Oh My !! Arteza Artist Colored Pencils? Yes, Please

February 28, 2020


Hi everyone,  last december Arteza sent me a box of their Expert Coloured Pencils !!

 WOW! I didn't need to use them more than once to totally love them.

I strongly believe that Arteza colored pencils won't disappoint you and  that these are the most competitive high-quality colored pencils out there in terms of price vs quality.

10% Discount Code

Get 10% OFF  with the code BibiCameron3 
 The  code is valid until March 20 - 2020

So What Are These Pencils?

  • Artist Quality .
  • Non- Toxic
  • Acide-Free.
  • 4 mm lead. 
  • Wax-based.
  • 8 mm barrel 
  • Break-Resistant.
  • Highly-pigmented.
  • Vibrant and Intense Colours.
  • Labelles with name, colours code and lightfasteness.
  • Available in sets of 48, 72, 120 pencils.
  • Pre-sharpened.
Arteza Coloured Pencils Are a Certified Product
  • Lightfastness Tested  (ACMI Certified Conform to ASTM D-4236)  
  • FSC certified ( 100 %  made out of Wood from the well-managed forest)
  • PA Cetified  ( Non toxic product)
  • CE  (meet  health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA)

Other Key Feautures

  • Soft texture ( Allows to easily lay down lots of colour quickly)
  • Creamy
  • Semiopaque - Works well on black and coloured cardstock 
  • Easy to layer
  • Great for different skill levels
  • Come  well Package in a metallic tin
  • Add- on  Arteza pencil case available.
  • Unbeatable price vs great quality.

General Coloured Pencil Pros

  •  As this is a dry, linear medium,  it is great  to draw hair and fur  or do hatching.
  • Great to add details to images
  • Can be combine on artwork made using other media.
  • Fine detail is possible. 
  • Near realism or photographic artwork if wanted.
  • Go back to do coloring on a piece every time you can with minimum fuzz. 
  • No drying times required.
  • Portable.

It is easy to identify the colors as the body of each pencil has been lacquered with the color of the core pigment.  

The colours on the paper won't be  identical to those in the pencils barrel  but very close and  this is a great visual aid.

Why Lightfasteness is Important


Fade-resistant grade of a pigment ( source here 

Ligthfasteness = durability = resistance of a pigmes to faiding when exposed to light or weather  (humedity).

Lightfastessness tests tell us  how fast a pigment might fade,  change hue or vanish.

Acorrdind ASTM  ( Amedican Society for Testing Materials) none of the Arteza coloured pencils has been rated less than 3 starts according the table below.

  • + Excellent  - over 100 years
  • ++ Very Good -  50  up to 100 years
  • +++ Good -   15 to 50 years

Anything equivalent to one or two stars is considered to be archival = resilient to the environmental elements that commonly degrade and erode dye molecules shortening the life of your artwork.

So, I actually was very surprised to know these pencils have been tested for lightfastness. I have onkly seen this done on very expensive brands.

Arteza Colour Range

There are  120 jaw dropping  coloured pencils colours in the Arteza Range. 

In the box I got  I also found this creamy metallics !!! Love

Are this pencils for kids?

Hell, yes.

I grew up thinking  that coloured pencils were not for me while...

In my early years colouring seemed  to be the art of scratcing the paper with a colouress wodden stick. It was so hard to get colours out the pencils.... it was  soo  exhausting!!

Even when I discovered that all this was a pencil quality issue and that I was too little to use expensive supplies  the damage was done. I hated coloring!!!

When I was at highschool,  I even study technical drawing to avoid any class in which coloring was involved !!!

Althogh, I have to add I have always loved painting  ( I could use my mum supplies).

So as a parent,  I learn the leasson and my children use good quality art supplies.

After trying Arteza I just placed an order to get a pack of 48 pencils. They got polychromos and Chameloen already.

Plus with the 10% and free shipping the pencils only cost me 15!!! Plop

Emma will love them!!! this is a great adition to their little stash. 

Awesome Ad- On Pencil Case 

After receiving the pencils, I  treat  myself  with this awesome pencils case.

