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Best Colouring Pencils For UK Artists And Doodlers

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You are looking for some decent colouring pencils, and quite frankly, the choice is overwhelming! Yes, you have a budget in mind. But is your budget too low, or too high? Basically, you are looking for gorgeous colours on your page, decent points that sharpen well and don’t break, and within your budget? We are here to help.

There is a lot to consider — what type of paper will you be drawing on; do you like vibrant colours or muted colours; do you want to blend and layer? How many colouring pencils will you need (ok, we all want loads of gorgeous hues and shades). Maybe the colouring pencils you have right now are just not working for you, yes those, recommended by Carol.

Perhaps you have a set of really great colouring pencils, and you are looking for a complementary set. The following reviews will help you decide on the best fit with your current pencils. Let’s compare pigments, core thickness and lightfastness. It is also helpful to know whether a brand sells ‘open stock’ or not. This means having the option to buy individual pencils before buying the whole set.

We have hand-picked a range of colouring pencils that will suit the artist and doodlers alike. There is no need for guesswork, this guide will help you to select the best colouring pencils for your needs. Hopefully, we can guide you to that wonderful moment of opening up a brand-new set of pencils, inhaling the glorious smell of wood and wax and the satisfaction of putting pencil to paper. 

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Top Picks: The Best Colouring Pencils!

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Castle Art Supplies 120 Coloured Pencils Zip-Up...
Arteza Colouring Pencils, Professional Set of 48...
Sanford Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Pack...
Castle Art Supplies 72 Piece Coloured Pencils Set...
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Castle Art Supplies 120 Coloured Pencils Zip-Up...
Arteza Colouring Pencils, Professional Set of 48...
Sanford Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Pack...
Castle Art Supplies 72 Piece Coloured Pencils Set...
Top Features
• Convenient zip-up travel case • Used by professional artists and hobby doodlers • Selection of vibrant colours • Creamy soft core • No breakages
• Entry-level price for professional quality pencils • Presented in a sturdy tin • Vibrant colours
• Artist quality • Rich colour saturation • Soft, thick core • Easy to use for beginners • Able to buy individual pencils
• Packaged in a traditional tin • Used by professional artists and beginners • Premium Soft Touch core • Vibrant colours with strong pigment
Ratings
4,347 Reviews
1,917 Reviews
1,159 Reviews
13,211 Reviews
Price
£59.99
£15.48
£57.99
£39.99
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Castle Art Supplies 120 Coloured Pencils Zip-Up...
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Castle Art Supplies 120 Coloured Pencils Zip-Up...
Top Features
• Convenient zip-up travel case • Used by professional artists and hobby doodlers • Selection of vibrant colours • Creamy soft core • No breakages
Ratings
4,347 Reviews
Price
£59.99
Buy Now
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Arteza Colouring Pencils, Professional Set of 48...
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Arteza Colouring Pencils, Professional Set of 48...
Top Features
• Entry-level price for professional quality pencils • Presented in a sturdy tin • Vibrant colours
Ratings
1,917 Reviews
Price
£15.48
Buy Now
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Sanford Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Pack...
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Sanford Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Pack...
Top Features
• Artist quality • Rich colour saturation • Soft, thick core • Easy to use for beginners • Able to buy individual pencils
Ratings
1,159 Reviews
Price
£57.99
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Castle Art Supplies 72 Piece Coloured Pencils Set...
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Castle Art Supplies 72 Piece Coloured Pencils Set...
Top Features
• Packaged in a traditional tin • Used by professional artists and beginners • Premium Soft Touch core • Vibrant colours with strong pigment
Ratings
13,211 Reviews
Price
£39.99
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Faber-Castell Colour Pencils (Pack of 60)
Sanford Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Pack...
Classmaster CP144 Class Box Colouring Pencils –...
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Faber-Castell Colour Pencils (Pack of 60)
Sanford Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Pack...
Classmaster CP144 Class Box Colouring Pencils –...
Top Features
• Great price and value for money • Bright luminous colours • SV bonded core to prevent breakages • Wood harvested from sustainable forests
• Artist quality • Soft wax core • Premium blending and layering • Well priced
• Use in the classroom or group settings • Convenient storage box • Budget-friendly
Ratings
9,531 Reviews
211 Reviews
2,987 Reviews
Price
£12.49
£22.02
£15.39
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Faber-Castell Colour Pencils (Pack of 60)
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Faber-Castell Colour Pencils (Pack of 60)
Top Features
• Great price and value for money • Bright luminous colours • SV bonded core to prevent breakages • Wood harvested from sustainable forests
Ratings
9,531 Reviews
Price
£12.49
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Buy Now
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Sanford Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Pack...
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Sanford Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Pack...
Top Features
• Artist quality • Soft wax core • Premium blending and layering • Well priced
Ratings
211 Reviews
Price
£22.02
Buy Now
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Classmaster CP144 Class Box Colouring Pencils –...
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Classmaster CP144 Class Box Colouring Pencils –...
Top Features
• Use in the classroom or group settings • Convenient storage box • Budget-friendly
Ratings
2,987 Reviews
Price
£15.39
Buy Now

