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Friday, March 7, 2014

International Craft Month: Drawing With Colored Pencils

Do you remember the fun time, as a child, when you were given a new box of colored pencils and paper?  Drawing is a fun crafty activity that can be used for not only creating wall art, or greeting cards, but also drawing on fabric.  This is an area I'm personal not confident with, but I do enjoy and would like to learn more.  As such, I was delighted to learn about a new class on Craftsy.  And, given this is National Craft Month (SewCalGal prefers to call it International Craft Month), I wanted to share insights today on a new class at Craftsy....especially while it is on sale too!

Drawing with Colored Pencils, with Lisa Dinhofer



Class Description:
Easily create endless colors and beautifully realistic artwork with this affordable, transportable medium!  Artist Lisa Dinhofer guides you through burnishing and blending for seamless surfaces and using solvent to create a soft-focus wash effect.  Quickly conquer erasing, scraping and embossing techniques to add texture and dimension to your work and dive into various methods of masking to keep your borders pristine and preseve lifelike highlights.  Harness the full potential of your pencils with a still-life rendering, and establish value and atmospheric depth through strategic placement of warm and cool colors.  Explore your creative instincts with colored pencil and gain the confidence to create expressive, exuberant works of art!




Lesson 1. Introduction (9:35) 



Lesson 2. Reference Grids (20:33) 

Use six warm colors and six cool colors to create a reference grid.  Learn how your pigments respond to a variety of treatments.

  


Lesson 3. Color Mixing Grid (19:35)

Be amazed how many different colors you can create with 12 colored pencils, a white pencil and a blend pencil.  In this lesson you learn about color mixing and gain a new appreciation for the medium's versatility. 



Lesson 4. Masking, Scraping, Erasing & Embossing  (17:17)

Learn tips for keeping your borders pristine and the white of your paper clean, by using masking and framing with a variety of techniques.  You'll also learn about erasing and scraping in your work to fix mistakes or to create an element of design, as well as see how embossing can add texture to your drawing.


Lesson 5. Layering & Washes (18:19)

Learn tips for keeping your borders pristine and the white of your paper clean, by using masking and framing with a variety of techniques.  You'll also learn about erasing and scraping in your work to fix mistakes or to create an element of design, as well as see how embossing can add texture to your drawing.


Lesson 6. Warm & Cool Color Projects  (13:23)

Learn how to layer your colors for depth of color, as well as how to use washes with water-based pencil pigments to create a smooth effect.  

Of course, I hope you'll join me and celebrate International Craft Month and take this "Drawing With Colored Pencils" class with me.  I'm certainly looking forward to it.  And, I love how classes at Craftsy are flexible.  If we don't have time to start or finish this class now, we can do so whenever our schedule allows.  Maybe you'll want to pack your colored pencils and do some drawing during Spring Break, Family Night, or with a cup of hot tea and some relaxing time for you!  

I'm also curious if you have a favorite class at Craftsy or a particular class on your wish list?  I've certainly enjoyed a variety of classes at Craftsy, but always looking for recommendations on what else I should take.  





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3 comments:

Rebecca Grace said...

I've never taken a Craftsy class before, but I'm so glad you posted about this one! My mom has been doing oil painting with my sons on Sunday afternoons for several years, but she's putting her house on the market and all of those messy supplies are boxed up and put away for now. My kids already have full sets of the Pigma colored pencils, and I think they will really enjoy learning more advanced techniques for using them with their Grammy. Thank you!

Jezibels ~ sproutbabysprout.blogspot.com said...

I would love to take a craftsy class, a dewing or machine quilting class would be wonderful. What joy it is to open a new box of colored pencils! I would use them to sketch out my garden!

Brenda said...

Will have to check this out. Have been using colored pencils and crayons on fabric for longer than I can remember. Talked my sister into giving me a set of 120 Prismacolor pencil for my birthday a few years ago. But a lot of the techniques you talk about are new to me.