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Coloured pencil basics

Part 2 Develop your skills as you learn more about mark making with coloured pencils, colour layering and erasing methods, with Judith Heilbronn Crown


This diagram shows from left to right: hatching, cross-hatching, back-and-forth, scumbling, stippling and multiple crosshatching

Hatching Drawing with parallel lines in one direction is called hatching. The lines are drawn individually and are visible.

Cross-hatching If you then draw parallel lines perpendicular to these it is called cross-hatching. The result is now slightly darker with a lot of the paper visible. This is useful as a basis for flat-looking surfaces and for fabric textures.

Back-and-forth Build up smooth layers of colour by doing the lines closer together and then repeating perpendicularly. Hatching can be used to show structure.

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Brighten up your winter painting with the February issue of Leisure Painter. We begin the issue with a look at 'more than just paintings' where Claudia Myatt demonstrates how to use a combination of planning and playfulness to create lively and modern designs in watercolour. You are also invited to follow our 31-day challenge, where Steve Strode offers advice and inspiration for an entire month of creative activities. The rest of the issue is packed with demonstrations, practical advice and tutorials on how to draw and paint in watercolour, acrylic, gouache, line and wash, pastel, coloured pencil, scratchboard and more.