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The Best Materials for Sketching – All My Favorite Sketching Supplies

best sketching materialsStart sketching everyday with my list of favorite art supplies for sketching. I tell you my favorite graphite, charcoal, and carbon pencils. I also show you my favorite drawing pens and other water soluble media such as water-soluble graphite. This is a loaded video. I also go over erasers, smudging tools, and sharpeners. You don’t want to miss this video. Continue reading “The Best Materials for Sketching – All My Favorite Sketching Supplies”

How to use Jacquard Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments with Colored Pencil

mixed media and pearl ex powdersI just learned how to use Jacquard Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments with colored pencils. They are non-toxic and colorfast. They can add a touch of shimmer to your art projects. I also show you my favorite way to get brilliant white highlights. Continue reading “How to use Jacquard Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments with Colored Pencil”

Colored Pencil Book Review: The Colored Pencil Solution Book

The Colored Pencil Solution Book THE COLORED PENCIL SOLUTION BOOK
by Janie Gildow and Barbara Benedetti Newton

With so many colored pencils books out, I was surprised to find new information that I haven’t come across before. This book has so many little gems of knowledge, it was a pleasure to review it.
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Instructions on How to Bake Your Prismacolor if the Core is Broken

What to if your Colored Pencil Core BreaksOccasionally, you will get a pencil where the core keeps constantly breaking. First, try changing your sharpener. If that doesn’t work, you can try gently baking them at a low heat to see if that will melt their core back together.

Awhile ago, I noticed that one my of Prismacolor Premier and Blick Studio pencil leads was constantly breaking. Utrecht sent me these instructions: Continue reading “Instructions on How to Bake Your Prismacolor if the Core is Broken”

How to Edit Your Reference Photos in PicMonkey Part I

PicMonkey is a great photo-editing website that you can use to manipulate your reference photos before you print them out to draw. You can adjust color, light, crop, and add a blurry background. Continue reading “How to Edit Your Reference Photos in PicMonkey Part I”

How to Apply Golden Pastel Grounds to Canvas

When I use colored pencils on canvas I like to prime my canvas with Golden Pastel Grounds so that it’s easier to draw on. In this quick demo I show you how I apply Golden Pastel Grounds to canvas with a sponge brush. Make sure to dilute the grounds with 20% to 40% water. Continue reading “How to Apply Golden Pastel Grounds to Canvas”

Master List of Online Colored Pencil Tutorials Part I

colored pencil tutorialsMaster List of FREE Colored Pencil Tutorials on the Web and Youtube Part I 

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Intro to the Icarus Board – Blending with Heat

Succulent IIn this video, I show you how I use the Icarus board to blend colored pencils with ease. The Icarus board is a heated board designed to work with colored pencils. It allows you to use less pressure to beautifully blend colored pencils, almost like paint.  Continue reading “Intro to the Icarus Board – Blending with Heat”

Why You Should Join the CPSA Colored Pencil Society of America

colored-pencil-society-of-americaThe Colored Pencil Society of America, Inc. (CPSA), is a nonprofit organization founded in 1990 to promote the stature and awareness of colored pencil art as a viable art form to all professional art establishments and to the general public, and to provide a forum for education, communication, and recognition of colored pencil artists. It’s for all levels of colored pencil artists from beginners to advanced. Continue reading “Why You Should Join the CPSA Colored Pencil Society of America”

Best Surfaces to Use With Brush and Pencil’s Powder Blender

Powder Blender and Textured Fixative If you like to use powder blender to blend your colored pencil work then you might be wondering what type of surfaces and paper will work best. This post has been compiled from posts that Alyona Nickelsen has made in our Colored Pencil for Beginner’s Group. Continue reading “Best Surfaces to Use With Brush and Pencil’s Powder Blender”

VIVID Colored Pencil – Step by Step Instruction Book Review

Vivid Color Step by Step Colored Pencil IntructionI am happy to announce that Ann Kullberg has come out with a new colored pencil instruction book especially geared for beginners: VIVID Colored Pencil – Step by Step Instruction by Irina Garmashova Cawton.
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Resources for Beginning Colored Pencil Artists (Links)

resources for beginning colored pencil artistsWhat Pencils, Paper, Books, and Online Classes Should I Get?

I always get asked what are the best colored pencils and papers to use. Below I share with you my favorite brands of pencils and paper. This list will get you started and you will also learn a lot more by participating in our Facebook GroupContinue reading “Resources for Beginning Colored Pencil Artists (Links)”

Organizing Your Colored Pencil Drawing Space (Video)

colored pencil organizationThis is a quick video where I show you how I set up my drawing space when I start a new colored pencil project. How do you set up your colored pencil drawing space? Is it similar or completely different? Look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!  Continue reading “Organizing Your Colored Pencil Drawing Space (Video)”