Craft Focus - June/July 2020 (Issue 79)

36 Sharpen up Make your mark with these lat st pe s and pencils on the market MANUSCRIPT Curated to help children learn to write and create in a colourful and fun manner, Manuscript’s new range features colouring pens, handwriting tools and pencils alongside two fun and educational activity books. focusing on colour, crafting and educating, the Lionheart Collection also includes a range of Shimmer Dot Craft Kits which focus on the latest diamond art trend. Officially unveiled at Creativeworld, the Lionheart Collection features safari characters each with their own personality, story and background for children to connect with. Offering a new dimension to Manuscript’s broad collection, the range has been fine-tuned with parents and schools to ensure a collection that both parents and children are happy to use. The Lionheart Activity Books, which have been formulated by education publishing experts Robinswood Press Limited in conjunction with Manuscript, boasts a selection of shape, number and letter formation tasks to cement foundational skills in three to eight-year olds. The books include a selection of ‘wipe-clean’ pages to ensure learning can be repeated and cemented, working alongside the compatible Lionheart marker range. The Shimmer Dot Craft Kits are the perfect craft addition to this collection. Children and parents can work together to produce sparkly Lionheart characters to hang up in their bedroom or playroom whilst learning and improving key motor skills in the process. JAKAR Swisscolor is now available in permanent colour pencils - the superior student quality permanent colour pencil with a soft water-resistant lead (2.8mm) and half-length wax pastels with bright and intense colours. This range is available in metal tins of 12, 18 and 30 colour pencils and cardboard boxes of 12 and 18 colour pencils as well as cardboard boxes of 10 and 15 half-length wax pastels. The products range in price from RRP £6.49 to £49.99 Luminance is now available in 100 colours including 24 New Portrait colours - professional quality permanent colour pencils made of premium FSC cedar wood, with a smooth leads (3.8mm) and exceptional lightfastness. Luminance is recommended for mixing and gradation, blending’s and also shading and burnishing with a white pencil. They’re available in sets of 12, 20, 20 new portrait, 40 and 76, as well as 100 assorted individual single colours. The sets range from £39.99 to £274.99 or RRP £3.49 per pencil. +44 (0)20 8381 7000