Coloring pens and pencils: The Best Pens and Pencils for Adult Coloring Books – July 2019


The Best Pens and Pencils for Adult Coloring Books – July 2019

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Adult coloring books have moved from being a quirky fad to being a real thing. A real, relaxing, nothing-to-be-embarassed about thing… and we fully endorse them. If you want to relax and do some art, with none of the stress of painting or figuring out what to draw, a coloring book can be the perfect way to zone out and destress.

So what are the best pens and pencils, and whatever else, for your coloring book?

The Best Pens for Adult Coloring Books

So, to be clear, pens aren’t typically used for coloring, but adult coloring books can get very details, so a pen is often a very good choice… if you get the right ones. Enough people ask for pen recommendations for this purpose that it’s worth delivering some recommendations through, so here goes! Obviously the big drawback of pens is that they cannot write over a crayon, so keep that limitation in mind if you plan on going the colored pencil route.

Stabilo 88 Fineliners

The Stabilo 88 is a fantastic set of fineliner pens. A fineliner means they have a felt (or felt-like) tip so some people might consider them markers, but in our book a fineliner is a pen, and the official name of this product is the Stabilo 88 Fineliner Pen. These are so good because they come in a wide range of colors, they write well, and the tip holds up nicely. Nothing is more disappointing than a fineliner with a messy, scratchy writing tip and that tends not to happen with the Stabilio 88. The only drawback is that these pens are quite thin, so writing with them for too long can lead to some discomfort.

Uni-Ball Signo Broad UM-153

You are going to want a Signo Broad UM-153 gel pen in white. This is a great gel pen that not only can act as a correction pen for ink, it’s wet enough to color in large sections of white area. It’s no fun to have to use White-out or correction tape, but mistakes do happen so the UM-153 is a great pen to have around.

Fiskars Gel Pens

The Fiskars Gel Pen 48-Piece-Set is a true bargain on a set of very good pens. 48 pens means every color you are going to need, and then they are high-quality gel pens from a name you trust — well, trusted for scissors at least — making this set a real win.

Uni-ball Signo UM-153

If you are looking for a gel pen with the best possible track record then the UM-153 is the way to go. This pen sells in big sets, has a reasonable price tag (not quite as affordable as the Fiskars), comes in great colors, has all sorts of metallics/glitters, and it is one of the most reliable gel pens sold today. It’s a bit of a no-brainer if you are OK with the price tag.

Frixion Colors

These are more marker than pen, but the Frixion Colors set of erasable markers are phenomenal. They are great at coloring and they are fully erasable, unlike like any marker you’ve ever used.

The Best Pencils for Adult Coloring Books

Sargent Art Colored Pencils

This super affordable ($10 for 50 pencils) is an ideal beginners set thanks to its low price and good quality. Honestly most people will never feel the need to move past this level as you have a nice array of colors and a good-enough quality colored pencil. The colors and textures aren’t what you’d get from a fancier set, but you can’t beat the value here. The pencil lead is an OK but not great 3.3 mm.

For more information read our Sargent Art Colored Pencil review.

Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils

If you want to make the step up to an artist-grade colored pencil set then the Polychromos from Faber-Castell  is a great option. Now you are getting a set with blendable colors, a nice storage tin, acid-free pigments for stable storage, lightfast colors, and water-resistant material. The pencil lead is snap-resistant 3.8 mm.

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils

When it’s type for some serious coloring, you want series colored pencils — the Prismacolor Premier. This set has a serious price ($20 for 24) but the quality is top-notch. These are professional-grade, hide-them-from-the-kids good colored pencils.

Why are these pencils such standouts? You can an oil-based core (as opposed to being wax-based), the 3.8 mm soft core the is very blendable and chip-resistant, lightfast colors, and the best possible pigments that look amazing on their own but also shade and layer better than a typical colored pencil.

If the Premier soft-cored colored pencils are not ideal for you then Prismacolor also offers the Premier Verithin, which — as the name implies — has a thin, hard lead inside. These are generally recommended for outlining but not coloring in larger sections of color.

Stabilo CarbOthello Pastel Pencil

If you want something a little quirky but still quite interesting, don’t miss this set of pastels. The Stabilo CarbOthello has a 4.4 mm lead and brilliant colors that will blend well and give you excellent colors. These are often a great option for fine details as you would find in a more advanced adult coloring book.

And with that, you should be all set to color your stress away! You might want to throw in a pencil sharper too, but with that you’ll be completely set. No more accessories needed.

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Another professional-level brand of colored pencils are Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils. They’re offered in a huge range of colors that, like Prismacolors, can be purchased open stock (individually) or in sets. The colors are beautifully vibrant and blend well. Although I have more experience with Prismacolors (having used them since high school), a few years ago I purchased a set of Polychromos colored pencils and I do love them a lot.

Gel Pens

Gel pens are fun to work with because they come in a variety of styles that can add special effects to a coloring page, such as metallic or glitter. They’re also perfect for filling in tiny spaces and adding extra details on top of markers!

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Sakura gel pens are my favorite. The ink glides smoothly and they have a fun range of colors and styles, such as Metallic, sparkly Stardust, pastel Souffle and vibrant Moonlight. I love the glittery appearance of the Sakura Stardust gel pens, which is great for adding eye-catching accents to a coloring page. I like to color in areas with marker and then add details on top using a white Sakura gel pen or Souffle gel pens. The ink in the Souffle and Moonlight gel pens are so opaque that they can be used to color over the black lines in a coloring page, which can create some cool effects.

Here’s a page from my Detailed Mandala Coloring Pages that I colored using Sakura Gelly Roll Pens. Notice how the opaque ink was able to cover the black line art of the coloring page.


Fiskars is another good brand of gel pens that are quite affordable when you purchase them in a 48-piece set. The colors are bright and include varieties such as neon, glitter, metallic, and swirl. They don’t color as smoothly as Sakura, and they tend to skip a bit more, but they’re good value.

Pentel SparklePop

If you love glitter, Pentel SparklePop gel pens are the best! The glitter is really vibrant and sparkly, adding something special to your coloring pages. In Australia I noticed the same gel pens are sold as “Hybrid Dual Metallic” so keep that in mind if you’re outside the US and you want to find these pens.

Deciding Whether to Color with Pencil or Pen

Coloring with pencil or pen can give a very different final effect. So it’s worth considering which is best to use for the coloring page you have in mind, before you begin. In this article, we’ll discuss the (dis)advantages of both so that you can make an informed decision!

Pencil Types of Pencils

Coloring pencils are a popular choice.  They are relatively easy to work with and they can give a rich and textured result, which can resemble a painting.   Using pencil can also provide a detailed and delicate finish, which is soft and colorful.  Another advantage to using pencil is that it is easy to rub out any mistakes or cover mistakes through shading and blending.

