What’s in my pencil case?

When I was telling Chris and Leigh about my idea to do a “What’s in my pencil case?” blog post I was asked the same questions, “how will you choose which pens?” “will you pick your favourites or the ones you use the most?” “which pencil case?”.

I couldn’t understand why I was being asked those things, surely it’s obvious? MY PENCIL CASE! “The pencil case I have in my backpack!” “The pens I have in my pencil case that I carry round with me!”

Then I started to realise why they were questioning me like they were members of the Spanish Inquisition….

I have a bit of a pen problem…

Pen Collection

Obviously I don’t see it as a problem. I like a pen, ok? I like a lot of pens, ok?! I have several “pencil cases” with different pens in them but they are filed, they are organised! Brush pens for lettering in one case. Super fat and fine Poscas in one case. Medium Poscas in one case. Copic markers and fine liners for illustrating in one case. I’m just keeping things in their place.

But my “everyday” pens (haha my “everyday look” #bbloggers) are these sterling “few”….


Pencil case from Tiger Stores


And in detail…

Comic Ciao Pens

Copic Ciao Markers from Cult Pens

Pilot Touch Pens

Pentel Sign Pens. Available from Cult Pens

Stabilo Neon Pens

Stabilo Pen 68 and Point 88 Neons. From, you guessed it… Cult Pens


Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight Pens. Can be found here at Cult Pens

Single PensScale Ruler bought from The Apron Co at Renegade London, Faber Castell Big Brush pen I got from Scrawlrbox and available from Tiger Pens, Sakura Pigma Brush, Kuretake Cocoiro Letter Pen both available at Cult Pens, Milan Mechanical Pencil (I got mine in my local Paperchase but they aren’t on the website) and Lifework black biro which you can buy here.

I like to have a lot of choice available to me so I can create a range of effects and use my pens for different things. Copic Ciaos are great for areas of pale transparent colour and then Gelly Rolls are great to add bright opaque details. I mainly use these pens to draw patterns and I’ll show you one of my pattern sketchbooks in the next few weeks.

The Faber Castell Big Brush pen is fun for doing brush lettering on a big scale. The Pentel Sign pens are sooo nice because the tip is super bendy. They’re really nice to practice brush lettering with as you can get a good difference between the thick and thin line. I’ll show you some examples of that too.

I also like to use these guys for illustration. Sketching with the Milan mechanical pencil, adding colour with the Copic Ciaos and the Stabilo neon Pen 68s. I seem to be lacking a fine liner here for outlining….. i’d use the Copic Multiliner SP because it doesn’t bleed into the Copic Ciaos.

Finally, I feel like I need to say that this is not a sponsored post!! I know I have mentioned Cult Pens a lot but I honestly buy a LOT of my pens from there. They’re very reasonably priced and their delivery is super quick, ya know, in case you desperately need some pens, in a hurry.

Chris is also going to post a “What’s in my pencil case” blog and you can find it by clicking on his name above.