Blendable Pencil FAQ
How should the Spectrum Noir blendable pencils be stored?
The blendable pencils should be stored in their tins. Dropping or banging the tins should be avoided as this can break the core of the pencil.
Can I use the pencils in conjunction with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers?
Yes, the Spectrum Noir blendable pencils can be used with the Spectrum Noir alcohol markers in order to enhance and add depth and dimension to your coloring. When used in conjunction with alcohol markers, lay down your marker color first, then add your pencil color on top.
As well as the Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, are the Spectrum Noir blendable pencils compatible with other brands of alcohol ink markers?
Yes, the Spectrum Noir blendable pencils are compatible with other brands of alcohol ink markers. They can be used in conjunction with each other in the same way as the Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.
What do the numbers on the pencils mean?
The numbers on the pencils are purely a reference to help you identify the color when you need to replace them – they do not refer to or match the colors of the Spectrum Noir markers as the pencils have been designed in a way so they can be used on their own for beautiful artistic effects, with our Spectrum Noir markers for added depth and dimension or indeed with any other brand of alcohol marker.
Will you be offering the Spectrum Noir blendable pencils for purchase individually?
At present the blendable pencils will be sold only in their twenty-four pencil sets. Individual pencils will be available in the future to make replacing your favorite colors more affordable.
How does the packaging work? What color tones will I find in each set?
There are two core (‘Essentials’ and ‘Primaries’) and three themed sets (‘Marine’, ‘Floral’ and ‘Nature’) in the Spectrum Noir blendable pencils collection. In each of the sets you will find the pencils, in the majority of cases, grouped in clusters of three colors which work together, just like the Spectrum Noir markers – a light, a medium and a dark. This has been done specifically to enable the user to perfect light and shade techniques in their color work.
Can I use any sharpener to sharpen my pencils?
You need to sharpen your Spectrum Noir blendable pencils to facilitate smooth coloring. Other pencil sharpeners may work with your blendable pencils, but we recommend the Spectrum Noir pencil sharpener for the best results and care of your pencils.
How should I sharpen my pencils?
When sharpening, be sure to turn the pencil sharpener around the tip of the pencil to sharpen, versus turning the pencil around in the sharpener. You’ll find that you waste less of the pencil during sharpening and the pencil lead is less prone to cracking or breaking when sharpened in this way.
What are the SN blendable pencil cores made from?
The pigment in these wax-based blendable pencils is creamy, thick and rich, cased in comfortable luxe matte black hardwood. Our unique formulation allows for intense and soft color from the same pencil.
What ink should I use to stamp an image for coloring with SN pencils?
Any ink can be used to stamp an image when coloring with Spectrum Noir pencils. However please consider whether you will be combining blendable pencil coloring with alcohol marker coloring, as if you are you should use a water-based dye ink. We’ve found that Memento ink pads produce great results. An ink pad such as StazOn will not work if you are coloring in conjunction with alcohol markers. However if you are using pencils in conjunction with a water-based medium such as watercolor paint, StazOn or an archival ink would work best.
What paper should I use to stamp onto when coloring with SN pencils?
The Spectrum Noir blendable pencils will work on any paper that has a ‘tooth’. However please consider whether you will be combining blendable pencil coloring with alcohol marker coloring, as if you are you should use a compatible paper for your needs. The paper you use can also determine the effect you’ll achieve with your coloring – using watercolor card will give a textured effect to your coloring.