Fearless Friday on Thursday, Colored Pencils

Fearless Friday is early this week because tomorrow my fellow Tales of the Traveling Tote group & I will be sharing our Spring travels.

We are also having a giveaway, it’s a Mackenzie-Childs hand painted globe vase so be sure to stop by for that!

Since I’ve done hydrangeas in acrylic and water color, I decided to try one in colored pencil





I used the Drawing by Shapes method we discussed last week, and drew an ink drawing from a painting by another artist, source unknown





After the outline drawing was finished I chose my colors





Usually I color with markers and just use colored pencils for subtle shading and other small touches, and haven’t done a complete colored pencil drawing in probably decades!

I decided it would be fun to try colored pencil only and at this point I realized I didn’t have a color chart for my pencils   😱

You have to know what each color can do, so I immediately got busy making a reference chart



It spans 4 pages of my sketch book, but I plan on laminating the pages together on one page



Now I can begin!




I quickly realized I needed more oranges and purples





The petals were confusing me so I decided to work on the leaves and background





Using a darker color over a lighter color can produce subtle shading





I did use markers to lay in the large dark background areas





Once the background was finished I focused on the leaf details and coloring the petals





If you look really closely, a single bloom is made up of many colors





Coloring with pencil does take longer than other mediums, but it is quite relaxing





I use a jar to corral the pencils I’ve chosen




Hydrangea in colored pencil, 6″ x 9.5″


Juicy Details

My colored pencils are not new, they have been accumulated over the years and I have several different kinds.  My favorite seems to be the Prismacolors, they blend beautifully and come in a zillion colors and color sets.  The pricier top of the line Faber-Castell are touted as the best but they actually are reported to be less vibrant than Prismacolors.  Stay away from student grade or lower priced pencils such as Prang, they can be dull and don’t blend well.

You can get a good basic set of 24 Prismacolor pencils for under $15 here

You can also get colored pencils that can work like watercolor when water is added, see choices here


As always, have fun and Be Fearless!!


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I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Dishing it & Digging itBetween Naps on the Porch,   Make it Pretty Monday

Cooking and Crafting with J&J,    Celebrate and Decorate,

Delicious Dishes Recipe Party   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters

17 Responses to “Fearless Friday on Thursday, Colored Pencils”
  1. Oh my mercy! How beautiful! Girl, you got you some talent and creativity for sure. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. Jenna, I love Hydrangeas and what a beautiful piece of art work using colored pencils that you have created! I will be looking forward to the Traveling Tote group tomorrow!

  3. Hydrangeas are my favorite flowers. I love to watch your talent at work, Jenna. Enjoy your weekend.

  4. I don’t know how you do it so well!! Love this one!

  5. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, your talent comes so easily for you. Everything you do looks so real and you have an eye for color. I love hydrangeas and this is a real beauty! See you tomorrow……..

  6. Jodi says:

    you had me confused there for a minute with Fearless Friday already 🙂 Lovely version of hydrangea in colored pencils!

  7. Sharon Mann says:

    Outstanding Jenna, I love your drawing. I too like Prismacolor, they blend so well.

  8. Mary says:

    Beautiful Jenna! I can see how it would be relaxing 🙂

  9. Your hydrangea is beautiful. I don’t use my color pencils much and should use them more. Maybe they’ll come to the lake with me for a summer vacation.

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