6(.5) Fun Pencils To Play Around With

I have wanted to do a post about pencils that are simply fun for a while now, and I finally have the chance! Here are my five, not in any order, pencils that are just fun to use and easy to experiment with. I will also give short descriptions and tips on how to use them.

Viarco Soft Carbon Water Soluble Pencil

This pencil is not only for dark shading, but is also great for watercolor artists and people looking for a fun pencil! The carbon is so soft that it feels like crayon when you are writing with it, and the carbon core is unusually, and strangely satisfyingly thick. It is fun to draw with, and when you use your finger to spread a little bit of water on top, it turns to a delightful watery mess! (You can also use precision and spread water with a thin paintbrush.)

Koh-I-Noor Gold Magic Pencil

It is fairly obvious why this pencil is considered fun. The core is made up of many different colors meshed together into one stick, which provides very pleasing effects when scratched on paper! You do need to turn the pencil as you are writing in order to achieve full affect, as, if you keep the pencil still, it only picks up one color, but if you master this skill it is super fun to draw and write with. The line it creates is a gradient string of color that pleases the eye.

Onyx+Green Recycled Newspaper Pencil

This pencil writes much like a normal lead pencil, and at an HB hardness, it’s marks look pretty boring. I like to write with it, but it is nothing special when it comes to drawing or writing. Its looks, though, are another matter. The pencil is made of newspaper wrapped around the core again and again until it is the thickness of a normal pencil. When it is sharpened, the shavings are layers and layers of paper, some blue and yellow, some black and white. It also looks like this on the tip where the pencil has been shaved. Bonus: feels nice to sharpen it. Tip: Sharpen slowly to get the longest shaving!

Caran D’ache and CW Pencils “The Editor”

Editor pencils have been in existence for a while now, many teachers’ favorite writing utensil. It can also be used for fun, though! In case you didn’t know, an editor pencil has one black or blue side and one red side. You can blend the two sides, you can break it in half, tape the two sides together, and draw parallel lines, you can break it in half halfway, keep the two sides together with a small piece of wood and use it as a compass, or do something that comes to mind! Experiment!

Seven Color Rainbow Pencil

Another multicolor core pencil, this one has a black body and more defined colors in the core. Instead of a swirl of colors, this core has seven color sticks blended together into one. Writing or drawing with it while rotating it ever so slightly will create a fun rainbow of colors condensed into one line. This pencil looks better than the other one, (In my opinion), and creates a similar effect.

Combo: General’s Blending Tortillion and General’s Charcoal Pencil

A charcoal pencil can be fun on it’s own, but if you make some kind of mark, say a circle, with the charcoal, you can use the tortillion to blend the charcoal in or out, and it makes a very clean smudge! The picture above shows how you can use it for smooth shading, and how it can help add depth to a picture! The tortillion is a amazing alternative to a finger, as you will not be putting silver or black fingerprints all over, and it makes a smoother gradient. Try it out, and play around with it!

That’s it for fun pencils! You can get these at CW Pencil Enterprises and buy them individually or in bulk, except for Onyx+Green and General’s Charcoal and tortillion (this link is not for General’s), which I linked on Amazon. I hope you get some pencils and enjoy them.

Onyx+Green HB Recycled Newspaper

The Onyx+Green HB Recycled Newspaper pencil is my personal favorite. A 10 pack is available here on Amazon. At about $1, I don’t have much to say about this pencil. It is simple, with a glossy newspaper reminiscent round body printed in white with the words “Onyx+Green, HB” and their logo, a leaf. The ferrule is a simple silver, holding in a white eraser. It writes like a normal HB pencil, making slightly sharper lines than a Ticonderoga. The magic comes when you sharpen the pencil, though. It is made of recycled newspaper, as the name implies, wrapped again and again around the graphite core. This creates an effect when the pencil is fully sharpened where it appears that there are many lines of different colors, which looks, frankly, awesome. It also feels good to sharpen. Overall, I give this pencil five stars, for performing well and looking even better. I recommend it to anyone looking for a solid writing pencil, not too expensive, that looks really cool and is fun to show off.

Bonus: It also works well for shading.

