Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Splitcoast tutorial: Pencil on Canvas

It's my turn to share a tutorial over on Splitcoast - when I was cleaning recently I found some test swatches on a piece of gessoed canvas where I was playing with different colored pencil blending techniques, so that's what I'm showing this week in the Pencil on Canvas tutorial! Here is the canvas panel I color in the tutorial video - these are stamps from IO, and I'll link them below. This whole panel is done with colored pencils! 😀
Different blending methods and tools produce different results, so be sure to check those out and play around with what you have to see what works best at your house. 

Stamp links:
I didn't check first so both clear sets I used are discontinued. Gah! Sorry about that.

The peony set is gone, but there are individual rubber stamps by the same artist here:

The Fred Said clear set is also discontinued (I'm so sad - it is one of my favorites ever!)  
- BUT - 
there are a few left if you RUN! They are 50% off and there are only 15 in stock.

The sentiment is also available in rubber.

Here's another project that grew from this technique - I have a pad of canvas sheets that are gessoed on one side - I'm not sure where I picked that particular pad up but it's similar to this one on Amazon. I stamped the leaves (retired Spellbinders set) in a repeating pattern using IO Hybrid ink (these are great on the canvas - they dry quickly and no need to prep or heat set, also unbothered by water, alcohol, and blending solvents!). I colored the full panel with an ochre pencil and blended with rubbing alcohol, then colored in the leaves and blended with odorless mineral spirits. The spotting was added with misted Inktense blocks (grated) and splattered gold paint. I adhered the canvas to precut wood pieces that I got at Michaels, and sealed with a matte varnish. I'm adding them to my show pile for November! So easy, and each one completely hand colored and unique. Double sided too!

I'm feeling the stress of what I call Septoctember - I've got products to make for a holiday show, portraits to get done for Christmas orders, and Falliday Fest to plan for! Crazy days. Lots of lists. My brain is full, and that's when I start to forget things.  Acckkk! 

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