Day 203 (Sat July 22) Colored Pencil Holder!!!

The art I created was mail art… several packages and envelopes I artsied up and mailed out, and a thank you card I painted/penciled for my neighbor… nothing special, but nice and bright and full of gratitude… but I forgot to take a picture!

My neighbor, Kimberly, made this pencil stand for me:

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MADE it. First there was nothing. Then there was this. Made it from scratch. With tools.

She’s all about details. I just asked if she could do a little thing to hold my new Caran d’Ache watercolor pencils but this is a piece of art itself! She even “redrilled with a countersink bit” (which I didn’t understand, but I do now that I see the finished product) to add a little flourish… and added some trim pieces… the one on the bottom acts as a holder for my pen, pencil, and sharpener.  Then she painted AND distressed it for me!!!

How lucky am I?? It holds close to 90 pencils, which gives me room for all of my Caran d’Ache watercolor pencils as well as my full set of Raffine Marco colored pencils (these are inexpensive and I’d really like to upgrade to Caran d’Ache’s Luminance pencils which are incredible AND lightfast… But the Raffines work nicely for such a cheap set and I don’t use them often enough yet to justify the expense. I’m sure I can talk myself into it soon, though). The stand also holds my pen, mechanical pencil, Derwent watercolor sketching pencils (3), and a couple of regular Derwent drawing pencils. I also have a set of General’s pastel chalk pencils and a set of Derwent Inktense ink pencils which I’ve moved into my tins.

No excuse not to use my pencils now!

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