Derwent Artpack Pencil Case

£10.19

There is no better way to seek inspiration for your drawing and painting than getting out and about in the town or country and sketching outside. The Artpack is the ideal companion providing a convenient and safe way of carrying your pencils and accessories when on the move.

Made from robust and sturdy light brown canvas with a complimentary dark brown trim, it also features two pockets; one clear view pocket for easy pencil selection and one mesh pocket to hold those all important drawing accessories. Both pockets have a zipper closure to prevent items falling out while travelling.

The Artpack is a neat and handy size, being slightly smaller than A5 and less than an inch deep when closed (115mm x 200mm x 20mm). It can easily be slipped into a shoulder bag or backpack. When you want to use your favourite pencils it opens flat for easy access and once finished just folds over and is secured with a Velcro fastening.

Made in Britain at the Derwent factory in the picturesque Lake District. First established in 1832, the company began making pencils from local graphite deposits found in the hills nearby. The company has grown over the years and now has a very modern factory producing a large range of pencils and art materials. We visited the factory in 2012 and watched the pencils being made. The lead, or core, is made from a combination of clay, graphite and pigments. This is then sandwiched in two sides of red cedar, known as slats, which are glued together. These completed cedar slats are then cut to a round or hexagonal shape, depending on the pencil type.The pencil is then cut to size, spray painted and then the tops are dipped in paint, the colour of which denotes the series and colour of the pencil. Each pencil is dipped twice, the end colour denotes the colour of the lead and the stripe denotes the pencil type. Finally the pencils are sharpened to a point and put into tins or boxes which are shrink wrapped, ready for dispatch.

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