Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Finding Zees

One of my favorite tools for shading is an everyday mechanical pencil. This came about mostly because I don't have a pencil sharpener in all the places around my house that I tangle. Using a mechanical pencil sidesteps the issue. I like the .07 size the best, and I use "B" lead, which is softer than the HB. Having a little sharp point makes it fun for me to get into all those yummy ditches and dents created by the tangles.
   Scouting the local office supply store for a supply of these pencils, I came across a value pack - yippee! They were so inexpensive that it was well worth trying, even if they all fell apart. Paying attention to nothing other than the price, it wasn't until I got home that I discovered how awesome they really are. Not only do they hold up well, but they are called Z-Grips. Wondrous.
   Every time I use them I am reminded of what the 'Z-Grip' really is: not a grip at all, but a gentle holding of a robin's egg.


  1. Great! I enjoy wandering the aisles of office supply and hardware stores. The only problem I have with the mechanical pencils is the lead breaks off in my purse!


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