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  1. Post your favorite supplies and questions about coloring supplies here.
  2. Mystical Mandalas page 9. I'm not wild about the 'inner' flower with the 'outer ring' But that could be me being picky. The second one is from Stress Free Coloring. This first was done at work. The second at home. The second page made my hand a bit crampy at times because there is some tiny spots in there. Also there some of that is connected across the whole page. Which I mostly did in different shades of orange but I didn't care if it was continuous color or not so I did what I wanted. Both done with CraZ Art colored pencils.
  3. clueliss

    Indian Mandala (Blue)

    From my Indian Mandala coloring book. CraZ Art colored pencils. I'm happy with the way it turned out. Nope, didn't do the background. Second photo is sort of, kind of an inspiration for color at the moment. You can see that this is not a direct inspiration but it was in my mind while making color selections. It's a calendar I have at work (yes, that is a paper clip on the corner because without it the corner of the page sags and gets blown away by the ceiling vent that blows constantly - and yes, I only need it on the one side not both). I'm sharing this one so that those of you who comment on my color selections can see where some of my ideas come from.
  4. clueliss

    Mystic Mandala 6

    I seem to be on a roll with the Mystic Mandala book. There is one color choice in this I'm not thrilled with. Yes the background is colored but it is light gray and hard to see in the photo.
  5. A while back when looking at the coloring stuff available at Wal-Mart, I discovered a couple kits designed for kids regarding shading with colored pencils and markers. They were $5 each, IIRC, so I picked up both and figured if they were for kids it would be technique I could manage This is the colored pencil one that I did when I first got the kits. They come with 15 pages to color and colored pencils labeled in each "set." There is a light, medium and dark for each color set. Since these are made for children, they are not exactly sophisticated designs, but you can get the idea. So the idea is that the light is from the corner up there in the left and you shade based on that. You can see the letters since I don't press down all that hard when coloring. When light shines on something it has a light, medium and dark side. It will also cast a shadow. In the pages they give you, the areas are very clearly delineated, so blending is not really possible. The idea is easy to understand with these pages, but they don't look as good as it would with blending and the areas not so obviously marked out. The shading pretty much works like you would expect. Things the light hits directly are the lightest and the areas that are opposite the light sides are dark sides. The area between those two is the middle. Then there is a separate shadow that is cast on the background. You can see on the cattails that there is no dark side because the light all of area to some degree. I was going to make separate posts for colored pencils and markers, but after some thought since the concept is the same with both that isn't really necessary. Here is the marker page I did to test it out. On this page you can see there is not only a dark side on the horse, but there are also several areas that have shadows. The base of the tail, the top of the back leg and the base of the mane. Then the horse casts a shadow on the grass, as well.
  6. clueliss

    Mystic Mandala #5

    Same book of Mystic Mandalas (I have a habit so far of starting at the beginning of books and working in order). Another enjoyable experience. My trusty CraZ Art colored pencils in the 72 count. I played a bit with shading and a bit of blending. Green without purple this time.
  7. Partway through this one, I thought, 'you know, it sort of reminds me of old, ugly wall paper.' The thought more or less stuck. I like it (even with the mental old, ugly wall paper name in my head) When I first saw the page, I was thinking, greens and flowers. However when I actually started it the center color choices sort of set the mood for the rest and I challenged myself, once the purple crept in, to not use green. And oops, the photo is off center. Mystic Mandalas and CraZ Art colored pencils.
  8. clueliss

    Bold Mystic Mandala

    Okay, so something someone said in the comment about my previous mystic mandala post (something about it reminding them of tiles) stuck. And when i started this one I went bold and let a Mediterranean vibe of sorts take over. I cannot put into words the joy? pleasure? satisfaction? this one gave me. There is one area I'm not 100% on. I started to do something thinking alternating colors but didn't like the combo and instead of making it worse by adding a third or something, I left that one shape with the extra color in it (it is top center in orientation) and did the rest of the same shape in a single color (and was happier). No shading. One area of blending and that was because my brown slid across a yellow. Which annoyed me and I chose to cover it up by lightly scuffing the brown over said yellow to make it intentional and cover the oops. Other than that, I lurve this and couldn't wait to share. Mystic Mandalas book (by the way, that book has print on both sides). and CraZ Art colored pencils.
  9. violynn


    I'm having the worst time with my coloring lately. I've torn up, abandoned almost immediately, or put away for later seven pages in three days. Can't find the right colors I want, or started it and hate what I did...I'm just frustrated rn and don't know why exactly. Hopefully coloring will go back to being relaxing and fun again soon. I miss the comfort and joy.
  10. violynn


