Can You Use Colored Pencil on Canvas

It is a simple straight answer, but it has little traps inside of this answer.
Keep reading because I share all the essentials on how you can use colored pencil on canvas.

Not many artists are using colored pencils on canvases. But if you reading this post, then it seems you see a challenge.
You won’t try it. Right?
Why not, art is exploring.
Some artists use them for the layout of paintings, and others to explore and draw with them.
We will stick to those that use canvas for colored pencil art.

How to Prepare More Friendly Colored Pencil Surface

You decide to go for it, and nothing will stop you from using canvas with your colored pencils.

How to get started?

Which colored pencils have the best durability on canvas?

The ones that have harder cores, and those are mostly without wax. So your options are oil based colored pencils.


Professional Colored Pencils for Drawing on Canvas

Faber Castell colored pencils are made from oil and pigment, and because of that they have a harder core.

Luckily their range of colors is very big, you can get 12o different colors. And that will be more than enough for your drawing on canvas.

The Faber Castell  price range is the same as for Prismacolor colored pencils, but they will last much longer on rough surfaces like canvas.

Budget friendly

If you are on the budget then great choice are Castle Art Supplies 120 Premium Colored Pencils Set. For one third of the price of Faber Castell you get Castle pencils, and they high quality and also oil based pencils.

How Do You Protect a Colored Pencil on a Canvas?

Once you finish drawing with colored pencil it is time for protection.
To protect colored pencils on canvas you will need a fixative.

If you don’t use fixative your drawing will not last! The same rule goes for graphite pencils

Have in mind when you use fixative colors could run, so approach to this step carefully. Another issue with fixative is that the colors might change.

Colored pencil drawing on canvas by Batsielicious
Art by @batsielicious

Pros of Using Colored Pencils on Canvas

There are not many benefits of using canvas as a drawing surface.
But here are few to point out

Cons If You Use Canvas with Colored Pencils

Unfortunately, few cons are very important to know. But don’t be discouraged because of that.

Can you use colored pencils on canvas