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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Latest Activity: Aug 29


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You can start your own discussion by clicking the big blue "Add a discussion" button near the middle of this page. You can ask questions, share tips, and share your art! You can also ask for feedback on specific pieces.

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  • Please keep all discussions relevant to colored pencils, pens and markers, and any art processes related to these mediums.
  • Be friendly and considerate in your posts.

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Discussion Forum

The Rose

Started by Richard Giordano. Last reply by Richard Giordano Aug 29. 2 Replies

This I did in Coloured Pencil on coloured paper, was done from a black and white photo (unfortunately, I do not have  the photo). This was completed in 2018 (1 day after my mother passed away). I wanted to show you that during my time of grief, I…READ MORE

Color pencil drawing

Started by Deborah. Last reply by Irene Catherine Rego Feb 1. 5 Replies

Ok. I have question. I am working on some drawings, and am doing them with color pencils.They look very "scratchy", and I am trying to blend just using a finger. It is not working real well.How can i make pictures look more blended and smooth?READ MORE


Started by Ms. Karen Klinger. Last reply by Pris Hardy Sep 19, 2018. 14 Replies

Hello, I have a question for you all. When drawing with colored pencils how do you do your backgrounds? Do you spend hours coloring it in with colored pencils or do you use other medium for the background? Maybe like pastels, acrylics,  or…READ MORE

The best pencil?

Started by Deborah. Last reply by Jamie Jonas Jun 29, 2018. 4 Replies

Ok I have several kinds of color pencils. Rose art, Crayola and Berol. What is the best kind to draw with?READ MORE

Watercolour paper suitable for watercolour pencil

Started by Eleanor Van De Bogart. Last reply by Eleanor Van De Bogart Jan 1, 2018. 3 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, 2017. 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, 2017. 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

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Comment by Barbara Cullen on June 1, 2017 at 8:24pm

There was a crooked house...Pen and wash...11x7

Comment by Paul Alan Roth on January 21, 2017 at 12:39am

Hello All,

I just joined this group. I have many Berol Prismacolor Pencil drawings in my T.A.C portfolios. My 2013-2014 Geometric drawings (over 80) don't show in my slide show panel. You have to view that portfolio. I also have a few colored pen drawings posted.

Comment by sarah maria du toit on December 22, 2015 at 12:58pm

thank you


Comment by Pris Hardy on August 3, 2015 at 4:15am

Thank you Rita!  Just wanted to give you an idea of what could be done with the markers.  I only have a couple so far, but it sure sped up the time on this little piece I did for a friend.  Have fun with them and see what ideas work for you =]

Comment by Rita Lulay Malsch on August 3, 2015 at 1:49am

Pris, thank you for your excellent comment! Appreciate this a lot. The sample looks so natural. Very nice!

Comment by Pris Hardy on August 3, 2015 at 1:16am

Here is a sample where I used a blue prismacolor marker for the couch and then went back in with colored pencils.

Comment by Pris Hardy on August 3, 2015 at 1:14am

Hi Rita -     The only way to create a new color by layering the markers is to start with the lightest color and work to the darkest color, leaving the lighter areas alone as you layer so that you are creating shadows and dimension.  My preferred method is to use the marker as a base color, then create your highlights and shadows with the colored pencils. . . similar to a watercolor wash that is then built up by adding more color.  It's a way to speed up the process.  Keep playing with them and you will soon discover what you do and don't like about them...and have fun!

Comment by Cathey E. DeRosa on August 3, 2015 at 1:06am

Rita, Mark Bedwell, is a cp expert. He can explain all sorts of things to you. Don't know if he's your friend, but it would greatly benefit you if you made him one. Plus, he is the neatest guy. I don't know about the art markers. I have a cheaper brand of art markers and I like them. They are very colorful. I use them at an angle to protect the brush tip. It gets tricky in tight spaces, but I have learned to maneuver them. Not sure if its the same thing as the PRISMCOLOR art markers. Didn't know they made them. I love the cps, too. Rich in color and I love the flow of them. Just babbling. Take care, Cathey

Comment by Rita Lulay Malsch on August 2, 2015 at 7:35pm

Hello friends, I'm new to this discussion group, but not new to TAC. My main medium is acrylic, gels and pastes. Lately, I started out with PRISMACOLOR colored pencils and PRISMACOLOR art markers. I begin to like the pencils, but I'm less happy with the art markers. The main reason is that I cannot layer them to come up with a different color. Any thoughts, tips for the pencils or markers are appreciated. Thanks Rita

Comment by Pris Hardy on July 5, 2015 at 1:56am

Use the pencils over the marker...makes for great results and the markers still work well.  Chalk it up to a lesson learned =]


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