New Buy Alert! – Spectrum Noir Coloured Pencils


Hobbycraft “Cheers” stamp coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils and Gamsol

I’m still finding my feet with colouring – I can’t grasp Copics and am an un-talented painter. I’m delving into the realm of coloured pencils to see if I can get more out of them than I did when I was a kid.

Why Spectrum Noir? I already use and like their pens, I haven’t heard any bad reviews about their products and they sell sets of pencils designed to blend together.

My 3 main concerns when using a new product:

  • Can I use it?
  • Can I use it for more than one technique/occasion etc?
  • Was it worth parting with my money?

Can I use Spectrum Noir Essentials coloured pencils?

Most people have played with colouring pencils at some point in their life and would agree that they are easy to use. The Spectrum Noir pencils go on the paper much more smoothly and thickly than your average stationery-shop pencils.

Can I use Spectrum Noir Essentials pencils for more than one occasion/technique etc?

Obviously, you can use any colouring products on more than one occasion, but what about techniques? The set comes with a guide on the different techniques, showing you how you can use a blending product such as Gamsol, or rub the blending pencil (or the white pencil that comes with the set) over your coloured image. You can also use the pencils on their own as they are made for blending, but I liked using the white pencil best as it smoothed everything out as well as highlighting areas.

Were Spectrum Noir Essentials pencils worth parting with my money?

The set was £15-20 in several shops and websites, and I wasn’t willing to pay that. I held out and eventually got the set for £13.50 from eBay – not a huge saving, but it makes all the difference. I am definitely pleased with the set for that price, but I think if I was more of an illustrator/artist I would probably want a better quality, more intense pencil.

Overall rating and why:


This helped build up my collection quickly and for a reasonable price. I was hoping for more intense colours but as I am only using them for card-making it isn’t a problem, and they are easy to blend together, especially with Gamsol. All in all, so far so good!

Get Well Card


The first thing I want to do with any new product is make a card, and not long after the pencils arrived I also got a free stamp set with a magazine so took advantage and made this Get Well card.

I embossed the jar image and coloured the whole thing with Spectrum Noir pencils, keeping the darker colours at the edges for a shading effect, then covered the orange part of the jar in 3D clear gloss.

The label stamp is from the set I featured on the Valentine’s Day card in my last post. I used masking tape to hide the “Hope, Love and Happiness” sentiment and I would just have the square border.

I drew a cross with the black pencil but there wasn’t a bright red in the collection so I used a red Spectrum Noir marker to colour the cross, then I adhered the label with foam tape (no, I wasn’t patient enough to wait for the clear gloss to dry – I hurried the process along with my heat tool) so it sticks up more. I then took this orange patterned paper from my collection and cut down a little bit smaller than my blank card. I stamped “Especially for You” in clear ink and embossed with bright white Wow embossing powder.

I stuck everything down with foam tape and stamped “Get Well Soon” on the inside of the card.

Products Used

Spectrum Noir Professional Coloured Pencils – Essentials –

“Cheers” wooden stamp –

Clearly Besotted Stamps set –

Crafty Impressions Double Sayings stamp set –

Gamsol –

The patterned paper is old so I’m afraid I can’t point you in its direction, I haven’t a clue where it came from.


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