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Digital Subscriptions > Leisure Painter > Feb-19 > Let’s start with art

Let’s start with art

Part 2 Coloured pencils First steps in working with coloured pencils, the materials you will need and some easy mark-making exercises, by Linda Birch


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Quick techniques to try

Japanese Anemones, Caran d’Ache Pablo pencils on black paper, 113⁄4x8in. (30x20cm). Coloured pencil is widely used in botanical art as the subject is ideal for careful building and blending of colours. On a coloured surface, such as black paper, light-coloured flowers look especially effective. The Japanese anemone with its strong sculptural bud stems was worked in white to create a base colour and by varying the pressure I was able to create light and shadow on the petals. Pink was added with yellow for the centre. The buds were umber with a little carmine and white, as were the stems. The leaves were grass green and spruce with white added on the edges.
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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.