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.
This PencilBrush is serial number #010. It's made from maple wood, and this will likely be the standard for future brushes. It's a bit heavier and denser than the poplar I've been using, and it feels great in your hand. The photos are of PencilBrush #010, so what you see in the photos is exactly what you'll get if you order this PencilBrush.
The PencilBrush has 23 pencil leads. Why 23? That's just how it worked out. I might change it in the future. 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.
I personally 3D print the PencilBrush lead trays. I'm constantly experimenting with tray designs, materials, and colors. The tray that comes with your PencilBrush may be different from the photo on the main PencilBrush page. if it's different, it's because it's better.
Comes in a handmade box with the PencilBrush, 23 HB pencil leads (actually graphite), two lead trays (one large, one small), and a lead sharpener. Visit the main PencilBrush page to see what's included in the package. The PencilBrush is compatible with any 2mm pencil graphite, so you can swap the included lead for your preferred brand and/or hardness rating.