Koh-I-Noor Color Pencil Review
Koh-I-Noor Color Pencils
By: Susan Wolf Caplan, Product Guru
About 10 years ago I watched a video by a woman named Kristin Powers on using color pencils. That very afternoon I went out and purchased my first set of Prismacolor pencils and I have never looked back. I am hooked!
I keep my pencils in a cup on my desk sorted in color families, so they are readily available. I have never found a great way to travel with them. So, while I was on Gina K Designs website, I saw that she was selling a set of 24 woodless color pencils and I thought that I would like to try them since the price was reasonable.
The pencils come in a topless and bottomless box. There are two separate trays with 12 colors in each tray that can be slid up or down. The trays are stacked over each other, so that each tray can be seen, when they are slid upwards. I love how compact this is and how easy it is for storage as well as for travel purposes.
At this point I am pretty impressed and eager to try out the quality.
I decided that I wanted to do a side- by- side comparison with the Prismas vs the Koh-I-Noor. So, I stamped my image twice on two different cards. I chose my colors from the Koh-I-Nor set. I then matched the colors as close as possible with my Prismas, so I could get a good comparison.
When I began coloring with the Koh-I-Nor pencils I noticed that the color seemed very waxy. I like to create depth and intensity by coloring over an area several times with as many as 4 different colors. I start with a light hand and color progressively heavier until the desired effect is achieved. With these pencils I was only able to lay down two layers, before I got bits of waxy color on my image and the pencil was actually beginning to resist instead of color. The pencils didn’t blend as easily as I was used to either. There was no way to go back over the image and create detail once there was a waxy buildup.
The result of the two roses I colored are below. Although it is hard to capture on film, the differences in person, are dramatically different. The Prisma rose is brighter, more shaded and detailed. The Koh-I-Nor is pretty, but is “flat” looking. Lacking the depth, detail and strength of color.
I finished the two cards and I can really see the difference. I am going to remain faithful to my Prismas. I will use the Koh-I-Nor when I travel, and since they do give ok results they will be fine in a pinch. But, having the choice, hands down the Prismas come out ahead!
I rate the Koh-I-Nor a C.
Stamp Credit: Melanie Muenchinger by Gina K Designs