Once in a while I have a crazy idea – like replicating a fine art piece on a card – so let’s visit Van Gogh for today’s inspiration! 

I wanted to see if I could replicate the look of Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting below – it’s always intrigued me with its textures and swirling colors, and it seemed perfect for these little bears to look out over that kind of scene: 

Starry Night by VanGogh 


Sandy Allnock - Starry Night Inktense Pencils



Wasn’t that crazy fun? I love how the pencil gets all soft when it’s on water….so cool.  The Inktense Pencil colors I used: Felt Green 1530, Sienna Gold 0240, Tangerine 0300, Tan 1720, Sea Blue 1200,  Sun Yellow 0200, Charcoal Grey 2100, and Ink Black 2200.

Sandy Allnock - Starry Night Inktense Pencils


Inktense Pencil Color Lists

See the chart below for swatches of all the colors. There’s no easy answer to tell you which set to buy “first” except the 72…there’s a very common list in EACH set, so if you start with a small one, you’ll end up with duplicates.

 Set of 12: Sun Yellow, Tangerine, Poppy Red, Fuchsia, Deep Indigo, Sea Blue, Teal Green, Apple Green, Leaf Green, Baked Earth, Bark, and Ink Black.

 Set of 24: Sherbet Lemon, Sun Yellow, Tangerine, Poppy Red, Chili Red, Shiraz, Fuchsia, Violet, Iris Blue, Bright Blue, Deep Indigo, Sea Blue, Teal Green, Apple Green, Field Green, Leaf Green, Mustard, Baked Earth, Willow, Bark, Charcoal Grey, Black, Antique White and a non-soluble Inktense Outliner.

 Set of 36: Sherbet Lemon, Sun Yellow, Sienna Gold, Tangerine, Poppy Red, Cherry, Chili Red, Shiraz, Fuchsia, Red Violet, Mauve, Violet, Iris Blue, Bright Blue, Deep Indigo, Peacock Blue, Iron Blue, Sea Blue, Teal Green, Apple Green, Field Green, Leaf Green, Iron Green, Ionian Green, Felt Green, Tan, Saddle Brown, Indian ink, Mustard, Baked Earth, Willow, Bark, Charcoal Gray, Black, Antique White and a non-soluble Inktense Outliner.

 Set of 72: Sherbet Lemon, Sun Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Sicilian Yellow, Golden Yellow, Sienna Gold, Tangerine, Cadmium Orange, Burnt Orange, Poppy Red, Chili Red, Cherry, Shiraz, Red Violet, Fuchsia, Mid Vermilion, Scarlet Pink, Hot Red, Carmine Pink, Crimson, Deep Rose, Mauve, Thistle, Violet, Dusky Purple, Dark Purple, Deep Violet, Lagoon, Navy Blue, Deep Blue, Peacock Blue, Iron Blue, Iris Blue, Bright Blue, Deep Indigo, Sea Blue, Teal Green, Dark Aquamarine, Green Aquamarine, Mallard Green, Vivid Green, Beech Green, Hooker’s Green, Light Olive, Spring Green, Fern, Iron Green, Ionian Green, Apple Green, Field Green, Felt Green, Leaf Green, Amber, Oak, Red Oxide, Madder Brown, Dark Oak, Mustard, Tan, Saddle Brown, Baked Earth, Willow, Bark, Indian Ink, Sepia Ink, Chinese Ink, Payne’s Gray, Neutral Gray, Charcoal Gray, Ink Black, Antique White, and a non-soluble Inktense Outliner.




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  1. Sandy Carroll

    Love your beautiful card. All of your cards are fantastic. You are a great artist! As for other great artists, I like Thomas Hart Benton. Years ago I was a tour guide in the Mo. capital bldg. There are some really cool murals there, which I got to interpret for visitors.

  2. Roxana

    Oh my goodness Sandy! Your take on Starry Night is just amazing!!!!! One of my favorite of all times is Da Vinci.

  3. Emilly M.

    I love Monet…..the colours are fabulous!

