As I was finishing yesterday’s coloring, I had some thoughts about colored pencils that I wanted to share with you.

These are the pencils that I used to color my Fresh Clean Greens picture. As you can tell, I did branch out into a couple of different color groups. I also used both Faber-Castell Polychromos and Derwent Coloursoft pencils.

The Polychromos are the ones with the color matched barrels. The Coloursofts have the very end color matched, but the barrels are a uniform deep burgundy tinged brown. You’ll also notice a little difference in barrel thickness and that the Coloursofts are less sharp. They don’t hold a point quite as well as the Polychromos – so they usually aren’t my first pick for detail work.

I have the large sets of both types of pencils, and while the Polychromos are used a bit more – I find that when I need light shades, I often grab a Coloursoft. You can see I used them in this picture for the palest pink, the lightest green, and the light yellow green.

This is how I store my pencils. I use Pelican 1060 storage boxes which are sturdy, have a tight clasp, and are essentially both dog and goat proof. I have quite a few of these now. The reddish ones hold all of my standard pencils except for my little set of Koh-I-Noor woodless pencils. (They get their own little Pelican box – just the right size for taking everywhere.) I use blue Pelican 1060s to hold all of my water activated pencils, and have a black one that I use for my way too big collection of graphite pencils in all hardnesses. I have another for chalk pastel pencils too. Probably a few others I’m not counting.

The boxes stack and organize neatly. For normal pencil coloring, I’ll grab a couple of shade assortment boxes like you see here. Normally I’ll pluck out a few Polychromos to get started and then add other pencil types as needed. Coloursofts to add more shades to the mix, and the Derwent Studios (a super hard pencil) for itty bitty detail touches.

In the middle of coloring a picture, I store my in use shades in another Pelican 1060. I use that one for any in progress stuff so I don’t forget what shades I’ve used so far. It’s also handy to take out for a few minutes of porch coloring. The colored interior of the Pelican boxes is a cushioned material which keeps pencil points from hitting hard surfaces.

Here’s something else that I wanted to show you. When I went to color these little backing shapes – I didn’t want to add any extra colors to the picture. But I tend to be all fussy about letting same colors touch – and I wanted to use the very same purple in side by side shapes. That’s one of the great things about pencils. Just get a really nice sharp point and a little bit of extra pressure – and look what happens!

How’s this look? Same purple, but a very different appearance. Most of this was from having that super sharp pencil point. When the pencil is very sharp, colors are darker because the pencil lead can get into every crevice of the paper. That does most of the work and just a smidge of extra pressure finishes the effect. No smashing the pencil into the paper needed – but look at that lovely dark color.

I’m glad I didn’t try to squeeze all of this into yesterday’s post. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to enjoy the coloring without a lot of chatter, and other times a good babble is good for you. 🙂


(One last look at yesterday’s coloring, from Balance For Crayons And Wide Tipped Markers, colored with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and Derwent Coloursoft pencils.)