Two-tone pencils featuring photos from NASA
Do you ever impulse buy something that has no practical use? I do., especially when it is a neat stationery product. This review is about one of those purchases.
I recently visited a local art store, Opus Art Supplies, to restock on Palomino Blackwing pencils. On my way to the checkout, I noticed this attractive box of Space Swirl Coloured Pencils showing a series of pencils wrapped in beautiful NASA pictures. As a boy growing up in the post space race era - where rocket launches were still rare and exciting and shown as an event on television, I always dreamed of being an astronaut. I was curious to slide the cover off the box and look at the pencils inside. The gorgeous imagery on these pencils tugged on my boyhood dreams, and without considering use and application, I bought them on the spot.
It was only later, when I got home and opened the shrink-wrapped package, that I realized I don’t know what I am going to do with them!
Swirl Coloured Pencils
As beautiful as the outside of these round barrelled pencils are, the core is a coloured pencil, not graphite. It does say this on the box, but apparently, in my excitement, I had overlooked this detail. But these pencils do not have just coloured cores, but multi-coloured cores! Each pencil is a mix of two different writing colours. From green/blue to brown/purple combinations to complement the photo wrap of each pencil, they are far away from any current use I have. After all, when is the last time you used a colour pencil that you weren’t sure what colour you were going to get?
Each wrap is different and is labelled on the back end of the pencil in a left-hand orientation (the text is readable if you hold the pencil in your left-hand; otherwise it is upside down) with the subject matter of the NASA-supplied photo. The end of the pencil is unfinished but allows you to see the two coloured cores. The wood is scentless and pale, but this could be considered normal for a colouring pencil, which is not my area of expertise.
The downside of the wraps is that there is a seam that runs along the length of the pencil. Unfortunately, you can feel this wrap as a line, which can be a distracting tactile experience as you write.
There are ten pencils in each pack, and they represent the themes of Solar Flare, Earth, Quasar, Jupiter, Butterfly Nebula, Milky Way, Little Ghost Nebula, Moon, Mercury, and Mars.
I guess I could use these if I ever got creative with my bullet journal and decorated it above the functional level I currently used. Or perhaps if I wanted to try my hand at some innovative and non-traditional drawing techniques. But for now, I am content just to admire the beautiful pencils and the wraps. The pencils are a little expensive as a novelty - I paid around $20, but if you enjoy space-themed collectables, they may be a neat addition.