Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pumpkin Face and Prismacolor Pencil Tutorial

I have been asked several times to do a tutorial sharing my shading with color technique, so here it is!

First however, please allow me to share with you the beautiful site where I received this image. It's called, Digital 2 For Tuesday. Cora does an amazing job with these images she scouts out. I hope you find a few moments to visit and use some of the FREE images she finds. 

And now...the TUTORIAL.
To do the coloring, I will use colored pencils and mineral spirits. First, I use my Prismacolor Pencils to lightly color in the images. You don't want to use much pressure, so you don't flatten the tooth of the paper. 

Next, I use a red or crimson pencil to shade. Again, tread lightly with the pencil. In total, I will use two pencils to shade: first the red, then the blue.**Tip:  I use these instead of a grey or black, as the color gives more depth and "life" to the images.

Here is the blue added. Use a dark blue, such as Cerulean.

Now that I have them shaded, I will use mineral spirits and a paper nub to bring out the color and get rid of the coloring lines. 

This is the fun part! Simply dip the  paper nub into the ms and color in circles over the separate parts of your image. Watch the color become simply brilliant!

At this point, I can see where I need to add more base color. I add the orange, green, etc and use more spirits to blend.

Here is the finished card.
I think I'll enter this in some challenges!
2.  Crafty Creations - Spooks
3.  Creative Belli Blog - Halloween (gold glitter I never use!)
15. Sassy Cheryl's Digi's - Trick or Treat Time
16. Tip Top Tuesday - halloween (**Tip: use color to shade instead of black or grey, to make your image more brilliant) See above tutorial.

I hope this is helpful. Please email me if you have any questions about this tutorial. Oh! and check my past posts for more examples of this technique... I use it alot!

Stay creative,


  1. AWESOME creation and technique my friend! Thanks SO MUCH for sharing your style with us ... fabulous tutorial (and will try it soon)!
    Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘HALLOWEEN’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. a lovely rich coloured card. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

  3. Great card showing your wonderful coloring technique. Thanks so much for the tutorial and also for joining us at the Belli Challenge. hugs, Pat K.xx

  4. Fabulous colouring and loved the tutorial. Very impressive. Thank you for sharing this with us at Diva's by Design.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  5. FAbulous Halloween card. Great shading with the pencils! Thanks for playings the DTC this week!

  6. This is a great Halloween card, I just love your image.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons.

  7. Great job with the pencils! well done! Thanks for Playing along with us this time at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, Samantha :0)

  8. I love the pumpkin image, beautifully coloured, Thanks so much for joining in our Halloween challenge at Paper Shelter this week
    Hugs Julie P

  9. Fun image! Thanks so much for playing along with the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge! GD Tracy

  10. Thanks for the tutorial! Fabulous card and I love the sentiment. Thank you for joining us at THE PAPER SHELTER CHALLENGE! Good luck and I hope we see more of your lovely work in our next challenge!

  11. What a beautiful card, great coloring.
    Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.

  12. Gorgeous coloring, you did a beautiful job on the pumpkin. I like the added sparkle. Fabulous!!!! Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.


  13. Beautiful coloring and great tutorial- tfs!
    So glad ou could join us this week for the Sassy Cheryl's challenge!


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