Happy Mondo Monday…I hope it’s a mondo great day for you! I thought I would throw a curve ball in everyone’s expectations and work on colored pencil flowers instead of a Copic video today. Hope you don’t mind!

Colored Pencil Flowers

Since it’s Magical Monday, I don’t explain my technique in the video, though you can certainly see it. I colored this on Neenah Cardstock with Prismacolors, though softer papers are a bit preferable for me; I use an extremely sharp pencil and fill in all the little spots between pencil lines in layers – to create a smooth blend. One layer of the flower went from dark colors outside to light inside, and the other layer was in the reverse.

Read more below about my technique and some colored pencil flowers tips…but first, watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

How to properly sharpen a colored pencil

I find that I do go through more Prismacolors with my sharp-pencil technique, but it’s worth it to me for the look I get. A lot of the illustrations I used to do a lot of (you can see some HERE) use the same technique. I use THIS sharpener, but it’s a bit high in price – there are a bunch HERE, and the Xacto Sharpener HERE is a fraction of the price of mine and really good. I found a great tutorial video at the bottom of THIS PAGE on how to properly sharpen a pencil. Who’d a thunk there was so much to say about the topic? Great info though!

And guess what? I discovered you can buy pencils one-at-a-time at Dick Blick instead of sets that have colors you’ll never use. Or replacements for that one that you wore down to a nub! Cool beans eh? (Did you notice how small some of mine got?! I need a new Raspberry!) What I used on today’s flower: Spanish OrangeOrangeRaspberryViolet and Violet Blue.

Sandy Allnock Magical Monday Mondo Magnolia 2

I wanted my card to be CAS to show off all the labor of love on the flower – so I simply popped it with THIS, added a sentiment from the same Mondo Magnolia stamp set (in THIS ink)…and added tone on tone Glossy Accents hearts and dots around the sentiment, along with on the dark flower centers bits.Sandy Allnock Magical Monday Mondo Magnolia 3

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Colored pencil flowers are a great way to kick off May – so I hope you pick up this set and color it with something amazing. With it being such a big open flower, there are tons of ways to do it! (I’m pondering zentangle!)

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