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Old 02-22-2011, 01:16 PM   #2041
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Hi Eels and Marilyn! Welcome to the thread. Dina already gave you great advice.

I store mine in a pencil holder I made. I used 1" PVC pipe and cut them to around 2" tall and made a wooden box to put them in. Some people use toilet paper tubes.

One other thing about buying pencils.... check Ebay. I don't buy sets unless they are really cheap but I have found great deals there.

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Just wanted to bump this up to the top again! Here's my latest Prismacolor work in the gallery:

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Looks PERFECT to me Dina. I think we tend to be our worst critics. You do great work.
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Okay, ladies I need your help and suggestions. I LOVE using my Prismacolor pencils but I only have a small set of 36. I was thinking of getting the set of 72. I am looking for lighter colors that can be used for Easter. What do y'all suggest?
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Okay, ladies I need your help and suggestions. I LOVE using my Prismacolor pencils but I only have a small set of 36. I was thinking of getting the set of 72. I am looking for lighter colors that can be used for Easter. What do y'all suggest?
With Prismacolor sets, each size larger includes all the colors in the smaller set. So getting the 72 will only get you 36 new colors to use. You may be better logging into Blick Art Store and ordering up a bunch of colors through their open stock. The other advantage to this is being able to try different brand pencils as well.

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Just wanted to bump this up to the top again! Here's my latest Prismacolor work in the gallery:

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Pretty card Dina. Did you water color the trees and sky in?
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I was also going to suggest Dick Blick individual Prismacolors. You get to pick the colors you want/need. If you're interested in other brands they sell them individually also. Got my Inktense and Colorsoft pencils that way. I love Dick Blick.
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Those who are also reading the Copic Chatter thread already know that SCS has recently expanded the Templates gallery category to Templates Cards & More. Things like coloring diagrams may now be uploaded there. The two I've done are for Copics, but the same type of illustration would work well for Prismacolor pencils. If any of you have done something like this for colored pencils, I'd love to see your examples.
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I just wanted to thank all of you for this thread! I have learned so so much!
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Wow!! Just found this thread and am so excited!! I've recently gotten the Prisma bug big time but still love my copics too!
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Okay, ladies I need your help and suggestions. I LOVE using my Prismacolor pencils but I only have a small set of 36. I was thinking of getting the set of 72. I am looking for lighter colors that can be used for Easter. What do y'all suggest?
I think V's answer was a good one! Go open stock to fill in unless you see a great deal somewhere. I've got two sets of 60 unopened because they were under $30 each.
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I've had good luck @ Jerry's Art-a-rama as well~~for what it's worth, I just bought a new book by Beverly Johnston and she uses Faber-Castell. Although I have the complete set of Prisma's, I'm definitely lovin' the Derwent colorsofts & love the way they blend.
This book is all about layering w/o using OMS, so it's very different to me!
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I forgot to mention~~that digital stamp you have of the dog, and sentiment "yours drooly" is a HOOT! I plan on getting it this weekend!
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I have a request. I have a couple of fairly realistic line drawn dog stamps ( not outlines) that I'd like to color white. ( poodle, bichon, etc) How do I do that without just stamping white and black? Could someone direct me to snowmen, or other white objects? Or tell me what pencils you use?
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If I want to color something realistically, I always do a google image search and find an image that has the animal in about the same position so I can mimic the shading, etc. Find the biggest picture possible so you can see the detail better... sometimes you'd be surprised what colors are in the shaded areas.

I downloaded this little color picker tool that lets me grab a color from anywhere (any individual pixel, actually) on my screen and gives me the RBG, HEX and other color codes - really handy little tool.

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I just downloaded the color picker tool and it's a great tool to have. Thanks Dina.
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Just wanted to say I love using colored pencils, I use a variety of colors from my kids' art projects and I really appreciate the shading hints!
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Great thread, I just purchased my first set of Prismacolor pencils!
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@koolkat22 For coloring white stuff I use white Prismacolors but for shading I like to use Greyed Lavender. It helps to have the white image next to a darker color too. You can check this out..... Le Painter by MrHambo - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers The Artist's coat is the white area I'm talking about.
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Great thread, I just purchased my first set of Prismacolor pencils!

Congrats! Have fun!

@Julia.... I started with my kids' colored pencils a few years ago. There was one Crayola color I loved... Mahogany... that I haven't found a suitable match for yet.
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I finally have a card that I feel is worthy of sharing with you all here I was so shocked that I could make the peaches look, well, like peaches!
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Tim - My monsters use colored pencils instead of crayons. They don't melt in the hot car and while the dog will chew on pencils, she can't eat them like she does crayons. I've been known to snag one of their pencils when I need a color that just doesn't seem to exist in my pencil collection!

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Tim - My monsters use colored pencils instead of crayons. They don't melt in the hot car and while the dog will chew on pencils, she can't eat them like she does crayons. I've been known to snag one of their pencils when I need a color that just doesn't seem to exist in my pencil collection!

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I was talking about the Crayola colored pencil Mahogany. My kids use the pencils too and some crayons. I showed my girl how to use Inktense Pencils and she loved it! Neither one draws too much in my opinion. I need to work on that!
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This book is all about layering w/o using OMS, so it's very different to me!
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I was talking about the Crayola colored pencil Mahogany. My kids use the pencils too and some crayons. I showed my girl how to use Inktense Pencils and she loved it! Neither one draws too much in my opinion. I need to work on that!
I figured as much. My monsters are avid pencil artists. They think they should color whenever Mama colors! I even print them a copy of the images I'm working on. They like that best of all.

