I did a three day coloured pencils workshop last month, spread over three weeks. I wouldn't have thought there would be much to learn, but as I seem to have collected quite a few sets of pencils I decided it would be good to start using them!
I was amazed at how much I learned over the three days. I'm not usually into detail work, but using coloured pencils became quite compulsive (and very therapeutic!) and I just became lost in the moment.
My favourite set of pencils are my Prismacolor ones, and I've used them on these two pieces.
We learned about different ways to colour - hatching, cross-hatching, and going round in tiny circles (my favourite). It is possible to use just primary colours to create any other colour, and there was also blending and polishing too. Like watercolour it is all about slowly building up in layers (without the drying time).
For this one we had to bring in some fruit and/or veg as subject matter. So I did a stir-fry that evening!
The onion skin is created using an embossing tool to deboss the lines before any colour pencil is added.
My mushroom is a little wonky - but hey - what mushroom isn't!
The paper is a grey pastel paper.
The vase neck is a bit off, but I got the colour right!
It is surprising how long this took (the paper is also A4 size).
Really enjoyed the workshops, and now I need to remember to add coloured pencils to the list of possible media to use in a project!