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Daler Rowney Simply Watercolour Easel Set
Daler Rowney Simply Watercolour Easel Set
Offered by Vesey Arts and Crafts
Price: 18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain set, 12 Sep 2014
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This is an excellent set for the money, packed in a sturdy box, which takes up little room when not in use. Good sized tubes of watercolours (boxed). The table easel is quite sturdy and is meant for A5, but I found fits ok A4/A3 Landscape (overhanging)and when extended A4 portrait. Ok if paper is clipped to a stiff board. The easel is not quite tall enough for A3 portrait by approx. 2 inches, but I found the extender when undone slips off, so could accommodate A3 portrait. The only disadvantage is that the easel slips, but I have resolved this by laying a heavy book behind it.

The items are:

a box of 12 x 12ml Simply watercolour tubes (which includes 2 greens, a black and white)
an A5 12 page watercolour pad
1 x 10 well palette
1 pack artists trading cards
4 sketching pencils 6B,4B,2B, HB
a packet of 7 short handled Taklon brushes.
1 small easel

I am amazed at all the contents for the price. Although it is classed as a toy, I think it would not be suitable at all for very young children. Definitely suitable for teenagers and adults who are beginners!


Winsor & Newton Cotman Half Pan Water Colour Studio Set
Winsor & Newton Cotman Half Pan Water Colour Studio Set
Offered by Crafty Arts
Price: 31.99

3.0 out of 5 stars 45 half pan water colour set, 12 Sep 2014
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The half pans are wrapped in cellophane and on checking the colours against the enclosed chart, I found them all correct except two. One of these was a similar name but different to the enclosed chart. The names of the colours are on the outside of the pans, all except one, which had no name. There are 40 colours and 5 duplicated, which are: Alizarin Crimson Hue; Ultramarine; Yellow Ochre; Ivory Black and Chinese White.

The half pans are very loose and don't fit well, so I am not as yet sure how I am going to use them, and although the lid of the palette is detachable, it keeps falling off when I have it attached.

The amount of paints for the reduced price I paid, is good value though as I have seen the same set at 73.50 on W & N website, and 70 at Hobbycraft.


Derwent Academy Drawing Tame and Wild
Derwent Academy Drawing Tame and Wild
Price: 9.76

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely set, 12 Sep 2014
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This set is in a nice tin, so easy to store or take around. Very good value for money with 19 items, which includes 6 full length soft pastel sticks and blender. Pastels are 3 brownish shades, 2 grey, 1 white.; 5 Academy colour pencils of dull shades, all the shades would be useful for landscapes too (which is what I am going to use them for).


Derwent Academy Landscapes with Watercolour
Derwent Academy Landscapes with Watercolour
Price: 8.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely set, 12 Sep 2014
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Fabulous set for the money. There are 10 items including 6 watercolour pencils, a paintbrush, eraser, sharpener, and a removable palette of 9 paints. The set is in a nice tin, so easy to take around. Would be nice as a gift.


Inscribe Soft Pastel Set - 48 Colours
Inscribe Soft Pastel Set - 48 Colours
Offered by Uk Home Stores
Price: 1.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good variety of colours, 11 Sep 2014
Lovely variety of colours, but I found them a bit hard, did not grab the paper well, and hard to blend.


Daler Rowney Warm Soft Pastel Set (Pack of 16)
Daler Rowney Warm Soft Pastel Set (Pack of 16)
Price: 17.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality soft pastels, 9 Sep 2014
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Excellent quality soft pastels, good mix of colours. I find they are smooth and hardly any dust. I am now trying to collect a set of each of the Daler Rowney shades of soft pastels.


Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Wooden Box
Winsor & Newton Calligraphy Wooden Box
Offered by Hooray for Toys!
Price: 24.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice set in very nice wooden box, but plastic dip pen., 9 Sep 2014
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Very nice set of inks, impressive in the wooden box (although it has rough bits here and there). The dip pen is rubbish, mine is plastic and does not hold the nibs properly, they are loose in the pen. So difficult to write with and I will have to buy a better dip pen. The inks are held in flimsy cardboard, not durable, perhaps the manufacturers should have used a foam insert instead.

However, the price of the 8 small inks individually (3.50 each) is 28, and I paid less than that for this boxed set. Nice though to have the box to hold everything in tidily.

Colours of inks:

Gold
Silver
951 Black Indian Ink
959 Emerald
954 Nut Brown
973 Canary Yellow
967 Scarlet
957 Cobalt

I do not class this as a toy though.


Roman Women's Hooded Parka Coat Khaki
Roman Women's Hooded Parka Coat Khaki
Offered by Roman Originals
Price: 40.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely green parka, 6 Sep 2014
I would say this is a nice shade of sort of dark olivey green. It is generously cut, and lightweight. Very well made for 40 (sale price) and good quality.


Gabor Shoes Womens Gabor T-Brace Black black Size: 40.5
Gabor Shoes Womens Gabor T-Brace Black black Size: 40.5

4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely sandals but were too big for me, 6 Sep 2014
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Lovely sandals, very elegant with long lasting soles, comfortable, but sadly, too wide and too long for me. Smaller size not in stock otherwise would have re -ordered.


Winsor & Newton - Cotman Water Colour Travel Bag
Winsor & Newton - Cotman Water Colour Travel Bag
Offered by Guru Solutions Ltd
Price: 24.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent set, 6 Sep 2014
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Very nice set for the money, which was approx. half price (saw this in Hobbycraft for 52). Excellent, bought as a gift for my husband who loved it.


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