Conte’ a’ Paris

Also known as Conte Sticks or Conte Crayons are a drawing medium composed of compressed powdered graphite or charcoal mixed with a wax or clay base square. They come in square sticks and pencils

Invented in France by Nicolas Jacques Conte , painter, chemist, physicist, inventor, and balloonist. He also  developed the modern graphite mine consisting of a mixture of clay and graphite in 1794 and produced the lead pencil .  It wasn’t until 1795 that he created pencils and pastels

Conte crayons offers the widest possible variety of techniques and effects for drawing, sketching and pastel