Saturday, 5 February 2011

Sketching with Prismacolor....

You may remember a while ago I sketched a few of my own little images. However, I only got to draw them in black ink (in case you missed them you can see one of my designs here)... I just couldn't think of how I could draw them in colour to good effect. I didn't feel coloured ink would give me the look I was after, and my coloured pencils are not of a very good quality.

I have had my eye on Prismacolor pencils for a long time, but because they are quite expensive I just never got round to buying any. But as I had some birthday money (thanks again mum!!) I thought this would a perfect opportunity to indulge.

fluffy dandelion

Here they are...and oh my, they are absolutely amazing. The pencils have a fantastic soft wax core with a really high quality pigment and lay down colour beautifully. They have already become an essential item in my crafting, and I haven't even scratched the surface of what these babies can do! There don't appear to be many retailers in this country that sell them. In the end I got mine from CraftsULove, but I did track down another online company that sells them individually called 1 buy 1 pencils.


fluffy dandelion 5


This is how my sketch started out...very very simple flicks with a pencil in a circular motion. Doesn't look too interesting at this stage...

fluffy dandelion 3

Then I just added more flicks to gradually incease the density of my flower.

fluffy dandelion 4

Then I just added a little Glamour Dust for a bit of sparkle.

I have created this card especially for a new challenge blog set up by my lovely bloggy buddies Chrissie and Mandi, called "Less Is More". If ever there was a challenge blog with my name written all over it then it had to be this one!! This week's challenge is a colour challenge....pink, black and white.

fluffy dandelion 6

In the next photo I added a bit more depth of colour with a few different shades of pink.

F1

Maybe ordinary pencils would have done for this project, I don't think this card shows Prismacolor at their best, but I can really tell the difference working with them, and I know they will come into their own on darker cardstock.

This is an incredibly simple drawing and similar to my previous sketches, but I hope you like it anyway.

Right, I'm off to enter it into the challenge, and play some more with my new babies!

56 comments:

Biscuitlid said...

like it? Love it, the sparkle finishes it off perfectly too. Great creation
Love
Victoria
x

Carol Q said...

ooh, look at at those scrummy pencils. you can see they've got lots of pigment, lovely strong colour. gorgeous design Sarita and it really lifts it adding the glamour dust.

~ Ali Watson ~ said...

Simply stunning as always Sarita


Ali x

Sharon said...

Sensational!!! You've created another 'WOW' image Sarita (please, please make it into a stamp...one that we can all buy) ;o)
Just love what you've done with this card. You are a master cardmaker.
Hugs,
Sharon xx

Chrissie said...

What can I say?
Wonderful, stunning, perfect? they all apply to this superb card!
I have some Prismas, maybe I should try again!
Thanks so much for all your good wishes and support for our new venture "Less is More", Sarita. We really appreciate it and we're delighted that you joined in our very first challenge!
Chrissie

Linby said...

Absolutely stunning card Sarita and perfect for the new challenge.
Linbyx

Vicky said...

Fabulous! :)x

Louise said...

wow, absolutely stunning. Love the sparkly finish too. Louise xx

Crafty Katy said...

This card is breathtaking!

lamanuelle said...

Fabuleux effet sur ta magnifique carte! Bravo! Bises. Nadine

Sue said...

Love the card. As soon as I heard that there was to be a new challenge site called Less is More, I thought of you and your wonderful cards. I love the clean and simple look but find it hard to get that crisp, clean, stylish look that you achieve with every card you make. I’m still working on it and have got loads of inspiration from your website. I know you work long hours and do most of your crafting at weekends, but from a purely selfish point of view I wish you could post more often. Looking forward to what you do with your new Prisma’s, I use the 1 buy 1 site and can recommend them for quick reliable service. The tips and tutorials are really helpful, thank you very much and happy crafting.

Sue said...

Love the card. As soon as I heard that there was to be a new challenge site called Less is More, I thought of you and your wonderful cards. I love the clean and simple look but find it hard to get that crisp, clean, stylish look that you achieve with every card you make. I’m still working on it and have got loads of inspiration from your website. I know you work long hours and do most of your crafting at weekends, but from a purely selfish point of view I wish you could post more often. Looking forward to what you do with your new Prisma’s, I use the 1 buy 1 site and can recommend them for quick reliable service. The tips and tutorials are really helpful, thank you very much and happy crafting.

Fiona said...

Ditto Sarita, I've had my eye on these pencils too, but you beat me to it. Like you say they are pricey but they are QUALITY.
Your card is gorgeous as ever and The glamour dust really adds to the opulent look all your cards have. Just about to blog my entry now!, it's great to have another CAS challenge.

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Wow! Just stunning and so elegant. That little bit of sparkle is really beautiful.
Caroline xxx

Juls said...

your flowers look just gorgeous in pink!!!! Love the effect with the prisma pencils....I keep thinking that I must get me some!!! Thanks for your inspiration! Hugs Juls

Andrea said...

Stunning! I love the added sparkle too.
Love, Andrea xx

Lynne said...

WOW! Sarita this is gorgeous. That little bit of glamour dust just gives it a bit of pop.
Something else to add to my ever expanding wishlist.
Lynne xxx

Jan said...

