After trying out the Derwent Inktense Pencils and the Metallics, it was only natural that I would want toÂ try out the Coloursoft pencils, too. And the lovely folks at Derwent kindly sent me a set to try out so I could share my experience with you.
Comparable to PrismaColor pencils, these pre-sharpened pencils are highly pigmented & offer lovely coverage. Can I tell you how much I love the fact that they are pre-sharpened? It’s a little thing, but when you want to just DIG IN and play, it’s a nice touch. Just sayin’.
But, like always, don’t take my word for it. Let the swatching speak for itself:
As you can see, the pencil “skips” a bit on the waxy surface…but I’m really impressed at the coverage on the cardboard. Even the yellow is vibrant. If you are concerned about light-fastness, Derwent offers this great chart & itÂ also shows you what colors are available in what collections.
I did another quick swatch- this one shows you different blending media, just so you can get an idea of how and what you can blend Coloursoft pencils with.
I really loved the way the two colors blended together- very smooth. In the second example from the left, I used a colorless blending pencil from the blue arrow down, just so you could see how far the blender extended the color. Even better was the Tombow colorless blending marker (man, I love that thing.) It made the colors go all vibrant and really extended the color, as well as allowed me to control the intensity. Lastly, I tried a water brush- but this pencil isn’t water-soluable. Just so you know!
Since I use my pencils to color in stamped images the most, that’s what I did for the first try.
I layered two colors on the yellow/terra cotta background and used actually FOUR colors on the frame. They blended very well and felt…well…creamy, if I can use that word for a pencil! Then to REALLY get my colors to blend, I went over portions with the colorless blending marker. Here’s the after:
I love how the colors blend- all of the pencil marks are about gone- and the colors just POP. It’s almost the effect of using a marker.
I also want to point out that I am using a set of 12 pencils- but with the ease in which they blend, you can really make up for not having a much larger set. (That being said…. I really want a much larger set! ; )
How do you use colored pencils in your crafting? I’d love to hear from you.
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