Any parent that has an artistic child will want to encourage this skill and talent. If your child is going back to school in a few days and you want to get them a good pencil set there are a few factors you need to consider.
- What sort of paper will they be using?
- Do you want a pencil for layering or outlines?
- Do they want a watercolor effect or more vivid shades?
- Do they want the pencils to blend easily?
Once you have decided what the most important factors are for your child you can then help them to choose the best pencil set.
Here are our recommendations:
BIC Color Collection by Conte Coloring Pencils, Assorted Colors, 24-Count – $8.30
A great pencil set for beginners as you get 24 pencils that are perfect for solid colouring or outlines. These pencils contain no wood as such but are made using a synthetic resin that is durable and unlike wood it will not break. Contains a highly pigmented color that is smooth to use and they all come in a specially grooved tray and case.
OuTera 48-color Color Pencils Set – $9.99
If you want a pencil set that is multi-tasking then this is a really good and affordable set from OuTera. You can use these pencils for writing, drawing, sketching and shading. The pencils are made with an environmentally-friendly material which you can sharpen using a typical pencil sharpener.
Staedtler Ergosoft Colored Pencils, Set of 24 Colors in Stand-up Easel Case – $17.55
These pencils also come in a grooved tray and case but we love the way it stands up allowing you easy access to the set. They are particularly vibrant in color and have a lovely soft feel to them. The pencils are triangular-shaped but you should still be able to sharpen them with an ordinary pencil sharpener.
Imaginesty Colored Pencils Set 48 Pieces – $23.99
Featuring 48 pre-sharpened pencils, this pencil set contains a truly versatile type of pencil. They can be blended easily to create the most gorgeous colors, they are fully pigmented, you can use them for more detailed work that requires a degree of precision, and they are really vibrant too. A good bargain for 48 quite impressive pencils.
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 72-Count – $30.99
Used by artists this pencil set is ideal for beginners and professional sketchers. Lovely bright and vivid colors that blend effortlessly and create a lovely smooth finish on any type of paper. Artist-grade, the pencils contain a super soft core that gives perfect color laydown and the high-quality pigments are also waterproof.
SUDEE STILE Colored Pencils 150 Unique Colors Art Drawing Colored Pencils Set with Case – $31.99
If you want smooth and uninterrupted coloring then this pencil set contains 150 vibrant colors that lay down color beautifully. Sturdy lead inside with a poplar wood outer, these are soft to use and really comfortable in your hands. They sharpen easily and we love the variety of colors.
Faber-Castell® Watercolor pencil Albrecht Dürer tin of 12 – $32.25
With over 250 years of experience in this industry, Faber-Castell knows a thing or two about pencils. These are a particularly gorgeous set of watercolor pencils that provide stunning color and an authentic watercolor effect. You can draw, shade and color in detail with this pencil set and they are really easy to use. Make your lines on paper and then simply use a wet brush to bring out and set the color.
Faber-Castell® Polychromos Color Pencils Tin Set – Assorted – 12 – $39.99
A reliable pencil set here that you can use for any type of drawing project. All the pencils contain a lovely soft and pigmented color that can be used to layer or for definition. Delivers vibrant shades with lush hues with a strong casting.
Derwent Studio Colored Pencils 72 – $93.59
An artist’s favorite, this pencil set feature a harder type of pencil that delivers a finer line than most and is perfect for artists that prefer a drier, more waxy feel to their drawing implements. Lovely crisp outlines and a hardy pencil that is great for detailed work.
Caran d’Ache Luminance 6901 Lightfast Pencil Sets 76 – $223.99
Caran d’Ache spent two years developing this pencil set, and the result is 76 lightfast colors that are encased in eco-friendly cedar wood and contain the finest of ground pigments. You can buy this set in a variety of numbers, including 20 and 40, but for professional artists this case of 76 is perfect as it contains the whole spectrum of colors.