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1. Castle Art Supplies 120 Coloured Pencils

Castle Art Supplies 120 Coloured Pencils Zip-Up...
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Key Features:

  • Convenient zip-up travel case 
  • Used by professional artists and hobby doodlers
  • Selection of vibrant colours
  • Creamy soft core
  • No breakages

For professional artists and doodlers alike, the Castle Arts 120 set are the best colouring pencils. We are really impressed with the professional-looking zip-up travel case to keep the pencils from being bashed around. The whole presentation looks professional and creates an expectation that the pencils inside are good quality colouring pencils.

The pencils look very appealing, and we really like the look and feel of the Basswood shaft coloured matt black and the ends coloured in the actual core pigment colour. Each pencil has the name and number of the pigment colour engraved on the pencil for easy identification. The tips have been factory sharpened, but it is always good practice to sharpen each pencil before using it for the first time.  Castle Arts pencils really do have the look and feel of the best colouring pencils in a higher price range.

The soft, wax core is 3.8 mm in diameter and is highly pigmented. The pigment is strong enough that you don’t have to layer too much, we can get down at least six layers before noticing a wax build-up. The vibrant pigments are very workable with blender pencils and burnishing. 

The colour range is vibrant but still has enough of a selection of muted and natural colours should you not want a lot of ‘juicy’ colour.  Skin tones are well represented with a choice of six different pencils. We loved the selection in the grey range, there are cool greys, neutrals and warm greys. There is a mouthwatering choice of reds, wine-colours, maroon and every flavour of pink. Unfortunately, there are no metallics, but the palette is generous enough to be able to take on any colour project.

Pros:

  • The soft wax core is resilient and does not break when sharpened
  • Strong pigments and a full palette of colours
  •  A selection of skin tones 
  • Choice of six grey pigments
  • Holds a sharp point for detail colouring
  • The colours do not create dust and they don’t smudge

Cons:

  • The price is on the higher end
  • The white is not very opaque on black paper
  • Not available to buy as a single pencil

The defining points that make the Castle Arts 120 set the best colouring pencil are the extensive range of colours and strong pigments. Compared with high-end professional artist pencils the Castle Arts 120 set delivers good quality colouring pencils at a good price.

2. Arteza Colouring Pencils

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  • Vivid, Varied Colors: 48 bright pencil colours to choose...
  • Premium Construction: The sturdy, comfortable barrels...
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Key Features:

  • Entry-level price for professional quality pencils
  • Presented in a sturdy tin
  • Vibrant colours

Recommending the second-best colouring pencil really created a dilemma, but we have decided on the Arteza set of 48 colouring pencils based on its price. The performance on-page is so similar to the other brands in our top three but at half the price. These are professional colouring pencils at a value for money price.

