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We hear that Artists and Craftsman stores in the U. S. are clearing out their Faber Castell Polychromos pencils at unbelievable prices. They also have the new Bruynzeel's.
Yea! Bruynzeel's Design pencils are available again in the USA at DickBlick.com and at ArtistCraftsman.com They have both sets and individual pencils in regular and watercolor types. Bruynzeel was a Dutch company, that is now owned by Sakura, but the pencils are now being made in China. The sets come in beautiful sturdy cardboard chests, with pull out drawers. The pencils are nicely coushioned.
Bruynzeels are a wax based pencil, and they are softer than Faber-Castell, but harder than Prismacolors. They are resistant to breakage, and have beautiful cedar casings. The endcaps indicate the color. At the moment there are only 48 colors, but if they are popular in the US, perhaps their line will grow.
We LOVE these bright colorful fish created by Stacey Crummett. They are Mandarin Fish, and are native to the Philipinnes and Australia. These fish were simply born to be painted with colored pencils, with their bright, colorful features! Check the Gallery to see more of Stacey's work.
Hydrangea Blues, the painting above, was done by Colored Pencil Artist, Author, and Teacher Kristy Kutch. Kristy is an expert at all colored pencil techniques- using traditional pencils, pencils with solvents, and watercolor pencils. She also uses Neocolor II's and NeoArts, as well as Museum Leads by Caran d'Ache.
Sabboth Study, the painting to the left, was done by Colored Pencil Artist Sheri Doty. She has been using Prismacolors for her award winning work since 1979.
Love Colored Pencils?
New Prismacolor set of 150 has been released!
Pictures of the set HERE
240 set of Mitsubishi Uni Colors
Feast your eyes on the colors HERE!
150 set of Holbein Colored Pencils! Click HERE to see all them!
Soho Urban Artist Pencils have arrived- 72 color sets! Are they really that different from Cretacolors? Find out HERE.
Take a look at our Pencil Sharpener article!
What is new?
We have tried out and posted color charts for SoHo Urban Artist Pencils, all 150 Holbein colored pencils, and a medium set of Mitsubishi pencils. We are working on the chart for the 240 set of Mitsubishi pencils. We continue to add new color charts and work on replacing some of our old color charts.
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Have you spotted the smaller tins of Prismacolor 132 pencils? Check them out HERE! Find out about changes in their production.
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Did you know? Many pencils are made with a hexagonal shape on the outside because it gives you a firmer grip on the pencil.
Almost all colored pencils are made with California Cedar exteriors.