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Best Tools for Adult Coloring

May 17, 2016 By Jo-Ann
Best Tools for Adult Coloring

Have you dipped your fingers into the adult coloring trend? Chances are you’ve heard what a relaxing and fun creative outlet coloring can be, but maybe you’re not sure how to get started to achieve a great result you’ll love.

The good news is, adult coloring is an easy craft that requires very little in the way of supplies! Just pick out a coloring book  you love, grab your coloring tools of choice, and you’re good to go!

If you’re not sure which tools are the best ones to use – pencils, markers, who knows? – we’ve got you covered! Here are our picks for the best supplies to get the results you crave in your pages.
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Colored Pencils
The popular choice for most adult colorists, colored pencils are a classic option and a great place to start. They’re easy to work with, they’re affordable, and they can create a variety of results allowing you to really personalize your colored creations.
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The Effect
Colored pencils are ideal for blending and shading, allowing you to achieve a look that’s as soft or as bold as you like. You can easily blend multiple colors, or use shading to create depth and movement in your projects. For instance, shading a section from light to dark can create a 3-D look that makes your coloring jump off the page.

Did You Know?
You’ve likely used colored pencils at some point in your life, but if you’ve never tried artist-quality pencils, like Prismacolor, you may be surprised at the smooth, creamy texture and silky feel while working with these pencils. They may make you see colored pencils in a whole new light!
Some To Try:
Sanford Prisma Pencil Tin, 24 Pack

Prang Thick Core Colored Pencil Set
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Markers
When you’re looking for bold, intense colors that really pop off the page, markers are the way to go! Markers are available in a variety of tip types including brush, fine and bold – so you can choose the ideal tip for the amount of detail in your pages. Many brands feature different tips on each end of the marker, which is perfect for switching between fine detail work and larger sections when coloring.
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The Effect
Markers create a solid block of color that’s bright and bold, but you cannot shade with markers as you can with pencils. Remember, you don’t need to use markers to color your entire page – you can mix them in with colored pencils if you desire some boldly-colored sections along with some softer areas.

Did You Know?
Many colorists dislike the way markers create a streaky effect when the marker lines overlap. Artist-quality markers, such as Copic Ciao, tend to streak significantly less than standard markers, so give them a try for your works of art!

Some To Try:
Copic Ciao Markers

Le Plume II Marker Sets 

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Gel Pens
Another popular choice for colorists are gel pens. They come in tons of colors including specialty options like glitter and neon, so they’re great for adding unique detail to your pages. Gel pens feature fine tips, similar to ballpoint pens, which make them a great choice for pages with tiny details.
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The Effect
Gel pens are ideal for specialty effects; here, metallic pens were used to create a shimmering effect. You might consider using gel pens to color only special details of your pages, then fill in the rest of the page with colored pencils or markers.

Did You Know?
Gel pens are available in various tip sizes, from very fine to a bit bolder. Typically the options range from about 0.5mm (very thin) to 1.0mm (bold) – experiment with the options to see what you like best!

Some To Try:
Fiskars Gel Pen 48-Piece Assorted

Meteor Jelly Roll Stardust Pens

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