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March 2019

National Pencil Day 2019: The Four Superlative Pencils

The four superlative pencils:


When it comes to pencils, the world's largest manufacturer of wood-cased pencils can come up with all kinds of superlatives. It all began with the oldest pencil in the world, which adorns the permanent historical exhibition in Faber-Castell's Castle in Stein, Germany. During renovation work to a house in the Swabian region of Germany, this unusual pencil was discovered in the roof joists. Obviously, the carpenter had forgotten about it being there. Because the building was very old, dating back to the 17th century, the pencil remained unnoticed in its hiding place for centuries. The pencil, which was made of rough limewood, glued together, bears marks of use which confirm its great age. It is therefore the oldest example of a pencil known to us today.

 

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The oldest pencil dating back to the 17th century.


Just in time for our 240th anniversary in 2001, we added the most expensive pencil to our superlative collection. The solid white gold cap of magnum size is crowned with three fine-quality diamonds. The limited edition of only 99 pieces was a highlight of the anniversary year 2001. 

 

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The most expensive pencil is crowned with three fine-quality diamonds.

 

The third pencil, which was even entered in the Guinness Book of Records, is difficult to display or even transport: The largest pencil in the world was placed in a glass tower on the occasion of the factory inauguration in Malaysia and measures 19.75 meters. Today, it is an attraction for visitors to the Asian branch, which, incidentally, is considered the world's largest producer of erasers.

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The largest pencil in the world measures 19.75 meters.

 

Where the biggest one is, the smallest pencil should not be missing: it is 17.5 mm short and about 3 mm thin, made of North American spruce and with a genuine graphite lead (0.5 mm diameter). It is just a tenth of the length of a normal pencil. For the opening ceremony of the Malaysian production site in 2001, it was specially manufactured in Germany and ceremoniously handed over by the management. Anyone who actually wants to write with it, rather than just keep it to admire, will probably need tweezers to hold it.

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The smallest pencil is 17.5 mm short and about 3 mm thin.


The "super pencil" is an expression of a high quest for quality that, according to CEO Daniel Rogger, has been anchored in the traditional Faber-Castell company for centuries. “Since Lothar von Faber laid down binding quality standards for pencils in the 19th century, all the following generations had the claim to continue producing the best products,” says Rogger. “The motto proclaimed by Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell back then, to do ordinary things extraordinarily well, is still one of our core values. This is reflected in the high productivity but also in the healthy striving for uniqueness – as demonstrated in these pencil curiosities.


The oldest, smallest and most expensive pencil is frequently on tour, providing a lot of material for discussion worldwide at press and trade events in Lima, Milan, Athens and Dresden. The exhibits can also be seen in the Faber-Castell castle when they aren’t touring. The company museum is open every third Sunday of the month from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

 

To download press release, click here

Press contact:
Press Office
Nuernberger Strasse 2
D-90546 Stein
Phone: +49 (0)911 9965-5538
E-mail: press-office@faber-castell.de


Watercolor Pencil Florals for Spring

This post will show you a super quick and easy way to make a cute, abstract floral picture using watercolor pencils!

Materials:

First, you want to start with the grass. I used the dark green watercolor pencil from the kit to sketch out grass along the bottom of my paper.

Grass Sketch

Next, add in the stems, leaves and swirls on top for the flower color. (We will add in the floral details later)

Add Color

Using the watercolor brush from the kit, blend the color! It's ok if it looks messy because remember we will be adding in details later!

Wet the Color

I used the brush pen (from the kit) to add some lettering to the top of my page. You can either do this or add more illustrations like clouds or the sun. Make it creatively yours!

Add Lettering

Last step! Using the PITT artist pen from the kit ADD THOSE DETAILS! I added the flower petals right onto the spots of color we made for the flowers. Added other details in the stems, leaves and even the grass!

Spring has Sprung

 

The Lettering Fern

Erin is a teacher by day and a creator by night. She loves to try and inspire creativity in her students everyday! Because she’s busy during the day, the night is when her creativity gets to explode into the world through lettering and messing around with watercolors. Her biggest advice would be to not compare your art to other people’s art! Be uniquely you!

The Lettering Fern


How to Create Dot Grid Patterns

Hi there! I wanted to share one of the most fun and creative ways to use your dot grid journal - patterns! It's like a grown up version of "connect-the-dots" - but you make the rules!

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A dot grid journal gives you so many secret guidelines, and once your design is done, the dots disappear beneath it! The result is a complex and ornate pattern, when really, it can be a very simple process! Using your favorite PITT Artist Pen, follow these tutorials to jazz up your dot grid journal!

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You can start simple by filling a "box" with a tiny doodle or shape, and then repeat it to gradually build a pattern!

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Download a dot grid pattern worksheet HERE this will allow you to practice outside of your journal.

Thanks for stopping by, keep creating!


Introducing the Abstract Art for Beginners Kit from 20 Minute Studio

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Hi everyone, Mou here today with a video introducing the newest 20 Minute Studio Kit - Abstract Art for Beginners!

A kit like this is great not only to give as gift but more importantly, it's a fun and inexpensive way to try a new kind of art. As I mentioned in the video, I'm truly a beginner when it comes to Abstract Art. I used only contents from the kit along with a cup of water and a palette. Here are all the materials I used -

Materials:

20 Minute Studio Abstract Art for Beginners (#770804)

Faber-Castell Collapsible Water Cup with water

Silicone palette (from Faber-Castell Intro to Watercolor with Gelatos Kit)

I hope you enjoy the video and have fun making your own abstract art!
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Pastel Blending for Spring

 

Happy spring!

