I’m not an artist, but every now and then I like to pretend that I am. Thankfully, when looking for some art supplies for my children, I stumbled across Berol Prismacolor colored pencils and serendipitously found a product that brings out what little artistic talent I possess.
Many people feel they have no artistic abilities, and although that is true in some cases, at times the problem may be more a result of not having the right art supplies. If you’ve tried creating beautiful works of art with colored pencils you’ve purchased in the neighborhood drugstore for a few dollars per box, the problem may not be so much a lack of talent as much as it is an attempt to create great art with an inferior product. Berol Prismacolor Colored Pencils are definitely not an inferior product!
Berol Prismacolor Colored Pencils come in the following varieties:
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils
These are my personal favorites! These colored pencils consist of a very high pigment quality which results in an extremely rich and deep color saturation. Their soft and thick lead causes the color to go down smoothly, they shade well, and blend beautifully with other colors. You won’t ever have to worry about not being able to find the right color pencil when working with Berol Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils: they come in 132 colors, and as I mentioned, they blend beautifully giving you countless color variation options. The Berol Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils are sold individually and also come in sets of 12, 24, 36, 48, 72, 120, and 131. If you can only buy one type of Berol Prismacolor Colored Pencils, I’d recommend the Premier Colored Pencils.
Prismacolor Premier Lightfast Colored Pencils
Berol Prismacolor Premier Lightfast Colored Pencils are great for the serious artist. As the name implies, this specific type of colored pencils are lightfast, and in fact have the highest ASTM (American Society of Testing and Material) ratings possible. (They have a rating of I. which denotes excellent lightfastness and II. which denotes very good lightfastness.) They are made of high quality pigment which provides excellent color saturation and are soft and smooth and therefore blend beautifully. The Premier Lightfast Colored Pencils come in 48 colors, are sold individually and come in sets of 12, 24, and 48. Berol Prismacolor Premier Lightfast Colored Pencils are the type of colored pencil a professional artist, who is going to have his work in exhibits and exposed to light on an ongoing basis would use, but they can be well used by even the casual artist. If you want your colored pencil artwork to still look bright and sharp for generations to come, I’d recommend the Premier Lightfast Colored Pencils.
Prismacolor Verithin Colored Pencils
Berol Prismacolor Verithin Colored Pencils are for the artist who enjoys detailed work. The Verithin Colored Pencils have hard leads that can be sharpened into a fine point. They are great for outlines, details that cannot be accomplished with the other types of colored pencils, lettering, and so on. They come in 40 colors, and are sold individually or in sets of 12, 24, and 36. Thankfully, they match perfectly and completely with the Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Prismacolor Art Stix, and Prismacolor Watercolor Colored Pencil palettes. They are best used in combination with the other varieties of Berol Prismacolor Colored Pencils, rather than being used alone.
Prismacolor Watercolor Colored Pencils
The Berol Prismacolor Watercolor Colored Pencils provide the artist with the control that colored pencils enable along with the softness, blending and translucency of watercolors. The artist simply draws with the Berol Prismacolor Watercolor Colored Pencils and then uses a paintbrush with water to create watercolor effects. The Prismacolor Watercolor Colored Pencils come in 36 colors that match the colors of the Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencil, the Prismacolor Art Stix and the Prismacolor Verithin Colored Pencils. They are sold individual or in sets of 12, 24, and 36. This is a true blending of two art forms: colored pencils and watercolors and is a great option for the person who wants to dabble in both types of art.
Prismacolor Col-Erase Erasable Colored Pencils
One of the drawbacks of many art mediums, including most colored pencils, is that they cannot be erased. That’s bad news for those of us who make mistakes! Thankfully, there is a solution to that problem: Prismacolor Col-Erase Erasable Colored Pencils! They have a strong, medium-point pencil lead that can be easily erased. They are useful for many artistic uses, and some not so artistic uses such as accounting. The Col-Erase Erasable Colored Pencils come in 24 colors and are sold individually or in sets of 12 or 24. The Prismacolor Col-Erase Erasable Colored Pencils don’t have as much of an artsy feel to them as the other types of Berol Prismacolor Colored Pencils, but they are a great option for the person who wants to be able to easily erase and change their colored pencil masterpieces.
Prismacolor Art Stix
The Berol Primacolor Art Stix are a different breed than what you generally think of when you hear the term, “colored pencils.” As their name implies, they are in stick form rather than a typical pencil format. They measure 3 1/4 ” x 1/4″ (82mm x 6mm), and although they are flat, they can be sharpened to a point for detailed work. However, their strong point is the fact that the do not have the typical wooden exterior but rather are all lead. This particular trait enables them to be used especially well for covering large areas with vibrant color. They have a soft and creamy lead with high quality pigment which provides excellent color saturation. Berol Prismacolor Art Stix come in 48 colors, 24 of which are sold individually. They can also be purchased in sets of 12, 24, 36, and 48. Berol Prismacolor Art Stix match the palettes of the Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Prismacolor Verithin Colored Pencils, and the Prismacolor Watercolor Colored Pencils.
Berol Prismacolor Colored Pencils aren’t cheap; they generally run about $1 per pencil. To make them moreaffordable, keep your eye out for half price sales at stores such as Hobby Lobby, or hunt for them online on places like eBay. But even if you have to pay full price, you won’t regret it. Berol Prismacolor Colored Pencils make even a novice like me feel like a real artist, a feeling I never experienced while using inferior quality colored pencils.
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