Pencil Lead Art: An art form during the lock-down

Updated: Aug 12, 2021

With lock-down imposed due the COVID pandemic, many have taken up various hobbies and giving way to their creative self. One of that could be Pencil Lead art.

Today graphite is usually referred to as ‘pencil’ or occasionally ‘lead pencil’. This name came about because prior to the discovery of graphite, lead had been used since ancient times as a writing tool. Graphite was thought to be a form of lead until 1779, when K.W. Scheele, a Swedish chemist, discovered that the so-called lead used in pencils, was in fact a mineral form of carbon. It was named ‘graphite’ from the Greek word for writing. The term pencil derives from the Latin word for brush, ‘penicillum’.

Graphite is a crystalline form of carbon and is useful as writing and drawing tool, as only the slightest pressure is needed to leave a mark. Graphite is soft and brittle so, unless being used as a drawing material in powder form, it requires some form of protective casing.

Pencil Carving is an Art done by carving on the graphite tip of the pencil with special knives. This is also called as Pencil Carving and Micro Art on Pencil. Complete Handmade Carving using Graphite pencil.

Graphite pencils (traditionally known as "lead pencils") produce grey or black marks that are easily erased, but otherwise resistant to moisture, most chemicals, ultraviolet radiation and natural aging.

A weakness of the graphite pencil is its monochromatic character and its tendency for smudging, leading artists to consider it a tool in the process of artistic creation.

What are the tools used for pencil carving?

Pencils, a magnifying glass, and a carving knife: these are the only tools you'll need to start carving pencil lead. In fact, you may choose to work without a magnifying glass.

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