Quality Time with Derwent
I don’t know about you but we have been seriously busy these past couple of months. What with Olivia having rehearsals for her Romeo and Juliet performance. Me working hard on improving the blog and making changes around the house time seems to have flown by. (Seriously who in their right minds chooses to decorate at this time of year too!) It is December already, when on earth did that happen!
It’s safe to say we haven’t had a lot of down time to just relax and stop what we are doing and just have fun. I would like to say fun outside of work and blogging and school but right now, that isn’t always possible. But we did manage to do just this. And thanks to receiving some fabulous colouring items from Derwent we knew how to spend that little window of time we are able to snatch here and there.
Just an hour or so after school is all we need. The two of us. No phones, no internet, no-one else. It was us, the kitchen table, a colouring book and some colouring pencils. No music or TV. Just a soundtrack of our day so far to a backing track of uncontrollable giggles thanks to the dramatic tales from the school yard!
Finding Some Quality Time with Derwent Stationery.
Using the Coloursoft (RRP £19.50) and Watercolour Pencils (RRP £19.50) we started to colour in the blanks and bring to life the illustrations on the page using the bright vivid colours. So smooth, so easy to draw with and achieve a nice even colour with. I am definitely a pencils fan when it comes to colouring, always have been are you? Olivia wasn’t until she tried these out. They won her over with just a few strokes of the pencil.
The banter of making sure we kept inside the lines took over at points as we navigated our way around the intricately detailed illustrations of the Unwind in the Wilds colouring book (RRP £9.99). I will hold my hands up and say this is my downfall however it didn’t need to be. The front of the book had some wonderful tips and ideas of how to make your pictures truly pop off the page. With hints to help you with colours, shading and blending it really can help you get the most of your colouring time. The things you can do with coloured pencils hey!
I would like to take credit for this however this is an example featured in the book.
So we continued to chat away as we created our masterpieces. Me attempting to stay within the lines, Olivia veering off to do some freehand drawing courtesy of the Inspire Me Pad (RRP £8.99). With blank pages amongst patterned pages to help her bring her imagination to life and fill the pages up anyway she wants to . She could even create her own illustrations using the Graphic Pencils (RRP £13.60) Having not used a pencil other than the standard HB ones you use in school, Olivia lost herself drawing. Then erasing using the Battery Operated Eraser (RRP £5.50)
Talk about being able to take her art to the next level! I love that colouring in together gives us the opportunity to spend some quality time together. Being able to do so using good quality products from Derwent was even better. I think (know) we have been spoilt and led down a path to better products for our little hobby. Personally I may be *totally have been* secretly colouring in behind Olivia’s back to hone my shading technique a little.
I’m will to admit to having never used pencils or art supplies from places other than high street stores, usually the bargain chains so that is all I can compare them against. Are they worth the price tag and can you you even tell the difference? Yes, and Yes. I’m not really sure how to go back to using cheaper brands now after experiencing the quality and results we got when using the above items. The pencils coloured like a dream, I never thought I would find myself gushing about coloured pencils. I even exclaimed to Olivia when colouring in together how soft and easy they were to use and her reply….”well of course mum that’s why they are called coloursoft pencils” Silly me!
I loved the extra detail provided in the Colour in the Wilds book. The tips are brilliant as is the example picture above. I included it so you can see the result you can achieve with the designs and how to bring them to life. With designs so detailed and intricate just filling in one page would take you quite some time.. Have a look at one of my favourite designs. I found the curves of the pattern soothing and very easy to colour in.
Also as a side note. We have used both sets of colouring pencils a lot. In this book and others and for just general colouring. We still haven’t needed to sharpen them at all. I would hazard a guess and say we will be using these exact ones to colour with for a long time to come!
Have you tried Derwent products before? I would love to hear your favourite products for colouring in or even tips for staying inside those pesky lines!