Viarco Art Graf Soft Carbon Water Soluble Pencil

The Viarco Art Graf Soft Carbon Water Soluble pencil is one of my personal favorites for drawing and sketching. You can get it here at CW Pencil Enterprises. When writing or drawing with the Art Graf, you might notice that it feels more like a crayon than a pencil. A normal pencil is made with graphite, which is a type of carbon. The Art Graf is soft carbon, which is a material that feels like wax. The Art Graf makes a very dark but not incredibly sharp line that is great for touching up a drawing with very, very dark accents. The lead stick inside the pencil is very thick, as you can see in the upper right picture below, which looks very interesting and makes the pencil last longer. The body is round and black, embossed in gold writing. It is the width of a standard pencil. The Viarco Art Graf is labeled as “water soluble” for a reason, though. When a small amount of water is rubbed on top of the pencil marks on the paper, it spreads like a watercolor. Artists using watercolor could easily use this as a very dark black for dark shading, as black watercolor cannot easily be pure black – it usually turns grey when the water is added. There is no eraser or ferrule. Overall, I give this pencil five stars for having no cons and numerous pros. I highly recommend this pencil for watercolor artists and people looking for a dark alternative to charcoal, but also to anyone looking for a fun pencil that you can play around with.

Tombow Mono 100 HB

The Tombow Mono 100 HB pencil, available here on Amazon, and here on CW Pencils if you would like to purchase them single, is a pencil costing roughly $3, and is one of my favorites. With a black hexagonal body and beautiful writing abilities, I almost have no cons. First of all, this pencil writes impeccably. The lines are practically smudgeless, even though they are dark and smooth. They are also very fine, even if the pencil has not recently been sharpened. This pencil works for shading, drawing, and writing, but is primarily intended for drafting, as it is a drafting pencil. There is no eraser on the back of this pencil, but instead a cylindrical attachment to the hexagonal body with a white line running across it; a very pretty design. A gold line separates this from the body. The pencil is black, and slightly slippery when used during long periods of writing time, but that is true with most pencils, so that will not affect the rating at all. These pencils are relatively light, about the weight of a normal no. 2 Dixon pencil, which is my one problem. I prefer just slightly heavier pencils, so this is not the perfect weight. Everything else is great, though, and the smudgeless lines work well for lefties. (I am one, and this pencil works well for me.) Overall, I give the Tombow Mono 100 HB five stars, for writing beautifully and having almost no flaws. It is available at good prices, and a HIGH recommendation to my readers.

P.S. It also sharpens flawlessly.


Caran D’Ache Swiss Wood Pencil – HB

I am sorry that I have not been keeping up with my blog at all lately, but I intend to get back on track in the next few months. I have recently started looking into pencils, (wood pencils) and I am going to do some reviews on them and the commodities that go along with them, like sharpeners and erasers! My first wood pencil that I will post about is a very expensive one – but maybe worth the money. At around $4.50, the Caran D’Ache Swiss Wood HB pencil is available here on Amazon but also here on CW Pencil Enterprises for a much better price. To me, this pencil writes very well when sharp, but when the tip starts to dull, it feels very hard and is not pleasurable to write with. The lines will start to get thicker which makes writing less precise- and, to me, worse all around. The lines created are slightly darker then the normal HB, but it feels the same for the most part. The wood feels nice enough, but is nothing special to the touch. The thing that I liked most about this pencil, though, is the weight. Most pencils are very light, which is tolerable, but might get annoying after writing for a while. The Swiss Wood pencil has an incredible weight – perfect for writing for long periods of time. It is about the weight of two or three normal pencils, which is very nice. Aesthetically, this pencil is a beauty, with a rustic wooden body and a red back with the Swiss flag cross on it. The Caran D’Ache symbol appears to be painted on, as well as the rest of the words on the pencil, and that provides a nice touch. Also, I am a lefty, and this pencil does not smudge very much at all. Overall, I give the Caran D’Ache Swiss Wood pencil four stars. It has a great weight and is aesthetically pleasing, but it feels a lot like writing with a Dixon Ticonderoga, and when it is dull, it is not fun to write with. One tip that you might have seen in the CW pencil shop – the pencil smells like brown sugar, especially the tip because it is the inside of the wood exposed. I do recommend this pencil to anyone looking for a pencil with a good weight, but frankly, it is too expensive. Thank you, and I will have more pencil posts coming out soon!