Colored Pencil Plus: Week 2 Challenge- Finding an Ideal Pressure (and sticking to it!)

 
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We're all guilty...

And you know you're doing it. You either press too hard with colored pencils or you don't press hard enough.

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Heavy-handedness and light-handedness are both beginning colorer traits.

But wait!

Someone told you to press hard for vibrancy!

Or someone told you to lighten up so that you can erase your mistakes!

Or that all the professionals are heavy/light handers.

No.

They're wrong.

Good colored pencil artists are not all heavy handed or light handed (depending upon who told you this). That's nonsense.

What good colored pencil artist are, is even handed.

Even handed.

Even-handedness is control.

you will always color like a beginner

Until you learn control.

Until you can judge how heavy or light to color in each situation.

Until you can keep a consistent pressure across entire areas for smooth looking results.

That's what we're working on in Week Two of Colored Pencil Plus!

CP+ is beginner level instruction

But it's not just for beginners.

If you're a beginner, that's great. Start at the very beginning and work your way towards intermediate or advanced level results.

And if you're already an intermediate, I help you double back and pick up the important things you missed. And help you make sense of all the things you do.

Colored Pencil Plus covers a lot.

It's TWELVE weeks

SIXTEEN original digital stamps

And a ton of tips, techniques, and insider tricks to improve your coloring instincts!

Join anytime. Forever access. Work at your own pace.

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Week two challenges your pressure

The Poppy project is designed to help you build up dynamic color and vibrancy without damaging the tooth of the paper or leaving gigantic white spots.

One pressure doesn't work for everything and we investigate why you might need to increase or decrease your pressure levels in distinct areas.

This is a skill you can apply to all your coloring images!

Sure, you'll color a gorgeous poppy flower but this isn't a "how to color poppies" lesson. This is a "how to color anything and everything" lesson.

Project oriented classes teach you how to color one stamp- what a waste! Vanilla Arts classes give you good solid technique oriented lessons which are applicable to all your coloring projects. Not just colored pencil either. You can apply these value and vibrancy concepts to all coloring media.

Beginners welcome!

Colored Pencil Plus is ideal for:

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  • beginners who are frustrated with their lack of growth using tutorials and "how to color a ______" videos
  • self taught colorers who feel as if they've missed the big secret to amazing coloring
  • unconfident colorers who still encounter problems with blending, shading, or developing convincing depth
  • frustrated colorers who struggle when coloring unfamiliar stamps
  • habitual colorers, stuck in a rut where every project looks the same
  • dreaming colorers who want to push beyond craft level coloring into creative and artistic self-expression

Join anytime!

Learn when you are available, on your own schedule.

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We've got a great group of students already working their way through the lessons but everyone works at their own pace as their life allows.

Lessons are slowly paced to help you perfect every technique

Lessons include detailed breakdowns to show you what to do and when to do it. Coloring demonstrations guide you through applying the week's technique to a fun and challenging floral image.

Beautiful color and amazing vibrancy, along with tips to develop control, instinct, and even-handedness.

You'll love the difference in the Colored Pencil Plus approach!

Join me for Colored Pencil Plus!

You're going to love your new outlook on color!

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Colored Pencil Plus: Week 1 Challenge- Get a grip!

 
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Start at the Beginning

When you want to learn something new, it's good to start a the beginning, right?

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But I don't have to tell you how bad some beginner-level coloring class images look! We've all seen the small little kiddie projects that most instructors throw at their beginners.

Simplistic? That's an understatement!

Beginner classes are usually about makework- coloring in boxes, making swatches, blending samples, and boring little texture grids.

And when you finally get good at filling in swatches, you get promoted to coloring little spheres and cubes.

After the spheres and cubes, you work your way to cartoon animals and that worn out, trite and tired old "apple on a table" project.

Boring.

But that's how we learn to color like an artist, right? You color boxes until you can handle the fruit, correct?

Not anymore.

I'm charting a new path for colored pencil beginners.

You're not a kid anymore...

So let's ditch the juvenile, simplistic, and brain dead projects! Let's learn to color on something more mature that you're not ashamed to hang on the wall!

Colored Pencil Plus is beginner level lessons applied to beautiful floral images.

