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Colored Pencils–Not Just for Second Grade

3 Apr

Colored pencils are a lot of fun. I remember not liking them in school because of the pale colors. I like bright. Not psychedelic so much, but bright for sure. The world is bright and rich and deep with colors and my favorite art is, too. So colored pencils . . . well, don’t buy the ones in the office supply aisle at Walmart and don’t settle for 16 colors. I’ve just been messing around with them and here’s a project I did with Prismacolors from a book called Colored and Water Color Pencils by Gary Greene.

Tea Rose Photo

This is the photograph the author used to design his project.

The author's interpretation of the photo

The author's rose above and mine below

And this is my finished rose--after I made a few more changes from the one above.

The reason mine is brighter is that I read ahead and learned about burnishing. You use a white or a colorless pencil to go over everything and fill in all the gaps in the paper. It makes your colors deeper. Only once you’ve burnished the picture, it limits how many more changes you can make to the colors. At some point the paper won’t hold any more pigment. Looking at these pictures I’m kind of happy to notice that mine looks like I traced it–and I didn’t! Yay! ‘Course it’s just a rose. A face would be a lot harder.

Anyhow, Hurray for colored pencils–good ones, anyway. 🙂