Hello my crafty friends, and thanks for stopping by! Today I am reviewing my newest set of colored pencils that I purchased when we went to Wisconsin. I purchased the Wanshui 168 piece colored pencil set* from Amazon. I was a bit apprehensive at first when I bought these pencils. They had pretty good reviews and four and a half stars on Amazon. That decided it, so I bought it because I didn’t want to take my Prismas with me. I would be devastated if I had lost one but since these weren’t as expensive I wouldn’t be heartbroken if I lost or broke one. To see what I think, keep reading!
The colored pencils arrived in a button case, slotted into 6 different trays. I didn’t take the trays, I took the pencils out and put them into a bag to travel with. There are 28 pencils in each tray. When I got back from the trip I put them back into the trays but in rainbow order. I then swatched all of them, in tray order, in my swatch book which has really been helpful because I don’t know what each color looks like from memory quite yet.
I don’t know why, but the pictures above won’t line up right and keep going up cockeyed. I edited them and rotated them so they were right side but no matter what I do they won’t be straight. Anyway, you can see how the color comes from the pencil. You can use a light pressure and get a fairly good pay off but you can also press harder and get a much more vibrant color. One of the best things about these pencils is that they are strong, they don’t break as easily as, say, my Prismacolor pencils. These pencils are also oil based, like the Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. They blend nicely with the other pencils and with my Prismas, which was a surprise. I tested it with Gamsol, which is the second picture. As expected, the darker color blended out quite nicely. One thing I really like about these pencils is that it comes with 12 metallic pencils that work really well. They can be sharpened with an electric pencil sharpener without the fear of them breaking while being sharpened. The pencils themselves are a tad slimmer than other pencils making them easier to work with. For me anyway. Here is a picture I colored using the pencils, except the skin.
I believe this is from the Hannah Lynn ‘Mythical Maidens and Curious Creatures adult coloring book. I was really pleased with how the image turned out as a whole. I’ve been using them and alternating between them and my Prismacolors when I color.
I hope you enjoyed today’s review. What are your favorite pencils to color with? I’d love to know, so leave it down below! I had a lot of fun with this review and I hoped you enjoyed it just the same. Thank you so much for stopping by, it really does mean a lot. If you want to be notified every time I post, be sure to subscribe to my blog and if you want to see what I create and don’t post here, feel free to follow me on Instagram (linked below). I post every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 11AM PST. Until next time, keep creating!
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