Pencil Coloured Poinsetias

Pencil Coloured Poinsetias

Hi this is Debby and today I’m taking a
look at the Paper Rose STAMPtember exclusive for Simon Says Stamp.The Paper Rose STAMPtember
Collaboration set is entitled Poinsettia Border and has a lovely large Holiday floral border
image along with a couple of script sentiments and a bunch of coordinating greetings. I do so love to watercolour, but I recently
watercoloured a poinsettia for the Gina K STAMPtember exclusive and so I thought I’d
mix it up today and pull out my coloured pencils. I feel this image particularly suits coloured
pencils as there is room enough within the petals and leaves to add highlights and shading
and yet the design is nice and simple making it easy to get nice definition with the pencils. When I colour with pencils, I particularly
like to use Toned Gray paper from Strathmore. It is a lovely neutral which really allows
for the pencils colours to pop off the surface and also that surface is smooth which is great
for pencils too. I cut a piece of paper larger than I intended
using; roughly 6 inches by 4 and ¾ inches to allow me to trim the panel down later to
fit a card base. I aligned the Poinsettia Border image in the
Misti and stamped in clear embossing ink. This is a sticky ink which leaves a tone on
tone impression which is perfect for colouring to give a no-line look. The ink gives enough
of an impression to guide the colouring but will disappear as the pencil is added. I chose a few pencils to work with – a white,
light pink, red, deeper red and black for the petals and then I’ll use the white again
along with a light and darker green for the leaves. I also have a yellow for the centre
of the flowers and a cream and brown, although I didn’t end up using the cream. With an image such as this, there is a lot
of repetition in the colouring process. Once you’ve worked out how to colour one petal
or leaf then the rest is just a repeat of that. So rather than include all the footage,
but have to speed it up to fit it into a decent length of video, instead, I’ll include a
few of the elements but at real time speed. For reference, in total, which included rummaging
around for what patterned paper I wanted to pair the image with etc, in total this card
took me two hours to make. When colouring any image I like to think first
about the highlights and shadows. Being deeper in colour, the shadows are easy to add at
the end, you can just keep adding deeper, darker colours. However, with highlights,
it is all too easy to loose the highlights as you add colour and it is very difficult
to bring those back once you’ve lost them. And so I like to start colouring with pencils
by marking out the highlights and then bringing in the other colours. For this I used the
white pencil which I need to get a new one as it is getting really short now. Without
doubt, the white pencil is the one I use the most of. So having got the highlight areas blocked
in with white pencil I then worked from my lightest shade to my darkest and back again.
So starting with the light pink and laying down colour with gentle pressure of the pencil.
Then coming in with the red followed by the deeper red. To get the really deep shadows
where the petals meet the centre of the flower, for there I added a little black then I work
my way back through the colours – dark red, red, light pink, white, all the time slowly
building the colours and keeping in mind the shadows and highlights to bring the impression
of dimension. As you colour with pencils, you get little
bits of pencil dust gathering and the easiest way to get rid of these and to keep your project
clean is with a soft brush such as a Perfect Pearls brush from Ranger. I use that regularly
during the colouring process to sweep away and excess pencil particles. One other thing I do regularly while colouring
is to sharpen my pencils. I’d colour two or three petals and then sharpen all the leads
before continuing. Having a sharp pencil means that when you
go in and add shadows or outline a shape, then you are going to get a nice clean line
when doing so. I go backwards and forwards with my colours
slowly increasing the areas of the shadows and blending in the areas of highlights until
eventually I am happy. If you are unsure where to add shadows and highlights, then your best
bet is to google image search the flower. When I did so for poinsettias, my screen was
filled with a wide range of images to look at and in looking at how the flowers and leaves
grow, I noticed that the veins of the petals and leaves are normally deeper set and so
in shadow. However, with some plants the veins stick out more and catch the light and therefore,
those veins would be lighter than their surroundings, but on poinsettias the body of the petal swells
from the veins and so it is the body which catches the light and the veins are deeper
in colour and more shadowed. So with my colouring, I used some of the deeper reds along the line
