Amusing colour pencil techniques

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Colours are wonders. They are the gift of eyes. Colours are life to the soul. No one even likes to imagine a colourless world. Colours give us a spirit of survival.  Human Beings have an intimate relationship with colours. Right from the early stages of evolution of human beings, colours co stayed with humans.  

Paintings were the first expression of humans. Our ancestors started using colours even when he lived in rock shelters. They made painting and colours as a part and parcel of our lives. He gave place for colours in every ritual and religious ceremonies. Colour was made indispensable from our lives.

When we talk about paintings, we usually think of more sophisticated and professional painting brushes and oil colours. But we should also understand that an incredible picture can be created with the help of simple tools like colour pencils. There are no limitations for giving dramatic effects to the picture with the help of colour pencils.

This article will help you in realising the wide usage and techniques of colour pencils.

Layering and blending

Lifelike pictures really do not need any sophisticated form of paint or brushes. Just by knowing the technique of using colour pencils you can give realistic images of paintings. Layering is one such technique where you can create realistic pictures with realistic shading. Giving just one shade of any colour will make your picture look dull. But when you master the technique of layering you can create unbelievable art pieces.

The first step in layering is to create a base layer. After creating a base layer, taking some water you can blend the colour of the base layer. You can use a blunt colour pencil or you can go for a stiff small brush. This will take away the fine lines that were created during the creation of a base layer.

You can also create a base layer with the technique called think over thin. This apparently means that first; you have to start with a thin layer which is only a little visible. Then you have to go ahead with thick layers. This will give you enough time putting the colours at the proper desired places. So after you layer you have to blend it. For this, you can use any odourless mineral spirit go ahead with blending with the help of the colour pencil itself or small brush.

A little pressure with a huge difference

Could pressurizing the colour pencils can have a remarkable impact on the picture? It is obvious that a light pressure will give a lighter colour and heavier pressure will give a dark colour. You use the light pressure when you want to give layering. You can identify the impact and realise the goodness of pressuring. For this, you can choose one particular colour to create a drawing by giving different brushes in colours. A single colour can give a wonderful texture and look to your drawing.

White lines within dark values

After establishing the goal of producing white lines within dark values, incising or intending is supposed to be done. You will require a piece of transparent paper. It may be a tracing paper or a waxed paper. Place it over your drawing paper. You will also need a ballpoint pen or a 2H graphite pencil. Give pressure appropriately to provide an indent on the paper below. After you ensure that incising lines are created, you can take away the transparent paper and work on your actual art. You will have natural spaces on the drawing to give white lines within the dark values. You would need this technique when you are up to draw flower filaments, leaf veins, scratches etc.


To create a highlight in your drawing, you have to make certain areas light. This will help you to showcase the main art. You will be amazed to know that you can create the lightest area by creating an outline with the light colour. You never need even to shade inside the outline.

You can use a light coloured pencil first after you finish you can shade with white colour pencil. Apply greater pressure to achieve the outcome of required brightness.

Make your painting world more colorful, with the help of these colour pencil techniques.