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Hunkydory Prism Watercolour Pencils

by | 29 Oct 2018 | Creativity | 0 comments

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Updated Date:
Aug 18, 2020

Any regular reader knows I am a massive fan of Hunkydory products and have a considerable collection of their papercrafting collections (which I showed some of in my Mini Craft Room Tour) as well as several of their stamp bundles. Well, recently they have taken the next step and launched their range of colouring mediums under the name of Prism by Hunkydory. They have very kindly sent me the Hunkydory Prism Watercolour Pencils Ultimate Bundle (excluding the Handbook) to try out and share with you. To clarify this is not a sponsored post and I have not been paid to advertise the products, and I do not have an affiliate link, but they provided me with them to try. Any opinions I have are my own entirely.

An image of the roll containing the watercolour pencils with the watercolour paper and the waterbrushes

The Pencils

The Hunkydory Prism Watercolour Pencils themselves come in a generous set of 48 colours. Unlike any other brand, I am aware of, Hunkydory chose to store them in a fabric roll. I like this touch; they are after all designed primarily for crafters. They are all pre-sharpened, so you can begin using them straight away (which isn’t the case with all coloured pencils).

The first thing I did once I opened them was to add them to my swatch book (which is available on Amazon).

Living Creatively with Fibro | The open book of swatches showing all the colours of the rainbow

Beautiful Hunkydory Prism Pencils Colours

I have to comment on how beautiful the colours are. Other coloured pencils have more intense pigment than these, but I wouldn’t want them to be any darker, their beauty is in their delicate colours. The swatches I coloured in my book were on relatively thin paper (Create Space paper), and the pencils lay down beautifully. I used one of the water brushes over half of each swatch, but it is not immediately apparent which half. I think the watercolour effect will be much more apparent once I use the Prism pencils on the watercolour card. It is not a massive problem, but it would be useful if the pencils were given a colour name or colour for swatching and sharing ideas. Many of the budget to middle-quality brands of pencils are not labelled.

The Different Water Brush Sizes

Unlike other water brushes I have tried, this set contained three brushes of different thickness. So I wanted to see the effects I could get using each one. I grabbed my favourite colours and a sheet of the watercolour card (which is of high quality at 280gsm) and had a play.

Living Creatively with Fibro | Testing the pencils with and without water, stamped and coloured three images a fairy toadstool house, a daffodil flower and a rose.

Crafting with the Hunkydory Prism Watercolour Pencils

Looking at the three images above; the coloured ones in front of me and the way they display on the screen. I am impressed with these pencils. The toadstool fairy house coloured without water looks good. I would be happy to use these pencils dry again, especially given they have such a lovely colour range.  The rose head I coloured by painting the card with water then adding the pencil looks not too bad, but I prefer how the daffodil turned out. Going forward my two technics of choice will be: shaving the pencil and painting this with the water brush, as I did with the green patch and the dipping the pencil in water method.

Prism Pencils for Adult Colourists

Having demonstrated the pencils with Hunkydory Stamps for crafters, I next decided to use them wearing my Adult Colourist hat. I wanted to print out my Johanna Basford World of Flowers image to enter her competition, so this gave me the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone so to speak. I needed A4 so I couldn’t use the Prism cardstock that came with the pencils. The A4 watercolour cardstock I have was too thick for the bypass feeder on my printer, so I used some of Lynda Chapman’s World of Paper 250gsm Cardstock. Here is my coloured picture:

Living Creatively with Fibro |An image of flowers coming out of coloured pencils drawn by Johanna Basford and coloured with Hunkydory Prism Watercolour Pencils

Thoughts on using the Watercolour Pencils for Adult Colouring

I think the most important lesson I learnt colouring this picture was the methods you use depends on the cardstock you have. The stamped images on the Prism Cardstock look far more vibrant. This cardstock was not explicitly designed for watercolour and doesn’t hold up quite as well. A couple of the pencils at the left-hand side look a bit “overworked.” As I progressed with the colouring, I moved away from dipping the pencil in the water. I coloured the stems of the flowers with dry pencils, and I painted the rest of the image by rubbing the water brush against the lead of the pencil. As with the stamped images above the thing that hits me again is how beautiful the colours are.

I think if I had the handbook there would probably be some useful information about techniques. If you have got these pencils and the handbook, please let me know what I am missing!

What do you think?

Whether you are a crafter or an Adult Colourist, I recommend giving these pencils a go. Especially if, like me, you are a fan of purple and pink shades. If you have already got them, I would love to hear what you have created with them. Drop me a comment below or on any of my social media channels. If you have any questions about the Hunkydory Prism Watercolour Pencils, the water brushes or the cardstock also feel free to ask below.

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