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Pencils

Pencils

Colouring, Watercolour, Pastel and Graphite pencils for students and professionals from leading manufacturers such as Faber Castell, Cretacolor, Reeves and Conté á Paris.

  • Drawing and Colouring Paper
  • Erasers and Sharpeners
  • Drawing Aids
  • Choosing and Using Sketching Pencils

    Pencils refer to all drawing and sketching media that consist of pigment, charcoal or graphite mixed with a binder and contained within a wooden or plastic barrel. This section includes colour pencils, watercolour pencils, pastel pencils, charcoal pencils and mechanical, clutch and traditional graphite pencils.

    What is a lead pencil? This is a misnomer for a regular pencil that contains graphite. When graphite was first discovered, it was thought to be lead and, as its true chemical make-up was not unlocked for well over a century, the name ‘lead pencil’ stuck. They have never actually contained lead but graphite rods are still referred to as ‘leads’.
    What is the difference between colour and watercolour pencils? Colour pencils are pigment held in a waxy binder. Good quality colour pencils should transfer to the surface smoothly and can be blended either with gentle layering of colour or with a stump or tortillon. A watercolour pencil has a water-soluble binder that allows the colour to become a wash when applied to a wet surface or when brushed over with a wet brush.
    What is a mechanical pencil? A mechanical pencil takes the form of a pen that houses and feeds through graphite leads by depressing the end of the pencil. These pencils are offered in a number of different lead diameters and each diameter comes in a selection of graphite grades.
    What is meant by pencil grade? The grade of a pencil refers to the softness or hardness of the graphite depending on the amount of binder that has been mixed with it. B stands for soft or black and has more graphite than binder allowing more graphite to be transferred to a surface for a blacker mark. H stands for hard and has more binder so the graphite that is transferred is less giving a lighter mark. The higher the number that is in front of the B or H, the softer or harder the pencil will be.

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