Think Ink with Pantone’s Colours of The Year

March 24, 2021

Back in December, when Pantone announced their Colour partnership for the Year 2021, we have to be honest, we really weren’t so sure about the colour combination.  As we roll into spring, the understanding of this year’s choices are now beginning to set in with our team.


With west coast grays and cloudy skies that make you want to gravitate towards a comfy bed, the combination of a bright cheery yellow can evoke inspiration to zap us out of our “interesting experiences” over the past year.

PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating

“A marriage of colour conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.”

Best said by Pantone, these colours are “Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It is a story of colour that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly”.



THINK INK with these products hand-picked for you…

We have curated a range of products in theme of Pantone’s colours of the year for you to explore and brighten your day!


Derwent Inktense Colour Pencils

Derwent Inktense Coloured Pencils

Derwent Inktense Coloured Pencils

The Derwent Inktense coloured pencils are highly versatile watersoluble pencils which create ink-like colour when combined with water. Due to its permanence – once dried – Inktense can be worked over without affecting the previous layer. These highly versatile pencils can be used on fabric and other surfaces. Enjoy the colour of a spring day and bring life to your drawings as well as style.


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Cadmium Yellow Light Hue

Liquitex Acrylic Ink in Cadmium Yellow Light Hue

Liquitex Acrylic Ink in Cadmium Yellow Light Hue

This beautiful ink by Liquitex will brighten anyone’s day! Intense, bold and lightfast colours, the Liquitex Acrylic Ink is extremely fluid, yet dries quickly. Ideal for a variety of techniques from watercolour effects to stamping.


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J. Herbin. Gris Nuage

J. Herbin Gris Nuage Fountain Pen Ink

Gris Nuages (grey clouds) is a non toxic, lightfast, water based pen ink by J. Herbin. The colour represents the long journeys taken at sea by Herbin when traveling to India.

Each bottle of ink is elegantly labeled and the 30ml bottles also serve as a functional pen rest thanks to the pen shaped indentation on the top.

Herbin inks have excellent flow and don’t have problems with clogging. These inks work beautifully for calligraphy, shading, and ink wash!


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Kaweco Sport and Perkeo Fountain Pens next to Kaweco Pearl Black Ink Cartridges

Kaweco Fountain Pens

Kaweco writing instruments stand for quality and design. In trend with the 2021 Pantone Colours of the year, their tried and trusted products feature bright yellow colour ways, made with love and cleverness while using modern materials – since 1883!

The Kaweco Sport brought something special in 1911. The pocket fountain pen which measured only 10.5 cm when closed and therefore comes in handy as an every day carry item! Perfect for on-the-go and designed with Kaweco’s historic roots providing a ergonomic shape that feels great in the hand.

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Stillman & Birn Sketchbooks

While the paper inside is the true star, these books can be judged by their covers!

Stillman & Birn Softcover Sketchbooks are perfect for dry or wet media techniques.

The range is organized with a colour-coded system to help you easily find the best match for you. The entire line features rounded corners to prevent frayed edges, and the sewn bindings result in a flexible spine, allowing the books to open flat for working across two pages. The fine art pages work well with markers, fountain pens, and watercolour washes supporting a variety of drawing techniques without feathering or bleeding.

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As we pass our 1st Pandemic Anniversary, our staff have gathered an inspiring collection of their favourite drawing & writing tools to celebrate this passing anniversary with creativity and motivation!

Here’s to NOT celebrating a 2nd Pandemic Anniversary!!



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