The Arteza pencils come packaged in a sturdy tin box with two layers of pencils inside. The benefit of the tin box is not only are your pencils stylishly displayed and protected, but there is a complete colour chart printed on the inside of the box lid. The colour chart has the name and number of the corresponding pencil next to a colour block.

Yes, the Arteza pencil cores are soft wax, but the core is harder than similar pencil brands which means it really keeps sharper for longer. That means less sharpening. Although the harder core does make it difficult to get a flat colour, and you do need to layer a lot more. The core is quite thick at 4 mm in diameter and is perfectly centred in a wood casing shaft. A perfect centre means less breakage when sharpening.

On opening the Artza tin you are immediately struck by the richness and vibrancy of the colours. The colours can best be described as ‘juicy’ and have wonderfully descriptive names, like Pink Macaroon, Sapphire Yellow and Blueberry. Although there are not a lot of muted colours there are six different choices of skin tones and a great selection of browns, greens and blues. Not many oranges though. 

The Arteza is smooth and glides across the paper while laying down rich colour. It blends and layers like a professional colouring pencil.

Pros:

  • Blends colour really well
  • Holds a sharp point
  • Sharpens efficiently
  • Smooth and creamy 
  • Easily erasable
  • Affordable price

Cons:

  • The white is not very opaque
  • Difficult to get a smooth flat colour because the point is quite hard
  • Limited neutral colours

We really love the Arteza for its vibrant colours, but it would be nice to have more neutral colours to balance the set. Although, the skin tones range is generous. For Animé or Cartoon art you will need to do a lot of layering to achieve a flat colour. However, you won’t be spending lots of time sharpening because it holds a good point.

 

3. Sanford Prismacolor Premier 72 Coloured Pencils

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Sanford Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Pack...
  • Color pencil set
  • Artisit quality
  • High quality pigment
  • Superior blending

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Key Features:

  • Artist quality
  • Rich colour saturation
  • Soft, thick core
  • Easy to use for beginners
  • Able to buy individual pencils

The Sanford Prismacolor Premier set of 72 pencils is in the more expensive range of colouring pencils, but they are considered the best colouring pencils by many artists and doodlers. This is because of the very soft pigment core that lays down a rich layer of colour on a page. 

Presented in a tin box with two layers of pencils nestled in their plastic trays. On the back of the tin is a colour chart with the names and numbers of each pencil. On opening the tin, we were struck by how short the pencil tips were but its good practice to give new pencils a good sharpen before using them. We recommend only using the Prismacolor electric sharpener with helical blades for the best results.

These pencils will give you great results whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist. They are the best pencils for blending and cover flat areas with a thick layer of colour which the animé and cartoon artists love. The Prismacolor have a balanced mix of vibrant and neutral colours but a very limited choice of colours for skin tones. However, there are a few neon colours and gold and silver metallic. 

All this gorgeous, soft, creamy and rich colour does come with a drawback. The core and the wood are very soft and a common complaint is the amount of time spent on sharpening points. The Prismacolor are even more susceptible to breaking in cold weather. A good tip is to place the pencils on a heating mat or in warm water before using them. 

What actually sets the Prismacolor pencils apart from the other brands that we have reviewed is you can purchase a single pencil.  This means that you can slowly start introducing Prismacolor pencils into your collection.

Pros:

  • Wax-based pencils with high-quality pigment
  • Large selection of colours
  • Colours work well on black paper
  • Blend and layer well
  • Creamy consistency

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Break easily
  • Does not hold a sharp point
  • Beware of fakes

The trade-off for having all that thick, luxurious colour is the core is very soft, and it does not hold a point for long. A lot of time is spent on sharpening the points and the soft wood does splinter if not done correctly. But the Prismacolors are loved and have a strong following with artists, cartoonists and animé artists. 

 

4. Castle Art Supplies 72 Coloured Pencils

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  • “An Absolute you to use” this selection of 72 premium...
  • Blending and Layering Qualities artists can truly rely on!...
  • Named, numbered & colour coded in presentation tin box for...
  • Guard against frustrating breakages with our top-quality,...

