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Recommended pencils, in order of preference.

Prismacolor - Everyone's favorite, both professionals and students.  They have the softest and creamiest wax.  Thusly, they are also the most expensive.  They can be procured locally at all of the art stores at over $1 per pencil, and online (Amazon and Ebay) they can be found at much better prices, like more than half-off.

You really should safeguard them though, because often when they fall, the lead inside can break, ruining them... really take this recommendation seriously for all types of pencils, though it especially hurts to lose an expensive pencil.

Also you can buy them individually if you only need the one color or are looking to add to your collection but do not need doubles... I'm currently at about 60 colors because I can never resist when I am at the store.

The Prismacolor brand is on its third owner during my lifetime (Berol 1969, Sanford 1995, Premier 2011) and the quality has not been consistent throughout the years.  I have tried them all, honestly Berol were the best ones, but I think they are all great.  It is worth mentioning that Prismacolor makes different quality pencils:  professional and scholar, be careful.  I do not recommend scholar. 

Prang - They were designed for beginner use, so they are very inexpensive, but the quality is very good and the pencils are soft and blendable.  They are sold locally in Artec.

Colleen - The brand with the triangle with a face, originally Japanese but they are currently made in Thailand... these pencils were bought for us by our parents when we were still in grade school before we discovered Prismacolor, lol... a vintage delight.  They are good and reasonably priced.  They can be found locally in Arrocha, Vendela, and El Machetazo... I recommend them.

Staedler - They are OK pencils.  They are not as soft as the previous ones, but it is a renown brand.  They are expensive.  I have seen them locally at Artec.


The fun in coloring with markers isn't so much the product, but the process.  I like markers for the sounds they make and how quickly I can work.  I have not tried out many markers (watch out) but here are my recommendations for now. 

Last reviewed December 29, 2019.

It's very important to warn that if you are going to test a brand that is not listed here, you should place a paper behind the sheet, to ensure you will not damage the drawing on the next page.  I would appreciate for you to write me with your experiences and opinions.  

Mildliners - They are "highlighers" in neutral and mild colors (though they also have neons but that is not the fun of it).  I believe they were designed for the bullet journaling phenomenon.  They have two different tip sizes and will not bleed through almost any paper.  They were a novelty when I discovered them at the beginning of 2019, but now I see them everywhere.  In Panama I still have not seen them, but I am sure they are somewhere here already.  In any case here is the Amazon link.  I LOVE HOW THEY LOOK IN MY COLORING BOOK.

Crayola - The normal ones, the metallic ones... I believe they are all safe to use since they are not highly pigmented and the coloring book paper is fairly thick.  Speaking of thickness... make sure they are pointy enough!

Kiut - Honestly, I do not have them, but @UnDiaConLia tried them in front of me and the results were good and they did not bleed, they were also metallic and I think they are pretty much very similar to Crayola.


It could be a not watery acrylic paint.  I have not done tests.

The not recommended materials are here in a separate page to make sure you do not get confused.


Picking colors​