Pencil Charts are important and useful tools, they make your work more precise and dynamic. I try to do charts of every art material I’m working with. Subtle nuances of tonalities are important for me and charts are fundamental in my work.
They are really important for coloured pencils, as not always the colour of the barrel matches the core. Most of the time they are close, but some in some sets they are way off. It can be frustrating when you pick up a pencil thinking it is a Prussian blue and you end up with purple on the paper.
I have a method to create swatches. I fill a blank chart with all the colours of my set, cut them all individually and reorganize them in order. After my chart is organized, I create a PDF of my definitive chart and complete it.
I share on this Blog many Charts I have created, for free. They are available for download in the list below. I hope you enjoy!
Pencil Charts – Click to download the free PDF
To print charts, I prefer paper that is thick enough but will print without problems, no jams. I use card stock (110 lb – 199g/m2), acid free, letter size (8 1/2″ x 11″ – 21.6 cm x 27.9 cm). I also try to look for paper that is green friendly and is part recycled. Here some examples of card stock: Neenah, Springhill and Neenah Cardstock.