Thursday, 28 September 2017

Ivy and the Inky butterfly and Staedtler Ergosoft pencils - A First Impr...

A couple of days ago a package came in the mail with Johanna Basford's latest book:
Ivy and the Inky Butterfly.
Johanna was so generous to also send me a tin of 24 Staedtler Ergosoft pencils!

Ivy and the Inky Butterfly is not just a colouring book, it has a story in it. So it is a great book to read and colour together with your children!

In this first video I show you the inside of the book, and I explore the Staedtler Ergosoft pencils.

The quality of the book is very good, but take some time to firmly open the book to make the pages fall down flat.
I received the US printed book, published by Penguin.


At first glance, the Staedtler Ergosoft pencils seem to be of very good quality, but I will need more time to try them before I can make a review.
For more information about the pencils, click HERE.

Johanna Basford sent me a set of 24 Staedtler Ergosoft pencils! They came together with her latest book, Ivy and the Inky Butterlfy.
At first glance, the Staedtler Ergosoft pencils seem to be of good quality.
They are triangular, which make them unique. They also have a soft coating, which prevent your fingers from slipping.
My first impression is that these pencils were initially designed for children and usage in class rooms. However, they can be of great value to adults as well.
Ergosoft pencils are less expensive than the 'professional' pencils, such as Faber Castell Polychromos, Derwent Coloursoft and Procolour, Caran d'Ache Luminance and Pablo, etc.
I don't think the Ergosoft pencils can compete with the professional brands, though. But time will tell because I need a need more time to test them.


Saturday, 9 September 2017

Sennelier Professional Watercolour Paint

A couple of months ago I had the opportunity of buying a 12 pan set of professional watercolour paint by Sennelier.
I bought 7 extra pans and put them in the travel tin.

Sennelier paint is not available everywhere in The Netherlands, so I ordered it on
This is my first set of professional watercolour paint, so I can only tell you that these paints are doing what I expected them to do.
They are particularly suitable for glazing, I have read, and so far this seems to be true.
I am really enjoying them!

I took Sennelier with me on vacation in Switzerland and painted for hours on our balcony with this spectacular view!

Compaired to my Winsor&Newton Cotman watercolour set (a student grade watercolour) the professional Sennelier performs a lot better. Professional watercolour paint has a lot more pigment in it and is a lot stronger.

I am glad I took the plunge and bought a professional set.
In time I will buy other professional brands so I can do a comparison.


Monday, 7 August 2017

Derwent Inktense Pencils

I recently received a set of 24 Derwent Inktense Pencils.
After getting to know them a little bit I more and more start to love these ink pencils.

Derwent Inktense at first sight seems to be a watercolour pencil, but this is not the case.
Inktense has ink in it. You can handle it just like a watercolour pencil, but after the colours have dried, the colours become permanent.
With watercolour pencils you can move the paint around after you put water on it for a second or third time, but with Inktense this works only a little bit.

Inktense is also available as Inktense Blocks. These look a little bit like blocks of soft pastels, but they are the same as the pencils.

So far I really enjoy these pencils and will certainly use them a lot in the future!


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Snippets from the Colour Along Project - Part 2 - The Door

Join the Colour Along Instruction Project for Coloured Pencil and learn how I layer, blend, add details and shadows, and a lot more!

For more information, click HERE!

Caran d'Ache Waterbrushes

About two years ago I bought my first waterbrush. It was a Derwent brush but it turned out that this brush wasn't working for me.
The results I had with this brush were so bad that I decided to stick with the traditional brushes.

My terrible results with the Derwent waterbrush

I've seen many people do great work with waterbrushes so I was quite disappointed that it didn't seem to work for me.
I love painting outdoors and waterbrushes would be ideal for plein air watercolour painting!

A while ago I stumbled upon the Caran d'Ache Waterbrushes. They looked different and after reading a couple of reviews I was hoping they would fit me better than the Derwent brush. So I took the chance and ordered them.
Last week the brushes arrived and the results I have with them are so much better than with the Derwent brush already!

My much better results with the Caran d'Ache waterbrush!
The Caran d'Ache waterbrushes come in a set of three. A medium and a large size brush and a felt tip brush.

I haven't tried the felt tip brush yet.
In a couple of weeks I will make a couple of reviews about these brushes.
I will continue using them and I hope they will continue to perform as good as they do now!


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Pencils - A first impression in Secret Garden

I recently received a set of Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils and my first impression of them is very positive!
They are quite soft, layer beautifully, and have a good price too!
I video about my first impression of these pencils will be online very soon.
A thorough review will be available in a couple of months.
I need these months to colour with them a lot, and see how they work on different types of paper and combined with other pencil brands.

So far I love these pencils!