As some of you know, almost every year I visit Paperworld / Creativeworld fair in Frankfurt. Sometimes I work there, sometimes I visit. This year I was working at the Caran d'Ache booth. On the last day I took some time to visit other booths and here is a review of some new products I found interesting this year.
As I mentioned before I worked three days at the Caran d'Ache booth. The quality of their products is outstanding. I spent most of the time drawings with the Museum watercolor pencils and Luminance 6901 permanent color pencils. The Luminance 6901 has the strongest lightfast resistance in the market.
However my happy discover was the blender: a wax stick that blends colors together, blur edges and increase the intensity of colors and mixes. I made a test to explain it. You can use over permanent or watercolor pencils, but since it is a wax, it would mask watercolor pencils against water after applying it.
PS: you can find many of my drawings with Caran d'Ache color pencils in Instagram omar_paint
It is good to keep an eye on this korean company. Every year they have new products, with good quality, competitive prices and great packaging.
If you are an architect or designer probably know their alcohol based Touch Twin markers. I use their watercolors so I was very happy to see this new watercolor palette, very robust, nice design, transparent acrylic interior, an extra small removable palette also comes inside, but was not available for the photo.
Stillman & Birn keeps pointing towards paper and binding quality.
I finally could see their new range of softcover sketchbooks. I am happy to see the Gama, Beta and Zeta series also available in my favorite landscape format. stillmanandbirn.com
If you are an Urban Sketcher you know Pentel. The black Manga Brush pen is a must and their waterbrushes...well you can't have enough of them. Besides the small, medium and large brushes, I discover this year that they also offer a flat brush. (left bottom)
Did I mentioned that I learnt to paint with White Nights watercolors? They offer professional quality for a reasonable price. They have now a small portable case practical for sketchers and what is great: Kolinsky sable brushes, very very affordable!! amazing !!!
Super5 is also in the fast track of innovation. They have now also their mix media sketchbooks in hardcover and what they call universal sketchbooks: you can use alcohol based markers as well as light washes of watercolors* (the paper bends a little with water, but it is still very robust to keep working on it) They are also launching new calligraphic pens with new nibs: 07 mm, 1 mm, 1.5 mm and ink rollers.