Coloured Pencil


A coloured pencil or pencil crayon is an art medium constructed of a narrow, pigmented core encased in a wooden cylindrical case. Unlike graphite and charcoal pencils, coloured pencils’ cores are wax-based and contain varying proportions of pigments, additives, and binding agents. Oil-based, water-soluble and mechanical coloured pencils are also manufactured.

Coloured pencils can vary greatly in terms of quality and usability, the concentration of pigments in the wax core, the lightfastness of the pigments, the durability of the coloured pencil, the softness of the lead and the range of colours are indicators of a brand’s quality and, consequently, its market price.

How I work with Coloured Pencils  I use layers and layers of different colours. This is technique is called glazing. Colour is applied, blended and rubbed back repeatedly until the surface takes on a mellow and beautiful sheen. I also use a scribble technique (I know – very technical!). The scribbles are also applied in layers of colour which creates movement and depth.


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