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

Coloured pencil basics

Follow Judith Heilbronn Crown step by step as you practise mark making, layering and blending colour with coloured pencils
The finished picture Tulip, coloured pencil, 81⁄4x81⁄4in. (21x21cm)


Practise mark making, layering and blending colour

Use different pressure on the pencils for different effects

Let’s put the mark making, layering and blending skills you have worked on in the past couple of months into practice by producing this picture of a spring tulip (above) together. I used Derwent Coloursoft for the following demonstration, but you can use any colours that you have. There are only two colours that are not easily found in other sets: loganberry and cranberry.

Loganberry is a red-brown and cranberry is a dark blue-red. If you do not have loganberry, you could use Faber-Castell caput mortuum violet or Prismacolor black cherry, or a dark brown with a hint of red. Cranberry is close to alizarin crimson in the Luminance range.

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Welcome to the March issue. This issue is packed with practical advice, tutorials, demonstrations and illustrated techniques, all aimed at teaching beginners and amateur painters to draw and paint successfully. Enjoy working with watercolour, acrylics, oils, gouache, coloured pencils, pen and ink and more. Learn how to draw and paint animals, landscape, flowers and elements of the countryside. Develop your skills as you learn about the value of tone, how to loosen up your style and how to add drama and a sense of narrative to your paintings. This issue also launches a beginner's guide to acrylics. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.