31 May 2013

Old pens

Trying out the old pens, throwing out the dried-up ones, deciding which of the survivors might be useful now - are they waterfast, for instance? I'm delighted to find a couple of fountain pens that just needed a bit of a soak and their ink cartridges replacing.

Sharpening the old pencils, too - the pastel pencils are tricky, with the wood shattering in my pencil sharpener. So I tried sharpening them with a knife, which was fine for the wood but the "lead" kept breaking, which isn't surprising, as pastels themselves break so easily.

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