Prismacolor Mini Tutorial

Good morning. Today I thought I would surprise you with a mini tutorial. On the left you will see how I coloured my Suzy Toronto image to look like the blended one on the right. Blending of the Prismacolor pencil crayons is done with odorless mineral spirits, as described in Colour Me Beautiful. These are the areas I would like to point out for your reference:

  • Looking at the girl on the left, notice how a deeper shade of turquoise is coloured on the under sleeve, and deep in the “v” neck of the shirt. Light is hitting the upper portion, hiding these areas, so that is why they were shadowed.
  • Notice the shadow area on the girl in the pink. As you can see, the bottom fold of her dress dips down, and is an area that is more shadowed than the portion of the dress that billows upwards. The bend of the arm and the bend of the stomach area lies in a shadow area as well. Even her shoulders are shadowed because her hair is covering the top of the sleeve.
  • Bright pink is coloured on the cheeks, feet, neck area, and top of hands.
  • Hair has darker colours at the roots and lighter colour on the tips.
  • The pink dress is blocking the orange dress, so a deeper shade of orange is coloured on the right side of the dress.
  • To bring the flower and leaf forward, on the pink dress, red was shaded around the decoration.

Good luck with your colouring. Have you tried Twinkling H2O’s yet?

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Posted on : Aug 07 2008
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9 People have left comments on this post

Aug 7, 2008 - 06:08:42
Viv said:

Thanks for sharing your wonderful tips and techniques Beth. I’ve learned loads!
Would it be possible to have a larger image when you click on a picture?
My eyes aren’t what they were, so a larger image would be most helpful, so I can see the detail. Keep them coming Beth, they are a godsend! Viv xx

Aug 7, 2008 - 07:08:59

Great coloring tips! I have not pulled out the H2O’s for a while – I love them for Christmas cards.

Thanks for the kind comment on the stamp releases. Sometimes you just get lucky.

Aug 7, 2008 - 09:08:47
Kim H said:

WOW another great Tutorial!!!! Do you ever sleep? You are always rockin the house with awesome projects 🙂

Aug 7, 2008 - 11:08:17
Anita said:

Thanks for sharing how you color.

Aug 7, 2008 - 11:08:55
barbd said:

Thank you very much for your info on twinkling H20 and prismacolors techniques.. They are very helpful and easy to understand .Also drawing attention to the shadow areas is so helpful for me as I am not an artist. I look forward to your tutorials….

Aug 7, 2008 - 12:08:33
Ila said:

Wow!! Fabulous coloring and shading Beth!! I love the way you showed the comparison here. Very easy to understand!!……Hugs, Ila

May 24, 2010 - 05:05:33
Maryann said:

WOUW thank you sooo much for this one Beth. Like the other girls say here, it´s very easy to follow and more important to understand it. You´re such a great teacher hun. But my eyes would also love it, if they could havae a larger picture to view, I must admit he he he. But thanks for a great tutorial as always hun.
Big warm hugs Maryann

May 24, 2010 - 10:05:11
Priscilla said:

Thanks for the coloring tips. Hope your feeling better soon.

May 24, 2010 - 06:05:18
JoAnn said:

Thanks for sharing. I’m trying to learn how to color with the Prismacolor so all the tutorials are very much appreciated. I keep trying to figure out why mine doesn’t look as good as all yours. Thanks for explaining. Maybe with some practice I can get better. I’m working on it.

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