Woo hoo! Today l am sooooo excited to share with you my new pencils. They are a brand new brand, only just released here. And l am so lucky that l got to try them. Now l am going to let you into the story. I was contacted by the lovely Tania offering to send me a set of these new pencils to try and l emailed her back to say that l would be really excited to try her new pencils, but that l had to be totally honest with her and told her that l could never say good things about a pencil if l didn't think it was good. I value my reputation too much and l certainly would hate anyone to spend their hard earned cash on a poor product that l recommended. I simply couldn't do it. I turned to my other half after emailing and said,' l don't think l will be hearing back from her!'. Well, to my surprise l did hear back! And last Sunday on my doorstep was a lovely package containing my new tin of pencils.
I am not going to spend ages telling you about the packaging (l hate reviews that show you the box they came in etc, etc! I am screaming,'yes, but the pencils! What are the pencils like? How do they blend? How do they feel?!'). There are 72 colors in a nice sturdy tin. And l will tell you right away that they are selling on Amazon at a practically give away price.
Now l am used to working with the best brands in the world and here l am presented with a very affordable set of pencils by an almost unknown brand. I was really intrigued to see how they performed. I was also hoping very much that l would like them because not everyone can afford (or wants) to spend 300 dollars on a tin of pencils and to be able to say to those people you can try out how you like working with coloured pencils without laying out a lot of money would be so good.
So the first thing l did was make myself a color chart. Not something l normally do, but my one quibble with these pencils is that the colors on the barrels are not always a good match for the actual color of the pencil. But, you know, the same is true of many more expensive brands and it takes five minutes to make a color chart.
The first thing l noticed is that the color is sooo vibrant. This immediately gave me good vibes. And creamy, smooth! Mmmm! I like a pencil with a creamy smooth lay down, l was excited now for sure! Above you see my first progress shot of my new piece with these pencils. To be honest, l am staggered that you can get this quality for the price. You can see that l got beautiful vibrant color. I haven't used any of my other brands on this piece not even for sharpening the edges. They have the creamy feel of Prismacolor pencils (if you like those, you will love these), but they are so much nicer than Prismacolors. They sharpen beautifully and hold their point much better than Prismacolor pencils, so l was able to get fine detail that l really can't get with Prismacolors. They don't have the same build up issues either. The vibrant color builds very quickly and l didn't use any blenders with this piece, just the pencils.
I was able to blend new colors easily (this piece will be going on Instagram next week and you will then see that l used the full color range for it). The white has beautiful resistance to colors laid over the top and is as good as any other white pencil when used on top of darker colors.
My only real issue with them is that they have not been tested for lightfastness (this doesn't mean they are not lightfast, it just means that we simply don't know) and because l sell my art l like to know the colors l use have met certain standards. Hopefully, this may change in the future.
I just want to say to anyone who has been put off by the high price of the top brands, or who is starting out with color pencil or who just loves color pencils, try these. I am sure you will love them.