Well Inked Box: Science & Stripes

Well Inked Box: Science & Stripes

I’m super excited to talk about the new Well Inked Box! On first glance, I thought the supplies might be better suited to a bullet journaler or someone with better penmanship (especially with that fancy looking fountain pen!) but then I thought, “When have I ever been limited by the type of pen or notebook when making art?!”

After that realization, I couldn’t wait to explore and experiment with each item:

The Zebra mildliners definitely called out to me first. I’m a sucker for muted colors and I knew I wanted to create a spread with the gorgeous muted blue and yellow as a focal point. The colors reminded me of a Sktchy app portrait I’d been saving, so I decided to draw it to test everything out!

I sketched out the portrait with the Zebra fountain pen in the Cognitive Surplus Experiment Notebook and then used the Zebra Mildliner Highlighters and Zebra Metallic Brush Pen to color the portrait and create a messy background. The fountain pen is just as good for drawing as it is for writing – maybe one day I’ll have the patience to take up calligraphy and use it to its full potential!

I absolutely adore the blue and yellow colors together, and I used the metallic pen to add some “shadows” to the portrait. The only thing I wish I’d realized earlier is that the black fountain pen doesn’t write over the metallic ink, but luckily I was just experimenting and didn’t have a solid plan for how I wanted the page to look.

The notebook did pretty well with my heavy use of the pens. The fountain pen did bleed through a little bit but that’s because I’m over the top with my outlines and inking. As you can probably tell, the t-shirt and headphones were the parts that bled through the most! I’m sure if you were using the pen in a reasonable manner, there would be no problem.

Overall, I’m really happy with these additions to my art arsenal! The metallic pen and muted colors are right up my alley, and I can never say no to a black ink pen. I’m excited to keep filling up the notebook and continue my exploration of the Well Inked Box supplies.

If you’re new to Well Inked Box, use the code LTJ2018 at checkout for 15% off your first box!

For the Record: Morgan Hess

Welcome to the return of For the Record! For those unfamiliar with the original series from 2015, For the Record is an ongoing interview series with all types of journal keepers. It aims to explore the different ways you can approach journaling, showcase an array of work, and emphasize there is no “wrong” or “right” way to journal. I’m very pleased to share the first interview in the new series with Morgan Hess.

About Morgan

My name is Morgan (she/her). While I study and work in neuroscience, art has always been more than a hobby to me. There’s a strong disconnect between science and art. When I started posting my art online, I was encouraged by my peers in neuroscience to use an alias, to only use my real name for research publications, but I refused. I am a multi-faceted person and I will not hide my art in order to be taken more seriously in my scientific endeavors.

1. Describe the type of journal you keep and your journal style.

I keep a small sketchbook to work in. Sometimes my journals are themed, for example, my last journal was primarily filled with plants and fungi. Most pages of my journals have quotes on them as well.

2. How long have you been a journal-keeper?

I started journaling in college, mostly because I didn’t have time for “real” art. It was about halfway through my second sketchbook that my girlfriend convinced me to start posting the sketches online. She convinced me that the art being in a journal doesn’t make it any less “real” than if it were a stand-alone piece.

Art journal spread by Morgan Hess

3. It took me a while to be convinced of that too. I’m glad we both realized that art in a journal doesn’t make it any less “real”! What are the reasons you keep a journal?

If I didn’t make art I’d go crazy. Art is how I cope, vent, celebrate, relax. It is a way to express myself. I like journals because they keep everything together. It’s one big art piece as well as dozens of little ones. I also enjoy journaling because I don’t take it as seriously. If I mess up it’s no big deal. I can cover it up, transform it, work with it, or even cut it out. There’s no pressure.

4. I love the idea that journaling is one big art piece as well as dozens of small ones – I hadn’t thought about it like that before. How often do you work in your journal?

I work in my journal pretty much everyday. It was my New Year’s resolution to draw everyday, even if it’s just a couple of marks on the page.

Art journal spread by Morgan Hess

5. Do you work in multiple journals or do you stick to one at a time?

I work in one at a time.

6. What are your favorite supplies to work with?

I love drawing with ballpoint pens and colored pencils. I love control, and that manifests in my art.

Art journal spread by Morgan Hess

7. What inspires you?

I get inspired by nature, quotes, music, books, people, anything really. I try to find beauty in every aspect of my life.

8. Do you use journal entries as a basis to create other work?

No, but I do sometimes play off the themes or quotes in an older page and make small connections throughout the journal.

Art journal spread by Morgan Hess

9. What are your thoughts on destroying journals?

I would never destroy my journals, but when they’re done I don’t do much with them. I don’t look back very often; I prefer constantly moving forward and transforming.