Because beginner doesn't have to mean boring.

CP+ is beginner coloring for adults

It's TWELVE weeks

SIXTEEN original digital stamps

And a ton of tips, techniques, and insider tricks to improve your coloring instincts!

Join anytime. Forever access. Work at your own pace.

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Week one gets you started right

The Periwinkle project is designed to help you find your ideal pencil grip again.

You'd be surprised at how many people hold their pens and pencils oddly. Most of us have been writing lists and signing our names for decades. It's been a long time since anyone pointed out good pencil posture.

But a good grip in the correct spot can instantly improve your coloring and immediately offer you better pencil control.

As you color the week one Periwinkle image, you'll immediately see when you fall back into bad habits and poor posture.

Instructor feedback offers you solutions and points out what you're doing correctly so that you can repeat it again and again. This is basic level learning without dooming you to hours of pointless box exercises.

The goal is to correct what time has damaged and restore a smooth and even approach to your paper. Your brain stays engaged because you are creating something beautiful while you practice.

If you're going to color smoothly, you need a satiny and consistent stroke. That's what the Periwinkle project enforces.

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Beginners welcome!

Colored Pencil Plus is ideal for:

  • beginners who are frustrated with their lack of growth using tutorials and "how to color a ______" videos
  • self taught colorers who feel as if they've missed the big secret to amazing coloring
  • unconfident colorers who still encounter problems with blending, shading, or developing convincing depth
  • frustrated colorers who struggle when coloring unfamiliar stamps
  • habitual colorers, stuck in a rut where every project looks the same
  • dreaming colorers who want to push beyond craft level coloring into creative and artistic self-expression

Join anytime!

Colored Pencil Plus- 12 week online colored pencil course takes you from beginner to WOW! Learn artistic techniques with solvent-free methods. Begin a lifetime of artistic expression. | ColoredPencilPlus.com

Learn when you're ready, on your own schedule.

We've got a great group of students already working their way through the lessons but everyone works at their own pace as their life allows.

Lessons are slowly paced to help you perfect every technique

Lessons include detailed breakdowns to show you what to do and when to do it. Coloring demonstrations guide you through applying the week's technique to a fun and challenging floral image.

Adult coloring and mature techniques- boost your coloring skills with that elementary school feeling. You'll love the difference in this approach!

Join me for Colored Pencil Plus!

You're going to love your new outlook on color!

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Free Digi Club: "Candy Corn" - FREE digital stamp for Copic, colored pencil, or watercolor

 
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Trick or Treat!

"Candy Corn" is my latest Copic coloring image; it's completely free to Free Digi Club subscribers from now until November 2017.

No strings, no spam. It's simply a free image for you to color.

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Subscribers to the FDC receive one free image every month, delivered right to your email inbox.

My digital stamps are ideal for Copic marker coloring but they also work great with colored pencil and even watercolor. My stamps are full of wide open spaces to blend and celebrate pretty color. There are no distracting texture marks to get in the way of your creativity!

That's what the "Vanilla" in Vanilla Arts Co. is all about. I give you the vanilla base, you add the hot fudge, the sprinkles, the whipped cream, the Copic ink, and lots of leaves!

Do you love Colored Pencils?

This month, I'm working on colored paper for all my classes and projects. 

Candy Corn is a versatile stamp, you can print it on white marker cardstock and color it with Copics or you can try it on colored paper with colored pencils!

Such a fun image and the warm autumn colors would really pop on kraft brown, aqua, blue, violet, or even black paper!

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Watch me color Candy Corn:

"Baby Pumpkin" online lesson for Copic beginners/intermediates. Learn to use the paper-staining technique to tame stubborn marker inks which don't want to blend out easily. Plus, a fun lesson on rounding and sculpting perfect pumpkins! | VanillaArts.com

Want More Halloween?

If you enjoy coloring Candy Corn, you might want to check out my online beginner/intermediate classes.

Learn to tame stubborn markers that don't want to blend out easily and get a fun lesson on rounding out a perfect pumpkin

"Baby Pumpkin" is a forever access class- color it now and again next year!

 

take the Candy Corn Class!

