Faber Castell Polychromos Colour Pencils Tin of 24

Price: 35.00

Polychromos Colour Pencils tin of 24


Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils are a professional quality coloured pencil, which have soft waterproof leads.

Part of a unique color-matching system that encompasses all Faber-CastellArt & Graphic Products, Polychromos Colored Pencils contain the highest-qualitypigments for unsurpassed lightfastness.

The buttery smooth color laydown offered by Polychromos pencils can be easily blended for layered effects, highlights, and transitions. Their break-resistant, water-resistant, smudgeproof 3.8 mm leads are encased in premium California cedar with Secureall bonding to resist breakage while providing sharp, fine lines and permanent, rich color. Pencils are pre-sharpened.

Every pencil contains a lightfastness (light resistance) rating, as follows: ***very good(100+ years), **good, or *reasonable.

  • These pencils contain superior pigments of unsurpassed lightfastness and colour brilliance.
  • The oil base makes them suitable for work a wide variety of surfaces and materials, which include all forms of paper, card or even fabrics and selected forms of plastic.
  • Polychromos leads can be sharpened to a very fine point allowing them to be used on fine detail as well as cover large areas with colour.


Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils are a unique tool in the world of sketching. They are oil based as opposed to being wax based like other pencils, allowing them to blend with solvents, like turpentine or white spirit in a similar way to how you would blend oil paints.They offer a soft lively colour and are water resistant. Artists use these because of the high grade pigments and lightfastness which means they’ll last for years. The leads are SV bonded which means they’re hardy pencils which can survive transit and are sturdier than your average colouring pencil.

We put Faber Castell Polychromos to the test and delved a little deeper into what makes them our artists’ must have drawing tool…


Coloured pencils are pigment held together by a binder and encased in wood. The quality depends on the ratio between pigment and binder and the quality of the wood. The artist quality pencils will create more vibrant colours and the most popular wood for pencils is cedar. Most colour pencils will use a wax binder and with these pencils you can add layers and layers of colour to get a depth of colour.

However, the drawback of wax pencils is the potential for wax bloom and build-up. This occurs when the binder starts to evaporate and move to the surface creating a white residue. Although in most cases this can be wiped away. However, Polychromos pencils differ with their oil binder which holds and spreads the pigment. It also reduces the risk of any bloom over time and you’ll notice a difference with these leads.