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Good storage case for...
April 19, 2016
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Good storage case for a compact sketching kit or the 24 intended pencils. Love this color and the compact case feels quite sturdy and well-built. Nice stitching inside and out. The zipper tab snaps securely to the spine of the case reducing the chance of the case opening accidentally during transport.

This case organize its contents with 6 elastic loops each meant to hold 4 pencils. Naturally you could store other sketching tools within, but it will hold less that its full pencil capacity depending on the width of the items. For example it can easily hold a couple of Lamy fountain pens, a waterbrush, a tube of spare drawing leads, several pencils, and inking pens. It can still be closed with the zipper, but each loop might be only holding 2 or 3 items. Yet I think it makes for a pretty stylish and functional storage/transport solution for a compact sketching kit.

Decided to make it the home for my precious Caran D'Ache Museum watercolor pencils. After loading my Marine set of 20 artist pencils, I still had one loop left for storing four more loose pencils I had floating around. The new full length pencils fit snugly, and the zipper closed smoothly without snagging around the corners.

While this color should hide stray smudges and dirt. I sprayed a coat of Scotch Guard on it to boost its stain resistance and keep it in its pristine condition longer. Compared to the Derwent Canvas wrap that can hold up to 36 pencils within, it might come across as a tad small. Yet the former is not quite as secure as this Global Art pencil case. The Global Art case is more compact and will not loose its contents when tossed inside another bag. I have to throw my loaded Derwent wrap inside a zippered Ziploc bag since pencils tend to slide out of their holding loops and often get lost in transit. If you only need 24 pencils with you at all times, this Global Art pencil case is a pretty elegant, sturdy, and functional solution that leaves no chance for runaway pencils.
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The Pilot Board Master...
April 14, 2016
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The Pilot Board Master whiteboard marker is a pretty substantial dry erase marker with a chunky barrel and a continuous ink flow that yields marks with adequate visibility across the classroom. You can replace the nibs and ink reservoir to minimize waste which should please green-conscious users. I tried a black and red marker with the medium and fine size nibs respectively, and I initially found the red to be a bit lighter that I'd prefer. Yet the lighter red did work fine for laying down initial guidelines and sketching the under structure of a complex drawing before applying bolder black outlines during class demos. With further use, the intensity on both markers got bolder. With regular use in the classroom for my drawing demonstrations, I found them superior and easier to see than the average dry-erase marker choices available locally. The nib on the medium black marker is getting a bit squashed now, so I am ordering the replacement nibs in both sizes and a few more ink refills to keep my Pilot Whiteboard marker set going through the summer art camps.
The Pilot Board Master...
April 14, 2016
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The Pilot Board Master whiteboard marker is a pretty substantial dry erase marker with a chunky barrel and a continuous ink flow that yields marks with adequate visibility across the classroom (particularly the black color). You can replace the nibs and ink reservoir to minimize waste which should please green-conscious users. I tried a black and red marker with the medium and fine size nibs respectively, and I initially found the red to be a bit lighter that I'd prefer. Yet the lighter red did work fine for laying down initial guidelines and sketching the under structure of a complex drawing before applying bolder black outlines during class demos. With further use, the intensity on both markers got bolder. With regular use in the classroom for my drawing demonstrations, I found them superior and easier to see than the average choices available locally. The nib on the medium black marker is getting a bit squashed now, so I am ordering the replacement nibs in both sizes and a few more ink refills to keep my Pilot Whiteboard marker set going through the summer art camps.
