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OMG! Colored Pencil Expose! {Prima & Spectrum Noir!}

Hi friends! I have been playing with pencils all day and came up with a shocking discovery...Prima watercolor pencils and Spectrum Noir pencils seem to (and i am saying "seem to" instead of definitely because I am not a scientist or pencil manufacturer, just an artist who has eyeballs and I do not want be liable for anything) be identical in color palette to the Spectrum Noir colored pencils by Crafter's Companion.

I swatched out all 40 colors I have in the Prima watercolor pencil line, and then colored the pencils that shared the SAME numbers as the ones printed on the Prima pencils and they looked exactly alike in my opinion. Every number and color matched perfectly as far as I can tell!

I bet they are made in the same factory! i was orginally tipped off that these pencils might be made by another pencil maker when I saw that the color palette number ranged from 01 to 120, a typical color line for artist colored pencils BUT there were only 48 unique colors between all of the Prima watercolor pencils sets on the market. Actually it took a lot of digging to determine what colors were in each tin of pencils but I managed to make a color chart to post on my blog as there were no color charts available from Prima. I had also though the pencils felt familiar in feel and finish as the Spectrum Noir pencils and looking on the backs of the tins I could see that both brands were made in China, not that it is unusual, a lot of art and craft products are made in China nowadays.

It wasn't until I was coloring a stamped picture that I noticed the colors looked to be the same. I wanted to add more punch to my coloring so I naturally grabbed my colored pencils and low and behold the colored pencils from Spectrum Noir of the same number as the Primas seemed to be a perfect match.

I love having coordinating products. I think this is exciting because I can use the new favorites together perfectly! If you already have the Spectrum pencils the Primas will match and vice versa! Now, maybe one or the other of these companies will release the rest of the line in watercolor pencils.

I like both of these pencils lines, I bear no ill will to either company, I am just excited that they work perfectly together. You can find both the Spectrum Noir and Prima watercolor pencils here:

OMG! Colored Pencil Expose! {Prima & Spectrum Noir!}

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