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On Test: Lyra Rembrandt Pencils & Strathmore Toned Paper

On Test: Lyra Rembrandt Pencils & Strathmore Toned Paper


In this web site put up Joanna Farrow places the Lyra Rembrandt Charcoal, Sketching & Art Specials pencil sets by means of their paces. Joanna employed Strathmore Sequence 400 Toned paper pads as her area. Lets come across out how these products and solutions executed.


The Lyra Rembrandt Pencil Sets

The contents of the three Lyra Rembrandt pencils sets are pictured.
The contents of the 3 Lyra Rembrandt pencils sets are pictured higher than. On the remaining is the Artwork Specials Sketching set, in the centre is the Sketching established and on the appropriate the Charcoal established.

The wide range of drawing supplies contained in the Lyra Rembrandt sets and top quality of the Strathmore Toned pads gives a superior basis for experimental and finished artworks. They are ideal for newcomers as well as much more seasoned artists, whether or not for land and seascapes, nonetheless lifestyle, figure drawing or portraits. Lets glimpse at the sets in far more element.

Lyra Rembrandt Charcoal Established

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

The Lyra Rembrandt Charcoal established features 12 assorted charcoal drawing resources and add-ons.

Really hard and delicate charcoal and carbon (a mixture of charcoal and graphite) pencils make this established perfect for all kinds of charcoal drawing.

The ‘paper blender’ provides 1 way of smudging and smoothing charcoal and pastels around the paper. Use the idea for doing work about lesser parts or on its aspect for greater parts. Produce a identical outcome by making use of your hands 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 works in the same way as a normal, strong eraser. Push or mould your putty rubber into unique designs for working on lesser parts.  Use it to soften and blur spots and once blackened use it to make softer marks on the paper.

Generate diverse marks with the two measurements of charcoal sticks by working with them flat or on their edges.

Lyra Rembrandt Sketching Set

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

The Lyra Rembrandt Sketching set involves an assortment of significant top quality sketching pencils and sticks.

The sketching set is excellent for identifying the characteristics of the two charcoal and oil based pencils as perfectly as purely natural charcoal and black and sepia pastel sticks.

Experiment with combining the unique finishes you can attain. The charcoal stick and pastel blocks are excellent for shading, equally faint and dim, even though the pencils increase composition and kind.

Function the tricky pastel stick onto h2o misted paper for deep, abundant solid marks. Use the adhere like a paintbrush to force the wetted pastel all over the paper. Once the paper is dry, add further 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 consists of an assortment of higher high quality drawing and sketching pencils.

This set is properly developed for artists seeking to check out the traits and makes use of of unique sorts of pencils.

The two shades of oil sketching pencils provide deep tones that really don’t smudge or mix. They are for that reason excellent for outdoor sketchbook drawing when you may well not have entry to a fixative.

Carbon pencils, (combining charcoal and graphite) are fewer ‘smudgy’ than a softer charcoal pencil.  They’re suitable for linear experiments, and you are capable to nonetheless rub out and partly blend them.

Graphite Aquarell pencils have been used on dry and water misted paper.
Graphite Aquarell pencils have been made use of on dry (on the remaining) and drinking water misted paper (on the correct)

Use Graphite Aquarell dry or damp.  Try out drawing with them on to paper that you’ve sprayed with a drinking water mist. Or use them dry and then brush with h2o to generate a a bit watercolour, inky finish.

Use the sanguine and sepia dry pencils dry or like the aquarelle, with h2o.

The white pastel pencil has a dry, chalky texture that blends very well with the charcoal and carbon pencils to generate softer, gray tones.  Try layering white pastel about charcoal and visa versa.

Strathmore Series 400 Toned Pads

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

Strathmore Toned pads are 118gsm Spiral Bound Sketchbooks. They are appropriate for a range of drawing and sketching methods.

This color paper is mid-toned, which means that you do not need to have to render those people middle values yourself. Utilise the medium tone of the paper to intentionally spot the darkest of shadows or the brightest of highlights. This system saves time and lets you to emphasise those people dim and gentle value. For extraordinary consequences use this paper with the darkest graphite or charcoal and white or pale toned pencils, and definitely make your drawings pop!

The Exam Outcomes

Image of Strathmore & Rembrandt Lyra products

All of the drawing sets supply sufficient smooth, medium and difficult prospects to make a assortment of marks and textures on the paper.  Individually I located the charcoal set the most suited to my drawing type as I use both equally charcoal and graphite pencils in my landscapes as very well as the sticks and blocks. The top quality of equally papers is good. Their mid tones deliver a fantastic basis for adding mild highlights and dim marks that a white surface area doesn’t give. 

I discovered the papers clean and uncomplicated to layer contrasting tones around. The places of the paper remaining basic had been of sufficiently great good quality and confirmed the texture of the paper. My personalized desire is to use white paper for drawing but I can recognize the strengths of the tonal papers, especially as a draw for new artists.

So, by now you could have picked a single of these pencil sets and are raring to go with a drawing! Make positive you test out my web site post Prime Guidelines & Strategies For A Effective Drawing for some helpful suggestions on creating some terrific drawings.


Right after finishing a good artwork diploma as a mature student, Joanna Farrow determined to focus on painting. She operates both in her property studio, as perfectly as at workshops with other artists in purchase to encourage and build her strategies and processes.  A lot of Joanna’s perform is on canvas however her mediums are becoming more and more various as she experiments with numerous combined media to maximize her scope of procedures and techniques.  Joanna has exhibited at a variety of artwork fairs and is represented by galleries in the South East.

Check out Joanna’s internet site here www.art.joannafarrow.co.united kingdom and keep up to date with her on instagram.

Joanna is having aspect in the South East Open up Studio occasion in June 2022, uncover extra data listed here www.seos-artwork.org.





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