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Faber – Castell 60 Connecter Felt Tips.
I love colouring with felt tips as it’s fast and you often get some pretty colours that you can’t get with a pencil. I find colouring with felt tips straight forward and they are perfect for the times where you don’t want to pay too much attention and just experiment and play around. Saying that, I still want my finished work to look good. I’ve mainly used Crayola Supertips and love them but I’ve been looking out for a set with more than 24 but at a good price.
I was recently given an Amazon gift card and came across these felt tips by Faber-Castell.
I’ve heard brilliant things about their pencils, so when I saw i could get 60 different coloured pens for £12 I didn’t think twice. In the packaging you get 12 connecters and some little push out pieces of card to colour and turn your pens into a palm tree. I’ve not used them but I guess it could be fun for little ones.
I like the connecting idea, it keeps pens from rolling off the counter, you can group them by colour, or simply just connect the pens you know you’ll be using.
The felt tips feature a standard nib and a round barrel. I find if I’m using them for longer than half an hour my hands can ache, someone with joint pain may struggle even more.
I’ve used these felt tips a lot and I’m still undecided. There are 60 different colours but many of them are so close in shade, the difference is hardly noticeable. My Daughter and Husband can not see when I’ve used two different ones. Although some lends are similar, there’s a good mix of bold colours, pastel colours and also neons, so where the ones lose out in number, I feel they make up for it variety.
My second problem with these pens is just how different each one is to use. About half of them are smooth, colours lays on the paper evenly and you have no direction marks, where as the other half are very hard nibbed,nscratchy and create a very fine line which is not good for filling areas, as unless you go really slow and you end up with lots of white space and an uneven blotchy colour left behind, going over a second time makes the paper disintegrate. They bleed through most paper I’ve used too, the greens and blues being the worst offenders.
As I’ve used the pens over the last few weeks I’m noticing some have already run out, I’m meticulous about storing them correctly and replacing caps so I’m dissapointed that several are not going to last much longer. I’ve used my Crayola Supertips for about a year and they are all still as good as when I purchased them.
You can see all the images I’ve coloured with these felt tips below, the ones that work,work brilliantly and are a joy to use, but too many are problematic and make using the full range more frustrating than relaxing, which is the main reason I colour. I was expecting so much more from Faber-Castell. I cant recommend these felt tips, even at the low price of £12.