Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Reviewing Fine Art Colored Pencils

Use Good Pencils When Coloring or Sketching

Colored Pencils
I mentioned in another post a few weeks back that I love to color in the coloring books that are on the market specifically for adults. What I  am finding is that the quality of the pencils does make a difference in the outcome of your finished piece. I have decided that for future coloring pages, I want to use the fine art colored pencils when I color. 

The picture on the left is an example of one variety of colored pencils (I found the image at Pixabay). Now, I can't tell from the image if they are what is considered fine art pencils or not but they look to be of a good quality. If you have done much coloring or if you are an artist, you know that not all colored pencils are the same. As a general rule the less expensive the the pencil the lower quality of the pencil. With the lower quality pencils the colors are not as vivid, they might not blend well and the end result may not be as vibrant as you want them to be.

I have a birthday coming up and I've decided to ask my family for some Marco Raffine Fine Art colored pencils. They are a better quality than the pencils that I use right now. From what I can tell from my research they would be considered a high end student pencil or a low end artist grade pencil. They are a good choice for me to move up to. Maybe later, I can get some even higher quality colored pencils as I progress in my skills but for now this seems like the logical next step in my growing collection of coloring supplies.


I think that I will be happy with the upgraded quality of these pencils over the ones that I am coloring with now. With the less expensive pencils I can blend and shade and layer but it takes quite a few steps to accomplish the look that I am going for. The Marco Raffine pencils should do a better job with those techniques than the cheaper pencils that I use at the moment.

As much as I love to color and that it relaxes me, I do want to have my finished coloring pages to look a little more refined. My own little pieces of fine art, if you will. As I hone my skills, I would like to frame some of the finished pages at some point and time. I think that I will be happier with a higher grade of pencil and eventually be proud enough of something to frame it.

How about you? Had you considered that not all colored pencils are created the same? Would you be willing to pay a little more if you knew that the quality of the pencil was going to give you better results? Or does it even matter to you?



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7 comments:

  1. When I visited my mom last month, she wanted me to color in one of her adult coloring books. It was fun, but I'm sure it would have been more fun with better colored pencils. Very happy to see your recommendation!

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  2. Having an artist daughter, who is married to an artist, I know from talking with them that good quality art supplies are always preferred. So even if you are doing your art (ex: coloring in adult coloring books)for your own pleasure, you want the finished product to be something you are pleased with and proud of. So, yes, I agree having good quality colored pencils is important.

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  3. I do think we all spend a lot of time creating our art whether it is through sewing, crocheting, crafts, painting, coloring, etc. I am a firm believer in using the best supplies available. After all, your time is worth the best and quality shows!

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  4. I do like Raffine colored pencils, and hope you like them too. Hubby and I also like Prismacolors. We use them for our sketches and for coloring too.

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  5. I've been coloring with my 4 year old grandson, and find it to be very relaxing. I was just at the craft store this week and started to look into adult coloring books. I hope the new pencils work out for you. Thanks for the review.

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  6. I am definitely discovering the difference as of late. I was doing a few doodles with my granddaughter and quality does matter when you are thinking pencils and coloring.

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  7. I would be willing to pay a little more, it can make such a difference. Love to color, used to sit for hours doing that ... I need to start again!

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