It is also worth using pencil if you looking for a finish which requires a varied and nuanced effect.  Also, if you are having to color a large area, it is probably best to use pencil.  Overlapping pen lines can take away from the final effect and pens have a habit of running out just as you are trying to fill in a large area in bold color!

Pen Types of Pencils 2

Using pen provides a strong and bold line that is easy for your audience to see. See this article on how to color with pens for more information on techniques.  Pen is also useful if you are going to scan in an image, as the lines are easier for the scanner to detail.

Using pen also always for the color within the image to be further worked on using computer software, if this is the effect you would like to create.

Overlapping pen lines can take away from the final effect and pens have a habit of running out just as you are trying to fill in a large area in bold color!

It has to be remembered though, that a line from a pen has to be right first time and it is far harder to make corrections than with pencil.

Pens can also be a more expensive option and it is always worth remembering to always put the lids on the pens each time they are used so they last longer.  If you are using alcohol based pens, lie them flat when storing them, so that they do not dry out.

See this article for some ways of coloring using pen.


There are some practicalities to take into account, as well as how you would like your picture to look.

1. Check for double sided images in coloring books

If you are using a coloring book to add color to, you should check to see if there are images on both sides of the page or just on one side.   If there are images on both sides of the page, it may be necessary to use pencils, so that the color does not bleed through and mark the picture on the opposite side.

Checking the Page

2. Reduce ‘coloring in’ marks

If you are using pen, it is worth investing in alcohol based pens, which are easier to shade and blend together.  There are also less ‘coloring in’ marks, so it gives a professional finish.  If you use pens which are not alcohol based, then it is worth taking time to color from one side of the outline to the other, without stopping, so that there is no joining or doubling over marks, as below.  These coloring in marks may work to your advantage though, if you wish to show movement and give additional details, such as with flowers.

Colour in Marks

3. Build up pen work gradually

If you are using pencils, start by building up you color gradually, so that the colors become complex and intense.  Play with using tints and shades. The more you layer different colors, the more realistic your images will look.  Your image may look flat, if you only apply one application of color.

Building Up Layers

4. Mix colors

Remember that you can mix your colors, with pencil or pen. Use blue and yellow to make green, and red and yellow to make orange, rather than simply picking up the green or orange pencil or pen.  Play with the colors to develop your picture further.  Also, if you use a white colored pencil or a colorless blender, you can smooth colors out to give a consistent texture and solid finish. Visit this article for some colored pencils mixing techniques.

Remember that you can mix your colors, with pencil or pen.

Mixing Pen Color

5. Blending with pens and creating a color chart

Although it may be a little bit harder, it is still possible to blend with pens, especially the professional alcohol based pens, using a blending pen or combining layers of color.   It is worth having a piece of scrap paper beside you when you work, so you can try out your blending techniques or experiment with colors before you commit them to your picture.  It is also helpful to create a color chart of the colors you have and what those colors actually look like on the paper, so you are aware of the colors and there combinations before you begin.

Color Chart

6. Different size pen nibs

With pen, you may need a vary of different tip sizes, using a wider nib to be able to cover a larger area, while using a fine nib pen for detail and finishing touches.

7. Experimenting with pen and pencils

There are many different effect pens and pencil you can get nowadays, from metallic to neon colors. Some of these can be expensive, so it worth shopping around for the best deals. Using these can create a unique and eye-catching effect. See this article to know the effects of coloring.

8. Decisions, decisions

Whether you decide to color in pen or pencil the most important thing is to have a great time and enjoy what you are doing. Using either pencil or pen requires patience, time and the desire to experiment and learn as you go along. The results can be magnificent.

What do you like best (pens or pencils) and why? Let us know in the comments below.

Colored Pencils, Pens, & Markers for Adult Coloring Books

Coloring is a great way to de-stress and relieve anxiety. A lot of people use it to unwind after work and also to help clear their mind of worries. Once you’ve picked out the perfect stress relieving meditation coloring book, then the only thing you need to get started is the perfect set of art supplies.

There are no rules when it comes to coloring, so you can use whatever tools work best to express yourself creatively. Crayons, colored pencils, markers, and even gel pens can be used alone or together to color your designs. Here we’ve gathered some of the best and most popular art supplies for adult coloring books.

Adult Coloring Supplies

Sargent Art Colored Pencils

If you’re looking for a cheap and affordable option, consider these colored pencils from Sargent Art. These gorgeous colored pencils are 7″ long and come presharpened. Their vibrant colors transfer well to paper with their 3.3 mm lead.

These pencils are great for drawing, coloring, and blending. They’re perfect for new colorists, and the 50 pencil set has all the colors you’ll need to meditate your stress away with your new coloring book.

Quantity: 12, 24, or 50 pencils

Fiskars Gel Pens

If you’re looking for affordable gel pens to color with, check out these pens from Fiskars. This pack comes with glitter pens, neon and metallic colors, and also swirl colors. You’ll have plenty of colors for any illustration or drawing. The crisp free flowing ink makes coloring smooth and easy.

These acid-free pens are great for coloring, scrapbooking, or general crafts. The 0.8-1.0 mm tips make them perfect for getting the details in the most intricate adult coloring books.

Quantity: 48 Piece Set

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils

If you’re a more advanced colorist or looking to spend a little more money, you may want Prismacolor Premium Colored Pencils. The soft lead cores of these vibrant pencils are perfect for shading and blending to create realistic and three dimensional drawings. The leads are thick and resistant to cracking and chipping, making them perfect for adult colorists.

Let these rich colors take you away from your worries as you color away your stress.

Quantity: 24, 48, 72, 132, 150 pencils

Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens

These pens from Staedtler are more like fine-tip markers. These 0.3mm pens feature acid-free ink and minimal bleed through, so they’re great for adult coloring books. They feature an ergonomic triangle shape so that you can color comfortably. These pens are also dry safe, so if you accidentally leave the cap off they won’t dry off.

The brilliant and bright ink of these pens are water-based so it easily washes out of clothes. The bigger packs come with classic colors, bright colors, and even neon colors. You’ll have enough options to create a vibrant and beautiful piece of art.

Quantity: 6, 12, 20, 36, 42 pens

MozArt Brush Pens Set

If you’re looking for a fancier, more versatile art marker, try these brush pens from MozArt. The flexible tips make them versatile so you can achieve fine and broad strokes with a single pen. They’re great for coloring, drawing, or even writing calligraphy.

If you’re feeling really artsy, you can dip the pen in water and use it as a watercolor pen. These markers will help you up your coloring game and also let your creativity flow.

Quantity: 12 or 20 pens

Now that you’ve picked out the perfect coloring tools, don’t forget to get an adult coloring book to relieve stress.

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Pens and Pencils I Recommend for Colouring


Everyone has their favourite creative tools and part of the fun of colouring is finding the things that you like to use best!