    This was my first try with playing with markers and colored pencils, and my first page out of my Christmas Scapes by Jessica Mazurkiewicz.
  11. I am just going to jump right in to the pencils today. Koh-I-Noor Tri-Tone Pencil Set, Multi-Color, Set of 24 These are another favorite of mine. Each pencil is 3 colors and they blend together in different ways every time you use them. They are by the same company that makes the woodless pencils that are my favorite. They hold up very well and color very smoothly. They come in a very nice case, which is what I use to carry pencils in when I go out. They also come with a blender pencil so you can blend the colors even further after laying them down, if you want to. They are a bit more expensive than regular colored pencils, but if you feel like splurging, I definitely recommend these. RoseArt Rainbow Swirl Jumbo Colored Pencils, 5-Count, Packaging May Vary (CYN12) These are similar to the ones above. I like them, but they have 2 downsides, IMO. First they are fat, so you have to have a pencil sharpener that can take a variety of pencil sizes. Fortunately, my husband has one of those old kind of sharpeners that you used in school that have the various size holes you can twist into place to sharpen a number of different sizes. Second, since they are fat, it's hard to use them on anything small/intricate. I do like them, but I probably won't get them again when these are gone. Crayola Extreme Colors Pencils, Set of 8 (CYO681120) I was really excited about these pencil. I got them at the same time I got the metallic ones, which I love, so I figured these would be great as well. Sadly, I am somewhat disappointed in them and probably won't replace them when these are sharpened all the way down. The colors are pretty, but they are very light. I have to apply a fair amount of pressure to get a nice color. If I want the color to be darkish, I have to apply so much pressure it's almost painful for my hand. As a result, I use them for mostly small areas. Crayola 50ct Long Colored Pencils (68-4050) These are just your basic colored pencil. They don't have the colors named on them, but they do lay down color pretty smoothly, but if you are just getting a basic set, I would go for the comparable RoseArt or Sergeant ones instead. 36 Colored Pencils Non-Toxic in Reusable Plastic Case w/Button Closure I found these on sale at A.C. Moore, so grabbed them mainly for the different yellows, browns and metallics. They are quite nice and I will replace them when they are gone. They lay down color very nicely and you can really get shade variations by using more or less pressure. Downside, they don't have the names on the colors. Sargent Art 22-7236 36-Count Assorted Colored Pencils I picked these up at A.C. Moore the same day I got the ones above. They were the same price and are pretty comparable. One thing they have over the Nicole brand is that they do list the name of the color on the pencil. A couple bonus items: Derwent Blender and Burnisher Pencil Set (2301774) After discovering the joy of the blender pencil with the Tri-Color pencils, I got this set of blender/burnishers. They really allow you to add some nuance to your work and I use them to smooth out plain colors if I've colored a large area or something looks kind of "choppy." Twist-n-Sharp Pencil Sharpener, Assorted Colors, Sold as 1 Each This is the pencil sharpener I ended up getting because I was tired of using the kind that don't catch the shavings. It has settings for either a sharp or blunt point, which I like. It's easy to empty and it works well when sharpening. It has a ratchet type system so you just turn your wrist back and forth to sharpen. So that's the end of the colored pencils that I have. Next I will cover coloring books, unless people would rather talk makers, gel pens and felt tip pens. Let me know if the comments and I'll do whatever most people want first. Thanks for reading (Links included are Free Jinger amazon affiliate links)
  12. Today, I thought I would talk about colored pencils. I think I have just about every type of pencil out there, other than prismatic. Ok so now that my dark secret is out, let's get on with the colored pencils These are not in any particular order. I will make comments on each of them. Crayola 30 Count Twistable Colored Pencils These are some of my favorite colored pencils and are quite reasonably priced. They never need sharpening because they are similar to a mechanical pencil. You just twist the bottom to have the lead come out. These are some of the first colored pencils I bought and they have held up well. I'm able to use a fair amount of pressure on them without the lead breaking (though I never have had a problem with lead breaking on any of the pencils I have). They color quite smoothly. The one down side is that because you don't sharpen them you can't get a really fine point on them, making them hard to use on very small details. Crayola 8ct Metallic FX Colored Pencils I love these metallic colored pencils. You will see them a lot in the Picture of the Day. My only complaint is there are not enough colors! They color very smoothly and are really beautiful shades, IMO. A great addition to your collection for a very reasonable price. Cra-Z-art Colored Pencils, 72 Count (10402) These are just regular old colored pencils, comparable to Crayola brand. They hold up well and color smoothly. I like them slightly better than Crayola ones, only because they have the names of the colors printed on them. Since many colored pencils look different on the outside than the actual color they are, this is handy when trying to figure out whether the color you picked is a blue or a teal when it's actually used. 1 X Koh-I-Noor Progresso Woodless Colored Pencils 24 Color Set These are my absolute favorite colored pencils currently. They are a little more expensive than the Crayola/Roseart brands, but they are worth it, IMO. I bought them on a whim because I was intrigued by "woodless" pencils. These pencils are a bit shorter and heavier than regular pencils. They color beautifully and are probably the smoothest laying down color of any pencil I have. They do seem to work as advertised when it comes to lasting longer. I've had these for several months now and have yet to have to sharpen one of them. The colors are very vibrant, as well. Looking over this post, I feel like it's getting a little long already so I'm going to split it into 2 different posts. I'll post the next one in the next day or so. (Note: links included in this post are Free Jinger amazon.com affiliate links)
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