Friday, March 12, 2010
Watercolor Pencil and Paper Tests - Kimberly and Artist Loft Brand
The paper is natural white in color and accepts pencil, charcoal, pen & ink, acrylics, pastels and watercolors.
I have found the 130 lb (212gsm) paper quite nice to work on with watercolor pencils using a waterbrush.
The paper's color is creamy compared to my favorite AquaBee Sketch Book but it really lends a favorable quality to a couple of sketches I'm currently working on.
My favorite thing to do when trying out new paper is a color chart. Today I tried out a new package of 12 Kimberly wc pencils...... Also, made in the USA!!
I like the Kimberly brand. They are soft and it's easy to lay down a lot of pigment without the lead breaking. They also sharpen well. Here is my test page. I do wish the set included raw sienna. I'd gladly give up the pink pencil :)
While roaming around Michael's yesterday, I ran across a new brand of art supplies they just started to carry. I'm not sure if it's their house brand or just a new manufacturer.... Artist's Loft is the name.
There were colored pencils, wax pastels and watercolor pencils. The wc pencils were offered at $4.99 for a set of 24 pencils!!
Okay, at that price I'll give them a whorl - especially as I had a 40% off-your-entire-purchase coupon :)
Check out the pencils on the left side of the image below. I didn't use the white pencil. See how small the yellow, brown and green pencils are - I can't get them sharpened without the leads breaking. The dark green pencil actually split.
Please click the images for a larger view.