Colorona Beginner’s Acrylic Paint Set

 

I’ve fallen back in love with crafting, and one of the things I’ll never tire of is paints. Your basic, main colors will always be in need and when I get a chance to try out a new brand, I’m always looking forward to see if they’ll be better than my last brand. While they missed that mark by a bit, this Colorona set was decent for kids and beginners, but priced a little too high for the quality of product you receive.

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I’ve used many, many sets of paint from quite a few companies, and they are always comparable in quality, with a slight edge going to the paints and stains I’ve bought from U.S. Art Supply for overall quality and value. These Colorona paints miss that mark by a fair bit. They’re on the light and loose side, some even slightly runny. The coverage is mediocre, and they don’t seem to level at all, which means that every brush stroke will show when it dries. The pigments are not the most vivid or deep, and you need several coats just to get a solid color without the base material showing through, such as painting bare wood. This would be fine for watercolors, where one would expect the grain to show through the lighter paint, but these are supposed to be acrylic paints and have full coverage, and they just do not. The included accessories are great for getting started, with the brushes holding their respective points and edges well with little feathering and no lost bristles. The wood shafts felt light and may not last too long, but I think they’re meant to be disposable. The plastic palette is always welcome and does the job it’s designed for, and does it well. The sponge is fun for some textures, and seems well suited for these lighter, looser paints. A word of warning about opening these paints: Every set of acrylic paints I’ve ever used had a small point on the cap to puncture the seal, where these have a silly little star shape, and they will “pop” when punctured and spurp a little paint out. I’d recommend doing this over a sink, and well away from your body to avoid any spills or stains.

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In the end, were the set priced more accordingly, I could see recommending this for kids just getting started, but the lack of coverage and leveling means you might end up with a budding artist frustrated by poor materials. At $21.99, it’s priced far too high to be reasonably considered for a “starter” kit with this quality of product. Colorona needs to either step up it’s game with quality or drastically lower it’s price.

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U.S. Art Supply’s Large Display and Presentation Easel

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I may have to re-title this blog from “WOM-derful” to “Things I didn’t know I needed until I had them”. Such is the case with U.S. Art Supply’s Large 66″ Display and Presentation Easel. I like to create things, and sometimes, I like to display them. What I don’t want to do is put a bunch of holes on my walls to do it. So what’s a gal (or guy!) to do? Put your creation in the closet and never enjoy it? Stand it on the floor and hope no one kicks it? Now there’s a solution that makes displaying your creations (or even just a lovely framed print you couldn’t pass up) a snap, and looks nice too. It’s U.S. Art Supply’s Presentation Easel.

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It’s a showroom-quality, lightweight aluminum easel at a price that makes sense. It’s a free standing adjustable easel that goes from 36″ all the way up to 66″, and comes in a modern black satin anodized finish with non-slip rubber feet, so it’s good for wood and tile floors too. The tubular corrugated aluminum construction means it’s strong and sturdy without being heavy (Under 3lbs!) or difficult to move around or set up. You have a rare poster you want to display? You’re golden. A framed piece of art that would look great in a corner? Boom, done. Little one painted his latest “masterpiece” and want to show the world? Your little Picasso will have a place in his, or any, room. And the adjustable display holders will slide to fit almost any size piece, and hold up to a whopping 25lbs! DSC_0415I use it now for “seasonal” art that I can change and hot worry about what kind of hanger I need, or if that wall has a stud, or if I can find a drywall anchor in Hubby’s mess of a workbench. U.S. Art Supply’s Presentation Easel is always ready to go, and when I don’t need it I can fold it up and store it away in less space that you’d need for an umbrella.

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So, again we find ourselves with a thing we didn’t really know we needed until we had it. And that’s not a bad thing. In fact, I may pick up a couple more, because there’s more U.S. Art Supply goodies coming my way in the future. Their products are quality and their prices make sense. This easel has been my new best friend for a couple weeks now, and hope one makes it to your house and becomes your friend too. Unleash your creativity with U.S. Art Supply!

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