…and I don’t mean the Opus Art Supplies Location on 1375 Ellis Street in Kelowna. While on our way home from a trip to the Okanagan in early September I finally took the plunge and gave myself 15 minutes in the store. Until now I only ordered on line … and I think I will keep it that way. I am always amazed how quickly I can find some new and exciting art supplies and how much faster I can spend money.
I located some great finds… a small Winsor-Newton travel water colour case with sable brush were among the purchases… amazing and something I will report on at a later date.
The most exciting find for me was a set of Graphitint (tinted graphite pencils) while looking for water-soluble graphite pencils. The Faber-Castell set of water-soluble graphite pencils contains five grades of hardness ranging from HB to 8B. They are wonderful to work with and offer something for every step in the grey scale when drawing and diffusing.
I am not sure how new these Graphitint pencils, I had never heard of them. Nobody had mentioned them in my mixed media circles either… So let’s just assume they are “new”!
I found some time today to create a short review of the product. This set of 12 was a good choice. What I was lusting after was the larger set but common sense prevailed when I looked at the price and didn’t know yet if I even liked this product. Here is a link for the online store providing details on prices and all colors the larger set contains.
And here are the 12 colors from the set. On the left are the colors individually applied to cold pressed watercolor paper. The simple truth: They are wonderful! Each pencil is soft and responds well to pressure when applied to paper. Only a small amount of water (I used a damp brush) is necessary to diffuse the colors. This was consistent throughout.
I can hear you asking, what makes this different from Inktense pencils? Well, Inktense are just that, very intense! Graphitint pencils are more greyed and they are for paper only, whereas Inktense will also work on fabrics. Here is my report on Inktense pencils when used on fabrics.
Graphittint graphite pencils get two thumbs up from me! Have you tried them – what do YOU think? Weigh in below with a comment!
Oh this brings back happy memories of my lovely artistic mum who is no longer with us. She was always searching for the perfect pencils. These would have been just the job for her artwork. I look forward to seeing what you create with them.
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So do I! I think I will use them in combination with some pen and ink drawings… these pencils are so loverly and soft that just a touch of colour here and there will add dimension and visual impact. Thanks for sharing your memories!
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