Colouring Hints and Tips #1 – Master Colour Chart

I have quite a few ranges of markers, pens and pencils now – ranging from dirt cheap to artist quality – I have been very lucky in this regard with some very generous friends supplying me with some amazing art tools. 

 Some sets have 5 colours, others have 120. This can be a pain when I want a particular shade of blue, for example, but cannot remember which set it has come from. 

So I thought a solution to having many different sets of mediums would be a good old colour chart. But not any colour chart – a master colour chart. 

Remember those A4 visual arts diaries? I grabbed one of those – the thick, textured paper is great for swatches. 

The tools I used are at the bottom of this article. I’ve included the brands I’ve searched so far in case any catch your eye! 

I looked online for the brands that didn’t have names (looking at you Staedtler and Faber Castell Connector Pens!) and have been doing a little every day. 

Two more sets to go and I’m done! 

I thought a video would be easier for everyone than 15 photos! 

This article marks the start of a series of articles I’ll be doing with some little hints and tips for colourists! 

Let me know what you think and what you would like to see.

Oh yes. Chatty Mr Mojo is the ginger one and Miss Gremlin is my furbaby. Always close by my side!


• Strathmore Visual Arts Diary (Amazon) – any visual arts diary will do though! 

• Staedtler Fineliners 36 Pack (Amazon) -this is my go to set – amazing colours, very little bleeding and a 0.3 nib that is great for those fine lines in those tricky spots!

• Stabilo Fineliners – 20 pack (Amazon) – a nice secondary set to have because the colours are quite different. A little ‘inkier’ than Staedtlers fineliners.

• Faber Castell Connector Pens (Amazon) – a popular children’s marker, these are a great introduction to markers for colourists of any age and come in a wide range of colours.

• Crayola Supertips – 50 set (Amazon) – I really like these. The nib is versatile, these have less streaking than most markers and come in a great range of colours for a reasonable price.

•   Faber Castell Metallic Markers (Amazon) – the best metallic markers I’ve found – streak free and vibrant. 

• Faber Castell Classic Pencils (Amazon) – a great first set for adult colourists, great mix of soft and firm and a good range of colours. Reasonably priced and a great way to start your colouring journey. Still the set I reach for the most 

• Derwent Metallic Pencils 12 set tin (Amazon) – 12 firm, water soluble metallic colours, including gold, pewter, bronze, copper, red, green and more.

• Crayola Aged Up/Adult Pencils – 50 pack (Amazon) – wide range of colours and quite soft for a cheaper pencil. I haven’t had much of a chance to play with these, but I will get back to you on them! 

Prismacolor 72 (Amazon) – these were the first ‘Artist’ quality pencils I got. They were a adjustment, but overall I think once you get used to the softness, great things can be done with them! 

Thanks for reading! 

2 thoughts on “Colouring Hints and Tips #1 – Master Colour Chart

  1. When it comes to pencils I use a 3 cell shade system. Light pressure, medium pressure and full strength. A simple chart created in Excel spreadsheet (or similar). Could potentially add other cells for various ‘blending’ mediums as well. For water colours the main triple cell is divided in half horizontally and the bottom triplet brushed with water.


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