Pencils are probably one of the first writing tools kids use to create Art, second to crayons. They can also be a great reminder of Jesus in our easy pencil Bible Art lessons and ideas for all ages.
Let’s learn what a pencil actually is, how it was made and what you can do with it.
Pencils help us remember God’s grace and “draw” closer to Him.
Pencils are one of the first art supplies we use as kids after crayons. Many of us started writing or drawing art with a #2 pencil. Even better, we learned the wonderful additional benefit a pencil has is that most pencil mistakes can be erased!
Wouldn’t it be nice if mistakes in life could be erased like a pencil eraser?
We will discuss this more further down this post because our mission is to remind people of the Lord through Bible Art lessons. Pencils are a wonderful reminder of Jesus and how pencil art can “draw” you closer to Him.
Different Pencils in Art
The dictionary defines the word pencil as:
a slender tube of wood, metal, plastic, etc., containing a core or strip of graphite, a solid coloring material, or the like, used for writing or drawing.
Pencils began as a way to write with a tool that allows you to control your mark without also making a mess on your hands. The wood protects the solid pigment core and at the same time gives the user something to hold.
If you are a true History buff, you will enjoy Pencils.com for a complete History of the pencil.
You will find pencils come in a number of options such as:
How pencils are made
Charcoal and graphite
Most pencils can be in a stick (more a compressed rectangular shape) or in pencil form surrounded by wood.
Pencils are labeled with letters and numbers such as F, B, or H. You most likely remember from school test when your teacher told you to bring your #2 pencils to class.
That is because a #2 pencil will write dark enough to read legibly and not smear as easily.
But this is also why pencil sketching works better with softer core with a higher number.
The higher the number, the more charcoal, graphite or color you can use to draw. Also, the higher the number, the softer the medium allowing the greater ability to smear and blend.
It is also a messier pencil.
Play with the different levels of softness and hardness in pencils.
When we say play, we mean practice! Practice makes progress!
Leonardo Da Vinci would draw and sketch over and over in his notebooks to progress his art. He would use charcoal to sketch. How can you be inspired by Da Vinci to draw what you see in God’s creation?
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Colored Pencils and Watercolor Pencils
Colored pencils are similar to crayons in that they are a wax based medium. Like pencils, the wax pigment is surrounded by a wooded exterior. Instead of charcoal or graphite, their middle is an array of colors that can be layered.
Because of the wax recipe use to make colored pencils, they can be layered and give a smoother result than crayons which tend to leave a waxy build up.
For beginners, we love Crayola and as kids progress, Prisma.
Want to make a child really feel like an artist? Give them a pack of watercolor pencils, a paint brush and a cup of water. At first glance, these amazing pencils look like regular colored pencils.
So deceiving, unless you read the side of the pencil you will have a hard time distinguishing between them.
But once you see the magic happen with water, you will quickly pick up on the difference.
Rather than wax that makes up a colored pencil, watercolor pencils react to water rather than repelling water. This allows the color to blend into a watercolor effect. The results are beautiful.
Once your watercolor artwork is dry, you can layer details on top with colored pencils.
Most colored pencils contain wax which does not allow watercolors to be used on top of them.
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How pencils can remind you of Christ
How can pencils remind you of Christ?
● Pencils do what they were created to do… write or draw by making a mark.
● Pencils are a reminder for us to “draw” near to God.
● Pencils need to be sharpened to be their most effective.
● Pencils have erasers.
Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
You are like a pencil that can draw near to God.
Stay sharpened in His Word so that you can not only serve your purpose in life, but be your most effective!
Pencils with erasers also remind us that the grace of Jesus is His ability to erase mistakes.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Pencils remind us of Christ because when we make a mistake, we have forgiveness in His grace. Sometimes we find ourselves hurting someone’s feelings, sinning by telling a lie or acting out in anger over an issue.
Because crayons are made of wax and pigment, they react to heat by melting. Don’t throw away those broken or naked crayons! Create new art. The possibilities to move the wax are fun to explore! Pinterest Board
Illustrate your favorite story, quote, verse or your own story.
Practice drawing items around your home
Draw your house and then your room
Practice drawing your hands, facial features or family member
Set up a vignette and draw them
Work on shading shapes into forms
Color coloring pages using shades of color and layering
Play with watercolor pencils
Color with watercolor pencils and then layer on colored pencils for a new effect