Prismacolor Watercolor Colored Pencils

12-36 count pack

Wax core

Round Barrel

Mid-priced

Pros:

Good Blending

Relatively Easy to Control

Cons:

So-so Color Selection

Packaging Not up to Prismacolor Standards

 

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Prismacolor Watercolor Colored Pencils Review

Prismacolor’s primary watercolor pencil offering hits the mark for the most part.  The colors you get are deep, creamy, and quite blendable, especially relative to other watercolor pencils on the market.  The colors are a bit lacking so blending might be a necessity since they are only available in sets of 12 to 36.  Colorless round exterior.

Visual Appeal – 4/5

The color is on point: creamy, saturated, and thick.  It is quite easy to blend these and, after a bit of practice with water application, a wide range of colors and color densities can be achieved.  It can be a bit burdensome to do color control in high-detail areas so it recommended to stick to conventional colored pencils for those.

Usability and Durability – 4/5

These are quite easy to use and the easy application makes for a very fun and user-friendly experience.   These are great way to introduce someone to watercolors that are good at blending and mixing while still being easy to control.  The pencils have been shown to last for quite a while and are much less prone to breaking when compared to other lines.

Packaging and Presentation – 3/5

These come in a sort of “snap” case.  It isn’t quite as nice as some of the higher-end tin and wooden offering available but it does the trick.  An interesting point to make with these pencils is that the exterior is unfinished wood.  In fact, there isn’t even a color label on the base so if you are picking pencils by looking for the color somewhere on them then you will have to take a peek at the exposed core.  Not a huge deal but something worth mentioning.  However, they do have the standard Prismacolor information stamped on the side.

Cost – 3.5/5

Costs for these are mid-priced.  This is a decent deal for watercolor colored pencils of this quality.  To get equivalent in other brands could easily cost twice that, if not more.  Since the largest set you can buy is only 36, getting into some Prismacolor watercolor pencils won’t set you back too much.

Overall Ranking – 3.5/5

These are solid watercolors that will meet most people’s requirements.  There could always be a bit larger of a color selection but thankfully they are easy enough to blend that other colors and color depths are possible.  The packaging and presentation of the pencils could be better but this is a small complaint because what really matters is how they look on paper.

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