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2023 is almost here and it's time to choose a new planner for the new year! We've got the run down on the best planners for 2023! Find out which planner is for you!
Hi WashiGang Crew! This week we're testing and reviewing our favourite brush pens in the shop! Brush pens are great for calligraphy, hand lettering, sketching, art drawing, colouring and doodling! Read more to find out our 7 Best Brush Pens for 2022 and see our latest pen test video on Youtube!
We've been thinking it's time to find some more activities to do at home that are calming, mindful and creative! Instead of binging tv and scrolling our phones ALL THE TIME, we're having a bit of screen free time this month. We've also heard that screen-free time before bed can help you sleep better! Are you keen to join us for some Mindful Activities at home?

Here are our top 10 Mindful Activities to do at home!
Last Wednesday was World Ocean Day and I had a beautiful day at the beach doodling in my journal. We have lots of fun beach & ocean themed stationery in the shop and I thought I'd pick a few of my fave items to show you! 

I did a few practice sketches in my Mossery Sketchbook for fun and then did the final spread in my Dingbats Wildlife Blue Whale Journal. I love sitting at the beach and doodling ocean animals, coral and shells! I used the Dingbats Atopens from the Primary and Pastel packs.

There are so MANY fun Ocean and Beach themed stationery items in the shop!Here are a few items on my Wish List right now!
At WashiGang we have been making a conscious effort to grow our range of eco-friendly stationery and notebooks in the shop! We love finding brands that are doing amazing stationery that is also sustainable and better for the environment! There are so many great brands that are paving the way for eco-friendly stationery, using recycled or sustainably sourced materials, making their products in Australia and using Australian designers. We love to see it and support it!!
Read on to find out which eco-friendly stationery & notebooks we're loving at the moment!
No one should be surprised by the popularity of gel pens in the writing and craft community. Crisp lines and vibrant colours are appreciated by students, professionals, crafters and journalers who use them. However, choosing the best gel pen for everyone isn't an easy task: some prefer pastel colours, while others demand the finest tips. Use our handy guide below to find the best gel pens for all of your needs, whether you use one for daily note-taking, art or journaling.

We thought we'd try a pen test with the new Paper24 Dot Grid Bullet Journal to see for ourselves and we were very happy with the results. The paper feels silky smooth to write on. After testing a number of different brush pens, gel pens and markers we didn't find any ghosting or bleeding. 

Here are the results...

Oh my gosh!! Get ready for the cutest interview with the maker behind the cutest notebook ever! Meet Natasha, behind Chupadoodles and the maker of the All-In-One Kawaii Notebook! It's so inspiring to read the journey of Chupadoodles, how it was started and how Chupadoodles produced their first Notebook! 
The New Year is almost here and we've picked a few of our top 5 favourite planners for 2022! Read on for a little run down about why these planners are our favourites! Not sure what kind of planning style you'll have next year or what your intentions are for 2022? That's ok, these picks might even inspire you to start new!

New to Happy Planner

A bit confused about all of the different options and trying to work out which Happy Planner is right for you? We’ve got you covered! Let’s break it down!

Oh my gosh!! We are so excited to share this interview with you all. If you're into doodling, then you would have heard ofDoodles by Sarah AKASarazorel on Youtube! Sarah is also the author of one of our favourite books in the WashiGang shop, The Art of Doodle Words, by Sarah Alberto. Read on to find out what Sarah's daily routine entails, tips on doodling for beginners and what it's like to have such a big following on YouTube! 
We did an interview with one of our favourite new designers, Alison, AKA "A little idiot." We are all so obsessed with Alison's super cute washi tapes, featuring bold and colourful designs, cute characters and fun patterns. We hope you enjoy getting to know the maker behind "A little idiot" washi tapes.