The Pens and Pencils ClipArt gallery contains 50 illustrations of pens, ink stands, and pencils.

"A term applicable to any black colouring substance, for whatever purpose it may be used, like the melan of the Greeks. There were, however, thress principal kinds of atramentum: one called librarium or scriptorium, writing-ink; another called sutorium, which was used by the showmakers for dyeing leather; the third tectorium or pictorium, which was used by painters for some purposes, apparently as a sort of varnish. The inks of the ancients seem to have been more durable than our own; they were thicker and more unctuous, in substance and durability more resembling the ink now used by printers. An inkstand was discovered at Herculaneum, containing ink as thick as oil, and still usable rfor writing. The following cur represents inkstands found at Pompeii." — Smith, 1873

Atramentum

"A term applicable to any black colouring substance, for whatever purpose it may be used, like the melan…

A metallic ruling-pen, having the part which holds the ink bowed out towards the middle.

Bow-pen

A metallic ruling-pen, having the part which holds the ink bowed out towards the middle.

An instrument for writing with a fluid ink, usually made of metl and fitted to a holder. The ancients used pens made from reeds for writing on papyrus or parchment, and reed-pens are still in use among the people of Persia and other countries of western Asia.

Fountain Pen

An instrument for writing with a fluid ink, usually made of metl and fitted to a holder. The ancients…

A fountain pen is a nib pen that, unlike its predecessor the dip pen, contains an internal reservoir of water-based liquid ink. From the reservoir, the ink is drawn through a feed to the nib and then to the paper via a combination of gravity and capillary action. As a result, the typical fountain pen requires little or no pressure to write. Filling the reservoir with ink may be done manually, or via an internal filler mechanism which creates suction to transfer ink directly through the nib into the reservoir. Some pens employ removable reservoirs, in the form of pre-filled ink cartridges.

Fountain Pen

A fountain pen is a nib pen that, unlike its predecessor the dip pen, contains an internal reservoir…

An incorrect way to hold a pen. The result is stiff, heavy, cramped penmanship, and rough marks.

Incorrect Penmanship

An incorrect way to hold a pen. The result is stiff, heavy, cramped penmanship, and rough marks.

An incorrect way to hold a pen. The large finger should be straightened, and the end caused to drop lightly beneath the holder.

Incorrect Penmanship

An incorrect way to hold a pen. The large finger should be straightened, and the end caused to drop…

An incorrect way to hold a pen. The result of dropping the hand too heavily upon the wrist and allowing it to roll to one side.

Incorrect Penmanship

An incorrect way to hold a pen. The result of dropping the hand too heavily upon the wrist and allowing…

An incorrect way to hold a pen. Another position when the pen is held too tightly.

Incorrect Penmanship

An incorrect way to hold a pen. Another position when the pen is held too tightly.

This inkstand is sculpted with animals that are made out of oxidized silver. The entire surface of the inkstand is black, and the base is an envelope box.

Inkstand

This inkstand is sculpted with animals that are made out of oxidized silver. The entire surface of the…

This inkstand includes clocks and is intended for a writing table.

Inkstand

This inkstand includes clocks and is intended for a writing table.

The inkstand is used to store the ink and the writing instrument.

Inkstand

The inkstand is used to store the ink and the writing instrument.

This inkstand is ornamented with a group of fish at the top.

Inkstand

This inkstand is ornamented with a group of fish at the top.

This inkstand is designed in a Louis Quatorze style, also known as Louis the 14th, during his reign between 1638 till 1715. It has a covered vase at the top and a seated figure on each side holding out a tray.

Inkstand

This inkstand is designed in a Louis Quatorze style, also known as Louis the 14th, during his reign…

This inkstand is designed in a Cinquecento (Italian 16th century) style. It is made of part gold, part silver, gilt and enamel. There is a bird in the front that is attacking a dragon. The groups of figures in the back signify moral Christian Virtues and domestic scenes.

Inkstand

This inkstand is designed in a Cinquecento (Italian 16th century) style. It is made of part gold, part…

This modern inkstand is used to store ink for writing.

Modern Inkstand

This modern inkstand is used to store ink for writing.

This modern inkstand is made with an adjustable stopper. It is used to store ink for writing.

Modern Inkstand

This modern inkstand is made with an adjustable stopper. It is used to store ink for writing.

This modern inkstand is used to store ink for writing.

Modern Inkstand

This modern inkstand is used to store ink for writing.

This modern inkstand is used to store ink for writing.

Modern Inkstand

This modern inkstand is used to store ink for writing.

This modern glass inkstand has a sloping bottom and a revolving cover. It is used to store ink for writing.

Modern Glass Inkstand

This modern glass inkstand has a sloping bottom and a revolving cover. It is used to store ink for writing.

This old inkstand used to store ink for writing.

Old Inkstand

This old inkstand used to store ink for writing.

This old horn inkstand is made for the pocket. It is made in the shape of a horn to hold ink for writing.

Old Horn Inkstand

This old horn inkstand is made for the pocket. It is made in the shape of a horn to hold ink for writing.