Here are some recommendations of my favourite Colouring Tools:



Pencils are the best option for anyone starting out. You can blend the colours together, vary tone and vibrancy and there’s no risk of bleeding through the paper.

Faber Castell Polychromos. These colouring pencils are divine to use, but pricey. Let’s be honest, I would never have been able to afford them at Art School which makes me hesitant to recommend them, but they really are lovely to colour with. The pigment is rich and dense whilst the leads are firm enough to sharpen to a good point but luxuriously soft enough to blend like a dream. They have a HUGE range of colours and also offer the option of ‘open stock’ (so you can buy individual pencils, more green anyone?!). Lastly, they are oil based as opposed to wax (like say Prismascolor) so no wax build up or bloom will appear over time.

Not as expensive are the Staetler Ergosoft range. I’ve loved these pencils for a long time. They are a great entry level pencil, soft enough to blend, hard enough to sharpen nicely. Admittedly Staedtler don’t do a huge range of colours, but the joy of pencils is that you can blend and mix your colours to create a wide range of shades. These are a great set for anyone just getting into colouring or if you are gifting a book and want to give some pencils with it.



Pens offer a more vibrant pop of colour, but can be tricky to control.

Stay away completely from anything alcohol based like Sharpies or Posca Pens, these will definitely bleed unless you are colouring an Artist Edition, which is printed single sided onto thicker paper.

Staedtler Triplus Fineliners are a good, water-based pen in a nice range of colours with a nice fibre tip nib. Be careful though, if you press too hard or have a long ‘nib to paper’ contact time, the ink will bleed.

Sakura do a great range of gel and glitter gel pens (for when you are feeling fancy!) but if I had to recommend getting one, it would be a white. Adding a few little white highlights can make berries look shiny, eyes glisten and treasure sparkle!

I always suggest caution with pens, if you are finding that they bleed, switch to pencils!



Remember to try a small patch test of any new pens or pencils in the back of your book, either on the Colour Palette Test Page or somewhere inconspicuous.

For details of my favourite sharpeners, blending pencils etc, take a peek at this blog.

Best Colored Pens 2020 – Colored Pens for Adult Coloring Books

Updated by Brandon F. on June 15, 2020

We typically focus on colored pencils here at, but there is another large category of art supplies that are growing, particularly in regards to adult coloring books: colored pens!  So what are the best colored pens?  Similar to colored pencils, there are many factors that one should consider when looking for a set of colored pens. 

We hope that our colored pen reviews will help shed some light on this subject and give you the information you need to make your next purchase.  But before we get into it, we have listed our top choices in the table right below for those who want to get to the picks and skip over the reading.  For the rest of you, hop below and let’s learn about colored pens!

ProductPen TypeInk MaterialPrice (Amazon)Set Size
Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pens
Paper Mate InkJoy 100ST Ballpoint Pens
Staedtler Triplus Color Pen Set
Fiber TipWater-based$$$36
Artist’s Choice 100 Gel Pens with Case

What is a Colored Pen?

Surprisingly, quite a few people have never tried a colored pen for coloring purposes or adult coloring books.   Sure, just about everyone has used a pen for writing, but how often do you think to try them out for coloring?  

And many people who have tried using them for coloring have used the standard pens that they also use for writing!  The definition of a colored pen is quite wide, and there is a lot more flexibility that exists in what can make a viable colored pen.

Our simple definition of a colored pen for art is a pen that produces acceptable ranges of color and can be easily applied while providing adequate control.  That’s it!  Simple enough.  For a more thorough explanation and definition, there are plenty of sources out there.  

You will find a huge range of variables that exist from one pen to the next, and each one will have its pros and cons and personal preferences.  Some pens will be better suited for portraits while others are better off being used for calligraphy.  We will break down some of the most common types below.  This should help you narrow down your search.

Types of Colored Pens

Fountain Pen

A fountain pen is one of the oldest types of pens and is considered a nib pen which contains an internal reservoir of liquid ink.  The ink is drawn out via gravity and capillary action.  These are very interesting pens in that they communicate very well with the user, allowing for great fluctuations in application thickness through the flexible nib. 

You have likely seen beautiful cursive handwriting performed through the use of a fountain pen.  A majority of their usage in art pieces will be in creating beautiful outlines that can have a varying thickness in a single pass but some people still find a use for them in coloring books or particular areas on other pieces of work.


Great flexibility in ink thickness via the flexible nib

Extremely smooth application

Superb control is possible


Can take quite a bit of practice to be familiar with

Difficult to apply consistent color in large areas

Can be quite expensive

Ballpoint Pen

The ballpoint pen is a pen that contains a small metal ball at its point which can dispense ink around it.   Just about everybody has used a ballpoint pen before, especially since it is the most popular type of pen in the world!  Interestingly, it also has a large following in the art scene, with many artists swearing by it due to its versatility. 

This makes it a nice candidate for a coloring book or really for any artistic endeavor you are after.  Similar to the fountain pen, color depth can be varied via application pressure (by pushing down harder it can compress the ball, allowing for more ink to flow by, although to a lesser extent).  The larger application size also makes it much better for covering large areas.  On the opposite end, gentle passes can also result in a stippling which can be good for creating color depth.  However, it can be easy to produce blobs of ink that can smear or become too intense, especially in lower-quality examples.


Typically very affordable

Extremely long ink life

Little maintenance


Not as much freedom in application depth

Ink can be sticky and blobby

Fiber Tip Pen

Fiber tip pens have grown into what many people call markers, and colored markers deserve an entire article dedicated to them as well.   Because of this, we will just focus on fiber tip pens.  A fiber tip pen is a pen that contains strands of porous, pressed fiber such as felt that protrude from the tip and that has an internal ink source that will stick to and run up the fiber. 

Being flexible fiber and not a hard material like in ballpoint and rollerball pens, there is a ton of freedom on how much color is laid down, and this is governed by a combination of applied pressure as well as angle.  It also allows for a ton of color flow to be possible (whether or not you want it!).  Because of this, it has a bit of a learning curve before you’ll be able to jump in and use it for art.


Great color output

Ink tends to dry quicker which allows for additional passes

Can greatly fluctuate application depth and shape


Takes quite a bit of practice

Can go through ink very quickly

Rollerball Pen

A rollerball pen might seem very similar to a ballpoint pen, and you would be correct in assuming so.   The primary difference is in the ink that is used (which we will discuss in greater detail below).  Rollerball pens are also much newer than the other pens discussed up to this point, having only been around since the 60s. 

For those that enjoy coloring with ball-based pens, you will get varying opinions on which are better between ballpoint and rollerball.  We encourage you to try out both on your coloring books and see which you prefer.  Some key differences are that rollerball pens tend to be easier to produce color and also typically have a much larger color range but they can be more prone to bleeding and smudging.


