How to buy coloured pencils on a budget

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As a coloured pencil artist I know how expensive it can be to have all the professional grade pencils.

I was lucky to be able to buy a full set of Polychromos and a full set of Prismacolors. Unfortunately not many of us artists are able to do it with a limited budget.

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My sales have dropped considerably since the start of the pandemic in 2020. So I have not been able to splash out on my next full set of pencils. The ones I am dying to splurge on are the Caran D’Ache luminance.


With my profits at the moment, I am able to keep a roof over my head and pay the bills, plus I am also saving a little each month for the Luminance pencils above.

In the meantime I will be buying pencils on a budget. Here is how I will be doing it.

As I mentioned earlier, I really want to try the Caran D’Ache Luminance pencils. So instead of buying the full set I could:

  1. Buy a smaller set with the colours I tend to use more often
  2. I could also buy a set of 12 basic colours @ £29 to get me started like the Caran D’ Ache luminance 12

I also want to try out some brands that I have seen reviewed on other blogs. I don’t want to invest in a full set just yet as I may not like them. What a waste of money that would be if I did that? So trying out the more affordable smaller sets will be ideal.

Here is my wish future wish list. Once I have managed to purchase some I will be doing a review myself so stay tuned or subscribe to this blog to be notified.


  1. Castle art supplies 72 coloured pencils @ £36
  2. Derwent Artists set of 12 @ £22.99
  3. Derwent Coloursoft 24
  4. Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor 36 @ £38
  5. Derwent Inktense 24 @ £32
  6. Black Widow 24 @ £15

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