Do colored pencils fade over time? The short answer is that yes, some of them do. Some colors are notorious for fading.
In general, colored pencils can last anywhere from 2 to 5 years. When kept in a cool, dark place and stored correctly, colored pencils can last even longer (10 years or more). I've even read about an artist who had her colored pencils for 25 years and they were still in good, working condition!
Keep colored pencil drawings from fading by minimizing their exposure to bright sunlight and UV rays. You can do this by using a protective varnish, framing the art in a UV frame, or storing it in a dark place.
Graphite has a maximum lightfast rating that prevents it from fading when exposed to light overtime. With a maximum lightfast rating, pencil drawings are expected to last for more than 100 years.
There are working fixatives and permanent ones. To avoid fading or environmental damage, an acrylic or permanent sealer spray does the trick.
Even a light coat of fixative or varnish will provide protection for your colored pencil drawing. Environmental dirt, dust, and other similar substances will come to rest on the varnish instead of on the drawing itself. A light dusting with a duster or dry clothe is all that's necessary to remove the dust.
Shading with colored pencils presents a challenge because of their waxy consistency. Colored pencil resists smudging with one's thumb, my preferred method of shading with standard pencils. Fortunately, there are some tips for shading with colored pencils that will have you shading like a pro in no time!
Colored pencils do get old, just like everything else. But unlike many mediums, they do not wear out. Twenty-year-old pencils should work as well now as they did the day they were made. In some cases and depending on the brand, they may actually work better than their modern counterparts!
Prismacolor actually makes many excellent lightfast pencils which score higher than pencils in other popular supposedly lightfast brands. Most Prismacolor browns, grays, and yellows get top ratings and are considered archival.
Pencils are better for shading. Marks made with pens last longer. Pencils are more environmentally-friendly than pens. Pencils need sharpening, while pens are always ready to write.
The Prismacolor Premier coloured pencil range holds 150 pencils. 85 are lightfast with ratings of I or II, and 65 are non-lightfast with ratings of III, IV or V.
To protect your pencil drawings from smudging, spray them with a fixative. This will create a barrier between the graphite and anything that might come in contact with it. If your drawings are in a sketchbook, you can also put wax paper, frames, or page protectors between the pages.
Soak in Water
All you need is a cup – paper, plastic, or glass and some water. Pour about an inch of water into the cup. Place the pencils into the water, allowing them to rest against the side of the container. Soak for about 12-15 minutes.
How Long Does a Pencil Last? The average pencil holds enough graphite to draw a line about 35 miles long or to write about 45,000 words. On average, you can expect to use your pencil for about 2 to 5 years before it has to be replaced.
Oil paints display a lightfast rating on the tube. Most colored pencils do not show a lightfast rating on the pencils or even on the containers because each color has a different rating.
Prismacolor Premier Art Markers provide permanent ink coverage without fading or feathering. Metallic Art Markers are single tip only and are classified ORMD.
The higher pigment content in professional quality colored pencils (such as Prismacolor), combined with a core made of wax, clay and other ingredients, makes Prismacolor Colored Pencils softer than normal colored pencils.
A dull point is good for applying a lot of color or general blending. Simply coloring with a sharp point will ultimately lead to a dull point, but there are also ways to achieve this result with a sharpener.
The average pencil holds enough graphite to draw a line about 35 miles long or to write roughly 45,000 words.
Never. However you can create a smudge if you use a blending pencil by Prismacolor if you desire that effect.
Baby oil does an excellent job of blending the colored pencil applications with no streaking or color loss. Since baby oil is applied with a brush, larger areas are easily blended in a short amount of time.