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hi all!
well my dick blick experiment order arrived as i mentioned and i finally got to play!

i got caran d'ache pablo and luminance, faber-castell polychromos and derwent colorsoft. i can say i like them all but i CANNOT say whther or not i like them BETTER than my prismas....the pablos seemed a bit harder than i like. the luminance are fbaulous but i am not sure they are 3.70 per pencil fabulous... i DO like both the derwent and the polychromos. i really like the polychromos - seem softer and creamier...IF i get to a point where i get another set it will be the polychromos!

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I have been following your thread and learning so many things.

I did want to let you know that I have over 120 prisms and some Pablos for sale on the buy/sell list if anyone is interested.
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I'm in love..... seriously in love.....with watercolour pencils!! We had a planned power outage of about 5 hours during this week = no fiddling on the computer + no light to craft in my craft room, so I took a pack of 48 Faber Castell ordinary watercolour pencils to play with on the table out on our decking. I already love the Gamsol Magic technique with my Prismas and just hadn't got around to trying the watercolour pencils - and oh, I am so glad I did. It really rocked my world! Isn't it nice when you discover something that just makes you feel all happy and bubbly inside - like a little party going on in the heart. I know they are only pencils, but hope you guys understand how I feel I spent every spare minute colouring for the rest of the week!

Now, this has got me wanting to ask a bit of advice please: Is there any appreciable difference between the main brands of watercolour pencils, eg: Derwent Watercolour and Inktense, Prismacolor, Faber Castell Albrecht-Durer, Lyra Rembrandts etc? Bearing in mind that I am in Australia, prices of pencils are heart-stopping! The Derwent Watercolours are the cheapest (around $100), next are the Inktense (both for a set of 72) - then the prices rise sharply. Would I be better off filling some of my gaps with individual pencils eg: most pencils like the expensive Albrecht-Durers are about $2 each? I could never afford a whole set of 120 Albrecht-Durer - way over $200 is too much. But I hear that they are great pencils. It's all a bit overwhelming really. I do need some more colours for skintones - the colour range in my current Faber Castells for this is very limited.

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jo - can you post samples? i would love to see what you have been working on! i have only dabbled VERY LITTLE in the watercolor pencil arena......so i can't be much help as far as brands and stuff....
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I have no idea what shipping costs would be to Australia but Dick Blick does ship out of the USA.
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They have really good prices and a great assortment of pencils. My favorite watercolor pencils are the Derwent Inktense. Without water, they're a regular watercolor pencil. With water the colors become very vibrant and almost looks more like a paint than a watercolor. What is really great about Dick Blick.Com besides they're prompt shipping and excellent customer service, is that you don't have to buy sets of pencils. You can select the colors you like. If you buy a certain amount (I think it's usually 12 or 15 pencils), the price is cheaper. It may not pay for you because of shipping costs but I checked their international shipping info and before you place the order, they let you know exactly what the shipping will amount to. So, if it's too high or doesn't make the purchase worthwhile, you just don't place the order. If they base their shipping on weight besides the distance they're shipping to, I think it might be more reasonable than we think. How much can pencils weigh - lol. I personally prefer the Derwent Inktense but also have Prismacolor watercolors and the Lyra's. I hope it's reasonable enough for you to place an order. The selection on all of their individual pencils is good.
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The link I gave you didn't give you the list of all the pencils they carry. That's what I saw when I copied and pasted but not what actually posted. Just put "pencils" in the search box and all of their pencils will come up.
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all happy and bubbly inside - like a little party going on in the heart. I know they are only pencils, but hope you guys understand how I feel.....
Nooooooooo, I have no idea what that's like! HAHA

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Is there any appreciable difference between the main brands of watercolour pencils, eg: Derwent Watercolour and Inktense, Prismacolor, Faber Castell Albrecht-Durer, Lyra Rembrandts etc?
I will say that I did not care for the Prismacolor watercolor pencils. I have the full set of Derwents, and I love those. I have a few of the Albrecht Durers and the pigment is verrrry vibrant - I'd love to have more of those ones. I'm collecting the Inktense set slowly. I wouldn't call them a watercolor pencil, though they're used with water, as the pigment is inkbased... but they are really fun to work with, and soooo vibrant. They're nice for deep shading as well. Also by Derwent are the Graphitint pencils - those are dark earthy shades, and can also be blended with OMS or water.
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Have you checked out Ebay for these? I have never looked there myself. I have a set of 12 Faber Castell I bought ages ago but haven't really used them. I discovered Prismas and OMS and that was it LOL. I sometimes see images coloured with water colour pencils and think I must try it again, but as yet haven't.
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:55 AM   #2080
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Thanks Dini and Lorraine - I will check out Dick Blick and appreciate the advice on the different pencils. If the weather stays fine tomorrow, I will take a photo or 2 of what I have done and upload it to this forum.

Jan R - I did look at EBay yesterday - which is where I got an idea of prices. I guess I was a bit overwhelmed with the range.

Thanks everyone for your input!
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