Felissimo Hokusai coloured pencils


Though better known for its wacky and bizarre lifestyle goods, Japanese mail-order company Felissimo also offers quality art supplies. Most notably, they have been providing craft lovers with quality coloured pencils through their 500 Coloured Pencils series since 1992. Now, aspiring artists can channel their inner Hokusai too, with the new Hokusai-themed coloured pencils. 


Collection of coloured pencils inspired by Hokusai’s prints


Felissimo Hokusai coloured pencils - coloured hokusai postcards
Image credit: Felissimo 

In collaboration with Warakuweb, an online media company that shares information about Japanese arts and culture, Felissimo has unveiled an exclusive set of Hokusai coloured pencils.  

Felissimo Hokusai coloured pencils - coloured pencils arranged in a row
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Felissimo Hokusai coloured pencils - colours in hokusai coloured pencils
Colours included in the set
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Revered as one of Japan’s greatest ukiyo-e (浮世絵; woodblock print) artists, the prolific Katsushika Hokusai is best known for his series Thirty-Six Views Of Mount Fuji. Based on 3 prints from the famed ukiyo-e series, 20 colours from Felissimo’s 500 Coloured Pencils series were chosen and put together to form the limited-edition set. 

Felissimo Hokusai coloured pencils - fine wind clear morning
Fine Wind, Clear Morning (1830-1832).
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The prints referenced include Hokusai’s representative work, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, as well as Fine Wind, Clear Morning and Thunderstorm Beneath The Summit from the same series. In the curated set, you’ll mostly find shades of blue, along with some red, yellow, and dark colours. 

Felissimo Hokusai coloured pencils - close up of coloured pencils
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Each set of 20 themed coloured pencils costs ¥4,400 (~USD40.33). Though pricier than the average colour pencils you’ll find in the market, they are high quality and handcrafted by local artisans, for artists. 

The coloured lead is procured from Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, while the wood for the pencils comes from traditional, independent woodworking factories in Tokyo. Both components are put together to produce artisanal coloured pencils that are richly pigmented and glide easily on paper.  


About the coloured pencils set


Felissimo Hokusai coloured pencils - black paper sleeve
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Arranged in a translucent case, the set of coloured pencils comes enveloped in a sleek paper sleeve with Hokusai’s signature crashing waves, which was created entirely by laser-cut. 

Felissimo Hokusai coloured pencils - coloured pencils set and information sheet
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3 postcards, which are plain line art of the aforementioned woodblock prints, will also be given. Have a feel of what it’s like to be one of Japan’s most well-respected artists by trying your hand at layering different colours and recreating Hokusai’s iconic prints.

Felissimo Hokusai coloured pencils - names of colours
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For those who are interested in purchasing these pencils, do note that only 500 sets are available. Pre-orders via Felissimo’s online store opened on 16th March 2021 and the sets will be on sale while stocks last. After you’ve placed your order, the products will be delivered between late April 2021 to May 2021. 

Currently, Felissimo has yet to offer international shipping for the Hokusai coloured pencils. So if you really want to get your hands on one, consider using a freight-forwarding service. 


Monthly subscription for coloured pencils also available


Felissimo Hokusai coloured pencils - 500 coloured pencils series
“500 Coloured Pencils” series.
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Besides the limited-edition set of Hokusai coloured pencils, the brand also offers a subscription plan for their 500 Coloured Pencils series. For ¥2,808 (~USD25.74) per month, a set of 20 coloured pencils will be sent to you each month. It will take 25 months to complete the entire collection of 500 pencils. 

Felissimo Hokusai coloured pencils - subscription for coloured pencils
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Every month, you’ll receive a curated coloured pencil palette following themes such as “love” or “spring”. Each set comes with craft materials and an information sheet about the colours, which means you can look forward to some fun craft activities, along with new supplies to draw with. 


New Felissimo Hokusai-themed coloured pencils


If you’re itching for some new art supplies and would like to support traditional Japanese artisans, definitely check out Felissimo’s new Hokusai-themed coloured pencils. 

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