What’s the right way to hold a pencil?

What’s the right way to hold a pencil?

It’s time for real talk. I saw a meme online and can’t find it again.

Am I the only one whose feed loses the stuff that I want to see, and keeps sending the stuff I don’t???

The meme had 4 doodles of hands and each had a pencil – different ways to grip a pencil – and each one had labels.  What? There are names?? It was gone before I had time to stick it in my brain or screenshot it, so had to wait til I had a few minutes for research…..and thus I bring you…..NINE that I found.  Even more than the meme!

Video: What’s the right way to hold a pencil?

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

I still don’t know…

….if there’s a rhyme or reason behind my pinking and ring finger moving around at will. If I find out, I’ll let you know! The question will likely haunt my upcoming art for the next month or two, won’t it…

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I made my own memes

This one is a carousel-style, and will live over in the Tiny Tutorials class – where all my carousels are collected. It’s got about 150 of them, addressing all kinds of topics and mediums. And in there I’ve also collected videos that apply to the same! Sign up today. 

Which grip is yours?

I also made my own one-image meme that, aside from some weird finger drawings, has the more complete info I wish I had been able to find in the other meme. ;0)

Am I the only one who varies?

Do you swap around your tool-holding techniques? Within one piece, or do you swap it out based on the tool? Inquiring minds want to know…

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Inspiration: 8 Bokeh Backgrounds

Inspiration: 8 Bokeh Backgrounds

It’s Bokeh week in my world, and I revisited my bokeh project tutorials! I created more than I thought I had already done.

Tap on any photo to go see the tutorial!

Two Yellow Roses (plus ICYMI collection of social media bokeh posts)

3 Mediums to Create Realistic Bokeh Effect

Watercolor Bokeh Cherry Blossoms

Copic Airbrush Bokeh

Bokeh floral background in watercolor pencil

How to color Cherry Blossoms with Copic bokeh background

Copic Rose Garden

24 Tags of Christmas 2015: Colored Pencil and Ink Rainbow Bokeh Tags

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Inspiration: 60 Tutorials using My Favorite Things Stamps

Inspiration: 60 Tutorials using My Favorite Things Stamps

This is a LOT of stamping and coloring tutorials, and I have a feeling I missed a bunch along the way! I think you might say that yes I do LOVE creating with My Favorite Things!

I created guest posts monthly for them for a few years, that’s part of it – and I’ll miss it! I decided at the end of 2021 that it was time for me to step back and allow other folks the opportunity to join them and inspire us all. Make sure when you create amazing and beautiful art that you tag them on social media so they know you’re awesome – and join in their challenges too! I’d love to see someone else fill a coloring-focused spot there!

Scroll through the posts below….tap on any photo to go to the post with video tutorials!

Skunks….and chipmunks?

24 Tags of Christmas 2021 #1: Traditional Color Combos (Copic)

Coloring Christmas cards with Ballpoint Pen?

How to create a Monochromatic Dramatic Scene

Go from cartoony to realistic in Copic coloring animals

Simple stamp masking: a tree branch

Inked Blue Poppy Card – Glass Pen

Color a Rainy Day in Paris with colored pencils

Crafty Hack: Mask Stamps for Complex Scenes

No Line Coloring of Critters – Prismacolor

Christmas card: Cats on a cold winter porch

Watercolor mixing for skin tones

Coloring the Human Rainbow – in colored pencil!

Merry wishes: Color cute animals in Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils

Create contrast with Copic markers

Flying Dragon Card – Pantone 2020 Color of the Year

How to Color a Sweet Shop Scene

Draw your own Copic glitter

Gamsol and powdered pencil aerial scene (easy)

Magical Friends – Colored Pencil Shading for dimension

Sunshine!

The Simplest of Coloring

Celebrate!

Sweet Little Penguin Tag

Easy Stamped Gift Bags

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: Diorama Dog Tags

Misty Painted Poppies

Coloring Spooky Shadows on Desert Storm Cardstock

Fluttering Rainbow Dragonflies

Color a Cowgirl Card: Draw your own wagon!

Watercolor a stage for a dramatic lion!

Super simple scene with Aussie Animals

Watercolor Bird Wreath

No-line motion with pull-tab sentiment

No Line coloring: fuzzy bunnies!

Pet Themed Shaker Card – Easy watercolor

Halloween card: Witch way is the candy?

Coloring a Seagull Dock Scene (Mine Mine Mine Mine Mine)

Make a card that’s a colorable gift

Watercolor a greeting card with pirates

Peekaboo Mama-Baby Giraffe Card

DOUBLE interactive ninja warrior card

Doodle Coloring with Animal Stamps

Create a Bokeh Copic Watercolor Garden

Fixing my impatient mistakes in watercolor

Paper Doll Castle Card

Interactive Puppy Slider Cards

Medicine Cabinet Card

Color an Ice Fishing Pond

Blending and Shading Copic Markers

How to Draw and Watercolor Rocks

Pack up a coloring kit for summer travel

Painting animal stamps with Brusho

Three Marker Challenge

How to paint with Brusho on diecuts

Cats by a fence, Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils

Adventure Calls (Colored Pencil)

Monsters in the Mist

Stamps are no longer available but the video is still tons of fun:

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Inspiration: 192 holiday tags (48 videos!)

