Back to School, Grade 4.


My daughter just skipped third grade (where the list included blue and red pens) and, this week, entered fourth grade, where the requirements concerning pencils were:

1) Pack of sharpened pencils: We picked the Futura from CWPE, with two protected pencils being sharpened (to save the yellow lining of this pencil case).

2) Eraser: I picked out the Matomaru-Kun Long Plastic Eraser because it’s shaped in such a way that it fits into a pencil case very well, while still maintaining a good volume of “rubber” for erasing.

3) Container sharpener: We settled on the Sect Enclosed Pencil Sharpener that Caroline talked about on a recent episode of Erasable. There are two holes: one for a long point and one for a short point.

The tooth fairy brought her this lovely Fluf case (which he bought at MOM’s Organic Market). It holds a lot, but it won’t fit unsharpened Blackwings.

My son started Kindergarten today, but I didn’t get a photo of his cute little pencil box full of fat pencils. I’ll invade the classroom and give it a shot.

(Last year’s post.)

Wes Anderson’s Pencils.

Wes Anderson’s palettes always fascinate me. And sometimes I use a certain pencil that puts me in mind of one of his films. This happened in a big way with the Ticonderoga 2014 (and 2015) Target back-to-school exclusive pencils — especially the pink ones. So Ticonderogas figure strongly into these collages.¬†I made these images almost two years ago and never posted them because I was not happy with the quality. I found them while looking for something else, though. While I should really re-shoot them in better lighting and perhaps change out a few of the pencils, I’m just going to post them here now.

Bottle Rocket (1996)

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Standard yellow TIconderoga and a neon yellow. This film always screams with the yellow of jumpsuits.

 

Rushmore (1998)

Helix Oxford in navy blue, with a Staedtler Noris.
Helix Oxford in navy blue, with a Staedtler Noris. Max, all over.

 

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

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The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Apsara Absolute, yellow Ticonderoga and an interesting pencil I've had for years.
Apsara Absolute, yellow Ticonderoga and an interesting pencil I’ve had for years.

 

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Vintage Empire Pedigree, vintage Ticonderoga Woodgrain, and the wheat colored Ticonderoga from the muted color set available online.
Vintage Empire Pedigree, vintage Ticonderoga Woodgrain, and the wheat colored Ticonderoga from the muted color set available online.

 

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Light blue Ticonderoga formerly sold as boasting Microban, standard yellow, and the green from the muted color pack.
Light blue Ticonderoga formerly sold as boasting Microban, standard yellow, and the green from the muted color pack.

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Pink Target Ticonderoga and a silver railroad pencil from Ana, Chair at Well-Appointed Desk.
Pink Target Ticonderoga and a silver railroad pencil from Ana, Chair at Well-Appointed Desk.

See earlier Moonrise Kingdom post, from perhaps the film with the best Pencil Action.

Curated: Henry’s Blue Pencils.

(Click to embiggen.)
(Click to embiggen.)

While Charlotte, my six-year-old, gets most of the attention on Pencil Revolution, Henry (who’s three) likes pencils too. Charlotte rates her pencils by point retention (Bic Xtra Fun, Hello Kitty), interesting finish (Write Notepads & Co. Quickstrike, velvet pencils, Wopex), and sometimes appearance¬†(Ticonderoga Metallic, General’s Cartooning, Staedtler Tri-Plus Jumbo, Faber-Castell Grip pastel). Henry just likes blue pencils.

Each and every pack of pencils I’ve opened that contains a blue pencil quickly loses a blue pencil to Henry’s blue pencil box. Yes, the box is blue. After supper tonight, I asked him if he wanted to go hunt some blue pencils in my closet. We found two that he didn’t already have, and he was delighted enough to run away with them in hand, almost impaling himself along the way.

My kids have developed interesting stationery habits. I think this will be the first in a series.

Also! Check out Black Sal’s recent post about blue pencils.