Prismacolor Coloured Pencil


In a world where Copic marker sales are soaring, you may ask why I continue to love a coloured pencil aka pencil crayon.  Linda Heavens of Heavens Created This is a prime example of how beautiful Copic markers work.  Linda makes me believe I could do beautiful work with Copics, but in the end, coloured pencil wins.  Why?  Coloured pencil takes me back to my childhood where I would spend countless hours colouring.  Child by heart, I get an overwhelming sense of peace and relaxation when I take the time to enjoy colouring with coloured pencil.

If you are following my Coloured Pencil free on-line class, you will need to have 6-10 Prismacolor coloured pencils.  Prismacolour sets may be cost prohibitive, but there is a way around that.  Simply visit your local art supply store (ie. Bear Creek Studio in Sarnia, Dick Blick) to select from a showcase of single coloured pencils.  If you do not have Prismacolor on hand, any brand will do, but it will be necessary to purchase a colourless blender pencil (purchase at local art store, Michael, Hobby Lobby).

What makes Prismacolor so special?

Prismacolor coloured pencils are wax-based and blend with ease.  The bright series has 132 colours, and lightfast has 48 colours.

Coloured Pencil Galleries

Prismacolor website gallery

Colored Pencil Society of America 2009 winners

Colored Pencil Society of America 2008 winners

Monopoly board

Bouquet that resembles a photo rather than coloured pencil

Shiny gold chairs

Alastair Lockwood

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Amazon book list

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Deborah Friedman

Gamsol/Odorless Mineral Spirits


In my coloured photo above, I used Prismacolor coloured pencil with Gamsol.  Gamsol is an odorless form of turpentine.  A little goes a long way, and your bottle will last forever.  You can find this product in the art supply section at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, among the oil paint tubes and watercolour tubes.  Look for odorless mineral spirits if you do not see Gamsol.  Local art stores carry this as well. tortillions

To blend your colour you require tortillions, which are tightly wound paper sharpened to a point.  You can purchase a starter kit which will have everything you need to get you started.  If you don’t see a starter kit, have sandpaper on hand.  Stores will have sandpaper hand-held blocks in the coloured pencil section.  If you chose to buy your sandpaper at a hardware store, buy a very fine grit.  Sandpaper is used to sharpen your point and to take off colour in you don’t have enough tortillions on hand.

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Posted on : Nov 12 2009
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7 People have left comments on this post

Nov 12, 2009 - 10:11:52
K Hutchinson said:

WOW this is another stunning piece! I love the soft colors around the images! I never get that to look right! YOU ROCK!

Nov 12, 2009 - 08:11:05
Danni said:

Very pretty! I still like my prismacolors too but tend to grab the copics more often than not.

Nov 12, 2009 - 09:11:50
beth said:

Gorgeous Beth I have the prismacolored pencils going to check out your links.

Nov 13, 2009 - 10:11:57
Sil said:

Wow! great tutorial and links Beth. You are doing a terrific job Beth and I thank you for that. I can’t wait to see your next post and read it. Yes, I do too feel like a child when I color with my pencils.

Nov 13, 2009 - 01:11:31
Wendy Gorton said:

I followed your initial tips in the last post and used a fixative over my main image and I couldn’t believe the difference. Smelly, but wonderful!

Thank you for your continued tutorials. I just am so excited.


Nov 15, 2009 - 11:11:10
Karen J said:

Awesome Tutorial Beth!!! I have a box of prismacolor pencils that I have not touched in years. Your tutorial inspired me.

Feb 20, 2011 - 08:02:05
VetamanNanape said:

IT”S AWESOME!!)) at the last second of this video THERE IS SUCH A FUN)

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