View Full Version : Sky using Prismacolor Art Sticks. WIP

03-11-2007, 05:31 PM
Hi everybody! Here is the Wip I said I would do to show how I use dust made from Prismacolor Art Sticks to "Paint" skies. I use a rather course Piece of Sand Paper to grind down the Sticks. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2007/82234-Sandpaper_for_WC.jpg

03-11-2007, 05:35 PM
I do this one color at a time! When I have ground the color on the sandpaper I use a small bristle brush to transfer the dust to a small bowl in one of my watercolor palettehttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2007/82234-Palette._for_WC s.

03-11-2007, 05:38 PM
The I take a paper towel and tear into several pieces!I use one to apply each color!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2007/82234-Paper_towel.WC

03-11-2007, 05:44 PM
Then I dip the end of the folded paper towel into the lightest color. (Turquoise is my lightest color that I used here) and apply it using a swirling motion to the paper. You have to keep dipping into the dust and apply gently till you have the effect you want.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2007/82234-Turq_first_laye_rfor_WC.jpg

03-11-2007, 05:49 PM
Next layer I used was a darker blue! I added as I did before using a swirling motion and a clean piece of paper towel. Keep adding color till you have the depth you want. I don't go all the way down as the sky is lighter at the bottom!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2007/82234-Blue_second_layerWC.jpg

03-11-2007, 05:53 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2007/82234-PICT1174._for_WC Next layer would be purple added mostly to the top section and maybe under the bottom edge of the clouds.

03-11-2007, 06:00 PM
Then I add just a hint of pink to the top edges of the clouds and blend everything together using stencil bristle brush that has been trimmed down. You can add detail to the clouds using a very small brush that has had the hairs trimmed very short. If you have questions, Just ask and I will try to answer! I am not very good at doing WIP and describing what I do! http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2007/82234-Additional_layers_addedfor_WC.jpg Jean

03-11-2007, 06:22 PM
I really appreciate you showing how to do this, Jean. I've been thinking about how to get a realistic sky with CP, as I don't recall seeing too many. This looks like a good way to do it. Bookmarked your demo until I can have a go at one.

03-11-2007, 07:01 PM
Thanks Jean, this is very useful, and inventive!:)
What paper are you using for this (or what paper do you normally work on?)


03-11-2007, 07:46 PM
Thanks Jean, this is very useful, and inventive!:)
What paper are you using for this (or what paper do you normally work on?)


I agree Jean, beautiful WIP and I am wondering about the paper as well.

03-11-2007, 08:00 PM
Here is my last update for this thread! I added more definition to the clouds using a small brush added more purple and pink to the sky and tops & bottoms of the clouds. I think the color of this picture is looks closer to the original than the ones I posted earlier!
Jean:wave: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2007/82234-Last_on_for_WC.jpg

03-11-2007, 08:07 PM
Hi Rita and Clever! The Paper I am using is Stonehenge!
As I stated on the "Prismacolor Art Sticks" thread. This method doesn't fill in the tooth of the paper so you have a very soft sky! You can also use other colors and make sunsets and Gray Skies. It doesn't take a lot of time or effort. :D
One other thing I forgot to mention is... you can erase with an electric eraser and get back your white paper (almost) and if you use a kneaded eraser you can soften the edges of your clouds.

03-11-2007, 08:10 PM
Hi Herb! :) Hope that this thread is of some help to you. At least it's another way to do skies.

03-11-2007, 08:19 PM
Neat demo! Thanks so much!!

I wonder how it would look to start with a blue paper and grind up white for the clouds? I might try it! Wonder how it would work with a harder paper.

03-11-2007, 08:54 PM
Go for it Robin! :D We never know what will work until we try! This method was not mine!:) I picked it up from somewhere, but I don't know who came up with the idea of using dust. Most people I know have ground their pencils on sandpaper to do this! I have the Sticks and never used them, so I thought why waste my pencils?

