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Questions about Colored Pencil Sharpeners and Erasers

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If you are looking for good pencil sharpener, Let's talk about those necessary accessories that assistance we take advantage of our pencils: colored pencil sharpeners and erasers. There are lots of sharpeners and erasers available. I haven't used every one of them, or even most of them, so the best I can do is disclose to you the which sharpeners and erasers I've used and what I thought of them.

Let's begin with sharpeners.

Colored Pencil Sharpeners

Peruse Question:

What is your most loved sharpener for colored pencils?

Carrie's Answer:

Of the considerable number of sharpeners I've used, I'm not sure I have a top pick. Every one of them has functioned admirably for some applications, and haven't worked at all for others. I haven't discovered a sharpener that works incredible for everything.

Hand-Held Sharpeners

The first sharpeners I ever used were hand-held sharpeners. You know the kind. They're a dollar or less at your most loved super store or market, they come in brilliant colors, and are made of plastic.

Sometimes they accompany a holder to hold shavings; sometimes they don't. My first sharpeners didn't have a compartment for shavings, so I needed to convey one. Usually a small, void wide-mouth container. The sharpeners were usually small enough to fit into the wide-mouth container.

Back then, they worked incredibly well. Prismacolor pencils were still made with a solid wood casing that could withstand sharpening without breaking or splitting. I never once considered a different sharpener, especially since I was completing a ton of work out of the studio. Usually at horse shows.

The bonus was that if I happened to lose or break a sharpener, it was no major ordeal. I just proceeded to purchase another!

Mechanical Sharpeners

I currently use an old-fashioned crank sharpener by Apsco. The kind that used to be in every classroom in every government-funded school. I like this sharpener because it's solid, is designed to take pencils of different sizes, and it sharpens like a dream.

It's easy to clean, as well. Just turn the shaving holder a quarter turn, slide it off the blades, and void it. To keep the blades sharp and working appropriately, I sharpen lead pencils on occasion to remove wax and other colored pencil debris.

A few years prior, I had a battery worked, which made it perfect for working far from the studio. I used that Stanley Bostitch Display BPS10 everywhere. It fits into the workstation carrier I used to tote workmanship supplies, and it was peaceful enough to use almost anyplace I needed to draw.

It used four AA batteries and had a decent sized, easy-to-exhaust shavings plate.Incredibly, it is still accessible for only $10.99 straightforwardly from Bostitch.

I also used a Panasonic Auto-Stop KP-310. The power rope was long enough to also make this conservative sharpener useful for drawing far from home if I would be in a spot with access to electricity. It sharpened great and had an auto-stop work, so it didn't sharpen pencils past a perfect point.

But perhaps the best thing about this sharpener was the suction glass feet on the base. They shielded the sharpener from going in reverse when I used it. No compelling reason to steady the sharpener with one hand.

This sharpener is never again accessible new, but I found several listings at Amazon and eBay. If you're looking for a decent, solid, and inexpensive electric sharpener, this is a decent spot to begin.

Colored Pencil Erasers

Peruse Question:

What is the best eraser for colored pencils?

Carrie's Answer:

There isn't a decent eraser for colored pencils. Colored pencils are either wax-based or oil-based, so most "ordinary erasers" will in general smear the color around as opposed to removing it.

Some companies make colored pencils that can be erased, but these are not prescribed for artistic work use, or for any workmanship you need to last. However, if you use them for sketching, you can use almost any standard eraser on them.

Here are some erasers I've attempted… . regardless.

Click Erasers

What I allude to as click erasers are similar to mechanical pencils. The eraser is a long, round "cylinder" and fits into a plastic, pencil-like holder. The eraser is "progressed" by clicking a mechanism at the highest point of the barrel, subsequently my name for them.

The lighter blue one is a Pentel Clic Eraser ZE22. The darker pencil is an old Faber-Castell Stream Eraser. Refills come in various hardnesses. It's useful to have more than one eraser, each with different hardness of eraser refill.

These erasers are stiff enough to sharpen with a cutting edge if you need to make a fine point. You can also shape them with an emery board or sandpaper.

Kneaded Eraser

Kneaded erasers are malleable, which means you can shape them into various forms, fold them into points, or detach pieces for small work.

I've used kneaded erasers, but they're more qualified to graphite than colored pencil. They do some amazing things for graphite but aren't powerful for colored pencils.

Electric Erasers

My husband has two or three old electric erasers that work great with my colored pencils. He took a shot at one drawing that I thought was hopeless and was ready to remove enough color to enable me to finish the drawing. I've used them a few times myself, but confess that I'm not happy with them. There's just an excessive amount of risk of scuffing the paper. They could be amazingly useful with enough practice, but I work with such a light drawing hand that I see no reason to spend an opportunity to get capable with an electric eraser.

If you're braver with electric tools, you may attempt an electric eraser, however. A lot of colored pencil artists swears by them.

My Most loved Erasing Tools Aren't Erasers

When I truly need to remove color, I don't go after an eraser.Instead, I use mounting putty (shown underneath,) or transparent tape.


Mounting putty is a great deal like a kneaded eraser, but it's sticky enough to remove wax or oil-based colored pencils. You can't lift the majority of the color, but you'll have the capacity to remove enough to work over it.


The genuine magnificence of mounting putty is that you can shape it, clean it by massaging it, and reuse it for quite a while.


Transparent tape is truly adept at lifting color, and it's easy to use. Just remove a piece, press it delicately to the color you need to help, and lift cautiously.


The only genuine disadvantages to using tape to erase are that you can tear the paper if you're not cautious, and it can leave the paper feeling somewhat slick. My suggestion is to use it as a last resort and use it sparingly.


For tips on using mounting putty and tape, read 2 Flawless Tricks for Erasing or "Lifting" Color from Colored Pencil Drawings on Empty Easel.


There you have it. My most loved colored pencil sharpeners and erasers.

As I said previously, these aren't the only sharpeners and erasers accessible, but they are the ones with which I have understanding. They might be perfect for you, but if not, I in any event trust I've given you a decent spot to begin looking!

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