10 things to decorate with our Graphik pens, to make them look cool!

27 February 2015

 Who would have thought you could do so much with a pen!


1. Stones, pop down to the beach and pick some up.

10 things to decorate with our Graphik pens, to make them look cool!

2. Skateboard.

10 things to decorate with our Graphik pens, to make them look cool!

3. Picture frame, would make a lovely gift for mum!

10 things to decorate with our Graphik pens, to make them look cool!

4. A Ukulele, release your inner George Formby.

10 things to decorate with our Graphik pens, to make them look cool!

5. Trainers, other trainer brands are available of course!

10 things to decorate with our Graphik pens, to make them look cool!

6. A backpack.

10 things to decorate with our Graphik pens, to make them look cool!

7. Canvas bags, off to the beach again....

10 things to decorate with our Graphik pens, to make them look cool!

8. Glass baubles.

10 things to decorate with our Graphik pens, to make them look cool!

9. Lamp, we love this intricate design.

10 things to decorate with our Graphik pens, to make them look cool!

10. Saw, if ever you felt the need to decorate your dad's.

(although we don't recommend you do, we're just showing that you can use them on metal really).


10 things to decorate with our Graphik pens, to make them look cool!


For more information on our Graphik pens, which are clearly magical, please visit our website http://www.pencils.co.uk/en/gb/6128/pens

These wonderful items were decorated by our very talented Marketing department.

09:30 by Emma Chapman Emma Chapman

Want to win a set of these?

7 March 2013

To celebrate the launch of the fashion inspired Coloursoft Special Edition set, we're giving away 2 sets along with 2 beautiful fashion journals from Laurence King. Both the journal and tin were illustrated by Niki Pilkington and make the perfect companion for any fashionista!

THIS CONTEST HAS NOW FINISHED! The winners were Kathryn Barstow and Allison_HVK!


Want to win a set of these?

Want to win a set of these?

• No purchase necessary.
• Winners will be picked at random from all entries received.
• Only one entry per person on the blog & one via Twitter
• Closing date for entries 20th March 2013.
• Not open to employees of the Cumberland Pencil Co, ACCO, their families and its agencies.
• This competition is open internationally.
• Winners will be notified within 14 days of the draw taking place.
• No cash alternative will be offered.
• Submission of entry constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions.
• Promoter: ACCO UK Ltd, trading as The Cumberland Pencil Co, Derwent House, Lillyhall Business Park, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 5HS.

10:04 by Rebecca Watson Rebecca Watson

Quilling with Inktense Pencils by Cyn Gagen

23 August 2012

Our friend Cyn is a creative maker from Canada. Here, she shows us how to make beautiful paper for quilling using Inktense Pencils!

Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely adore my Derwent Inktense Pencils. I started off with a six-pack of them just to try them out but have quickly added to my collection. I have found them to be a high quality product, very versatile and they always give me excellent results. Because of this, I've experimented with using them in more and more applications, trying them out in what may seem like unusual projects for these pencils.

Quilling with Inktense Pencils by Cyn Gagen

In this case, I'm using them to enhance another one of my favourite crafting activities: paper quilling. I have been doing paper quilling since I was about 12 years old. It's something I really enjoy but I've always been somewhat frustrated by the limited papers available for it. Suddenly, it hit me; why not use the Inktense pencils to add a wider range of colour and pattern to my quilling papers?

I love the look that I was able to achieve using the Inktense pencils on the paper for the earrings I made. I scribbled alternate colours onto the paper strips, letting one run into another so that once I added water, they would blend into each other almost as a marbleized type look. I completed one side of the strip, let it dry, and then repeated on the other. 

Quilling with Inktense Pencils by Cyn Gagen

A few more design options:

For the pendant, I used the same technique but this time my surface was Lutradur (a material that is, in a sense, a cross between fabric and paper) that I cut into 1/2 and 1/4 inch strips and used as my quilling strips. Once again, the Lutradur, as with the paper strips, accepted the Inktense colours wonderfully and the results are beautiful. I love that with both projects, the colour variances show through, adding depth and dimension to the paper even once coiled and shaped. Derwent Inktense pencils are the perfect tool for easily expanding colour options and adding more variety to my paper quilling projects.

Derwent Inktense pencils used in these projects: Violet, Carmine Pink, Apple Green, Thistle, Crimson, Dark Aquamarine

Visit Cyn's website: creativecynchronicity.com for even more ideas!

10:57 by Rebecca Watson Rebecca Watson

Scrapbooking with Coloursoft by Sarah Hurley

27 February 2012

One of my favourite crafts is Scrapbooking; not only is it a chance to be creative but it’s a great way to preserve your family history, memories and photos – as well as reliving all the great times as you work on your pages!

Scrapbooking is most commonly done on 12”x12” acid free papers, although some people scrap on 8”11.5”, 8”x8” and 6”x6” as well as mini books – so there is lots of variety for anyone wanting to start out with this craft – if you are already a card maker or paper crafter you probably have most of the materials you need already!

Scrapbooking with Coloursoft by Sarah Hurley

Today I’m showing you how you can incorporate colouring pencils into your scrapbooking. Quite recently crafters have started experimenting more with different mediums on their pages and I wanted to show that your colouring pencils are not limited to just colouring in stamped images to use on your page, there are lots of other uses too. So here is my step-by step scrapbook page…

Supply List – Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, White 12”x12” cardstock, Kraft Cardstock, die cutting machine or punches, adhesive, piercing tool, embroidery thread and needle, black journaling pen, embellishments and a photograph.

Scrapbooking with Coloursoft by Sarah Hurley

First, I cut a piece of Kraft paper to 11” x 5.5”, then using my Cricut Expression (die cutting machine) I  cut some bunting, butterflies and flowers. I’m actually going to be colouring the negative shapes but I kept hold of the die cut butterflies to add to the layout (you could also use punches if you don’t have a die cutting machine.)

Scrapbooking with Coloursoft by Sarah Hurley

Using a piercing tool and ruler I made holes 0.5cm apart all around the Kraft paper and stitched round with 2 strands of coral embroidery thread.

Scrapbooking with Coloursoft by Sarah Hurley

I then rounded the corners using a corner rounder punch and adhered about an inch from the bottom of my white 12x12” sheet of cardstock, I also rounded two of the corners of my photo and adhered next to the die cut area.

Scrapbooking with Coloursoft by Sarah Hurley

Using my Coloursoft pencils I blended the colour carefully through the die cut areas (use a blending stump to get into the small areas) I kept the colours quite fresh, using only one or two colours in each area and blending as I went.

I then coloured in the die cut Kraft paper butterflies, also with Coloursoft pencils and stuck to my layout with glossy accents (by curling the wings up slightly first and sticking just the middle down it gives a great 3D effect to your layout which will also flatten down when you want to pop the layout in your album.)

Scrapbooking with Coloursoft by Sarah Hurley

Using a black journaling pen I doodled over the top of my colouring to add lots of details.  I also added some white gel pen and glitter to small areas to add highlights. One of the great things about Coloursoft pencils is you can draw back over the top of them with a black pen to add details etc…!)

Scrapbooking with Coloursoft by Sarah Hurley

A few finishing touches, embellishments and a journaling card to tell the story behind the picture and my layout was complete!

You could also try…

  • Doodling onto your page
  • Journaling in rainbow colours
  • Stamping and colouring a repeat background to create your own patterned paper

Thanks so much for looking, I hope this inspires you to try colouring pencils in your scrapbooking projects – please do share you links here or on the Derwent Facebook page, we’d love to see them!

I’ll be back soon with more crafty projects!

Sarah x


10:18 by Rebecca Watson Rebecca Watson

Spotlight on: Niki Pilkington

11 January 2012

I came across Niki Pilkington about a year ago. Her quirky, bright and breezy illustrative style popped out at me & I knew I had to get in touch for a chat. What struck me about Niki is her passion for style, design and colour - her illustrations are so whimsical & fun!

Niki graduated from Ravensbourne Academy of Design & Communication with a First Class Honours Degree in 2009. Since then she's been making waves in the fashion world working with the likes of TOPSHOP, UGG & ELLE. Niki has that rare skill of combining up to the minute colours and trends with a classic illustration style - no wonder she is so in demand!

Below is one of the window displays created for TOPSHOP featuring eccentric sketched models wearing the latest fashion trends within the store. In celebration of London Fashion Week Niki also designed some doll sets which were given away with purchases - each doll could be dressed in the latest fashion - a girl's dream!