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As soon as I learned...
March 18, 2016
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As soon as I learned of the existence of the limited-edition Palomino Blackwing Volumes Vol. 1138 pencils from the new arrivals section of JetPens, I wanted to test them in my sketchbooks. Just rounded the order with an old favorite: the Uni Boxy eraser. These fancy Japanese pencils already come equipped with a distinct rectangular black eraser that works adequately, The eraser can be advanced as it gets used up since it's held by a removable metal clip. Thus writers and users that erase a lot and like having erasers on their pencils should be quite pleased that multiple color refills are available. Yet I prefer a dedicated eraser with proven reliable performance and eraser debris that tends to clump together for a cleaner work surface. The twelve premium pencils arrived in a sturdy cardboard box that would make a great gift for any artist and pencil collector. The packaging is quite substantial and rigid with a pleasant surface texture that feels almost like a slightly rubberized grip. It does not crush or collapse easily, so the pencils inside are well protected. The broad silver ferrule and the sci-fi movie bar-coding along the entire length of the barrel of each pencil give them a pretty distinct look and makes them stand out over everyday novelty pencils. The Blackwing Vol. 1138 pencil sharpened well and had good point retention. Increasing the pressure readily yields a darker tone. Found it to have fair smudge resistance given its darkness. The soft dark graphite marks quickly and easily defined the main shapes over light outlines drawn with harder graphite pencils. The 1138 lead is great for shading quickly. For artists that like to draw with soft pencils, I usually recommend a 2B or 4B pencil. The Blackwing 1138 will certainly do a good job while looking pretty sharp. If you want a special sketching tool that reflects your interest in Sci-Fi subjects, I would certainly recommend getting a box or two.
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Now let's focus on the...
January 30, 2016
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Now let's focus on the felt marker pen portion of my monthly review: Deleter Neopiko Line 3 black pen with 2.0 nib. Also made in Japan for those of you that like to keep track of the origin of your tools. Deleter was one of the first manga art supplies I got to sample long ago, and I have always been pleased by their performance and reliability. Drew a coloring outline of BB-8, a popular request these days. Pen handled smoothly and yielded a waterproof outline quite effortlessly. The 2 mm bullet tip lends itself well for quick strokes, and the ink flow kept up with my natural fast sketching speed without skipping. Added some color with watercolor pencils. The black outlines were not affected by the waterbrush when dissolving the dry watercolor pencil marks. Thus the Deleter ink was waterproof when dry. I really want to add the rest of the Neopiko Line 3 pens to my collection based on the performance of this sample pen. It would be nice to have some of the smaller nib sizes for detailing and cross-hatching to add some texture to your pen and ink drawings. The broad 2.0 mm nib is ideal for heavy-handed users, drawing bold cartoon outlines, and performing quick sketching demonstrations that are easily visible from across the classroom. You can press harder on the substantial nib without bending the tip. I tend to destroy smaller fine tip pens when trying to draw quickly.

