Colored Pencil Supplies

These are my favorite colored pencil supplies.  You don’t need a full set of the pencils in order to get started, I suggest starting with a smaller pack to test them out and get used to how they work.  The pencils that I use currently are the Polychromos and Luminance but when I first started in colored pencils I started with the Prismacolor.  They are great for beginners, or those who are not worried about light-fastness.

  1.  Faber-Castell Polychromos
  2. Caran D’ache Luminance
  3. Prismacolor

For fine white details I use either a mono-zero eraser or a crafting knife.

  1.  Tombow Mono-Zero Eraser
  2.   Crafting knife

The type of paper I use depends on the overall look I am going for.  For a smooth finish, I like to use the Bristol Smooth paper.  This works great for creating smooth skin and other smooth textures.  For a more textured paper I like the Bristol Vellum.

When I want to use a blender (like Zest it!) I go with either the Fabriano or Pastelmat paper.

  1.  Strathmore 400 Bristol Smooth Paper
  2. Strathmore 400 Bristol Vellum Paper
  3. Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Hot Press Paper
  4. Pastelmat

My favorite blender to use for colored pencils is the Zest it! pencil blend.  This pencil blend is less toxic than odorless mineral spirits (OMS).  The down side to the Zest it! is hard to find in the U.S.  The other type of blender I use in place of Zest it! is Mona Lisa OMS.

  1.  Zest it!
  2. Mono Lisa OMS