I love these markers! They're so smooth and the colors are bright and lovely. Blending will take some practice, but with this set its really easy; the slight color variations allow you to build upon a color and blend it into another, you just have to do it gradually. This is an excellent set for getting color blending down (i learned it while putting together my greens, blues, and pinks in this image) and the clear card helps a lot! My only gripe about this is colors that are VERY different require a little more effort to try and get somewhat to blend. But i think its just my lack of practice.