Although the Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold tour has just passed in New Zealand, it was not the inspiration behind these pencils. 😂 I guess it would be cool if it was, because then I’d have some creative story to tell in this post and you’d be super interested, right?
With school returning in a couple days, I thought it was only fitting to jazz up my pencil case! School is definitely not something I’m looking forward to. I guess one of the things contributing towards that is that the stationery is always plain, cheapo, and generic stuff that everybody brings to school year after year. B-O-R-I-N-G.
Soooo, I took two colours that compiment each other like peanut butter and jam: grey and gold! These two colours make for minimilastic, classy pencils that will get you (actually) excited for school. Because writing with homemade, classy pencils is a lot more fun than whipping out the plain old red-and-black striped ones. Am I right?
Plus, these look suuuper cool with those paint drips coming down – they make these pencils look really cute and artsy!
(By the way, those paint drips were not planned – while the pencils were poked into two layers of cardboard to dry, I noticed that big glugs of paint started dripping down the pencils. At first, I thought, “nooo! These were supposed to look clean!” and started wiping the drips off. Buuttt, they came back. And that’s when I realised, those paint drips actually look really cool! Who would have thought?)
(If you look closely in the picture above, you can see that I am writing the recipe for my Loaded Gingerbread Popcorn with Caramelised Spiced Nuts, Chocolate Tahini Sauce and Strawberries. Seriosuly, that popcorn is GOOD.)
These Concrete and Gold Dipped Paint Drip Pencils are pretty easy to make – all you need are some stock-standard pencils, gry paint and gold paint (I literally used some grey house paint leftover from one of my dad’s old test pots – definitely not a bad idea! 😉 The gold paint was some old gold textile paint I found hanging around – but any poster paints or acrylics will do!)
So enough about that; let’s get crafting!
Concrete and Gold Dipped Paint Drip Pencils
- newspaper (to cover your surface)
- 2 paintbrushes
- grey paint*
- gold paint*
- polystyrene or two pieces of thick cardboard
- Cover your painting surface with newspaper to protect from getting paint on it.
- Using one of your paintbrushes, paint all of your pencils grey (you can, of course, do the opposite by painting them gold and dipping them in grey – I did a mixture of both!).
- To dry, stick the ends into your piece of polystyrene or through two pieces of cardboard. They should stay upright but slant on a diagonal – this is what you want in order to get that “paint drip” effect in step 5.
- Once dry, dip the stubbed ends into your paint pot so that you get about 1 inch of paint covering the bottom of the pencil. Twirl it to get an excess paint off (you may need to use a paintbrush – however be careful as you obviously need enough paint to completely cover the end in gold, and you also need enough so that the paint will drip down the pencil a bit.)
- Place the pencils in our polystyrene or cardboard and leave to dry – about 2 hours (this will depend on the type of paint you use). When dry, you should have dried paint drips running down your pencils!
Super cool, and super easy, right? So if you’re ready to start this year off with a bit of class, why not try these Concrete and Gold Dipped Paint Drip Pencils?