Spotlight on: Niki Pilkington

Niki uses pencils, pens, fluorescent markers & collage to bring her pieces to life. The 3D element to her work is a quirky way of adding depth to the piece - it almost makes you want to reach out and touch. Perhaps this is why Niki's work is so sought after by fashion houses & stores; that ability to bring design to life is an amazing skill which Niki exudes. 

Spotlight on: Niki Pilkington

Things are looking neon-bright for Niki's future as an illustrator - not only is she working with MTV at the moment, (shhh! Top secret!) she's also preparing for an eagerly awaited exhibition named 'Pick Me Up' at Somerset House from 22.03.12 - 01.04.12. 'Pick Me Up showcases the best and most interesting new talent, with 20 designers and illustrators selected to exhibit at ‘Pick Me Up Selects’ the exhibition that runs alongside the fair. A selection panel featuring the most distinguished figures in graphic design including Camilla Parsons, Outline Editions; John O’Reilly, Varoom magazine; Angharad Lewis, Grafik Magazine; Liz Farrelly, writer and the curatorial team at Somerset House, have hand-picked the artists to exhibit everything from watercolour, collage and paper sculpture.'

Spotlight on: Niki Pilkington

I'll be following Niki's progress over the next year, so stay tuned!

Over & out - Rebecca

18:58 by Rebecca Watson Rebecca Watson

Sketching & Design: a Perfect Combination

18 August 2011

Sketching & Design: a Perfect Combination

We asked world-renowned web designer Grace Smith to tell us a little about how she uses sketching to develop ideas for her design work.

Sketching & Design: a Perfect Combination

Sketching isn't optional for me as a designer, it's essential. I can't go straight to digital at the start of a project, I always start off with some browser templates or Moleskine (and a few Derwent pencils!)

Sketching kick-starts my creativity and allows me to get ideas out on paper and is the fastest way to brainstorm and convey as many ideas as possible with the least amount of effort.


Staring at a blank Photoshop canvas is not a great way to start a project. Although it may sound exciting to just jump straight in, it can also be quite overwhelming. Sketching gets you over this hurdle and allows you to quickly explore concepts and ideas. I see it as the frame upon which I craft my projects.

Whether it's a website design, logo design or iPhone app design, it all begins with a pencil and paper. Sketching enables me to break down ideas and fully explore design and layout options and I find putting it down on paper tends to raise questions and ideas, and leads to changes.

I focus on wireframing and layout when sketching for Web Design and iPhone UI Design, looking at the overall picture instead of minor details too early in the process. I usually start by jotting down the main points and goals of a project on a separate page, which I can then quickly refer back to when I'm sketching.

This is the exact process I used when redesigning my own site - Postscript5, which was recently relaunched. Brainstorming ideas and sketching out layouts for each area of the site led me down some creative avenues I wouldn't have experimented with had I not taken the time to sketch!

I sketch quickly and freely as I'm not concerned with how it looks but on developing and exploring ideas. Plus usually no one but you sees the sketches so don't get caught up in  trying to draw a masterpiece!

My process for Logo Design differs slightly in that the sketches are scanned and digitally treated (in Photoshop or Illustrator). However before the sketches are treated they are shown to the client for feedback and revised, only at this point are they then scanned and given a design treatment. This allows for quick iteration and feedback and makes for a much more efficient design process.


As you begin sketching at the start of a project, you soon discover potential obstacles and problems that you may not have seen until much later in the design phase. I've therefore found that while the approach may differ slightly on each project, sketching has cut down dramatically on revisions later in the design stage.

As a designer it now means huge amounts of time aren't invested in refining concepts and solutions which may not be in the right direction, as the sketch (or a sketch turned into a wireframe) can be shown to the client, for approval.


1. Sketching Resources for User Experience Designers

2. To Sketch or not to Sketch

3. Collection of Printable Browser and Wireframe Sketching Templates

4. An in-depth look at my Wireframing process


Too many people get hung up on not being able to draw, but great drawing skill isn’t necessary to capture your ideas. Sketching should be fast and loose, you're not trying to recreate a Picasso, it’s about transferring ideas from your brain to paper.

It's the place where you make your mistakes and your discoveries and lay the foundations of your ideas.

Now excuse me while I go and grab my Derwent Pencils and Moleskine and get sketching!

Sketching & Design: a Perfect Combination


Grace Smith is the principal designer of Postscript5, a small, boutique web design studio based in Northern Ireland, where she works with clients from around the globe.

11:38 by Rebecca Watson Rebecca Watson