So you've been seeing the reviews on other blogs, I'm sure. I must say...I appreciate a company that is willing to put themselves out there and be tested in a real word setting with some of the pickiest people out there when it comes to art supplies!!! ha ha
I will be the first to admit...I am not a colored pencil snob. I like getting a variety of brands...because I feel it gives the kids choices!! If you stick with one brand..you have only their version of a color. I like variety!!! Cra-Z-Art are harder lead...and their colors are lighter. That isn't a bad thing...if you have other colored pencils with softer lead(richer color). The Prang colored pencils were GREAT! I'm not sure about the price point, but the quality is there. I liked the bigger size too. I was worried it wouldn't fit in the bigger hole of my sharpeners(it did!). The pencil felt good in the hand. The color was wonderful.
I've always felt pencils were hit or miss. You can tell when you first sharpen them if they are going to quality. Ticonderoga are QUALITY!! They sharpen well & have strong lead. The Wal-Mart pencils were fine. However, I prefer Ticonderoga!!!
I think you all know how I feel about watercolors! I've made it pretty clear that PRANG is the only brand for me!!! This test just confirmed that once again! The colors are more true. The paints last longer. They are just better...TRUST ME!!
Like colored pencils...I'm not a big marker snob. There are several brands that I like...mainly because they last a good while. I decided to color a whole page with a color to see how it handled. I was surprised to see Crayola being a bit "sketch" Prang's color was solid & true throughout. When I tested them in a smaller area...the Crayola worked just fine. I actually do like the Crayola tip better. I feel you can get smaller thin lines...and thicker thick lines. I do like Prang's color/juiciness!!!