Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Joy of New Pencils

Is there anything nicer than a set of crisply pointed brand new colored pencils?*

I just received a box of art supplies from Blick (the great Chicago art supply stores) with a stack of empty sketchbooks and the coolest box of Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.  These draw like any colored pencil, but add water and line turns into ink wash.  I envision many hours of fun.  Plus they come in the most cunning little wooden box, with a sliding lid that has glossy varnish and a beautifully dished-out recessed finger pull.

I could spend hours just sliding the lid open and shut, daydreaming of Beaux Arts ink wash renderings.

Public domain image from Wikipedia

* Possibly the big-kid box of 64 new Crayola crayons.  The colors!  The colors!


  1. Oh I know how it feels, I too like the stores with office supplies: all kinds of paper, pens, empty notebooks-to-fill with words....
    I also like hardware stores..... although I am not much of a diy-er.

  2. Oh, yes! Crisp clean paper calling out to become novels or love letters. Or fascinating bits of hardware that you hold up, wondering what project it wants to be part of...