Thursday, March 29, 2012

Coloring with pencils and gamasol

Here's a quick little tutorial on the colored pencil plus gamasol technique for coloring stamped images.

I always start by stamping my image with Memento Tuxedo Black. I do not heat set or emboss or anything special....I'm basically lazy ;)
I picked out the paper I would like to use and kept it close so I could match my colors. Don't be tempted to skip this part, trust me.
I selected 3 colors of green and colored the stem and leaves. Keep in mind where your light source is coming from and shade based on that. I used the lightest color as a base and a medium to show areas of darkness and the darkest shade on tips of the leaves and base of the leaves.
I used the same color selection process for the tulip.
Once everything was colored I used a stump dipped in gamasol (odorless mineral spirits, I use Mona Lisa brand) to blend and soften all my colors. I use one stump for each color family for ex one for greens and one for yellows.
I don't seal my image (brings us back to the lazy factor) but I've read some people do.
Anyway, it's fun you should totally try it! I know you have some Crayolas so go get them and fall in love all over again. LMAO that was super cheesy.


  1. Andrea im australian.... might explain question.... lol... whats a stump?