Tutorial: Cherry Blossom
Instructor: Cynthia Knox
Instruction Type: Book Tutorial
Courseware: CP Florals
Medium: Prismacolor Premier
Surface: I chose to try PastelMat
Hours: Approximately 16-20 hours
CP Florals is an absolutely gorgeous book with lots of stunning tutorials. They are written with easy step by step instructions by the lovely Cynthia Knox. There are 15 beautiful florals to create in all.
I chose to try PastelMat for the first project in the book because a lot of people said it was a great surface. For the background I found it wonderful. It is easy to layer and blend colours on, however, this is another surface where you would need to use an OMS. After a short while, no matter how many layers you put on, little white spots start showing through again.
For the flower itself, I had problems (learner problems) with the blending of the colours. On the pastelmat they don’t seem to want to stay where you put them, and because of this I layered many times and ended up running out of layers. I then tried workable fixative which worked well to seal the project, but when I started the last layer trying to deepen the colours and blend a bit more, I found that the pencil went on really streaky and there was nothing I could do to fix it.
Things I discovered:
PastelMat: Like the stonehenge paper, little white spots started showing up no matter how many layers I put down. Definitely need to use an OMS for this surface.
What do I think of my final image? I am a little disappointed with myself, and I would like to go back and do this one again on another surface. Though it looks great when held up at a distance, up close it really doesn’t look nice at all.
Would I recommend this tutorial to absolute beginners? This is an intermediate project with lots of blending and detail. I have played with my pencils for 10 months now and find the level of blending required to be quite hard. I would suggest watching Cynthia Knox’s video tutorial Vivid Flowers in Colored Pencil from Craftsy.com which will make the written instructions easier to follow. The book is definitely worth getting even if you have done no other pencil work, just reading it will give you a great knowledge level of how a coloured pencil project comes together on different surfaces with different colours. It also includes glass, pottery, wood and other surfaces to render. Definitely worth getting!