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Old 09-20-2015, 06:31 PM   #1
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Question Best coloring tool for basic image coloring

I want to give my sister a way to color the the Toboggan Together Lawn Fawn stamp set images. (her bday gift)

She wont' be water coloring or blending. I just want her to be able to color in the images. She makes cards infrequently, but I want her to be able to make them quickly and easily without learning any advanced techniques until she has more time. Any suggestions? I think copics aren't the best match. I thought distress markers, but I tried one and they pill the paper if you color a bit too long in one spot. I looked at the memento markers, but they have a limited color range. I think there were only like two browns. I want her to be able to color in the lawn fawn deer.

I'm stumped. Maybe some kind of colored pencils? Maybe a marker like memento but in a brand that has more colors?
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Old 09-20-2015, 07:06 PM   #2
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I vote for Prismacolor pencils. I stink at coloring, and after trying DOZENS of different coloring tools (various brands of markers, pencils, chalks, blending stuff) I find Prismacolor pencils to be the most "forgiving". They work great for just plain ol' coloring, but if later on she wants to start blending they work great for that, too. Love them.

Also, there's nothing wrong with Crayola colored pencils in a pinch. lol
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Old 09-20-2015, 07:09 PM   #3
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I agree with Pam. If Prismacolors are beyond your budget, Crayola and Rose Art work well too.
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Old 09-20-2015, 07:54 PM   #4
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Thank you ladies! I'm going to go look at these right now.
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Old 09-20-2015, 08:51 PM   #5
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A great buy on colored pencils are Cra-Z-Art, carried by Walmart. Here is a link:

Cra-Z-Art Colored Pencils, 72ct - Walmart.com
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Old 09-21-2015, 08:55 AM   #6
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I was going to say colored pencils as well, and the Cra-Z-Art that Bugga linked up for you are a really nice set at a good price. And something that if she decides she doesn't like to use, not a huge $$ investment that you need to feel bad about. (Also something that doesn't make you twitchy if the kids/grandkids/nieces and nephews want to try them out)
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I ran out and bought the Craz-Z Art pencils the same day I read Bugga's post about them a while back. Haven't touched them, of course, other than to put them in a pretty new pencil case. haha
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I ran out and bought the Craz-Z Art pencils the same day I read Bugga's post about them a while back. Haven't touched them, of course, other than to put them in a pretty new pencil case. haha
I'm so glad there are others like me! So many times I read about something here, and jump in my car like a woman possessed to dash off and buy it. Then....like you, once I have it, I relax and don't use it.

At least you have the pencils waiting in their pretty case when the spirit moves you.
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I think colored pencils are an excellent choice, as well.

She can even play around with paper stumps and baby oil or even Goo Gone (or Gamsol but I understand you want to keep it simple) for "blending," which doesn't have to be precise light/dark, shading, etc., but when used over evenly applied colored pencils, it still softens and smooths the color and looks pretty .

Also, any markers with a nice range of colors. I think blending and shading with markers can be beautiful, but there's something about flat color that has its own appeal!
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I just pulled out my twinkling H2Os. after not touching for awhile.
no learning curve with them.
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I'm another fan of the CraZArt pencils - with or without blending - but thought I'd throw out another suggestion, as well. Bic and Sharpie markers are bright and saturated and fun even if you don't do shading and blending, and they are a fraction of the cost of Copics. I have Bics in fine and ultra-fine tips and use them right along with Spectrum Noir and Prismacolor markers (no Copics yet). Sometimes I do shading, and sometimes I do "coloring book coloring", just for giggles...
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I'm another fan of the CraZArt pencils - with or without blending - but thought I'd throw out another suggestion, as well. Bic and Sharpie markers are bright and saturated and fun even if you don't do shading and blending, and they are a fraction of the cost of Copics. I have Bics in fine and ultra-fine tips and use them right along with Spectrum Noir and Prismacolor markers (no Copics yet). Sometimes I do shading, and sometimes I do "coloring book coloring", just for giggles...
As you know, Sue, I'm also a big fan of the Bics and Sharpies. And I love your term "coloring book coloring!" That's what I do a lot of the time, but I just didn't know what to call it.

Actually, just outlining in a darker color, and filling in with a lighter color looks pretty good, I think, on a lot of images. Many of my cards go to my grandkids, and they think I "color real good."
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