Inspiration: 192 holiday tags (48 videos!)

Oh my. That many? Yes it’s true! Since 2014 I’ve been making six tag videos each year, with four tags in each, to create my “24 tags of Christmas” series with a giveaway. They’re all collected here for you!

Note that the older ones…well, those don’t have products in stock anymore, though the ideas are still worthy. And as I’ve gone through them all, I’ve replaced supply list items with things I would recommend *now* as opposed to wayyy back then. Coz I’ve learned a thing or three!

Click on any picture to get to that tutorial!

24 Tags of Christmas 2021: Traditional Color Combos (Copic)

24 Tags of Christmas 2021 #2: Christmas Door Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2021: Paper Pieced Critter Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2021: Coloring Sloth Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2021: Brick Wall Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2021: Coloring Sprigs on Red Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2020: Forest Choir Tags 

24 Tags of Christmas 2020: Watercolor bunny tag

24 Tags of Christmas 2020: Multicolored Ink Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2020: Color Pop Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2020: White Pencil Lantern Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2020: Pencil Penguin Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2019: Festive Friends – Copic on Desert Storm

24 Tags of Christmas 2019: Santa’s face

24 Tags of Christmas 2019: Felt Sasquatch!

24 Tags of Christmas 2019: Copic Amaryllis

24 Tags of Christmas 2019: Painted Candle

24 Tags of Christmas 2019: Snow Animals

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: Distressed Coffee Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: Snowy Window Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: Painted Pinecone Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: Fuzzy Fox Tag

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: Embossed Layered Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2018: Diorama Dog Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2017: Puppy tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2017: Layered Fussycut Images

24 Tags of Christmas 2017: Heavenly Angels

24 Tags of Christmas 2017: Concertina tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2017: Penguin Slider Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2017: Simply Folksy Bears

24 Tags of Christmas 2016: Watercolor Tree Farm

24 Tags of Christmas 2016: Pencil Ice Skates

24 Tags of Christmas 2016: Easy Copic Matchbook Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2016: Brusho Lights

24 Tags of Christmas 2016: Shaker Dog Tag

24 Tags of Christmas 2016: Bunny Wishes

24 Tags of Christmas 2015: Zentangle Birds

24 Tags of Christmas 2015: Embossing a Scene

24 Tags of Christmas 2015: Shading Elves in Copic Marker

24 Tags of Christmas 2015: Colored Pencil Rainbow Bokeh Tags

24 Tags of Christmas 2015: Copic on wood

24 Tags of Christmas 2015: Watercolor Snow

24 Tags of Christmas 2014: Copic Faux Watercolor

24 Tags of Christmas 2014: Stamped Watercolor with Tombow markers

24 Tags of Christmas 2014: Glowing lights on Kraft paper (Matchbook tags)

24 Tags of Christmas of 2014: FineTec Mica Watercolors

24 Tags of Christmas 2014: Copic Monochromatic Night Scene

24 Tags of Christmas 2014: Watercolor Critters in Snow

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Inspiration: 13 Christmas nativity scene cards

Inspiration: 13 Christmas nativity scene cards

My collection of Christian-themed Christmas card colorings….hope they help you make the holiday blessed Click on any photo to go see the tutorial video.

Trifold nativity card – speed coloring, inktense pencil (stamp is on deep clearance as of Oct 2021)

Nativity circlet tags and cards

How to color vintage night scenes

Coloring a Copic night sky with lambs in Copic Marker

The Last Camel: Colored Pencil Nativity Card (Slimline)

Double blended light sources (Nativity card)

Pencil Sketching a Manger Scene – with stamps

Drawing the stable in Bethlehem in Copics

Animal Nativity Scene: Watercolor pencils on drawing paper

Nativity Christmas Cards with torn paper masking

Penguin Shepherds by Night – funny Christmas card

Nativity Mini TryFold Watercolor Christmas Card

Copic Coloring out a window: The View from The Inn

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Inspiration: 13+ Colored pencil advanced card tutorials

Inspiration: 13+ Colored pencil advanced card tutorials

Welcome to the collection of advanced Colored Pencil tutorials! These require a little more drawing skill – lots of fun, but if you want to take a drawing class to build up skills and confidence, I recommend either Drawing 101 or 30 Days to More Confident Sketching!

Click on any picture to go to the tutorial. Have fun!

Fall and winter scenes

Holiday Scene Week #2: Ice Rink in Polychromos Pencils

Drawing a Llama in Machu Picchu – colored pencil

Make a card the easy way? Or the hard way?

An Exercise in Shading

Color a rainy day in Paris

Drawing a tiki hut beach scene in colored pencil

Colored Pencil Christmas Tree Farm

Favorite paper and fixative for colored pencil

How to Color a Sweet Shop Scene

Color a water-filled glass vase

The last camel

Coloring a realistic bee – no line copic + pencil

Customize a Bird Stamp

Draw a Whimsical Jungle in colored pencil

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