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How to Organize Prismacolor Pencils

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I am frequently asked how to organize Prismacolor pencils, so I decided to make a video showing you in which color order I put my 150 Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. Taking the time to organize my pencils has made it so much easier for me to find the colors I am looking for when I sit down to a coloring page or project. I find that I get a lot more use out of the pencils.

Here is the order I put them in…

1) Core 36 in Tri-Tone Sets

I start by organizing my core 36 pencils into tri-tone sets. This gives me quick access to the colors I use most in convenient light, medium and dark colors. These tri-tone sets match the colors found on an artist color wheel: yellow, yellow-green, green, blue-green, blue, blue-violet, violet, red-violet, red, red-orange, orange and yellow-orange.

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils Tri-Tone WorksheetsIf you’d like to see the exact Prismacolor pencils I use for each of these colors, then pick up a copy of my Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils Tri-Tone Workbook here:



2) Gray Pencils

Next I have my lovely gray colored pencils. I love the Prismacolor gray pencils and like to have them in order from cool grays to warm grays.

3) Skin Tone Pencils

The next pencils in my set are organized by skin tone colors. These colors are wonderful for portraiture and coloring faces–both light and dark skin tones.

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils Skin Tone SwatchesIf you’d like to see which pencils I have included in my skin tones set; and if you’d like to learn how to color skin tones using colored pencils; then I would highly recommend becoming a Bliss Partner to get access to my video training workshops.

You can learn all about the features and benefits of the Bliss Partner membership level here:

4) Back of the Prismacolor Box

And finally, I organize the remaining colored pencils by the order found printed on the back of the Prismacolor 150 Box. I use these pencils to complement the core 36.

Prismacolor Premier Box Color Order

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