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:

  • 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

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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.

 

Week one gets you started right

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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.

 

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

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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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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.

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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!

always Open Enrollment!

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 the day you enroll and runs for 12 weeks.

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.

 
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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

 

Beginners welcome!

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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

 

Easy to start. Enroll anytime.

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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.

Questions?

Contact us at info@vanillaarts.com

Join me for Colored Pencil Plus!

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

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Beginner Copic Marker Coloring: Shading Yellows

 
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Do you hesitate to color with yellow?

A lot of people do.

In traditional Copic blending, most colorers have been taught to shade with a marker that is two to three digits higher than your main marker color.

So Y15 would be shaded with Y17 or Y18 and YR12 might be shaded with YR14 or YR15.

But anyone with at least one working eyeball can tell that this simply doesn't work for yellows and light oranges.

That's because there's more to shade than darkness.

Let me repeat that for you- there is more to shade than simply coloring something with a slightly darker marker.

When you step up a marker number in Copics, what you're getting is a more saturated version of the same color. Saturation refers to the strength or the value of a color. To put it in really simple terms- Y15 and Y17 are the same exact ink, the only difference is that Y15 has been "watered down" or diluted with more colorless blender solvent.

So a higher Copic is MORE saturated, meaning it has more pure ink color in the mixture.

 

But that's not how shade works

Shade is the opposite of saturation.

Shade is an area of DE-SATURATION.

Look at any object around you right now, it doesn't matter what thing you choose, it could be a pen, a mug, or your computer keyboard. All objects have areas of shade on them and all shade is color that has been de-saturated with gray.

The color in shady areas isn't darker, it's grayer.

I don't know why Copic teaches shading differently. I don't know why so many instructors teach students to saturate their shady areas rather than desaturate them.

And it's a complete mystery to me why so few people notice the problem.

Until they try coloring yellow...

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The shade version of yellow is not more yellow

I think a lot of people sense that something is wrong with the Copic system when they get to yellow. You can almost get away with shading blue with more blue or red with a darker red. But adding more yellow to yellow simply looks wrong.

So a lot of people avoid yellows all together.

And then there are the mud makers...

Every once in a while, I'll come across a tutorial or a project photo where the colorer has tried to find a solution to the yellow problem.

They'll try using a muddy yellow like Y28 or they'll try a browish yellow, like YR14.

And a very few, rebel kind of folks try adding warm grays to their yellow mixes.

All three of these solutions kill the sunshine. Your yellows get muddy instead of retaining that sense of joy and purity.

Yellow is a fragile color. It's tender. It can't withstand a lot of desaturation and still retain it's yellowishness.

 
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Join me for a class on yellow

My live beginner classes will learn to shade yellow with ease.

This is a lesson that works on everything from bananas to little baby ducklings.

You can shade yellow accurately and artistically without sacrificing its sunshiney, optimistic nature.

We're shading Y35 in class but I'll also demonstrate how the same technique works with several of the pure yellows.

This is an incredibly practical lesson... but it's a fun technique too!


 

Three May sessions:

Remember When Scrapbooking in Macomb, Michigan:

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Wednesday, May 10th from 1 to 3:30pm

Thursday, May 11th from 6 to 8:30pm

Lesson: Shading Tender Yellows

Stamp: Daffodils by Power Poppy

Medium: Copic Marker & Prismacolor Premier Pencils

Skill Level: Absolute beginners through intermediate colorers. No drawing skills necessary.

RSVP: Call 586.598.1810 to reserve your space or to order the class stamps or Copic Markers.

Bee Creative Retreat in Oxford, Michigan:

Wednesday, April 26th from 6:30 to 9:00pm

Same as above

RSVP: Purchase your space here. Sorry, no walk-ins.

 

Join me for a celebration of yellow

But hey, we can still make mud pies if you want! It'll just have to wait until after class.

 

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