I took the Palomino Blackwing...
January 30, 2016
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I took the Palomino Blackwing Pearl pencil along in my hike of Hemlock Bluffs. While a darling of writing enthusiasts, I wanted to test its potential as a sketching tool since I enjoy doodling with the smooth dark leads typical of premium Japanese pencils.The flat eraser gives it a unique look and works ok, but I prefer a dedicated eraser anyway. Its main advantage is as a conversation starter, and it helps in keeping it from rolling away. This pencil is certainly quite smooth and gets dark with little pressure. Leads are perfectly centered, so it sharpens easily to a nice workable point. It was fun to doodle several test sketches quickly with its soft dark lead. Since the tip wore down quickly, I had to sharpen the pencil pretty often between sketches. Bottom line: it is a nice distinct-looking pencil that makes sketching fun if you enjoy making dark bold marks quickly and hardly erase like me. It is almost like using a gel pen in pencil form given the darkness of the strokes it can achieve. Yet you can still make some corrections with a nice soft foam eraser.

For the spotlight item...
December 16, 2015
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For the spotlight item of my monthly review, I picked these nifty German markers: the Stabilo Pen 68 Marker-1.0 mm- 20 color set housed in this ColorParade case. Once you remove the clear plastic dome cover, the case opens like a book and works like a standing easel for the marker pens. It is far sturdier than the flimsy wallets typically used to store kids' markers. The colorful display is sure to brighten your desk or workstation.The pen caps can be posted on the back of the pen, so they won't get easily lost. Their trademark hexagonal barrels are pretty comfortable and don't roll around your table, and their nibs produce uniform bold colorful strokes about 1.0 mm thick. Reportedly the Stabilo Pen 68 can be left uncapped for 24 hours without drying, so you can work confidently with multiple pens uncapped during complex coloring sessions without significantly shortening their useful life. Their rigid pen nibs are well suited for lettering, doodling, sketching, and coloring. Their colorful waterbased-inks flow evenly and without streaking even when using quick drawing strokes. Their inks dry so quickly, that even a light color used on top of a black line does not cause black ink to smear into the lighter color. Thus I would certainly recommend them as a natural companion to the grown-up coloring books that have become so popular these days. If you are still brainstorming for a last-minute holiday gift, I suspect that this marker set would make both kids and adults happy. I have to admit that I really like the packaging, and I was drawn to this set because of its ColorParade case.
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I keep a canvas roll...
December 16, 2015
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I keep a canvas roll filled with an old set of Inktense pencils in my classroom supply cabinet as a coloring option for my students for years, so several colors have already vanished from my original set. It is nice that I can refill missing colors one at a time. The new round barrel Inktense pencils are wider and softer than the original ones that had a hexagonal shape. They fit snugly and securely in the loops of my Derwent canvas wrap. The original pencils tend to slide and fall off since they have narrower bodies. The new color leads do not seem to break as much and lay down the color with a bit less effort. The original Inktense formulation felt harder and drier requiring repeated rubbing in order to release their color on the paper and also crumbled rather easily under pressure. After brushing the dry marks with the waterbrush, the colors become quite bright. The main strength of these Derwent pencils: portability and ease of use of colored pencils coupled with the ability to lay down bright saturated color washes with just a bit of water. After touching them up with a wet brush the marks dissolve into bright ink washes in a controlled manner. Easy and clean way of using colored inks without the mess or risk of spills. The Derwent Inktense pencils would make a fine addition to a portable sketching kit specially when bundled with a waterbrush. I often recommend watersoluble pencils over markers for my students to color their manga sketches since you can get a range of tones by adjusting the amount of water and can even mix some colors to a degree. Personally I prefer softer leads that are less brittle, but I think the Inktense pencils are a good choice for beginners.
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I keep a canvas roll...
December 16, 2015
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I keep a canvas roll filled with an old set of Inktense pencils in my classroom supply cabinet as a coloring option for my students for years, so several colors have already vanished from my original set. It is nice that I can refill missing colors one at a time. The new round barrel Inktense pencils are wider and softer than the original ones that had a hexagonal shape. They fit snugly and securely in the loops of my Derwent canvas wrap. The original pencils tend to slide and fall off since they have narrower bodies. The new color leads do not seem to break as much and lay down the color with a bit less effort. The original Inktense formulation felt harder and drier requiring repeated rubbing in order to release their color on the paper and also crumbled rather easily under pressure. After brushing the dry marks with the waterbrush, the colors become quite bright. The main strength of these Derwent pencils: portability and ease of use of colored pencils coupled with the ability to lay down bright saturated color washes with just a bit of water. After touching them up with a wet brush the marks dissolve into bright ink washes in a controlled manner. Easy and clean way of using colored inks without the mess or risk of spills. The Derwent Inktense pencils would make a fine addition to a portable sketching kit specially when bundled with a waterbrush. I often recommend watersoluble pencils over markers for my students to color their manga sketches since you can get a range of tones by adjusting the amount of water and can even mix some colors to a degree. Personally I prefer softer leads that are less brittle, but I think the Inktense pencils are a good choice for beginners.
My old round corner punch...
December 16, 2015
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My old round corner punch is bent and no longer works properly, so I was curious as to how well the Kadomarun punch performs. It rounded the corners of Canson Bristol XL ATC cards with no trouble. While it punched cleanly through 2-ply bristol and 3 pages of 24 lb printer paper, 140 lb cold press watercolor paper made it struggle a bit. It also punched easily through the 67 lb color card stock that I used for some custom sketchbook party favors at my nephew's birthday party. If you like round edges on your cards and sheets of craft paper, I would certainly recommend this Kadomarun punch.
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