You’ve purchased your first sketching kit. Congratulations! But you may be wondering about the paper stick that came with it. It’s called a blending stump, and although I’ve touched on its use before, it deserves further attention.
Blending stumps come in a variety of sizes, and I suggest you get an assortment. Each is a tube of tightly wound paper with a pointed tip. Used for blending darker and lighter areas, they’re also handy to draw with.
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