Last week, we shared how coloring for adults is a growing trend that allows you not only to express your creativity, but to combat stress as well. Today, we’re going to share with you some of our favorite coloring instruments.
Crayola has a multitude of coloring tools ranging from crayons, markers, and colored pencils. If you haven’t kept up on the latest crayon advancements, boxes of crayons range from 4 colors to 120 (remember when 64 was a huge deal?), and are available in glitter, twistable, washable, and even oil pastel (which according to RBD’s Creative Director, Brian Townsend, take a certain amount of skill but are very effective). Personally, I always disliked crayons because even though the sharpener was included on my box of 64, I just never felt a sharpened crayon held up to a new crayon.
Next we have colored pencils. Colored pencils range from box store quality (like Crayola and RoseArt) to artist quality where PrismaColor, Derwent and Caran d’Ache are the dominating brands. Colored pencils lend themselves to a crispness you just can’t achieve with crayons, never mind that pencil colors can easily be blended. There are scads of tutorial videos on YouTube to help you achieve some mind-blowing dimension in your coloring if you choose the route of colored pencils.
A very-oft overlooked coloring medium is watercolor pencils or crayons, though watercolor crayons can be a bit difficult to find. These work exactly the same way as crayons and pencils, but if you take a a blender pen or a simple paint brush and water, you can achieve so much more detail than just plain crayons and pencils (although sometimes, it can be a bit messy).
Finally, there are markers. There are the standard school brands such as Crayola or Pentamark, of course, but both Sharpie and Bic have stepped up their game with available colors. No more limited selections of just red, green, blue and black; each company now offers packs with up to 36 different colors. Sharpie has even taken their product a step further and begun offering markers in a variety of points, including a brush point, fine point, and ultra fine point.
For a truly artisan marker, you may want to check out Copics. Available in over 350 colors and four different tips, Copic markers are oftentimes referred to as the world’s best markers. When it comes to coloring with these (life changing) markers, Amy DuPont’s review on Nerdophiles sums it up best.
“If I had to compare the markers to a more familiar medium, I would say that they [Copic markers] are in some ways similar to paint, as the application is very smooth, the ink doesn’t bleed, and the colors blend well. They provide the coverage of paint with the accuracy and convenience of colored pencils.”
– Amy DuPont
So now, with all of these options available to you, embrace your inner Claude Monet.
“Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.”
– Claude Monet