I don't color at lot, but sometimes need to color in a stamped image on my cards, and this set is easy to use. There are a variety of colors to choose from. I dip the pencil point into a little water before coloring, and that gives me a watercolor effect and adds interest to my images. I like to think that no one will guess that I'm only a basic colorist! The pencils look like they will be easy to sharpen with a standard sharpener. I recommend the set.