This page in sequential order from no layers to many will offer a visual and written description on combining color pencil and acrylic paint in layers to create beautiful, brilliant and long lasting works of art.
PRISMACOLOR color pencils on CANSON gray paper.
- Just color pencil
- As you can see the PRISMACOLOR pencils are capable of building good contrast on there own. A certain amount of layering can also be done.
- I like working on colored paper when using only colored pencil. It helps to unify the drawing and cuts down on work by providing a nice base color.
PRISMACOLOR pencils and LIQUITEX acrylic paint on illustration board
- The figure in this painting is layers of PRISMACOLOR pencil and LIQUITEX mat medium.
- The figure was drawn with PRISMACOLOR then
- coated with LIQUITEX mat medium. after the mat
- medium dried another layer of pencil was added and
- so on.
- The back ground is straight LIQUITEX acrylic paint and mat medium in layers,
- This was a quick piece with only 3 or 4 layers
- Not all color pencils will work with this technique
- PRISMACOLOR does
- Not all mat mediums will work with this technique
- LIQUITEX does
- I recommend using a high quality PH balanced illustration board. It's light weight has a hard surface and easily cuts to size. Paper will warp when mat medium is applied.
PRISMACOLOR AND LIQUITEX on illustration board
- Same as above but with more layers.
- The woman the flames and the cat have maybe 8 or 9 layers.
- Notice how the reds and blues are becoming richer as the layers increase.
- The back ground is acrylic paint
PRISMACOLOR and LIQUITEX on illustration board
- The entire top section of this painting is layered color pencil. Maybe 15 layers.
- Notice the intensity and brilliance of the colors. Also how smooth the color transition from ornge to green is.
- The bottom sun flower panel is acrylic paint
- Finished work needs to be cleared with LIQUITEX glazing medium. This increases the brilliance and adds a hard finish which protects the work.
All these paintings are about 12 by 15
inches. Small works well with this method.
If your concerned about damaging your
work lay a sheet of wax paper over the
painted side and put it in a sketch pad .
- This method is nice because of easy clean up. Rinse your brush put your pencils away and your done
- It's ease of preparation and low mess make it a nice method for normally unfriendly to painting enviorments like coffee shops. It's a nice on the go method.
- So all you need is
- a cup,
- mat medium
- a coating brush
- pencils, sharpener and eraser