Guest Post by Cindy Howard
It’s no secret, coloring for adults is a trend with no end in sight any time soon. This stream in the amount of adults that color is impacting the pencil industry. Stabilo, Faber-Castell, Staedtler, and even Crayola are struggling to keep up with the demand. If this wasn’t enough of a problem, customers are looking for bigger challenges within the pencil industry. They want a wider variety of colors at affordable prices.
Customers also care about whether the pencil has a wax or oil based lead, and rather it’s soft or hard lead. Why is everyone going thru all this trouble? The answer is simple. Adult coloring, known for its therapeutic benefits makes for a perfect environment and the best coloring tools.
I’m going to review a few of the different pencils that I have tried, pros and cons and what I think of them based on a scale of 1-5 with 1 being the worse pencil out there and 5 being one of the best.
First one I’m going to talk to you about is Crayola Colored Pencils. These were the first brand I bought when I got back into coloring as an adult. They are actually one of my favorite brands that I use quite often. The colors are labeled on the pencils, variety of vibrant colors, they color smoothly on paper and layer well as far as blending with them. The grip of the pencil is comfortable and there is no pencil flaking when using them. They are definitely very affordable and an investment worth making.
Next we have Cra-Z-Art colored pencils. The colors are also labeled on this brand of pencils, and there is a wide variety of colors but they are not as vibrant as crayola. There is light pencil flaking with these ones. The biggest con I have about these pencils are the continuous breakage of the leads. So while the price and wide variety of colors are great, the quality is not. I would give these a 3 on my 1-5 scale.
For the next pencils we will talk about, Sargent Art Colored Pencils. The colors are labeled on these pencils and they require little to no sharpening. is no flaking with them but the pigmentation of colors is not anything like the Crayola and Cra-Z-Art pencils. The colors show up light, and look faded. Although some may not care for this brand of pencil, they are an affordable price and many do like them. If you color with a heavy hand that these would definitely work for you. I would give these a 3 also.
Next up are Derwent WaterColour Pencils. These are thicker around than the other brands, and are also labeled on each pencil which colors they are. They come in a metal tin with a slot for each pencil. Vibrant and high quality pigments that glide smoothly on paper. Ideal for shading and blending. Color fills in easily with these. There is moderate flaking when coloring. They work well wet or dry. They are more expensive than the other brands I’ve mentioned but well worth the investment. I would give these a 4.
Last on the list are Prismacolor Color Pencils. These pencils are labeled with their colors and also come in a metal tin with a slot for each pencil. They have very rich color and smooth texture. Vibrant and high quality pigments also. They have a soft lead that is ideal for shading and blending with moderate flaking while coloring. These pencils are expensive but they are a very good investment! If you can’t find the color you are looking for you can create it. Out of all the pencil brands I have tried, prismacolors have no comparison. The only issue I have found is they wear down quite fast and require sharpening more often because it’s hard to get in tiny spots when they are dull. I would give these pencils a 5.
When it comes to buying the best colored pencils, it all depends on what techniques you will be using. If you don’t do a lot of blending and shading than you won’t need soft lead pencils. If you like taking your coloring with you where ever you go, than it might be better to invest in a good travel case. All of these brands have their own great selling points and I hope my experience with them will help with your decision making when shopping for new pencils.