How to Use Prismacolor Pencils

Updated February 21, 2017

Prismacolor coloured pencils are high-quality pencils, rich in pigments. These pencils are a top choice for artists of all experience levels. These pencils are great for layering and blending, and come in 132 shades. Coloured pencils are a unique medium because they are both translucent and opaque. The following are several techniques which can help artists take full advantage of these coloured pencils.

Keep a sharp point on your coloured pencils at all times. It is important to use fine strokes and to be able to have control of the width of your strokes, which is not possible with dull points.

Outline the subjects of your drawing in a lighter shade pencil before going in to shade in the full colours. First layers should always be lightest.

Layer your colours in many small, fine strokes. You can always add more, but it is hard to take them away. Start small and build up to the right amount of strokes you need when colouring. Pressing lighter creates lighter-coloured strokes, and pressing harder creates more vibrant colour.

Create shadows and shading by layering multiple colours in the same colour group. For example, if you are colouring a blue shadow, layer two to three different shades of blue all in the same direction.

Use the Prismacolor colourless blender--a non-pigmented pencil to burnish and blend colours together and completely hide the paper underneath. Use a cotton swab to further blend colours together smoothly.

Create a stippled effect by making a variety of dots of colour on the paper with your pencils. This can be used for creating patterns or textures and is a distinctive way to blend colours.

Create new colours by using the cross-hatching method. To do this, layer one colour over another at an angle that is perpendicular to the first colour.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil sharpener
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