Welcome tips and tricks series for colored pencil artists! In this series, we'll explore suggestions for getting the most out of your coloring experience. We'll touch on everything from paper to sketchbooks to, of course, colored pencils themselves!
There are many different types of colored pencils on the market. Some are made with wax, some with oil, and others with a combination of both. Each type has its own unique properties that can affect the way your pencils lay down color and blend.
Wax-based colored pencils are typically the least expensive and most widely available. They're easy to use and great for beginners, but they can be difficult to blend.
Oil-based colored pencils produce rich, saturated color, but they can be tricky to use and require more patience than wax-based pencils.
Pencils that are a mix of wax and oil offer the best of both worlds. They're easy to use and produce beautiful, blendable color.
Watercolor pencils are a type of colored pencil that can be used to create beautiful watercolor effects. They're made with water-soluble lead, so you can draw with them dry or wet your brush and use them like traditional watercolor paint.
Watercolor pencils are a great way to get the best of both worlds - the versatility of a pencil with the beautiful results of watercolor painting. But how exactly do you use them?
First things first: you'll need some paper that can handle a little water. Watercolor paper is ideal, but you can also use regular sketchbook paper if you're careful. Just make sure to test it out first on a spare sheet to make sure the paper doesn't buckle too much when wet, unless you are looking to make your sketchbook more like an antique artifact. Many artists like the rustic look of regular paper that wraps a bit with watercolor paint.
Choose a paper that's specifically designed for colored pencils. Look for paper that's smooth, 80-pound density or above, and either bright white or off-white. Avoid dark-colored paper, as it will make it difficult to achieve light colors.
Sketchbooks are a great option for colored pencil artists. They're portable, so you can take them with you wherever you go. And they often come with paper that's already been trimmed to size, so you don't have to worry about cutting your own paper.
When shopping for sketchbooks, look for ones that are specifically designed for colored pencils. Avoid sketchbooks with textured paper, as it can be difficult to use colored pencils on.
No matter what type of colored pencils you choose, be sure to experiment with them in your sketchbook to see how they lay down color and how they blend. You may find that you prefer one type over another.
Consider the type of subject matter you'll be drawing. If you plan on drawing a lot of landscapes, for example, you'll want to choose paper and pencils that work well for blending large areas of color. Portraits, on the other hand, may require more precise lines and sharper details.
Sketchbook Made for Colored Pencils
Try the Leda Sketchbook for your colored pencil needs! This sketchbook paper is smooth with a slight tooth that is perfect both dry and light watercolor wash. The flexible soft cover is lighter weight than hard bound books making it easy to pack around. The sketchbook is also available in a variety of sizes, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. The large and extra large sizes allows the book to lay flat, making it easy to use. Colored pencil artists love Leda.
Leda Art Supply's Dream Kit is a great option for artists who want to experiment with different types of pencils. The set includes 60 pencils. 12 pencils of each type including oil based colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and metallic colored pencils. You also get 12 super dark charcoal pencils and 12 grades of black pencils.
With so many options to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect pencils for your needs. And with Leda's Dream Kit, you can try them all.
The kit comes with art tools like erasers, sharpeners, blenders, markers, and a fillable watercolor bush pen all packed in a nylon travel case.
With all supplies in one place, you'll be able to start creating beautiful art right away.