of the vein. It is a small detail, but I think the closer to reality the colouring is the
more the viewer connects with the image. So with one part of a petal coloured in real
time and one sped up slightly, I then repeated the process for all the other petals. Now
I’m adding a pop of yellow to the centre of the flower. I’m outlining each of the
circles within the centre with yellow then adding a touch of white to the centre of a
few of the circles. To add more definition I then added a fine line of brown around the
base of the circles which helps the yellow stand out. I repeated the colouring process for the two
smaller poinsettias on either side of the focal flower. The only thing to think about
here is that the images are smaller, therefore you won’t be able to get as much variation
in from shadows to highlights in the reduced space. Also because the flowers are drawn
as being set back from the focal flower, they would naturally be in more shade and so I
kept the highlights smaller and used more shadow colours. Moving on to the leaves and I blocked out
a few highlights in white. The leaves of the mistletoe are relatively small and skinny
and so I kept the highlights small too. I used the same method of colouring the leaves
as I did for the petals, I just mixed up the colours  – so starting with a light green
and then adding depth with a darker green and finally some deeper shadows in brown which
extend from the stem of the mistletoe. Again, I go backwards and forwards through the colours
until I’m happy with the shading and blending of the colours. Really, this is my method
for any kind of colouring be it pencils or watercolour or Copic marker – start light
and slowly add in more depth. It is easier to add more depth and colour than it ever
is to take it away. For the berries, I coloured those in white
with a brown tip and lightly outlined them in brown for more definition. I then repeated the process for the remaining
leaves and berries. Finally, I went around the whole of the image
with a grey pencil to add a touch of shading and really make the focal point pop from the
background. The Poinsettia Border set has lots of sentiments
to choose from – two script sentiments and then a bunch of coordinating ones too. I chose
the Merry & Bright greeting and was undecided whether to have the sentiment above the focal
image or below it. Eventually, I decided to keep the image the way I had coloured it and
have the sentiment above. I placed the greeting in the Misti and treated the paper with an
embossing buddy before I stamped the greeting in clear embossing ink. This is a sticky ink
which stays wet for a while and gives enough time to sprinkle on top an embossing powder,
which then sticks to the ink. I then melted the embossing powder with a pre-heated heat
tool. Having the heat tool already hot means the embossing powder melts quickly and there’s
less chance of the paper warping. I added a striped patterned paper to a white
card base leaving a small white border showing at the top and bottom. I then trimmed the
coloured piece and added a strip of polka dot patterned paper to the lower edge. I added
foam adhesive to the back and then adhered this panel over the striped paper. At this point I decided to make the highlights
on the berries and centre of the poinsettia brighter by adding a touch of white gouache
with a paint brush. It is difficult to see the difference this makes on camera but in
real life those white highlights really pop. Finally, I decided to add one of the coordinating
greetings from the set. I stamped the sentiment in clear embossing ink on black card and sprinkled
with white embossing powder before heat setting. I then trimmed the piece to a skinny banner
and used Gina K Connect glue to adhere it to the card. And that completes my look at this latest
STAMPtember exclusive from Paper Rose. The Poinsettia Border is a fun image to colour
whatever your favourite colouring media.I’ll leave links in the YouTube description below
to the products that I’ve used today as well as a link to the co-ordinating blog post over
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19 thoughts on “Pencil Coloured Poinsetias

  1. Outstanding! Your pencil coloring is the best I've seen! Thank you for the tip of using the light gray card stock. Which pencil sharpener do you use?

  2. There is an extender for pencils I’ve seen on other tutorials to put pencils in when they get smaller…not sure what it’s called…..but it sure looks useful…
    Beautiful card….thanks for all the information it is so helpful

  3. Really beautiful Debby. Love the way you coloured this. Thank you for the amazing demonstration using pencils. Your work is always outstanding.

  4. Well done! Such talent! I enjoyed your video on the watercolor poinsettia as well. (Colored pencils are my favorite!) Thank you for sharing your artistic abilities with us!

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