Sargent Art Colored Pencils

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Sargent Art 22-7251 Colored Pencils, Pack of 50, Assorted Colors

 

 

 

 

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My set of Sargent Art pencils

I had so much fun testing out my Adult Coloring Book for my last post that I decided it was time to take things a step further.  Up to that point I had been coloring with a hodgepodge of colored pencils (Coloray, Crayola, Pentech) that I had accumulated over the past 10+ years.  These were pencils geared toward a younger crowd and though they produced some great colors, the leads were breaking a lot!  I figured if I was going to continue my new hobby of adult coloring, I needed to up my colored pencil game!

I spent an hour on Amazon reading product reviews and trying to decide the best colored pencil for the price.  I found this great pack and it was averaging four out of five stars on Amazon and the price was right, so I gave it a whirl.

The Basics

 Sargent Art Colored Pencils is a pack of 50 colored pencils in 48 different colors (there are extra black and white pencils).  The barrels are labeled with the color name and the colored lead coordinates with the pencil barrel color.
Cost: I bought these on two separate occasions at Amazon and the average price was $12.30.  If you’re really looking for a deal, Sargent Art has it listed on their site for $9.90 right now.

The Specifics

What I Like: I really like the way these pencils write.  They don’t have too much drag/scratchiness; they glide smoothly over the page.  They are really pretty easy to do shading with or layering colors and if you’re looking for a bold color you only have to press firmly.  The quality of the leads themselves is excellent as I have not yet experienced any breakage unlike the other pencils I was using.  The tips sharpen up nicely so they are really able to get into tiny details of the coloring book well and I don’t feel like they wear down easily either.  There is a really great selection of blues and neutral colors. Perhaps most impressive is the variety of the greens that the pack offers.

 

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Swatch of colors I made

What I don’t Like: The barrel colors on these pencils don’t always match the lead color and in fact, barrel colors on the greens especially are almost identical.  Oftentimes the lead colors aren’t representative of what color appears on paper, either.  I found it necessary to make a color reference chart so that I could ascertain what each of the colors would look like before I put it on my official design.

There is a shocking lack of purple pencils to choose from.  (Ok, it’s only shocking if you’re as obsessed with purple as I am)  Really, there are basically two purple colors, and neither of them are dark enough for my liking.  Additionally, the gold didn’t turn out to be the gold color I was expecting but almost appeared more gray.

Would I buy this set of pencils again? In a heartbeat!  There are definitely some shortcomings in a few of the color choices but other colors offer a wide range of options.  The quality of the pencils themselves seems excellent so far.  I would just keep in mind as a buyer that this will not be your one and only choice for colored pencils.  You will probably need another set or two of different brands to enhance your offerings.

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My pretty wolf

 Finally, I wanted to share with you my completed design that I was so intimidated by in my previous post.  I used only this set of Sargent Art Colored Pencils and was pretty pleased with the outcome–at least it turned out well for my art skill level!

Want a set of your own colored pencils?  Here’s where you can get them.

Adult Coloring Book:
Stress Relieving Animal Designs

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Coloring: Not Just for Kids Anymore

Have you jumped on the bandwagon yet?  I was first introduced to an adult coloring book about a year ago when I met a man who, due to illness, was no longer able to do his normal nine to five job.  His previous line of work required an engaged mind and his disability frustrated him.  He picked up the hobby of adult coloring and told me of how free his mind felt.  He was able to express his creativity–a thing he never knew existed before.  He also found that the drawing not only kept his mind focused yet free, but also distracted him from the pain of his illness.  I figured if coloring could do so much for him, then why not me too? So I decided to give coloring a try and the Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs was my first effort.

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This was one of my favorite designs to color.

 The Basics

Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs is one in a whole slew of “Stress Relieving” coloring books put out by the publisher Blue Star.  Other books in this series focus on Cats, Patterns, Peacocks, Kaleidoscope and even Dolphins.
Cost: I bought mine on Amazon Prime (I love Prime!) for around $9 but I’ve seen it as cheap as $7.79 and as much as $14.26 at other stores.
Content: The book has over 40 designs at varying levels of difficulty.  There are several horse and bird pictures as well as many other animals found in the wild.  There are not many pictures of household pets.

The Details

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There were lots of tiny spaces to color but I was still able to use my pencils for this one.

The beginning of the book instructs you to “Turn off your phone, tablet, computer, whatever.”  I loved that the book came with instructions on how to relax!  I did what I was told and blocked out all media and whipped out my colored pencils.  I used colored pencils which I bought 10-15 years ago and though they’re just normal Crayola intended for kids, I felt this was sufficient for my first go at coloring.  I really enjoy the variety of animals in the book: horses, owls, fish, bears, you name it!  It even has the picture of the lion on the cover of the book.  There are about ten designs which I consider easy, maybe about a dozen medium level and the rest I consider extremely difficult.  My colored pencils were great for all of the easy designs I chose (believe me, I didn’t tackle anything hard!) and I was even able to do a little bit of shading.  I feel like once you get into the more medium to difficult designs you’re either going to need a very high quality sharp-tipped pencil or you may even need to use pens.  The more difficult designs have such tiny details that you really are going to need to have good materials to work with as well as a steady hand.

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This is what I consider one of the more difficult designs. I think it would look really cool if someone who knows what they’re doing colors it!

What’s the Verdict?

I’m really glad that I have started on my adult coloring journey–I really do think that it helps me relax after a hard day because I have something to focus on other than stress.  It’s also really fun to express my creativity which isn’t something I get to do much in my adult life.

I think Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs has a really great collection of designs so there’s bound to be loads of things that you will want to color.  The main problem I have with the book is that some of the designs (ones that are similar in pattern to the cover of the book) require a lot of imagination and planning.  You may have to put a lot of thought into it–which I don’t particularly want to do.  I’m more of a paint by numbers kind of girl.  It would be nice if they would give you some direction on color ideas.  My other problem is the detail in some of the designs is very minute and could be frustrating for a beginner.

Would I recommend this book to others?  Absolutely.  I think there are enough simple designs for beginners and once your skills develop you can move up to some of the medium and even harder designs.  It’s definitely a book that you can use for a while!  If you are already an expert adult colorer, this is a good book for you, too!  There are tons of difficult designs that will keep you occupied for days!  All in all I’m really enjoying this book and look forward to buying some of the other “Stress Relieving” coloring books and continuing to relax while coloring.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Interested in buying one of your own?  Get it here!