Adult Colouring Materials

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I thought I’d share with my colouring enthusiast and curious friends what kind of materials I use for adult colouring. Since I started colouring I have slowing been upgrading and adding to my art supplies. Back when I first started I wish I knew the pros and cons of these brands. Although it was probably better to start with cheaper supplies before I committed to more expensive ones.

There are so many more art supplies I wish could buy if I had unlimited time and money. I would love a set of Faber-Castel Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils, or to experiment with different types of markers like Tombow or Copic. I am also really curious about Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencils. However, I am always mindful about buying pencils that have open stock available and not doubling up too much on materials that are very similar. Who knows maybe Santa will bring me something new later this year.

The latest pencils I purchased were the Prismacolor Premiers, which I can’t live without now. Although I love to go back to my Faber-Castell Polychromos for a different experience and when doing tutorials that use them. I also love my Inktense pencils, which are water-soluble. The technique for Inktense is completely different, so it’s nice to have a break and go crazy with them sometimes. I don’t have a lot of additional materials, but I’m happy with the brands I have bought.

What are your favourite pencils?

Do you have any art supplies you can’t live without for adult colouring books?



Prismacolor Premium 150 Colored Pencils   

These are my favourite pencils to colour with. They are nice and soft so they blend really well and there are so many shades of colour. My only problem with these pencils that I sometimes have breakage when I sharpen them. These pencils were actually my last purchase and I use them the most.



Faber-Castell Polychromos Artists‘ Colour Pencils 120 set

These are my second favourite pencils and were my second set of pencils. I received the 24 pencils for Christmas and then spent a fortune buying the remaining pencils to make up the 120 colours. The cores are stronger and my pencils have lasted longer than Prismacolor, however, they are a lot harder and take more coats to blend. There are plenty of shades of green, flesh and brown that are lacking in my other sets but they do lack pastel shades.



Derwent Inkense Pencils 72 set

I love these pencils for doing watercolour. These are not water colour pencils, so they do not reactive with water once dry. I don’t find this a problem, as they dry rather quickly so feel like I have more control of the colour. The only problem is that the shades are all quite vibrant and the pack lacks pale shades. I have bought a few open stock Faber-Castel Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils in pale colours to accompany this set. I may buy those too at a later stage.



Derwent Artist Pencils 72 set

These pencils are probably my least favourite and least used a set of pencils. I originally bought the Derwent Studio Pencils, not realising that they were different to the Artist pencils. So I started my colouring journey with the hardest, scratchies pencils. I eventually gave those away and bought these ones to accompany my Faber Castell Polychomos. They aren’t great at blending but they do blend well with Polychromos. Unless you’re crazy for pencils and doing tutorials that utilise these pencils, I would probably skip these pencils in favour of Prisma or Polychromos coloured pencils.



Jasart Premium Colour Pencil 12 Sets

When I first started colouring I bought this small set to accompany my Derwent Studio pencils. I found the Derwent colours a bit too dull and these colours are very vibrant. They are also a lot softer. I never bought another larger pack as you can’t buy open stock of them and I only really used most of the greens up. If you’re not too serious about colouring these backs are cheap and lovely to colour with. They also come in watercolour sets.



Black Faber-Castel Artist Pitt Pens

I use these pens for adding details or fix pictures that are missing details. I use the thick Brush pen for doing black backgrounds. I always put down black pencil before going over with the Pitt pen, so that there is no bleed through. I haven’t had any problems with them.



White Uni-ball Signo Broad Gel Ink Rollerball Pen

I use this pen the most in my colouring books to add any white, such as stars, sparkles and shine spots and lines. I first began using the same pen but in a thinner version, but I find the broader pen has a lot more juice and is easier to lay down.



White Uni POSCA Marker PC-1MR Ultra-Fine Bullet Tip

The Posca pen does soak into the pencil a little so it’s not my first choice for doing white detailing. However, when I want to add some sparkles that won’t be so bright and are a bit faded I use my Posca instead of Signo pen.



Gold and Silver Uni-ball Signo Noble Metal Gel Ink Rollerball Pen

For gold and silver details I use these two pens. I find that their shades are more realistic. I also found I can shade over to the top of these pens lightly with a pencil.



Costco Point & Line Gel n’ Roll Ink Pens with Metal Case 50pk

I got these at Costco in Australia and I’m not sure if they stock them regularly. I’m pretty happy with them. They come in a variety of colours, which include classic, neon, pastel, metallic and glitter colours. I haven’t used them a lot, but I have found them to be good quality and I like the shades.  By Agie has done a nice video review on them.



