Hello art admirers, fellow artists and art supply enthusiasts,
Today’s post surrounds the topic of wonder. In many ways, this word captures my feelings towards my most recent art supply purchase: Prismacolor Art Stix. For those of you that follow my blog, it is not a surprise that I would try yet another Prismacolor product. I like the quality of their products, and for the most part I have very few complaints. (Check out my Colored Pencil Review here: http://bit.ly/11kXFgm )
One reason I wanted to try the Art Stix is that they solve one of the only problems I have with the Soft Core pencils. The appropriately named Prismacolor Soft Core pencils are very smooth and soft, making them prone to breakage. As such, I am often times faced with the rather annoying and unfortunate case of lead breakage. Such an occurrence is marked by an audible Argh!, which is swiftly followed by laughter sparked by my seemingly reflexive behavior. Given that the Art Stix are “woodless colored pencils” they are not naturally inclined towards breakage, and thus do not require tedious resharpening…like every two seconds.
As I said, wonder appears to be the underlying theme of my experience with these Art Stix:
- Before I bought the Art Stix: I wonder if I will like them?
In order to answer this question without spending too much money up front, I bought the 12 pack which was roughly $13 on Amazon. Here is what I got initially: Art Stix (12 Pack on Amazon): http://amzn.to/12xji1J
- Immediately after trying them: I wonder how fast I can get the 48 pack?
After trying them (I made a quick landscape drawing on the bus ride home), I fell in love with them and I placed an order that night for the full set. This is what I ended up getting: Art Stix (48 Pack on Amazon): http://amzn.to/118AM6f
In keeping with the theme of wonder… I decided to use Alice in Wonderland as a motif for the two pieces that I am posting this week. (Note that while I used the Art Stix for most of the color work, I did supplement them with colored pencils.)
- Alice and The Rabbit: Ink, colored pencils and Art Stix on cardstock.
- The Queen of Hearts: Ink, colored pencils and Art Stix on cardstock.
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