Polychromos Artist Color Pencils – Faber-Castell

R45.00

Part of a unique colour-matching system that encompasses all Faber-Castell Art & Graphic Products, Polychromos Colored Pencils contain the highest-quality pigments for unsurpassed lightfastness. The buttery smooth colour lay down offered by Polychromos pencils can be easily blended for layered effects, highlights, and transitions. These vegetable oil-based pencils exhibit a richness of colour and smoothness without the ugly wax bloom that can develop with layering.

Product details

  • High-quality, acid-free pigments in bright colours, archival and unsurpassed lightfastness.
  • Soft, vibrant colour lay down, easy blending and layering.
  • Water-resistant and smudge-proof.
  • Thick 3.8 mm lead, 8mm diameter.
  • High break resistance due to the secure bonding process (SV).
  • Available in individual colours and various assorted sets.
  • Use on multiple surfaces.
  • Ideal for illustrators, Designers or Fine Artists.

 

Sold individually, sets of 12, 24, 36, 60 and 120, wooden sets of 120. 

 

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Colour Disclaimer. Actual colours may vary since every computer monitor has a different capability to display colours and everyone sees these colours differently. We cannot guarantee that the colour you see accurately portrays the true colour of the product.

 

For lightfastness view colour chart – the lightfast (LF) rating indicates the items resistance to fading, which has been tested under museum conditions.
Faber-Castell indicates lightfast ratings on the majority of their professional art materials with a star icon.

Star Ratings:
*** = Maximum lightfastness = 7 ,8 Blue Wool Scale
Maximum fade resistance (100 + years)
** = High lightfastness = 5, 6 Blue Wool Scale
Very good fade resistance
* = Reasonable lightfastness = 3, 4 Blue Wool Scale
Good fade resistance

 

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The Polychromos artists’ colour pencils have extremely break-resistant leads that are both water-resistant and smudge-proof and suspended in an oil-based binder.

The leads are bound to a casing of Californian cedarwood with a secural bonding process (SV) to resist breakage while providing sharp, fine lines and permanent, rich colour. The pencils are pre-sharpened. The pencils have exceptional covering power, though it will also sharpen to a fine point for detailed work. The vivid colours and optimal paintability will impress, along with many other advantages valued by professional artists.

Every pencil contains a lightfastness (LF) (light resistance) rating, as follows:

  • *** very good (100+ years)
  •   ** good
  •     * reasonable

Examples of use:

A:  Blocks of rich colour: To create blocks of intense colour, hold the pencil in an almost vertical position and press down hard on the paper.

B:  Shading: To colour an area evenly, hold the pencil at a very shallow angle, and only press down lightly on the paper. The structure of the paper will be visible, while individual strokes will not.

C:  Hatching and crosshatching: Drawing many lines alongside each other will create an area of colour, which can be intensified by repeatedly overlaying lines at different angles.

D:  From light to dark: Light colours are transparent, while dark colours provide coverage. Superimposing layers of colour increase the brilliance and vividness of the colours.

E:  Brush painting: To create even areas of colour, paint over the strokes made with Polychromos artists’ colour pencils using a bristle brush and paraffin oil (baby oil or salad oil). Oil paints also dissolve the artists’ colour pencils, which is why they are often used to draw preparatory sketches for oil paintings. The lines subsequently dissolve when they are painted over.

F:  Painting onto coloured backgrounds: A coloured background can result in very attractive changes to the characters of colours.

G: Working on different surfaces: Polychromos colour pencils adhere to many rough surfaces, such as paper, cardboard, wood, stone, leather and metal.

Fixing  – Polychromos artists’ colour pencils are permanent, adhere firmly to their background, and do not require fixing. Fixing could cause lower layers of colour to bleed through to the surface.

 

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