Welcome to my
World of Colour….

Coloured Pencils

I am so happy you are here. Join me on my journey back into the artistic side of life so we can learn and explore together. As a young girl I was very artistic, but like many I lost the time and motivation to keep it up once I got married, had kids, got divorced, raised kids on my own etc etc… Similar stories to a lot of people my age…

in the past 12 months or so I started trawling the web trying to find what it was I wanted to do – I knew I wanted to create, but I had no idea what I wanted to do (and still don’t to some degree!). I watched many videos, viewed lots of tutorials, joined lots of groups and watched lots of other people creating amazing artworks using many different styles and mediums. It wasn’t until I stumbled across Karen Hull’s website (http://www.karenhullart.com) that my interest was finally peaked enough for me to start seriously looking into a medium that grabbed my attention…. Coloured Pencils. No I don’t mean the Adult Colouring Book craze that is setting the world afire at the moment (though I must admit I have purchased many of the beautiful books out there as inspiration and for downtime play). What really grabbed my attention was the Fine Art side of coloured pencils.

If you don’t know what I mean by that, then visit the following websites just to name a few:

http;//www.karenhullart.com

http://www.karinasfineart.com

http://www.annkullberg.com

http://www.cynthiaknox.com

http://www.michelleripariart.com

Wow, these ladies are so inspirational and so talented they take my breath away! There are now so many more talented coloured pencil artists out there too and I will be adding them to posts as I go. It is a fast growing more recognised artform now and I believe it will continue to be so until it is on the same level as pastels, acrylics and oils. There are many more artists and beginners taking up this form of artwork on a daily basis – it’s so exciting to see it growing and be a part of it!

 

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This medium attracted me because of its versatility and ease of setup. I mean how much easier can it get than just picking up a pencil right?!? Well its definitely not that simple because there is so much to learn, but it is so much easier to learn all the techniques because you can practice anywhere. There’s no messy setup or cleanup and you can simply grab your pencil case on the way out the door. Did I mention it is non-toxic too? There are so many positives!

copicsAlong the way I also discovered the fun of Copics and I joined a fantastic tutorial group called Kit and Clowder. I am so inspired by the cute images they create and the fantastic cards they make with them that I couldn’t help but get involved in this too. I have spent countless hours watching videos and tutorials by the likes of Sandy Allnock, and many others as well, and now want to venture into this world of creativity as well. Copics are quite expensive so I am slowly getting my kit together ready to start on this artistic adventure. I have purchased myself a Brother Scan n Cut 2 so I am all ready to learn all about card making as well!

My camera is also a big part of my creative adventure, taking my own reference images is going to be a way to get me outside of my craftroom, and into the area of unique references (I hope).

fabriano_artistico_xlgThe past 12 months I have spent purely in the discovery of what I want to achieve, and in the collection of all the right tools I need to achieve my goals. Believe me, coloured pencil art is not as cheap as it sounds when you get into the top quality artists pencils such as Caran D’ache Luminance, Faber Castell Polychromos and Prismacolor Premiers, just to name a few. Then there are all the different types of surfaces you can use such as Fabriano Artistico, Pastel Mat, Suede Board, Drafting Film, Stonehenge and so many more! Then theres Copics (definitely not cheap!), copic card, scan and cut etc etc etc! The list goes on and on and once you are hooked, you will find it will be ongoing because it is so much fun to experiment.

The aim of my website is to pass on what I learn, to share the tips and tricks that I find, and to share my thoughts on the different mediums, tutorials, magazines etc that are on offer. I hope this site will make your journey and choices much quicker and easier than mine were 🙂

I hope you will join me so we can play, explore and create together!

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oh PS this website is also another learning journey, so I hope you can forgive any mistakes and clunky images until I get the hang of it all 😉