Acceptable Products

The products listed below are acceptable for use in the CPSA International Exhibition. Since new products are being introduced constantly, this list may not be complete. If you have any questions about the eligibility of a product not listed here, please contact the product research director.

Colored Pencil Defined
Exhibition Requirements

▲ = Tested for lightfastness by CPSA
(disc.) = Discontinued by manufacturer


Blick Studio Artists’ ▲
Bruynzeel Design ▲
Bruynzeel Design Fullcolor (disc.) ▲
Bruynzeel Rijksmuseum
Caran d’Ache Luminance 6901 ▲
Caran d’Ache Pablo ▲
Conte Couleur d’Art (disc.) ▲
Crayola Color Escapes
Crayola Erasable
Crayola Extreme Colors
Crayola Metallic
Crayola Multicultural Crayola Short
Cretacolor Karmina ▲
Derwent Artist Series ▲
Derwent Artist Black & White ▲
Derwent Coloursoft ▲
Derwent Drawing ▲
Derwent Lakeland (all types)
Derwent ProColor
Derwent Signature (disc.) ▲
Derwent Studio ▲
Dixon Ticonderoga Core Lock (disc.)
Eberhard Faber Design Spectracolor (disc.)
Faber-Castell Art Grip
Faber-Castell EcoPencils (Max and Jumbo Triangular)
Faber-Castell Polychromos ▲
Faber-Castell Red Line Metallic
Fantasia Premium Artist ▲
General Pencil Color-Tex
General Pencil MultiChrome
General Pencil Scribe All
Hero (Guanghui)
Koh-I-noor Astra Neon
Koh-I-noor MagicFX
Koh-I-Noor Polycolor ▲
Koh-I-Noor Triocolor
Lila Peinture
Liqui-mark Metallic
Lyra Color Giants (regular, neon, metallic, skin-tones)
Lyra ColorStripe ▲
Lyra Ferby, Super Ferby and Ferby 4-color
Lyra Groove and Groove Slim
Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor ▲
Lyra SkinTone ▲
Lyra Waldorf Selection
Marco Renoir
Marshall Retouch Oil Pencil
Mont Marte
Pantone Universe
Pentel Arts
Prang (regular and triangular)
Prismacolor Col-Erase (formerly Venus & Eberhard Faber)
Prismacolor Premier ▲
Prismacolor Premier Lightfast (disc.) ▲
Prismacolor Scholar Art Pencils
Prismacolor Verithins ▲
Royal Langnickel Essentials
Royal Talens Van Gogh ▲
Schpirerr Farben
Soho Urban Artist ▲
Spectrum Noir (disc.) ▲
Stabilo Color
Stabilo Softcolor (disc.) ▲
Stabilo GREENcolor
Stabilo Original
Stabilo Trio and Trio Thick
Staedtler Ergosoft ▲
Ergosoft Jumbo
Staedler Noris Club (Classic, Jumbo, Super Jumbo)
Thornton’s Art Supply
Tombow Irojiten ▲
Utrecht Premium ▲
Walnut Hollow Oil Pencils (disc.)

GRAPHITE—not exposed; regular and water-soluble must be blended with colored pencil.

Radiance and Light, Deborah Friedman, CPSA


Bruynzeel Design Aquarell (disc.) ▲
Bruynzeel Design Aquarel ▲
Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarelle
Caran d’Ache Supracolor Aquarelle ▲
Crayola Watercolor Pencils
Cretacolor Marino ▲
Daler-Rowney Artists’ ▲
Derwent Graphitint (used as graphite) ▲
Derwent Inktense ▲
Derwent Lakeland water-soluble
Derwent Metallic ▲
Derwent Signature Watercolor (disc.) ▲
Derwent Watercolour ▲
Eberhard Faber Design (disc.)
Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle
Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer ▲
Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer MAGNUS
Faber-Castell Red Line Watercolor
Fantasia Premium Watercolor
General Kimberley Watercolor ▲
General Pencil Scribe All
Koh-I-Noor Mondeluz Aquarell ▲
Lyra Osiris water-soluble
Lyra Rembrandt Aquarell ▲
Mont Marte Watercolor
Prismacolor Watercolor ▲
Raffine Watercolor
Reeves Watercolor
Royal Langnickel Watercolor
Royal Talens Van Gogh Aquarelle ▲
Sargent Watercolor
Stabilo Aquacolor
Staedtler Ergosoft Aquarelle ▲
Staedtler Karat Aquarelle ▲
Stabilo All
Thornton’s Art Supply Water Soluble


BIC Conte Fine Tip
Crayola Color Sticks
Koh-I-Noor Progresso Woodless ▲
Lyra Pure Color Woodless (disc.)
Prismacolor ArtStix ▲
Royal Langnickel Woodless


Caran D’Ache Museum Watercolor Leads
Cretacolor AquaMonolith Woodless Watercolor ▲
Derwent Aquatones ▲
Derwent Inktense Blocks ▲


Dry, powdered pigment—that is, loose pigment not bound by any binding agent such as waxes or oils—is not permitted in the CPSA International Exhibition.

Solvents such as odorless mineral spirits, alcohol, water and powdered blender may be used to dissolve and blend colored pencil.

Colorless blenders composed of predominantly wax, oil, or other binders (solid or powdered form) may be used in thin layers to blend colored pencil. Products that are a combination of waxes and solvent, such as cold wax medium, may also be used in thin layers to blend and dissolve colored pencil. Colorless blenders may not be applied in thick layers (over 1/16”) or used to significantly alter the surface texture of a colored pencil work.

NOTE: Blenders designed for use with oil paint sticks contain linseed oil, which is acidic. These blenders should be used only on surfaces that have an appropriate primer or ground to protect the substrate from deterioration. Please remember that entries for the International Exhibition must be done on manufacturer prepared surfaces.

Fixatives and varnish may be used between layers of pencil and as a final protective layer. These products should not change the texture of the drawing surface.