Friday, April 13th, 2012

Try Something New: Colored Pencils

Stephanie

Have you ever tried writing, drawing or doodling with a colored pencil? There are several different kinds with the non-erasable wax based ones being the most common. Erasable ones do exist, though I’ve never had reason to want to try them. Watercolor pencils are probably my favorite because they can be used in many different ways. You can draw with them then wash over the drawing with a wet brush for watercolor paint like results. You can touch a wet brush to the lead and then paint with the brush – which makes for a nifty portable paint kit. You can also draw on wet paper which can create some pretty interesting results.

If you have access to an art supply store,  you can often buy what’s known as “open stock” meaning that you can select individual pencils instead of buying a whole set. This is a great and inexpensive way to try different kinds of colored pencils (in your favorite colors) to find the ones you like the most.

I’m personally a fan of the Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils which are a little on the pricey side but in my opinion, well worth it. If you buy some, make sure to have a sharpener on hand that can accept pencils wider than standard width.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to try something new this weekend!


4 thoughts on “Try Something New: Colored Pencils

  1. I have a blue Caran D’Ache colored pencil that I love…the color is a wondrous blue. I bought it for the color and the feel in the hand. Now and again I write with it, but it is so soft that it quickly begins to feel like the words are melting….but still, I so love the color…

  2. I have a blue Caran D’Ache colored pencil that I love…the color is a wondrous blue. I bought it for the color and the feel in the hand. Now and again I write with it, but it is so soft that it quickly begins to feel like the words are melting….but still, I so love the color…

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