We love erasers.

Perhaps it’s because we have discovered that erasers are for more than just erasing. They are also great for bringing out highlights and toning down excessively dark areas in drawings.

Different erasers are good for different jobs. Over time, we have come to the conclusion that, well, you just can’t have too many erasers.

Here are some of our favorites:

  • Pink Pearl: Yes, erasers are versatile, but for basic erasing, you can’t go wrong with the Pink Pearl. Works best with regular graphite pencils.
  • Factis Magic Black: For erasing charcoal pencil, this one seems to work well.
  • Art Gum: Stubborn marks? Large areas? Dark tones that need to be lightened? This chunky eraser can cover a lot of ground in a short time.
  • Kneaded rubber eraser: Every pencil and charcoal artist needs one of these. Kneaded rubber erasers are not the best when it comes to erasing, but they are unbeatable for picking out highlights in your work. Plus, you can pinch them into exactly the shape you happen to need at the moment!

By hsotr

Pulling from nearly 20 years of experience, Michelle Lindsey started Homestead on the Range to help Kansans and others around flyover country achieve an abundant country lifestyle. Michelle is the author of four country living books. She is also a serious student of history, specializing in Kansas, agriculture, and the American West. When not gardening or pursuing hobbies ranging from music to cooking to birdwatching, she can usually be found researching or writing about her many interests.