Black Widow Coloring Pencils

I have been hearing about Black Widow pencils for a while, but being who I am I was skeptical about them, not sure they’d live up to the hype.  I recently received a set as a gift and am no longer skeptical.  Loved the vibrant colors in these highly pigmented pencils, how they layered beautifully, and how easy they were to blend.  They are soft, but not too soft.

I had to test drive these pencils when I received them, so I colored this page from my book Coloring Gifts: Gifts of Friendship.  I went a little crazy with the colors but I wanted to test as many pencils as I could.  This page is done with colors from the original Black Widow set.  I fell in love with the pencils and am now the happy owner of all three sets, I have photos of sample pages of all of them below, scroll to see them all.

Black Widow pencils are available in three sets of 24 pencils (the original Black Widows, a Scorpion set and a Cobra set), each set has different colors for a total of 72 colors as of today.   They are available on Amazon
Black widow pencils
Scorpion pencils
Cobra pencils Widow Coloring Pencils

The above page is from Coloring Gifts: Gifts of Friendship, and it’s colored with the original Black Widows

Black Widow Colored Pencils
This page above from Coloring Gifts: Gifts of Friendship was colored with the second, Scorpion set

This page above is from Simple Mandalas, and I colored it with pencils from the third, Cobra set.

The Colorist Palette Reference Book

Colorist Palette Reference Book - Test and Chart Your Favorite Color CombinationsI was working on a coloring page recently and concerned about adding a new color to the page because it could clash with the others. I did some thinking after the page was done and came up with an idea for a new book, I haven’t seen anything like it but I think it’d be a useful tool to have. The Colorist Palette Reference Book. This book works as:
– a place to keep track of your favorite color combinations
– to test drive new media
– to help you remember what supplies you were using if you have to pack them up and put them away before you finish coloring a page
– to test and practice new techniques before you work on a coloring page
– to experiment with new palettes to see if the colors play together nicely
– to keep track of colors you used for a coloring page
Colorist Palette Reference Book Test and Chart Your Favorite Color CombinationsThe book itself has 48 full size pages in 12 different designs. There is a small simple picture on the top half of each page and the bottom has space for swatches for either color and/or media that you are using or blending or notes. The image does not have to be colored fully, it’s just there to see how the colors go together or for you to try new techniques. There is blank space too for notes about which coloring page you used the particular palette, media, or technique on. It came out of my own needs as a colorist, so hope it will be useful!
I have posted a thumbnail of the cover, a sample page, and finally a thumbnail with all the designs in the book.
It’s now available on Amazon,  Amazon UK, all other Amazons and will soon be available with free worldwide shipping via Book Depository. Let me know what you think!
Colorist Palette Reference Book - Test and Chart Your Favorite Color Combinations