new art supplies make the world go round

Last week I headed over to Modulor on my lunch break. If you are in Berlin and haven’t checked this place out, you need to go right now. It’s art supply heaven, with three floors of supplies and inspiration in every corner. I went there for a few new pens, but walked out with way more… All good things though! It was a great pick me up in the middle of a long week.

Here are my goodies:
steadtler pens

A whole set of Staedtler Triplus Color pens. I love the fiber tips on these (and of course the COLORS). These are 1 mm so they’re a nice change from my finer pens, and they draw beautiful smooth lines. They work great for lettering!

just my type simon garfield

I also got myself this book, Just My Type by Simon Garfield, which I haven’t put down. It’s great, and if you’re a font lover I highly recommend it. Who knew the history of fonts could be this funny and memorable?
And of course, I can’t resist buying a new notebook everytime I go into an art store. I love the cover on this one, and it has graph paper inside which is perfect for practicing hand lettering.

porcelain painter ceramic pen

Finally, a bit of an impulse buy… I’ve been wanting to experiment with ceramic pens for awhile after seeing some great tutorials on the web. I picked up this one in my favorite color. I can’t wait to try it out, and maybe get some more colors if it goes well! I had thought about ordering ceramic pens from Pebeo, but these ones were actually less expensive than the ones I’ve seen online (this one cost about 3€).

I’m looking forward to playing with all my new goodies this weekend. Have you bought any great new art supplies lately? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

my favorite cafes in Berlin

Berlin has about a thousand and one amazing cafes. It’s one of my favorite things about the city actually. I’ve got a long list of cafes on my “to check out” list. But for now here’s a short list:

3 of my favorite cafes in Berlin.

myxa cafe berlin
photo courtesy of aplacecalledmyxa.tumblr.com

1. Myxa

For: cozy atmosphere, working all day with good internet, fresh teas, nice snacks and fantastic cakes (especially the gf chocolate cake- get it with ice cream).

This is where I go when I am meeting with friends to buckle down and spend 6 hours working. I can always get a table (I love the back room) and they have a good range of snack food to real meal food.

 

photo courtesy of roamersberlin.tumblr.com
photo courtesy of roamersberlin.tumblr.com

2. Roamers

For: hipster atmosphere and great people watching, pretty plants, fresh squeezed juices, and amazing heaping sandwiches.

This is a nice place to meet a friend for a coffee or lunch. It’s really popular and can be hard to find a table so it’s not the ideal spot to work, but the food is outstanding. Seriously. Plus, check out their instagram– these are clearly people who love food (and care about aesthetics! the best combination in my opinion).

 

photo courtesy of www.wonderpots.de
photo courtesy of www.wonderpots.de

3. Wonderpots

For: bright and clean atmosphere, working for a few hours, fun music, frozen yogurt with all the toppings

Okay, I’ll admit that I go here often because it’s so close to my house. But it made it onto this list because it’s just so pleasant. It gets plenty of sunshine and it has a nice student feel because it’s right next to Humboldt Universität. There’s always a table and the chai lattes are awesome.

leaf patterns

A few weeks ago I made it to the botanical garden in Berlin. It’s huge and awesome, if you live here I definitely recommend it. I went with a friend and we had a blast looking at the strange and beautiful tropical plants. I got tons of great inspiration for patterns, and took a bunch of pictures for reference. Here are a few of some crazy cool leaves

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I don’t know if those last two classify as leaves, but I love how funky they are! We saw a bunch of other great things so I’ll post some more pictures soon

patterns from the Pergamon

pergamon-patternsI’ve been meaning to visit the Pergamon museum since we moved to Berlin, and last week I finally made it. I’d heard great things about this museum, and it lived up to my expectations. I went a little crazy taking pictures of all the amazing patterns I saw everywhere. Besides the rugs and tiles above, I loved the intricate details on the remnants of buildings and pottery. It blows my mind that somebody could create geometric patterns like these by hand, and I kept having to remind myself each time I looked at a new ornate pattern.pergamon patterns pergamon-patterns3

sprouting

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