Tag Archive: Coloring

Michael and I went out on Valentine’s Day, of course we would, we love each other and have no problem going out on the day.  We went to Michael’s (The craft store), and he bought me a pen set, that I decided is more useful for card or scrapbooks than actual coloring. (They are opaque so cover up the lines and it looks sloppy, I am sure a true artist could make it look better).  He also bought me a couple of books, one Animal Kingdom by Millie Marotta, which I adore, and a Michael’s exclusive with butterfly pictures which are lovely but I have little inspiration at this point with it.  I also purchased a 36 count of Faber Castel Polychromos pencils, which have become my favorite brand to use.  So much so that I have gradually increased my set to a complete 120.  I love these artist grade oil pencils.  They go on so smooth and blend and layer like a dream.  I rarely have any smearing with them, and they come to a fabulous point.  The only draw back is that you can’t put a light color on top of a dark and see it.  If that is what you are looking for in your art, you need to put a prismacolor white on top to see the white.  Otherwise, these pencils top Prisma color premier pencils by far.  I still use both, most often layering prisma color on top, but more often I use polychromos alone.


Here are a couple of pictures from Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom that I colored in March.


Seal done in blues, purples and greens.  This is the picture in which I fell in love with the polychromos pencils.  I could layer and work to get the colors I wanted so easily.


My Bunny inspired by  Easter.  I liked it better before I filled in the spaces.  I was going to do a background but never did, just lost the interest after I “ruined” it by not keeping the spaces white.  I just didn’t like the color I used.  That is how I learn though.

When I started researching, I knew I wanted a nice set of pencils, the problem is which one.  In the process I found Marco Raffine pencils, they are fairly new on the market and made in China.  For the price I couldn’t beat it and while I was researching which artist grade pencil I wanted I figured it was a good start to have.  Unfortunately my set came broken, and the pencils broken continued to break.  I followed instructions on how to sharpen and sharpening them first before use because they are coated with a wax to protect them in shipment because they are an oil based pencil.   Pencils are mad of different binders and combination of binders, wax, oil, and clay.  Artist grade pencils are expensive for a few reasons, the grade of wax or other binder, the quality and quantity of pigments, and the size of the core.  Marco Raffine are a budget pencil and as far as I can tell the only budget pencil that is oil based.  I could be wrong but I haven’t seen a student grade/budget grade oil pencil other than there.  They cores are very thin, so great for small areas.  I found mine to be scratchy and really don’t blend well.  What I did discover through my use is when I use them in the Color Me My Way books, they layer very interestingly, because I don’t get a great blend when I use them on wood it gives a very nice effect to bark.  They have become my go to pencil for that effect.   I did eventually get a set of Marco Raffine pencils for my Mother, and two daughters and they have not had the problems I had.  It was probably the supplier from Amazon and I did get a refund.   I used that refund on another set of pencils that I will discuss tomorrow. If you do get a set it is wise to sharpen them before use since they put a coating on it to protect them during shipment. I also purchased a set of 24 Koor-i-Noor tricolor pencils at Michael’s with a 50% coupon that doesn’t come around too often.  They give an interesting effect and since I am not a true trained artist I am sure I don’t use them the way I should.  My least favorite are the pencils that have black as one of the three.  The black overwhelms the other colors and makes it very muddy.

I colored my next picture from Color Me 2, the squirrel, Chipmunk and Jay, using both the tricolor and the Marco raffine pencils.  The background I did with pebbles chalk and a chalk blender that I got from my Aunt’s stash when she died.  The blender is a fixative so I didn’t have to spray it after I used it.  Unfortunately I can’t see where that blender is available, so I am teaching myself to not be afraid of using a spray fixative that I also purchased at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.  Be sure to get one that is workable after spraying that is important.  Some people use an inexpensive hair spray like AquaNet.  If you go that route know that it can cause discoloration of the picture over time, if you don’t care then don’t worry about it.


Squirrel, Chipmunk and Jay from Color Me 2 by PJC Smart

I also did a few more from Flower Fashion Fantasies From Creative Haven, Artist Ming-Ju Sun, both colored with crayola pencils.


Flower Fashion Fantasies

Flower Fashion Fantasies

As I mentioned in a long past previous post, I have had no focus for this blog.  I really didn’t know what to do.  I have been more and more hesitant about sharing personal life, not just life events but pictures of family as well.  I really don’t want as big of an internet presence as I have had in the past.  Too much family drama I suppose and I don’t need any more.

So instead I thought I would make it about my newest hobby.  One that I have always enjoyed to some extent but also one that I never really knew how to do.  I always seemed to get bored with color choices. Well, I have since learned more about how to use my preferred medium and I have taken off so to speak.  Yes I technically started before the adult coloring craze really came into being in the past year.  I have always like to color, I loved to buy new crayons but I was rather unhappy with the choice of books.  Lets face it, as fun as childrens coloring books are, they just can’t hold an interest for too long.  A couple of years ago, Michael bought me PJC Smart’s book, Color Me 2.  I slowly worked on the horse in it.  Easy choice, I love horses.  It took me awhile because asd I said before color choice bored me and I wanted more options. My mother gave me a book by Creative Haven called Flower Fashion Fantasies by Ming-Ju Sun with lovely pictures.  I still didn’t do much.  Last January I finally decided I was going to finish that horse and work more in the book my mother gave me.  In the journey I started to look up You-tube videos on how to properly use colored pencils.  That was what did it.  I learned the art of blending, shading, layering, and although I have much more to learn, this hobby has grown.  So this blog I will use to post my colorings, and maybe a word or two on the different brands of pencils I use.  So for now, enjoy my first few pictures, and see where this journey has taken me.  I think you will see a difference as my posts progress.

Flower Fashion Fantasies by Ming-Ju Sun

Flower Fashion Fantasies by Ming-Ju Sun

This Girl with the Pink flowers was the first picture I did from the book.  It was actually a very easy one as the art lends to a nice picture.  I was taught to outline in dark and color light so that is what I did, leaving the outside edges light.

Flower Fashion Fantasies by Ming-Ju Sun

Flower Fashion Fantasies by Ming-Ju Sun

The rest of these were all done early, but since I was silly and didn’t date them I can only guess that they were done in January 2016, perhaps before.  I honestly don’t remember.  Crayola pencils again since that was pretty much all I had or all I cared to use. (I did have a very small set of 24 prang, and a large set of Rose Art, Crayola has been by go to pencil for years so I didn’t dig them out.  It is possible that I used some twistable crayola pencils but I really don’t care for them so chances are slim that I ever pulled them out.

Flower Fashion Fantasies by Ming-Ju Sun

Flower Fashion Fantasies by Ming-Ju Sun

Horse from Color Me 2 by PJC Smart Finished Jan 17, 2016

Horse from Color Me 2 by
PJC Smart
Finished Jan 17, 2016

This Horse was the first Color Me Your Way picture by PJC Smart that I did.  When Michael purchased the book for me, I could not decide between book 2 or book 3, the picture of the horse on the back cove cinched the decision since I love horse.  I wanted to incorporate flames from the phoenix and the flower throughout the horse.  Nothing done on the background.  I have decided to keep it that way.


Flower Fashion Fantasies

This picture was also done early, but I tried to give a bit of effect with the leaves, giving them different color gradient.  I am starting to think more about the picture and the components.  I still have lots to learn.  The next post I will discuss pictures done through February and March of 2016, and what I have learned in the process of coloring and maybe a bit on the mediums I used.  That might be a separate post so we will see.

Flower Fashion Fantasies off of Amazon

Color Me Your Way Web Site  Also Available at Costco