Uses for pencils other than writing include erasing marks and scratching one's head. Pencils can be used to clean out mud from the tread of shoes and boots, decorate picture frames, remove sticker or price tag residue and roll up a tube of toothpaste. A person can use a pencil eraser to remove crayon from walls and scuffs from vinyl flooring and to gently clean computer keyboards and cellphones.Continue Reading
Pencils can be helpful for minor household repairs and pest removal. Use a pencil to identify where a door is sticking. Start by scribbling down the latch side of the door with the pencil. Then, close and reopen the door. Finally, examine the door frame to find where the lead has smudged. The smudges indicate where the door and the frame are getting stuck together.
Use a pencil to repel moths. Pencils are typically made from cedar, which repels moths because of the odor. Fill small cloth bags with pencil shavings to prevent moths from chewing holes in clothing. Place the bags on closet shelves, or tie them to hangers. Refresh the bags periodically with shavings emptied from pencil sharpeners. Pencil erasers can also be used as a temporary back for an earring.Learn more about Drawing
To create your own abstract coloring pages, use an ink pen to draw lines and shapes on a sheet of paper and color the resulting design with crayons, pens or colored pencils. You can also add journaling on the coloring page, or add elements such as stickers or metallic ink. By drawing a different abstract design on each page of a blank book, you can create your own coloring book.Full Answer >
To draw winter scenery, choose a bright white paper with a smooth surface to capture reflections and a range of sharp pencils; pick references wisely, organize the scene, and don't be afraid of dark shading. In all, the materials, subject matter and technique you follow affect your drawing of a winter scene.Full Answer >
Zentangle kits come with pens, pencils and paper that artists use to create structured and repetitive patterns. While Zentangle patterns follow rules, artists transcend structure and shift their perspective to come up with unique drawings that are intuitive and creative. The Zentangle method reportedly fosters relaxation and inspiration, and some people use it to focus their creative energy in a daily ritual. However, some users report that Zentangle is simply glorified doodling and that the kits are too expensive.Full Answer >
Hachured contour lines are circular lines on a topographic map that have little teeth, or hash marks, that point into a depression that is below a higher elevation. Also known as depression contours, common geologic features indicated by hachured contour lines include craters and cones of volcanoes.Full Answer >