For many of us, drawing with coloured pencils was a right of passage when we were young. Some of us braved that blank white sheet of paper and did our own thing – while others needed the security of a colouring book. Whatever method we used, we enjoyed the simple exercise and creative pleasure of putting marks on paper.
As we grew up however, we became self conscious that our colours were wrong, that we painted outside the lines, or our art work didn’t look realistic. Shamed or embarrassed, we stopped colouring and drawing.
It is ironic that one of the fastest growing segments in books today is the adult colouring book. Who would have thought? What started as something to keep children quiet and amused has morphed into a full – fledged phenomena. Colouring books have been given new respect.
Perhaps on the heels of this new appreciation for colouring books is the proliferation of coloured crayons that are now available. These, however, are not the crayons of our youth – nor are they priced accordingly. I had seen these crayons with their rainbow of colours whenever I went to the art store to pick up watercolour paints but thought nothing of it until my friend suggested I take a course on how to work with coloured pencils.
Ok, I admit. I was an art snob. I remembered Crayola pencils and wax crayons and just couldn’t see that using these would result in anything very interesting. I was wrong.
Being the type of person I am, I started doing research on the new products (oil and waxed based pencils), watched online videos and took books out of the library – before even stepping inside a class. The class was short – only once a week for 4 weeks but at the end of the course I decided that it was something I would probably continue to do in the future. I also had visions of how these coloured pencils could be used in combination with graphite and watercolour. Try it out for yourself – you might be pleasantly surprised.