Spectrum Noir Colourblend

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From Goedkoopstehobby we received a set of Spectrum Noir Colourblend pencils for testing and writing a review about. We want to thank Goedkoopstehobby very much for this.

Information on the internet: ColourBlend is a new range of blendable pencils for colouring, sketching and illustration. Each pencil is fully loaded with premium, artist’s grade wax-based pigment. The result is a rich, velvety colour laydown with unrivalled blendability.

As with all Spectrum Noir products, ColourBlend pencils deliver affordable, premium quality colour for art, craft and design.

Each pencil is encased in premium, matte coated, Californian cedar wood and contains a rich, vibrant pigment for a smooth, highly saturated colour laydown with a superior light fastness.

ColourBlend pencils can be used alone for traditional sketching and illustration or for adding depth and definition to marker and mixed media work. Their high-grade pigments provide for a huge variation in tone and intensity from each colour. Simply layer to add depth, or create smooth, seamless transitions by overlaying related tones.

Each set set of ColourBlend pencils contains 24 pieces.

Product details

  • This ColourBlend Primaries Set is perfect for colouring, sketching and illustration
  • Rich Vibrant pigment for smooth, highly saturated colour laydown
  • Superior light fastness rated ‘Very Good’ (50-100 years)
  • Encased in premium, matte coated Californian cedar wood.

I never coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils before, so I was very curious about these pencils. I did hear several comments on them. One was very happy with them, yet someone else didn’t like them at all. So I was wondering as to what I would think of them.

I started colouring in “Het enige echte mandalakleurboek om samen in te kleuren”. What immediately struck me was that the pencils are rather greasy. During colouring I constantly thought of them being crayons. These pencils made the same sticky noise crayons make on paper. A little less of course, but it was there. Because these pencils were so greasy and soft, bits of the tips kept crumbeling off. These bits of pigment were so small that you had to be carefull not to make any stains. I also had to use a lot of pressure on the pencils to get the pigment on the paper well enough. Because the pencils were so greasy, adapting was necessary. I adapted with a stumper and odourless turpentine. This made the colours look more dull.

Next I chose a pattern that I wanted to colour. I printed this on normal 80grams printerpaper. What I noticed right away is that these pencils colour a lot better on this paper than on the paper from “Het enige echte mandalakleurboek om samen in te kleuren”. During colouring however I still have the feeling I’m using some sort of crayons. And again I have to use a lot of pressure to get the colour to cover the paper. And again I have to adapt with the stumper and the odourless turpentine to get it a little more even.

Conclusion : These pencils will never be my favorite ones. I think they’re way too greasy, which ruins the fun of colouring with them. The pencils are also very soft, which causes the tips to crumble a lot. You will almost always have to adapt after colouring with these pencils, in order to get the result more even. I would rather use the Faber Castell Polychromos or Caran d’Ache Pablo pencils instead.

These pencils are available at Goedkoopstehobby a.o.

This review is translated by Nathalie Janssen. Thanks for that.

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