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The Best Colored Pencils For Adults To Suit All Budgets

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The Best Colored Pencils For Adults To Suit All Budgets

Colored Pencils For Adults

Got The Coloring Bug? Discover the best coloring pencils for adults that will make your artwork pop.


Adult coloring has become more and more popular over recent years and it’s easy to see why. Not only is it a cheap and cheerful hobby that you can do anywhere but it is also good for you! Winning!

Every time you color you are allowing your brain to quieten and recenter. It’s the perfect way to reduce stress and anxiety. Especially when you choose calming coloring themes like our Mindfulness coloring printables.  

If you are a new colorist ( yes, your new hobby gives you a new title ), then you may be surprised to learn that not all coloring pencils are created equally. In fact what tools you use on your coloring sheets and adult coloring books can make a huge difference in not only the finished effect of your artwork but also your enjoyment levels while coloring. 

Keep reading to discover what you need to look for when adult coloring with pencils and which sets we recommend that will fit your budget. 

Pencils For Adult Coloring

Before you go raid the kid’s pencil cases for their coloring pencils here are some things to consider when choosing what pencils to use. 

  • Pencil Grade 

Choosing professional or artist-grade pencils rather than student pencils is a must. These pens tend to have more pigments which means you will get much brighter and varied colors. As they will tend to have a softer core you will also find they are smoother to use. No scratchy feel or sound to help make your coloring experience pure bliss. 

  • Wax or Oil Based

Until I started coloring I didn’t even realize that pencils came in a wax or oil base. Most professional pencils will come with an oil base as they are of higher quality. They also allow you to blend colors easily. Bear in mind that these will be more costly but as they have a harder core they tend to not need sharpening as often. 

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Wax-based pencils are harder to blend so you will not be able to create new colors or some coloring effects. The wax helps your color to glide like butter over your coloring pages.

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Adult Coloring Pencils

Here is a list of some of our favorite professional colored pencils and beginner adult coloring pencil sets. It’s important to remember that it may take a little trial and error to find the perfect pencils for you as we all have different preferences. You may also find that you prefer to have different sets for different coloring projects depending on the paper used and themes. 

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These coloring pencils from Faber-castell are ideal if you really want to up your coloring level. Made with oil-based technology lead they have stunning colors that are not only resistant to fading but blend beautifully. They are extremely smooth to use and as an added bonus have break-resistant leads. They are also smudge-proof which is great if you are new to coloring. 

Want to treat yourself to some really special pencils? Then, these may be just for you. These oil-based pencils are of superior quality. They are beautiful to use and glide onto paper. The colors are vibrant and can easily be blended so you are only limited by your imagination with hues. As an added bonus these pencils can also be used on wood and textiles. 

Prismacolor premier colored pencils are wax pencils with a softcore which makes them super smooth to use. They come in a huge variety of brightly pigmented colors and you are sure to find the right set for you with many sizes and palettes to pick from.  We love that each pencil has the color labeled for easy reference. 

These wax-based professional colored pencils are durable and fun to use. With easy color identification labels ( both names and numbers ) you will have a great time creating lots of color combinations by blending and layering. The highly pigmented colors are very bright and saturated making them some of the best-colored pencils for adult coloring books. We love that they come in a handy travel tin so you can color anywhere. 

Derwent pencils have always been a favorite with artists. This brand is sure to have the perfect pencils for you with a huge variety to pick from. You can choose from oil-based to wax-based all with superior quality. Palettes range from vibrant to muted so you can really stamp your personal style on your coloring pages. Take a look at some of our favorite sets below. 

The Ergosoft pencils are perfect for beginners. While not professional they still have a soft core that allows you to easily layer colors.  The colors are vibrant and rich while the triangular grip makes for a wonderful coloring experience. 

You may be surprised to see these classroom favorites on the list but Crayola creates the perfect pencil if you are looking for a cheap beginner starting point.  If your budget does not stretch to some of the other pencils on this list then you will love a huge variety of vibrant colors available with Crayola. 


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Adult Coloring Accessories

If you are spending money on good quality pencils then be sure to spend a little extra on some high-quality accessories. This includes an eraser, pencil sharpener, and blending pencils.  Take the time to do a little research and make sure the style you purchase suits the pencils that you have chosen. 

Have you tried any colored pencils that you loved and we have missed from the list? Let us know in the comments below so we can add them and help other colorists. 



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