Colored Pencil Review: Tombow Irojiten (36-color set) Colored Pencils

Colored Pencil Review: Tombow Irojiten (36-color set) Colored Pencils

Review by Tina Koyama I have been known to look askance at and even mildly mock packaging that seems gratuitously fancy. And yet I’m the first to admit that I bought the entire original nine-volume (90-pencil) slipcased set of Tombow Irojiten Color Dictionary colored pencils for packaging alone. With most colored pencils, I like to…

Inkmas Day 3: DeAtramentis Document White

  Review by Tina Koyama I had two main reasons for wanting to try White in the DeAtramentis Document waterproof ink series (available in 19 colors). Holiday cards often come with red or green envelopes, so I thought it would be fun to try addressing some of mine with white ink. That was my holiday…

Fashionable Friday Flashback: Inktober Challenge!

(find links to products shown above here) Inktober is just around the corner. I mean JUST around the corner. If you are not familiar with this draw-along event, check out our previous post. I have enjoyed creating my own rules and prompts each year and challenging myself to learn new skills and stick to specific…

Sketchbook Review: Rhodia Landscape Webnotebook

Review by Tina Koyama For many years now, the Rhodia Rhodiarama hardcover notebook has been one of my favorites. Available in a rainbow of rich cover colors, this notebook is otherwise identical to Rhodia’s standard Webnotebook (which comes in only black or orange). I use the A5 size for my day-to-day journals and the handy…

Brush Pen Review: Tombow Fudenosuke Double-Sided Gray/Black

Review by Tina Koyama One of the simplest sketch tool combinations I use is a black brush pen to make a line drawing shaded with a gray marker. When I’m feeling minimalist, I grab one of each, and I’m good to go. I was excited when the Akashiya Keicho double-sided brush pen first came out:…

Pencil Review: Koh-i-Noor Diamond Lead Holder Drawing Pencils

Pencil Review: Koh-i-Noor Diamond Lead Holder Drawing Pencils

Review by Tina Koyama While woodcased colored pencils are commonplace (a quick search on Amazon resulted in 20,000 products!), colored leads for mechanical pencils or clutches are much harder to come by. They seem like they should be a promising idea – compact, refillable, no need for sharpening – and yet they generally aren’t. I’ve…