Colored Pencils, Pens and Markers


Colored Pencils, Pens and Markers

A place to share tips and ideas for those of you who love using colored pencils, gel pens, ink and markers. From beginners to advanced we'll discuss topics such as techniques, tools and answers to your questions. Looking forward to seeing you!

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Discussion Forum

choosing a colored marker

Started by Ilah Barnes. Last reply by Ilah Barnes Dec 4, 2014. 2 Replies

Hello, I am new here.  My choice of media are pens, markers and colored pencils.I like the portability of them.  And I like that I can work on paper instead of canvas.I am currently pondering choices in markers.  I prefer the alcohol markers.  They…READ MORE

Is Staedtler Luna ABS Color Pencil good for water coloring?

Started by Harpreet Kaur. Last reply by Harpreet Kaur Oct 29, 2014. 4 Replies

Hello friends!                   I am a beginner and wish to use water color pencils in my projects of mixed media, canvas and so on. Please suggest a set of 36 shades good for water coloring and dry coloring. I came across some of the sets as…READ MORE

use of Pencil Colour...

Started by Umang Agarwal. Last reply by Pris Hardy Oct 5, 2014. 15 Replies

Hi Guys,Here's a question to everyone.When I color a drawing with pencil colours, thers white patches every where. LIKE ON THE DRAWING which I dont like..could u give me some tips on How to reduce it ..READ MORE

Black sheet

Started by Maha Elakad. Last reply by Mark Bedwell Oct 5, 2014. 2 Replies

Another question How can I use black sheets for drawing ? Can I use color pencils or I should use chalk which I don't prefer or like .For color pencils I don't use all colors ; some of them I use more than half while others are still as they are .…READ MORE

Polychormos colored pencils....are they "all that"?

Started by Christine A. Earle. Last reply by Pris Hardy Sep 20, 2014. 15 Replies

I've been using Prismacolor Premier colored pencils (and their VeryThin brothers) which are wax pencils. (wax bloom and all). But I've been seeing some great works with oil pencils like Polychromos and Lyra. I find them harder to locate...all I have…READ MORE

Question about Prismacolor Premiers

Started by Chelsea Rae. Last reply by Pris Hardy Sep 20, 2014. 12 Replies

Hi there!I know that this question might seem a bit odd but I'm just staring out using Prismacolor Premiers, and I was wondering if it was possible to warm the cores by rolling the pencil in your hand, the way you would warm nail polish? As I'm sure…READ MORE


Started by Maha Elakad. Last reply by Jayne Somogy Jun 27, 2014. 2 Replies

Iam sorry but what do you mean by prismacolor ?READ MORE

HElp...ASAP..with colour pencils

Started by Madhumitha. Last reply by Madhumitha May 8, 2014. 5 Replies

Im in this competition....its topic is  related to space i am done with the drawing but i dunno how to get the starry night background as the picture is based on space and aliens :DPlz tell me how to capture that effect of the space's background :D…READ MORE

Doggie portraits in Prismacolor Premiers

Started by Jan T Baillie. Last reply by Thaneeya McArdle Apr 21, 2014. 3 Replies

I love using my Prismacolors, and here are some pictures made with them.…READ MORE

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Comment by Pris Hardy on October 26, 2014 at 9:52pm

Thanks Mark! I appreciate the offer!  I'll let you know =]

Comment by Mark Bedwell on October 26, 2014 at 4:14am

Hi Pris, thanks for checking things out for me, most appreciated.

After seeing the photo and reading up on the 4 in 1, I had a sneaking suspicion that it might be very like the Mars Plastic eraser, which I already use and find very effective. Staedtler also do another eraser which is similar to their Mars Plastic, called Rasoplast, but to be honest I can't really tell the difference......if anything, the Mars Plastic has the edge. Both these erasers are easily available off Fleabay or Amazon, and come in bundles for just a few dollars.

If you want to try either of these erasers and you find them difficult to get hold of, then let me know and I can send you some.

Comment by Pris Hardy on October 25, 2014 at 11:27pm

Mark, a message from another UK colored pencil artist for you :

She said : A Staedtler Mars Plastic eraser is just as good and not as expensive Pris. Bought from most Office Supply shops 

Hope this helps!  Good luck!  Looking forward to more of your work!

Comment by Pris Hardy on October 25, 2014 at 11:37am

Good luck Mark!  A fellow CP artist in the UK managed to get some connections to get a supply of pencils etc. shipped to him.  Maybe he can get the Vanish erasers too.  I'll see what I can find out for you.

Comment by Mark Bedwell on October 24, 2014 at 5:41am

Hi Pris. Been checking out the General & Vanish erasers, and the only way I can get one in the UK is to import it from the US. It doesn't work out too expensive ($10-ish), and I'm very curious about the 4 in 1, so I'm going for it. I just hope our Customs & Excise pirates don't charge me for the privilege.  :o)

Comment by Pris Hardy on October 23, 2014 at 11:35am

I don't make many mistakes anymore either, but sometimes I realize I want a better angle on something or an object added for more dimension or whatever.  It's nice to know that I can make those changes easier now.  I'm looking forward to getting a Vanish eraser too!

Comment by Mark Bedwell on October 23, 2014 at 10:15am

Thanks for the info Pris..........gotta get me a Vanish All-in-One eraser!

I suppose I'm pretty lucky with my pics these days. Because I've been using colour pencils for so many years now, I've gained enough experience that I very rarely make mistakes any more.......well not major ones anyway.  :o)

Comment by Pris Hardy on October 23, 2014 at 9:40am

Hi Mark -

This one is made by General's.  I just found it at a much better price on Jerry's and Dick Blick.  I have a very light touch, but it's still hard to erase several layers of CP ( and charcoal and pastel are nearly impossible to erase!).  I've tried the scraping technique, as well as other erasers I have, but so far, this is the best I've tried, even when I used the OMS first.  I left the smears, but they easily erase too.  When erasing on a piece, obviously we would be more careful about erasing only  the area we need to.  Someone else just told me about the Vanish Four in One eraser, she uses it for everything and loves the results.  I found it on Jerry's.  I haven't heard of it before, but it would be worth trying.

Comment by Mark Bedwell on October 23, 2014 at 4:11am

Hi Pris, very interested in the colour pencil eraser. Who makes it and what's it called?

Here's a little trick I learnt when trying to erase colour pencil. I'm quite heavy handed, so I tend to build up my colours in light layers until I've got the shades & tones right, then I'll lay down heavy final layers. As you probably already know, light layers are fairly easy to erase using putty rubber & Mars plastic, but with heavy layers it's almost impossible to remove. I've found that by gently scraping away the top layer of wax with a fresh scalpel or Stanley blade and then using the erasers, you can get quite a good's still not perfect though.

Btw, I favour Mars plastic when I'm working on black board, as putty rubber tends to mark the surface. 

Comment by Pris Hardy on October 23, 2014 at 1:36am

Just thought I'd share an FYI : I found an eraser that I had not seen before. It claims to erase charcoal, pastel and colored pencil, so of course . . . I had to try it! I tried the same three pencils, in similar colors on two different papers. The Epson paper is actually for my printer and is really nice for making prints, cards, etc, but lousy at letting you erase anything, even graphite. Forgot to write it, but it is 51 #. 10 strokes across of the eraser on the Epson paper and 8 strokes across on the Strathmore. . . seems to work fairly well, even with the use of OMS first. I paid $3.99 + tax for two erasers.


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