Free on-line class: How to Use Coloured Pencil–finishing touches first


Stamp: Mixed Berries, Sunflowers and Dragonflies Creative Designs; Background is the Zig Zag Technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

Welcome to Part II of  How to use Coloured Pencil, where I show you how to make the most of your coloured pencils with minimal supplies.

This is a free on-line class where homework is assigned and participation of homework is optional.  Practice isn’t–LOL.  Last week’s How to Use Coloured Pencil post highlighted essential tools of the trade, and assigned homework.  For those who participated in sending me their homework, please know I was delighted that you chose to show me your work.  You can now blend your work with the blending pencil or Odorless Mineral Spirits (OMS).   Your darkened areas will be shadowed.

This week I will introduce the colour wheel and ways to decorate the outside of your image.  I’ll bet you are saying, “what?  why are we colouring the outside edges first–isn’t that the last step?!”  Believe it or not, one of my techniques is the first thing to be done.

Homework this week is easy.  Just send along your finished product.  Please share your thoughts–what technique was your favourite, and what one wasn’t.  If you have any questions, please leave them on this post or e-mail me at


A colour wheel is very important.   The colour wheel helps you decide what colours work well together.  To learn more you can read my post entitled , Enhance the Beauty of your Work with the Colour Wheel.

When I look at this colour wheel, I see that purple works nice with green and pink.  Although the green isn’t the same shade that is shown, that is okay.  The other green choice was way off.   I am left with two colour choices, and as a rule, I do not use yellow for the outside of images as I like a big contrast.  That leaves me with purple.  If you prefer yellow, please use it.  Do what makes you happy 🙂


Option 1:  Colour around the entire image with purple.


Blend with odorless mineral spirits.


This is the finished product.


Option 2:  This option can be done after your image is coloured.  Place your Nestability onto your cardstock.  Using a very small sponge, wipe excess colour off the sponge and lightly rub around the edge of the Nestability.


This is the finished product.


Option 3:  This technique can be done once the image is fully coloured.  Rub colour onto sponge and wipe off excess.  With a very light touch, rub in a circular motion, starting  at the edge of the paper, working in.  Do not bring the colour right up to the image.  Leave some white space.


Rub colour into the sponge and without rubbing excess off, gently distress the edges.  You now have a two-tone effect, using just one ink pad.


This is a bonus technique, and is a very interesting way to enhance your image.  With a very fine tipped permanent marker, draw lines and dots around your image.

Do you have another way of finishing your edges?  Let me know; I like to learn new things too.

Don’t forget to e-mail me with a link or a photo of your work.  I’d love to hear from you.

Don’t miss out on further articles on this topic–subscribe today.

Posted on : Nov 17 2009
Posted under Tutorials |

9 People have left comments on this post

Nov 17, 2009 - 07:11:08
Godelieve said:

Great coloring, I love the marker lines around your image, very effective!
Spectacular zig zag background!

Nov 17, 2009 - 08:11:02
Velta said:

Beth this is awesome! Great tutorial, great colors, and fantastic card!!!

Nov 17, 2009 - 10:11:40
K Hutchinson said:

WOWZERS GF! I love the way you did this! Your coloring always rocks my socks off! I am going to have to try this! The zig zag ground is awesome!

Nov 17, 2009 - 10:11:15
Jennifer E. said:

Love all of the finishing touch ideas you’ve mentioned here! Each variation of those colored images are beautifully done!

Nov 17, 2009 - 11:11:21
Smita said:

Love this class. Each version you have provided is different and doable. Waiting to try my hands at this now…
Btw, I also like your patterned paper background! 🙂


Nov 18, 2009 - 03:11:38
beth said:

Gorgeous card Beth and I love your take on the zig-zag technique you rocked it GF your classes are awesome and can’t wait to get a chance to finally sit down and follow them.

Nov 18, 2009 - 08:11:46
Wendy Gorton said:

I’m enjoying this class so much. I’ll have to try these techniques after work tonight. Thank you again.


Nov 23, 2009 - 06:11:54
phebe meeder said:

Love WaterColoring….my favorite method(not a COPIC FAN) however this tutorial is awesome i am doing one on the same topic due for December the 9th so the ladies tell me.Beautiful image is it yours or do you sell it.

Jan 13, 2010 - 12:01:51
milu said:

OMS is that this stick you are showing or is that a liquid ?
I loved this tutorial and the yellow rose card u posted today !

Powered by Wordpress | Design by Laycock Designs