  4. craftybarb

    Oh my word, Sandy! What a wonderful job you did on this one! I actually have two favorites when it comes to famous artists. I’m a BIG fan of both, Monet and Renoir. I love their Impressionist style. Recently, I attended an art auction while I was on a cruise and I was introduced to works by Itzchak Tarkay. He’s become a favorite, as well.Thank you for the opportunity to win the Inktense pencils! I look forward to seeing you create more cards inspired by the Masters.

    Blessings to you!

  5. Jennifer Morrill

    Love your rendition of Starry Night. My favorite artist is Marc Chagall! Profuse color!

  6. Marty H

    I recently visited the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, for their wonderful exhibit of “Van Gogh and Nature”, which gave me a new appreciation for him and his work.

  7. Miriam Prantner

    This is really gorgeous! Such a great recreation of the work! My favorites are Van Gogh and Monet.

  8. Ded

    Claude Monet and Georgia O’Keefe. They are so different styles, I know but I like them both a lot.

  9. Lynne Phelps

    Waterhouse, love the romantic storybook scenes!

  10. Stephanie Damianov

    My favorite artists are Salvador Dalli and Mucha. I don’t know if you plan to make a card inspired out of those two, but I hope you will. I love your work!

  11. Kathy Straw

    I absolutely love your card. I was thinking maybe you could do a card based on Gustav Klimt’s portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer using a Julie Nutting stamp and Finetec Mica watercolors. Just a thought. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome talent.

  12. Liza S.

    I think my favorite “famous” artist would be Escher if he counts, lol.

  13. Sheri Skains

    I absolutely LOVE this one Sandy!! I recently did one of those paint with friends classes and we recreated Starry Night. This painting has long been a favorite of mine and I must say, you created a wonderful rendition. Makes me want to get some Inktense Pencils and give it a go! Thank you for the inspiration.

  14. chriss58

    Wow! What a great video! I will try to create this Starry night, but with cats instead of bears. I have a few Inktense pencils (15) so I will see what colours I can use to come close.
    I don’t know if Cedric Morris is a Master, but I have one of his prints that I bought from the Tate about 20 years ago and I still have it hanging in my home. I love florals…
    Thanks so much for all of your videos and the chance to win some Inktense pencils!

  15. Chris

    Great video! It came out amazing. I would LOVE to see a card done in the pointilism style of Georges Seurat using inktense pencils or copic markers!

  16. Julie Bodenheimer

    Right now YOU are my favorite artist! Marc Chagall wasn’t too bad either….; – )
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. Rose LaQuay

    I enjoy Degas, Leonid Afremov and Thomas Kinkade. Thank you for the opportunity win some of these wonderful pencils!

  18. JudyB

    So many wonderful artists but I really love Norman Rockwell. Nothing glorious, just good home spun images.

  19. Geri S.

    Bless you! Starry Night is one of my best faves as is van Gogh. But I’ve also enjoyed Paul Peel’s “Before the Bath” series that may be more familiar to Canadians.

  20. lucyschmidt

    Wonderful tutorial and inspiring work. I’ve long been an admirer of Georgia O’Keefe and think her style would mesh with yours perfectly. Can’t wait to see more watercoloring techniques. It’s cheaper than Copics! -;)

  21. SarahC

    Love the card and it was neat to see how you took another idea and used for a different look. Very creative person!

  22. ssonnier2015

    I don’t have a favorite right now, but this is truly amazing

  23. Linda Torres-Lopez

    Great work, I love Monet, Picaso and thomas kinkade.

  24. engedisgate

    Thank you Sandy~stunning art! Johanne Vermeer would be a fun challenge! Continue on with the old great masters, we will all continue to learn from you! God bless!

  25. Linda carreira

    Monet for sure!

  26. kuulei68

    Monet would be my artist of choice this morning, but tomorrow could bring me another inspiring artist. you are an amazing artist in your own right. lovely CAS.

  27. Lynda J

    Fantastic as always! I’d say -since you’re so great – use your own art!!!

