Reported By Gina Krupsky
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I had to do it. How could I not do it? There I was standing in the middle of that big-box department store watching my girls digging through those bins of glue sticks, scissors and brightly colored notebooks when I spotted them.
Colored pencils. Huge boxes of them! For $3.99? So what’s the deal? A pencil is a pencil is a pencil, right?
My girls chuckled as we checked out because this year, their mom had a basket of school supplies too.
As soon as I got those pencils home, I had to play. I had to see for myself if my Prismacolor Pencils were worth the fortune I paid for them.
I decided to begin by stamping an image side by side in black Stazon ink. (Rubber stamp by Sarah Beise.)
The first thing that disappointed me was when I opened the box of RoseArt pencils, most of the points were broken off. On the other hand, my Prismacolor Pencils didn’t even have points right out of the box so I had to sharpen them too. The Crayola pencils were all perfectly pointed. (That is a bit of a plus when you can’t wait to get started.)
Then, I searched each box, including my Prismacolor Pencils for the most vibrant red. Red is a very important color and it’s one of the hardest colors to create. According to the paint on the outside of the pencils, all of these were going to be very red!
The Crayola one actually looked like it would be the most pure red of them all. The others looked a little dark.
Then, I began to color.
The RoseArt pencil actually felt really good. It lay down color nicely and felt waxy. (That’s important to Odorless Mineral Spirits.) But the color had a lot of pink in it. It was not a true red.
The Crayola Pencil surprised me the most. It was really pink. No matter how much color I layered on, it was still pink. There was NO red in that Crayola box, anywhere! It felt good but not as waxy. I already knew it wouldn’t blend as well by the way it felt.
My Prismacolor Pencil was by far the best feeling and most vibrant red of the bunch. Even the very first light shading of color was true red.
After I blended the color with blending stumps and Odorless Mineral Spirits, here was my result.
My opinion is that you get what you pay for. If you want a top of the line product, true artist blendability and a fabulous selection of the most vibrant colors, the Prismacolor Pencils are the way to go. They are worth the kidney, for sure.
That being said, if you are just starting out and want to add a large selection of colored pencils to your supplies but have a very limited budget, you will not be disappointed at all with the RoseArt brand. They feel nice on the paper, they blend well with odorless mineral spirits and they will give you almost everything you need to practice and learn this technique. Just make sure you have a pencil sharpener. And since Prismacolor Pencils do come in singles, pick up your very own PC923- Scarlet Lake Red. That one, you can’t live without.
As for the Crayolas? They’ll be going 4th grade this year.
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