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Colored Pencils

Are you drawn to colored pencils? This extraordinary media has grown in popularity over the years, as colored pencil technology has become more refined and the resulting art more detailed and lifelike.

Blick offers a wide range of colored pencil choices for everyone from the absolute beginner or student grade colored pencils, to intermediate and professional artist grade colored pencils, and also for children ready to graduate from crayons to the next big thing. Professional-quality artist colored pencils contain more pigment and wax than what artists may remember using as children, resulting in deeper, richer colors. Aquarelle pencils can be used wet as well as dry to create stunning watercolor washes and effects.

Colored pencil art is a process that becomes more challenging and enjoyable as different techniques are mastered. From simply learning how to move a colored pencil back and forth and adjust pressure on the tip, to learning how to hatch (make parallel lines), cross-hatch (make intersecting lines), layer (build up multiple layers of color), burnish (layer and blend until the paper's surface is no longer visible), scrape, add reflections, create textures, and more, it's a challenging and rewarding process.

Whatever your interest or skill level, Blick has endless choices for individual pencils and colored pencil sets. Do you color as a meditative practice? You may find that better quality colored pencils make this activity even more enjoyable and rewarding. Be sure to check out our colored pencils for kids that are scented, metallic, neon, glitter, multicultural, and more that cater to their whims and their way of seeing the world. Twist-up cores help keep their hands clean, too!