Every pencil brand and style is a little bit different. There is a lot of variety in lead hardness or softness, and that makes a big difference in how well they hold their points after sharpening.

For the yellow and orange, I used my comfort coloring favorites – the Koh-I-Noor woodless pencils. They are an excellent all purpose pencil and feel nice in the hand. Those are the colored pencils that I use the most in my sketchbooks, but all of these tiny spots in this design meant that I needed to sharpen them quite often.

I switched to my Derwent Studio pencils for the itsy bitsy part of these spirals. Derwent Studios are super hard and when you sharpen them to a pint they stay that way for fairly long time. They don’t have the same silky feeling on paper as my favorite types of pencils, but for upper fine detail work they are wonderful. No spot is too small for one of these pencils.

My pencil mood does change over the course of a coloring, and sure enough – eventually I switched brands again. This time it was to my favorite type of pencil for coloring book coloring, my Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. They hold their point well for the most part – not as well as the Derwent Studios, but they more than make up for it with the way they glide so smoothly over the paper.

I find my Koh-I-Noors most comforting, and the Polychromos most soothing – which is a really fine difference but one that you can probably relate to if you are into intricate coloring. Picking your “just right” pencil is a lot like picking your just right tea or just right incense. So many little sensory aspects factor in and the way you feel at the moment is also a big part of it. Good thing there are so many choices!

Today’s coloring is From Classy (Angie’s Patterns Volume 13), colored with Koh-I-Noor woodless pencils, Derwent Studio Pencils and Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.