Penscratch 2

A free WordPress theme by Jetpack

(Penscratch 2 is a refreshed version of the Penscratch theme, with more features and added flexibility.)

Penscratch 2 is a fresh, stylish design for sharing your writing. Whether you’re working on an analytical essay, an anthology of poems, or a piece of long-form fiction, Penscratch 2 makes for a pleasant reading and writing experience all around.

Choose between a one- or two-column layout by adding widgets, add links to your favorite social networks, customize with a site logo or header image, or add fancy pull quotes throughout your content.

Penscratch 2 is responsive, ensuring the transition between different devices and screen sizes is flawless for your readers.

Site Logo

Penscratch 2 includes support for a Site Logo, which appears in the header above the site title at a maximum of 600 pixels wide by 200 pixels tall.

Logo in the header of Penscratch 2

Logo in the header of Penscratch 2

Custom Menus

Header Menu in Penscratch 2

Penscratch 2 supports a Header menu for your site’s main navigation, and a Social Links menu in the footer.

Social links in the footer

Linking to any of the following sites will automatically display its icon in your menu:

  • CodePen
  • Digg
  • Dribbble
  • Dropbox
  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • GitHub
  • Google+
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Email (mailto: links)
  • Pinterest
  • Pocket
  • Polldaddy
  • Reddit
  • RSS Feed (urls with /feed/)
  • StumbleUpon
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter
  • Vimeo
  • WordPress
  • YouTube


Penscratch 2 includes four widget areas; one optional Sidebar, and three Footer areas.

Footer widgets

Footer widgets

If there are no widgets in the Sidebar area, the theme automatically adjusts to a single column.

Custom Header

The Custom Header in Penscratch 2 is located below the Header menu at a maximum of 937 pixels wide by unlimited height.

Custom Header in Penscratch 2

Custom Header in Penscratch 2

Page Templates

Penscratch 2‘s Full Width, No Sidebar template gives your content plenty of space to spread out:

Full-width page template

Full Width, No Sidebar page template

Formatting Text

Penscratch 2 includes special text styles for pull quotes. See examples and instructions for these on the demo site.



Penscratch 2 also supports the following features:

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels)

  1. The main column width is 656, except in the full-width template, where it’s 937.
  2. The Custom Header is 656, except in the full-width template, where it’s 937.
  3. Featured Images are 656 by 300.
  4. The sidebar width is 234.
  5. The three footer widget area widths vary depending on screen size and the number of active widgets.
  6. The site logo has a maximum width of 600 and height of 200.

Using Penscratch 2 On Your Site

This theme is free to use on any WordPress site running Jetpack.

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