I have also with permission from several artist to convert their design to colored pencils and this has given me a chance to learn color on my own. I find this to a very relaxing medium and can be done anywhere in the studio, or in a comfortable chair in the livingroom while watching tv, or setting on the deck enjoying the great spring weather.
I use the prisim color pencils and love them. I have some tips on using your pencils.
- When you first buy your pencils if you buy them single make sure the (leadcolor) is centered in the pencil. If it is off center it will not sharpen correctly and keep breaking.
- Try not to drop the pencils as the core color will break inside the pencil and will keep breaking when sharpened. If you drop the pencils you can lay it in the Microwave for a few seconds and hope that it will melt the core color back together where broken.
- When you buy or use a new pencil that has not been sharpened I like to sharpen it in the electric pencil sharpener and then use a hand held pencil sharpener after that to keep a sharp point if needed there are times you will need a dull point. Some artist I have seen sharpe
- n both ends of the pencil one to be very sharp and the other to be a dull point but that is up to your preference. The pencil has a name and number on one end of the pencil and you may want to keep that visible so you know what you are using in your design.
- Color charting is a good way to keep track of your pencils, I use a white color card stock and make a grid. Starting with a column for the pencil color gradation. and the second column for the pencil name and number. This is the simplest way for me to see what colors I have and what colors I need to purchase.
- Storage is a personal choice. I sort mine by color family and put them in pint fruit jars and put in a large plastic tote and they are then very portable. and the extra items I use I put in a plastic pencil bag.
These are three colored pencil I have done .
Grannys Korner Studio.