Best Coloring Tools For Coloring Books

Coloring is something that pretty much anyone can do. There are more tools to choose from than just some pens and pencils. Some tools make a big difference such as those that help stop a pencil from chipping or one that prevents pens from smearing or bleeding. Here, we will help you avoid mishaps by revealing to you some of the best coloring tools you can use to improve your coloring game.


When it comes to coloring tools, crayons are basic and are most people's first love, and there's no reason to give up on them. You can even find crayons that come with a twistable design. To make detailed designs easier, look for the pin-like shapes with smaller tips. This will help you avoid the need for crayon sharpeners or ending up with little crayon nubs.

2Watercolor Pencils

When you want to go for blending or if you want to capture realism in your colored pictures, then get watercolor pencils. Using this tool will take some practice because if you use too much water, you'll find your paper gets soggy, and the colors can run together, and yet, if you fail to use enough, it'll just come out looking like regular colored pencils. It'll also be necessary to work with an image that's on paper that is thick because if it's too thin, it will usually buckle once it gets wet.

3Soft-Core Colored Pencils

For those who love using colored pencils, then soft cores are the best. They are soft, which makes them great for blending and for getting vibrant and smooth colors. Another good point about them is that they won't fade or discolor when you expose them to light, which makes them great for showcasing the completed pages. Since the cores don't easily break, you won't worry as much if you happen to drop one.

4Gel Pens

If you've ever wanted to blend two gel pens, then you'll want to get a gel pen set as your solution. You'll find there are sets of 120 that have uniquely colored gel pens that include metallic, neon, pastels, and glitter pens among others. You'll also love the fact that they're very affordable.


For those who have arthritis, carpal tunnel, or other problems with their hands, then markers are the best choice because they don't require using as much pressure on a page to fill in the area. Being able to get rich pigments without applying pressure also makes the use of markers faster than using gel pens or colored pencils. One of their drawbacks, however, is the fact that they will commonly bleed through the paper, which means that they're difficult to use with single-sided coloring books, and you’ll either only be able to use half the book or will have to copy the back side before using the markers. In the case of a double-sided book, you can remove a page or insert a cardboard sheet behind it to prevent damaging the next page.

6Stumps And Tortillons

Tortillons are excellent for thin, rapid blending pencils, pastels, and charcoal, while stumps are great for smoothing and blending pastels, graphite, and charcoal. It can give you a feeling of authentic artistry when you learn to use blending colored pencils, pastels, or crayons with fine-tipped tools. They can be sharpened with a sandpaper block.

Now, you know about these great tools. It was probably surprising to find that it was not just about crayons and colored pencils. Of course, you do have many options when it comes to your coloring experience. You'll discover that you're capable of more than you thought when you try some or all of these.

Linda Shanklin

Linda Shanklin is a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a proud mother of three. A trio of young children running around can cause havoc, but Linda found that coloring books are good at keeping them focused. She found that it works for adults, too!