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Key Features:

  • Packaged in a traditional tin
  • Used by professional artists and beginners
  • Premium Soft Touch core
  • Vibrant colours with strong pigment

We are back with Castle Arts and reviewing the 72-piece set that is packaged in a tin box. The gold standard for us was the 120 piece in the zip-up travel bag and all those gorgeous colours! But that did come at a price. The 72 piece is significantly more budget-friendly but still has the same great quality pencils. 

On opening the traditional pencil tin there is a very handy colour chart with the pencil identification numbers printed on the lid. All the Castle Arts products have brilliant artwork on the cover of the tins, these are created by their in-house artists. There is a tutorial pamphlet inside the tin showing you how to re-create the artwork. A nice touch. The three layers of pencils are nestled into plastic trays that have convenient little toggles on the side of the trays to help to lift them out easily. Another nice touch.

The more experienced artists expect that any creamy core has issues with wax blooming, this happens when a lot of colour has been put onto the paper and the wax binder rises to the surface and creates a blurry effect. Another issue is the pencil does not hold a soft point, and you need to constantly re-sharpen. Surprisingly, this does not happen with the Castle Arts Premium Soft Touch pencils even under the most rigorous testing. Contradictory? Certainly but in a good way.

Pros:

  • Strong points that do not break when sharpening
  • No crumbling or wearing down of points
  • No wax bloom on multiple layers
  • Colours include skin tones and greys
  • Some colours perform well on blackpaper

Cons:

  • Not available to buy as individual pencils
  • Red and white don’t perform well on black paper
  • No metallics

 The Castle Art premium Soft Touch is one of the best colouring pencils for beginners, hobbyists and professionals. The 72-piece set is budget-friendly and now also available in the zip-up travel case.

5. Fabe-Castell Colour Pencils

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Faber-Castell Colour Pencils (Pack of 60)
  • Bright, luminous colors
  • Classic hexagonal shape
  • Protected from lead breakage by SV bonding.
  • Wood from certified sustainable forestry.

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Key Features:

  • Great price and value for money
  • Bright luminous colours
  • SV bonded core to prevent breakages
  • Wood harvested from sustainable forests

Faber Castell is arguably one of the biggest names in the art supplies world. Faber Castell Classics, packaged in a red box,  is aimed at school children and students and is priced accordingly. The pencils are stored in a cardboard fold-out which, when opened up, is able to stand upright on a desk. 

The pencil barrels are hexagonal, this prevents pencils from rolling off the desk. On each pencil, there is a number reference for the pigment colour but no actual colour name. All Faber Castell pencil cores have an SV bonding ingredient that prevents cores from breaking. The pencil wood is harvested from certified sustainable forests. 

The 3.5 mm cores are a wax base but still quite hard. The pigments are vibrant whether applying a single layer or laying down a strong colour. You are not going to get a great depth of colour when layering, but they do well with fine detail work. They also perform really well on black paper with very little black showing through. The set of 60 really has an exciting choice of bright, luminous colours which include a selection of grey and flesh colour. There are also metallics, neons and pastel shades.

We would not write off these Faber Castell Classic Colours as just pencils for kids, although they are the best colouring pencils for kids, with strong pigments and almost unbreakable core. We would also recommend them as good quality colouring pencils for colourists who use adult colouring books and Manga or creators of fan artist.

Pros:

  • Convenient fold-out pencil holder
  • A selection of metallics, neon and pastel shades
  • Colours well on black paper
  • Good quality

Cons:

  • No colour names printed on the barrel
  • Not going to get thick creamy layering and blending
  • Perceived as children’s pencils

Certainly, the Faber Castel Classic Colours are not for professional artists, but they should not be underrated as they are great for new colourists and one of the most budget-friendly options.

