Today’s theme is pencils!
A quick dig in my stationery boxes found this lovely, but alas forgotten, set of sketching pencils (B, 2B, 3B, 4B & 5B). I racked my brains to think what I could do with these for you. I thought about decorating them with washi tape. Or perhaps crafting some pencil toppers. But then I thought it would be fun to do something that focussed on the function of the pencil itself, and I remembered a pass time most of us probably haven’t indulged in since school – pencil rubbing!
As I had pencils in a variety of softnesses (you all remember the HB pencil scale, right?) I had a play around with a variety of rubbings. I started with the old favourite – coins. I’m only a little bit gutted that I didn’t have a full set of coins to make that shield you get when you put them all together.
I also have a paperweight with ‘DREAM’ debossed on it, so I thought that would make for a nice rubbing, and experimented with some of the softer pencils here. I found the 3B gave the nicest results, so I stuck with that and used some letter stickers to create my own embossed message to take a rubbing from.
That was quite fun, and now I’m thinking about all the different stickers and textured objects I have lying around that would work well for this. I could use it to decorate some notecards or letters, or just to play around and see what arty creations I can come up with! When was the last time you did paper rubbing? Let me know if you decide to try it again!