Johanna Basford - Colouring for Grown-Ups

Hello! I’m Johanna Basford, ink evangelist, illustrator and creator of Secret Garden, a colouring book published by Laurence King that has now sold 1 million copies worldwide! This month I’m launching my new book, Enchanted Forest and to celebrate I’ve teamed up with the good folk at Cult Pens to share with you some of my favourite Staedtler pens and pencils for colouring.

We’ve got 2 copies of the book to give away (complete with my little test sections and the odd hidden doodle!) as well as all the pens and pencils featured in this blog. To enter, all you have to do is LIKE our post on Facebook. Winners will be picked at random on 30th April.

First up we have my trusty favourites the Staedtler Triplus fineliners. I love these vibrant little fibre tips and they are always on my desk. The colours are bright and zippy whilst the fine nibs mean they are just perfect for little details and embellishments.
Next we have the fineliners' heftier big brothers, the Staedtler Triplus colour. This selection uses the same great inks as the previous pens but have a heavier nib, meaning you can create big areas of flat colour in a jiffy – no more having to colour the same bit over and over again!

Now on to pencils! Although I love a spot of ink, with pencils you can blend colours together and create some really beautiful effects.

The Staedtler Ergosofts are my current favourites. Like the pens, these pencils have a triangular barrel which sits in your hand just beautifully. An ergonomic pencil surely has to be one of life’s little luxuries! These beauties have a soft pencil lead and the most brilliant colour-dense pigment, a joy to colour with!

Lastly are the Staedler Noris colour pencils. This packet reminds me so much of being at school, with the traditional black striped, hexagonal pencils. With a slightly harder lead for those who like to press a bit firmer, you can sharpen these pencils to a point and they won’t break – great for colouring details and hidden treasures!

So there you have it. Four great pen and pencil picks for colouring your Enchanted Forest colouring book! Don’t forget you can win a copy of the book and some of the Staedtler goodies by Liking our post on Facebook.

19 March 2015


  • Linda C 9 April 2015

    Johanna, I just learned about your AWESOME Coloring Books!!! Stores around Me in Missouri are Out of Stock - even Online sites!! This would be so Exciting to Me, if I could Win in your Giveaway!!! I've been living with & caring for my Mom with Alzheimer's! This would be a Fantastic Gift to share with her & for me too!! Coloring is a Great Stress Relief & Incredible Escape!!! THANKS for the Chance to WIN!!!

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