Welcome back to Pen & Paper…

Welcome back to Pen & Paper...

Firstly, a big welcome back to all of you wonderful customers who’ve been to see us.  For those who haven’t been able to make it quite yet, we hope you’re safe, well and would love to see you soon. We also wanted to let you know ‘what’s new’ here at your favourite Cardiff art shop.

When the global pandemic hit, we closed our doors, not knowing what the future may hold.  Thankfully, with lockdown easing and non-essential shops (totally essential to us creative folk!) having the opportunity to open their doors once again, we’re back Wales.  Social distancing is the new norm but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy our art shop as you once did, it just takes a little getting used to.

With facemasks at the ready, a one-way system in place, perspex barriers at the tills and hand sanitizer readily available, this new shopping experience isn’t any less exciting, just different and as safe as we can possibly make it.

So what’s new at The Pen & Paper you ask, well firstly there’s our incredible new range of Faber & Castell Pencils.  A new colour palette with more pastel tones that’s the incredible quality you’d expect.  A must, for professional artists.  Posca too have a new range of ‘Earth Tone’ pencils, which are vivid and in their own words “Ultra Deep”.

With these strange times bringing out a need to document our journey, we can’t forget our enormous range of notebooks and journals.  There are of course the unrivalled bold coloured range from Leuchtturm but also an exciting themed range from Paperblanks.  From favoured storybooks like Alice in Wonderland to the famous Mexican artist, Frida Khalo.  To encourage your creative writing and drawing, we’re currently offering a free Uniball pen with every notebook purchased, that’s over £5 and with every sketchbook or sketch pad purchase, a free Staedtler pencil.

Whilst a lot of us are completely fed up with this year, there’s always next year, so plan ahead with our new 2021 academic diaries and planners.

We’re very well known for our range of extraordinary pens, one of our best selling brands is of course Lamy. Every year Lamy bring out a special edition Safari range of pens and this year is the year of tropical Mango, Aquamarine and Violet.  These amazing colours are also complimented with limited-edition Mango ink.  Who needs black, when there’s Mango!

That’s not all; we always stock a huge range of fabulous greetings cards and are currently stocking a new range of Welsh inspired cards as well as some humourous lockdown related cards.  Just that little something to bring a smile to someone’s face.  In these strange times, you can’t put a value on those much-needed smiles!  There are games too and the quirky gifts you’d expect from us, from racing grannies to mind-boggling puzzles. Quite literally something for everyone.

Just before our shop reopened, our owners, Wendy & Philip had their brush with fame. See the link below to the BBC Wales News feature, they’re 20 minutes in:


We’ve often been described as an artists retreat, so retreat to our shop, have a #staycation and rejoice in getting truly inspired to create your art.

As a big thank you from us, we’re currently offering double loyalty card points on all of your purchases (except stamps) up until the end of August. Haven’t got a loyalty card? Pop in store to get yours today!

Our independent business has been thriving in Cardiff for over 20 years. We love seeing old faces and new to our art shop, so say hello, our team are always happy to help.

Our opening times are currently Monday – Saturday (closed Sunday’s at present) 10am – 4:30pm however many products are also available via our online shop.

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