Since it’s “Magical Monday” when I don’t explain my technique in the video, I still filmed it for you! 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.

I sharpen with an electric sharpener; sometimes to get a SUPER sharp tip, I will do a quick turn by hand on a handheld sharpener just to really point it well.

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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 Orange, Orange, Raspberry, Violet and Violet Blue.

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I wanted my card to be CAS to show off all the labor of love on the flower – so I simply popped it with dimensional adhesive added a sentiment from the same stamp set in a red ink..and added tone on tone Glossy Accents hearts and dots around the sentiment, along with on the dark flower centers bits.

Interested in getting started with colored pencils? There’s a class I teach on my other website HERE!


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