• Journal with Purpose - the Book!

    Journal with Purpose - the Book!

    10 October 2019

    I've always wanted to do an author interview! And now I can, because Journal with Purpose's Helen Colebrook is an author as well as a journaler supremo. Up until now, Helen has been a pretty straightforward kind of gal, but now that she's an author ......Read More

  • Guest Post: Brad Dowdy - Shimmer Ink: Don't be Shy!

    Guest Post: Brad Dowdy - Shimmer Ink: Don't be Shy!

    30 September 2019

    Will they damage my pens? Will they clog the nib? Will they be hard to clean? I watched from the sidelines as shimmer inks gained in popularity, yet I still couldn’t get past these questions for my own personal use. We live in a digital world, ......Read More

  • What's New in Ink in 2019?

    What's New in Ink in 2019?

    27 September 2019

    It's Inktober, and things always feel pretty inky around this time of year, but this has felt like quite an inky year all round. A lot of new ink has arrived here at Cult Pens, including a couple of new brands, and there have been ......Read More

  • Guest Post: Doodle Me This

    Guest Post: Doodle Me This

    23 September 2019

    A guest post from Doodle Me This, who makes lots of lovely simple drawing tutorials on Instagram and YouTube. Why do I doodle? I work full time as a marketing manager in London, and although I love it, there are times when it is utterly mad. In ......Read More

  • Winsor & Newton Inks and Studio Gill

    Winsor & Newton Inks and Studio Gill

    11 September 2019

    We recently introduced you to Stephanie Gill in the World Calligraphy Day issue of Penorama, and we promised we'd elaborate. Well, this is us, elaborating! Stephanie is a calligrapher and botanical illustrator who runs Studio Gill in London. She was introduced to us via one of ......Read More

  • Artist of the Month: Baz Furnell

    Artist of the Month: Baz Furnell

    10 September 2019

    Baz Furnell is the incredible talent behind the astonishing banner for the September issue of Penorama, which he created using Uni-ball's PIN drawing pens. By day he's a mild-mannered prison officer, but by night he works on highly intricate mandala art that fairly jumps off ......Read More

  • Plastics, a Four-Letter Word

    Plastics, a Four-Letter Word

    27 August 2019

    Sir David Attenborough is a bit of a crusader. At an age when many people have succumbed to tartan slippers and mobility scooters - or worse, the ultimate bed-rest - he's still out there, bringing the natural world into our living rooms. And despite being ......Read More

  • Artsynibs - One Year On

    Artsynibs - One Year On

    9 August 2019

    A guest post by Artsynibs, who we were lucky enough to learn a lot from back when she taught a calligraphy workshop here at Cult Pens. About this time last year, I shared the beginnings of the Artsynibs journey as part of Cult Pens' World Calligraphy ......Read More

  • The History of Calligraphy

    The History of Calligraphy

    9 August 2019

    At the risk of being assaulted by a sharpened nib, may I just say that we don't need to do calligraphy these days. Word (other word processors are available!) has a pretty comprehensive list of different typefaces to choose from, and scanners and photocopiers make ......Read More

  • Blink Lettering

    Blink Lettering

    9 August 2019

    A guest post from Milly of Blink Lettering - how she got started with calligraphy, and how it became more than just a hobby. How it all started I’m a graphic designer by day, which I absolutely love, I feel so lucky that I get to be ......Read More

  • Castelli - Meet The Brand

    Castelli - Meet The Brand

    15 July 2019

    Aren't these beautiful? They're a work of art, but in notebook form, a truly pleasurable way to keep track of your thoughts and things to do. Little touches, like the printed page edges and the elegant black endpapers, turn what's essentially a fairly mundane everyday ......Read More

  • The Sharp End - from Dave's Mechanical Pencils

    The Sharp End - from Dave's Mechanical Pencils

    1 July 2019

    A guest post from the much-loved Dave's Mechanical Pencils, all about the sharp end of your pencils. Mechanical pencils can be divided into two main groups – the general writing pencils and the technical pencils. Many people like to use a technical pencil, sometimes because they ......Read More

  • Caran d'Ache 888 Infinite - an Affordable Swiss Mechanical Pencil - from Bleistift

    Caran d'Ache 888 Infinite - an Affordable Swiss Mechanical Pencil - from Bleistift

    1 July 2019

    A guest post from Matthias of the wonderfully geeky pencil blog Bleistift. It's time to celebrate Mechanical Pencil Day again! Last year I tried to focus on unusual mechanical pencils. For this year's mechanical pencil day, I want to take a closer look at affordable mechanical pencils ......Read More

  • Platinum's 100th Anniversary

    Platinum's 100th Anniversary

    17 June 2019

    It's Platinum's 100th anniversary, so we thought it was a good time to tell you more about this successful Japanese pen maker, and their history of innovation. Much of the information here comes from the "100-Year Timeline Platinum Fountain Pen" book which they have complied ......Read More

  • Manga Artist Interview - Inko

    Manga Artist Interview - Inko

    17 June 2019

    Manga - in simple terms - is story-telling by way of pictures: comics, if you like. Astonishingly, it's been around for over 800 years which knocks the 80-year-old Beano into a cocked hat. A series of works known as the 'Handscrolls of Frolicking Animals' was ......Read More

