Hi all. I decided to continue keeping a doodle planner in 2014, and so there will be future posts on this planner (I haven’t taken any photos yet). In the mean time, since many of you enjoy my planner pages, I thought I’d show you what I use to create them.
I’ve featured the pencil case I use on my blog before
, and it’s now almost a year old. I chuck it in my bag most days, and it’s holding up well. The only thing that annoys me is that I got a ballpoint mark on it, and it won’t come out!
I’ve included my PITT artist pens in the photo above. They don’t live in my pencil case, but I sometimes use them in my planner so I wanted to include them in the photo. I won’t be discussing them though. If you want to know how great PITT artist pens are, there are plenty of websites that can tell you about them.
The felt tips I use are Staedtler Triplus colour pens
(the link is to Cult Pens – I bought my first set of these pens in Asda, but Cult Pens are great!). The tips do wear with time, but I’ve used my current set for over a year and the colour is still fresh and the nibs are still wet. The great thing about Cult Pens is that you can buy the individual colours you need, as well as the standard box sets, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money if you just want to replace one pen.
I also use the Staedtler Triplus fineliner pens. These are part of the same line as the felt tips, and all of the colours match except for the pale blue (for some reason the fineliner and the felt tip have very different pale blues).
I keep three colouring pencils in my case. They’re part of my colouring set, and every so often I rotate them out with three new colours. I like having colouring pencils in my pencil case for spur of the moment colouring, but if I have something specific I want to colour in I use my full set.
I keep a mini highlighter, a protractor and a rubber in my pencil case, just in case I get the urge to highlight, measure angles or erase things. Hahaha! I never measure angles, I just use it for drawing straight lines – it’s small so it fits nicely into my pencil case, unlike a ruler.
Underneath the highlighter is my red Lamy mechanical pencil. I do love mechanical pencils, and this one broke a very long love affair (5+ years!) with a Pentel mechanical pencil. I like that the Lamy pencils are streamlined, have no extra bits and come in bold colours.
Underneath the Lamy pencil, I have two ballpoint pens from Paperchase. The lower of the two is a chunkier refillable pen, and the upper pen is a disposable one with little dogs on it. Although Paperchase have now started selling refills for their disposable pens, I find that with use the pattern wears off the barrel, so you should still buy one of the chunky refillable pens if you want one that will last. Also, on the disposable ballpoints the clasp isn’t firmly fixed in place, and it can rotate and slide off the pen. I mostly use these two ballpoints for scribbling at work, although I do occasionally doodle with them.
Finally, we have my Sailor fountain pen. I reviewed it on my blog before (see link), so I won’t discuss it in much details here. I used to use a Lamy fountain pen to doodle in my planner, but it didn’t agree with the Moleskine paper, so I switched to the Sailor with its extra fine nib. It actually suits me better as the lines are much smaller and tidier. I use it with J. Herbin Perle Noire.
And that’s what’s in my everyday pencil case. What are you using?