So woody and comforting. Nyum. Go on, scratch and sniff.
It took me almost half-an-day yesterday to find the perfect set that I need for my beading class homework. Perfect = reasonably-priced + good quality + not made in China.
My first stop was the art supplies shop near us - they only had those super "professional" strictly-for-artists sets costing AU$50 to AU$90 per pop!
Next stop: Kinokuniya, my favourite Japanese bookstore with a little stationery section. Thought I could find some that come in a cute Hello Kitty box or equivalent. They only had crayons.
The colour palette I love!
Then Lincraft, a haberdashery-cum-craft-supplies store. AU$3.99 for a box of 24! Whoopeedoo, I thought. I tried one - the colour was weak and the lead broke after a few strokes. I turned the box around and it said "Made In China".
I remember we could get pretty decent coloured pencils like Caran d'Ache in the departmental stores back in Singapore so off I went to Myers. Nada. But the helpful sales assistant suggested I try the Dymocks bookstore next door.
Waiting to be used...
That was where I finally found this set of Derwent. Amidst two rows of shelves stacked with boxes of coloured pencils by various manufacturers, ranging from those for the kiddies to those for real artists. And I thought Dymocks sold only books.
But my dream set is this...
Aurora Display Case - image from here
...the "500 Pencils" project by Japanese design firm, Felissimo, for Social Designer, "a global company that strives to promote social responsibility through good design".
But the 500 can't be bought all in one go.
Orchestra Display Case - image from here
You have to subcribe to them "like a time-release of inspiration and colour, each month, over 20 months, a set of 25 coloured pencils is delivered to the collector" in really cute boxes. Imagine getting a colourful present every month for nearly two years!
Colour Wave Display Case - image from here
And the limited edition collect+display cases! Also available by subscription.
If I have them (the Aurora is my favourite), I won't be needing to use any one of the 500 coloured pencils to make drawings to hang on our walls!
And with such cute names and colours, I don't think I would be able to bear putting them through a pencil sharpener!