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Digital Subscriptions > Leisure Painter > Jan-19 > Coloured pencil basics

Coloured pencil basics

Part 1 Learn simple techniques and mark making and understand your materials as Judith Heilbronn Crown begins a new series on drawing with coloured pencils


Practise basic techniques and how to hold the pencils

Try a simple landscape drawing

How to create tone with coloured pencils

The best coloured pencils are the ones you have to hand when you need them!

There are many makes and types of coloured pencils, with varying proportions of different pigments, mixed with wax or oils, and they vary considerably in feel. For someone new to coloured pencils, begin with a relatively soft pencil that is also watersoluble so can be used dry or wet. The three most suitable for beginners to try are Derwent Watercolour pencils, Caran d’Ache Supracolor and Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer, all of which have rich colours and can be used dry or with the addition of water. I shall be using different types of pencils throughout this series, but most exercises can be completed with the pencils you already have. Some pencils will work on all types of paper, and some will need a rougher paper. If you buy a few individual pencils of different types you will find out which you like best.

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Have fun as you learn to paint with Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginners and amateur painters, this month's magazine offers step-by-step demonstrations, tutorials, projects from photographs, illustrated techniques and tips and techniques for painting with watercolour, acrylic, water-mixable oils, pastel, coloured pencils, ink and other drawing media. Find out how to paint seasonal landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, flowers and figures. There's also an article on mindful drawing techniques and one artist's experience of painting a large-scale mural on a remote tropical island. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.