Art Supplies: Viviva Colorsheets

Art Supplies: Viviva Colorsheets

I did an epic sketchbook review a few weeks back and I included watercolor swatch tests in each sketchbook. Those swatches were created using the Viviva Colorsheets (original set of 16 colors is currently available for $20, new Inktober edition for 2021 is coming soon). Viviva Colorsheets have been on the market for a couple…

Art Supplies Review: Rikagaku Kitpas Wet-Erase Crayons

Art Supplies Review: Rikagaku Kitpas Wet-Erase Crayons

Review by Tina Koyama Years ago when I was making abstract, mixed-media collages, one of my favorite media was Caran d’Ache Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastels. I don’t use them for urban sketching because the broad crayon sticks require larger paper than I want to carry, but I remember the fun of making huge scribbles,…

Sketchbook Review: 8 Random Sketchbooks (including HOT TAKES)

Sketchbook Review: 8 Random Sketchbooks (including HOT TAKES)

I recently realized I had accumulated quite a stack of sketchbooks to review. I was not sure the best way to present them so I decided to just review them altogether. There are EIGHT different sketchbooks from seven different companies and include different types of paper, binding methods, number of pages, price points and other…

Fountain Pen Review: Hero 330 with Fude Nib

Fountain Pen Review: Hero 330 with Fude Nib

Review by Tina Koyama Around the time that I had discovered the reasonably priced Moonman S1 fountain pen with a fude nib, I noticed another, even less expensive fude: the Hero 330 ($4; available in dark red, dark green and black). After some so-so experiences with other inexpensive Heroes years ago, I have hesitated about…

Pencil Review: Non-Photo Blue Pencils

Pencil Review: Non-Photo Blue Pencils

Review by Tina Koyama Back in the day, graphic designers and printers used “non-photo blue” pencils. Certain shades of blue that could not be detected by camera film (or copy machines), so rough drawing lines or notations could be left on the art and would not appear in the final form. Modern scanners can see…

Brush Pen Review: Royal Talens Ecoline Brush Pens

Brush Pen Review: Royal Talens Ecoline Brush Pens

Royal Talens Ecoline Brush Pens ($3.40 each or sets available at various price points) feature a large, soft, flexible fiber tip and each of the 30 available colors features Ecoline’s liquid watercolor ink inside. The tip is firm enough to allow both thick and thin lines. The colors in each pen can be blended or…

Pen Review: Archer & Olive Acrylograph 3.0mm Warm Fall Collection Paint Pens

Pen Review: Archer & Olive Acrylograph 3.0mm Warm Fall Collection Paint Pens

There are a lot acrylic paint pens and markers available (Posca, Molotow, Krink, Montana, Sharpie, etc) but the Archer & Olive Acrylograph water-based acrylic markers ($35, the set I bought is currently sold out but this link will take you to the page where the other sets are available) have been created and marketed specifically…