“Kill Your Artist Block” Series Lesson 4 – Drawing Materials – Colored Pencils/Watercolor Pencils and Crayons


Hello and welcome back to this series of lessons. Why do I think I can teach lessons on art like this? When I was first starting out about 15 years ago, I decided I was a “know nothing” and began taking as many online art courses and local courses as I could afford. I’ve probably taken between 40 and 50 different classes. Some were fantastic, some not so much. It helped me to get to what was really useful, though. I’ll share most of what I’ve learned from others.

We’re still learning about different kinds of art materials. It just occurred to me you might want to see where I work. It could give you some inspiration. Yikes! What a mess.


Anyway, I thought you might like the shelves and how much space they allow you to have. Before this, my art supplies were always taking over everything.

I do have two more rooms full of supplies, but one is for sewing and the other is for shipping products to customers.

In this lesson, I’m going to talk about some very cool products. They don’t really fit into a category the way previous lessons did, but you will love what they can do.

Colored Pencils: 

While I prefer Prismacolor pencils, there are many other brands you might like better. Years ago, I was given a set of them that looks like this:  [Dickblick.com or Amazon.com or your local Artists and Craftsman Supply, if you have one]

If you can’t afford a set like this right now, no worries! Buy one pencil at a time at your local hobby store or a place online like Dickblick.com. You can purchase them as you need them.


You can also get something called a colored pencil blender. They look like these two items:


These are used when you want to blend two colors together or make a color look softer. They’re really great once you get the hang of how they work.

I mentioned in a previous lesson that it’s almost impossible to sharpen Prismacolor pencils with just any sharpener without destroying the lead. So, I always keep a prismacolor sharpener or two on hand. These are two kinds I use a lot. [Amazon.com]

Watercolor Pencils: 

These are just some brands I’ve collected over the years. You can see I had some puppies that loved chewing these. Faber and Derwent are very good brands of regular colored pencils and watercolor pencils.

In a later lesson, I’ll show you a method of using watercolor pencils (and crayons) that you’ll love using.


Watercolor Crayons: 

These are really fantastic to use, also. The Brits call them “Water-Soluble Crayons,” but here in the USA they’re called Watercolor Crayons. They can be used very much like watercolor pencils, and I’ll show you a really great technique for using them in a later lesson. They’re fairly inexpensive for a set like this. [Michaels or Hobby Lobby or Dickblick.com or Amazon.com]

Prismacolor Markers: 

These markers are used widely by cartoonists and comic book/graphic novel artists in professional fields. You can buy them one small set at a time. I bought a very large set once years ago. The only problem with that is if you don’t use them often, they tend to dry out over time. So use them as much as you can right after you get them. They also have blenders like the pencils do, that allow you to blend colors and make them seem softer. There are also some markers called Copic, but they are REALLY expensive compared to these. Try out several brands before you buy a very large set.  [Amazon.com or Dickblick.com]

That’s all for today. Hope you will join me again next time.

We’ll be discussing more art materials you might want to consider in the future.

See you soon!