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

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 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

Light My Way

Light My Way

Tutorial: Light My Way

Instructor: Patsy Deal

Instruction Type: Step by Step Video

Courseware: Colored Pencil Club 3

Medium: Prismacolor Premier

Surface: Stonehenge Cream

Size: 17x22cm

Hours: Approximately 50 hours

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

This is the first tutorial I ever finished. I found it a lot of fun and because you use the texture of the paper to make the image look rougher and older, it took the pressure off and was so much fun to work with.

Patsy Deal does an extremely good job of teaching her way through this 34 video tutorial. In the beginning she gives you the option of doing the globes in two different ways which was really good to see. Along the way you get to see her adjust things and change things and this was much better than seeing the “perfect” tutorial. You learn so much more from seeing how to fix things or adjust things as you go along.

This tutorial is part of a collection of 23 tutorials that are available for 12 months – October 2016 to October 2017. Based on this first one they are definitely worth the cost. I am looking forward to completing my next project with this team of wonderful artists.

Things I discovered:

Stonehenge spots - Light My Way

Stonehenge Paper: I don’t think I like Stonehenge paper, unless it works better with an OMS. The blue lantern I attacked with a heavy hand, probably too heavy for the “oldness” of the piece, and expected the lantern to stay beautifully rich and shiny. Instead after a day or so, I found pieces of the Stonehenge paper showing through…. Great for this project, but not for anything you want to be pristine metallic. Its something I will be considering before choosing this paper again.

Magic Tape: Scotch Magic Tape is supposed to be easy removal tape, however, because this project took me quite a few weeks to complete, it pulled up pieces of the paper as it was removed. Luckily it did not pull anything from the image itself, but it definitely shredded  the paper around the edges (where it wouldn’t be seen if you framed it). This could possibly be a fault of the stonehenge paper rather than the tape also, but only time and experimentation will tell.

Provided Line Drawings: Always, Always check the provided line drawings against the finished image of the project you are going to be completing. Things are not always the same, and this can become frustrating during the learning process. In this case, the shoe is different, and several other bits and pieces needed adjusting along the way also.

What do I think of my final image? This is my 5th coloured pencil piece, but the first one I have completely finished (others coming soon).  I am happy with the outcome, though I know there is so much more I could improve. I am pretty heavy handed with the pencils, but adjusting to suit a lighter hand I think is not going to happen for me no matter how hard I try (I think I’m too impatient). So instead I try to adjust the outcome to suit my hand. My final piece is different in a lot of areas from the original, but I still like it.

Would I recommend this tutorial to absolute beginners? Yes, though you might want to complete some basic tutorials first on blending and the use of colored pencils. The videos turn this intermediate project into something a beginner can follow quit easily. The tutorial contains lots of tiny areas, lots of details and lots of blending, but being able to see it done makes it so much easier.

Light My Way Video Tutorial by Patsy Deal, Colored Pencils Club - completed by Kim Holden

Light My Way Video Tutorial by Patsy Deal, Colored Pencils Club – completed by Kim Holden

Copics in Use

Copics in Use

The best way to learn what Copics are all about is to watch them in actions… These are some of my favourite copic artists in action…

This is the best Copics “What is it all about” video that I have ever seen

To see more from Marianne, visit her blog at

Please feel free to leave your own opinion about Copic Markers below in the comments. I would love to hear what you all think of them also.

Coloured Pencil Publications

Coloured Pencil Publications

There are so many wonderful publications available now to help the beginner Coloured Pencil Artist, it would be impossible to purchase and list them all. These are the ones that I personally own, or have purchased tutorials from, so I can vouch for their wonderful content.

PDF Kits and Tutorials


Ebooks and Print Books

Books by Author

Ann Kullberg


Amy Lindenberger
Cynthia Knox
Gary Greene
Gemma Gylling
  • CP Cats –  (this is one of my favourites)
Janie Gildow
Kaaren Poole
Kristy Kutch
Lee Hammond
Various Artists


Please feel free to leave other publication suggestions and reviews below in the comments. I would love to hear what you all think of them also.