03-12-2007, 12:20 AM
One more thing I forget to say is that I left the bottom of the paper blank as I will be using this to do a landscape!
One nice thing about this method is that you can work over it with your colored pencils because the background has not filled in the tooth of the paper!


Northern Lass
03-12-2007, 05:19 AM
Bally excellent Jean! Yet another way to use these Prismas...Thank you :clap:

03-12-2007, 03:16 PM
Hey, cool! :cool:
All is not lost after all, I can use my Prisma pencils like that.
Thanks for this great idea. :wave:

Brenda Slater
03-12-2007, 03:49 PM
Wow you must have read my mind - in UK we have a CP exibition every year (CPSUK) and I understand that the whole painting has to be of coloured pencil - this is not easy if you are doing a landscape soooooooooooo your wonderful tutorial came at just the right time. Thankyou very much.

Brenda Slter

03-12-2007, 04:15 PM
thanks for the reply about the paper and thank you for this wonderful tutorial.

03-12-2007, 06:35 PM
This thread is getting saved! Someday I'm going to try it. Many thanks.

03-13-2007, 12:21 AM
What a great idea! Lovely soft effect!

03-13-2007, 12:54 PM
I got some cp sticks with a tray of cp's ...and have never known what to do with them.
Thank you so much for this beautiful Wip. It is very useful and informative. Great way to use as you say, and not use up cp's so much for the background.
Love it, thanks,
P.S. I rated this thread so it will stay forever!!!

03-13-2007, 06:49 PM
Hi Ange, Five, Brenda, Margaret, Meimei, Dotb, Cindyv4! I'me glad this will be of some use to you! I thought it was a pretty neat way to do skies without laboring over then. At least they come out very soft using this method! As I said before it doesn't take very long to do. I am posting my final picture with this post! I went back and used my electric eraser and added highlights to the clouds by removing some of the color! I also used a kneaded eraser to soften the edges of the clouds after that. So this is the final picture I will post for this WIP. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Mar-2007/82234-last_3_for_WC.JPG At least it gives you something new to try and maybe get some use out of your CP sticks!


Arizona Loki
03-13-2007, 07:00 PM
Jean - this is fantastic, thanks for the great step-by-step instructions. I've been contemplating a sky with clouds for a second bedroom in my house, and I'm going to use this method!


03-13-2007, 09:40 PM
:thumbsup: :thumbsup: Wow thanks for showing me how to do this, a new thing learned everyday.

03-13-2007, 09:52 PM
I'm rating this a five star, because IMO, this demo should be included in the CP library.

03-13-2007, 10:20 PM
I agree, Robin, but I don't no nothin' 'bout no ratings system. I had read about graphite and charcoal artists doing this but it never occurred to me to use the technique for colored pencil.

03-14-2007, 12:37 AM

You rock! The method is perfect imho. I would like to see what you do with the landscape though.

03-14-2007, 04:51 PM
Thank you for the demo Jean! :thumbsup: It's a terrific idea...

03-14-2007, 05:40 PM
Yes - a VERY interesting demo........ :thumbsup:

03-14-2007, 06:02 PM
Hi Kirsten! Hope you enjoy doing your Painting for your 2nd bedroom using this method! Please let me know when you post it on WC. I would love to see it!:D
Robinz, I am very honored that you think this is worthy of being included in the CP Library! Thank you so much!!:)
Hi Donna9. When I get my landscape done I will post it. However it may be a while! I promised to do a WIP of an Iris here on CP! So I guess that comes first and I am working on another painting as well!:wink2:
Tazzers2007, Herb, Frida and Objectivistartist! Thank you all for all your kind words. I Hope you all will give this method a try if you havea sky project in mind!:)
Jean :wave:

03-14-2007, 06:59 PM
Jean, that is a really cool technique!

03-14-2007, 07:20 PM

no pressure,:wink2: I am just curious to see the rest of the piece.


03-15-2007, 04:12 PM
Hi JayD, Glad you like it! I hope you will give it a try if you need to do a sky in your paintings.
Hello again Donna 9! Glad to know that the pressure is off!:wink2: