After using my Inktense pencils, and finding them frustrating, I decided to go ahead and look for another set of watercolor pencils for my collection.
After doing a bit of research, I found out about Mondeluz pencils, from Koh-I-Noor. They are kind of hard to find in the US (at least the 72 color set, which I wanted), but from what I read, they were incredible quality at a very low price.
I found a seller in Poland on eBay who had them at a very very fair price and shipping to US was FREE, so I went ahead and ordered a set. They came, like, TWO days later (!!) and I was really pleased with them.
The first thing I did was reorder the colors and swatch the pencils out, so I knew what the colors were. Here’s a color chart, for those interested:
Then I used them to color a design from the Paisley Designs Stained Glass Coloring Book.
I have to admit that this was probably my most favorite watercolor/coloring project I’ve ever done. I’m not sure if it was the pencils, or the design, or both, but working on it made me very happy and relaxed.
As far as the pencils, they really are a steal, even at their list price (which I didn’t pay anything close to). They are super rich, very saturated and pigmented, and when you add water to them, they spread like a good-quality opaque watercolor paint.
Two things I don’t like about them are that the pencils are a bit brittle, so I was constantly breaking points (I like to keep my pencils razor sharp, so not many pencils can maintain that point- Mondeluz wanted to crumble). The other thing is that when the pencil + water dries, it dries very matte and a little dull. It actually looks like a well-blended color pencil, as opposed to watercolor. I don’t mind that, but it makes me think of these more as water-soluable pencils as opposed to watercolor pencils. They are like color pencils that you can blend with water, but not pencils that turn into watercolor paint.
I would highly recommend these pencils- I can’t believe they are as inexpensive as they are. I will admit that I like the Faber Castell Durers (which I just received and am in the process of making color charts for!) just a *bit* more, simply because they have a wider color range, and the pencils hold a very sharp point without breaking/crumbling. But I actually think the Modeluz are a higher level of pigment and dissolve better. They just dry a little bit dull, as I mentioned above.
If you are interested in the seller I purchased these from, check out Sklarek Family on Ebay. The pencils came SUPER quickly (just a couple of days) and they were in perfect condition. And the prices are great. I don’t know the seller or anything, just thought I would pass on the deal since it took me a few days to comparison shop and find the listing.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!