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Maped Art Supplies: A Review

Updated on August 21, 2019
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Michelle studied criminal justice, psychology, and addiction counseling but art was always her first love. Through art one can find freedom.

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Before reviewing these products, I need to let readers know that I received these products free of charge from Maped Helix USA. Although these items were sent to me to try, my review is not biased. I will honestly explain the pros and cons of every item, and tell you where they can be purchased. I do not have affiliate codes, and I am not a sponsored artist.

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Color Peps colored pencils: I compared these pencils to Prismacolor, Crayola, and Sargent Art. During the testing stage, I compared core strength, softness, smooth lay down, blending, layering, and vibrancy. The Color Peps lay down smoothly, are vibrant, keep a sharp point, have a strong core, blend well, have a soft core, and layer well. Although they are wonderful to work with, Prismacolor did win during testing. However, Color Peps were a very close second.

Color Peps watercolor pencils: I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful quality of these pencils. They do not leave marks on the paper, they blend well, flow like watercolors, and are very vibrant. I did not do comparisons with these pencils, because I do not have others to compare. So please note that my opinion is based on the fact that I only have this set.

Pencil sharpener: Although the pencil sharpener is adorable, I was able to get one sharpening out of it. I prefer the Kum sharpener to the Maped sharpener.

Plasticlean crayons: I have not used crayons since I was a child. With that being said, these crayons are quite interesting. One end is pointed for precise coloring, and the other end is flat for blending and large coverage. They do not leave debris on your hands, and they take to paper well. I think any child would be happy to own these. As an adult, I do not see myself using these and will donate them in the very near future. They are high quality crayons though.

Color Peps Jungle markers: I did not like these markers. While they are marketed for children, I was hoping for a marker like Tombow. These markers are on par with Crayola. The colors are vibrant, and they lay down smooth. These are great for children, and anyone that prefers this type of marker.

Fineline pens (including minis): The only con I saw with these pens is that they are not waterproof. With the cons out of the way, let's get to the pros. The pens are 0.4 mm, come in various colors which attach in the middle (i.e. gray on one end, black on other). These pens are beautifully smooth, and so fun to work with. The mini pens have fewer colors that the large, and have stencils on the bottom of the pen.

Overall, I really enjoyed working with these products. I primarily work with watercolor and acrylic, but I also use graphite, ink, alcohol ink, and Tombow markers. It was fun going outside of my comfort zone, and I appreciate Maped Helix kindness, and sending these products to me for testing. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment down below.

A quick sketch done with all of the products.
A quick sketch done with all of the products.
Colored pencils
Colored pencils
Duo fineliners and markers
Duo fineliners and markers
Mini fineliners and sharpeners
Mini fineliners and sharpeners
Watercolor pencils
Watercolor pencils

© 2019 Michelle Battle


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    • MickeyBattle profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Battle 

      22 months ago from Kingsley, MI

      I'm glad I could help.

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      22 months ago

      So appreciate this review on Maped supplies because I'm always on the lookout for art items my grands can enjoy.

    • MickeyBattle profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Battle 

      22 months ago from Kingsley, MI

      I've seen them on Amazon and eBay. I believe they can also be found at Michael's, Walmart, and Blick Art. Thank you for reading my article, and commenting. Have a great day.

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      22 months ago from Texas, USA

      Thanks for this review of this line of crayons, markers, etc., Michelle. I haven't heard of Mayped. I'm sure they are available on Amazon. Do you know what other retailers carry them?


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