A classic box of 64 Crayola crayons has found it’s way home to my house. I love that the box, and for the most part, the colors, haven’t changed since I was a kid. I instinctively go for the color “sea green” every time I see a box of 64 — as a kid, I had some mad love for that color, for no particular reason.Markers have never done it for me — I mean sure, you can color faster and more evenly with markers, but the colors are all the same. There are no shades with markers, if you will.
Which leads me today’s poll. For your coloring needs ,which do you prefer — crayons, markers, colored pencils or something else?
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I love all of them except markers. I know many people who can work wonders with them, but — for me — they lack subtlety.
I’ve posted a couple old drawings on my tumblr. I think if you go by those it’s safe to say I prefer pencils.
I like pastels; they’re smoother than crayons, and I like smearing them to blend things together. I like chalk a lot too, but it’s very messy. Markers are frustrating sometimes because they run out at surprising moments, or the color saturation is so wildly different in some of them and they end up looking nothing like their caps. I love a new box of crayons, but once they’re not sharp any more or I break them I lose interest.
I’m team oil pastels all the way! The colors are deep and rich, and you can manipulate it even after its gone on the paper!
ooh, yes! I love oil pastels. They’re fun to blend.
For coloring in books, crayons. For free sketching, colored pencils. Actually, I was thinking of purchasing coloring books and some crayons as a method of stress relief. Is that weird for a grown woman?
Not at all. I buy cool vintage-y ones on Ebay, when I can find ’em, or get the cheap ones at the grocery store. Coloring is good for you.
Not in the slightest. Coloring is an excellent stress reliever for any age.
If you can’t find coloring books you like, you can also google ‘free coloring pages’ and find a bunch online.
I still love coloring in coloring books! I prefer the ones you can color with markers in the texture of the regular coloring book pages squicks me out
Oh lord, how do you think I cope with school? I need my Disney Princess coloring book and box of 96 crayola crayons. I need them like I need the air I breathe, or I might go crazy.
I have a mandala coloring book – I got it at the recommendation of curiousgeorgiana, actually, and I really enjoy it. (In college, my friends and I would occasionally have coloring parties where we’d color in princess coloring books and have cocktails and bake cookies – the stress relief was fantastic.)
Is it the one with the black cover? I have that one too! I make The Dude color in it when he’s grumpy.
Mine’s got a blue cover, I think.
Now I want to have a coloring book-cocktail-cookie party like now! I know what I’ll be suggesting we do this weekend.
Crayons are always fun but if I’m doing Art with a capital A then I go for prisma colored pencils which are pricey but you can get wonderful effects with ’em. I recently bought a Disney princess coloring book and markers for no particular reason. My bro who is 19 has been coloring in it almost everyday which I find pretty hilarious.
Ohhh, prisma colored pencils are divine. I actually used them in most of the work I did for my AP Art portfolio. Here’s a piece I actually won an award for :)
Very cool! I don’t know if I would have had the patience to keep all the marks going the same way like you did so kudos for that. Also a lot of my work is pop art inspired too yay for bright colors!
It totally depends on what I’m doing. I like Crayola for straight up coloring, Midnight Blue is my favorite, Markers for doodling and Prismacolor pencils for designing a color scheme.
Ha! I totally went with Crayons for TDG, too! We should make March 3rd Official Coloring day.
I like a combo of all three, but if I had to choose I’d say colored pencils are my favorite. You can make lines thick or thin, add shading, and have more control over the amount of color.
I am such a crayon snob. We had all manner of crayons when I was a kid, but none of them compared to Crayola. Rose Art, or the ones from those art set things, or worse the generic ones, are way too waxy. Crayola has the perfect balance. Love them. And I definitely need the 65 or 96 pack to be satisfied. I need the variation. Why settle for “purple” when what you really need is blue-violet? (Not violet-blue! It’s different!) My favorite color in the big packs is cerulean.
Now that I’m a little older, I enjoy a good colored pencil. They have to be very sharp, though. I don’t like dull pencils. Markers seem a bit much, although they’re good for making protest signs. The Mister and I are currently working on a paint by number, which has been kind of nice, but it’s no box of Crayola.
My favorite color is cerulean, too. And I agree that Crayolas are the only crayons worth coloring with. Rose Arts are useless.
When I use traditional art materials I am very drawn (ha!) to graphite pencils and charcoal just because I can seen tones and contrast better in black and white than color. When I get out the computer, I use my Cintiq tablet/monitor and Painter software. It’s like coloring on electronic paper.
Crayons. I love them and the box of 64 is beyond delightful. Unfortunately, my kids won’t let me touch their crayons and they systematically peel all the paper off, break them in half, and in some cases chew on them, leaving the box of 64 looking less than pristine in about two minutes. It’s sad, really.
Crayons, yes! I’m also fond of those Mr. Smelly markers. Something about the smell of both of them makes me feel extra creative.
And also, I now feel compelled to share this video (here’s hoping it works):
Embed didn’t work, so here’s the link (one day I will figure this stuff out).
1) Thank you so much for this link! That song is freaking adorable and infectious.
2) Video and image embedding is not working in the comments right now, so we’ll just have to be satisfied with linking for a while until our beleaguered volunteer coder person gets a chance to deal with it. :)
I was actually going back and forth between this and Muppets for yesterday’s Daily Goodie! Muppets won yesterday, but I was planning to post this next week.
Oh, good, it isn’t just me!
I love that song, and her other stuff is very, very worth checking out on iTunes if you have a moment.
I love the Mr. Smelly markers. When I was a kid my favorite thing to do was to draw a little pie with the brown (cinnamon) and fill it in with the apple green. It smelled like apple pie!
An inordinate number of my drawings were black based because I really liked the licorice smell…good thing my dad is a psychologist or my parents might have been a bit disturbed…
I strongly prefer colored pencils. I’m a bit of a sloppy color-er, so I like how sharp and pointy pencils can get. Crayons are too thick, and like you said, markers don’t let you control how dark or light you want the color to be as well as colored pencils do.