Getting started with coloured pencils

I started using coloured pencils about six years ago. Having taught myself using books, online tutorials and asking advice from other coloured pencil artists. It would have been so much easier if their had been a resource of products when I first started, which is why I am writing this blog post with links to the products I like using or I am going to use in the near future. (Affiliate links but with no extra cost to you)

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So, let’s get started with the most obvious-pencils.


When I first started out using coloured pencils I did a bit of research to find the brands that sold the artist grade pencils and bought a tin of just 12 pencils. The pencils I bought were Faber and castell Polychromos. I still use these today but now I have the full range of colours they have on offer.

Other brands include

It is always best to buy small and build your collection up gradually. That way you won’t have wasted too much money if you end up not liking the brand.


A good quality paper is a must for coloured pencils and it can be overwhelming trying to choose the right ones. I tend to use Faber Castell watercolour paper but I want to try other brands to see how the art work differs when done on something else.

Other paper I have used

I also get sample papers in my Scrawlr art subscription box each month

Papers I want to try out

Do some research, buy small amounts and see what paper best fits your needs.


Having a few different types of erasers is a must for me. I use Tombow mono eraser for fine detail erasing and I love the way it looks just like a pencil.

My favourite eraser is my Faber Castell kneadable art eraser. This enables me to lighten my sketches so that it doesn’t show through the coloured pencil and I don’t have to rub the paper and ruin the tooth. It picks up the graphite by gently tapping over the pencil. It even picks up some of the coloured pencil.

I want to try Magic Scotch Tape in the near future because you can tape it down onto paper and it will pick up any debris around the artwork.


To get the best results from your coloured pencils, they need to be super, super sharp. That is why I use the Derwent Superpoint manual. before I used this product my pencils were breaking too often and they were running out faster than I was buying them. Also I wasn’t getting the results I wanted from my blending methods. So after ditching all the other sharpeners that I had tried and failed at I finally found the one that does everything I want it to do. Win Win.


  • For removing excess pencil or eraser dust – I use a super-soft large blusher brush
  • For creating texture – I use an EXACTO KNIFE. I use it to gently scrape away the layers of coloured pencil to create highlights.
  • To blend my colours without having to burnish – I use ZEST IT PENCIL BLENDING SOLUTION.
  • For subtle highlights and random squiggles to make my art glisten and shine – I use a GELLY ROLL WHITE GEL PEN Bear in mind that this will fade and peel over time so if you want to sell your art work you want to use something that will last the distance.
  • For something that lasts the distance and to add highlights to your art if you want to sell it – I was recommended BRUSH AND PENCIL. I am going to order some of this and give it a try.

So there you have it. All the products you’ll need to build up your coloured pencil artist’s kit over time.

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