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This pencil holder is a colourful study buddy

18 Feb 2021

Back to school has never been cooler with this pencil holder which will get your creative juices flowing and make studying just a little bit easier. An easy project for budding artists and beginner woodworkers.

You will need:

Wood – 90mm of 90mmx42mm untreated pine
Electric drill and an 8mm drill bit
Sandpaper
Compass
Small artist paintbrush
Resene testpots in your choice of colours - Fleur used: Resene Influential, Resene Vibe, Resene Undercurrent, Resene Bowie, Resene Rose of Sharon, Resene Glamour Puss, Resene Blackjack, Resene Tree Frog and Resene Boogie Wonderland.



Step 1 Cut your wood to a 90mm length.  Use sandpaper to remove any rough edges.  Mark where you want the holes to go.

Step 2 Use an electric drill with an 8mm drill bit to drill your holes.  Try to keep the drill as straight up and down as possible while drilling.  Use sandpaper to remove any rough bits.  Roll up a small piece of sandpaper to sand the inside of each hole.

Step 3 Use a compass to draw a circle on top  of the wood and half circles on the sides of the block.  If you don’t have a compass, use a jar lid.

Step 4 With a small artist paintbrush, paint in the circles using Resene Influential, Resene Vibe and Resene Undercurrent

Experiment with different lengths of wood block and different painting techniques.  Painters masking tape gives a great straight edge and using the end of a small paintbrush is a good way of getting uniform dots.  For this project Fleur used Resene Influential, Resene Vibe, Resene Undercurrent, Resene Bowie, Resene Rose of Sharon, Resene Glamour Puss, Resene Blackjack, Resene Tree Frog and Resene Boogie Wonderland. Wall in Resene Carrara.

Project and images Fleur Thorpe