"Round-writing Instrument, with round-writing pens." -Whitney, 1911

Round Writing Instrument

"Round-writing Instrument, with round-writing pens." -Whitney, 1911

An instrument used for writing and drawing.

Lead-pencil

An instrument used for writing and drawing.

An instrument used for writing.

Pen

An instrument used for writing.

A fountain pen.

Fountain Pen

A fountain pen.

Pen and quill

Pen and Quill

Pen and quill

A pen and quill with an open book.

Pen and Quill

A pen and quill with an open book.

An illustration of a pen laying on top of papers.

Pen On Top of Papers

An illustration of a pen laying on top of papers.

An illustration of a fountain pen.

Fountain Pen

An illustration of a fountain pen.

This fountain pen is typically used in offices as office workers tend to do much writing, with a fountain pen the ink flow out is much better than felt tip.

Fountain Pen

This fountain pen is typically used in offices as office workers tend to do much writing, with a fountain…

A pen filled from an external source and containing an ink reservoir that automatically feeds the writing point.

Fountain Pen

A pen filled from an external source and containing an ink reservoir that automatically feeds the writing…

A writing implement with a point from which ink flows

Fountain Pen

A writing implement with a point from which ink flows

A pen that is supplied with ink from a reservoir in its barrel

Fountain Pen

A pen that is supplied with ink from a reservoir in its barrel

A form of pen used for drawing lines of even thickness. It commonly consists of two blades which hold ink between them. The distance apart of the points being adjusted by a screw to conform to the desired width of the line.

Ruling Pen

A form of pen used for drawing lines of even thickness. It commonly consists of two blades which hold…

An instrument used for writing and drawing; a lead-pencil.

Pencil

An instrument used for writing and drawing; a lead-pencil.

Sharpened drawing pencil for mechanical drawings.

Drawing Pencil

Sharpened drawing pencil for mechanical drawings.

An illustration of two pencils, one long and one short.

Long & Short Pencils

An illustration of two pencils, one long and one short.

The proper way to hold a pen.

Penmanship

The proper way to hold a pen.

The proper way to hold a pen.

Penmanship

The proper way to hold a pen.

The hand elevated upon the two lower fingers, with the pen placed in correct position for writing.

Penmanship

The hand elevated upon the two lower fingers, with the pen placed in correct position for writing.

Another view of the correct position to hold a pen.

Penmanship

Another view of the correct position to hold a pen.

The correct position when the pen is at the bottom of an extended letter below the line, the pen being, as shown, nearly perpendicular.

Penmanship

The correct position when the pen is at the bottom of an extended letter below the line, the pen being,…

The front view of the hand showing the position of the forefinger, which should rest squarely on the top of the holder.

Penmanship

The front view of the hand showing the position of the forefinger, which should rest squarely on the…

The first position to be taken, when placing the hand in correct position for writing.

Penmanship

The first position to be taken, when placing the hand in correct position for writing.

"It (pen) should be held easily, in the position as illustrated, the strokes drawn with a steady, even motion and a slight uniform pressure on the paper, not enough to spread the nibs of the pen." —French, 1911

Side View of Position for Lettering Using Pen

"It (pen) should be held easily, in the position as illustrated, the strokes drawn with a steady, even…

"For the first practice draw in pencil top and bottom guide lines for 3/16" letters and with a 516 F or similar pen make directly in ink a series of vertical lines, drawing the pen down with a finger movement. This one stroke must be practised until the beginner can get lines vertical and of equal weight." —French, 1911

Top View of Position for Lettering Using Pen

"For the first practice draw in pencil top and bottom guide lines for 3/16" letters and with a 516 F…

"For drawing ink lines other than arcs of circles, the ruling pen is used. It should be held as nearly perpendicular to the board as possible, bearing lightly against the T square or triangle, along the edge of which the line is drawn. After a little practice, this position will become natural, and no difficulty will be experienced." — Hallock, 1905

Ruling Pen

"For drawing ink lines other than arcs of circles, the ruling pen is used. It should be held as nearly…

"For drawing ink lines other than arcs of circles, the ruling pen is used. It should be held as nearly perpendicular to the board as possible, bearing lightly against the T square or triangle, along the edge of which the line is drawn. After a little practice, this position will become natural, and no difficulty will be experienced." — Hallock, 1905

Ruling Pen

"For drawing ink lines other than arcs of circles, the ruling pen is used. It should be held as nearly…

Early office ink stand, the writer would have to ink the tip of his pen frequently for continuous writing.

Ink Stand

Early office ink stand, the writer would have to ink the tip of his pen frequently for continuous writing.

Illustration of patent number 539,581. In a pen holder, a cam for clamping the pen in place, pivoted to a support located wholly within the holder tube, substantially as shown and described. Patent filed August 28, 1894 by William A. Gay of Newark, NJ.

William A Gay Penholder Patent

Illustration of patent number 539,581. In a pen holder, a cam for clamping the pen in place, pivoted…