I had an idea for a paint brush but with pencil lead instead of bristles so I can “paint” with pencil lead.
I wasn't trying to paint with the pencil lead as paint; I wanted to draw the pencil lines with the fluidity of a brush while maintaining the actual lines. I tried taping pencils together, but the lines were too far apart. Then I tried taping the individual leads together, but it was cumbersome and difficult to manage.
So I decided to build what I wanted. And here it is: my PencilBrush.
The lead is held in place by a 3D-printed tray to ensure it stays organized and has some cushioning when the cap is tightened down. The tray also makes it easy to adjust the lead up or down or remove some to create different patterns.
NOTE: I'm experimenting with different tray designs, materials, and colors, so the one that comes with your PencilBrush may be different from the photo. If yours is different, it's because it's better than the one in the photo.
I've had A LOT of requests to buy one so I've decided to make them available on my store.
I make the PencilBrush from wood, by hand, one-at-a-time, and when I have the available time. I'm not taking backorders or reserve orders. Bookmark this page to see when new PencilBrushes are available. I'll try to announce newly available brushes on my mailing list. Please be patient with me. :-)
Comes in a handmade box with the PencilBrush handle, a cap, a thumbscrew, two lead trays, and a lead sharpener. An initial set of 23 HB pencil leads (actually graphite) is also included. The PencilBrush is compatible with any available 2mm pencil graphite, so you can replace the included graphite with your preferred hardness rating. There are no options (yet) to customize the brush options or the pencil lead hardness.
Update: If you're still reading…
While I'm iterating on this idea, I've decided to randomly GIVE AWAY PencilBrushes to artists who follow me on Instagram: @matthewjschultz
There's no contest or giveaway to enter. At my sole discretion I'm selecting people who follow me and are artists. And by "artist" I mean just that: your profile is full of your art. You create because they can't not create. (Double-negative intended.) You explore and evolve and grow and stretch and discover.
If you follow me and if I see that in your work I'll contact you via IG DM for where to send a PencilBrush; be on the lookout.
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