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The Sprout Pencil Combines Writing and Seed Germination

The Sprout Pencil Combines Writing and Seed Germination

Creative designs in stationery have reached a whole new level in recent times, including an eco-pencil which contains seeds for sprouting! The Sprout pencil is made of cedar, but instead of lead, it houses graphite and clay. The pencil top looks pretty standard at first glance, but it’s actually a small capsule containing three seeds. […]

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5 Reasons Why Kidults Love Colouring Books

5 Reasons Why Kidults Love Colouring Books

Demand for coloured pencils has rocketed over the past few years – but enthusiastic kids with their colouring books are not the main reason. No, it’s stressed-out adults who have been buying themselves huge sets of pencil crayons, so that they can relax from their workaholic lifestyles! The adult colouring craze really took off in […]

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Pens vs. Pencils? Don’t Write Either Off

Pens vs. Pencils? Don’t Write Either Off

Which do you prefer, a pen or a pencil? Your preference may depend on your personality and personal style: eco-warriors and artists often love pencils, while top CEOs and big celebrities generally lean towards pens. Let’s get to the point about the virtues of the pencil first: It’s made of natural substances- wood and graphite- […]

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Too Cool To Do Drugs

Too Cool To Do Drugs

It seemed like a good idea when a youth welfare organisation in New York decided to hand out pencils printed with an anti-drugs slogan: TOO COOL TO DO DRUGS. But the organisers of the health education campaign had failed to think about the consequences of sharpening the pencil, which converted the slogan to COOL TO […]

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Dalton Ghetti’s Miniscule Pencil Lead Sculptures

By on December 27, 2016 in Art, Pencils & Accessories with 0 Comments
Dalton Ghetti’s Miniscule Pencil Lead Sculptures

Do you get frustrated when you try to sharpen your pencil and then end up breaking the graphite? Most people who like to draw have had this experience a few times. That’s why the work of Dalton Ghetti is so amazing: he carves tiny mini-sculptures using the tips of graphite pencils – and even though […]

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Artist Carves Tiny Sculptures out of Pencil Lead

By on December 12, 2016 in Art, Fun, Pencils & Accessories with 0 Comments
Artist Carves Tiny Sculptures out of Pencil Lead

When is a pencil not a pencil? When it’s a train on rails of course! Nebraska-based artist Cindy Chinn carved the wood and graphite of a yellow pencil to create an amazing miniscule sculpture of a train and railway track. Since then she has created a name for herself as a talented miniature sculptor by […]

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Uluma – The Ancient Rubber Ball Game

By on August 16, 2016 in Fun, Pencils & Accessories with 0 Comments
Uluma – The Ancient Rubber Ball Game

Did you know that the rubber we use for pencil erasers was first used by the Olmecs, an ancient Mexican civilisation, 3500 years ago? The Olmecs made rubber from a the ‘milk’ of various trees and plants, including the Castilla elastic tree and the Ipomoea alba plant, and produced broad, flexible strips which they wound […]

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Dark Side of the Pencil

Dark Side of the Pencil

The innocent pencil, a symbol of artistry and early childhood scribblings, has also been ascribed a darker side over the years. Back in the 1980s, Stephen King wrote a novel The Dark Half, in which a writer called Thad Beaumont is at war with his alter ego. Beaumont, who usually wrote his stories using a […]

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Eraserbread – Using Stale Bread as an Rubber

Eraserbread – Using Stale Bread as an Rubber

  You probably thought the purpose of a piece of bread was for eating – but years ago stale bread was used as an eraser for black lead pencil marks. Art students and architects were advised to make light outlines with a soft pencil, and rub out errors with an Indian rubber or crumb of […]

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Why Britons Love Pencil Cases

By on May 1, 2015 in Pencils & Accessories with 0 Comments
Why Britons Love Pencil Cases

What does a dog wearing headphones and a monkey wearing shades have in common with a vintage rose or polka dot design? Answer: they are all pencil case designs currently on offer from a top UK retailer. So why do the British love to snap up snazzy pencil cases? Practically every other European country and […]

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