The Artist’s Secret® to Crafts


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    Draw your own design or choose a pattern. You can outline your pencil drawing with brush and ink for a more artistic line. Any lines left showing in the finished work add to the beauty of the design.

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    Start your drawing with the lightest colors .Your drawing will have many layers of color. The beauty of colored pencil drawing is found in seeing the transparency of the layers to form new colors.

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    Use different amounts of pressure in your coloring

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    A few drops of baby oil are used with a Q-tip to blend the colored pencil drawing colors. This makes the colors glow. Add additional color on top of the drawing with your colored pencils to achieve your desired color. Scanned the drawing, or take a digital photo and print from your computer. The use of baby oil may affect the longevity of your artwork. However, in today’s digital world, by using a computer to print your artwork you can achieve very interesting results easily and quickly using this technique. This drawing is on 110 card stock 8/2 by 11 inches.


How To Trace Patterns

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    Cover the back of your drawing with graphite from a pencil. Large drawings can be covered with a graphite stick which speeds up the process. You can put the drawing up to a window to see which areas need graphite. Use the pencil on the flat to cover the area quickly Trace drawing or pattern on your paper. If you use a red pencil you can see which lines you have traced. Keep your pencil sharp. This method works well if you are doing a very high detailed drawing. Some people like using a ballpoint pen instead of a pencil to ensure the extreme accuracy of detail. If you use masking tape to hold your drawing, rub it on your clothing to make it have less tact and not damage your paper in the removal process.

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    This illustration shows the drawing rolled back to check your tracing process. Keep the left side firmly taped down on your paper.

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    At this point, you can outline your drawing in either pen and ink or brush and ink. You may also choose to not outline your drawing, only using your media whether it is colored pencil or watercolor to define the forms.

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    Begin your drawing using the lightest colors first. Colored pencil drawings are built up from many different layers of color. The beauty of using colored pencil is having the transparency of the colors enhance your artwork.

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    You may choose to finish some areas in extreme detail leaving other areas totally unfinished.

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    Baby oil can be used as a solvent for colored pencil. There are other types of solvents that can be used but many of them are very toxic such as turpentine. A few drops of baby oil works extremely well with Prismacolor® colored pencils. The flower has been treated with baby oil and a Q-tip to blend the colors. The remaining stem and leaves are still in only colored pencil.

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    Add layers of colored pencil until you get your desired result. New layers of color are easily added on top of the layer of color that was blended with baby oil.

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    Learning to paint in watercolor can take many years to achieve the ability to produce high detail artwork. Colored pencils offer the opportunity for beginning artists, or artists who work in other mediums the ability to achieve very interesting pieces of art.

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    The illustration on the left shows the stem and leaves still in colored pencil. Illustration on the right shows colored pencil with baby oil blending forming the appearance of a painted surface.

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    The completed artwork is Prismacolor® colored pencils blended with baby oil on Strathmore Bristol smooth finish paper 11 X 14 inches.