Getting creative with art products and stationary is a great way to relax and feel positive about things. As a method of getting away from the outside world and expressing thoughts and ideas, practicing drawing, sketching and writing is ideal, and something that can be done anywhere with little preparation. Creativity and artistic activity is often linked with healthy mental well-being. The act of producing a picture or a piece of creative writing is valuable in itself, no matter what the end result, and it is often a good way to de-stress and contextualise the world outside.
There are plenty of ways to get creative, and the purest of ways require little more than paper and a pen or pencil. Think about starting off with a sketch pad and some pencils. How about this Colouring Pencils Set by Orla Kiely (above). Now available at Dotmaison, the set of 12 cedar wood coloured pencils are beautifully finished with the famous linear set print and are ideal for drawing out some colourful ideas. Arriving in a striking illustrated tin, the pencils are a perfect way to start off a new art project!
The Bakers Dozen Coloring Pencils from Ted Baker are a stylish collection of 13 pencils. Featuring a full range of colours, the pencils are all tipped with a rose gold finish and each feature an individual slogans and phrases. The pencils are housed in a Ted Baker box and are ideal for tempting a creative exercise out of anyone!
The As Good As Gold Pencil Set from Kate Spade is a gorgeously produced collection of gold embossed pencils. All featuring a different snappy phrase such as ‘she wrote the book on it’, the pencils are ideal for recording new ideas or sketching a scene from a train window as it rolls by. The beautifully stylish pencils make an excellent gift and are just as useful as they are pretty.
The super smart Ela Elephant Metal Ballpoint is perhaps better suited for creativity of a different sort. Jotting down thoughts and ideas, perhaps for works of poetry or prose, could begin to take shape using this comfortable pen. Featuring Orla Kiely’s Ela Elephant design, the pen arrives in a charming metal presentation case.
All of those pens and pencils are going to need a space on your desk! The Pen Pen White from Essey is great for keeping a work space neat and tidy. Created using a high-density polyethylene, the unique pen holder looks like a crumpled piece of waste paper, and adding even more creative energy to a study or workroom.