Very smooth color application

Less harsh to use since not as much pressure is required

Very powerful color output

Great color selection


Run out of ink quickly

Not as much flexibility in pass size and shape

Prone to smudging and bleeding

Gel Ink Pen

Gel ink pens are the “new kids on the block”, having only been around since the 80s.  From a design standpoint, they are very similar to rollerball and ballpoint pens, with the primary difference coming from the ink material.  And in some cases, a gel ink pen IS a rollerball pen as some rollerball pens can handle gel as their ink.  

The gel that is used produces extremely vivid and deep colors and the application can be quite smooth.  However, you don’t enjoy the flexibility and control that you see in fiber tip and fountain pens.  And while the color choices are quite vast these pens can dry out rather quickly (which might be a good or a bad thing depending on use) and can have a relatively short lifespan.


Some of the most vivid and deep color available

Extremely smooth and enjoyable application

Vast color selection


Not as much control as other pen types

Short lifespan

Can dry out rather quickly

Types of Colored Pen Ink

Now that we have gone over the most popular types of colored pens, let’s discuss what you put in them: the ink!  There are a few different types of ink that are used and each has its own very unique characteristics.

Oil-based ink

Oil-based ink is likely the most common type of ink for coloring, as it has a huge variety of pigments that are used.  This allows for plenty of color choices which are quite important in colored pens since blending and mixing of colors is very difficult if not impossible.  Oil-based ink is noticeably thicker than water-based ink and is not acceptable for certain types of colored pens that are particularly narrow passages. 

They are primarily used in standard ballpoint pens.  You will notice that oil-based inks can be extremely deep and thick in color, but are also more prone to bubbling.  They also will dry much faster which reduces the likelihood of smearing.


Great color variety

Good, deep color application

Dries relatively quickly


Not as controlled as water-based

Prone to bubbling

Water-based ink

Water-based inks are primarily used in fountain pens, rollerball pens, or any writing instrument with extremely narrow passages.   This is because the pigments that are common in many non-water-based inks can potentially cause clogging issues.  Water-based inks are known for being particularly smooth and fluid due to their less viscous nature which makes for a very unique and often enjoyable writing experience and coloring experience. 

Due to not being able to use most pigments, the color choices are a bit lacking and you won’t see some of the deep color tones that other types of ink can provide.  This might make it tough to use by itself on a coloring book page, especially if there are a lot of areas to fill.  Also, they take longer to dry which makes them more prone to smearing.


Very fluid application

Good for precise work


Not as many color choices

Colors aren’t as deep

Takes longer to dry

Gel Ink

Gel ink is the newest type of ink being discussed.   Gel ink is used almost exclusively in gel pens and is not intended to be used in any type of writing or coloring utensil not specifically designed for gel.  The gel consists of pigments that are suspended in a water-based fluid.  This results in an extremely thick compound that is noticeably denser than the other inks being discussed. 

The technical term for this is “high viscosity”, which means that it is more resistant to movement.  It also allows for a much higher proportion of pigments and other additives.  The result of this is an extremely thick and vibrant range of colors.  In some cases, it might even be too thick and occasionally bleed through paper or overpower areas that you wish to keep the color subtle.


Deepest, most intense colors

Huge range of color choices


Can bleed through paper

Might struggle with detailed areas

Difficult to apply subtle levels of color

What to Look for in a Colored Pen

Now that we have introduced the different types of colored pens and colored pen inks, let’s discuss what to look for in a colored pen you are considering purchasing.   It is important to figure out what your specific needs are before purchasing a colored pen set.  The characteristics of colored pens range much more than colored pencils, so if you don’t perform your due diligence you might end up with a set that is not at all suited for your planned intention.

What Type of Application?

Do you plan on using your pens for highly-detailed works such as landscapes or portraits?  Or are you simply looking for something that can be suitable for adult coloring books where simply filling in spaces is all that is necessary?  If you want more freedom in regards to both control and color intensity then we would recommend trying a ballpoint pen or fiber tip pen.  If you are simply looking for impressive, deep color output then try going with a gel pen or rollerball pen.

What kind of colors do you need?

Since coloring pens inherently don’t blend well, it is important to have a pen for each color that you want or need.  Some types of pens will have much wider ranges of color selections while others will be quite limited.   Specifically, your oil and gel-based pens will have a much larger collection of colors to choose from than your water-based pens.

How clumsy are you?

This one might require taking a bit of a blow to your self-esteem, but if you are inherently clumsy then you might want to consider going with a colored pen that utilizes ink that dries much quicker.  Any of your non-water-based pens will dry relatively quickly which reduces the likelihood of smearing.

Do you Expect Freedom in Stroke Depth?

Colored pens are unique from colored pencils in that some of them have a dynamic writing head.  In other words, the head can physically change shape depending on applying pressure and angle.  This can result in thicker strokes, thinner strokes, and everything in between.  This is similar to a standard paintbrush and makes colored pens stand out from colored pencils, colored pastels, or any other artistic medium with a static or “fixed” head.  Being able to manipulate the shape and size of the stroke can add a nice range to what is possible, but it can also be a bit challenging for a beginner.

Best Colored Pens

Below are some of our top choices for colored pens.  To make things simple, we chose the best choice for each type of pen we have discussed.  That isn’t to say that there aren’t plenty of other good options but these should serve you well if you want to give them a try.  However, as always, we encourage you to experiment and try new products because different sets will work better for different people!

Best Fountain Pen

Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pens, 7-Pack Pouch, Assorted Color Inks

One of the major weak points of fountain pens is their lack of color choices so this 7-piece color assortment should add a bit of variety.  They also incorporate a more advanced liquid ink system which helps to ensure a smooth application.  Other helpful features include a color-coordinated cap as well as see-through walls so you can see how much ink is left.  The application is pretty straightforward and you can enjoy the unique feel of a fountain pen without having to dish out the typically extremely high asking price for them.

Best Ballpoint Pen

Paper Mate InkJoy 100ST Ballpoint Pen

These pens have a particularly low viscosity which means that application is very smooth and precise, which can sometimes be a challenge for lower quality ballpoint pens.  The set, while a bit lacking in color, still gives enough variety to complement an adult coloring book page or fill in areas of another work.  The tip is sized at 1mm so it is large enough for noticeable sweeps but still small enough for detailed areas.  And like many ballpoint pens, they come in being extremely affordable.

Best Fiber Tip Pen

Staedtler Triplus Color Pen Set

We like the nice variety of colors with this set, particularly considering that they are water-based.  The tips are very fine (.3mm) which makes them great for high-detailed areas but you will want to use something with a larger stroke for filling in bigger spaces.  They also stand out from many water-based compounds in that the smearing is kept to a minimum so you don’t have to stress as much over accidentally brushing your arm against wet paint.   The price point is also more than reasonable for what you are getting.

