Colored Pencils, Pens and Markers


Colored Pencils, Pens and Markers

A place to share tips and ideas for those of you who love using colored pencils, gel pens, ink and markers. From beginners to advanced we'll discuss topics such as techniques, tools and answers to your questions. Looking forward to seeing you!

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Discussion Forum

Watercolour paper suitable for watercolour pencil

Started by Eleanor Van De Bogart. Last reply by Pris Hardy Jul 28. 2 Replies

Hi!  I'm looking for a good quality watercolour  paper that will work with watercolour pencil  and still be wettable  with watercolour or acrylic washes, without buckling,  for doing backgrounds.  Can anyone give me  any suggestions?    The 140 lb.…READ MORE

More Berol Prismacolor Pencil drawings

Started by Paul Alan Roth. Last reply by Paul Alan Roth Feb 9. 3 Replies

I created these drawings based on flowers I grew in my yard over the years. I have more floral images  in my T.A.C. portfolios.READ MORE

Berol Prismacolort Pencil Drawings

Started by Paul Alan Roth. Last reply by Paul Alan Roth Feb 9. 3 Replies


Tags: Pencils, Prismacolor, Berol

Sakura Souffle Gel Pens

Started by Linda B. Last reply by karen knapp Sep 17, 2016. 11 Replies

Hi, all.  Is there a way to revive these souffle pens?  Mine seem to have dried up, but I see ink in the 'stem'. Help! :-)sREAD MORE

Mixed Medium

Started by Judie Martinez. Last reply by Aimeslee Winans Nov 22, 2015. 3 Replies

Hello,I'm new to CP & I love trying mixed media in particular  with Folk Art. I purchased "Suzi Blu, Mixed Media Girls" book for the reference. What kind of paper would you suggest to use for Prismacolor pencils for the face that will be cut out…READ MORE

Seeking advice

Started by Alison Brennen. Last reply by Pris Hardy Aug 19, 2015. 12 Replies

This drawing is missing something. Any advice? It seems flat to me. It needs…READ MORE

Seeking advice

Started by Cathy Dempsey. Last reply by Cathy Dempsey Aug 19, 2015. 10 Replies

This is my second piece working with colored pencil. It's all new to me. I've mostly been watching YouTube videos and reading on the web different techniques. This isn't finished I'm wondering what people like to use to blend color. Also I was going…READ MORE

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Comment by Pris Hardy on October 25, 2014 at 11:37am

Good luck Mark!  A fellow CP artist in the UK managed to get some connections to get a supply of pencils etc. shipped to him.  Maybe he can get the Vanish erasers too.  I'll see what I can find out for you.

Comment by Mark Bedwell on October 24, 2014 at 5:41am

Hi Pris. Been checking out the General & Vanish erasers, and the only way I can get one in the UK is to import it from the US. It doesn't work out too expensive ($10-ish), and I'm very curious about the 4 in 1, so I'm going for it. I just hope our Customs & Excise pirates don't charge me for the privilege.  :o)

Comment by Pris Hardy on October 23, 2014 at 11:35am

I don't make many mistakes anymore either, but sometimes I realize I want a better angle on something or an object added for more dimension or whatever.  It's nice to know that I can make those changes easier now.  I'm looking forward to getting a Vanish eraser too!

Comment by Mark Bedwell on October 23, 2014 at 10:15am

Thanks for the info Pris..........gotta get me a Vanish All-in-One eraser!

I suppose I'm pretty lucky with my pics these days. Because I've been using colour pencils for so many years now, I've gained enough experience that I very rarely make mistakes any more.......well not major ones anyway.  :o)

Comment by Pris Hardy on October 23, 2014 at 9:40am

Hi Mark -

This one is made by General's.  I just found it at a much better price on Jerry's and Dick Blick.  I have a very light touch, but it's still hard to erase several layers of CP ( and charcoal and pastel are nearly impossible to erase!).  I've tried the scraping technique, as well as other erasers I have, but so far, this is the best I've tried, even when I used the OMS first.  I left the smears, but they easily erase too.  When erasing on a piece, obviously we would be more careful about erasing only  the area we need to.  Someone else just told me about the Vanish Four in One eraser, she uses it for everything and loves the results.  I found it on Jerry's.  I haven't heard of it before, but it would be worth trying.

Comment by Mark Bedwell on October 23, 2014 at 4:11am

Hi Pris, very interested in the colour pencil eraser. Who makes it and what's it called?

Here's a little trick I learnt when trying to erase colour pencil. I'm quite heavy handed, so I tend to build up my colours in light layers until I've got the shades & tones right, then I'll lay down heavy final layers. As you probably already know, light layers are fairly easy to erase using putty rubber & Mars plastic, but with heavy layers it's almost impossible to remove. I've found that by gently scraping away the top layer of wax with a fresh scalpel or Stanley blade and then using the erasers, you can get quite a good's still not perfect though.

Btw, I favour Mars plastic when I'm working on black board, as putty rubber tends to mark the surface. 

Comment by Pris Hardy on October 23, 2014 at 1:36am

Just thought I'd share an FYI : I found an eraser that I had not seen before. It claims to erase charcoal, pastel and colored pencil, so of course . . . I had to try it! I tried the same three pencils, in similar colors on two different papers. The Epson paper is actually for my printer and is really nice for making prints, cards, etc, but lousy at letting you erase anything, even graphite. Forgot to write it, but it is 51 #. 10 strokes across of the eraser on the Epson paper and 8 strokes across on the Strathmore. . . seems to work fairly well, even with the use of OMS first. I paid $3.99 + tax for two erasers.

Comment by Heather E. on September 28, 2014 at 3:12pm

As suggested, I'm putting the link to one of my posts. It's simply about swatching, practice, and maybe a handy suggestion that I've learned. Nothing much, but it was fun.

Comment by Heather E. on September 28, 2014 at 7:24am

Cathey, after seeing your work, you will certainly be able to transfer that eye to traditional "art" if you like. It will take practice, practice, and more practice, but it is simply a different craft. My issue is that I'm a "reproducer." I have very little actual creative ability, and I am also just starting out. So, you have an advantage.

Comment by Pat on September 28, 2014 at 7:04am

Cathey you're a crafter just let the creative juices flow. Try some designs and shapes, I think you will be surprised.


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