Colored Pencil with Mixed Media
- I’ll be using this paper for lesson 4, but all lessons can be completed with Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Board or 400 Series Mixed Media Paper. This paper comes in 3 colors: gray, tan, and blue (NEW!)
- I’ll be using the blue, but feel free to choose your favorite color.
I like to draw out my compositions on sketch paper first, then transfer that drawing onto mixed media board or mixed media paper. But you can work directly on the mixed media surface if you prefer.
Artist-grade colored pencils
- There are many high-quality brands available, so you can use whatever works best for you and your budget.
- Many colored pencil lines are available as both sets and open-stock (meaning you can buy individual pencils.) Look at the colors available in both the sets and open stock to choose what will work best for you based on the subject matter you want to draw.
- Artist grade acrylics are recommended, but you can also use student grade.
- You don’t need a huge range of colors. If you don’t already have these, you can start with red, yellow, blue, and white. I’ll be using the palette of color listed below but use the colors that you feel most comfortable with.
- My palette:
Golden Fluid Alizarin Crimson Hue
Golden Fluid Ultramarine Blue
Golden Fluid Tranparent Yellow Iron Oxide
Golden Fluid Van Dyke Brown Hue
Golden Fluid Titanium White
Golden High Flow Shading Gray
- My palette:
- Artist grade watercolors are recommended, but you can also use student grade.
- Again, you do not need a big set of colors to start. I would recommend having red, yellow, blue, and whatever additional colors you’re interested in working with.
Artist-grade technical pen with waterproof pigmented ink in Black or Gray
- Technical pens have a thin tip that distributes ink evenly. They are available in a number of different sized tips, which varies the width of the drawn line.
- Pigmented ink is generally more lightfast than dye-based inks. Dye-based inks tend to fade or change color.
- I’ll be using Sakura Pigma micron pens in Black (size 01) and Derwent Graphik Line Maker Graphite (size 0.3), but you can use whatever brand and size you’d like.
Round watercolor brushes
I typically use synthetic brushes in sizes 2, 4, 6, and 8. The size I use will depend on the size of my work (the larger the number, the larger the brush.) If you’ve never used watercolor brushes before and aren’t sure, I’d go with a 4 and an 8- that will give you some versatility.
Large watercolor brush
This is for applying washes of paint to a large area. You can use any type of brush designed for wash application.
HB graphite pencil
3B or 4B graphite pencil (optional)
I use a softer pencil when transferring my drawings from sketch paper to the final mixed media surface.
Kneaded eraser (and any additional types of erasers that you like using)
Small plastic containers or bowls for water and mixing color
Easy-to-remove or low-tack tape (3/4″ to 1″ wide)
Blue painters’ tape is a good option
A piece of thick cardboard, gatorboard, or hardboard (for taping down your paper/mixed media board)
This board should be at least 4-5 inches larger than the paper or mixed media board that you are working on.
6″ paint roller with a 1/4″ nap when I cover my entire paper with acrylic