Best Gel Ink Pen

Artist’s Choice 100 Gel Pens with Case Extra Large Set

The bang for the buck with this product is just great.  You get an enormous range of colors to choose from so you should be able to find a color that works for just about any piece that you have.  The application is smooth enough, although you might feel that some of the higher-end brands produce a bit thicker and more pronounced color.  That being said, the output is still plenty vibrant considering these are gel-based and for the price, we simply can’t complain.

The Best Adult Coloring Supplies

Who said coloring was just for kids? Grown-ups everywhere are joining in on the fun and for good reason—coloring books create a space for people to relax, let go of any anxieties, and practice mindfulness. They’re also a wonderful outlet to be creative and have fun! While kids use crayons to do their coloring, adults can take advantage of more sophisticated tools. From markers to brush pens to even watercolors, come along as we explore the fantastic world of adult coloring supplies.


Paper Properties

Textured paper vs smooth paper.

Whether coloring on a book or printed looseleaf sheets, consider a paper’s weight and texture. Thick heavy sheets can handle ink and sometimes watercolor paint, while thin paper is more delicate and suited for tools like colored pencils. The texture of the paper also affects how a tool performs. Generally, smooth paper is better for most coloring tools, but there are some (like thick markers and watercolors) that work beautifully on textured paper.


Brush pens, colored pencils, markers, and gel pens are all convenient tools for coloring.

It’s easy to get lost in a reverie of coloring, but these elusive moments are often short-lived in our fast-paced world. If you’re sneaking in coloring sessions between appointments, use tools that can be put away quickly such as markers and colored pencils. Those who can dedicate more time to coloring can consider tools that are more involved, like watercolor paints.

Color Range

Colored pencils offer a huge range of colors.

We love having a rainbow of colors at our fingertips—having just the right colors can help elevate the coloring experience. Color range varies depending on the brand and type of tool. Markers, gel pens, and brush pens offer a wide array of colors and finishes, including metallic and glitter. Colored pencils provide a similar spectrum of colors but with less variety in finishes. Of course, tools can be mixed and matched to get the color and finish desired.

Finished Look

Use metallic gel pens to give coloring pages a nice sheen.

The same page can be colored in variety of ways. Are you looking to channel Monet or Picasso? For a soft, Monet-esque look, colored pencils and watercolors are ideal. If something louder is preferred, markers and gel pens pack a bold Picasso-like punch. Metallic or glitter pens are great to use as a finishing touch for adding accents and highlights that provide more depth to a coloring page.

Marker Recommendations

By far the most popular among all adult coloring tools, markers provide a vibrant array of colors with saturated, opaque coverage. Easy to pull out and put away, they’re great for impromptu coloring sessions. Use them on thicker coloring books or single pages as they have a higher likelihood of showing through to the other side.

We’re smitten with the cute octagonal shape and bright orange body of the Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner. The tips are rounded, providing a nice shape for natural, even shading. There are 30 vivid shades to choose from including neon colors that are sure to satisfy every color craving. They won’t bleed through the paper unless an area is colored over multiple times.

(For a more pointed tip, we recommend going with the Staedtler Triplus Fineliners. )

These playful Artline Blox pens are the epitome of fun! The pen bodies double as building blocks that can be snapped together in various ways. This not only makes them easy to store, it also makes them entertaining to use. Although the color range is not as extensive as the Stabilo Fineliners, they perform similarly. The Pilot FriXion markers are a godsend for those of us who can’t seem to color within the lines. Featuring patented FriXion ink, the markers erase cleanly so you don’t have to worry about making mistakes. Be careful about where the coloring books are stored though—the ink may disappear in hot conditions. Check out our FriXion article for more on these fascinating pens. We love using our fineliner markers in this series of coloring books. The Fantastic Coloring Books feature many intricate designs and illustrations of buildings, cityscapes, architecture and more. Fine-tipped markers are perfect for getting into the little nooks and crannies of windows, corners, and other details. There are illustrations on both sides–luckily, the pages are nice and thick, so there is no bleed-through from the markers.

Colored Pencil Recommendations

There’s no alternative to the artistic, sketch-like look that colored pencils produce. They offer a broad color range, allowing for different types of looks from muted to vibrant to everything in between. Use them on their side for textured shading or on their point for detail work. Colored pencils are better on smooth paper as they don’t glide as well on textured paper, resulting in unsightly gaps and white spaces.

These artist-preferred silky-smooth colored pencils are a pleasure to use. The soft cores dispense rich color consistently with the slightest bit of pressure. Adjust the intensity of the color by pressing down harder or softer. With 72 colors at your disposal, you’ll never want for color.

The Irojiten pencils are works of art in themselves with their pleasant white body and color-coded ends. Slightly harder than the Prismacolor pencils, what sets this line apart is the unique color offerings. We love the fluorescent pencils in particular, but they also have subdued and grayscale tones to choose from. Who knew that colored pencils could double as watercolors? These specialty pencils deliver intense, almost inky color when hit with water. You can also use them as paints by grabbing color directly from the tips with a water brush. Pair these pencils with thick paper, especially when using them as watercolors. This gorgeous coloring book is an avian paradise brimming with a diverse collection of tropical and woodland birds as well as other animal friends. The pages are colored a subtle cream hue, while the illustrations are in white, indicating where you should color. Some of the pages are already inked with lovely, vibrant shading. This shading effect is best replicated with colored pencils, which is our preferred tool of choice for Birdtopia.


Tombow Mono Zero Precision Erasers: Depending on the color and pencil, the pigment from colored pencils may not be completely erased. However, erasers are still useful for cleaning up messy lines, lightening a color, or creating highlights. We like the Tombow Mono Zero Eraser as it comes in a convenient pencil form, perfect for getting into the nooks and crannies of coloring book’s printed patterns. Uni Color Pencil Sharpener: It’s also useful to have a dedicated colored pencil sharpener handy as normal pencil sharpeners may be too harsh. The Uni Color Pencil Sharpener sharpens the softer leads cleanly and efficiently. Its cute, convenient shape makes it easy to store and carry around.

Gel Pen Recommendations

Gel pens deliver vibrant color precisely without bleed-through and offer a variety of finishes in one product line. They work on a wide range of papers and are easy to pull out and put away. Some gel inks are formulated to stand out on dark paper and over dark inks, which is great for adding accents and other details. Gel ink can run out quickly, so we advise against using them on large coloring sheets.

The Signo pens are our go-to choice for their smooth ink and nice range of pigmented colors. They color without skipping or streaking. The metallic colors under the UM-100 line are particularly good and have an intense sheen if you’re looking to add a bit of shine to the coloring page. See our guide to the Signo pens here.

