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Yes, you can afford art supplies

Yes, you can afford art supplies

By Vanessa Bentley Have you ever wanted to try painting but the paper, paint and brushes are all just too expensive? What if you only paint once and don’t like it? Worrying about the cost of the paper might also make you reluctant to experiment – and after all,...

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17 May is pen and pencil day

17 May is pen and pencil day

Pens and pencils are used almost daily by most people. As we observe “pen and pencil day” during Stationery Week, here are some fun facts about these important home and office tools. Pens Pens are at least 5 000 years old. Ancient Egyptians used reed straws and ink...

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May is a month of MERMAIDS in the creative world

May is a month of MERMAIDS in the creative world

By Vanessa Bentley Did you know that the month of May will have many artists drawing, painting or illustrating mermaids? The official Mermay website says the following: “MerMay is a month-long celebration of creativity, community and above all … MERMAIDS.” Apart from...

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Seven key stationery items for hobbyists

Seven key stationery items for hobbyists

Source: Pink Villa To write down things on hard paper has become an old school thing. With the rise of digital media, a lot of us have forgotten the blissful feeling of writing with hands on paper and how it makes our hearts pour out things through the pen. Journaling...

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Gucci releases stationery line

Gucci releases stationery line

By Osman Ahmed for i-D The Italian fashion house has officially launched a lifestyle collection of stationery and objects, and it’s just as whimsical as you’d imagine. Oh, the joys of shopping for stationery ahead of that back-to-school feeling in...

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Think ink

Think ink

In its most simple form, an ink is composed of pigment and solvent. The pigment gives the ink its hue, while the solvent is the vehicle that carries the colour. Pigment comes from a variety of sources with nitrogen-containing compounds, commonly known as dyes. Solvent...

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We are hosting a virtual trade show!

We are hosting a virtual trade show!

Calling all exhibitors: shop-sa, in conjunction with My Office, will be hosting a digital trade show on Wednesday 11 August 2021. The 105-year-old association of the stationery and home office products industry is hosting a virtual trade show to provide both...

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The art of writing beautifully

The art of writing beautifully

When drafting a letter or document, most of us would rather type it out and print it with our trusty printer. This way we know it’s neat and legible. But there is something so satisfying about reading a beautifully-crafted piece of writing. Each letter skilfully...

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Making a mark with art

Making a mark with art

Gail Wilson is a local artist easily recognisable by her long, bright pink hair. She is well-known in both the Johannesburg street photography and Johannesburg Heritage Foundation circles. Gail’s parents moved from Kimberley to Johannesburg when she was a child. She...

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How to create a stationery cake

How to create a stationery cake

Source: Daily Mail Stationery cakes are fast becoming the popular gifts for teachers and parents this holiday season. The very handy bundles usually include pencil case staples like felt markers, coloured pencils and pens. They can also have exciting additions...

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Messe Frankfurt South Africa acquires Hobby-X

Messe Frankfurt South Africa acquires Hobby-X

Messe Frankfurt South Africa, a subsidiary of one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, is proud to announce the acquisition of Hobby-X, the premier event for the hobby, arts and crafts supplies sectors in South Africa. In March 2020, Hobby-X celebrated 23...

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The enduring allure of pencils

The enduring allure of pencils

By Julie Schneider for Hyperallergic  I hadn’t thought of pencils as objects to be obsessed over or really noticed at all, even though I’d found refuge in writing and drawing since childhood. My parents were teachers and pencils were just always there, like air. I...

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