It’s almost summer! Time for pools, shorts, soft serve ice cream, and of course, creativity! Summer is the perfect time to finally start that novel, children’s book, animation, or video game.
One of my favorite things to do during summer is to paint outside with a simple canvas and easel. Feeling nostalgic, I went on what I thought would be an impossible hunt for free vintage illustrations of art supplies. But I lucked out and found this awesome antique art supply catalog from 1906 that’s packed with drawings of antique art pencils, inks, chalks, art sets, and vibrant color charts. I went through the catalog and picked out my favorites, then I brightened them up a bit with Pixlr.
Incorporate them into your next collage or find inspiration for hidden object video games, greeting cards for artists, Etsy products, and more!
Did You Know?
- Pencil “lead” is actually graphite. The term originated from the Greek word, graphein, which means “to write!”
- The actual origin of pencils themselves can be traced back to mid-1500s England. There, a large graphite deposit was discovered which lead to the creation of the pencil we commonly use today. Drawing pencils started to grow in popularity during the 17th century.
- Many scholars believe that the first easels were actually used by ancient Egyptians!
- One of the earliest known art supplies is the classic paintbrush. Anthropologists discovered proof of paint brush use in paleolithic caves in Europe.
- Archaeologists revealed that oil paints were used in Afghanistan as far back as the 7th century!