With a few mechanical pencil lead refills laying around, it is great to finally get them organized and in one place. It’s a bonus that the organizer is an attractive vintage Caran d’Ache retail lead display.
It has many signs of age and wear, and I’ve tried to preserve the box while cleaning it up.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any Caran d’Ache refills! I’ll have to try and find some – I hear they’re good.
An interesting article in the Salina Journal (Salina, Kansas) discusses some of the back to school supply routines in their community. Mechanical pencils, woodcase pencils, and specific brands may be required depending on the school.
ArtGraf is a tablet of watersoluble graphite in a tin.
While there are a few watersoluble graphite pencils and crayons on the market, this is the first larger format offering aimed at brush users that I’m aware of.
Viarco, a small Portuguese pencil company that we’ve mentioned once before, introduced ArtGraf last year.
The product extends watersoluble graphite possibilities, and truly allows painting in graphite. A wet brush is applied to the tablet. Varying the brush wetness and tablet contact result in varying graphite densities.