How to use colored pencils! Layering, blending, & more!
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We’re getting back to basics so stick around Hello, I’m rachel from pencil stash your one-stop shop [for] everything adult color and related here we do tips tricks and demonstrations if you’re new to the channel go ahead and hit the subscribe button and if you liked the video leave [me] a like and [don’t] forget to stick around where we will be announcing this week’s featured work from our Facebook [group] and Instagram I’ll be covering five essential techniques You’ll want to utilize if you’re a newbie [to] adult coloring so let’s head over to my desk, and we’ll get started [in] [today’s] lesson I’ll be going through [six] essential tips for using colored pencils Whether that’s for drawing or adult coloring use these tips are universal now I’ve spoken about each of these before in past videos But today, I’m going to take you through real time demonstrations for each and those six essential tips you should know and be practicing [are] pressure stroke layering blending highlight and shadow In these skills may not come overnight actually they won’t come overnight But keeping each of them in mind when you’re working on a page will believe me come in handy So let’s get started our First Topic is pressure. This is how hard you’re pressing the pencil tip into the page? Different pressures will transfer different amounts of pigment Many of us have a tendency to be heavy-handed with our pressure? So if you’re having trouble being light hold the pencil in your hand further back away from the tip This makes it more difficult to push so [hard] then move your hands further up for medium pressure and even further for hard pressure With light pressure you keep your options open for many different techniques such as layering and blending which we’ll get into later But you’ll see that when applying light pressure the coverage you get is minimal meaning it leaves lots of white space So [you] may need several passes of color to get the coverage you desire? Medium Pressure allows you more coverage and more pigment into the paper Hard pressure applies the most saturated pigment, but limits your ability to layer other colors into it or on top of [it] You’ll also notice that even though I’ve used [this] [a] colored pencil in all three of these circles have Achieved almost three different colors based on the pressure. I’ve used so this is another useful skill to extend the color range at your disposal Next is the different pencil strokes you can use When you color with pencils your strokes are fairly visible, so you either want to blend those out or use them to your advantage in? The first circle, I’m demonstrating just a standard straight line pencil stroke if the lines are going to be visible It helps to have them all moving in One direction in a given area It’s tempting to keep turning the page to get into all the areas But keeping it consistent will give you a cleaner look and using consistent pressure can even help you hide those strokes And you can always blend out your stroke marks later Next [is] circular strokes this can help you get into tight Corners or even circles like this one It can also be an interesting texture if you like the look Inferiors [Hatching] or cross hatching you do your lines in One direction then turn the page and do the opposite Direction This technique gives you lots of coverage and you can even play with the pressure of your lines to add visible texture Next is layering Layering is one of my favorite techniques, and will make a huge difference if you use this in your adult coloring Only using one color in a given area can leave your page looking flat, but layering color can add [much-needed] life You can also accomplish colors you don’t currently have by combining two to make a third like I do here Watch as I layer these two greens using light pressure to make a third color Remember to use light pressure with this technique in order to keep the ability to layer as many colors as [you] like Next is blending another of my favorites This technique gives you that ultra smooth vibrant look that gives you a great finish So I’ve simply copied the above combined Green colors into the three circles below So we’re starting from the same point on all three Luckily there are several different ways to blend and all get a slightly different outcome First [we’ll] blend with the lightest of the two colors. We’ve already used you need to use medium to hard pressure here Next we use [a] prismacolor Colorless blending pencil these are available on Amazon and packs of two for just a few dollars and worth every penny This pencil contains the same wax substance as your colored pencils, but has no pigment in it So it simply pushes the pigment already there into the adjacent areas and blends them together And last we’ll use the white pencil comes with [our] colored pencil set this acts much like the blending pencil But does have white pigment in it? [it’ll] give you a similar look, but it can come out a little bit milky So just keep that in mind We’ll finish with [highlight] and shadow Now to demonstrate this we’ll have to utilize all of our previously talked about techniques pressure strokes layering and blending So first thing