WOW WOW WOW Love this xx Jan

Ulina /Apricot Bubbles said...

I absolutely LOVE your drawings - they´re so elegant and stunning beautiful!
Greetings from Austria,
Ulina

Mandi said...

Oh Sarita, this is absolutely stunning!
But then you always are!

Thank you so much for supporting our challenge blog,its our pleasure to have you

mandixx

Kerry said...

Hi Sarita,

I am sooo jealous - I want some Prismas, lol.

Gorgeous image and they give your design such a sylish look in colour.

Love Kerry xxx

Debgem said...

Totally stunning!! I love the flowers you've drawn and the subtle sparkle too! It's beautiful!

Thanks so much for your tutorial too ;)

Viv's Visuals said...

AWESOME! Fabulous card.

Jose said...

WOW! love this card, you are a true artist to have hand drawn this, excellent

Vicky said...

Wow Sarita. This card is beautiful. I adore your pink sketching and the sparkle, not sure my effort at sketching would look this elegant though1 Lol! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Hugs, Vicky ~x~

cardz said...

Simple, clever and elegant. I have also wanted really nice pencils for quite a while and received a beautiful set for Christmas and am just beginning to learn how to best use them. I will have to try this delicate little flower.

Maja said...

It's a gorgeous card. So simple and yet so beautiful.

Sue said...

A beautiful card hun, i luv me prismas.xx

Chris said...

This is just beautiful, Sarita, and so YOU. We really need you to get your designs transformed into stamps.

Have a great weekend.

Faye said...

Fabulous, is the word! I love how you've made this simple yet beautiful card. I've just found that Michael's sells some Prismacolor pencils in my area. So far I have bought a small basic student quality set and then I am filling in colors one at a time, since they sell them that way too.

José said...

Your card is , as always, very beautiful and gorgeous, love the sparkle.
Hugs José

Paula Gale said...

Hi Sarita

I haven't been by your blog in a while i'm embarrased to tell - but I just had to see what you'd done for the Less is More challenge when I saw your name as an entry... You didn't disappoint either - I thought you'd do something out of this world stunning - and of course I was right!!!

I love how your confidance has grown in the last year (since I first started blogging) and now your happily drawing your fabulous sketches straight onto the card itself and entering them just like that.

Its gorgeous.

Anyway, hope you are well and I promise I'll be back to catch up - I tend to do things en masse these days anyway LOL.

Take care,

Paula x x x

♥ Marlou ♥ said...

This is sooooo beautiful , amazing talent you have :)

Grenouille Greetings said...

Yes, yes, yes - I doooo like them! And the challenge you are entering sure does have your name on it!
Looking forward to seeing some more of your work! Hugs, Lesley

Bonnie said...

Amazing! Love the design and the dazzle!

KatieScarlett said...

You MUST put your images to stamps for the rest of us!!! Your style is so elegantly fabulous.

Rufus said...

I liked your drawings in black, but this one is smashing. The Glamor dust adds just the right amount of zip. Sounds to me like they designed a Challenge just for YOU! I've missed your cards and was glad to see you pop back up on my dashboard! Can't wait to see the results of your playtime with your Prismas! Enjoy yourself. I know we'll enjoy the results!
R/

Steph said...

ooooh what a gorgeous lots of pencils!!! I just love looking at the colours!!! Beautiful card as ever. Love the pink! x

Pauline C said...

Wow Sarita this card is stunning - so simple and yet so effective. Totally love that you ahve drawn these flowers yourself, and it's great you ahve found a coloruing medium that is just what you're looking for. Just off to add you to my blog roll list and become a follower :-)
pauline x

Sheila in Cyprus said...

Another of your fabulous creations Sarita. I love every one of them. Love Sheila (Cyprus).
P.S. Looking forward to seeing some of your designs as stamps!

Tina said...

Sarita, this is simply amazing! Thanks for the tutorial.

Hugs, Tina

Samantha said...

Sarita.... AWESOME! I so love your card totally stunning! :0)

Pam said...

Stunning as always. Hugs Pam x

Shaz said...

Beautiful card. Love the shimmer. x

Kathyk said...

It's blooming GORGEOUS, that's what it is.

Kathyk

joanne wardle said...

just stunning!!

Suze Bain said...

Wow, What an absolutely gorgeous card. xox

Susan said...

WOW, WOW, and W O W!!! Simply gorgeous! I definitely need to give this a try.

stempelplatz said...

amazing card, wonderful color! love your simple style.

Bianca

Donelda said...

this is fabulous!!! :-)

Violets Corner said...

It's fantastic!

Suzie McFloozy said...

What a stunning card made all the more special with your own images x
Beautiful elegance x
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

Christy said...

Fabulous!

Christy
http://christybladehandmade.blogspot.com

Annemaritta said...

Hi Sarita,
I got mine from 1 buy 1 pencils, it was a present from my sons. You said you are just experimenting with individual colours, I truly understand what you mean.

I "found" your blog through DYSU Challenge and definitely will be visiting often. :) I hope you don't mind.

Crafty Creations said...

Spectacular!!!!!!

Majka said...

lovely