Paint a Parrot with Colored Pencil

Birds are a wonderful study to do in colored pencil. A Parrot in particular is stunning, with feathers in a wide variety of colors and deep black beady eyes.  The image we will be working on today, was taken by Salao228 and found on  This is a wonderful site for copyright free photos submitted by a very… Read More »

Glass Heart Sparkling with Colored Pencil

Have you ever tried to make your colored pencil artwork sparkle?  This project will focus on highlights that will do just that. Photo Once you have printed off the picture you should transfer it to your art paper using tracing paper or, if you don’t have any tracing paper, create it by adding graphite pencil… Read More »

Pencil Crayon Butterflies

I loved doing the ladybug the other day, so I thought I would follow up with a butterfly.  This is a simple photograph featuring various types of butterflies in a showcase. I also picked this subject because its simplicity might encourage some of my readers who have not yet tackled a colored pencil project for… Read More »

Lady Bug, Lady Bug….A Reflection in Colored Pencil

When deciding on a project, I look for special interest features to help create realism. My favorite photos are ones that include droplets or splashes of water or  reflections shining mutely from a glass surface.   Not difficult to do and smashingly beautiful.  So let’s have some fun creating reflections in colored pencil art. The Ladybug… Read More »

Fuchsia on Black and White

This lesson will compare the look of a Fuchsia picture done on a black background and then done on a white one.  Colored Pencils work on any colored art paper, but you will need to decide which color will actually enhance the picture. Using a white paper gives you a bit more control over the… Read More »

How to Color a Grape

When coloring a grape we need to use a variety of shades and hues to create the bright yet blotchy look of the fruit.  I have chosen a photograph of a group of grapes.   But after layering one of the grapes in the picture, I realized that this lesson would be better off done… Read More »

A Doodle called Zentangle in Pencil Crayon

This lesson involves colored pencils and doodling.  Remember when we were kids we used to doodle on our notebooks?  I do.  A squiggle here and a circle there until the whole page was one glorious piece of artwork, all the while we were not listening to the teacher.  Yes, I said NOT. When you get… Read More »

It’s Spring! Let’s Layer Color on a Pansy!

Welcome to another beginner lesson in colored pencils.  I have sketched out a pansy and provided a link to this flower below.  Or if you want you can simply draw your own pattern and follow the basics. Pattern 2 Once you print the pattern,  take a piece of transfer paper and place it on the… Read More »

Pencil Crayon Paper

  What type of Paper is good for Pencil Crayon? Colored Pencil can be used on various types of surfaces. But you must ensure that you purchase only Artist grade paper that is specified as Acid-Free and Archival so that your artwork will not deteriorate and turn yellow over time.  You know what I mean… Read More »

Layering, Blending and Burnishing Lesson

Time to try techniques I have been looking through some of the colored pencil artwork that I have done over the years.  It is quite amazing that with such a little bit of self-instruction, a lot of patience and much trial and error, that I feel ok to show some pictures that I really struggled… Read More »

Colored Pencil Reviews

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils These pencils are manufactured by a U.S. company by the name of Sanford and is a very popular brand used extensively in the U.S.  I, myself, have used this brand for a long time with very good results.  In the last few years, however, as I have been replacing colors as I… Read More »

How to Use Colored Pencils Part 2

Pencil Crayon Techniques  When creating a pencil crayon picture you have a few different strokes in which you can apply the color to the surface.  Most techniques require that you have a nice sharp point on the pencil so that you are hitting the high and low areas of your paper. Also, the pressure should… Read More »