Spectrum Noir Aquablend Essentials

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

Information on the internet: AquaBlend pencils bring you all the advantages of premium artist’s watercolor, but with the control, ease of use and convenience of a pencil. Using only the purest high quality pigment, each color is fully water-soluble for unsurpassed blending and coverage. The pencils contain pure artist’s grade pigment, and are water soluble with no residue or staining.

Each pencil is soft, with a thick 4mm core and flawless color laydown which will blend effortlessly when wet.

This Essentials set of AquaBlend pencils contains 24 pieces.

  • 24 Water-soluble pencils in storage tin
  • Rich pigment formulation
  • Unsurpassed blending and coverage
  • No residue
  • Ideal for use at home, in the studio or on the go


I was very curious about these pencils. We received the set essentials, which includes several grey shades and skintones amongst others. I thought there were not enough shades to colour a face with though. So I started colouring a mandala from the book “Het enige echte mandalakleurboek om samen te kleuren”. I picked six colours for colouring. I went over the edges of a box that I wanted to colour and blended and spread the pigment by using a Caran d’Ache waterbrush. This went without any problems. I did notice however, that I had to be carefull with the water, because the paper started bulging when using too much water. The colours come out well and display a nice, soft colour. I’m therefore very happy with the result.

Next I chose a design of the Million Owls from Kleurglossy nr. 7. I thought this one to be fun because I thought the grey shades would fit in very well. On this design I chose to apply the colours lightly over the whole box. Again I solved the pigment with the Caran d’Ache waterbrush. Because I applied the colours very lightly, you can see the colours getting lighter when mixing with water. I find these lighter colours very suited for this design. I coloured the leaves on the bottom of the design a little darker, because I wanted them to have a brighter colour. I also chose to use two colours on top of each other before I went over them with the waterbrush. This provides a new colour. I think this is an advantage of watercolour pencils.

Conclusion : The colours of these pencils deposit very well. You only need little pigment in order to get a soft colour after adapting with water. The pencils come in different sets of 24 pencils. They can be combined very well. This was the set Essentials. Other sets are Primaries, Naturals and Florals. There are 96 colours available in this series in total. I like the colours of this set of Essentials a lot, and I like the soft colours that appear after adapting.

These pencils are available at Goedkoopstehobby a.o.

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

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