It's time break out the pastel colors! Let's blend together our pastel Pitt brush pen pack, and some mixed media paper.

 

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 Pitt Pens from the Pastel back in colors:

 Light Yellow Glaze

 Light Phthalo Green

 Ice Blue

 Lilac

 Pink Madder Lake 

 Cold Grey I

 

 

 

 

 

Start by using the grey Pitt pen to write out the base of your words.


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Now start with the yellow and green together. Since these pens can be layered, and since they aren't water based, you'll want to make sure you blend while the ink is still wet, so doing one letter at a time is a good idea. If you wait too long and it dries, just color lightly on top again, and blend quickly. I like to start with the darker color, and then take the lighter one and gently bring the darker color to mix. 


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Continue this until all colors are blended.


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Now take that grey pen again and add a shadow.


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Sit back and admire your work!


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Photo Feb 14  2 32 01 PMChelsea has a not-so-sight obsession with all things lettering. Watching lettering videos is what got her started, and you can usually find her posting videos using every art supply she can get her hands on. From brush pens to watercolor and everything in between!


Had to make a quick sign for my St. Patty’s day potluck treat! Should have snapped a photo for you but they went too quick 🙃🍪☘️

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Only had a few minutes to make this while the cookies were in the oven, so I used my favorite Pitt Artist Brush Pens. The color and brush tip are so reliable every time, and I’m so comfortable and confident using these pens that they were the perfect tool! I used a pretty light gray shade to add in some drop shadows to my downstrokes and I just love how it turned out. My medium tip Pitt Artist Pen was perfect for my doodles! 

 


Handwriting GLOW UP!

We have had an overwhelming request for the handwriting worksheets that I gave out at PlannerCon 2019. We were so happy to hear how much you enjoyed them and we love your enthusiasm! We have to take the opportunity to share them with you once again!

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Using these simple worksheets and steps, you can elevate your OWN HANDWRITING! One of the main things I like to teach in my workshops, is that I don't want you to try to write like me - I want you to write like YOU! You have it in you, you just need to practice and apply tiny adjustments!

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If you use a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pen, and follow these simple steps, you'll be able to change the way you write! It's amazing how such tiny adjustments are able to change the appearance and quality of your already existing handwriting!

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Want to practice using this method? Download a free printable worksheet HERE !

Thank you! Enjoy - Keep Creating!


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Watch how I used the Big Stamper brush pens to create this fun St. Patrick's Day card!

 

The Lettering Fern

Erin is a teacher by day and a creator by night. She loves to try and inspire creativity in her students everyday! Because she’s busy during the day, the night is when her creativity gets to explode into the world through lettering and messing around with watercolors. Her biggest advice would be to not compare your art to other people’s art! Be uniquely you!

The Lettering Fern


Doodle Dividers For Your Journal

Hi there! It's Nicole from Plans That Blossom once again to bring you examples of journaling dividers! These are a really fun and simple way to spruce up your journal and compartmentalize your days and tasks. Mostly, I like to use them to underline text, but they have so many other possibilities!
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You can use the dividers to separate your lists, or even connect them together to create frames and boxes! A lot of you washi lovers out there are familiar with this decorate border concept, and can create your own faux washi page edges using these examples!

FC_DoodleDividers4I love using Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens on my dot grid journal to make these dividers because it allows me to create symmetrical designs by connecting the dots! A divider can appear very complex, but is actually quite simple to create using the dots as a guide.

FC_DoodleDividers3Download a free printable page of dividers to use in your journal HERE !

Thanks for stopping by - keep creating!


'Blooms of Spring' Word Art with the NEW Iridescents II Gelatos Colors & PITT Pens

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Hi everyone, Mou here with a word art tutorial using the newest set of Gelatos colors - Iridescents II and PITT artist pens! It has been a long cold winter here in the Atlantic North East and I have to say that I am ready for spring! While the drab winter drags on, I'm filling my surrounding with soft, colorful, florals and some word art using a quote by S. Brown.

To do this project, you'll need the following -

Faber-Castell Gelatos® Colors, Iridescents II-15 Piece Set (#770177)

Faber-Castell India ink Pitt Artist Pen Hand Lettering 8ct wallet pink (#267124)

Faber-Castell Collapsible Water cup (#770310)

Other - watercolor paper (trimmed to 9 x 6 inches)

Now, let me walk you through the steps.

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Rub the Gelatos colors on the paper as shown.

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Blend the colors with water using the paint brush included in the Gelatos set.

NOTE: Sometimes even watercolor paper tends to turn wavy after you add water to blend. I have a tip for you to correct that - after I finish my piece, I put it under a pile of heavy books overnight to flatten the paper out. And if I want to frame it, I put the paper between two sheets of wax paper, lay a small towel on top and quickly iron over it to take any wrinkles out.

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Write the words with the brush tip (B) PITT pens, varying colors, sizes and styles of handwritten fonts. Mix things up. Be loose and don't worry too much about making it perfectly perfect.

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Once you have the quote written, doodle some vines with flowers around the words with the Superfine tip (S) PITT pens from the set.

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Fill in the doodled vines with the PITT pens to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and try playing with Gelatos and PITT pens together in your word art!

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