The secret to getting bright and clear colors of pencils on black paper
is in using prismacolors or another soft lead colored pencil. While
Prismas are rather expensive, the student grade is cheaper and works
well. I buy the student grade Prismas 24/box for basic colors and then
I buy the regular prismacolor pencils in 2 boxes of 12 in colors I
really want them to have...extra whites, indigo, poppy red, pink, hot
pink, lavendar, chartreuse, true blue, ultra blue, apple green,
mulberry, and some others. The more white there is in a particular
color, the better it shows on black paper. Colors that have names like
"Deco blue", Deco yellow" and so on all have quite a bit of white mixed
into the lead. You have to have pink, as it shows up great. So does
lavendar, lilac, poppy, orange, limey greens, teal or turquoise blues,
and white over colors. For some colors you need to lay down a base
color of white first. For example, the yellows look greenish on black
paper if you don't use white underneath them. Same thing with oil
pastel on black paper. Hot pink looks DEAD unless if white is under it.
I tell my kids to test colors on a scrap of paper to see how they layer.
I just LOVE prismacolors!!!! I usually buy a pretty big batch of colors
at once and reorder every other year. There was a guy selling them
cheap by individual color on Ebay. Anyone know if he is still around?
Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School
click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.