Coloured Pencil Labels

Coloured Pencil Labels

During my time on the Coloured Pencil groups I have heard so many people complain about the branding and name of the pencils being stamped in golds and silvers… extremely hard to read in some lights, very small and when you are trying to find a colour in the wee hours of the morning…. almost an impossible task. Because of this I have created pencil labels. Print them out on a large A4 delivery label, cut them apart and stick them on. So much easier! 🙂

Coloured Pencil Labels

Coloured Pencil Labels

 

Choose the pencil brand you wish to print labels for below:

Caran D’Ache Luminance

Caran D’Ache Museum

Caran D’Ache Pablos

Caran D’Ache Supracolor II

Caran D’Ache Neocolor II

Faber Castell Polychromos-Albrecht Durer

Prismacolor Premier

Prismacolor Verithin

Prismacolor Col-erase

Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor

Lyra Aquarelle

Derwent Inktense

Derwent Coloursoft

Derwent Watercolour

Tombow Irojiten

Koh I Noor Polycolor

Cretacolor Karmina

Blick Studio

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

Tutorial: Cherry Blossom

Instructor: Cynthia Knox

Instruction Type: Book Tutorial

Courseware: CP Florals
http://annkullberg.com/collections/books-more/products/cp-florals

Medium: Prismacolor Premier

Surface: I chose to try PastelMat

Size: 11x15cm

Hours: Approximately 16-20 hours

Level: Intermediate

CP Florals by Cynthia Knox

CP Florals by Cynthia Knox

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!

Cherry Blossom Tutorial, CP Florals, Cynthia Knox - created by Kim Holden

Cherry Blossom Tutorial, CP Florals, Cynthia Knox – created by Kim Holden

Colour Cards

Colour Cards

Make your own Colour Cards with the free excel spreadsheet templates below:

 

artistgrade

Caran D’Ache Luminance

Caran D’Ache Pablo

Faber Castell Polychromos

Prismacolor Premier

Prismacolor Verithin

Tombow Irojiten

Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor

Derwent Colorsoft

Derwent Artists

Koh I Noor Polycolor

Blick Studio

Cretacolor Karmina

 

Student Grade

Prismacolor Col-Erase

 

watercolour

Faber Castell Albrecht Durer

Caran DÁche Supracolor

Caran Dache Neocolor II

Caran Dache Museum

Derwent Inktense

Lyra Aquarelle

 

Blank Colour Cards

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Full Step by Step Instructions can be found in my Color Card Article in the November 2016 Issue of the Colored Pencil Magazine!

Colored Pencil Magazine November 2016

Looking for labels for your pencils to make the name easier to see? Grab your free templates here

Coloured Pencil Labels

Coloured Pencil Labels

If you find any mistakes, or if you would like a template for another brand of pencil, please leave a message below.

Thanks!