Colored Pencil Explorations by Janie Gildow

How to Use Water-Soluble Colored Pencils

Water-soluble colored pencils are a wonderful tool for easy and colorful backgrounds. In this demonstration of a yellow lily, artist Kristy A. Kutch shows us how to combine colored pencil techniques with an old tooth brush and masking film to create rich, simple backgrounds for our flower subjects. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————- How to Draw a Lily...

Watercolor Painting for Beginners: The Basics and More

Learn How to Paint with Watercolor in this Free Guide One of the reasons that watercolor artists choose this as their medium is because of the freedom it gives them to paint loosely. Of course, some choose to use certain watercolor painting techniques that give a more detailed result, too! But if you’re looking...

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Touchable Textures in Colored Pencil

In colored pencil, underpainting involves first tinting the paper surface with the subject’s light, underlying color. To do this, you apply solvent or water. This is a technique that doesn’t destroy the tooth of the paper, so you can create, with subsequent layers in colored pencil, visually tactile textures and other effects—from the illusion...

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What the Heck is Zentangle?

Have you ever found that there’s a word for something that you’d been doing, but didn’t know that it was actually already an established “thing”? That’s exactly what Zentangle® is for me. As far back as grade school, I remember drawing symmetrical shapes in the margins of my notebooks during class, and certain patterns...