I purchased the full set of Spectrum Noir Colorista Alcohol Markers the day they launched in the UK as well as 4 of the books.
Personally I decided not to buy the Pencils as I already own Prisma Color Pencils and to be honest my budget just wouldn’t stretch to buying them as well.
Since buying them i’ve not actually used them very much so thought it about time to sit down and review them.
The books I purchased were 2 of the pre-glittered kind where the images have some areas glittered and you literally colour over the top of the glitter using the Colorista Alcohol Markers. I also purchased 2 that are not glittered and I have yet to colour in those 2.
The books I purchased are:
Exquisite Florals – Pre-Glittered wallpaper style floral designs
In Full Bloom – Pre-Glittered various designs including sayings, hearts, birds
Eastern Promise – Mandala style designs
Under the Sea – Sealife designs – not as intricate as the other books
All the books I have are A4 in size and have 16 pages of images as well as a removable sheet to use placed under your work as alcohol markers will bleed through. The books are top opening and the sheets tear out very easily just being glued into the book – so you can easily remove them to frame or perhaps get creative with once coloured in.
The paper is heavyweight artist grade paper specially designed to be used with the Colorista Alcohol Markers. The images are quite thickly outlined in black and it’s fairly easy even with my shaky hand and bad eyes to stay inside the lines.
The images vary but there are no overly intricate or complicated designs so these are very suitable for those new to the hobby of adult colouring or perhaps those that have problems with more intricate images and detailed books.
Pre-glittered areas are found in two of the books and the glitter does not easily rub off and really gives a lovely look to finished images. It was suprisingly easy to colour over the top of and you can blend colours on those areas as well if you want to.
The pens are round barelled and quite chunky but not clumsy or awkward to use. They are dual ended with a fine nib and extra fine nib which are bullet type ends. Caps are a bit stiff to get off to start with (I literally had to ask my hubby to help take the caps off them to start with) but after a few uses they are much easier to work with.
Colorista pens are a joy to work with giving a lovely smooth finish with no penstrokes visible which is what I love most about using alcohol markers.
The different pen colours mix very well together and you can blend any of the pens together – here are some simple closeups of blending I have acheived – I am no pro or expert and am quite a novice at using alcohol markers so was very pleased with how easy this was to do.
I have now completed several of the designs in the glittered books and have found them very quick and easy to complete and very easy going on my hands which often cause me a lot of pain and discomfort when colouring.
I’m looking forward to working from the other 2 books soon and hope that Colorista bring out more of these lovely pre-glittered books to add to their range.
Overall I am very impressed by the Spectrum Noir Colorisa Books and Pens – they are well made and really have been designed for adult colouring rather than craft or art products that often have nib types we don’t use, colours we don’t want and paper that just isn’t up to the job.
One Colour at a Time Scores the Colorista Range a fantastic 9.7 out of 10.
Only being marked down a tiny bit from a perfect score due to an irritating plastic hangy bit (sorry I don’t know the technical name for it) that you need to tear off otherwise you can’t actually fold the top cover over the top of the book?
Plus a tiny mark down for the glittered areas not being matching – on some images for example you have all the matching areas on petals glittered except on one petal so when you colour it in that one petal will look a bit darker and won’t have the glitter.
But these are the tiniest of mark downs and this range is otherwise as near to perfect as you can get.