• Signatures Exposed - May, Trump, Johnson, Merkel

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    Guest Post by Graphologist Martin Hastings Signatures are like the wax seals of yesterday.  They are our ‘brand’ that we put on letters and legal documents.  Signatures are a free personal mark, unbound by a need to be legible. In that sense,
    they are highly personal, and symbolic of the public image we present to the world.  It is fascinating to see how a signature differs from the handwriting itself.  Is the writer different in private compared to the image he wants to portray? That…
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  • Colour A Day

    According to ancient proverbs, astrology and practitioners of colour therapy, each of us should channel a different colour daily, depending on what day it is. Believed to affect our mood, emotion and alleviate ailments, Pen Heaven have put together their
    7 must-have colours (of stationery) to help us get the very most out of every week. Sunday = Pink Otto Hutt Design 06 Fountain Pen - Pink Best used on a Sunday, Pink is not only the fashion colour of the season, it is also excellent for yielding…
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  • Stationery a La Mode

    It’s not just about ready-to-wear style this SS17, as followers of fashion think more about a polished finish, ensuring every last detail complements their final look. With this in mind and the new season just around the corner, Pen Heaven have handpicked
    their favourite stationery shades to help you stay on top of the trends throughout the warmer months. Hot Pink is the colour du jour, the brighter the better if Valentino is anything to go by (see below), along with Canary Yellow, Lapis Blue…
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  • How to Write a Sonnet

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    Nothing says ‘I Love You’ more than the handwritten word, so this Valentine’s Day Pen Heaven have dipped their quill in ink to present their top tips on how to write a (love) Sonnet. Around for centuries, the Sonnet originated in Italy (known as a
    Petrarchan sonnet) and follows a strict rhyme scheme of fourteen lines, usually offering two sides that form the entirety of an ‘argument’. Traditionally written in iambic pentameter the first known sonnets in English were written by Sir Thomas…
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  • Stay Motivated with the Help of Pen & Paper

    As January comes to an end, how many of those resolutions have already been dropped and/ or broken? With the excitement of the new year dwindling as normal practice resumes, Pen Heaven have put their finest nib to paper to offer some failsafe ways to
    stay motivated and on-track throughout the coming months.  Organise your time efficiently with a diary Grab a day-to-page diary and manage those busy days by breaking your time down into 1 hour segments. Ensure pressing tasks and emails are sent…
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  • Pen Behaviour; Chewer, Clicker, Twiddler...?

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    Many say you can tell a lot about a person by the pen they carry, but did you know the way we use a pen can reveal subtle clues about our personality? fingers curled under the pen The hands are often accredited for holding the most information about
    our lives, so it comes as no surprise that our writing techniques and pen habits can provide insight into our psyche. Ahead of National Handwriting Day (23rd January), Pen Heaven have researched and observed our pen behaviour, revealing what it means…
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  • Writing for mindfulness

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    We love to celebrate the art of all things handwritten at Pen Heaven and have discovered that there is no better way to reconnect with your inner wisdom than through jotting down your thoughts and journaling. When it comes to stress relief and mental clarity,
    writing and mindfulness go hand in hand – both present the opportunity to clear the mind of thoughts and worries. Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation that has seen a surge of popularity in the past few years. It refers to a state…
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  • My First Pen Pal

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    To celebrate all things handwritten, Pen Heaven decided to see if the beloved pen pal still exists in today’s tech driven world.  The perfect, age-old means of communication for getting to know someone, learning more about their culture and country, pen
    pals were also very popular in schools in the 60s thru to the 80s – it was a way of encouraging the art of handwriting, whilst developing reading skills and learning a new language. Catering to all ages and nationalities, we asked some long standing…
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  • The Greatest Pen Inventions of All Time

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    The Reed Pen (4th Century) - The first citing of a pen dates back to the 4th century BC with the Ancient Egyptian scribes who would write hieroglyphics on papyrus. The Egyptians didn’t favour a Parker 51, but rather a “Reed Pen”, a single
    piece of reed pointed into a square and split at the point. Their Inflexible nibs became blunt quite quickly. The Feather Quill (9th Century) – they offered a softer and sharper nib than the reed, and looked utterly fabulous! The feather quill…
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  • Interview with Pen & Ink Fashion Illustrator: Adriana Deco

    What drew you into Fashion Illustration? When I first came across fashion illustration it was a very innovative form of art to me. I intuitively started to draw inspirations from fashion magazines while I was an exchange student in United States.
    Only later i found out there is actually a genre for it. I started practicing fashion illustration because I was so inspired by fashion editorials and I loved the magic and narrative. It was and still is a form of storytelling to me through commercial…
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