Faber-Castell: Artist Quality Colour Pencils
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Oh my goodness - I haven’t used colour pencils since I was a child, but I’ve seen a lot of really beautiful pencil illustrations at art fairs I’ve visited recently. I love the texture and vibrant colours I was seeing in these pieces, and decided to try it for myself. This Christmas I received a set of Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils and I can’t believe I haven’t tried more colour pencil work before!*
There’s a beautiful range of colours, with a collection of natural brown, beige and green tones, as well as some bolder pinks, turquoise and blue. They’re oil base pencils with lead bonded to the California cedar wood casing, which means that the lead won’t fall out - I big plus! It’s so useful working with a pencil that doesn’t break, and can be sharpened to a super fine point. This of course means lots of detail!
These pencils are very durable, layer nicely and blend easily. They are quality lightfast pigments, which means that they will stand the test of time without fading or dulling. They mix like soft pastels due to being oil based, which means that you do need to find a textured paper for them to stick too (thick watercolour paper works well). Overall, I am really loving these pencils and can’t wait to get more use out of them.