On Test: Lyra Rembrandt Pencils & Strathmore Toned Paper


In this website publish Joanna Farrow puts the Lyra Rembrandt Charcoal, Sketching & Artwork Specials pencil sets by way of their paces. Joanna utilized Strathmore Sequence 400 Toned paper pads as her area. Allows obtain out how these goods performed.

The Lyra Rembrandt Pencil Sets

The contents of the three Lyra Rembrandt pencils sets are pictured.
The contents of the three Lyra Rembrandt pencils sets are pictured above. On the remaining is the Art Specials Sketching set, in the centre is the Sketching established and on the proper the Charcoal established.

The wide variety of drawing components contained in the Lyra Rembrandt sets and excellent of the Strathmore Toned pads presents a excellent basis for experimental and concluded artworks. They are appropriate for inexperienced persons as effectively as additional expert artists, no matter if for land and seascapes, still life, determine drawing or portraits. Lets glance at the sets in additional depth.

Lyra Rembrandt Charcoal Set

Joanna Farrow drawing using the Rembrandt Lyra Charcoal set on Strathmore Series 400 Grey Toned Paper
Joanna Farrow drawing utilizing the Rembrandt Lyra Charcoal set on Strathmore Collection 400 Gray Toned Paper

The Lyra Rembrandt Charcoal set involves 12 assorted charcoal drawing applications and accessories.

Difficult and smooth charcoal and carbon (a combination of charcoal and graphite) pencils make this set ideal for all sorts of charcoal drawing.

The ‘paper blender’ gives one particular way of smudging and smoothing charcoal and pastels about the paper. Use the tip for functioning about smaller locations or on its aspect for bigger spots. Produce a related impact by utilizing your palms or a piece of fabric or kitchen towel.

Image of charcoal blended with a paper stump and lifted with a putty rubber.

The kneadable, or ‘putty’ eraser functions in the very same way as a typical, sound eraser. Press or mould your putty rubber into distinct styles for performing on scaled-down regions.  Use it to soften and blur places and when blackened use it to make softer marks on the paper.

Make unique marks with the two sizes of charcoal sticks by performing with them flat or on their edges.

Lyra Rembrandt Sketching Established

Carbon pencils used dry (left) on water misted paper (centre) and with water brushed over (right).
Carbon pencils used dry (remaining) on drinking water misted paper (centre) and with water brushed over (proper).

The Lyra Rembrandt Sketching set contains an assortment of large excellent sketching pencils and sticks.

The sketching set is ideal for exploring the traits of both equally charcoal and oil primarily based pencils as well as purely natural charcoal and black and sepia pastel sticks.

Experiment with combining the different finishes you can accomplish. The charcoal adhere and pastel blocks are fantastic for shading, both faint and dark, though the pencils add composition and variety.

Get the job done the hard pastel adhere onto h2o misted paper for deep, wealthy reliable marks. Use the stick like a paintbrush to thrust the wetted pastel around the paper. When the paper is dry, incorporate additional detail on to the dried marks.

Lyra Rembrandt Art Specials Sketching Established

Image of the Art Specials set

The Lyra Rembrandt Art Specials Sketching Pencil established contains an assortment of large excellent drawing and sketching pencils.

This established is flawlessly developed for artists seeking to examine the traits and utilizes of unique types of pencils.

The two shades of oil sketching pencils give deep tones that do not smudge or blend. They are therefore great for outdoor sketchbook drawing when you may possibly not have accessibility to a fixative.

Carbon pencils, (combining charcoal and graphite) are less ‘smudgy’ than a softer charcoal pencil.  They’re excellent for linear scientific tests, and you are in a position to still rub out and partly mix them.

Graphite Aquarell pencils have been used on dry and water misted paper.
Graphite Aquarell pencils have been utilised on dry (on the left) and h2o misted paper (on the ideal)

Use Graphite Aquarell dry or damp.  Try drawing with them on to paper that you have sprayed with a water mist. Or use them dry and then brush with h2o to build a marginally watercolour, inky complete.

Use the sanguine and sepia dry pencils dry or like the aquarelle, with drinking water.

The white pastel pencil has a dry, chalky texture that blends nicely with the charcoal and carbon pencils to build softer, gray tones.  Try layering white pastel above charcoal and visa versa.

Strathmore Sequence 400 Toned Pads

An image of a Strathmore Series 400 Toned Grey Pad with some Lyra Rembrandt pencils

Strathmore Toned pads are 118gsm Spiral Certain Sketchbooks. They are appropriate for a variety of drawing and sketching strategies.

This color paper is mid-toned, which means that you do not require to render individuals middle values on your own. Utilise the medium tone of the paper to intentionally spot the darkest of shadows or the brightest of highlights. This system will save time and makes it possible for you to emphasise those people dark and light-weight benefit. For remarkable outcomes use this paper with the darkest graphite or charcoal and white or pale toned pencils, and really make your drawings pop!

The Test Success

Image of Strathmore & Rembrandt Lyra products

All of the drawing sets supply ample gentle, medium and difficult prospects to build a wide range of marks and textures on the paper.  Individually I observed the charcoal established the most suited to my drawing type as I use each charcoal and graphite pencils in my landscapes as very well as the sticks and blocks. The high-quality of both of those papers is superior. Their mid tones deliver a very good foundation for including light-weight highlights and dark marks that a white surface area doesn’t offer. 

I discovered the papers sleek and quick to layer contrasting tones over. The spots of the paper still left basic ended up of adequately great high quality and showed the texture of the paper. My individual choice is to use white paper for drawing but I can appreciate the strengths of the tonal papers, specifically as a draw for new artists.

So, by now you may possibly have picked one of these pencil sets and are raring to go with a drawing! Make sure you check out my site post Prime Ideas & Tactics For A Profitable Drawing for some useful assistance on building some good drawings.

After finishing a fantastic artwork diploma as a mature student, Joanna Farrow resolved to focus on portray. She works the two in her household studio, as nicely as at workshops with other artists in buy to encourage and establish her tips and procedures.  A great deal of Joanna’s function is on canvas nevertheless her mediums are getting to be more and more varied as she experiments with several blended media to increase her scope of techniques and skills.  Joanna has exhibited at various art fairs and is represented by galleries in the South East.

Stop by Joanna’s web site in this article www.art.joannafarrow.co.united kingdom and keep up to date with her on instagram.

Joanna is using component in the South East Open Studio event in June 2022, find more data listed here www.seos-artwork.org.


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