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Erasers

Erasers are another important tool in your colored pencil arsenal. Erasers are small soft rubber or plastic used to rub out mistakes, lighten color. Plastic, or vinyl, are preferred because they do not smear the color. They are also soft enough that they do not damage the tooth of the paper. There are three must have erasers and then an assortment of other ones that I have found that work well with colored pencil.

Remember, no matter which eraser you choose, it will never completely erase colored pencil and at best only a ghost of the color will remain.

Electric Eraser

Electric Eraser

First are electric erasers. They are usually battery operated, but some are corded models. They have a small eraser that is inserted into the tip and are refillable. They offer precision and speed that manually erasing doesn't provide.

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Tombow Mono Zero Refillable Eraser

Tombow Mono Zero Refillable Eraser

The second, the Tombow Mono Zero eraser is great for creating highlights and erasing minor mistakes. I personally like the round-shaped one.

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Mounting Putty

Mounting Putty

The third is not really an eraser but mounting putty, or blue tac. It is the stuff used to hang posters on walls. It is great for removing layers of color or colored pencil crumbs. Instead of rubbing, like you would with an eraser, you use a pouncing motion. It is reusable. Just play with it like play-doh and it cleans itself. Elmers is relatively inexpensive.

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Caran d'Ache Technik Eraser

Caran d'Ache Technik Eraser

One of the erasers that I always use is the Caran d'Ache Technik eraser. It is a non-abrasive eraser that erases colored pencil rather clean.

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Faber-Castell Dust-Free Vinyl Eraser

Faber-Castell Dust-Free Vinyl Eraser

The Faber-Castell Dust-Free vinyl eraser is the other eraser I always use. Very clean erasing.

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Here is the study I did on erasers with examples. The link will open a new window.

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