When we first discovered adult coloring, we had no idea of the variety of coloring books and supplies that were available. In the beginning, we were a bit overwhelmed learning which tools worked best for us.
It wasn’t long before we found that colored pencils were one of the tools that we enjoyed the most. They are easy to use, we don’t worry about them bleeding through our drawings, and they produce beautiful results.
Along the way, we learned that there were many colored pencil accessories that will enhance the results of your colored pencils and will help you to have a fun coloring experience. Continue reading
If you have been coloring for a while, you know how frustrating it is when your pencil point becomes dull, or the lead breaks!
In the case of colored pencils, the “lead” isn’t lead at all. It is a colored pigment held together with a binding agent. This “lead” is very soft, easy to break, and difficult to sharpen into a perfect point.
Since our colored pencils are designed to last a long time if we sharpen them correctly, it is important for you to to find the right tool that will help you to create the perfect point.
While there are several ways to sharpen pencils, we will focus on the three most popular ones: handheld pencil sharpeners, electric pencil sharpeners, and hand-crank pencils sharpeners.
One of the questions that we often hear is, “Which colored pencils are the best?”
This is not an easy question for us to answer. There are so many pencils on the market today that it can be difficult for us to know what one is best for you. We might even recommend a different type of pencil depending on what you like to color.
If you ask a group of colorists, what they prefer, you’re likely to get several different answers. Everyone has their favorite. It all depends on what you like.
So “what are the best” is a matter of opinion.
This adult coloring book movement took off a couple of years ago, with the release of Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden, and is still going strong. You might have picked up your first coloring book because you wanted to express yourself artistically even though art may not be one of your strengths. Or you might have started coloring because of the studies that have shown that coloring is an excellent way to relax and de-stress. Continue reading
Over the last few weeks, we have looked at the basics of art theory and how we can use it to improve our coloring. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be looking at the basics of colored pencils, before moving on to a new series on blending and shading using colored pencils.