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Coloured pencil basics

Part 6 Consider your coloured-pencil pictures as heirlooms when you choose to work on the correct surface, by Judith Heilbronn Crown
Derwentwater, Surprise View, coloured pencil on Art Spectrum Colourfix Smooth white paper, 121⁄4x173⁄4in. (31x45cm)


How to produce artwork that will last

Experiment with different pencils and surfaces

Good coloured-pencil practices

It is important to use papers that are, at least, acid free for your artwork, as very cheap papers made from wood pulp go brittle and brown, the way old newspapers do. The best, and often the most expensive, have a high percentage of cotton fibres, up to 100 per cent, and will possibly say that they are archival. There are too many good papers to be named in an article, but if you go to your nearest art shop, they often have small samples of paper that you can try, or they will advise you. If you are computer literate, ask advice on the various coloured pencil social media sites, such as the UK Coloured Pencil Society Facebook page.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the June issue of Leisure Painter, the best-selling practical art magazine in the UK, aimed at beginners and amateur painters. Watercolour highlights include how to paint: a colourful toucan, a complex interior scene, simple flowers and figures. Tim Fisher also begins a six-part series discussing the merits and uses of his favourite colours with a focus on cobalt teal in watercolour this month. Follow nine simple exercises and prompts to develop your painting skills with acrylics and follow a step-by-step demonstration to paint an avocet using heavy-body acrylics. Discover a new style as you paint an acrylic inspired by the travel posters of the 1930s and discover the power of coloured pencils and pen and ink . Plus lots more.