• Derwent - Doing It Right

    Derwent - Doing It Right

    1 June 2020

    Shopping can be a hazardous sport sometimes, particularly if you're doing it online. It's not just as in 'Will I receive what I actually ordered or will it be a pale imitation?' but also: 'What's it made of?' 'Will I inadvertently contribute to the demise ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand - Cleo Skribent

    Meet the Brand - Cleo Skribent

    21 May 2020

    You'd be forgiven for not being overly familiar with the German company Cleo Skribent. Unless we were to mention the Messograf, that is, the original tool pen. Then - at least for some of you - there might be a lightbulb moment. But the thing ......Read More

  • A Big Birthday Thank You

    A Big Birthday Thank You

    14 May 2020

    When you have a birthday, it's a good idea to say 'thank you' - for cards, presents, cake, phone calls, texts and messages. And that's exactly what we'd like to do. We really are extremely proud of our 5 star rating with Trustpilot, but we ......Read More

  • 15 Things You Don’t Know About Cult Pens

    15 Things You Don’t Know About Cult Pens

    14 May 2020

    Five You Might Have Known Cult Pens started from a stationery shop in Dartmouth. People coming into the shop were excited to find some of the unusual pens they found once before and loved, but couldn’t get in the big shops. We’ve grown a bit over ......Read More

  • Cult Pens 15th Birthday - Interview with Simon and Amanda

    Cult Pens 15th Birthday - Interview with Simon and Amanda

    11 May 2020

    A lot has changed in the 15 years Cult Pens has been going, so we thought it was a good time to look back. So it seemed like a good chance to ask the founders, Simon and Amanda, some questions about what 15 years of ......Read More

  • How to Start a Journal by Helen Colebrook

    How to Start a Journal by Helen Colebrook

    24 April 2020

    Who would have thought that some paper and a pen or two could lead to being a better organised, more efficient, more creative, happier you? Well, for many people, that's exactly what they've achieved. It's just taken a little time and thought, and some inexpensive ......Read More

  • Give Your Things a New Lease of Life with POSCA Pens!

    Give Your Things a New Lease of Life with POSCA Pens!

    22 April 2020

    POSCA should stand for Pretty Orsome Scribbling Collection for Art. We don't know what POSCA actually stands for (if indeed it does, which it probably doesn't), but this seems as good a phrase as any, especially when you realise how versatile they are! These markers ......Read More

  • Learn How to Colour with Claire

    Learn How to Colour with Claire

    20 April 2020

    Hi everyone! My name is Claire and for the last five years I have run Colour with Claire, a channel all about adult colouring. I create videos for anything and everything to do with the hobby including colouring book and art supply reviews, colouring tutorials, ......Read More

  • Derwent Paper and Paints Workshop

    Derwent Paper and Paints Workshop

    14 April 2020

    If you don't build your foundations right, your house will fall down. Or at least sag a bit. Nobody can see it when the house is built, and most people don't give it a second thought. But if it's not up to the job, then ......Read More

  • Starting Calligraphy

    Starting Calligraphy

    30 March 2020

    Now that some of you might be finding that you have more spare time on your hands than usual, you may have thought of calligraphy or hand-lettering as something to try or get back into if you’ve dabbled before. It’s a great option; all ......Read More

  • Touch Base with a Rhodia Touch

    Touch Base with a Rhodia Touch

    26 March 2020

    What makes a notebook stand out is its paper. Yes, the cover's sort of important, but it's what's sandwiched in between them that really cuts the mustard. And that's why Rhodia notebooks are so loved. The paper is, quite simply, superb. There's a Rhodia notebook ......Read More

  • Coronavirus


    23 March 2020

    We’re still delivering fairly normally, but orders may take a day or two longer to send than usual. We're doing our best, but we can't have as many people picking and packing orders together as usual. Within the UK, Royal Mail are operating fairly normally ......Read More

  • Hurray For Coloured Pencils!

    Hurray For Coloured Pencils!

    17 March 2020

    Cult Pens Sponsors the U.K. Coloured Pencil Society's 'Botanical' Competition Coloured pencils are brilliant. Well, we know that, and you probably know that, but not everybody knows that, and so the UK Coloured Pencil Society was formed in 2001 to put the word out that yes, ......Read More

  • Esterbrook


    17 March 2020

    The Esterbrook Pen Company is a true American original brand which was revived in 2018 by Kenro Industries. English innovator and industrial visionary Richard Esterbrook established the Esterbrook Pen Company in 1858. Little did he know at the time that the company would soon flourish into ......Read More

  • From Cabbages to Kingcups - Interview with Ann Swan, Botanical Artist

    From Cabbages to Kingcups - Interview with Ann Swan, Botanical Artist

    3 March 2020

    There's something strangely compelling about botanical art. It has an almost old-fashioned air about it, which is understandable given that in days of yore the likes of Charles Darwin could hardly whip out an iPhone to take a quick pic of a hitherto-unknown plant, and ......Read More

  • Journaling into Spring with Helen Colebrook

    Journaling into Spring with Helen Colebrook

    3 March 2020

    Journaling is not going away. Not that we want it to..! Far from being a flash in the pan, it has fast become an intrinsic part of many people's lives; it's become a habit, a bit like brushing teeth or putting the bins out on ......Read More

  • 'Hola!' to ola!