to consider when choosing your highlight and shadow is Deciding where your light sources? In this instance [I’ve] chosen a source from the upper right hand corner This is where my light will hit our circle, so this is where we’ll place our highlight I’ll Start with my lightest green and very lightly trace the outline of our highlight, then color in the rest of the circle with that green then take your white pencil and using circular strokes I’m going to fill in the highlight area softening the edges against the green as I go Next I’ll start the layering process with a few more greens You’ll notice I don’t color the whole circle with the other greens I gradually layer them getting darker towards the bottom left corner where our shadow will be Remember to leave your layering edges nice and soft because when you blend you don’t want a harsh line created so if you kind of lighten up your pressure Against those edges you’ll have an easier time blending those out later on I’m Also, blending slightly as I build layers, but careful not to press too hard with my blender at this stage Or it’ll be too difficult to add layers on top Now we’ll blend everything out to give it a nice soft consistent feel My darkest areas of shadow even have some browns and black in them. Don’t be afraid to kind of venture out into other colors to see what kind of effect you can get Now we’ll show you how to create the shadow cast by the circle itself [onto] the surface. It’s sitting on This isn’t always applicable or used in adult coloring, but I’ll show you just in case you’d like to try it So the length of the shadow will depend on the angle of the light, but a good rule of thumb is 45 degrees So my shadow will go back about this far I’ve created the outline with my pencil along with some simple texture lines, but I’ll fill it in with my colored pencils So here’s our completed circle utilizing all the tricks. We just discussed Now you can apply all [of] these techniques in the logic to any shape you find in drawing or adult coloring I? Encourage you to play around with these and [try] them out and don’t compare your [work] to anyone elses the style You develop is uniquely yours and therefore incredibly special So here’s some examples I’ve pulled where I use these same techniques in some adult coloring the principles are the same and you can apply this logic to whatever artistic venture, You’d like to try Good work Now on to our featured work from Instagram and Facebook [you] [guys] there were so many amazing pages shared this week you guys are just knocking my socks off So you’re going to see I’m just [gonna] share a whole bunch. Thank you so much. These are just beautiful [our] first piece comes from Michelle a Turner Via our Facebook group I love this colorful zebra He reminds me of that fruit stripe gum from when I was a kid And it just makes me smile your lines are so crisp and beautiful great job Next is one from instagram from coloring Alexandria, I love this title page from Joanna Basford Magical jungle I especially love that you embellished it with the [unep] [oscar] marker actually have a video dedicated to this technique And I just love how you did this great job Next comes from Jacob Harris Via our Facebook group and it is this wonderful doctor who page and It features the doctor the impossible astronaut amy rory and river and of course the silence great job Jacob. Thanks for sharing Next is from Leslie Flynn Via our Facebook [group], and I just love how this Kind of Indian Mandala came out It’s so delicate the peaches they kind of Gradually go, [too] Towards the white the pink’s that go towards the white and then the greens that go towards the lighter yellow Very very well done very great use of blending Next is from Rebecca Mac And I just love how kind of pastel and soft and smooth and delicate this pages I especially love the roof it. Just looks like a slate roof. I just want to reach out and touch it Fantastic job, Rebecca Next is the hunt and I’m sorry. I hope I’m pronouncing that right. I just love this Double page field of flowers. I love your use [of] colors. It’s bright and happy and makes me smile. Thanks for sharing Next is a page by Jackie Phillips. Hope I’m pronouncing that okay This is a beautiful windmill page that I think the colors are just so soft and delicate I’m always amazed at People’s color choices And I think if this one just shows a lot of restraint a lot of smarts, and it’s beautiful to look at thank you so much for sharing So great work again this week everyone please keep submitting your work on our Facebook group the pencil stash adult coloring or on Instagram either [a] Pencil Stash or hash tag pencil stash I will find you Let me know down in the comments if you [have] any suggestions for future videos [or] if you have any questions on this page Or anything about color and related and [he] [has] a subscribe [button] to receive Notifications, and when I upload future content so today we covered the basics [but] in the rest of my videos on my [channel] you’ll find different tips and tutorials that kind of go into depth on Each one of these topics, so be sure to check those out and go to pencil sketch comm to read my blog Thank you so much for [watching] this week. 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