From Gantinova we received a set of Koh-I-Noor Progresso Aquarell pencils for testing and writing a review on. We want to thank Gantinova very much for this.
Information from the internet:Koh-I-Noor set of 24 woodless aquarell pencils have a smooth feel and excellent lay down properties preferred by professional artists. They have a weighty feel, which is ideal for drawing, colouring, and illustrating. These special aquarelle coloured pencils have no wood casing. Their lead and characteristics are completely similar to classic wooden pencils; therefore they deserve to be included in the category of coloured pencils even though they are the youngest of its kind.
I was very curious about these pencils. Especially because there’s no wood used so you can use the entire pencil for colouring. The pencils are covered with a thin layer however, so you you can hold the pencils without getting your hands coloured as well. What comes to notice right away is that these pencils feel a little heavier than the ones where wood is used. I think this is because the pigment is heavier than wood. The pencils are round and they are comfortable to hold.
Of course I started colouring. I started in the magazine Meer dan Kleur. I chose to colour a bouquet of flowers. I decited to colour the entire cube lightly and then adapt it with the waterbrush. Despite the fact that I went over the paper very lightly I find that the colours come out very well after using water. The reproduction of the colours is very good, even when using low pressure on the pencil while colouring.
Next I coloured a design from Het zesde enige echte kleurboek voor volwassenen. I chose to use more pressure on the pencils, which made the cubes a little brighter. Afterwards I went over the design with a brush and water of course. You can see that the colours are much more intense and you get a spectacle of colours. While it wasn’t like I used a lot of pressure when colouring. With a little more pressure however you notice the colours getting more sparkling right away.
Finaly I coloured a Mandala from Creatief kleurblok Mandala. I chose to colour the cubes only partially, in order to get a gradient., which went well with these pencils. The pencils are also very economical. Because you don’t have to use a lot of pressure you use little of the pencil. Because there’s no wood used on this pencil you can use the entire surface of pigment.
Conclusion : The Progresso Aquarell pencils are wood-free and are comfortable to hold.Because they’re wood-free you can use all of the pencil for colouring. I think this is a plus. Without using a lot of pressure you get bright and sparkling colours, that make the design expressive. There are a lot of possibilities when using these pencils. You can use low or high pressure and colour a cube completely or partially. When you like watercolouring these pencils should be in your collection for sure.
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This review is translated by Nathalie Janssen. Thanks for that.