    'Hola!' to ola!

    17 February 2020

    In the year that marks the fifth anniversary of their signature Layflat Notebook, we say 'Hola!' to ola! Unsurprisingly, ola founder Katy Goutefangea is a great fan of the humble notebook. Well, you wouldn’t go to the trouble of creating an object if you didn't really ......Read More

  • Pentel Energel - Mission Impossible

    Pentel Energel - Mission Impossible

    17 February 2020

    Tom Cruise has nothing to do with this - I should just point that out now. And no, Simon Pegg doesn't feature either. Sorry. But it felt like Mission Impossible when Pentel innovators were asked, in the late 1990s, to develop an entirely new ink. ......Read More

  • Dotty About Paper

    Dotty About Paper

    4 February 2020

    Lisa Forde was so dotty about paper she decided to start selling some. And she named her company… The Card Gallery! Oh. So where did Dotty About Paper come from? Good question. When Lisa was preparing to get married in 2002, she realised there really wasn't ......Read More

  • ST Dupont

    ST Dupont

    4 February 2020

    In 1872, innovator and photographer Simon Tissot Dupont founded S.T. Dupont, a Parisian maison dedicated to producing 'exceptional goods for exceptional people'. Initially offering leather briefcases to businessmen, he progressed to luxury travel trunks and cases coveted by the European elite, and he supplied no ......Read More

  • How to Draw in 3D - with Mark Wemyss-Holden and IsoSketch

    How to Draw in 3D - with Mark Wemyss-Holden and IsoSketch

    21 January 2020

    Think you can't draw? Well, maybe you can. Contrary to popular belief, drawing is actually a skill you can learn, at least the mechanics anyway. What you produce may not win any prizes and will probably not render you famous after you have shuffled off ......Read More

  • Journaling for Financial Planning

    Journaling for Financial Planning

    2 January 2020

    Look - nobody likes talking about money. It's like that advert for a high street bank where ordinary people sit around looking uncomfortable and saying 'um…' and 'well…' Maybe it's because we don't have enough (or think we don't). Or because our upbringing taught us ......Read More

  • Becoming: A Guided Journal to Discovering Your Voice - Review by Amanda

    Becoming: A Guided Journal to Discovering Your Voice - Review by Amanda

    6 December 2019

    Whilst enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon reading the papers a couple of weeks ago, I learnt that former First Lady Michelle Obama had released a 'guided journal' and immediately ordered it. Why? Because I'm a journaler myself (I'm also a First Lady - sort ......Read More

  • Woody Windows

    Woody Windows

    6 December 2019

    Who would have thought that what amounts to a child's stubby colouring pencil could be capable of so much? At first glance, the STABILO Woody is a short, chunky pencil that's perfectly suited to small people who need something they can grab hold of and ......Read More

  • Get to Grips With a Grip

    Get to Grips With a Grip

    6 December 2019

    It all began with a pencil - one of the oldest, simplest and some would say best, writing instruments in the world. At the request of Dr Gerhard Lugert, Faber-Castell's Head of R&D, innovators Roland Boch and Udo Beck fashioned a triangular barrel and put some ......Read More

  • The STABILO Pen 68

    The STABILO Pen 68

    27 November 2019

    STABILO's Pen 68. It's a pretty good colouring pen, isn't it? Well there's actually more to it than meets the eye, and it wasn't until Paula and Vanya from STABILO came along for a visit that we found out that it was a bit more ......Read More

  • Fountain Pentel

    Fountain Pentel

    12 November 2019

    It's the sort of pen that flies under the radar a bit, unless you've experienced one. It's not a known pen, if you see what I mean. You don't? That's OK. I'll attempt to explain. The Fountain Pentel, also known as the JM20 Stylo, is a… ......Read More

  • Artist of the Month - Carrie Dennison

    Artist of the Month - Carrie Dennison

    12 November 2019

    Carrie Dennison, using Faber-Castell PITT artist pens, is the talent behind the banner for the November 2019 issue of Penorama. As usual, we were nosy, and asked her for a bit of background. Tell us a bit more about yourself… I’m Carrie Dennison and I’m a self-employed ......Read More

  • Eight Interesting Fountain Pens You Might Not Know About

    Eight Interesting Fountain Pens You Might Not Know About

    30 October 2019

    That title is a bit click-bait, isn't it? Sorry about that. Don't worry, number seven won't blow your mind. Number four might a little, but it can't be helped. And we're not saying you definitely won't have heard of these pens, but unless you're an ......Read More

  • Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks

    Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks

    25 October 2019

    Drawing inks. What are they? And what makes them different to, say, watercolour paint? Well, we had a vague idea, but we thought it best to consult someone who knows, and that someone was artist and lecturer Stuart Edmundson, who we've previously consulted on Winsor ......Read More

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