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Product Review :: Watercolor Pencils with Travel Case

Product Review :: Watercolor Pencils with Travel Case

 

watercolor colored pencils with carrying caseNo doubt about it, I love to color and so of course, love colored pencils and watercolor pencils. This is a nice set that is marketed as both colored pencils and watercolors, I use other pencils both ways so didn’t know there was something special fabrication to differentiate. I do know that some sets are more successful than others, and this is VERY SUCCESSFUL at playing both roles.

PROS:
* These blend like butter!
* Works wonderfully with water
* Extras included: Pencil case, brush, eraser, and sharpener *see notes about them below
* Six sides to the pencils so they don’t roll
* Coloring is effortless, you don’t need to press hard
* Easy to get a light shade and a dark shade with the same pencil
* Nice colors, 48 pre-sharpened pencils with no repeats. This set has every color you would need for most coloring projects. If it isn’t included, it is so easy to just blend it yourself!

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watercolor colored pencils with carrying case
watercolor colored pencils with carrying casewatercolor colored pencils with carrying case

CONS:
* Once you start using them, you will need to make sure you have your pencil sharpener on hand. They are so soft that you go through them very quickly.
* For good coverage, you may need to go over the same area two times unless you are pressing hard

EXTRAS:
* This great pencil case makes these pencils easy to take with you anywhere. The case is made of canvas with a PU leather pencil guard and trim. The case is very well sewn and the buttons are strong. You can actually roll this up completely or use the extra button and use the extra strap length it gives you to make a little carrying purse. Roll up your coloring books and it will rest inside of your new little purse and you are set to go!
* The eraser that is included is really nice. When I have used it I can’t even see any marks left over! It wipes away cleanly and easily. I am very impressed with it.
* The brush and the pencil sharpener are just your average tools. They work but there isn’t anything special about them. I do have a tip for sharpening pencils, though: Hold your pencil steady and turn the pencil sharpener. You will have less waste of your pencils that way and get a sharper tip quicker.

This is really a great set for beginners to advanced hobbyist. I have certainly been impressed with it and I am very picky about what I use to color with. No two brands that I have tried have ever been the same. The pencils are above average and the case and eraser take this to a 5-star rating!

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this Artustry Colored Pencil Set PLUS Watercolor – Includes: 48 Pencils, Protective Roll Up Canvas Case, Watercolor Brush, Eraser, and Pencil Sharpener on Amazon and received it at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. (This review was originally published on Amazon before the changes in TOS.)

Product Review :: #AmazaPens 20 Pack Super Glitter

Product Review :: #AmazaPens 20 Pack Super Glitter


AmazaPens Gel Pens, 20 Pack Super Glitter | 150% More Ink than Other Sets | Best for Adding Sparkle to Your Adult Coloring Books and Art Projects


5 Star Glitter!

 

This set of glitter gel pens really is spectacular! They are incredibly smooth, much smoother than you would ever expect from a glitter gel pen. I go through a lot of coloring supplies, especially gel pens. After all, what girly girl who grew up in the 80’s could resist gel pens, especially ones with glitter? Along with a video review, I will be attaching a color chart, some blending examples, and a mandala I colored with these along with actual images of the gel pens themselves.

Advantages:

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* Smooth, even ink that fills the fiber of the paper with deep color
* Medium point tip keeps the glitter and ink flowing without clogging
* 20 unique colors
* Nice comfort pen grip to help ease any strain from coloring too long
* No bleeding through to the back, a huge plus for these pens
* Ink dries quickly so no smearing under normal conditions BUT not so quickly that you can’t blend if you want to.
* Colors identified by the cap and by the end of pen
#amazapens gel pens* Write on a variety of different paper types including glossy paper
* Non-toxic and acid-free so can be used even for scrapbooking and anything else heirloom-related

Disadvantages:

* Like with most pens you use to color with, these will leave some lines on the page with some impressions so if you have something on the back of the page you want to preserve, you might want to make a copy of what you want to color instead of coloring in the book.

#amazapens color chartRecommendation:

* If you like glitter and you like gel pens, these are the perfect glitter gel pens for you. I love that they have 20 distinct colors that aren’t too close to each other in shade. The ink flows so nicely filling in the paper fiber and leaving great color behind. These pens have a multitude of uses for any kind of craft you are interested in.and tons of everyday uses too.

One thing I did want to mention is the amount of ink in these pens. It doesn’t exactly say how much ink is in each pen, which would have been nice since they are making the claim that they will last 2.5 times longer. I have noticed though that so far the ink levels are staying nice even though I have been using them a lot. A few of them I have even been using on a daily basis as writing pens and I haven’t had any noticeable change in the level of ink yet.