  • Available in 2 designs.
  • It has 64 slots.
  • You can fit three 8mm pencils in each slot.
  • So that you can fit 205 pencils.

Get your pencil case  at
  Arteza UK - Europe  here or the Arteza USA here
+ Free Shipping

What Paper Should I  Use Bibi?


Any paper with  "smooth" surface cna be used with Arteza Coloured Pencils.

I use:
  • Arches Hot pressed watercolor paper  300 grams.
  • Strathmore  Bristol Smooth 270 grams.
  • Bristol Toned Tan  118 grams  + Mix Media 300 grams.
  • Bristol Toned Grey  118 grams  + Mix Media 300 grams.
  • 240 coloured cardstock.
The Arteza Sketchbook - Dry media  it is awesome for practising!


Note : Textured paper  can be used too. This depends on what kind of artistic work you are doing but it could be hard to get the pencils into the valley of the paper.

I'm a Stamper What Ink should I Use with Coloured Pencils

  • Any ink will be ok.
  • However, if  if are gping to add solvents Ill advide to use Memento or Distress(wather based) if you will add solvents or  colour pencil blending solutions.
  • For no-ine coloring you can also use clear ink.

Techniques

Layering 

Layering is when we overlap different colour shades to build up the colour or to create different colour tones.

For this technique is essential to apply very little pressure.

Burnishing 

Burnishing is when we apply gently pressure to press was and pigments together creating a polished finish. Smooth and richer in colour.

Blending 

You can dry blend coloured pencils using paper blender stumps.
You can aslo blend the coloured pencil pigments  using a blending solution such as:
  • Baby Oil.
  • Alcohol.
  • Surgical spirit.
  • Colourless alcohol marker - bender pen.
  • Colour Blending Solutions such as spectrum noir gamsol.
  • Baseline.
  • Nail polish.

    My Top Fav Blending Solutions are

  • Baby oil
  • Spectrum Noir - Coloured pencils blending solution.

Sponging

  • Save your pencils shavings.
  • Apply over them a few drops of  your preferred blending solution.
  • When soften use sponges to apply the pigments to your artwork.
  • You can use stencils to add textures.

Top Tips 

  • Keep your pencils sharp.
  • Rotate the pencils while coloring to keep the tip pointy.
  • Use a good pencil sharpener.
  • Use a sand block to sharpen your pencils.
  • Use a battery eraser to rescue whites and  apply light colours over the erased areas.
  • You can healt broken wax base pencils ( see below)

Healing Your Wax Colored Pencils

When your colored pencils have fallen down onto the hard floor or when they have suffer some mistreat during storage or manipulation the lead can break when sharpening.

The pencil's lead can also brake when you exceed pressure so be gentle with your pencils all the time.

If your pencils are braking during sharpening there is an easy tip to heal your pencil:
  • Find a "dry", "low heat" way to gently and slowly heat up the pencil. 
  • The wax binder will melt and when cool down it will solidify again, healing an unhealthy lead.
  • Once the pencils has cooling down you can [roceed to sharpend them.
"Anything warm that feels nice to the touch" will be good to heat up and heal your pencils.
Be aware!!! High temperatures cause damage to the wood so be extremely careful!

Ideas to heat up your wax pencils: 

  • You can use a  heat tool (or a hairdrier) in low heat. Put the heat tool away from the pencil but allowing the pencil to receive gentle heat.
  • Place them near a radiator or heating system. 
  • Inside your hot car during summer for a few minutes.

That's all for today.

I hope you find this posy useful and that you it has inspire you to try Arteza Coloured Pencils.

Discover more Arteza products and applications on my blog post:

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2 comments

  1. Fantastic review Bibi, just got the slight feeling ( hehe) that you enjoyed using these a little. I would adore a set of these for so many of the reasons you pointed out, they are on my this year Xmas list. Thank you for sharing your opinions x

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  2. Bibi want to reach out & thank you for the discount code. I have ordered a 72 set & blk & wht case, my gorgeous family have brought them me for mothers day. Thank you so very much. Look forward to reading more of your posts, x

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