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To get the full details on how I colored Candy Corn, join the Marker Painting Basics online class!

Marker Painting Basics lessons are perfect for beginners or self-taught intermediate level marker artists who feel like they've missed out on some of the key elements of coloring.

Candy Corn is almost 1.5 hours of video based instruction which includes interesting details on how to select markers and pencils for use on colored cardstock.

You won't believe the vibrant colors you can create without excessive layering or basecoating everything in white pencil first. Coloring on colored paper isn't hard if you understand two key characteristics of your markers and colored pencils!

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The best thing about Marker Painting Basics classes is that they're NON SEQUENTIAL!

You don't need three months of experience to understand the concepts and techniques in this lesson.

Each class stands on it's own as an independent learning experience. No prior experience necessary!

You can join the class at any time without feeling lost. You can drop out when life gets hectic and rejoin when you're ready and you won't be behind. Every lesson is new to everyone, every month!

Happy coloring!

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Colored Pencil Plus: 12 Weeks from Beginner to Wow!

 
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Looking to add depth and artistry to your coloring?

Colored Pencil Plus is a new approach to adult coloring.

Actually, it's not all that revolutionary.

Colored Pencil Plus- 12 week online colored pencil course takes you from beginner to WOW! Learn artistic techniques with solvent-free methods. Begin a lifetime of artistic expression. | ColoredPencilPlus.com

Learn to use your colored pencils the way an artist would- with style, originality, and amazing depth & dimension. Colored Pencil Plus is a drastic change from adult coloring tutorials which lock you into using specific recipes and follow-the-leader style demonstrations.

No more copy-catting!

You can color independently with confidence.

You can get realism and artistic flair from your colored pencils.

You can learn to color like an artist!

Open Enrollment begins today!

And when you enroll, the first segment opens for you. Get started on your first project immediately.

The private discussion group is also open for lots of pre-class chatter.

Lesson feed starts Tuesday, September 26 and runs through December.

That's TWELVE weeks

SIXTEEN original digital stamps

And a ton of tips, techniques, and insider tricks to improve your coloring instincts!

Join anytime. Forever access. Work at your own pace.

Colored Pencil Plus- 12 week online colored pencil course takes you from beginner to WOW! Learn artistic techniques with solvent-free methods. Begin a lifetime of artistic expression. | ColoredPencilPlus.com

more than monkey-see, monkey-do coloring!

The goal is to help you understand your pencils from the basics up-- setting the foundation for a lifetime of creative self expression.

  • What supplies to purchase- what you really need, what's just fluffy extra stuff, and how to choose from the many brands available
  • How to hold your pencils- how to position your hand, arm, and body to make the most efficient and artistic strokes
  • How to begin your projects- eliminate the guesswork and the habit of recklessly charging in without a plan
  • How to fix a mistake- and how to move on if you can't fix the flaw
  • What order to apply colors- finding the method that's right for your brain
  • How to blend- and when not to blend
  • How to shape and layer objects- understanding dimension and space rather than worrying about lighting conditions
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Beginners welcome!

We start at the very beginning and by week #6, you'll be ready to add artistic touches and your own original voice to your projects.

Intermediate to advanced students will enjoy brushing up on their skills and learning a few new tricks. And because this course is 100% solvent free, you'll gain a new appreciation of color theory and layering. No more crutches, learn to let your colored pencils sing!

This course is ideal for:

  • beginners who are frustrated with their lack of growth using tutorials and "how to color a ______" videos
  • self taught colorers who feel as if they've missed the big secret to amazing coloring
  • unconfident colorers who still encounter problems with blending, shading, or developing convincing depth
  • frustrated colorers who struggle when coloring unfamiliar stamps
  • habitual colorers, stuck in a rut where every project looks the same
  • dreaming colorers who want to push beyond craft level coloring into creative and artistic self-expression

Early bird discount!

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Colored Pencil Plus is $350 for the full 12 week course.

That's $15 per lesson.

Easy pay in three monthly installments if you wish.

Sign up before midnight EST on September 30th to save!

for $50 off the one time payment,  click here.

For $15 off each monthly payment,  click here.

Join me for Colored Pencil Plus!

You're going to love your new outlook on color!

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