So technically it’s not really a colouring craze, it’s just that more people are getting into it again and it’s being promoted a lot more than in the past. The ‘craze’ part has kind of died down since it started a couple of years ago. I have been colouring for a while though only bits and pieces. I have amassed a large collection of books but with only a few finished pieces. I’ve also been following a number of colourists online through instagram and You Tube who inspire and provide some good advice.
One of the first questions I asked early on was “What coloured pencils do I use?”. There are so many different brands and types out there that it can be a bit daunting to choose. The top two brand named pencils I am aware of are Prismacolor and Faber Castell Polychromos. These are not your standard colouring pencils, they’re designed for artists. Johanna Basford, who inspired everyone to take up their pencils again with her numerous colouring books, tends to lean towards Staedtler (who now are working with her and her books). For Staedtler you have the Noris Club pencils which are pretty much your student, cheap pencils. They are okay but not really a good choice for these types of books. The Ergo Soft group of pencils by Staedtler are a much better choice and are Johanna’s choice of colouring pencils. They have a great pigment, bright colours and really good for any of her or other colouring books. I have a set and really do like using them, however they are limited in colours (24), and you can sort of blend them together and it works okay but not as well as the higher priced pencils. Continue reading