This brand of coloured pencils has been drawn to my attention and I feel that readers of this site my wish to have some information. Although I have not tested them, they have been reported on in various review sites and in particular by my friend Ivor Harrison in his Art Gear ReviewFor more information about handling etc, please follow the link to Ivor’s site.
Page last revised … October 2018
The essential information is as follows :The Arteza Group specialise in art and craft stationery with a wide range of products, mostly marketed over the internet.Apart from the coloured pencil ranges, they also sell graphite pencils and a wide selection of fineliners and brush tip markers and raft of stationery products. They have sales bases in the UK, USA, Germany, & Spain.Clearly the pencils are manufactured somewhere east of Suez, but that is not a problem.They are sold in sets of 48 and 72, both as a non soluble coloured pencils and also in similar sized sets of Watercolour pencils. They are in the ‘low cost’ range and the 72 sized sets sell currently in the UK for around £20 - £25 .They are not available as single pencils ( I would not expect single pencil replacements at this price ), but they do have the advantage of having been tested for lightfastness and the pencils carry an indication of this test result. Unlike another brand recently covered here, the pencils do carry the pigment/colour name, as well as the pencil itself carrying the colour as a coating. Ivor Harrison has done a full test of these pencils and rates them as much better than the price would suggest. I was tempted to do a test of my own, but frankly I just don’t need any more pencils to put in the cupboard, and Ivor has already done the work. My feeling is that these would make a very good starter set or a set suitable for group purchase for workshop use. If I hadn’t just decided to retiire from teaching, I might have been tempted to invest in a few sets for workshop use.LIGHTFASTNESSThe pencils are marked with the LF test result as a number of + signs on the end of the pencil, and this indicates that few of the colours are in the top range for lightfastness. This is not a problem for a ‘beginners’ pencil provided the pigment levels and handling are acceptable. Ivor suggests from his tests that they are very acceptable for the price and handle well.If you have a concern about colour fading in strong light, then you may need to spend more and go for one of the brands with better LF results, or be very selective over the colours you use from this pencil range.At least with the LF ratings on each pencil it is easy to check for the poor LF colours.Best Prices in October 2018Coloured Pencils ( non soluble ) 72 set £22.09Watercolour pencils 72 set £24 09
PLEASE NOTE1. Comments made here are personal and are not sponsored by the manufacturers2. The order of listing is entirely down to the date the initial reviews were done, and more recently reviewed brands appear towards the end of the list.3. The guide is designed to aid those who are new to the medium of coloured pencil, helping them select a brand and product that may be most suitable for their needs.4. Just because one brand suits one person does not automatically make it ideal for everyone.