|Item Weight||2.55 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||17 x 13 x 5 inches|
|Item model number||30213|
|Manufacturer Part Number||30213|
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- 36 colored pencils, 36 oil pastels, 14 watercolor cakes, 2 paintbrushes and 1 palette
- Wood case with cherry finish
- Frosted silver accents
- 89 art materials in total
- Makes a great gift!
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Cherry finish wooden case holding 36 colored pencils, 36 oil pastels, 14 watercolor cakes, 2 paintbrushes and a palette
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Anyways, when it comes to just doodling or coloring coloring books these are pretty decent. The pencils are soft. They have decently smooth coverage. Nothing really amazing, but still good. A light touch goes further than bearing down. The leads will flake and crack if you do. There was one dud in my set; the purple. I can't say it was broken from the start or from being carried around and used. I suspect a bit of both. You have to take care sharpening the pencils. The leads break easy. Other than that, the pencils are fun to work with. The lighter colors are reasonably opaque colored over darker backgrounds.
Oil pastels: I used some of them with figure drawing in art college. They are a bit waxy but blend well. They have an interesting smell to them. I kind of like it. It reminds me of the Crayola crayons, but instead oil pastels. I've done a few recent sketches with them. They are good for those times of insomnia, when I must draw or color something before falling asleep.
Watercolor: As soon as I realized these are gouache or tempera paints instead of true watercolor, I could adjust my painting accordingly. They are opaque and chalky. Gouache is a finer grade of chalky paint material with more vivid pigment, but the methods of painting are a similar challenge. The trick is not to over work the surface. Paint a stroke and leave it. Don't go back over it until the paint dries. Let the paint dry between layers. Do not to lay down too thick or you'll get cracks or flakes. Like acrylic, you can cover a painted area with another color, but it can be rewet just like watercolor. Like gouache, the color changes as it dries. I can't say this is my favorite type of paint, but it isn't that bad. I like how the green and sienna brown are strategically placed. It makes mixing for more natural greens much easier. My set included a thin plastic mixing palette for the paints. A little bit of paint goes pretty far because it is so opaque.
Box: No really great wood here. Recycled plywood type stuff. Seems reasonably sturdy as long as I don't stand on it or drop it really hard. I tend to set the box on my lap and use it as a surface whenever I am using this set.
Overall it is a decent set. I'd give it a 3.5 (rounding up because Amazon doesn't do half stars.) Nothing fancy. I wouldn't expect great lightfastness (though it would be worth a test.) Student quality. It looks like it is marketed for children, but I suspect adults can get even more out of the set. If anything just to have fun and practice with. My main criticism with it has to do with the lack of unique colors. A few are really close to be much use. This applies the pencils especially. I personally wish there were more realistic shades of green. The limited color range prevents me from relying exclusively on the set.