Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Pencils are one of my least favorite forms of media in that I don't like using something where the nib is constantly changing. I want to be able to lean on a nib or brush etc. and know what it can do time and again. I use a pencil, get in the zone, go to use it and the point isn't sharp enough and I make a mess. That being said, I recently wrote a post on a blue/red combination pencil that I had bought. (And hated, too waxy.) I didn't like how the pencil worked, but I liked the idea of 2 colors in one. With a small house, I love art supplies that are multi-functional. (Though I love my Albrecht Durer Watercolor pencils for this purpose but prefer to use them w/ water only due to their cost.)
Searching the web for other brands of double ended colored pencils, I found this blog post over on Pencil Talk about how this former Japanese company had been revived and is doing well in Thailand. Since I've had good luck with other Asian art supplies, (especially the calligraphy markers I buy at JetPens) I decided to give them a try. Unfortunately, there don't seem to be any American retailers selling these, so I ended up tracking these down to a seller on eBay and paid $13.50 for a box of 24 to be shipped direct from Thailand.
It's funny... I paid so much for my Prismacolor pencils that I can't stand. Half are waxy & the leads break so easily. These Colleen pencils are NOTHING like the Prismacolors. They sharpen easily (came unsharpened) and I've only had one tip break- probably due to my needing to empty the sharpener. The leads are soft and the colors go down like butter.
If you are familiar with my mandala art, you probably know that many, many of them are completed with only one color. I work like this and then I move on, typically never to come back....
Ink mandala that I didn't like because the paper wasn't friendly to water based fountain pen inks.
But now I love it.
I love these pencils so much that I'm actually taking the time to color.
And also creating art with the pencils alone....
Highly recommended. Note that the shipping from Thailand did take about 2 weeks, but it was certainly worth it!