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5 advantages to using colored pencils

Updated: May 9, 2023

As artists, we have many interests and are always wanting to experiment with new art mediums. If you haven't tried colored pencils yet, you might be missing out on a versatile and affordable medium that offers a lot of creative possibilities.

Here are 5 advantages to using colored pencils and why you may like to give them a try.

  1. Portability: You can take your colored pencils with you wherever you go, and work on your art during your lunch break or even while traveling. I can work anywhere and have. That is probably the biggest plus for me.

  2. Precision: Colored pencils allow you to create intricate details and textures. You can vary the pressure and angle of your pencil to achieve different effects. This is something I found difficult to achieve using paint.

  3. Safety: Unlike other art materials I have used like paints or solvents, colored pencils are generally considered safe and non-toxic.

  4. Affordability: Colored pencils are relatively affordable when you compare them to other mediums like oil paints or pastels. You can start with a basic set of 12 to 24 pencils. That is really all you need.

  5. Versatility: Colored pencils can be used on a variety of surfaces, including paper, wood, and even fabric. I personally have only ever used them on a variety of papers. As you will find out there is a lot to explore. Some papers go from smooth to something very similar to sandpaper. My latest experiment is using drafting film. I have found I can lay down color quicker and get to a finished state faster.

I repurposed some ceramic water glasses to use as colorful containers for my color pencils
How I keep my colored pencils organized

If I can leave you with three pieces of advice, it would be.

1) Get a good-quality set of colored pencils. I use Prismacolor, Derwent, and Caran D'ache. You are going to get much better results than opting for a cheap brand.

2) Be patient with yourself. Just like any other art medium, it takes time to perfect. Also, remember while you are checking out platforms like Pinterest and Instagram don't start comparing other color pencil artists to yourself, especially because many have been working with this medium for years.

I have a pdf to share with you. In it I will suggest some of the things you will need to get started creating in colored pencil. Please go check it out!

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