10 March 2008

Colour Pencils and Sansodor

Another colouring technique that I have actually only fairly recently starting using is using Sansodor mineral spirit with colour pencils. I personally use Derwent Coloursoft pencils but I know a lot of people use Prismacolor pencils from USA. Sansodor is a make of mineral spirits by Winsor & Newton. When I first started, I used an odourless mineral spirit but for some reason it didn't seem to blend the colours that well which is why, with the help of Sue, I managed to get hold of some Sansodor.

First of all, like how I do my watercolouring, I see where I want the shadows and the light and then in the case of this image, I want the shadows around the edges with lighter in the inside to give a roundness to the character. I have gone around the inside of the lines with the pencil.

I then dip my paperstump into the Sansodor. A paperstump is just a rolled up bit of paper that has a blunt end is great for using with mineral spirit to blend the colours in. I have used a paint brush before which also works well but I like using the paperstump better. With the paperstump dipped into the Sansodor I use the end to blend the colour into the centre of the image. I find that circluar motions work best for me! As you can see in the first picture I have just coloured half of the ducks tummy in.


I then carry on with the rest of the image. I generally colour all the bits that are the same colour and then go on to the next. I also usually go from light to dark as some of the colour does stay on the end of the paperstump.

I would say to use farly thick card or watercolour paper as the mineral spirit do seep through a bit on to the back of the card, it does dry qucikly though. So that is it! again, I hope that it has helped a few of you! Happy colouring!

15 comments:

  1. Michelle you are just soooo clever and now i'm totally baffled with all these different techniques - But hopefully i'll get around to trying them all out and see what suits me best. Thanks so much for all the valuble information.
    Love Pam xxx

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  2. These look great - thanks for sharing Michelle.

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  3. Looks great! Fabulous technique!

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  4. Great tutorials Michelle always nice to see how other people get the effects and what papers they use!! Sue :o)

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  5. Thank you for the tutorials Michelle. I recently ordered blending tips. Hope they are the same. I will have to color something after they arrive and see what comes of it.

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  6. Thanks for the tutorial! Everyone is SO right, your coloring is beautiful!

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  7. You did a wonderful job! It's my favorite way to color!
    Hugs,
    Joani

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  8. Fab tutorial Michelle ,great water colouring ,thanks for sharing ,Dawnx

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  9. Thanks again for the tutorial. I've been thinking about getting a better set of watercolour pencils to help improve my colouring. How do you know/decide where to have the shadows? I usually copy what's shown on the wooden rubber stamps.
    xx :0)

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  10. Your coloring is great. OMS and Prisma Pencils are my very favorite way to color images. I think I need more practice with the watercoloring! I feel like I have more control with the prismas and OMS. Love that duck stamp. He just looks so happy! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. A fab tutorial Michelle - and you inspire with your wonderful results!

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  12. thanks for that Michelle i have just bought some today, will play 2moro i hope, sue.x

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  13. Thanks for the tutorial- I have just bought some Prismas and was looking around for tips- very helpful.

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  14. Thank you soooo much for for the tutorial!!
    Hadn't a clue what Sansador was.
    Then found your blog.
    Thanks again very helpful.
    Chrissyxx

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