handwriting

  • Why I Write

    Writing is a very personal thing. Whether you write professionally, or as a hobby or just once in a blue moon. Whether you write to find some sanity in a hectic world, to organise, or to communicate with your loved ones. Whether you love or hate your handwriting.
    Whether you have a favourite pen, a favourite ink colour, a favourite journal, or a favourite spot to set pen to paper and write. It’s all unique to you. Every October 20th, the National Day of Writing celebrates the joys of writing in…
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  • Pens for New Writers

    The new school year is just around the corner and we’re sure you’re thinking about the important back to school stationery collection, excitedly wondering about new classes and perhaps worrying about your (*cough*… appalling) handwriting. Handwriting
    is so important, yet many people struggle. Problems ranging from poor finger placement and incorrect writing angle to serious medical issues can hinder writing ability. Whether you’re picking up your first pen in a while or buying a pen for…
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  • Digital Detox

    In our frenetic modern world, it’s important to be able to unwind, but with technology so integral to our lives it can be difficult to switch off, to move away from the screens and take a much needed break. However, this constant attachment to technology
    and our 24/7 society promoting a need for continuous productivity, we are deprived of any real down time. This is seriously detrimental to our mental health and our social lives. In the build up to National Unplugging Day on June 25th, when…
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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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  • Writing to the World - Toby Little's Story

    In June 2013, 5-year-old Toby Little was walking to school. Inspired by a children's book (A Letter to New Zealand, by Alison Hawes), he asked his Mum if he could write a letter to New Zealand, followed immediately by the question whether he could
    write a letter to every country in the world. Over the summer, Toby began writing - first to family friends, then to friends of friends, and finally to complete strangers, as the story of his project made it around the globe. Nearly three years later,…
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  • A Valentines Text Just Isn’t the Same

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    Can a Valentines text capture the same romantic gesture as a handwritten Valentines card? Can the digital replicate the romance of a handcrafted love note? At Pen Heaven we are always pondering the increased usage of digital communication at the expense
    of handwriting, and we believe both have their place. But when it comes to matters of the heart, the handwritten always wins. We asked some die hard romantics their opinion. The Anticipation  “I am a huge fan of the written word. I love stationary,…
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  • Notes on Great Note-Taking

    Note taking is a vital life skill most of use throughout our lives, from school to university and work. Perhaps you have fond memories of brightly coloured highlighters, or not so fond ones of scribbling the few discernible words you could gather from your
    professor. Either way, notes are an essential tool in helping us make sense of the information we are presented with, which we can then remember at a later date. Good notes make utter sense when you return to them, with enough impact to be memorable.…
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  • The Write Stuff for Left Handers

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    Smudging, scratchy letters and covered up writing are some of the problems we hear from left handers about their handwriting. Whilst many lefties have developed techniques to alleviate these issues, it can often cause writing strain. Since about 11% of
    the UK population are left handers, we felt it was time to offer some tips and advice.  Essentially there are two solutions; adopting the correct writing position and choosing the correct pen. Adopt a Good Writing Position As a lefty, you push rather…
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  • Handwritten letters which made history

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    Letters have been playing a crucial part in history for thousands of years. The first ever handwritten letter was thought to have been sent by the Persian Queen Atossa in around 500 BC, according to the ancient historian Hellanicus. Their popularity
    as a way of sending messages grew as more people became literate. Although electronic forms of communication have now largely taken over from the handwritten letter, it still holds a place close to our hearts. Research carried out by Pen Heaven found…
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