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!

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!

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!

Pushing Through the Fear (Revisited)

In January I published a blog post called Pushing Through the Fear, which was all about how in 2016 I would be pushing myself out of my comfort zone and start believing in myself and what I create:

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a problem with “putting myself out there”. Not only am I an introvert, I am a fairly shy introvert. I’m nowhere near as shy as I used to be, but still; I don’t enjoy being the center of attention, I don’t know how to take a compliment, and I often worry that, when I do try to put myself out there, I’m coming across as pushy or thinking too much of myself. This isn’t exactly helpful when you want to share creative projects and get involved in a community.

I have many conversations with my husband about what makes someone an artist, since he calls me one and I completely avoid using that word to describe myself. He thinks that you don’t need formal training or an exhibit at a prestigious gallery; anyone who creates things is an artist. I obviously have a different opinion, although only when it comes to myself it seems.

Recently I’ve been thinking more about this avoidance and how rationalizing “not being an artist” holds me back. I use it to talk myself out of sharing or submitting work, making things for people, or getting involved with other artists. I fear putting myself out there and that my work isn’t good enough, so it’s easier to tell myself that I’m not a “real artist” rather than risk whatever it is I think is going to happen if I try.

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