STABILO point 88 Mini 18 Set

I bought these little fine liners to get into tight little areas, primarily for Johanna Basford’s Lost Ocean. I didn’t want to spend the extra to get the normal size unless I was happy with these. To be honest I am yet to use them. They are on stand by.



Pental Aquash Brushes

I use these pens with my Derwent Inkense Pencils. I have the fine tip and medium tip. These refillable multi purpose brush pens that are filled with water, to use with water soluble art products. You can control the water flow by squeezing the pen to release the water and active the coloured pens. I have seen people use a paint brush and water, but if your serious about using Inktense or water colour pencils these brushes are the way to go.



Mungyo Non Toxic Square Chalk, Soft Pastel, 64 Pack, Assorted Colors

I originally had some cheap student pastels and wanted step it up. I found these pastels on Ebay on another artists recommendation and I love them. There are so many shades and they are so vibrant. I’m not sure on quality compared to higher end brands, but for colouring books they are perfect.



Jasart Soft Pastels 12 Set

I initially bought these pastels just to try out since they were cheap. They weren’t bad and great if you’re just starting out. There aren’t many colours thought and the pigment was a bit pale.



Micador Water Soluble Oil Pastels

I bought this big set of pastels by accident. I didn’t realise they weren’t soft pastels. So I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them yet. It comes in 48 beautiful shades.



Faber-Castell Watercolor paint box 12 colors

I bought this pack just to try out watercolour. They aren’t bad, but are very limited palette. I would like to upgrade to a larger pack eventually and do some more watercolour in my books.



Derwent Electric Eraser

This eraser was life-changing. It can take off so much pencil pigment off the paper if you make a mistake and really gives your hand a break. It is also easy to get into tight places.



Sanford Peel-off Magic Rub

I was previously using this Eraser. I quite liked it. It can be sharpened and get into small areas. You can find a similar brand in Prismacolor and Faber-Castell.


Pencil Case

Tran Deluxe Pencil Case Holds 120

I bought this pencil case for my Polychromos 120 set. I love it. It was a bit pricey, but it is very durable and good to travel with. It was also one of the only cases I found that fit this many pencils. However, it is a little big and some of the side pockets are a bit tight. I did try to put my Prismacolor 150 set to travel. This meant fitting 3 pencils per hole. I got them all in but it was just annoying to take them in and out.



Pencil Case/Bags

I bought a few of these cheap pencil bags from eBay. They are a great budget option. Although they aren’t as well made as the Trans, they are good enough. I haven’t had any problems with mine. I have a 50, 75 and recently the 150 (for my Prismacolors). I think they would be ok to travel but you would have to be careful not to scratch them. They are also pretty small so they are less cumbersome to carry around.


6 thoughts on “Adult Colouring Materials

  1. My favorite colored pencils for coloring books are the Fantasia colored pencils which are available from time to time in the supermarket 2.50 € for 36 Pencils and otherwise the Guang Hui pencils 160 pencils for about 30 € which are softer than the Fantasias and can be applied a little more beautifully.
    For these you need a good sharpener, so that does not break off so soft are these Pencils.
    These are described on Amazon as a little harder than Prismacolors and softer than the Marco Raffine from a review. These are also more than twice as expensive as the others with 6,75 € for 36 pieces, then I expect that these are better, because if it is possible to buy good basic colored pencils for 2.50 €.
    The coloring books are closed most of the time and there the colored pencils do not have to be light resisted, because they barely get light.
    Or do you decorate your walls with the filled pages? That you have to use these very expensive pencils?
    Kind regards


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    1. Hi Askia Luna, sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I live in Australia I haven’t come across the Fantasia pencils you mentioned. I have heard of the Guang Hui pencils, but haven’t tried them. I have tried some other cheaper student brands in the past but I do prefer the artist quality pencils. I do like the effects of the brands that I have bought and also a big thing for me is that I can buy openstock from local artstore. In Australia postage is very expensive, prices also increase with exchange rate, plus we have been blacklisted from other world Amazon stores and have to now pay tax on incoming international goods. I did buy most of my sets when I found them on sale and for speical occassions and only buy new pencils when I need them and it does tend to be certain colours I chew through faster more then others. I hope I answered your question and thanks for writing to me 🙂


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