If there’s such a thing as an artistic gene, it’s fair to say my children have inherited it.
James has been obsessed with drawing since he was two, while Sophie has been a dab-hand with a paintbrush since starting nursery.
They have completely different styles – James is all about precision, while Sophie is a bit more slapdash – but art is one of their many shared interests.
So, when I heard Manuscript Pen Company Ltd was launching a new range for children, I knew they’d love to try it out.
About The Lionheart Collection
The Lionheart Collection is a range of writing and colouring products for early learners, accompanied by 10 fun and exciting characters.
The range includes a 3-in-1 pencil crayon, superwashable pens, board tip pens, fine tip pens, double-ended pens and activity books.
James and Sophie were gifted a pack of 3-in-1 pencil crayons, a pack of double-ended pens, a pack of superwashable markers, a pack of broad pens and a pack of fine pens.
They both loved the packaging and the animal characters – Gerald, Alfie, Monty, Benji, Bella, Lola, Saffy, Arthur, Jasper and Jessie.
The 3-in-1 crayons and superwashable markers are designed for early years, but Sophie, who’s seven, was still happy to give them a go!
The chunky wooden wax crayons are perfect for little hands and the wooden casing means there’s no danger of them snapping.
They can also be used to create watercolour effects with a little bit of water on a paintbrush.
Sophie’s verdict: “They are nice and easy to draw with and they don’t break. None of the colour chips off when you’re drawing.”
The superwashable markers washes straight off skin and clothes with just water and Sophie was impressed with the range of colours in the pack of 10.
Sophie said: “They are nice to draw with and chunky to hold but the tip is nice and thin.
“There is a good range of colours – my favourites are the yellow and the orange because they are very light and not like the yellows and oranges I already have.”
James is a connoisseur of the fineliner, so I was keen to see what he made of the fine (0.5mm) pens and the double-ended colouring pens.
The double-ended pens are ideal for practising handwriting with one end (0.5mm) and colouring with the other (1mm) and there are 10 colours to choose from.
His verdict? “I think the dual tip is very clever. They are easy to draw with and the ink doesn’t get on your hands or smudge.”
They both loved the pack of 12 fine pens. Sophie said: “They’re perfect for writing and drawing, but mostly writing. I like the little finger grips at the top.”
James added: “I really like how they have a fine tip, but the ink still flows really well. You don’t have to press on too hard.”
The finger grips and choice of colours were also commented on as advantages of the broad (2mm) colouring pens, with Sophie also approving of the purple barrel!
James and Sophie used their goodies to write notes and draw pictures for patients at Birmingham Children’s Hospital as part of Manuscript’s #SaySomethingSpecial campaign for World Calligraphy Day on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.
Last year, they received over 100 letters from all over the world.
You can get involved by sending letters to: Say Something Special, c/o Small Man Media, 2nd Floor, 6 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4BL.