🎨 Hello Fellow Artists!
I found a cool thing on Faber Castell’s website; blank Polychromos color charts for making swatches!
Spring is on its way and you know what that means right? Organizing your art supplies!
Part of my little clean-up this Spring is re-doing my pencil color swatches. My old Polychromos pencil swatches were getting worn out so it was time to do a new one.
I went online to Faber Castell’s website and found a blank Polychromos color chart. (I don’t remember them having one before now) The swatches fit perfectly on two pieces of paper.
I had a bright white thicker stock type paper that I printed the blank charts on, granted it’s not drawing paper or watercolor paper but I was able to get some good swatches and I think accurate colors.
I also marked each swatch with the pencil’s lightfast rating. Did you know that the little stars (*) on the side of the pencils are for the lightfast rating ?!🤯
I have a blog coming soon about lightfastness and colored pencils but for now, I’ll just summarize that one star is good lightfastness and three stars are the best. There are only a few pencils in the Polychromos line that are rated one and two-star most of them are three-star.
Three is the highest rating meaning that they have maximum lightfast and won’t fade over time. However, it’s still best to take precautions like UV-protected glass and not place artwork in direct sunlight.
Happy Drawing Everyone! 🎨🌻 -Molly
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