Creating Motion in colored pencil

Creating Motion in colored pencil

 When I saw this little skating snowman, I wanted to make the lights really fly as he soared across the ice, and found a super easy way to create the motion.

Video

The colors, as promised (Prismacolor):

Another of the image stamps, colored as a no-line picture…with gobs of snow:

And this was colored earlier in the season, but with the same set….background sky uses the powdered pencil technique from Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class:

Supplies

Some product may be provided by manufacturers for review and use. Compensated affiliate links are here at no cost to you. If you choose to shop using my EH (Ellen Hutson) links, please accept cookies on that site in order to retain the link to my blog, or that compensation does not happen for me. I appreciate your support of my work with your purchases! Full affiliate and product disclosure | My trusted partners in art

Colored Pencil Christmas Tree Farm

Colored Pencil Christmas Tree Farm

I’ve always bought my tree at the local boy’s club lot…mostly because, well, those trees have already been killed, and going to a farm seems like maybe I’d be picking a tree that might still be breathing come next Christmas. But….the idea of going to cut down my own tree is a romantic dream nonetheless! I thought it might be fun to show you how to draw a freshly cut Christmas tree using these little stamps from Purple Onion in the new release.

Video

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

POLYCHROMOS PENCIL COLORS: 283, 223, 174, 180, 275, 146

The sentiment is inside because this is so sweet I wanted to leave it as is!

Note that bunny had to lean down to drive the tractor – and his butt hangs off the back of the seat. LOL.

Supplies

Some product may be provided by manufacturers for review and use. Compensated affiliate links are here at no cost to you. If you choose to shop using my EH (Ellen Hutson) links, please accept cookies on that site in order to retain the link to my blog, or that compensation does not happen for me. I appreciate your support of my work with your purchases! Full affiliate and product disclosure | My trusted partners in art

Purple Penguin Pair in Prismacolor Pencil

Purple Penguin Pair in Prismacolor Pencil

Wheee! I’ve apparently fallen in love with penguins…because I discovered I’ve picked up a ton of penguin stamps this year! I decided to combine them in one big ol’ week full of penguin cards – I hope my penguin-loving friends will enjoy the stamps, and my technique-loving friends will enjoy learning too!

This little pair of penguins are good for SO many seasons of cards. Of course for Christmas. But how about a loveydovey card for Valentine’s Day too? Put a balloon in a flipper and it’s a birthday card! Especially if you color with crazy fun colors like I did here!

Video

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The colors used…..though I encourage you to play with all sorts of fun colors! Students in Colored Pencil Jumpstart should pull out a testing chart and see what might work!

Don’t forget that putting down pencil THEN erasing can have some interesting effects!

Supplies

Some product may be provided by manufacturers for review and use. Compensated affiliate links are here at no cost to you. If you choose to shop using my EH (Ellen Hutson) links, please accept cookies on that site in order to retain the link to my blog, or that compensation does not happen for me. I appreciate your support of my work with your purchases! Full affiliate and product disclosure | My trusted partners in art

Alpaca Pile-On card

Alpaca Pile-On card

Happy birthday to Sunny Studio Stamps! Wheeee! These little alpacas were so excited they decided to pile-on and get the whole gang together – ha! And as I look at it now – this could be a birthday OR a Christmas card, eh? Double duty!

Video

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Prismacolor pencils used:

Finishing the card meant adding strips of black behind the left and right sides, popping that whole panel on dimensional adhesive, then stamping “wishes” on the white, and “warm and cozy” on black with Versarmark then adding white embossing powder.

Just for fun, a more traditional Christmas colorway….but same design! Once you stamp something like this, you may want to scan it and save it to print again. (Use this only for yourself, you can’t share something like that without violating copyright.)

Supplies

Some product may be provided by manufacturers for review and use. Compensated affiliate links are here at no cost to you. If you choose to shop using my EH (Ellen Hutson) links, please accept cookies on that site in order to retain the link to my blog, or that compensation does not happen for me. I appreciate your support of my work with your purchases! Full affiliate and product disclosure | My trusted partners in art

Why mask? To connecting stamps for scenes!

Why mask? To connecting stamps for scenes!

Lots of folks email to ask how I think through stamping a scene – so I thought I might start a little series over time to chat about design a bit. This cute set of gnomes from Sunny Studio were so cute – they took a long time to color which would make a crazy-long video, but they’re perfect for talking about setting up stamps for little vignette scenes!

Video

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

This little seated gnome has a bird friend who has just alighted on the ground next to him; the bird’s presence only half on the card indicates the scene continues off to the left. The band of color on the right is on the card base, created with a technique from the Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class

This little nut-bearing gnome walks forward from his pumpkin house and mushroom ‘trees.’

A horizon line can connect disconnected stamps – the only masking here was a post it note covering the base of the mushroom.

And of course the little girl gnome’s scene was entirely transformed in the before and after!

Supplies

Some product may be provided by manufacturers for review and use. Compensated affiliate links are here at no cost to you. If you choose to shop using my EH (Ellen Hutson) links, please accept cookies on that site in order to retain the link to my blog, or that compensation does not happen for me. I appreciate your support of my work with your purchases! Full affiliate and product disclosure | My trusted partners in art

How to color a Vintage Hydrangea

How to color a Vintage Hydrangea

It’s been so much fun to feel like I can dive into more colored pencil pieces here on the blog; they require me to speed things up since pencil takes longer, but now that I know you can get lots of education in the Colored Pencil Jumpstart Class, I don’t feel guilty for all the speed!

These hydrangeas are fall/post-season color. Different ones turn different colors but I love the ones that get golden and purple and look so vintage! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Supplies

Some product may be provided by manufacturers for review and use. Compensated affiliate links are here at no cost to you. If you choose to shop using my EH (Ellen Hutson) links, please accept cookies on that site in order to retain the link to my blog, or that compensation does not happen for me. I appreciate your support of my work with your purchases! Full affiliate and product disclosure | My trusted partners in art