  • STABILO Sensor

    STABILO Sensor

    3 June 2019

      We're all taught to write in pretty much the same way, and shown the optimum way to hold a pen or pencil. However, we're human, and over time we develop our own style of handwriting, and preferred way of wielding a pen. We write big, ......Read More

  • Cheryl Holland Willis - Artist of the Month

    Cheryl Holland Willis - Artist of the Month

    20 May 2019

    Cheryl Holland Willis is the talent behind the fabulous picture of Herbie, created using Pentel's Pointliner drawing pens. These contain water- and fade-resistant pigment ink and are perfect for all types of writing, sketching and drawing. We wanted to know a little more about Cheryl, ......Read More

  • FIRE, HOT WAX AND KNIVES - Or How to Run a Wax Seals Workshop

    FIRE, HOT WAX AND KNIVES - Or How to Run a Wax Seals Workshop

    20 May 2019

    What is it about wax? Come on - admit it - who hasn't picked up a lit candle and angled it so the wax drips down, just for the pleasure of watching it pool on - let's say - the coffee table? I'm not alone, ......Read More

  • Pilot Capless - Retractable Fountain Pens

    Pilot Capless - Retractable Fountain Pens

    17 May 2019

    Those who love fountain pens usually know the Pilot Capless pretty well. It's one of the most famous fountain pens in the world, for many good reasons. Newcomers can be tempted to assume it's a bit of a gimmick, but it wouldn't still be this ......Read More

  • Uni Emott Review by Journal With Purpose

    Uni Emott Review by Journal With Purpose

    16 May 2019

    As soon as I received this pack of 40 Uni Emott pens, I was immediately impressed by the look and feel of the packaging. The white box is sturdy and gives the feel of a high-quality product. The design of the box allows for easy ......Read More

  • 3 Ways with Tombow by Journal With Purpose

    3 Ways with Tombow by Journal With Purpose

    16 May 2019

    Tombow's ABT pens are dual-tipped brush pens with water-soluble ink, which makes them perfect for a multitude of uses. Take a look here for three different projects. You'll need paper, a brush, mt tape and some clingfilm. Project 1 1. Use some washi tape to act ......Read More

  • Journal Comparison - Helen Colebrook

    Journal Comparison - Helen Colebrook

    8 May 2019

    Rhodia Goalbook My favourite and most used notebook for bullet journaling. They come in a range of beautiful colours and as a lucky coincidence, the lilac cover matches with lots of my favourite stationery. The 224 dotted pages mean this journal lasts me a long time. The ......Read More

  • The Pilot FriXion Family

    The Pilot FriXion Family

    7 May 2019

    The FriXion Family… sounds like a futuristic sort of sitcom, a bit like The Jetsons or something. It's not though, although FriXion pens, when they first came out, were a bit futuristic! This was because Pilot, the manufacturer, had gone one step further than the ......Read More

  • Meet The Artist: Phil Maltz

    Meet The Artist: Phil Maltz

    7 May 2019

    Phil Maltz is the very talented chap who created one of the banners for our bi-monthly newsletter Penorama. He's married with 'two very creative and messy young children' and works in video production at a media organisation where most lunchtimes are spent sketching (and ......Read More

  • Bullet Journal Comparison

    Bullet Journal Comparison

    16 April 2019

    Right then, you've seen all the stuff on the benefits of journaling, and you're convinced it's the thing for you. You're not alone - thousands of people feel less stressed, more organised, more 'with it' since beginning a journal, and it certainly gets the thumbs-up ......Read More

  • Mandala For Mindfulness

    Mandala For Mindfulness

    15 April 2019

    These look great, don't they? But how on earth do you get to these from a blank page? We were stumped too, so some of us got together with our new friends from Funky Pigeon and invited Helen of @journalwithpurpose to show us how to ......Read More

  • Nick Stewart - Meet The Artist

    Nick Stewart - Meet The Artist

    2 April 2019

    Nick Stewart is a Creative Designer at Stewart2, a creative agency in Kent. He's also an inkophile (if indeed there is such a word) and dedicates a lot of his time to creating amazing pieces of art using ink, the sort you usually put in ......Read More

  • Blackstone Inks

    Blackstone Inks

    29 March 2019

    Blackstone inks began in quite a roundabout way, coming from a discussion on Fountain Pen Network, but we'll come back to that. It's an interesting story, but you may just want to know what they're doing now. Well, they're making inks in Australia, with colours based ......Read More

  • ProMarker & BrushMarker Workshop

    ProMarker & BrushMarker Workshop

    18 March 2019

    One of the best Christmas presents I used to get (when I was under the age of 10, that is, and leaving the Chocolate Orange out of the equation) was a massive pack of felt tip pens. Simple, cheap, perfect. I can't remember how many ......Read More

  • Polychromos 111th Anniversary

    Polychromos 111th Anniversary

    13 March 2019

    1908 was a very busy year. Ernest Shackleton set off from New Zealand for Antarctica in the January, and a few months later Robert Peary went in the other direction from New York, heading for the North Pole. The publication of Baden-Powell's 'Scouting for Boys' ......Read More

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