Use a paint brush to apply the first coat of paint. I found it pretty much impossible to get good coverage with a single coat so I stuck my pencils in a small dish of rice and let them dry overnight. The next morning I applied coat number two and let them dry for another four hours or so.
I also experimented a big with a two-toned effect. I liked it on one but decided to stick to my inspiration and keep each pencil a single color.