3 Cool Techniques You Can Do With Color Pencils


Color pencils are an inexpensive way to create amazing works of art. While they may be inexpensive, the pieces you create don’t need to look inexpensive. Color pencils come in hard and soft leads and knowing the difference between the two and when to use each is the key to the following techniques. Check out the tips and techniques below that can add a polish and panache to this too often overlooked medium.

  • Are you a fan of Jackson Pollock? Who isn’t? You can’t recreate his paintings, but you can recreate his techniques. Stippling is easy. Just use a sharp pencil to make points of color on paper. Make sure your points are very close together. Close enough to blend together into the image you’re creating. It’s a cool technique your fellow artists and art lovers will ooh and ahh over.

  • Scumbling is a technique you probably don’t even know you know. Most likely, you did it as a kid. Scumbling is simply drawing in continuous circles without lifting your pencil. We used to call it scribble scrabble, remember? It’s a great way to fill in large areas of your artwork. Plus, it’s just cool to realize you already knew how to do this one. Try varying the sharpness of your pencil lead to create different scumbling effects.

  • Another way to fill in large areas is with crosshatching. It’s a super-easy way to create texture and movement. Draw a series of parallel diagonal lines in one direction. Then draw another series of lines on top of the first lines, but in the opposite direction. The goal is to get the lines to cross over each other and create a field of color and texture. Try using it to create streams and lakes that appear to have motion.
Try these easy-to-learn techniques the next time you take color pencils to paper. Be sure to browse our line of Faber-Castell and Prismacolor pencils here. They offer superior color you’ll love at a price point that won’t break the bank of even the most starving artist.

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