Adult coloring books are HOT right now, and with good reason. It’s a fun and relaxing activity that brings us back to our childhood and the best part is that anyone can do it! You don’t have to be an artist to fill up these beautiful and intricate books with color. But picking out the books is only the first step. You’ll also need coloring utensils of some kind, and if you go the colored pencil route, you might be wondering what are the best colored pencils for adult coloring books? How much should you spend? What are the differences between the brands?
In my opinion, there is really only one brand I would ever use. Prismacolor. It’s just the best. No comparison. I have the 150 count set, I use it all the time, and I absolutely love it. You don’t have to get the 150 pack, but since you can’t really easily mix colored pencils it’s nice to have such a large variety of colors to choose from. You can find it here.
The reason that Prismacolor is such a good brand is because of the quality of the core. It is much softer than other brands, which means that the color will spread over the paper easier and give you a smoother coverage. The core is also thicker than other brands, which means these colored pencils last a LONG time. The pigments they use to create the cores are super high quality, which means the colors show up quite vividly on the paper. I seriously can’t say enough good things about this brand!
Prismacolor offers three different kinds of colored pencils. Premier Soft Core, Premier Verithin, and Scholar. Premier Soft Core is the kind that I have, and the kind I described in the above paragraph. Verithin has a harder core so it’s easier to get really thin, crisp lines but harder to get a smooth coverage over a larger area. Scholar is their economy brand for beginners or those working with a smaller budget.
Premier Soft Core (Find the 150 count set here)
- Great coverage over larger areas
- Vivid, saturated color
- Amazing quality
- Lasts long
- Soft core breaks more easily
- Harder lead great for intricate details
- Still has the high pigment quality of Soft Core
- Can be sharpened to an incredibly fine point
- Not ideal for covering larger areas
- Strong core prevents breakage
- Budget friendly
- Good quality for the price
- Doesn’t get the easy, smooth coverage of Soft Core
The type you choose will be totally up to you and based on your personal needs. For adult coloring books, my opinion is that the Soft Core is the way to go, and you can find the BEAUTIFUL 150 count set here. You can easily cover large background areas but you can also sharpen the pencils to a finer point for smaller details. They’re not your typical cheap colored pencils. It’s a little bit of an investment, but if you use them a lot it will be well worth it.
*Very Important! A good sharpener to go along with your set is absolutely essential. You won’t be able to use your pencils very long without one. I recommend this one, also by Prismacolor.
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