Hello, everyone! Today I thought I would share some tips on how to organize colored pencils. When I first started making cards, I bought a small set of Prismacolor pencils. As I used them, I felt that I wanted more colors so I eventually purchased the entire set of 150. The only problem was that they came in a set of trays and I knew there was no way this was going to work as a form of storage. I don’t know about you, but my workspace always starts out clean, but as my project progresses, it just looks like a bomb just exploded on my desk! I knew needed a way to organize the pencils so I could quickly grab what I wanted without taking up too much room on my desk. What has worked the best for me is a pencil case for storage, a hex color chart, and arranging the pencils in number order.
I currently use this slotted colored pencil case from Amazon. I like that it has different layers and zippers along the edges. The layers allow me to flip through my pencils so I can access them quickly. Best of all, it has enough slots to hold all 150 of my colored pencils! I even have space for some extra pencils. The elastic straps hold the pencils in place, and they are easy for me to take in and out. I have been using it for a very long time and it’s been working really well for me.
Whatever coloring medium you use, it’s always a good idea to swatch out the colors. In most cases, the color on the lid of a marker or the manufacturer’s printed color swatch isn’t always a true representative of the color on paper. The same is true for colored pencils. The outer color of the pencil often looks nothing like what it does when you actually start coloring with it.
Recently, I came across a hex chart by Sandy Allnock for Prismacolor pencils. I knew she had one for Copic markers, but I didn’t know she had one for Prismacolor pencils too. Sandy makes it really easy to purchase this chart from her website, www.sandyallnock.com. Once purchased, you can print it out and color it in. I used my laser printer and some Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock in 80lb to create my chart.
I made some projects after I put this chart together and it really helped me see the colors that complimented each other more clearly than the color chart I was using before. Thank you so much to Sandy Allnock for putting this together! I highly recommend this if you are like me and struggle to see which colors go together. It has been a game-changer for me! Here is a link to her page where you can purchase and download it.
Organizing by color or number?
I find that how you arrange your pens and pencils is really a personal preference. I used to have my pencils grouped together according to color. But, after I downloaded and colored in Sandy Allock’s hex chart, I realized it would be easier for me to put the pencils in numerical order because of the way the hex chart is arranged. I love this way so much more! It has become easier for me to find the color I am looking for and even put them back properly.
Latest projects using Prismacolor pencils
I made these two cards recently after I finished organizing my pencils. For the one on the left, I used My Favorite Things Cuteasaurus stamp set, LLD Stitched Alphabet die-namics, and stencils to create an A2 size card. For the one on the right, I used a beautiful butterfly stamp from The Ton Stamps called Transformation to create a square card.
I hope these ideas help you organize your pencils. If you already have a great organization method you use and would like to share, I would love to hear from you!