Beautiful graphite pencils are my new love - I know they're everyday tools for some people, but for me they're purely recreational. (a-la the Emily Jeffords quote below)
This is the video that became my personal tipping point, but it's lovely to watch either way:
If your interest is sparked - or if you already know and love warm, soft, premium graphite - you might like to check out what these awesomely creative people have to say about using their own Blackwing pencils. They're great for inspiration and motivation!
Equally beautiful: the tactile and gorgeous pencils, cases and sharpeners from CW Pencil Enterprise (Caroline Weaver):
Katrina Davies on children using pencils vs 'swipe right':
Emily Jeffords* on creativity:
And if you're in the mood to combine pencil-work with a bit of problem-solving, you might like this book. I very much enjoyed it.
Good quality art paper is nice to go with a beautiful pencil, but the back of most napkins work well too. The book would be a fun gift with a pencil.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I'm planning to spend some time with my mother's sketch pad and a bit of warm, soft, premium graphite - 'for the process' :).
* Emily Jeffords is an amazing artist who uses Blackwing pencils. She also offers a totally free 4 part email series on 'how to actually be a creative professional AND parent' that you might like to check out.