Stationery as self-care with Cult Pens

I learned a lot during the first lockdown and it’s helped me start Lockdown 2.0 in a much better place. Two things were key for me last spring: getting outdoors and having the freedom to be creative. As the weather has taken a turn for the worse (I can hear the wind and rain battling it out as I type this), I’m glad I can always count on stationery as an essential part of my self-care routine.

The lovely team at Cult Pens sent some treats to help me settle into my new creative routine. Wanna see how I got on?

Cornish Greek

The green Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Hand Lettering Set of 6 (also comes in blues and pastels) features the superfine 199 Black and 170 May Green; brush-tipped 170 May Green, 112 Leaf Green, 167 Permanent Green Olive and 223 Deep Red. I love plant-themed lettering projects and bujo spreads so had a play with a positive mantra based on growth.

I was really impressed with the different shades of green. I’ve previously found with other lettering sets that multiple shades of the same colour have been quite similar but these are great. Head to my Instagram for a time lapse of the wreath pic (featuring the moment I smudged the ink when erasing pencil lines!). I also had a play using the red for watercolour, so they’re really flexible pens.

Cornish Greek

I flipping adore the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Hand Lettering Set – so many different tools! This kit features:

  • 2 x Pitt Artist Pens in 0.3 and 1.5, black ink
  • 5 x Pitt Artist Brush Pens in 108 dark cadmium yellow, 131 coral, 148 ice blue, 170 may green and 199 black
  • 3 x Metallic Markers in Heart of Gold, Berry Nice and Wanderlust
  • 1 x Goldfaber pencil in B
  • Plus templates for greeting and gift cards


I like using white pens on different coloured card and really enjoyed creating this cloud image.

Cornish Greek

And, as Christmas has already started in our house (we put the tree up on Wednesday!), I had a go at some festive ideas too. The metallics are great on kraft card and are a genuine joy to write with. And I’m actually quite impressed with how my first go at this Christmas tree lettering turned out. I might work on the spacing a bit more and think about making cards for the family. Jenson and I spent most of the wet weekend indoors with our craft supplies and I used some of the F-C lettering goodies for this winter scene. The white bullet nib and black brush pen are so versatile.

How have you been getting creative during Lockdown 2.0?

Blog written by The Cornish Geek

7 December 2020


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