try signing up for the Papergang box since I’m a total sucker for stationery and nice paper things.

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Papergang is run by OhhDeer.com, this is an online shop that sells lots of stationery things and cards ect. Most of the items you get in the Papergang box are things you can actually buy individually on the OhhDeer website. However the box is £9.95 a month so buying everything individually works out to be more expensive.

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This months box was travel themed. It came with an A4 desk pad and a slightly less than A4 notebook with these really cute cacti illustrations on it. It also came with a blank birthday card and stickers in this same illustration style. I didn’t see any information on who this illustrator is because I would love to buy more things from them (I just really like cacti okay).

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The little calendar for March is something that comes with every box, I don’t really have a use for it since it would bulk out my bullet journal too much but I imagine if you had a filofax or something similar it could be used in that.

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If you head over to the Papergang website you actually get a hint of what the next month’s box will be from the background. Or you could just wait till I write a blog post about it since I got a 3 month subscription.

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Graphic Design Exhibition

I am very late in posting this. Every September/ October time Graphic Design Festival Scotland holds a poster design competition. You don’t have to create a poster on a specific thing, you just create a poster. The best posters are then shown in an exhibition at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. Here are the photos from the second year I went (from last September). Like I said I should have posted about this a long time ago.

I feel weird saying this but this exhibition wasn’t actually that good. The posters don’t have a specific theme which means it can be very overwhelming. Some were interesting to look at. But more as an inspirational thing. It was interesting to see how designers used different methods to create the posters. One actually had gold foiling on parts which was cool. But as a whole the exhibition wasn’t that good.

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Erin has been pestering me for over a year and a half to mention her in a post. So here is Erin and I up one of the towers in the Lighthouse. They don’t always have this open so it’s worth going up if you get the chance. You get some really nice views over Glasgow.

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A Life In Letterpress

Back at the end of 2016 I went to the Lighthouse in Glasgow to see an exhibit of Alan Kitching’s work. Alan Kitching is a typographic designer, he creates artwork by using a type of relief printing called letterpress. This is where you have a block of type (or in this particular case specific letterforms) and print them onto paper using ink. It’s actually really interesting to see his work up close because there are imperfections in it.

Printing as a whole is not an exact science and doesn’t always work the way you expect. I really like his work but I think part of that comes from it being a piece of art that was physically made rather than done on the computer. There is something about actually making a thing which makes it feel more real.

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