 

6. Sanford Prismacolor Premier 12 Coloured Pencils 

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  • Color pencil set
  • Artisit quality
  • High quality pigment
  • Superior blending

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Key Features:

  • Artist quality
  • Soft wax core
  • Premium blending and layering
  • Well priced

We are reviewing the Sanford Prismacolor 12-piece set because it does come in at an affordable price point as opposed to the 72-piece set and the Prismacolor are well known for laying down exceptional colour. Perhaps you are intrigued and would like to try them out before committing to a bigger set or would use these 12 pencils to complement your current pencils. Prismacolor does sell individual pencils, but there is still value in purchasing the 12-piece set.

There is a colour chart on the back of the tin box with the individual pencil numbers. The colours are limited, there is dark and light blue; dark and light green; orange; brown; red; purple; yellow; white; black and a charcoal grey. The colours are mostly primary hues.

It is advisable to purchase the Prismacolor helical blade pencil sharpener and do a bit of research on sharpening the Prismacolor. Breaking tips is one of the biggest complaints against the Prismacolor pencils, some say it is because the core is not centred. Prismacolor do need to be cared for and not dropped or jostled about or else you run the risk of breaking the core. 

However,  the Prismacolor are still very popular because of the very soft wax core that lays down creamy butter colour and blends colours seamlessly. Prismacolor is also renowned for the vibrant pigments and even in the set of 12, the vibrancy of the primary colours is obvious.

Pros:

  • Entry-level set of 12
  • Vivid strong pigments
  • Black and white supplied
  • Colours work well on black paper
  • For seasoned artists and beginners

Cons:

  • Care must be taken not to drop the pencils
  • Care must be taken when sharpening
  • Only 12 primary colours available

The Prismacolor 12-piece set is a good entry-level set for beginners or professional artists wanting to extend their pencil collection or broaden their experience with layering techniques.

7. Classmaster Class Box Colouring Pencils

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Key Features:

  • Use in the classroom or group settings
  • Convenient storage box
  • Budget-friendly 

For school classroom or group drawing activity the Classroom Class box set of 144 is a convenient option with 12 primary colours in a handy dispenser box. Each of the 12 colours is available in a single colour pack of 12 should you need to replace a colour in the 144 sets. These are value for money, reliable quality pencils.

The pre-sharpened pencils have 12 colours — brown, pink, orange, yellow, red, light green, dark green, light blue, dark blue, navy, blue, and black. No white, but ample blue colours. The 24 set and the 36 sets have a wider colour choice. The core is reasonably soft, it is not wax or oil but lays down nice colour and sharpens to a good point without breaking. The colours are vivid and have a good depth of pigment.

These pencils are hexagonal which prevents rolling off desks and encased in a wood shaft. There are no colour names or identification numbers on the pencil shaft, just the brand name. The well-centred core should ensure that no breaking when sharpening, however, the lead is soft and will require a couple more turns of the sharpener to get a good point.

For adult colouring-in enthusiasts, Classroom pencils are a good choice for soft colour layering. The conveniently boxed set of 144 pencils is the best colouring pencil for art classes, classrooms, and craft groups who want a well-priced set of pencils that still deliver on quality and reliability.

Pros:

  • The soft lead lays down good colour
  • Sharpens well
  • Bright pigments
  • Single colours can be replaced with a 12 pack of individual colours

Cons:

  • Limited colour range, only 14 colours
  • No white

The Classroom class box is very versatile in catering for adult colouring books, class projects, craft projects and offices where groups need access to colouring pencils.

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The Best Colouring Pencils for UK Artists and Doodlers - A Buyers Guide

Before choosing the best colouring pencils you need to ask yourself a few questions on how you want to use your colouring pencils and what you need to achieve with your colouring pencils.

The answers to those questions will help you choose the best colouring pencils for your needs and avoid a disappointing purchase.

What is the Best Colouring Pencils for UK Artists and Doodlers?