10. Thank you so much for answering these questions! Where else can we find you and your work online?

My Instagram is @morganhessart, my website is morganhessart.com and my Tumblr is also morganhessart (as you can see, I am very creative with the naming process).

Interested in being interviewed for For the Record? Get in touch!

Throwback: Well Inked Box – Kurt (Feb 2018)


In March 2018 I became an ambassador for Well Inked Box, a quarterly subscription box which features creative supplies delivered to your door. I was so excited to receive my first box and I shared the unboxing on my Instagram stories (see highlights).

At the time I was on a portrait drawing kick, so I was super excited to test out all of the goodies – particularly those Tombow pens! The pens are still working a year later and they are now my go-to black pens.

I used the Alex Foster Space notebook for the portraits below:

The notebook had an interesting glossy texture which I’d never come across before and the pages were a little thin for my usual heavy mixed media pages, so I ended up doubling up the pages and reinforcing with a pamphlet stitch so it wouldn’t fall apart. I really liked how it turned out and the cover is by far one of my favorites!

I completed the Space journal in November 2018: view the entire Space journal.

If you’re new to Well Inked Box, use the code LTJ2018 at checkout for 15% off your first box!

Brush Magazine, Issue 3

I’m proud to announce that I have had an article and piece of art published in the latest issue of Brush Magazine! I teamed up with Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd to co-write a piece about everyone’s favorite topic: art and copyright!

The idea for the article came about from a discussion we had about the grey area of using vintage elements and magazine images in our art journals. Both of our professions (I’m an Archivist and she’s an Archaeologist) have strong codes of ethics with regards to provenance (the place of origin or earliest known history of something), so we decided to tackle the issue from both an artistic and professional viewpoint. Hopefully it will help make people aware that there are copyright issues involved with using certain images in art and provide some good tips on how to avoid getting into trouble!

There are also tons more great articles and inspirational journals featured in the magazine – thank you to Tanyalee Kahler for putting the fantastic magazine together!

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Make Art

Make Art It’s a total cliché, but I’ve loved making art since I was old enough to hold crayons. I had dreams of going to “art school” in my teens (even though I didn’t really know what that meant) and all I secretly wanted was to be an artist. However, I went to a school…

via Make Art — The Awesome Ladies Project

Twin Peaks Fanzine & Launch Party!

Update: You can buy the zine on Laura’s Etsy with free shipping!

I’m pleased to announce that my art will be featured in a Twin Peaks fanzine based in Australia! There will be more details on where to buy the zine to follow, but there is going to be a launch party at the Sticky Institute in Melbourne on Saturday, 12th August. Sadly I won’t be able to attend (being 8,000 miles away and all) but perhaps this can reach some Melbourne-based Twin Peaks fans!

Thanks to Riet for bringing the zine to my attention, and to Laura for including me and putting the whole zine together!

Synapse Zine

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I’m excited to announce that my art has been featured in Synapse Zine #3, a not-for-profit collection of counter-culture art and literature. You can view the digital version or buy a physical copy for $1.60 (all money goes to printing costs) – Chris also has some amazing stickers for sale!

I have a ton of exciting things going on right now, which should all be revealed in the next couple of weeks – watch this space!

Illustractions Release Party & Art Show

One of my goals this year has been to submit my work to zines, so in March I came across a call for a new Los Angeles based zine called Illustractions and decided to submit a few pieces for consideration. Ari got back to me pretty quickly to tell me that one of my pages was to be included, which I was over the moon about! A few weeks later I had an email with an update on the zine and that there was to be a release party for the zine in May at Junior High in Hollywood. I started to get nervous about it, but I accepted the invitation and decided I would just go for it; you have to take these opportunities, right? I also agreed to do some quick portraits of the people at the event – eek!

The show was last night and I’m so glad I went! I was super nervous the whole time, but it was pretty amazing to see my art on the wall and in a zine, to meet some new people, and enjoy a night of stand-up comedy, music, and art. Here are some photos from the show:

Me with the zine and my art!
The wall of portraits I made with two other artists
Junior High – such an awesome art space!
I really liked this

Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like the zine is available to buy online, I think they were just given out for free across Los Angeles, but it it was really fun to be involved in!

Girls Only Zine

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I’m excited to announce that my artwork is going to be featured in Girls Only, Issue V! This issue’s theme is Mystic and it features one of my pieces of post-it art from my Year of Creative Habits project. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see one of my little post-its in such a gorgeous zine! You can buy copies of the zine on Lorna’s Etsyall proceeds go to future issues!