I know what you’re thinking… this looks hard. I’m telling you, it’s not. The key is to color piece by piece, petal by petal. And use the same strategy with each petal. So, now that we got that out of the way….
Today I am working with Derwent Coloursoft Pencils. These pencils are really amazing, and very different. They are soft and apply very easily, they blend extremely well, and they look fantastic on black paper. They are vibrant in color and you don’t have to press hard to get good application. With other pencils, it’s easy to end up with a one-color blend. These pencils provide texture and don’t overblend. The colors almost lay on top of one another, so you can maintain some texture.
I mean, look at what I started with and what these pencils can do (the before and after if you will!):
Here is a close-up of the big flower. As you can see, there is a lot of layering and it’s not perfectly blended:
You can buy these pencils at Dick Blick (along with Copics, Inktense Pencils, and Strathmore watercolor paper, some of my other favs). Right now you get 20% off plus free shipping on orders over $99. Use code CDLT at checkout.
One of the things that keeps me going on this blog is the kindness and generosity of the readers. You all are very forthcoming with your praise and support, which makes me feel like I am doing something worthwhile. Because let’s face it – we all want to feel useful in this world. I often wonder what the heck I’m doing here! I received these pencils as a gift from Melba J in Virginia, one of my readers. I feel humbled to have connected with people so sweet and kind.
I hope you have a wonderful week! 🙂
- Derwent Coloursoft Pencils: Cream, Scarlet, Loganberry, Light Green, Green
- ColorBox Pigment Inkpad-Frost White
- Fired Brick