As with the Signo, coloring with the Sarasa gel pens is a smooth, pleasant experience. A lovely Milk line is available that gives a coloring page a sweet pastel look. We especially enjoy the sturdy binder clip when we carry them around in our book or pocket. For more information on the Sarasa, see our guide here. We can’t mention gel pens without acknowledging these classics—the Gelly Rolls have the most impressive line up in terms of finishes, including matte, fluorescent, and metallic. There’s even a glittery Stardust line that gives any coloring piece a beautiful sparkle. These viscous inks are slow to dry so be sure to allow the ink to dry completely before closing the book. To see the whole line up, check out our Gelly Roll guide here. With an emphasis on de-stressing from the hustle and bustle of daily life, the Mindfulness coloring book is a gateway to hours of peaceful coloring. It features dozens of elaborate illustrations of flowers, trees, and animals, along with inspiring and contemplative quotes on mindfulness. Gel pens are perfect for filling in all the intricate details in this coloring book.

Brush Pen Recommendations

Stretch your artistic muscles when coloring with brush pens! Advanced color-ers will enjoy these as their flexible tips move fluidly between thin and thick lines, providing space for artistic expression. The vibrant colors blend easily and have good coverage. Brush pens are suitable on most papers with little to no bleed-through.

These double-sided brush pens feature an incredible amount of colors: 51 plus a color blender, to be exact. The brush tip can be used to color in large areas and the fine bullet tip is great for adding details or getting into small spaces. The colorless blender helps colors meld into each other for a seamless, blended finish.

Artists may appreciate the Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pens as they have a synthetic bristle tip that is reminiscent of a paint brush. Use them alone or with a water brush to create different effects. They work well on most papers alone, but if used as watercolors, be sure to pair with a heavy paper. Having a page full of glitter may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there are definitely occasions that call for a bit of sparkle and shine. Use these glittery brush pens to create subtle highlights or a full glitzy overlay on the coloring page. Floribunda is a work of art. The visually stunning illustrations are printed on one side of thick, high-quality cardstock, suitable for a wide range of media. It takes inky brush pens beautifully–the paper doesn’t pill or buckle. The pages are easily removed for display or other crafting projects, perfect for showing off your coloring skills to friends and family.

Watercolor Recommendations

While watercolors may not be the traditional choice for coloring, they give coloring pages a romantic, fine art look and feel. Don’t use watercolors on regular coloring books; a heavier, watercolor paper is needed to handle the high water content. Watercolors take more time than other tools since dry time and clean up time need to be factored in. For more on watercolor supplies, check out our guide here.

We love painting with the bright colors of the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors. Available in single pans or palettes, these paints are smooth and blendable. Just the lightest touch of a water brush is enough to get rich, pigmented color. Metallic shades are also available in individual pans or as part of the 36-color palette.

The Akashiya Gansai watercolors feature a deeper tone than the Kuretake, allowing it to provide more depth to a coloring piece. Even the metallic colors are darker than their Kuretake counterparts. Only offered as a pre-made palette, it’s ideal for those who can’t be bothered to pick out individual pans. For even more glitz and glamour, these FineTec watercolors give off an intense sheen that’s perfect for shimmery accents. Add depth and dimension to a coloring page with just a few strokes of metallic color. It would be a shame to use anything but watercolors on this 180 gsm acid-free, artist-quality paper. The high-quality paper can withstand moderate water use without wrinkling or fraying. These Pepin Artist’s Coloring Books feature exquisite images printed in a subtle light gray, which virtually disappear after you color them in. A variety of styles and prints are available, from still life to Japanese designs. Postcard versions are also available.

Black Liner Recommendations

For those who can’t be confined to pre-printed coloring pages, fill up blank pages with your own creation using black liners. These pens are also great for adding extra artwork to existing coloring books or pages. The best black liners are archival and can be colored over with other tools without smudging or moving.

If we were to ever create a coloring book, the Sakura Pigma Micron would be our weapon of choice. Featuring extremely dark archival ink, it is available in various tip sizes to create the perfect coloring page. After the ink dries, you can use any of the tools mentioned above without fear of smearing or lifting.

Another fantastic liner is the Staedtler Pigment Liner. Like the Sakura Pigma Microns, it is archival and won’t smudge under other coloring tools—plus it’s the favorite drawing pen of Johanna Basford (the illustrator behind the famous Secret Garden coloring book)! We’ve seen Johanna use this budget-friendly option for fine, detail work. The Uni Pin pen features an incredibly thin tip that’s best used slowly to allow the ink to flow smoothly. Four tip sizes are available, giving you ample choice for line variation. Johanna Basford left ample space in her iconic coloring books for artists to explore their own imagination. You can create your own designs in between her whimsical drawings using a black liner. Sketch them out first with a blue or gray mechanical pencil, then outline them with the black liner and erase the pencil marks. After you finish, use any of the other tools to color in your masterpiece!


Kyoei Orions Grid Rulers: This ruler is transparent and gridded, which not only allows you to see the lines that have already been made, it also helps line them up perfectly.

Johanna Basford and the Rise of Adult Coloring

Before adult coloring was a trend, Johanna Basford was approached by her publishers to create a children’s coloring book. She countered with a then unusual proposal: a coloring book for adults. Johanna was confident that her idea would have an audience as several of her clients had previously quipped with her that they’d enjoy coloring in her work. Her publishers weren’t so sure, but eventually relented.

Little did they know, a worldwide phenomenon was about to explode. Johanna’s first title, Secret Garden, quickly sold out on its first run. People were charmed by Johanna’s whimsical artwork and the nostalgia they felt while coloring. Articles came out about the therapeutic nature of coloring and the importance of mindfulness, further propelling the popularity of adult coloring books.

Now there are a variety of books on the market by different illustrators that cater to diverse audiences. We’re excited that adults have wholeheartedly embraced this trend that celebrates the analog things we love—pens, pencils, and paper. Have you caught the adult coloring bug? What’s your preferred tool of choice? Let us know in the comments below!

