Colored pencils are similar to crayons in that they are a wax based medium. Like pencils, the wax pigment is surrounded by a wooded exterior. Instead of charcoal or graphite, their middle is an array of colors that can be layered.
Because of the wax recipe use to make colored pencils, they can be layered and give a smoother result than crayons which tend to leave a waxy build up.
For beginners, we love Crayola and as kids progress, Prisma.
Want to make a child really feel like an artist? Give them a pack of watercolor pencils, a paint brush and a cup of water. At first glance, these amazing pencils look like regular colored pencils.
So deceiving, unless you read the side of the pencil you will have a hard time distinguishing between them.
But once you see the magic happen with water, you will quickly pick up on the difference.
Rather than wax that makes up a colored pencil, watercolor pencils react to water rather than repelling water. This allows the color to blend into a watercolor effect. The results are beautiful.
Once your watercolor artwork is dry, you can layer details on top with colored pencils.
Most colored pencils contain wax which does not allow watercolors to be used on top of them.
Grab a coloring book or a coloring page to practice with your pencils. Visit our Freebie Library for Bible verse coloring pages.