Hi guys. Hattie here again! How has your week been? Mine has been great. Took a weekend trip to the Lake District with my boyfriend and we had a fab time. Whilst I was there I was (trying to) drawing the stunning scenery. I didn’t do it any justice but you have to try sometimes!


I always use the same brand pencils to draw; Faber-Castell. They really make amazing pencils and until you have used one you won’t understand what I am talking about. I found out from an interview a few years ago from one of my favourite artists that she used them, so I gave them a try, hoping (in vain) that they might make me as good as her one day.


I didn’t realise that Faber-Castell had been around for so long and had such a healthy heritage. It is one of the eldest industrial brands in the world. It was born in 1761, by a gentleman called Kaspar Faber, in Germany, and has been run by family members ever since. The “Castell” part of the name came about in 1898, where a female member of the empire married, and by stipulation of her fathers will, had to keep her name. So that is when Faber-Castell was born. They were the first company to make mechanical pencils, in 1948. In the early 1900s, they brought out the famous “polychromos”, which are still used to this day.


Today, Faber-Castell is headed by Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell (what an amazing name) and has continued to keep the company at the forefront of drawing and writing implements.