Adult Coloring Supplies Recommendations

Product Type Paper Pairing Color Range Finish Tone
Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Marker Pens Marker Smooth 30 colors Matte Bright
Shachihata Artline Blox Pens Marker Smooth 18 colors Matte Bright
Pilot FriXion Colors Erasable Markers Marker Smooth 24 colors Matte Muted
Prismacolor Premier Color Pencils Colored Pencil Smooth 72 colors Matte Pastel to Bright
Tombow Irojiten Color Pencils Colored Pencil Smooth 90 colors Matte Pastel to Neon
Derwent Inktense Pencils Colored Pencil Smooth, Textured 36 colors Matte Deep to Light
Uni-ball Signo Gel Pens Gel Pen Smooth 29 colors Matte, Metallic, Glitter Pastel to Bright
Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Gel Pens Gel Pen Smooth 42 colors Matte, Metallic, Glitter Pastel to Bright
Sakura Gelly Roll Gel Pens Gel Pen Smooth 87 colors Matte, Metallic, Glitter, Shadow, Raised Pastel to Neon
Tombow Dual Brush Pens Brush Pen Smooth, Textured 51 colors Matte Pastel to Bright
Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pens Brush Pen Smooth, Textured 20 colors Matte Bright
Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pens Brush Pen Smooth, Textured 16 colors Glitter Muted
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors Watercolor Textured 36 colors Matte, Metallic Bright
Akashiya Japanese Gansai Watercolor Palette Box Watercolor Textured 24 colors Matte, Metallic Deep
FineTec Artist Mica Watercolors Watercolor Textured 12 colors Metallic Bright
Sakura Pigma Micron Drawing Pens Drawing Pen Smooth 14 color Matte Bright
Staedtler Pigment Liners Marker Pens Drawing Pen Smooth 1 color Matte Deep
Uni Pin Pens Drawing Pen Smooth 2 color Matte Deep

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Still not sure what to try? You can’t go wrong with the classics. Our Adult Coloring Book Set includes Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden and 25 Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Markers, which are perfect for filling in the intricate and wondrous illustrations.
90 000 How to color antistress coloring pages – print in good quality for free

Let’s figure out how to paint antistress coloring pages, consider the pros and cons of each material.

Classic colored pencils

Pros: Easy to choose a set with a large color palette. You can paint with pencils even on thin paper, without fear of staining the reverse side of the coloring. When overlaying one shade on top of another, the colors blend quite well.

Features: The brightness of colors is inferior to other materials. The lead needs constant sharpening. Try to choose pencils with a medium soft lead.

Our recommendation:

How to paint antistress coloring pages. Colored pencils

Watercolor colored pencils

Pros: When used as a pencil, it has the same properties as a regular pencil.

Features: If the density of the paper allows, they can be used as a watercolor – blur with a brush, while the colors are perfectly mixed.You can draw with pencils moistened with water beforehand – this increases the brightness of the color compared to ordinary pencils. You can paint in wet technique.

Our recommendation:

Gel pens

Pros: Bright colors, large palette and variety.

Features: When used on tissue paper, paint may seep onto the defensive side. Colors fall unevenly, there is an effect of “sloppiness”, possibly accidental smearing of paint.Colors don’t mix well with each other.

How to color antistress coloring pages. Capillary pens

Capillary pens

Pros: The colors are very bright and saturated. The color lays down evenly. Convenient to use. Accidental smearing of paint is excluded. There are good sets with a large color palette.

Features: When used on tissue paper, paint may seep onto the defensive side.

Our recommendation:


Pros: Colors are very bright and saturated, large color palette.

Features: When used on tissue paper, paint seeps onto the defensive side. Colors do not mix well with each other. Colors can be unevenly laid down, often there is a “sloppy” effect.

Our recommendation:

Paints: gouache, watercolor

Pros: Rich palette, good color miscibility.

Features: When applying paints, the paper often “crinkles”. When using these materials, it is better to choose coloring with thick paper.Ideal for anti-stress cards or coloring Mysterious garden 20 art posters for decoration in a baguette.

Choose the material you like and paint for fun!

Coloring pages for adults

90,000 Coloring Pages for Adults will save us all. From virtuality and stress

We used to think that coloring books are pampering for children. But why, then, can one find silent adults behind this occupation? In bookstores, coloring books are swept off the shelves no worse than the loudest bestsellers, and on Amazon, too, there is a queue for them.

Rehabilitation of “children’s” hobby

In fact, books with inventive drawings are created to relieve stress, help focus, put yourself together like a puzzle from all social networks, and pull the whole person straight into reality.

Painting patterns with colored pencils can provide relief from anxiety and depression: black and white and facelessness suddenly becomes colorful, and this is the result of manual labor.

Anti-stress coloring pages are part of the art therapy program for the US military suffering from PTSD.By painting, patients live their painful memories, translate them first into the visual plane, and then into words, and learn to live with the trauma. Likewise, psychologists in the United States treat nightmares and anxiety.

Not surprisingly, there are about 3,000 adult coloring pages on, and some of them are still on the bestseller list – for example, a book called “Come on, I’m Coloring Here” or “Calm Down, Come On!” …

Coloring books are a fusion of meditation and fine motor skills of hands. It is as if you are repeating a mantra, only it is physical.

The key is to focus on repetition of a monotonous and safe activity. Painting over abstract complex drawings, you do not decide anything, you are not afraid to make mistakes, you just change pencils and try not to go beyond the drawing line. To keep an eye on this, stay focused, but not tense: an almost invaluable activity in a world where one careless touch of the screen can ruin your career and personal life (try sending an email to the wrong place).

What are the adult coloring pages?

Of course, knowing about the benefits and growing popularity of coloring pages, the developers could not stand aside: Western markets have literally taken over coloring pages in the form of mobile applications. You do the same thing with your fingers and on the screen. There are no boundaries for imagination: animals and colorful gardens, flowers, geometric patterns and stories from fairy tales – you can find everything.

Some mobile apps need to bring characters from Disney, Pixar and Dream Works to life.

There are also many tools for drawing: pencils and brushes, an eraser, a marker and even a can of paint. Some apps include calm, relaxing music while drawing. The result of your art therapy can be easily shared with friends via Facebook, messenger or Twitter.

Digital coloring has a lot of advantages, but there is one significant drawback: you look at the screen, which means that the eye muscles remain tense, and not only the eyes, but also the brain gets tired.

The most famous “offline” coloring books were created by British colorist and artist Joanna Basforth. Her Secret Garden is not just a set of plots, but also a great quest: at the very beginning of the book, we are presented with a list of things that need to be found on the pages. A great way to train your attention to detail and visual memory at the same time. It’s time to go hunting.

Most recently Joanna received the Order of the British Empire from Prince William at Buckingham Palace. The award honored by prime ministers and diplomats, music legends like Paul McCartney, now belongs to a colorist and illustrator.By the way, the wife of the heir to the British throne, Kate Middleton, is also fond of color, and there is a separate coloring about her.

Joanna Basford’s desktop will be the envy of any creative person: there are so many brushes, pencils, paints and absolutely charming stuff. But there are things that amaze Joanna even more: she, a mother of two small children, often smiles and looks incredibly happy. She herself admits that creativity makes her so.

“Every day I receive letters in which people from all over the world talk about how positively they and their loved ones are influenced by my books.Everyone writes, from 911 operators who paint during breaks to teenagers who have managed to cope with eating disorders in this way. Hospital patients undergo rehabilitation faster and more fun, and young mothers take a break from the frantic pace of life. ”

Joanna is not exaggerating: 20 million coloring pages sold, departments in bookstores dedicated only to her work, and the world’s shortage of crayons are proof of the benefits of adult books.Although about pencils – it’s still a joke.

