Saturday, July 11, 2009

Pencil shading over markers

A strawberry card on someone else's blog (I was hopping...not sure where I saw it) reminded me I had this stamp from My Heart Stamps for You tucked away and inspired me to pull it out the other day. I miss strawberries here...we are actually able to get them but they are pitiful, small, and expensive, and I just can't bring myself to buy them. So I stamp them. Fair enough!

Here is a close-up on the main image:

I thought it might be fun to at least document my steps in layering Prismacolor pencil over the Neopiko markers, so here is a bit of my process, though probably not a very helpful tutorial...I started off with solid colors like this, imagining the lightest color that might be seen in a highlighted spot...

Next I added a little colored pencil around the image and blended with odorless mineral spirits, using a blending stump.
The next step was adding some shading with a darker green on the leaves, then blending:
Next I added darker red to the strawberries, and blended again. After blending, I shaded again with a darker burgundy, and blended the two shades together.The final step was adding white highlights, first with a pencil and then with a gel pen.Here is the final card. The saying is from Impression Obsession...I love all their "sweet" signature


  1. I hope you get some good tropical fruits to make up for your lack of strawberries. :)

    Your card is beautiful. I'm looking forward to trying your technique when I add more colors to my alcohol marker collection.

  2. love this card you did great with the coloring

  3. What a fantastic card!!! Thanks for the step-by-step.....very cool! Wow, the berries look so real! Love the entire design of your card....beautiful!!!

  4. This is awesome!!! Thanks so much for sharing this...I never knew how you could color in such amazing way! :-D

  5. This is one sweet card! Loved seeing your coloring process, thanks for sharing the pics of how you do your magic!

  6. Beautiful!!!!!!
    Thank you...

  7. Dina, this is beautiful. I love strawberries!!!!
    Thanks for the tutorial! I love my Prismacolors, but I think that my mineral spirits have lost their blending ability. Is that possible? They are several years old. There is a stamp show this weekend and I will get some more.

  8. your coloring & shading with 2 items is truly a work of art; do you practise often?

  9. I don't think I have ever come across a tutorial that taught how to use markers and pencils blended together. This is fabulous and I will have to give this a try. You've been bookmarked. hehehehe TFS


  10. Your tutorial is wonderful, and the coloring is absolutely outstanding! I am going to give this a go- God Bless You!!!

  11. Thank you so much for sharing your technique with us! Your coloring is fabulous!

    He IS Able,
    Traci S.

  12. Your strawberries and leaves look real! Great tutorial and anxious to get out my very few pencils and try them again.