Monday, February 1, 2016

Coloured Pencils or Markers?

I started colouring in July, this is what my stash of colouring books looks like now, I was very lucky at Christmas - it was definitely a colouring Christmas!!!


If you're colouring, I'm interested to know your preference in coloured pencils and markers.  I prefer to colour with pencils but some pages just call for markers, really, just about every page in the "Fantastic Cities" page does, as the images are so small.  


I started out with a small box of Hilroy pencils, I quickly knew that would never be enough, I bought a small box of Crayola, then moved on to the big Crayola box.  I was happy with the array or colours but as I coloured more, the leads started to break, sharpening was really doing a number on them.  At this point, I probably would not buy any more Crayola.


I was hoping for something better for Christmas, I wasn't disappointed.


My husband secretly picked up the box of Sargent pencils the last time we were in the US at Hobby Lobby, I really like these pencils, there are 56 different colours, there are so many extras in this box which is great.  I also received a metallic box of Faber Castell pencils, I like the way these ones colour too.    My son gave me Prismacolor Premier pencils they are beautiful, they glide along the page, the colours are vibrant, I love them!  I might be spoiled!!


My first package of markers came from Dollarama, they're not bad at all, I had one dry up, maybe the cover wasn't on tightly, and one tip break off.  So, I thought I had to have more colours, I bought this box of Maped markers at Staples, not good - I couldn't even finish a flower and the marker was dried up, it happened to me twice, I haven't used them much since - I don't want to ruin another page.    Do you use markers and what kind?



Storing your pencils is another problem - where to put them for easy access.  My husband bought this art box at a yard sale or thrift shop, he made slots for my pencils and now I have a really nice storage box.  It opens up on top too so I can keep extra paper in there to put between the pages.  I love it!!




This page I did with the Prismacolor pencils, in the Animal Kingdom book.



Another page from the  Animal Kingdom book, done with the Sargent pencils.  I really like this book and any book that has thick pages is my favourite!

I'd love to hear what your preferences are...

14 comments:

  1. I got a couple of coloring books in December. I just use Crayola pencils and thin tip markers. They're really cheap, so easy to replace when you need new ones. Plus you can get them almost anywhere!

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    1. That's a very good point - that the markers are cheap to replace! Colour on!!!

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  2. I haven't jumped on the coloring book bandwagon yet, but I have noticed some of those pages look really intricate. Too much detail for most markers. A good pencil sharpener helps too. I've seen a lot about gel pens lately but haven't bought any myself. That might be something to check. Have fun!

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  3. I an enticed by the idea of the adult coloring book but don't have any yet - I loved coloring when I was a kid. I will have to try it. I own some coloring pencils that when you add water they turn to watercolor - that would appeal to me (bought at Micheals).

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    1. You must give it a try, it's a great past time!! Colouring books are everywhere now!!

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  4. My mom received a coloring book for Christmas and bought herself another. She gave me a page to work on when I visit and I enjoy it but would rather paint. She used the 8 pack Crayola fine tip markers that came with her present and I recently bought her a package with 18 or so colors. She was thrilled. I like using markers but I do have some watercolor pencils I would love to try out. Your pictures are beautiful!

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    1. Colouring appeals to all ages - it's fun!!!

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  5. I use colored pencils, and Sakura jelly roll pens when I color, and so far I'm satisfied. That's a nice box Gary got for you, and your pages are pretty.

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    1. I have to look for these Sakura jelly roll pens!

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  6. I have a set of Prismacolor markers that I like a lot, I supplement the colors with my Sharpies.

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  7. I too have discovered the wonderful world of colouring books for adults. I would love to try gel pens as they glide so easily.

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    1. Yes, I need to try the gel pens too!! Colouring is such fun!

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  8. Looks like so much fun... I really need to
    do this. I'm afraid I'll need all the books
    that are out there.

    The pics are great!!

    M : )

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  9. Hi Jill. I haven't jumped on the wagon yet but I think if I did that I would prefer pencils. For the last 20 years or so I always take color books and crayons to people in the hospital. Adults have loved them as well as kids. It is great to know that coloring is now "in". LOL!

    Hugs, Dianne

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