The Fat Felt Fibre Film - Visual Thinking

Our film for the visual thinking of a Berol felt tip pen. We discover that a felt tip pen is actually rubbish at colouring in - even though that is what it is sold to do. Check out our humours take on the felt tip pen.

I have had these old Berol Aqua Sticks since I was a teenager, I assume a relative gave them to me.  I can’t imagine why I never used them! 

They appear to still be fully functional, I have been doing a bit of testing and the colours are beautiful and rich. You can draw directly with them, for a crayon like effect.  They blend with water, or you can use water to paint directly from the stick.

They were made at the Margros factory site in Woking.Therefore I know they must have been made between 1967 (when the Margros company was taken over by Berol) and 1973 (when the Woking site was sold).

It’s getting to the point where I might just ship Carol and Beth. Berol. Cutest ship out. Let’s see that love and respect for female characters who love and respect each other, and who would never fight over a man. They got bigger problems. Like zombies. And how cool they are.

Berol Mirado Pencils of vintage production
I liked the black warrior pencils so much I wanted to check out the Mirado pencils.

Berol Turquoise 2mm E1 graphite leads
E1 means that these are good for drawing/marking/writing on photographs. Such leads are rare now-a-days because of digital, but my experience with such degrees of graphite is that these will give me a nice soft dark line.

of all the pencils

with complete disregard to quality, I think Berol Turquoise is my most loved pencil to look at, for sentimental reasons. I used them all through college. and I love the redundancy in the name when I see it stamped on the side of the barrel over a turquoise background. any chance the color protects my drawings from evil spirits?

Let me introduce you to…

…my babies!

I have collected quite the hoard of coloured pencils throughout the years. I couldn’t even count how many I have, but I’m sure it’s in the four figure range.

I grew up on the UK brand Crayola, all the way through primary and high school. When I hit university, I was introduced to the beautiful UK pencils made by Berol, Karismacolor. (These are the natural wood pencils in the picture)

Sadly these pencils were discontinued in 2005, and a relatively small collection like mine here could easily fetch $300 or more.

I was introduced to Prismacolors (made by Sanford) in 2004 by a dear friend of mine, and found out they were of the same make as their UK counterparts.

After Karismas disappeared, I continue to use the US brand to this day.
I have a few different brands, including occasionally Verithins and Pilot leads for sketching, but Prismacolor are now a big part of my life.

Thank you for reading! I hope you realise how much traditional art means to me personally :)