Good news: simple black and white patterns for coloring can be found for free in the public domain. You need to download a suitable one – and you can start art therapy without spending even 100 hryvnia on it.

Even better news: the finished drawing that you are proud of does not need to be hidden in a drawer. One photo – and it will be available to the whole world on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook. Collecting likes is easy.

Great news! Coloring pages for adults do not necessarily consist of birds and flowers.There is a detailed anatomy, albums on architecture, about animals, publications for cat lovers and dog breeders, Halloween skulls and who knows what other evil spirits.

How, where and when to decorate?

When to draw if there is barely enough time for lunch? Let’s be honest: this is not entirely true. According to statistics, an adult digital-active person spends from an hour to three every day! to read news on social networks and communicate in messengers. Replace one with another: have 15 minutes free? Colorize.Are you waiting for a colleague in an office / cafe / park? Turn waiting into pleasure.

Believe me, a bright green fish with orange scales, invented by you, will cheer you up more likely than another hype about the political statements of musicians in Fb.

To improve sleep and not to have dreams similar to the films of David Lynch, paint the day before. The brain will readily accept such activity.

It is difficult to say for sure what is better to decorate. The world of creative office now has its own Renaissance era: an uncountable number of crayons, liners, markers and brushpins fill online stores and their offline dealerships.

For example, Joanna Basford’s favorite tools are the Staedtler German pencils, brush-heads and liners. They are respected for their traditional German quality, anti-drying properties, and a wide range of colors, from metallic markers to lightfast and moisture resistant ergonomic liners.

Looking for subtle shades? A set of 42 liners will do, or a box of 18 colors of Caran D’Ache watercolor effect Swiss pencils.

Liners based on natural dyes from the legendary Faber-Castell are not inferior to the two previous manufacturers in either the number of colors or the quality of workmanship.The ruler has some nice markers and brush-effect pens.

Of course, old Soviet pencils are inferior to modern creative tools, but they will also be useful to a novice colorist.

Fragrance set for creativity Scentos Fructomania, markers, pens, pencils, stickers, coloring (42132)

Fragrance set for creativity Scentos Fructomania, markers, pens, pencils, stickers, coloring (42132)

Scentos FRUKTOMANIA is a large set for creativity, which will definitely not leave indifferent either a child or his parents!


Packaging design with friendly, cheerful faces.

Delightful fruity aromas of natural origin.

Safe and independently tested in the USA.

This set is presented in original packaging and can be a wonderful gift for a creative child.

The FRYKTOMANIA set includes: 5 pencils, 5 markers, 5 gel pens, 4 sheets with stickers, painting.

A large set for drawing Scentos will be useful in the development of the child: creativity of the imagination acquaintance with colors, textures, characters and aromas of fine motor skills emotional state.

Recommended for children from 3 years of age.

Buy in Ukraine Fragrant set for creativity Scentos Fructomania, markers, pens, pencils, stickers, coloring (42132), we recommend in our online store “”. Delivery across Ukraine in the shortest possible time, best prices, flexible system of discounts, original, quality guarantee!

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Cole drawing set – art. (OG.10621800) – with logo printing to order in Krasnodar

Method Pad printing, UV printing, Spectrum Shield
Weight 37 g.
Mechanism view missing
Possibility of replacing the core / cartridge no
Number of sheets 20
Completeness colored pencils – 6 pcs, sharpener, coloring book 7 x 8.5 x 0.2 cm
Commodity material carton
Application method Shild Spectrum
Product size (cm) 7.2 x 9 x 1.4 cm
Bar type lead
Node thickness 1.0 mm
Product color beige
Ink color multicolored
Color beige
The original drawing kit will be an excellent promotional souvenir for any action in a creative direction.Also perfect for promoting a design studio. In a set of 6 colored pencils, a sharpener and a coloring book. The kit is packed in a cardboard box. 90,000 Correct grip of a pen or pencil when writing

Hello, comrades, readers of the blog!

Today we will discuss the burning topic “Correct grip of a pen or pencil when working.”

From the very first days of teaching children the skills of artistic creativity (from 2-3 years old), we should develop and control the correct approach to external behavioral practices – planting, grabbing a pencil, pressing a pencil….

Our today’s article is devoted to the problem of gripping the fingers of a writing instrument (pen, pencil or felt-tip pen). It is known that it is easier to teach than to retrain, and we will teach children a rational approach from an early age.

For most people, the most practical and economical way to hold a pen or pencil of modern design looks like this: the pencil is clamped between the thumb and forefinger of the right hand, the middle finger practically does not participate in the grip, but acts as a support – it is placed underneath.

We also consider this approach to be the most rational for right-handed people. By the way, most children learn this approach to capture immediately and freely, without external control. However, the rest of the students show varying degrees of deviation, up to the capture of a pencil with a fist. Here we must show a certain flexibility of approach. The fact is that some of the guys “wrong” holding a pencil go through the work process without any difficulties. If so, they may not need to be retrained (on the other hand, they may want to retrain themselves).If the student grasps the pencil incorrectly and performs the work slowly, poorly, quickly gets tired, then he should still be retrained for the “correct” grip. But, of course, this should be done without fanaticism and the consciousness of one’s undeniable righteousness, as it was when, say, left-handers were beaten on the fingers with a ruler. It is worth considering the individuality of the child. It is best to consistently and gently explain to the child why he should retrain, and only then start retraining in practice. We know of cases that after a sensible explanation, even kindergarteners gave themselves their word to control the correctness of the pencil grip and retrained in less than a year, and mainly as a result of self-control.

Another important detail: you need to grip the pencil in the correct way about two centimeters from the writing end. We ask you to make sure that this particular option is optimal in practice. The pencil should be long enough to rest freely on the gap between the thumb and forefinger, so too short cuts of pencils are unacceptable (do not skimp on this, it is better to just throw away such cores). Try to always purchase only the simplest pens and pencils, they are the most consistent with the specified requirements and allow you to work with convenience.We will refrain from judgments about the shape of the section of a pencil or pen, but perhaps a faceted section is somewhat better than a round one. There is a lot of talk about the fact that pens and pencils with three edges are very good, but in practice we did not notice much difference either.

We would advise avoiding writing aids with very large cross-sections (i.e. thick markers and pens with multiple refills), as they are inconvenient even for adults. Refrain from souvenir options with all kinds of decorations.

It should also be said separately about left-handedness. Currently, there are more and more left-handed guys. We should accustom ourselves to the idea that this is a variant of the norm, and not focus attention on such a “deviation”. Specialized stationery for such children may be useful, but practice shows: left-handed people gradually learn to use ordinary artistic tools.

Also read:

About the correct stationery

About the ability to regulate the pressure on the pencil

About posture

About the well-being of children during classes


Marina Novikova .

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