Faber-Castell Polychromos

For artists, just reading the title of this post alone causes a sudden intake of breath.  Polychromos!  The Midas pencils of the universe.  Well, for some, anyway.

For everyone else, a glance at Polychromos pencils would draw out the words, “Pencil crayons???”  Ahem.  No, not pencil crayons – COLOURED PENCILS (with the ‘u,’ because I’m Canadian).

What’s the difference?  Well, my dear friends, pencil crayons are crayons in pencil form!  They’re waxy, lack pigment, and little kids love them.

Coloured pencils, on the other hand, don’t necessarily contain wax (like Polychromos by Faber-Castell!).  In fact, Polychromos pencils are oil based, so they blend and mix beautifully, with no waxy build-up.  Incroyable!

I’ve been doing some experimenting, since I’m new to these goddess pencils, and I have found that Polychromos over watercolor are absolutely stunning.  They are rich and brilliant!  Oh, so happy.  I’ve also experimented with blending the pencils using both paint thinner and baby oil (baby oil is oh-so-much better).  The results are just beautiful.

If you haven’t seen my dream catcher piece yet, it’s a mixed media piece involving watercolor, ink, watercolor pencils, and Polychromos!  It came out bright and vivid, and I must say that I’m a big fan.

Going Crazy…

It’s important to have the right tools for the job, but sometimes obtaining those tools can be a real pain in the you-know-what.

I decided a while ago to start moving into coloured drawings, because color just adds a whole different dimension to artwork. Don’t get me wrong – I love graphite and charcoal. It’s amazing stuff; I just want to do something more.

I’ve been practicing coloured pencil drawings with Crayola (laugh it up) so that I could get a feel for the art and decide whether or not I like it. (Hint-I’m continuing with coloured pencils).

If you’ve ever used Crayola pencils, then you know that they’re kind of like junk. They’re cheap and made for kids, so what else can be expected? Anyway, they’re grainy, shiny, wax pencils, and not what I’m looking for.

I went on a quest. How on earth do people do drawings with coloured pencils and make the drawings look like paintings?


So quality is important.

After tons of research and YouTube videos, the choice came down to Prismacolor or Polychromos.

Guess what.

Prismacolors are wax based! Forget that noise; hence, I went online and purchased some Polychromos. Now we wait.

While waiting for these beautiful pencils, I’ve done up a couple of acrylic paintings. We all know that painting isn’t my strong suit, but hey, can’t be good at everything. 😊