Changing the size of the tube that holds the ink was a great idea. As soon as one of them runs out I will take it apart and do some measuring for future reference. This is something that some companies may really manipulate and as consumers, we would never think to look before this.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered these AmazaPens Gel Pens, 20 Pack Super Glitter | 150% More Ink than Other Sets | Best for Adding Sparkle to Your Adult Coloring Books and Art Projects. on Amazon and received them for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised; all opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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Product Review :: The Gel Pens That I Actually Threw Away

Product Review :: The Gel Pens That I Actually Threw Away

GL-Sail(TM) 36 Pack Diamante Tipped Gel Pens with Case, for Adult Coloring Books and Drawing (Glitter ,Neon, Pastel)


Pens worked for a while but then leaked and wouldn’t write anymore, I was not able to get a replacement set

When I first received these pens I was thrilled with them. You can never have enough gel pens and these had so many positive things going for them. I had a great review in mind but had to change it after using these pens again after they had not been used for a few weeks.

Advantages:
* Great variety of colors, very fine lines
* Colors did not bleed through the page
* The Metallic colors especially were very vibrant and distinct
* Non-toxic and acid free
* Very nice case, this is the nicest plastic case I have ever received pens in. It is thick and has three tab closures on it. This was designed to last.
* These come with a Lifetime Guarantee, you will probably have to use Amazon’s A to Z guarantee though…..

Disadvantages:
* The pens are a little thin and wobble a little when you write with them. I think with a thicker shell they would be much easier to use.
* I was showing these to my daughter-in-law who also loves to color and she wanted to try them out. Right away she noticed that a few of them would not write, even though the caps had been placed on correctly. I told her to shake it gently and ink went flying everywhere. It got all over her brand new blouse, her t-shirt she was wearing under it, and my bedspread. After I discovered this problem I decided to shake each one to see if they were all okay or had the same problem. Shaking a pen gently is something I often do when the ink is not flowing. Two more pens broke right away and then a few days later, 3 more. Four of the pens will not write. So now I have a set of 36 pens but only 26 work. However, I don’t want to chance using them and possibly ruining more clothing or a coloring page work in progress.
* Since there is a Lifetime Guarantee I contacted them. I was promised a replacement set over a month ago. I have contacted them four additional times with no response. If someone promises a Lifetime Guarantee, they need to deliver on it. Since this is in the Product Description I do consider this to be part of the Product Review and not Feedback.

Recommendation:
If you would like to take your chances and you do get a good set, you will really like them. Be careful of all of the disadvantages I listed and keep some Stain Remover on hand. I have found that if you soak ink with hairspray first and then stain remover, it is an effective stain remover. Stain remover does not always work by itself on ink. My take away from this is that at least I got a nice container to use for other pens.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this set of GL-Sail(TM) 36 Pack Diamante Tipped Gel Pens with Case, for Adult Coloring Books and Drawing (Glitter, Neon, Pastel) on Amazon and received it at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way influenced or associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


Product Review :: US Art Supply Stretched Canvas 6-Pack

Product Review :: US Art Supply Stretched Canvas 6-Pack


Freedom Series US Art Supply Professional Quality Acid-Free Stretched Canvas 6 Pack
Offered by TCP Global Corp #usartsupply

As a lifetime hobbyist, having a brand new set of 6 blank canvases has put my mind into overdrive. There are so many incredible projects that I can do with these. I hope you find the quick video I did helpful, it was totally on the fly after I read about so many people having problems with them sticking together and being damaged. I wanted to show you that the company obviously cares about your input and their product because it looks like they have changed the whole way they are packed and shipped. I apologize, I did make a mistake in the video saying they were 16×18, they are actually 16×20.

 

 

DSC00676PROS:
* Great for different kinds of painting including but not limited to acrylics and oils
* Can be used for countless other crafts besides painting
* Great price point at under $6.00 per canvas at the time mine were ordered
* You can tell care has been taking in the assembly of these. The construction and stretch look better than other quality paintings I have purchased.
* 3/4″ thick, 16 x 20
* 100% white cotton canvas that has been tripled primed with acid-free acrylic gesso
* Hand stretched on kiln dried stretcher bars
* The corners are folded neatly and tight
* Plenty of staples placed approximately 1″ apart
* Lightweight: Unprimed 7oz, Primed 12 oz.
* Each canvas is individually shrink-wrapped then wrapped again as one set
* They lay level when placed flat

CONS:
* None

I am very impressed with these. I think they are probably great for the beginning to intermediate painter and perfect for anyone who just needs a stretched canvas for another craft project. My only problem is trying to decide on what to do since there are so many great things you can do with them!

In the spirit of full disclosure, I ordered this US Art Supply 16 X 20 Inch Professional Quality Acid-Free Stretched Canvas 6-Pack – 3/4 Profile 12 Ounce Primed Gesso – (1 Full Case of 6 Single Canvases) on Amazon and received it for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All ratings are earned and never promised. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own and I am in no way associated with the manufacturer or seller. I received no compensation other than the product sample. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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