The Origins of 7 of Your Favorite Art Supplies

Pencil: Although we call the writing part of a pencil the "lead," it’s actually made of graphite.

Easel: Painting on easels was the obvious alternative to painting on walls. 

Pen: The ancestors of the pens we know today were the brush used by the Chinese for writing.

Paintbrush: Paintbrushes are one of the earliest art supplies. 

Oil paints: Until quite recently it was believed that oil painting had originated in Europe in the 11th century. 

Pottery wheel: Pottery is one of the world’s oldest art forms, and having a wheel makes it both easier and more challenging. 

Crayon: The history of the crayon is difficult to pin down.

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