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Black Widow Coloring Pencils Review

 

Black Widow Coloring Pencils Review

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Sharpening Black Widow coloured pencils | Testing Black Widow coloured pencils on KDP/Create Space/Amazon paperTesting Black Widow coloured pencils on Japanese coloring book by Eriy | Testing Black Widow coloured pencils on Secret Garden colouring book by Johanna Basford | Erasing black Widow coloured pencils in various colouring books for adultsSwatching Black Widow coloured pencils | Swatching Black Widow Scorpion coloured pencils | Swatching Black Widow Cobra coloured pencils | Swatching Black Widow Monarch coloured pencils | Swatching Black Widow Skin Light coloured pencils  | Swatching Black Widow Skin Dark coloured pencils

Black Widow coloring pencils were created by Medihealth specifically for use by adult colorists using coloring to improve their mental health.     Perhaps, because of this philosophy, Black Widow coloring pencils do things a little different from other well-known pencil brands.

Black Widow coloring pencils originally created Black Widow pencils a set of 24 pencils.   Over the years, Black Widow has become both the brand name and the name of the first set of pencils.

Fast Summary of the Black Widow Colouring Pencils

  • At the time of writing the Black Widow coloring pencils are available as Black Widow (24), Scorpion (24), Cobra (24), Monarch (48), Skin Tone Light (12), Skin Tone Dark (12) totaling 144 colored pencils
  • All of the pencils in the sets are packaged in a tin with plastic trays.   The plastic trays are quite sturdy but I feel they are a bit tight for the pencils to be easily removed.   The Monarch set of pencils has tin and a cardboard outer covering
  • The total of 144 colored pencils contains 2 white pencils (Casper and Snow) and a number of black pencils.   There are no metallic pencils in the current sets
  • Black Widow has had some fun naming the pencils with names that bring a smile to your face,  helping with mental health.   Expect fun names like banana and carrot (almost seems healthy!)
  • The Black Widow, Scorpion, and Cobra pencils have an ebony Spider Black lacquer finish including the end cap.    The name and number of the pencil have been printed in foil on the barrel.   Each set has a different color foil red, silver, and gold to make it easy to find the pencil you want from a set
  • The Monarch and Skin Tone colored pencils have the same ebony barrel color but a colored end cap.   The end cap is similar to the pigment of the pencil but not exactly the same
  • Black Widow has designed their pencils with a hexagonal shape to make it easy to grip and color
  • All of the pencils in the black widow sets are pre-sharpened.     The pencils, in my experience, take a lot of use before requiring sharpening.    They hold their point for far longer than my other pencils
  • Black Widow colored pencils are wax-based and blend easily.     They are smooth and creamy like Prismacolors but not as soft.
  • The pencils are not water-soluble but you can use water to soften the pencil strokes.   They do not blend though like true watercolor pencils
  • Each pencil has a core of 3.3mm which suits a wide range of pencil sharpeners
  • Individual pencils are not sold as open-stock on any online platform.  However, you can email or message on Facebook Black Widow to purchase replacement pencils
  • Black Widow has color charts available for their sets of pencils.  On the Skin Ton Color charts, you will find the lightfast ratings for the pencils and the method of calculating lightfastness.

Color Swatches for Black Widow Coloring Pencils

Black Widow |Scorpion |Cobra Colour Swatch

 

Monarch Coloured pencils color swatch

 

 

 

Pros

  • beautiful range of colors that perform well in mos coloring books.
  • can build on the sets to suit your finances
  • color blend and lay down well
  • sharpens easily and maintains a point for a long period of time
  • shape and thickness of barrel makes it easy to hold for long periods of time

Cons

  • it may work out cheaper (depending on sales and specials) to buy a complete set of another brand rather than by set by set
  • open stock pencils are not available for sale on online platforms.   Individual pencils have to be ordered via email to the company.  This could result in delays in obtaining replacement pencils.   I have not ordered replacement pencils and am unable to state what the process and shipping time is.
  • depending on what you like to color, you may find that the pencils do not offer the variety of colors in the tones that you prefer when compared to artist brands

Summary

I am very happy with my purchase of the complete set of Black Widow Colored Pencils.   I have had my Black Widow and Scorpion sets for a long time and even though I have used them a lot they have not worn down.    The Monarch and Skin Tone sets I acquired this year.     I love the Monarch set and the colors in the skin tones set.   However,  I am not used to working with the colors in the Skin Tone Light set as the colors are outside my comfort zone.    I have heard artists that specialize in portraiture say that the colors that make up a skin tone include colors like blues, purples, yellows, and oranges ….but I have not yet extended myself to try those techniques.    Having the Skin Tone sets may help me be a bit more adventurous with my portrait colors and even if it does not they make a nice compliment to the other sets.

One of the things that I like the most about the Black Widow pencils is that they are smooth, creamy, and soft like my beloved Prismacolors.   However, unlike my Prismacolors, they don’t seem to build up a slickness of wax or a wax bloom.    The slight firmness of the pencil seems like Goldilocks …just right.     The firmness for me is between a Prismacolor and a Polychromo …not too soft and not too hard.

Where to Buy Black Widow Colored Pencils

Australians can purchase the Black Widow pencils from The Art Shop

Happy coloring x

Lea

About the author

coloringqueen

I'm Lea and I love everything to do with coloring! If it is a coloring book, a poster or even a bookmark that you can color in, I'm all over it. Of course, a girl has to have some pencils, markers, gelly rolls, pastels and what not to make those pictures pretty and I love those as well.

Whilst my coloring style lacks skill, I am enthusiastic and focused on enjoying the moment and having fun.

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