The best colouring pencils can range from professional colouring pencils to good quality colouring pencils. If you are selling your artwork or creating art for a living a professional colouring pencil will be more suitable. If you are a hobbyist or student creating fan art or doodling on a sketch pad, then you probably have a wider choice of what the best colouring pencil is for you.

Professional artists who sell their work will want a Lightfastness rating. Lightfastness is how resistant the pigment is to fading when exposed to light.

None of the colour pencils we tested is certified Lightfast.

Do I need the Best Colouring Pencils For UK Artists And Doodlers?

Good quality colouring pencils are definitely worth the investment, especially if you get satisfaction from laying down vibrant hues, blending colours and shading. Having a generous range of colours to choose from and using the best colouring pencils helps to expand your artistic process.

Using the best colouring pencils will also save on frustrations, like leads that break constantly. Using the best-recommended colouring pencils will save you from wasting money on inferior quality pencils that do not deliver.

The best colouring pencils for your application will definitely deliver quality artwork that you will enjoy creating.

Benefits of the Best Colouring Pencils

  1. Pre-mixed – The best colouring pencils are pre-mixed and consistent which makes it easy to identify and utilise the colour you want. The premixing consistency also makes it easy to layer colours to achieve the colour and share you want on your drawing or art.
  2. Therapeutic – Using the best colouring pencils comes with therapeutic benefits. For adults, using colouring pencils brings many advantages – amongst them being reduction of stress and anxiety, improving motor skills and vision, improving sleep, and improve focus, just to mention a few.
  3. Good for kids – Similarly, the best colouring pencils come with great benefits for kids too. For kids, colouring is not just a fun activity. It is also an important developmental activity. Colouring for kids helps to improve their fine motor skills, concentration, colour recognition, and hand & eye coordination, to mention a few.

Key Features of The Best Colouring Pencils For UK Artists and Doodlers

  1. Wax Core -Wax core pencils are smooth and put down layers of intense colour on a page. They also break easily and require a lot of sharpening to keep a point.
  2. Oil Core – Oil core pencils are harder than wax pencils and require more layers of colour to get to an intense hue. They are easier to keep a sharp point and require less sharpening.
  3. Pigment – the best colouring pencils have more colour pigment in a pencil colour. This makes for a more vibrant colour. The pigment is expensive, so the more pigment used in colours, the more expensive the pencils.
  4.  Layering – the best colouring pencils can lay down multiple layers of colour on the paper. Layering allows colours to intensify on the page. Good quality colouring pencils will let you put down five-plus layers of colour before showing a wax bloom. 
  5. Hard or Soft – The softer, wax-based colouring pencils will give creamy textures and work well to cover large areas. The harder pencils, usually oil-based, are better for doing fine detail work.
  6. Quality – even the best colouring pencils have differing qualities. In general, you will find student quality and artist quality colouring pencils. Artist quality pencils for example, contain more pigment and les binder which makes them richer and allow them to leave more marks with less applied pressure. Furthermore, artist quality colouring pencils are normally layered with colours on top of each other and blended more easily – making them light fast. Student quality pencils on the other end are the opposite. This makes artist quality pencils more expensive but a better choice if you are a serious artist (or at least want to be one).

How Much Should You Pay for The Best Colouring Pencils for UK Artists and Doodlers?

As you can see from our product reviews of the best colouring pencils, prices can vary greatly. ‘Artist grade’ pencils are generally more expensive than ‘Student grade’ pencils. It is really all about the pigment. 

Artist-grade pencils generally contain more pigment than binder. The pigment makes colours richer and more vibrant. The pigment is expensive and drives up the price of pencils.  Prices for the best colouring pencils will start at about £20 and can reach over £100 for a set.

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What are the best quality colouring pencils?

Our choice for the best colouring pencils is the Castle Arts set of 120 pencils. We were really impressed with the vibrant, juicy colours and the way colour layers on the page. The pencils look stylish and are presented in a convenient zip up travel folder.

What are the best colouring pencils for adults UK?

