Writing Instruments

A rubber stamp of your own for keeps

There is a great way to personalise your notebooks and wrapping paper: you can use rubber stamps to make them uniquely your own.

Find out how artist Addis Fung carves this scholarly bunny onto a chop.

What you'll need:

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:08pm

Flower power

What you'll need:

Thick paper

Drinking straws



Paint, marker pens, glitter


1. Draw lots of flowers on thick paper and cut them out.

2. Decorate the flowers with paint, marker pens or glitter.

3. Poke a tiny hole in the centre of each flower.

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

This week we test: brow pencil

Why we have that patch of hair above our eyelashes is still a mystery, but a well-defined, arched eyebrow does wonders for the face.

Shu Uemura Hard Formula (HK$150)

Not one for beginners - the pencil is rock-hard and doesn't show up on skin, but mysteriously blends with the hairs to subtly darken brows.

The Body Shop Brow Definer (HK$99)

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Highlighter pens

Eclat de Teint By Terry (HK$540/6.5ml)

Claim: the Rose Flash pen erases flaws, smoothes out and refreshes tired features through the optical correction of skin surface texture. It can be applied onto bare skin or skin with make-up.

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter (HK$190/3.6ml)

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Glamour and artistic talent pencil in a birthday party date

To celebrate its 250th anniversary, German stationery brand Faber-Castell showcased its smallest, oldest and most expensive coloured pencils at an exhibition in Harbour City.

16 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Scrapbooks as an artform

Scrapbooking has been around for centuries. A scrapbook is basically a book of 'stuff': photographs of people and places, airline tickets, writing, collages and drawings to record special journeys or memories.

30 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

The write stuff


John Lennon Limited Edition 70

10 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

The write stuff

For the person who already has the custom-made leather brogues, a bespoke Savile Row three-piece suit or a Hermes Birkin in saltwater crocodile, is penmanship the next frontier? Montblanc has released a pen that's more showy than a commonplace blue biro and promises something that might have once seemed more at home in a James Bond movie back when Sean Connery was at the helm.

22 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Inaugural sale puts focus on write stuff

Bonhams' first auction in Hong Kong, exclusively dedicated to writing instruments, takes place on November 24. The inaugural sale contains more than 80 lots of exceptional pens with a focus on Montblanc Writer's Editions, Patron of the Arts and 333 series, plus limited edition fine writing instruments by Dunhill, Namiki, Loiminchay, Dupont and Krone, among others.

19 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

The goods

Go Westwood The Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Lee denim collection has finally hit stores. It includes four styles of men's jeans and a unisex pair, all inspired by 1970s and 80s seminal punk and pirate lines from Westwood's archives.

19 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Kanvus Light 64

One thing that you can't do with a PC that you can do with a tablet or a simple piece of paper is doodle. Until recently, you needed very high-end graphic designer systems to interact with your PC screen like you would a piece of paper or a canvas.

5 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

The goods

Power of the pen

11 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

The metro

I'm a journalist but I don't have a proper pen. However, I've owned a few before. One of my favourites was a navy blue Waterman's Charleston, but I lost it.

The pen, in itself, is becoming an undervalued tradition. Once upon a time, everyone needed one to write things down, and having a nice-looking one was a fashion statement. Now everyone digs out their PDAs.

8 Jun 2009 - 12:00am


1 If you still need a winter coat, Brooks Brothers has a host of options in Microfibre or wool. Standouts include the Hunting trench coat in beige (HK$5,380) and the classic bomber jacket (pictured, HK$5,890), made from super-soft lambskin. Available from the Brooks Brothers store in Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 1722.

11 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Keeping track of trends in tough times

Times are tough for most businesses in the wake of the global economic slowdown, especially for stationery manufacturers in Hong Kong and the mainland.

5 Jan 2009 - 12:00am