Whats In My Pencil Case

Whats In My Pencil Case | bluchickenninja.comI recently did a little clear out of the pencil case I use for college so I thought I would share what was in it. I should also point out that my pencil case isn’t actually a pencil case, it’s a makeup bag from the Let’s Squawk range at Paperchase.

You know how sometimes you go to buy something and it’s only when you’re at the till paying that you realise the thing is a little more expensive than what you expected. That was my experience with this pencil case, but I’ve pretty much used it every day for the last six months so I guess it was money well spent.
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Mechanical Pencils: I am really quite lazy and don’t like to sharpen pencils (though you will note I have a pencil sharpener anyway) so I use mechanical pencils. I have a few Pentel ones but I really love the Muji mechanical pencils. I also have a rubber from Muji which works almost the exact same way to the pencil. Not sure why but it’s so much easier that way to use than a regular rubber.

Sharpies: We use big A3 sketchbooks in college and sharpies are the best thing to write in them with since they have thick nibs. And because the paper is thick it means the ink doesn’t bleed through too much. I also have the metallic sharpies for writing my name on stuff.

Fineliners: I’ve been mostly using these for my bullet journal. I’ve tried a couple of different brands like the Rotring or the Micron but the Staedtler ones are my favourite (in the 03 size).

Writing Pens: I really love the Muji gel pens in 0.38 for my bullet journal. I also have a Lamy Al-Star fountain pen with purple ink which I use occasionally in my sketchbook. I really need to figure out how to hold that pen right because I always end up with ink all over my fingers.

Highlighters: I actually bought these Zebra Mildliners for my bullet journal but I’ve been using them in my sketchbooks too. I mostly like these because of the colours, why do highlighters always have to come in fluorescent yellow and pink. I’m probably going to buy more of these because they come in a bunch more colours.

Cutting and Sticking Things: We do a lot of sticking things into sketchbooks so I usually have a stick of glue with me. I also have two pairs of scissors, a regular pair and a set of non stick scissors. The problem with cutting tape is it gunks up regular scissors making them difficult to use so you can buy scissors with a non-stick coating to stop that from happening. Also these were only £1 on Amazon so I bought a few pairs of them.

Pen Drives: I do graphic design so most of the work is computer based and though the college gives us space on the servers to save our work I’ve found it’s a good idea to keep a backup. Especially if I want to work on stuff at home. I have a 16gb pen drive with all my work from last year and I bought a 128gb pen drive for this year.

A fork: Yeah I needed this for a project and just haven’t taken it out yet.

Things I Forgot To Put In The Photo

Tweezers: Yeah I have no idea how they ended up in my pencil case. I think at some point they were going to be used for a project but I forget what that project was.

Copic Marker: I think I was going to try using this for brush lettering at one point but I didn’t because the Copics bleed quite badly.

X-Acto Blades: I’ve bought cutting blades from a number of different art shops and I’ve found that the X-Acto blades are the best. The only place I’ve found them in the UK is at Hobbycraft, but it really is worth the extra effort to get them, they cut paper so much easier than any other blade I’ve tried.

Headphones: These usually live in my rucksack so I have no idea how they migrated to my pencil case.

Depending on the project I will also bring along a cutting mat, ruler, masking tape and double sided tape. Occasionally I will bring my little watercolour kit too but I really use that more for personal projects.

And since everyone complained last time I did one of these because it wasn’t realistic, yes I also had little bits of paper and crumbs at the bottom.

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Can I Really Do This?

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More playing with a scanner in class today. Its actually good fun.

I am finding myself becoming increasingly frustrated with my CFS. I have so many different things I want to be working on just now (some of which I’m actually getting paid for) and I can’t because I’m so tired. This is mostly because I’m back at college and college work is more important than my personal projects. But it’s annoying because my CFS affects how much I am able to do day to day and week to week.

And it’s now at the point where I’m seriously thinking about whether I can do this as an actual career. For a long time I thought that doing some sort of freelance work would be the best. I thought it would be easier that way to work around my varying health. But now I’m starting to realise that having CFS could actually make working freelance even harder. The college course I’m on is set up almost exactly how you would find it in an actual design studio. We don’t have specific classes we have projects that we are given a specific amount of time to work on. This may be a week or it could even be a month.

But this means that getting the project finish for the hand in date is really important because thats how it would be in the real work. You can’t go to an actual client and be all “sorry the work wasn’t finished on time cause I had a sore throat”. But the thing is you can kind of do that in college, you’re not really supposed to but you can. And my CFS makes hitting those deadlines really difficult. But it’s something I have to do cause thats how it will be in the real world.

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Am I Doing This Right?

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The problem with starting a new year at college is you start learning from the beginning all over again. This means for a while no more designing logos or advertising campaigns or posters. You’re back at the start creating lines, shapes and patterns. And the problem with this is when you compare doodling to everything else it seems to easy it makes you wonder if you’re actually doing it right. I mean this is something anyone could do. But apparently it’s important because it leads on to the harder stuff.

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On Missing Home

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A long long time ago I wrote a post about how I liked staying away from home. Three years, a near death experience (that may be a little exaggeration) and one chronic illness later I am again staying away from home and I hate it. I can’t even work out why I don’t like it.

It’s almost as if I’ve become too accustomed to living with my parents and being around my stuff and my books and my dogs. I feel like this is the sort of thing I’m going to have to get used to at some point. I mean I can’t stay with my parents forever, but I hate this. Whatever this weird thing is I’m feeling.

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Incase you haven’t already guessed I’m back at college so posts may be a little weird till I can get back in a proper blogging routine.

I Am Not An Artist?

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I have come to the realization that I’m not an artist (before people get angry I should clarify that by artist I mean fine artist). I like design and maybe a little bit of illustration (yes there is a different (apparently)), but fine art isn’t for me. It takes too long and I’m constantly frustrated that what I paint doesn’t look as good as I want it to. Part of that problem stems from me not wanting to take the time and get good at drawing portraits or painting landscapes.

But in a way it’s a good thing because it’s helped me realise that fine art isn’t the thing I want to be doing. I like design, I like playing with colours and shapes and turning them into patterns. I like illustration. I loved my corporate identity projects at college because they were essentially just doodling.

I don’t even know if there is a point to this post. Basically I’m not an artist and thats fine because I don’t want to be.

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