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Coloured Pencils

Good Morning,

Happy Monday... a little dull & overcast but it's feeling warm.

This week's blog gives, hopefully, helpful information about colourng pencils. A very understated artist's tool.

News Bulletin:-

  • Art Exhibition:- Saturday/ Sunday 17th &18th July A.S.K Art & Design is holding an Art exhibition at West Stockwith Church, a stunning building with a great outdoor space. If you would like to exhibit a piece or two, email me the details and a photograph of the work. I already have amateur artists involved and am very excited.
  • Studio Open Day:- As well as the exhibition there is a studio open day on Saturday 17th July. You can come along, have a tea, cake and view the new extended gallery and exhibition.
  • More details on both events soon.
  • Workshops:- there is still room on a couple of workshops, check the Adult Workshop Page for more information.
  • Murphy News:- He's as cute & adorable as ever, his arthritis doesn't hinder him, although we have to carry him up the stairs.

Enjoy the blog, please share where possible.

Amina & Murphy x

Coloured Pencils:-

Coloured pencils are made from a mixture of pigment, clay & filler, bound together with gum. The coloured sticks are soaked in wax, which gives them their smooth-drawing properties, before being pressed into rods & encased in wood.

Since David Hockney set a precedent in the 1960's with his series of coloured pencil drawings, this medium has become increasingly popular with fine artists.

Buying Coloured Pencils:- Coloured pencils are available individually or in sumptuous looking sets with dozens of colours. Brands vary considerably in the range of tones & in the quality & proportion of pigments, binders, clays & waxes they contain.

Building up Colour:-

In many ways, coloured pencils work like watercolours. When they are used on white paper, the marks they make are transparent or semi transparent, which means you can put down one colour on top of another, building hues, tones & intensities until you achieve the result you want.

Optical Colour Mixing:-

You can use hatching & cross hatching techniques to create colours & tones. Lay lines of different colours side by side, or overlay lines at right angles to one another to create the illusion of a third colour. 


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