This is a post from last year but it’s worth repeating as it’s a question I get asked a lot.
Let me take you on my journey to find the perfect sharpener for colored pencils. First things first, there are three types of pencil sharpeners available that I use and recommend; electric, battery powered, and handheld.
What type you use really depends upon your needs at the moment, for example if you are working on a tutorial (packet) and have a number of brand new pencils to sharpen you will want to use the electric sharpener to get your pencil started.
Perhaps you are taking a colored pencil class and have new pencils to sharpen, but don’t have easy access to electricity for your electric sharpener, this is where you’d want to use a battery powered sharpener as it has great portability and convenience.
A handheld sharpener also works well in the classroom setting, but is what you will want to use when you need to get a finer point on your pencil without eating up as much wax. Some say that turning the sharpener instead of your hand will get you a better point, but I have found that as long as you hold your pencil straight up and down in line with the hole of the sharpener it is really your preference whether you turn the sharpener or turn your pencil.
Tips for using an electric pencil sharpener.
- Sharpen a no. 2 lead pencil with the sharpener prior to sharpening any colored pencils.
- Use the smallest hole.
- Prismacolors are wax-based, soft-lead pencils and pushing them down into the sharpener will break the lead off the pencil. Gently insert the pencil and let the sharpener do the work for you.
- If a colored pencil breaks off inside the electric sharpener, use a no. 2 pencil to push the wax point through.
- Every couple of months sharpen a no. 2 pencil to clean the wax off the blades.
- Never trust the light to tell you that a pencil is sharp. Learn to listen to the sound of the pencil being sharpened.
To see all the sharpeners that I recommend and offer, click here or copy and paste into your browser: http://www.janellejohnson.com/products.php?cat=12&pg=2
Here is a hand-held sharpener for the Lyra Polycolor pencils I am now painting with. http://www.janellejohnson.com/proddetail.php?prod=LyraShrp&cat=12
*** By the way, I am now offering E-Tutorials on my website. Take a look here… http://www.janellejohnson.com/categories.php?cat=42