Saturday, September 8, 2012

New Colored Pencil Artwork Bear Crossing, Color Pencil Tip & Resource of the Week Using Graphite with Color Pencil

Hello Everyone,
Sorry, I haven't posted in a while. I have been so busy canning, doing projects around the house and getting ready for school. I head back to school Sept. 24th and will be majoring in Web Development/Design. I am so excited!

I went today with my mom to the Oregon Brews and BBQs  . It wasn't quite what I expected. The BBQ was good though and it was for a great cause - cancer awareness. Which I am very fervent about supporting with my works and donations. Which by the way I have to share this song by Martina McBride. It just touches my heart and brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it "I'm Gonna Love You Through It"

New Colored Pencils 
I ordered a few of the Tombow Irojiten Color Pencils the other day. Should be arriving in the mail soon. I am anxious to try them out. Never tried them before. They have 90 colors and come from Japan. I love the pastel colors available which appeal to the choice of colors I like to use in my palette.

New Colored Pencil Artwork
So this piece is basically done. I just have a few more areas to darken in the water. I used several colored pencil techniques on this piece. Some did not work quite well, due to the paper I was using - Strathmore Aquarius II. I would say this paper is great for watercolor pencils, but in my opinion not the best for colored pencils.
Title: Bear Crossing
Medium: Colored Pencil and Watercolor Pencil
Paper: Strathmore Aquarius II
Size: 8.5" x 12.0"

I will be working on the tutorial for the rocks and will be starting a new portrait for a very special couple next.

Colored Pencil Tip of the Week
Working with Graphite and Color Pencil
Well I hope everyone had fun with my last post's excercise. I think it is a good excercise to practice blending colors.
This week I want to share some tips/techniques on when you combine graphite with colored pencil. As most of you know, graphite can be very messy. Here are a few tips to keep the graphite from getting your colors muddy.
  • Lay the graphite down first and then spray with fixatif
  • Blend the graphite in areas that have only dark colors
  • Use Derwent's Graphitint (soft watersoluble graphite with color)
  • Use Ampersand Clayboard (Great for graphite and colored pencil. The clay coating reduces smudging and smearing and it is great for details)
  • Use an artist's bridge, tissue or cloth to protect paper from smearing and smudging


Other Resources:

Resource of the Week
I thought this was such a neat idea to tint mason glass jars different colors and them use them to store your colored pencils or pastel pencils :)

Check out the tutorial here

I hope you all have a great week!
Keep on Creating!
God Bless and Take Care!


  1. hi carol :) love the new pencils and products you featured!! let me know how they worked out when you try them :) nothing better than getting new art materials :) i always get excited even if it's a I'm a fan of martina mcbride i always loved her Independence day song she has such powerful voice :) thanks for sharing all the art tips xoxo

    1. Thanks Kat I will. Can't wait til they arrive. I use the tombow colorless blenders, which I discovered a few years back. I was excited to hear they also have color pencils. A bit pricey, so just ordered a few to check them out. Hope you have a great day!

  2. My goodness, Carol ... this is quite an information post! I love it! Really looking forward to your comments on the Tombow Irojiten Color Pencils. The Graphitint pencils by Derwent look very interesting, how do you like them? That's a silly question, you must like them or you wouldn't be endorsing them!

    I am so looking forward to your "Rock" tutorial....

    Love your informative posts! Thanks a bunch!

    1. The Graphitint are a lot like watercolor pencils, once you add water, the colors can become richer and more vibrant, just like watercolor pencils. And they mix great with watercolor pencils. Dry they are like a graphite pencil with a muted color. I did just find out they did not do well in the lightfastnest test, so something to keep in mind, if you decide to use them. As like with any art product, you will have some artists who will love the product and some who will not. I always find it fun to explore and try new products and ideas though :)

  3. Love Love this song!! This song means alot because, well first off my girlfriend has type one diebetes but I will still love her alot!

    1. Yes, it's a beautiful song and I love the video. Thanks for stopping by :)