Colouring pages for adults are all the rage as is evidenced by the fact that so many of these books are being sold online and in local stores. Their increased popularity is due to the fact that they have been found to help you de-stress, focus on the present, and bond with your friends and family. So, if you think about it, it really doesn't matter what "tools" you use to create your colouring masterpiece.
It's the activity itself that generates the benefits. If you truly want to bring these intricate illustrations to life, however, choosing the right art utensils is a decision that you cannot leave to chance. Below we've listed some of our favorite tools that have helped us create vibrant colours that blend well and, most importantly, last.
When it comes to coloured pencils, Prismacolors are the best of the best. These are not your average colouring pencils, and they certainly cost a lot more. Why are these our top pick? Because they create a smooth and vibrant laydown of colour, can be easily blended, and don't wear down fast. Prismacolor also has an awesome colour selection. Aside from the cost, the only thing that concerns us about these pencils is that they can break if you use a mounted sharpener.
Like Prismacolor, Derwent coloured pencils are soft core pencils that produce an amazingly vivid laydown of colour. They blend extremely well, allowing you to create really beautiful effects, and feel really nice in to hold. As an added bonus, these pencils are thicker and are priced lower than Prismacolor so you get more "bang for your buck." The downside of these pencils is that they don't work as well as Prismacolor when it comes to precision work. All in all, we'd say that your masterpiece will look very life-like with these beauties.
The two things we love about these pencils are that they fit right in anyone's budget and that they don't make you regret your purchase because of low quality. They are actually pretty great.To be fair, though, they aren't in the same league as the other two we've mentioned. For one, they aren't as vibrant or as blendable. But for beginners (who might have no idea about blending or shading), these are definitely the set you should start with. The colours are nice and bright, the pencils don't break easily, and they stay sharp longer than other pencils in a similar price range.
If pens are more your thing, then Sakura Gelly Roll pens should be your pick. Gel pens work great when colouring the fine, intricate details found in colouring pages for adults. And these particular pens come in really fun options like metallic and glitter!
Aside from the fun colours, using gel pens like these is easy on your fingers - no need to press down hard to get the colour on paper. Now, these pens don't come cheap. But for the price, you get pens that don't run out of ink quickly and have a really nice flow (they don't "skip" when you apply light pressure when colouring). The downside to gel pens, however, is that you have to wait for the ink to dry so that the colours won't smudge.
Markers are fun for colouring because you don't need to apply too much pressure to create rich layers of colour on paper. They're also quicker to use. However, some markers tend to oversoak paper especially when you're blending which means you might not be able to use the other side of the page because the colour has bled into it.
Fortunately, Copic has made markers that are rich in colour, smooth, blendable, and have no "bleeding" effect. As an added bonus, these markers can be refilled and the nibs can be replaced! The only downside to Copic Ciao Art Markers is the price. So if you're on a budget, these are definitely not for you. But for serious, colouring fanatics, you might want to add these to your "tool set."
Of course, the best thing about this activity is that there are no rules. You don't have to go out and buy one of these in order to get a really great experience or create colouring masterpieces. Do what you like, use what feels good to you. Crayons, oil pastels, paint, sharpie markers - whatever makes you happy. So colour away!