Carrie L. Lewis, Artist

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What Do You Want to Know About Colored Pencils?

What do you want to know about colored pencils?

If you could ask one question about colored pencils and know you would get an answer, what would you ask?

What Do You Want to Know About Colored Pencils?

I’m planning content for next year, so I’m looking for topics that will be of interest to you and will also be helpful. Rather than come up with topics on my own and hope they’re of interest to you, I thought I’d ask you.

What do You Most Want to Know About Colored Pencils?

So what do you want to know?

Is there a particular colored pencil method you’ve always wanted to learn more about or is there some part of your current method that you’d like help with?

What problem confronts you most?

What cool tool would you like to learn more about before you spend hard-earned money?

Maybe mixed media with colored pencil is of interest right now, but you don’t know what mediums work well with colored pencil.

This is your chance to ask.

Whatever question is topmost in your mind, this is your opportunity to ask. Questions can be about pencils, papers, methods of drawing, framing, or even shipping and selling. Whatever’s on your mind. Don’t think your question is stupid or that the answer should be obvious. I’ve been doing colored pencils long enough to know that most answers are not obvious and that the only stupid question is the one I didn’t ask.

So step right up! Don’t be shy! If you have a question, the chances are very good that you’re not the only one who wants to know.

Leave a comment below, use the contact box at the end of this post or send me an email. I can guarantee you will get an answer.


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  1. Dianne Hunter

    I love using colored pencils…especially Prisma brand, however, the core (color) breaks soooo easily. I know if the pencil is dropped, the core will break. When it breaks in the center, then it’s sharpened, the whole broken piece comes out of the pencil and is wasted. Is there a way to fix the break?

    • Dianne,

      A great question! One I’m sure others are interested in having answered.

      I wrote about a couple of ways to repair broken Prismacolor pencils. I know that a little heat will cause the wax binder to melt and when it cools, minor breaks can be healed. I’ve left my pencils in the back window of the car on a sunny day and know from personal experience the pigment core softens noticeably.

      There is no guarantee on any of these methods, though. Some artists swear by them, and some swear at them!

      Give them a try and see how it turns out.

      And if anyone else has any suggestions for Dianne, let us know!



  2. Pat

    I’m not sure which pencils are blendable and don’t want to keep buying pencils that don’t achieve this. Help!

  3. Pat

    I’m drawing rocks and stones in the water. I’m having trouble with making the water look shiny and reflective. Suggestions?

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