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Product: Crayola adult colouring range
Price: £9.99 for Adult Colouring Books, £11.49 for 50 pack of pencils, £4.49 for fine line markers.
Age Range: Adults
Manufacturer’s Description: A name synonymous with colouring for the last 100 years, Crayola has launches a new range of Adult Colouring Cooks and stationery into the UK to coincide with this new creative trend offering adults therapeutic down-time to combat the stresses of daily life.
Review: Crayola are celebrating their 100th anniversary and are branching out in a new direction – aiming at the adult colouring market, which is rapidly growing. I enjoy getting out the crayons and chilling out sometimes so I was very happy to be sent some of the new range to try out.
The range includes several books, two packs of pencil crayons, and fine line markers. The designs in the books have been created by the artists at Hallmark.
We were sent the Elegant Escapes book, along with a 50 pack of pencils and a set of 12 fine line markers.
Elegant Escapes is a really enjoyable colouring book, with lots of different designs to colour. There are 80 pages with unique patterns, florals, bold geometrics, and some really beautiful intricate designs too.
The paper seems good quality and my pen or pencils moved smoothly over the surface. Each page is perforated making it easy for you to remove and display your artwork once complete too. My only criticsm of the Elegant Escapes colouring book would be that the printing seems a bit fuzzy on some pages; like the design has been blown up making the lines blurry instead of crisp.
I tested the fine line markers first. A dozen “classic colours” the box includes a rainbow of colours along with black & grey. Some of the colours were a touch darker than I was expecting but other than that I was pleased with them – they were very vibrant and my finished page looks great.
The 1.0 mm tip makes it easy to colour the more intricate areas of the page. The ink flows easily from the pen – sometimes a bit much, as the paper got a bit too saturated quickly at times, and the ink was visible on the back of the paper. The black barrels of these pens makes them seem more grown-up and sophisticated, with the name of the colour on the barrel & coloured lids.
Next up I tested the pack of 50 coloured pencils. I loved these! The round pencil crayons come in an amazing range of colours, including two metallic crayons; gold & silver. They were pleasant to colour with and easy enough to sharpen when needed.
The colours are vibrant, and each crayon has the name of the colour stamped onto the wood which I am really pleased about. I wish my other pencil crayons had this as it can be hard to tell two shades apart when they are similar, and you want to continue using one particular colour.
I think my finished page looks great; I used every colour in the box and I think this box of crayons gives you a great set shades to choose from. They are comfortable to hold, too.
These packaging of these products are all fantastic – they show what you get and are very visually appealing. It’s a little annoying that the spellings are all American English such as color and gray, but it’s understandable when the range is being produced for an international market. The price point of the range is excellent, with everything being easily affordable for the adult colouring hobbyist.
Overall I give this new range 4 stars. Overall I think it is excellent but the pens were a touch disappointing.