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|Art supply reviews, color charts and lightfast tests of popular professional, student and craft coloring media.
I swatch, lightfast test and do demonstration painting videos for a wide variety of watercolor brands. I also test acrylic paints,
markers, inks and craft supplies such as alcohol inks. You can see my new and improved website, which has all tests sorted by
brand and a pigment database to compare colors across brands here.
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|Color chart was created using a
dip pen to write the color names
and a paint brush to to apply the
long line of color.
It should be noted that any color
differences noticed in this picture
are only from where the lamp light
is reflecting on the inks, as they
are slightly shiny after drying
when applied thickly.
|All tests have been cat approved. Cookie guards all lightfast tests to ensure that there is no funny business.
|About Kuretake Gansai Tambi - 36 Colors set of Japanese traditional watercolor paints:
LIGHTFAST TEST RESULTS, AND UPDATED NEW SET OF 48 INFORMATION, VIDEO REVIEW WITH PAINTING DEMO CAN BE FOUND HERE:
|Design Memory Craft (Faber-Castell's craft supply brand name) has many great projects using Gelatos on their blog. The "no fading in the sun" quote above can be viewed
on this blog post by them. On the Faber-Castell website, Design Memory Craft blog, and on many of the product packages themselves they claim all Gelatos colors are
lightfast. However, compared to other coloring products my testing has shown many of their colors seem to be severely lacking in lightfastness.
|This was extremely disappointing for me, especially because money is very tight and these were expensive. I hope that they will clarify their lightfast ratings for individual
colors in the future, because simply labeling them all "lightfast" is not accurate. The manufacturer's blog also repeatedly makes comments about these not fading from
sunlight. As a seasoned artist, I was armed with knowledge on how pigments fade over long periods of time so I didn't expect the colors to last forever, but certainly
didn't expect changes within 2 to 4 weeks, so what I purchased REALLY didn't meet my expectations.
Read more about my experience with this product, along with where to buy, and other art supply reviews at
|Polychromos colored pencils by Faber Castell.
Results: Excellent lightfast colors, but limited testing selection as I could only afford 6 pencils at this time. Images coming shortly.
My highest recommendation, especially for crafters and artists who do not have time to create often, because of the amazing results you can get and no risk of
your coloring supplies going bad/drying out in between uses. If I could only buy a single type of coloring supply, a 60+ color set of Polychromos would be my pick.
Prismacolors are a close second. Compared to paints and inks, the versatility of this color medium is amazing and as an investment they will last years with no risk of
drying out like paints. You can achieve amazing detail with sharpened pencils, color gradient blending is easy with such selection of colors, and a smooth blended
watercolor painted look with the use of a paper stump and baby oil. Best of all, there is very little investment for complementing art tools such as being able to use most
types of paper (instead of expensive watercolor paper or canvas that wet mediums require), along with a small pencil sharpener it's one of the cheapest and most
portable ways to create art.
If you do happen to do watercolor painting or use markers for coloring, any colored pencils work great over top of those to add fine details or shading that wasn't possible
with the wet mediums.
Comparison between Polychromos and Prismacolor discussed in the Prismacolor review section below.
|Prismacolor Premier colored Pencils by Sanford: Better quality than most colored pencils on the market (far better than Crayola/Prang, and not quite as good as
Differences between "Prismacolor" and "Polychromos" colored pencils: These two leading brand fine art quality pencils are both highly pigmented resulting in opaque
application on light or dark paper. Several Prismacolor colors, especially white, seems to beat Polycrhomos in that opacity, but most colors lay down similarly.
The major difference between these products is Prismacolor is wax based and Polychromos is oil based. I prefer the oil based Polycrhomos because they blend easier
together as well as appear more painted, almost a watercolor effect, when you rub a paper stump tool over top that has been lightly dipped in baby oil. I use Johnson's baby
oil because it is easy to find, but any mineral oil will work. Prismacolor also blends well with oil, just not quite as smoothly. The Prismacolor pencil colors, after being drawn
on your surface, can sometimes have the wax-base rise to the surface of the artwork creating a foggy white sheen over the artwork (this is called wax bloom). This does not
happen with the oil-based Polychromos. Therefore varnishes/protective sprays should be used on Prismacolor drawings to prevent wax bloom from showing up in the
future. One other thing I noticed when drawing with both brands of pencils is that Prismacolor has more crumbling/color dust and can not be pressed as hard onto the
paper as Polychromos without breaking. Therefore I ended up having more wasted pencil lead with Prismacolor.
Price comparison: Prismacolors are cheaper and I recommend them for serious beginner colored pencil artists to later decide if Polychromos would be a good
investment based on your usage. It's also a good idea to buy a 48-60 color set and then supplement with individual pencils as desired, as the 72+ color sets contain
many similar duplicate colors that are not necessary for such easily blended pencils. Prismacolor pencils run about $1.09 ($1.84 retail) per pencil vs Polychromos
pencils run about $1.75 ($2.85 retail) per pencils based on sale prices at http://www.dickblick.com/categories/coloredpencils/
|Alcohol Inks (Adirondack Tim Holtz brand) manufactured by Ranger Ink
|April 2016 - 1 year
results are in!!!
I'm very pleased that after 1 full
year in the window there has still
been no visible color changes.
Everything still looks like the day
I painted it. These inks have
performed amazingly well and
come with my highest
recommendation for fine art and
|One year results are in for Daniel Smith watercolor paints! Find out which paints turned out to be fugitive and faded in the window light below. Where to buy? I purchase
all of my watercolors on Dick Blick's website. I find them to be timely, affordable and well packaged.
|Mission Gold watercolors by Mijello UPDATE:
1 year results showed slight fading in "burnt sienna" and "light red" bringing the questionable color count to 6 in this set.
*** However, both Prussian and Indigo have recovered their original color state once removed from light exposure (stored in shade for 3 months). ***
|Moonglow and Shadow Violet have a lightfast "1/Not Rated*" disclaimer, basically meaning there is an assumption based on the pigments they should be of good
lightfastness. Sometimes certain pigments do not do well diluted, and it could be that some of these were used so sparingly that the diluted wash of that color faded in the
sun quicker than Daniel Smith assumed it would. (IE: Shadow Violet's orange/red hue was the only part of the color that faded.)
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new art supply reviews and lightfast testing page.
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