Pencil colouring on kraft paper

I’ve been doing some coloured pencil work, nothing too fancy but definitely satisfying to see it come together. I filmed as I coloured so you can see how I approached each flower as well as the glass vases.  I don’t often complete a whole card with coloured pencils, I’m more likely to bring them in at the end to add details and shading but this time they are took the starring role. I like the look of pencil on kraft paper too, I find it a bit less intimidating than bright white paper.

It took me a long time to finish the colouring so I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear I didn’t include every last second of footage. I sped it up and chopped it up so it wouldn’t be too long but I made sure to include my process for each element. I even did one part more than once!?! but I’ll tell you about that during the video. Towards the end of the video I referred to colouring wizard Kathy Racoosin, if you haven’t checked out her blog and wonderfully instructive youtube channel, make sure you do.

As you can see I stamped a print on a matching envelope and on the inside of the card too. It is always best to do this while the stamp and inks are still on the table, buy you already knew that didn’t you?

When I showed this one to my daughter she absolutely made my day by saying it reminded her of story books she would read and reread as a child because she enjoyed the illustrations so much!



11 Comments on “Pencil colouring on kraft paper”

  1. Ter says:

    Beautiful! Very life like.

  2. Em says:

    Thank you. The glass coloring was very helpful as well as the use of the gray pencil for shadowing. Your videos are always so instructive and I really appreciate them.

  3. elscoast says:

    You are amazing. Love your videos! Thank you for starting my day with this lovely instructional video and realistic scene on a card. I have also enjoyed your sharing some great stamps from Penny Black. Linda

  4. nancystiz says:

    I have followed you for years but was negligent in commenting. This is just amazing pencil work, something I love to do. When I saw the card in my notification email I just stared and stared at the amazing work as well as the incredible coloring of the glass! I’ve never seen it done so well. I have not yet watched the video but it stays in my email until I do! Thank you for sharing your talent, for listing all your supplies and for the wonderful video!

  5. creatingincolors says:

    This is so beautiful. You are a master at pencils in addition to your water coloring! Just like you, I like the look of pencil coloring on kraft cardstock.

  6. Rosemary Tate says:

    What a great video, Heather – really informative yet strangely relaxing during this lockdown time in the UK – thank you!

  7. Karen Jackson says:

    This is really beautiful Heather. I have learned such a lot watching your videos. The treatment of colouring the glass vases is so useful. Thank you so much for your instruction.

  8. Pat says:

    Gorgeous colouring Heather and I love the pencils with the kraft card, and your putting down some white in place before going over with the colour does help to brighten the lighter colours I think. I love the effects of the white on the glass vase too. Thank you for the super video. It is always great to see how you approach the colouring process, and thanks also for the helpful hints and tips. x

  9. jillianfoster82 says:

    I learn so much for watching you- thanks for sharing! And you totally nailed those vases!!

  10. Lagene says:

    WOWZERS! gorgeous pencil colored cards, thanks for the video and thanks for doing the second so we could see the glass creation!

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