Friday, 30 December 2016

#BeInspired Cass Art Challenge Part 1 - Art Pack Review

I'm so excited to be taking part in Cass Art's #BeInspired campaign!
Making art brings so much pleasure and anyone can be creative.  It doesn't matter if you think you're not very good at making things, you can still enjoy the process - and just like anything else, the more you practise the better you get!

Cass Art wants to encourage everyone to explore their own creativity - they are on a mission to fill every town with artists!  They are dedicated to supporting artists and keeping their art supplies affordable - so that making art can be accessible to everyone, which I think is great! (You can find out more about Cass Art here, I found the history of their family, which they recently blogged about, really interesting too.)

The #BeInspired campaign is all about inspiring people to get creative and finding out where people find their inspiration from.
Cass Art have sent me a Drawing and Graphic Art Pack filled with new art materials to play with! I'll be reviewing the pack in today's blog post and sharing some artwork I made with the materials in another blog post tomorrow.

Cass Art #BeInspired Campaign - art pack Hazel Fisher Creations
Before I go on to tell you about the art materials, I have to say that I was really impressed with how the pack was packaged.  First impressions are really important and receiving a package sent with care is such a joy to open!  The items inside had been wrapped in tissue paper and the shiny blue padded envelope just added to the excitement!

This was what I found inside...

Cass Art #BeInspired Campaign - art pack Hazel Fisher Creations

Cass Art Soft Pastels
This box of 20 half stick, professional quality soft and blendable pastels is from Cass Art's range of own brand products.  I like the range of colours included.  I haven't used soft pastels much, so I'm looking forward to experimenting with these more!

Cass Art #BeInspired Campaign - review of my art pack by Hazel Fisher Creations. Cass Art Artist Soft Pastels

Derwent Inktense Pencils
As the name suggests, these pencils give intense colours! You draw with them like an ordinary pencil, then wash over with water to blend. Once dry they are permanent too.  I like the range of 12 colours in this tin, which includes some more muted tones (more colours are also available).  You can also use these pencils on fabric, I'm interested to see how that works too!
Cass Art #BeInspired Campaign - review of my art pack by Hazel Fisher Creations. Derwent Inktense Pencils

Staedtler Pigment Liner Pens
I love to draw with fineliner pens so I can add in lots of details.  These are a different brand to the ones I usually use, but I've enjoyed drawing with them so far.  They draw smoothly and I like the range of sizes in the pack - from the super fine 0.05mm to 0.8mm and a chisel tip.  The ink is waterproof, so can be used with watercolour washes too.
Cass Art #BeInspired Campaign - review of my art pack by Hazel Fisher Creations. Staedtler Pigment Liner Pens

Derwent Line and Wash Sketching Set
This set includes 6 sketching pencils (2H, H, HB, B, 2B and 4B), 2 water soluble sketching pencils (HB and 4B), a waterbrush, eraser shield, paper stump, sharpener and eraser - all in a neat tin. There's a good range of pencils included in this set - I like to draw details, so it's nice to see some harder pencils included.  I've not tried watersoluble sketching pencils before so I'll enjoy testing those out!

Cass Art #BeInspired Campaign - review of my art pack by Hazel Fisher Creations. Derwent Line and Wash Sketching Set

Winsor and Newton Marker Pens and Paper
I received a selection of pens in this tin, along with a Winsor and Newton Pigment Maker Pad of paper. The paper pad has 50 sheets of A5 light weight (20lb/ 75gm2), smooth coated paper and is designed for use with Winsor and Newton's marker pens.
I haven't tried any of the pens from the tin before, so the card describing how they work was very helpful!  The pens I received were...

Liquitex Paint Marker (cadmium yellow light hue)
This is a water-based acrylic marker with a chisel tip.  It worked really well on the Winsor and Newton paper, with the paint flowing nice and smoothly.  The Liquitex markers can be used on a range of surfaces - I tested it on some different papers, including black card.  The yellow paint is quite opaque and stood out well on the black.

Winsor and Newton Pigment Marker Pens (Quinacridone Magenta and Colourless Blender)
I tested this out on different papers, including cartridge paper, too but it worked best on the Winsor and Newton paper.  I've now read that they can be used on other surfaces, like tracing paper - but something that is non-absorbent is best. These pens come in over 100 different colours and the blender pen can be used to create an even wider colour palette.  I just have the one colour, but the blender pen can still be used with this to produce a range of shades. I found that it worked best by using some of the blender pen on the paper first, then drawing with the magenta, then using the blender pen again. Using the magenta first then the blender didn't blend very well (see below left).  The pens also are dual tipped - one end has a broad nib and the other a fine nib.

Winsor and Newton Watercolour Marker Pen (turquoise)
After drawing with this pen you can use a water wash to blend the ink, it can also be used with watercolours.  I found again that this pen worked better with the Winsor and Newton paper, when I tested it on watercolour paper it didn't blend as well.  It has a fine nib on one end and a soft brush nib on the other.  I have the turquoise pen to test out but it is also available in over 30 other colours.

Winsor and Newton ProMarker Pen (ice grey) and Winsor and Newton BrushMarker Pen (forest green)
I was excited to receive these as I've often wondered what it's like to use alcohol based markers! The ProMarker has a fine nib one end and a broad nib on the other end.  The BrushMarker has a brush nib and a broad nib. As you can see below, I tested these out on the Winsor and Newton paper but preferred how they looked on some of the other papers I tried.  I still need to experiment with these more.
Cass Art #BeInspired Campaign - review of my art pack by Hazel Fisher Creations. Winsor and Newton marker pens and paper

In my next post I'll be sharing some art I've made with my new materials!

[This is a sponsored post - Cass Art sent me an Art Pack in return for me reviewing the package and creating art as part of their #BeInspired campaign, all opinions expressed in the post are my own - for more info click here.]

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