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

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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.






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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.




Sennelier Professional Watercolour Paint

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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 Amazon.com.
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!







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.