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Thursday, April 15, 2010

How I color with Colored Pencils

Disclaimer1: This is my first tutorial.
Disclaimer2: I used my scanner for the photos and I'm just now noticing the glass surface needs to be clean.
Disclaimer3: Pardon the quality of the stamped image...my printer is starting to give me trouble and I used a ultra fine sharpie to fill in where it would skip (it doesn't do it consistently but I'm not going to print 1000 copies hoping to get a good image eventually). Someday, I'd like to get a new printer/scanner combo (my printer is so old that I'm starting to have a hard time finding replacement cartridges) but I just found out today that I'm not going to be working summer school (budget cuts) so there won't be extra money this summer this after. :(


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As you can see...I don't have to use fancy colored pencils. I have some, and I would love to have the entire color collection on a particular brand (probably prisma) but I can achieve what I need with what I've got. I have pictured here a Crayola pink, Pentech pink, an unknown brand of pink and another unknown red. I also have Rose Art brand colored pencils (I just didn't pull one out of my bag for this photo). I chose my colors by picking out several colors that are similar (think "Monochromatic"). The three pinks happen to look the same when I did a tiny test swatch so I only used one pink pencil and the red for my coloring below.

I wanted the ribbon to look like a satin ribbon and I know that the lightest part of the bow is near the highest point on the bow. I lightly colored up to that point.

Next, I colored the outer edges and the part next to the knot another layer of pink, pressing a little harder. As you can see, I didn't go all the way to the edge of pink/white border.




Then I used my red pencil to color the inside of the ribbon and the crease lines near the knot and the tie ends under the knot.



Then I used the pink to blend the red.


Now I'm ready to color the heart. This time I used the red to lightly outline where I wanted the shiny spot to be so I'd know where to stop.


And colored it lightly with the red pencil. There isn't a big difference between the red and the pink yet.


Then I colored a little bit more, but didn't go all the way to the red/white edge again.


Since I did not want a stark white "shiny" spot (to me that is for things that have a high gloss finish like hard plastic and I wanted this to look like a soft pillow), I took my pink pencil and lightly colored over the white area so that it blended in.


The finished product !!!

18 comments:

thefrugalcrafter said...

Cheri, well done, none of the disclaimers are needed, I think I need to break out my pencils more often. Thanks for sharing such an easy to follow clear tutorial! Great work!

karen In Houston said...

Cheri, what a fantastic tutorial I just love this coloring and your use of inexpensive pencils to achieve the color. I have been practicing and need to work on the blending technique, thanks again for doing this tutorial.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Fantastic tutorial! Gorgeous pictures- I will stop again! TFS

Elin K. said...

Very nice tutorial - thank you!

scotlacey said...

Awesome tutorial Cheri. . . you are a natural

jogry said...

Thanks Cheri, for this easy to follow tutorials. I need all the help I can get with the colouring. Special where I have to do the shading, this is still very difficult to me. Your tutorials has helped me

kim.mom said...

AWESOME tutorial! Thank you so much for doing this!

Adrina said...

Great Job Cheri!!!
Shading is something difficult.
I also colour with pencils (only I use the Derwents and I blend with Oil Colour.)

Carol said...

Great tutorial! I need all the help I can get with coloring!!!! Thanks for sharing your wisdom and talent!

Karin said...

Wow, I can't believe this is your first tut! This was so detailed and easy to understand, not to mention super helpful. You have talent girl!

tortagialla said...

Thanks for your tutorial! I don't have any gamsol and such either, so this is a nice method with just color pencils :)

Tiffany said...

what a great technique!! I've got to try this one!!

Lisa T said...

Cheri - great tutorial! Your coloring is wonderful. I'm so glad your blog allows comments now. :)

Bummer about summer school. Are they not having it at all? We are still on pins & needles waiting for Jeff City to decide. If nothing else, we'll have Title 1 (little kids) and credit recovery (big kids).

Tammey said...

Great job! Thanks for sharing :)

Clarice said...

Wow, you make it look so easy just looking at the finished product, but I can see I will have to practice some!! Thanks Cheri, it's a great tut!!
Clarice

Cheryl said...

Great tutorial. Thank you!

Formerly known as: Queen of Bling said...

Thanks, this was an easy to follow Tuitorial! It was nice of you to make and share :-)

Leslie said...

I like your blog so much that I posted a link on one of my Yahoo groups. Great Tutorial!!