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Where to…Art supplies in London

Today I thought I’d share some insight on where I do all my art materials shopping because over the years I’ve come across some real gems in and around Central London.

First up, my favourite, Cowling & Wilcox. With branches all around London it’

s easily accessible and holds everything from canvases to arts and crafts.

They have amazing seasonal sales with brilliant discounts and I have found them to be my go-to when they have their ‘Canvas Madness’ sale on with up to 80% off!

I’m lucky enough to have had one open up LITERALLY 3 minutes away from me a couple of years ago and so naturally its become my go – to art store.

Stores are dotted around;

  • Highbury (North London)
  • Shoreditch (East London)
  • Camberwell (South London
  •         Next, Atlantis Art Materials, known for being the UK’s biggest Art store. With a huge range of materials in a warehouse style building. I’ve followed them around 3 different locations. From Brick Lane, East London to Old street, Central London which I loved as it was very local to me. and they have now found a new home in London Fields, back in East London – which is a out of the way for me so sadly not as accessible as before but I still make the trip down when I’m in need of a big canvas replenishment.
    You can find Atlantis on Bayford Street, E8.

    Another one of my favourites is Cass Art, this incredible 3 floor flagship store is located in Angel, Islington but with other stores also dotted around London too.
    Stores include;

  • Charing Cross
  • Soho
  • Kensington
  • Kingston
    HampsteadPacked full of everything and anything you could ever need in an Art store. A floor dedicated to canvases, paper stock, portfolio-ing and a little work area too! The ground floor holds all the art materials you could ever need! From Gouache to Acrylic paints and watercolour to a whole section dedicated to calligraphy and pens! The basement floor includes all things Arts & Crafts so if you’ve got kids – this floor is your go to! They also have a little space called…’The Space!’ where there are regular workshops hosted, exhibitions and just a lovely little meet up space!

    That’s the round up for today! I would love to hear your thoughts below and if you have any suggestions for what you’d like the next blogpost to be about – I’d love to hear from you.

Re-introducing the art of handwriting…

If you’re like me and appreciate a handwritten note, card, letter over a text or email then you might also appreciate my new found love (*obsession*) of Modern Calligraphy and hand lettering.

I absolutely love technology and all that comes with it, the convenience, the opportuneness and ease however there’s nothing quite like receiving a handwritten letter or card, I’m also a HUGE fan of anything personalised so you can imagine when I first discovered Modern Calligraphy was a *thing* and a there was a huge community and an online family who shared all of these little obsessions with me I jumped at the chance to learn the skill.

Much like many people I now teach (more of that later) I had absolutely no reason to want to learn this form of calligraphy – all I knew was I wanted to learn it and had no intention of doing anything else with it. I was finally able to enrol on to one of the courses after a very long wait and as soon as I attended that class in June 2017 I knew this was something I wanted to further develop. The lovely lady that taught us began by telling us she had started off as one of us – a student, no particular reason as to why she was doing the class but interested enough to give it a try – two years later she was running the classes and was a freelance calligrapher doing pretty handwriting for a living!! This, as you can imagine, was ridiculously motivating and I was in awe.

As you know I already had a calligraphy business concentrating on all aspects of Arabic Calligraphy, i then had a thought about merging the two worlds of calligraphy together but ultimately decided against it, thus, LettersByLucy was born!

New year, still me

Hi all,

I’m back! I’ve been gone from ‘blogging’ a little while – a few years actually but I’ve been thinking about getting back to blogging for a few months now so here goes…
I cannot express my excitement enough that January 1st falls on a Monday. I feel like my OCD levels are all fully balanced and ready for the new year and thus it felt like the perfect opportunity to rejoin the blogging community.

It’s always at this time of the year I feel like I get this big kick of motivation and inspiration (hence the sudden reappearance of the blog!) and I am rearing to go. I have never been one to experience ‘January blues’ partly to do with the fact January is my birthday month I’m sure – for 2018 I decided I would set some goals as this is when I’m most ‘eager’. I’m usually very private about goals as I feel voicing them makes it a must and therefore can feel like a chore but these are more general and just baby steps to self help rather than anything so I wanted to share them anyway…

1. Be more consistent 
I now run multiple social media accounts on my own and I do find myself going days without posting anything and then I’ll post anything for the sake of it. I would like to actually create a back log of posts and save these on Instagram’s ‘drafts’ and post as I go along.

2. Be more organised
I’m always massively flattered by how many of you guys think from my insta-stories that I am some kind of ambassador for organisation. In my opinion you can never be organised enough and as organised as I am I still fall short way with juggling jobs that I end up having to do late nights, dashes to the post office in between lessons and answer emails on the go. In 2018 I would like to organise my time especially and allocate specific times for specific jobs so I’m not trying to a million things at once.

3. Say ‘no’ more
I know this one just looks weird because the saying usually goes – ‘say yes more’, I’m the complete opposite and the reason I tend to panic, struggle and be a hot mess is basically because I take on too much. I hate disappointing and telling people I can’t do things and then I take on too much and freak out and go AWOL every so often. So in 2018 I’m going to learn to say ‘no’.

4. Seek opportunities 
I’ve always politely waited for opportunities to fall into my lap. I waited until I was asked, invited and contacted to be somewhere or host an event etc and whilst I’ve been SO lucky and incredibly humbled in the past 5 years to have received all the opportunities I have I would really like to go out and seek more, tell people about myself and basically network. I know that if I actively tried to seek opportunities it would just be a whole lot more fun and so this year I’m really going to push myself to push myself and see where it takes me.

5. Learn!
I’m a self taught arabic calligrapher but in 2017 I did a Modern Calligraphy class and IMMEDIATELY saw how it impacted Lucy Arts and opened up so many new doors for me and I just kept wondering why I hadn’t done it sooner. I really want to do a few more courses and I have some in mind and I’m eagerly sitting on the waiting list. I can’t wait to extend my skill set and share it with you all.

So that’s it, that’s a few little goals for 2018 that I really want to try and achieve. Wishing you all a wonderful start to the new year.

Lucy x