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I have to throw in my 2 cents, too. Everything I've seen with RoseArt on it is
of poor quality. No one has mentioned their tempera .... thin, muddies,
generally yuck! If you use if for tempera batiks, the ink will NOT wash off,
no matter how thickly the paint is applied (so you end up with a black
I used to teach some elementary ed. classes at a local university where the
students provided their own supplies. We all know about education majors
trying to stretch their budgets ... Even these "first-time artists" quickly
recognized its inferiority. I wanted to croak when their paintings for the
tempera india batiks were ruined. Since I had assured them the ink would wash
off, I know they wanted to kill me, too. So much for building their self
esteem as artists that night! After the first semester, of couse, I warned
them about the RoseArt stuff, and had decent tempera for those to borrow if we
did the batiks.
The thing I like best about Crayola markers is that if one rolls up under a
cabinet uncapped and is not discovered for a couple of weeks, it still works
great. I have never seen that in another brand.
Does anyone know of a good, cheap brand of colored pencils? My students prefer
Design ones a little over the Berol Prismacolors, but at roughly $8 a dozen
for either, I can't get many. I sure like the soft ones, of course. The Kodak
brand is the cheapest ones I've found that aren't terribly hard. ColorArt ones
Bunki, thanks for the pencil container tip.