If someone on your holiday shopping list is a colorist I have some great ideas for stocking stuffers, all under $10 and highly rated. Or, you can bundle a few of these for a more bountiful gift.
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Blenders – in the form of pencils or markers – are great for blending colors, of course. However, they are also great for eliminating white spotting show-through when using colored pencils on paper that has a texture to it. And a secret: an alcohol-based colorless marker is great for smoothing the look of softer colored pencils, such as Prismacolor Premiers.
Every colorist will appreciate a new pencil sharpener in their stocking! Make sure to remind your giftee to sharpen a regular graphite pencil every so often to clean the blades, and that it’s best to use the wider-angle option on the sharpener. If you use the option to have a long pointy lead, it’s just going to break on you. Also, with a 2 or 3 hole sharpener, you can switch the blades when one they use most begins to get dull – just use a small screwdriver.
Although it is close to impossible to completely erase colored pencil, you can minimize stray marks. And a good eraser will also let a colorist lighten a too-bright color choice, or create details with strategically placed erasures.
If you have a traveler on your list, a good-quality, purse-sized coloring will be so appreciated!
Other Great Ideas
Need more ideas? Pencil extenders are great for getting the last bit out of a colored pencil before it is retired.
Gel pens in white and metallics can add interesting highlights to a colored page.
Empty, white backgrounds can be intimidating, but pastels will quickly add some life.
For folks who love to display their finished coloring, a sealing spray will protect it from smudging and dust accumulation.
Pencil wraps are a great way to store, and travel with, colored pencils in style.
Fans of printable coloring books and pages will always appreciate a supply of card stock.
A Bit More….
If you have a little more cash to spend, here are some items to consider. They may not fit in a stocking but they would be exciting gifts to open from under the tree.
An electric pencil sharpener is great for colored pencil fans.
How about a coloring supply bag? This one holds up to 132 pens/pencils, and has a pocket to hold erasers, sharpeners, or even a small coloring book. You can also get add-on sleeves to increase the capacity.
If your coloring addicted giftee needs some organizational assistance, what about a fancy, but wallet-friendly, storage unit?
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