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The Art of Color Pencil utilizes the art medium of a narrow, pigmented core encased in a wooden cylindrical case. Unlike graphite and charcoal pencils, colored pencils' cores are wax-based and contain varying proportions of pigments, additives, and binding agents.[1] Oil-based, water-soluble and mechanical colored pencils are also manufactured.
Although the history of the colored pencil is not well documented, the use of wax-based mediums in crayons is. They can be traced back to the Greek Golden Age.


For centuries this medium was highly regarded by artists. The vividness and brilliance of their colors, resistance to decay, and unique rendering qualities made them most desirable. Then in the early 20th century the artist-quality colored pencils began to be produced.




The diversity of the colored pencils is that they can be used in combination with other drawing mediums. But used by themselves, there are two main rendering techniques used, burnishing and layering.

A blending technique in which a colorless blender or a light-colored pencil is applied firmly to an already layered drawing is called burnishing, This procedure results in a shiny surface of blended colors that gets deep into the grain of the paper.


Layering is generally approached in the beginning stages of a colored pencil drawing, although it can also be used for entire pieces. Tones are gradually built up using several layers of primary colors in layering. The drawings usually expose the tooth of the paper and are characterized by a grainy, fuzzy finish.

Then the subsequent prints are produced using a process called Giclee. This is an elevation in printmaking technology. The images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. This printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction. Archival quality ensures that the prints are light-fast and non water soluble.

Mr. Mateer, CPSA, was a member of The Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA). This is a nonprofit organization founded in 1990, dedicated to artists, 18 years and older, who work with colored pencil. There are over 1600 members worldwide and over 25 district chapters in the US. The Society provides excellent networking opportunities for colored pencil artists and is governed by a volunteer board of thirteen artists and professionals. Their services ensure the benefits of membership and the success of the organization in the future.


CPSA grants signature status to active members whose work appears in the International Exhibition Explore This! three times within a 10-year period. This honor entitled Mr. Mateer to use the letters CPSA after his name. He had the distinction of having his work recognized and accepted in the Exhibition 14 times.


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