  28. PhotoJunkie

    I have had a few of these pencils sitting in a drawer unloved for years. You have definitely inspired me to get them out and create with them again, although I’m sure my attempts will not come close to being as gorgeous as yours! Looks like I have good company here in that I’m also a fan of Monet.

  29. Rachel Bergfeld

    I love Degas. Beautiful ballerinas! But I think that it would be really fun to try to use pointillism like Seurat with either copics or Inktense pencils.

  30. Brandi R

    My favorite artist is Van Gogh, of course. I love the free spirit feel of his paintings. The emotion in each brushstroke…..just love it ♥

  31. Karin Carter

    Love that! Thanks for sharing 🙂 and I can’t make up my mind about favorite artist either, there’s just tooooo many of them. I am however in love with Neptune’s Horses by Walter Crane 🙂

  32. Sarah Wilks

    I don’t really have a favourite Artist as I tend to admire individual paintings, if I had to pick someone I’d choice Andy Warhol as I love his Marilyn pictures.

  33. Claudia

    I know it’s time has passed to enter the contest but my fave painter is Rembrandt, something about his work always caught my eye:) Awesome video btw!!

  34. MaryM

    I love the card. I posted on YouTube, but just in cases posting here also 🙂 “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” by Seurat is my favorite painting. I don’t know why that painting speaks to me, it just does.

  35. Sue

    You are my favorite Artist. I love to see you do your copic magic Stopped by Lydias blog very cool technique she did Hope I can make a card for her Cosco greeter.

  36. S. Lyons

    Your card and the techniques you used created a mini masterpiece. You captured Van Gogh perfectly. One of my favorite images. My favorite artist is Salvador Dalí and though not in the list of masters like him it would be Bill Bell. His art makes me smile on the the worst of days.

  37. *Vicki*

    Sandy, you said in your post today to try and leave you another comment, so it looks like this will go through because I see my account info below! 🙂 yay! Thanks so much for your wonderful videos and I enjoy watching what you do! Thanks for the chance to win so I can follow along and learn more from you…right?! LOL!

  38. Nancy y

    Monet has always been a favorite of mine, I love Impressionists! You have done an amazing piece of work here with a classic!

  39. Yvonne Wood

    Love your new Van Gogh! I haave many favorite artists but Leonardo Da Vinchi might be my fav. Also love Van Gogh, Monet and Michealangelo (as a sculptor more than painter).
    Thanks for the opportunity to win these!

    • Yvonne Wood

      Spelled Da Vinci wrong. OOps!

  40. kaymonty

    This is so unreal! I mean, look at what you just created? A beautiful masterpiece on a card. Just love how you take on challenges and push us to also follow along and experiment. I like Dalhart Windberg, Ansel Adams and Vermeer. I saw a special on how one man spent years researching and came up with the technique that Vermeer most likely used to create his paintings. It was so inspiring just as your posted technique.

  41. Sue D

    Very cool!
    I like Monet.

  42. Cathy Wegner

    Van Gogh it is! I would love to try some Inktense pencils. I hear they are wonderful!

  43. Purvi

    You have created a very good version of the starry night. my favorite artists are Thomas Moran and C. M. Russell. They have created some the most realistic and beautiful paintings of American West. Both the paintings and anerican west inspire and fascinate me.

  44. Hema

    Love the card! What an great idea to case The Masters of watercolor. I also love your blog . I just downloaded the Hex chart . It is so handy to know color combinations . My favorite water colorist of today is Anne Abbgott.

  45. Dawn

    Well, I’m going to be totally different and say Terry Redlin. We have quite a few in our home (I just can’t get away from those old rustic barns and wildlife….)

  46. ireneaddison

    Great card!!!! I think Renoir or Monet could be a lot of fun to case. Perhaps one of Monet’s water lillies…

  47. steph phillips

    You, my lady, are so talented!!! You are my favorite artist!! I am not familiar with famous artists but I did watch a lot of Bob Ross on PBS!!! Does that count? lol Thank you for all your videos!! You’re truly an inspiration!!!

  48. Kelli

    Monet is my all-time favorite with all of the muted mosaic coloring.



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