Doodling with Debby: Pencils on Kraft

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! Welcome to the latest edition of “Doodling with Debby” where Debby Hughes is giving us some cool tips and tricks on coloring on kraft colored paper. Please read on, watch the video, and enjoy!
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Hi it’s Debby here today and I’m delighted to be joining you with this month’s Doodling With Debby feature. I have a video below pencil colouring on kraft card using the beautiful Bouquet Of Thanks set.

I’ve only relatively recently discovered the joys of coloured pencils, particularly on neutral card and I’m certainly no expert. However, I’ve had a number or requests to see a video so I thought it was the perfect project to share for my Doodling With Debby feature this month.

Doodling with Debby: Pencils on Kraft

I started the card with a panel of Neenah Desert Storm card. I particularly like how coloured pencils pop off kraft or grey card. The Bouquet Of Thanks stamp set has a lovely large floral image, which I stamped with Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Ink. This leaves a tone on tone impression, which gives me an outline to work with, but as I colour the outline fades back leaving just a little definition to the areas not so deeply coloured.

Doodling with Debby: Pencils on Kraft

I find the best way to get the most impact when colouring with pencils is to really concentrate on the highlights and shadows. With this in mind I started my colouring by blocking in areas of the petals with a white pencil that I wanted to reserve for highlights. As I continued to colour I’d avoid these areas or use only the lightest of my blue shades. Once I started to get a light base of colour over the petals I then concentrated on getting the deeper colours in place. Using a range of blue pencils and getting progressively deeper in colour I flicked pencil lines from the centre of the flower over the base of the petals. I even used a little black pencil for the deepest shadows.

With the highlights and shadows now in place I finished the colouring by blending the two areas together. I’ve tried using paper stubs and gamsol to blend with but find I prefer simply going over the areas with a pencil and using a little more pressure to build up the colour and blend the areas together.

Doodling with Debby: Pencils on Kraft

With the colouring now complete I wanted to keep the card nice and simple. I cut the panel with a Wonky Rectangle and added a tag from the Bundle Of Stitched Shapes dies cut from white card and stamped in Versafine Onyx Black with a sentiment from the Bouquet Of Thanks set.

Using foam adhesive I added the kraft panel to a white card base and popped on the sentiment tag. I accented the tag with a twine bow kept in place with a glue dot and then, as a final touch, accented the colouring with Simon Says Stamp Chameleon sequins.

Thanks for joining me today and I’ll see you for next month Doodling With Debby feature.

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  1. This card is gorgeous and the colors are too. Just received my stamp and will have to give this a try. Great video too telling us how to achieve this wonderful look, thanks

  2. What a beautiful card! Love the colors you used and the coloring was great! It was a smart idea idea to do the highlights first, I should try that since I usually loose them when I color with colored pencils, very cool idea! Thanks for sharing .

  3. I never think to try out coloring on kraft or gray cardstock despite the fact that I love the look. This card inspires me to give it a try!

  4. So lovely! Thank you so much for sharing your coloring techniques with us – they’re very helpful!

  5. Thanks Debby, this is gorgeous! I love trying to color with colored pencils and your tips are so helpful!

  6. Love the colors you chose for gthis beautiful floral image Debby, and I think you coloring is pretty awesome! I appreciated the video discussing your technique for coloring highlights first and how you blended all the colors in.

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  8. Your card is beautiful. Thank you for the wonderful video and the tips you shared for highlighting and blending.

  9. Your card is beautiful. Thank you for the tips you shared about highlighting and blending with colored pencils.

  10. thanks Debby for the clear explanation of how this beautiful card is colored. I shure wil give it a try this way!

  11. This is SO PRETTY, Debby! I enjoyed seeing your process for coloring this image. I will have to try this! ;) AND I like those Wonky Rectangles too! ;)

  12. I’m in awe of the beautiful card coloring that can be done with these pencils. Debbie, thanks for sharing both your card and video detailing its creation.

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