Our recommendations for the best colouring pencils for adults UK is the Arteza colouring pencils. These professional colouring pencils come with the advantage of being made from the best quality material which enhances their durability and ability to hold colour. Their colour tones on the other end combined with their quality makes them ideal for adult colourists who want to achieve more realistic and subtle art.

What are the best colouring pencils for artists?

Our top recommendation for the best colouring pencils for artists is the Castle Art supplies 120 Coloured Pencils. The professional colouring pencils are built with everything that an artist needs – whether it’s the sophisticated travel case to carry all your colouring art needs, the easy colour number identification, the colour range, r superior colour pigmentation – these  good quality colouring pencils are made for artists!

What are the most vibrant colouring pencils?

If you are looking for the most vibrant colouring pencils, we recommend the Castle Art Supplies 72 Coloured Pencils. With a choice of up to 72 different options, these good quality colouring pencils offer a generous selection of bright and vibrant colours. Each pencils also brings with superior pigmentation and saturation to give more light to your art. Plus, these best colouring pencils for artists come with the advantage of being relatively budget friendly.

What are the most expensive colouring pencils?

Our selection of the most expensive colouring pencils is the Castle Art Supplies 120 Coloured Pencils. Whilst they are expensive, these professional colouring pencils offer features that compromise with their high prices. The best colouring pencils for artists and professionals are housed in a premium zip up travel case and fabricated with great colour pigmentation whilst their wax allows them to smoothly glide on your paper without cracking or breaking.

Are expensive colouring pencils worth it?

Yes, at times expensive colouring pencils are certainly worth it. With expensive colouring pencils, you are guaranteed vibrant colours, subtle pigmentation and saturation, as well as overall long lasting durability. Whilst you can find the best colouring pencils at low cost and cheap prices, you still have to work hard for it as it can take you some time – trying out and sampling different brands until you find the best colouring pencils at a low cost.

What colouring pencils do professionals use?

Our selection of the best colouring pencils used by professionals is the Castle Art Supplies 120 Coloured pencils. With over 120 colouring pencils, these professional colouring pencils offer wide possibilities of artistic outcomes. In addition to offering a vast selection of colouring options, these coloured pencils also deliver great quality and strong colour pigmentation to ensure professional quality art.

Best Colouring Pencil Brands

Castle Arts USA

An American brand, the Castle Arts USA is amongst the top rated brand is the market. The brand produces a wide selection of art supplies including colouring pencils, water colours, painting sets, and gel pens, just to mention a few.

Faber Castell

Amongst the world’s oldest, largest, and best quality art supplies brand, the Faber Castell brand was launched in 1761 in Germany and has proven its stellar attention to quality and superior craftsmanship by surviving n the market for centuries. The art brand produces everything from pencils to fine writing and art & graphics products.

Arteza

Launched in 2016, the Arteza brand is relatively new in the market. However, it has so far, proven its worthiness amongst the top brand position for arts and crafts supplies. The brand produces everything from colour pencils to painting sets and paint brushes – and continues to reinvent new products every day. Thanks to the focus on quality and longevity, the brand continues to grow and claim its permanent seat in the market.

So...Which Colouring Pencils Should I Buy?

The review of the best colouring pencils above outlines some of the top quality options in the market. Choosing the best colouring pencils is one way to boost the look of your art work. Therefore, whether you are a beginner or seasoned professional artists, it is important to learn how to choose the best colouring pencils.

Whilst the list above shares our recommendations for the best colouring pencils for this year, we’ve also included a buyer’s guide. With the buyer’s guide, you will be able to make a more informed decision about which coloured pencils to go for. So what’ left is to go back to the list above and choose a set that works best for your artistic needs.

Our recommendation for the best colouring pencils in overall for this year is the Castle Art supplies 120 Coloured Pencils.

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 For entry level and beginner artists, our recommendation for the best colouring pencils are the Arteza Colouring Pencils and Castle Art Supplies 72 Coloured Pencils.

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