First Review of Marshall’s Colored Pencils!

I posted on our Instagram over the weekend that my Marshall’s review would be starting with the metallic colored pencils. While you can see I wasn’t the best at coloring within the lines, I definitely had quite a bit of fun! But now on to the important bit…

I absolutely loved them! I have always been a die-hard fan of Prismacolor colored pencils, and I have kept the same set in as best of a condition as I could manage for the past eight years. I would not hesitate to say the Marshall’s colored pencils are on par with Prismacolors when it comes to quality and color.

The lead is very sturdy, but the color goes on richly without having to use too much pressure. The lead also lasts an incredibly long time. Throughout coloring this little bookmark, I never had to sharpen the pencils! I use quite a bit of pressure when I color out of habit, so I tend to wear down points very easily. With these, I was able to keep up with intricate details without having to create a new point.

The metallic colors themselves are absolutely gorgeous as well. The metallic shimmer is subtle enough that it’s not overpowering, but it also doesn’t go unnoticed. You can’t really tell in the photograph unfortunately, but tilting the paper just a little bit reveals beautiful highlights among the vibrant colors.

What truly sets Marshall’s apart though is the fact that the “lead” is oil based. This means you can use Marlene or linseed oil to change how the color adheres to the paper, something Marshall’s actually recommends when it comes to hand coloring photographs. I didn’t get to test that this time around, but rest assured it’s coming!

Up next, I’ll be testing the regular colored pencils! I’ll be filling in the last two sections of that page, experimenting with different techniques to showcase what these pretty pencils are capable of. Stay tuned on the blog and Instagram for the next update, and be sure to share your work with us!

You can find the metallic colored pencil set here in the OmegaBrandess webstore!

The coloring page is from Tangled Treasures Coloring Book by Jane Monk.


OB, Marshall’s, and Caroline Delve into the World of Adult Coloring.

Coloring used to be a thing young children did in school to get them to calm down. Now, the trend is sweeping the world by storm and getting ADULTS to calm down! In 2014, about a million coloring books were sold. In 2015, that number jumped to twelve million. The past year has seen such a demand for coloring books and materials that companies like Faber Castell are having to double their shifts to keep up.

Lucky for them though, OmegaBrandess has thousands of colored pencils sitting in our warehouse just waiting to be held in your hands and used to create fantastical images! Marshall’s Photo Coloring System has a gorgeous range of colored pencils from the classic ROY G BIV, to shiny metallics, to bright and cheerful tropical colors. I’ll be spending the Easter weekend de-stressing with my favorite coloring book and some Marshall’s coloring pencils to show you guys that Marshall’s can be used for more than just handcoloring black and white photographs!

We have some awesome sets all ready for you to order over in our store, as well as individual pencils for you to make your own sets. We also carry a great collection of oil paints tailored for handcoloring photographs, but they are also excellent for canvas! We have plenty of those too! Ranging from DIY canvas sheets to print your own photos to pre-made canvases and greeting cards that are ready to color.

Head over to check it out and then stay tuned on our Instagram to watch my progress and see the final product!

OmegaBrandess is going GREEN!

Starting March 17th through the end of the day on March 20th, you can save up to 90% on some of your favorite items from OmegaBrandess!

What’s the catch, you ask? Well, all of our items in this crazy sale are GREEN! It only makes sense.

From MOD to Ballpod to Cokin to Pelican, some of our biggest brands will save YOU the most green! Visit our webstore today to see what we have to offer!

These orders will also receive FREE ground shipping within the continental US.

Be sure to also check out our Bargain Bin! These categories are filled with items that function perfectly, but they may not meet our quality control standards. We also have plenty of CLOSEOUT items to choose from! Save up to 50% or more on great items from all across our store!
Prior sales excluded. Limited to in stock items.

Read Across America Book Sale!

In honor of National Read Across America Day, we’re having a book sale! This ONE DAY ONLY sale will take place on March 2nd through the end of the day. Select books will be 50% off while supplies last! As a bonus, all of these books include free ground shipping within the continental US. Just make sure you select Book Sale Shipping at checkout! You can find all of the books included in the sale here. We have over 250 title to choose from, so make sure you check it out before they’re gone!

Read Across America Day began as a program associated with the National Education Association to encourage children to read. We hold pep rallies for sports, so why not make a day to get kids excited about reading? A reading taskforce at the NEA realized that motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has consistently shown that children who are active, motivated readers do better in school. To help encourage good reading habits and therefore successful students, National Read Across America Day was born.

And, in case you didn’t figure it out. National Read Across America Day is celebrated every year on Dr. Seuss’s birthday! You can read more about Read Across America Day and the National Education Association here