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Creating Crystals & Gemstones With Ink Pen, Colored Pencils and Markers

teacher avatar LaVonne, Artist, Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (58m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Draw Shapes and Color With Marker

    • 4. Shading With Colored Pencils

    • 5. Create Setting With Ink Pen

    • 6. Shading the Setting With Marker

    • 7. Lapis Lazuli Setting and Details

    • 8. Green Gemstone Setting and Highlights

    • 9. Light Blue Gemstone Setting and Details

    • 10. Finishing Up

    • 11. Class Project

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About This Class

In this class, you will learn how to create beautiful, 3 dimensional looking crystals and gemstones using colored pencils and markers. I’ll show you how to shade the stones and add the settings to create unique, stunning pieces.

Here is a list of materials you will be using:

- Markers

- Colored Pencils

- Paper

- Ink Pens 

- White Gel Pen

- (Optional) Metallic Gold Pen

- (Optional) Mod Podge or a Glossy Glaze

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Artist, Illustrator


Hello, I'm LaVonne. I have been drawing since I was very young. I love creating things -  drawing, painting, sculpting - as long as I am creating something, I feel content.

I have worked as a Graphic Designer as well as an Art Director at an advertising agency. I look forward to sharing my knowledge on Skillshare!

Some of my favorite mediums to work with are ink pen, colored pencils, pastel pencils and Procreate app on my iPad.

Follow me on Instagram  or Facebook to see my latest artistic endeavors.

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1. Introduction : Hello. My name is Laban of art. By live on in this class, I will show you how to make stunning gem stones that look three dimensional. Creating gemstones is fun and quite easy. Using colored pencils and markers were going to shade the gemstones and create beautiful settings for the gems. You can use the techniques that you learn in this class for many of your other art projects as well. So grab your markers, colored pencils and a few other supplies, and let's get started. 2. Supplies: For this project, you will need paper. I will be using Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. You could also use Strathmore artist tiles, a pencil markers you can choose between permanent markers, Coptic markers or any other brand marker that you prefer to use. I will also be using multiple shades of gray carpet markers for the settings. Color pencils you can use. Polychrome owes president color or any other brand that you prefer to use. We'll also be using ink pens. I'll be using Coptic multi liners in 0.8 and 0.1 white gel pen for the highlights. Optional is a gold metallic marker. Also optional. If you would like to put a glossy sheen on your gemstones, is mod podge or gloss varnish. 3. Draw Shapes and Color With Marker: All right, let's get started making our gemstones the first step to save time. I've already drawn them in with the pencil. You can use a template if you would like to make perfect circles or squares, or you could do like I did and just draw them free hand. You don't have to be precise. They still turned out wonderful. Even if you drop them freehand, I drew the circle where the actual gem is going to be, and then I drew a little bit of edge around it because this is the guideline where the setting is going to be. I did different shapes, different sizes, adds variety. The next step is going to be to color the circles with the marker color of your choice. I'm going to use a Sharpie for this demonstration for the marker apart, so I will color and the center circle with the Sharpie. - Just a nice even tone down. I use a circular motion. Now you can pick other other colors for the other gemstones, and I am going to speed up the video for that in order to save some time. - No , I have the colors that I would like to use, laid down with marker onto my gemstones. That was easy, wasn't it? Not bad. So in the next video, we're going to shade and create depth and dimension with our colored pencils. 4. Shading With Colored Pencils : to create the depth and dimension in the gemstones. I'm going to use fabric. Castel Polychrome owes color pencil, and for the red one, I'm going to use three different shades. I have a darker shade, the red that it will be the predominant shade of the gemstone. And then I'm going to use the white for the highlights and to blend those colors together so we'll start with the shadow. The shadow will be at the bottom so you can use various pressure on the pencils, depending on if you would like it really, really dark. Or as you get towards the centre, lighten up your pressure so that the color isn't Sardar. I'm just barely touching the paper at the bottom, impressing a lot harder so that it will get a darker shade down here. And you can already start to see it, how it's going to start creating the dimensions now. I also like to put the darker shade at the top of the gemstone. Next, we'll use the base color, the lighter red, and we'll go over the darker color that we just laid down in order to smooth out that transition. So that's not a stark line go in circular motions that helps blend it out. - If you see that you've lost some of the darker shade because you've blended it out, you could go back in with the darker pencil and add some more. And then we're going to use the white and we're going to create Ah highlight. On the upper right hand comes a jam. Start lightly at first in circular motions. Get a nice round shape going, and then you could adjust your pressure accordingly. Wherever you would like to create more highlights, compress a little harder. You can press lightly to blend those together, and you can see that it created a nice three dimensional looking gemstone in the center. Now I am going to continue on with the other colors. It will be the same technique that will be a dark shade, the lighter shade that will be the base color for your gemstone and the white for the highlights. I will probably speed up the video in order to save time, but the technique is the same that we just did on the red one. I didn't pick a dark enough shade the first time I'm going to use this as my base color. I found a darker blue for the shadow. - Now we're going to repeat that process for the green Jim, get a nice, darker color base color and then the white for the highlights you might be wondering. Well, why wouldn't I just make this with colored pencil? Because, as you can see by laying down that base color of marker, you're not using as much pressure. And you're not trying to fill in a white space with the color pencil. The work has already started for you, and then when you lay down the color, you don't have to fill in the white, so it it makes for a nice, bright, solid gemstone. Color takes a lot less time than if you were doing it on a on a pure white space. Also, this one, I added the four gemstones in the corner, so don't forget to shade those as well. - No , moved to my turquoise lighter bluestone here. Maybe it's maybe it's alarm are. Maybe it's turquoise. It's a pretty turquoise colored light bluestone. Now you don't have to. Just on Lee put the highlight up in the corner like I did like on this red one, you could make an interesting pattern that makes for a nice variation. - Okay , now that you have shaded your gemstones with your colored pencil, let's go in and use our ink pans to create the settings. 5. Create Setting With Ink Pen: The first thing that I do is I use the Coptic multi liner 0.8. Now, if you don't have this brand and you have another one, get get an ink pen that has a pretty good nib size to it, and we're going to use that to go around the edge of the gemstones. Now I'm going to use the 0.1, which is pretty small, but it's not so for super tiny, but it's it is pretty small now for this one. The setting. I'm going to do something like this, which is just 1/2 circle and then another have circle inside of it. So I have already drawn my guideline around it because it's easy to accidentally get way too small or way too big. So if you draw guideline, at least it it gives you an idea to keep sighs consistent all the way around. So we're just gonna eyeball this. Like I said, if you would like to be precise and used the templates to make perfect circles and perfect half circles, that's fine, too. I usually just do it freehand, and they still come out looking pretty darn good. It's just dry your half circles. They don't have to be perfect. Turn your paper, er so that you could get a better fangled while you're driving. - Okay , so now that we have the half circles all the way around, we're going to go back and put another half circle inside of the half circles that we just created. It gives it a nice, intricate look. - Okay , let the ink dry, and then we're going to erase our guidelines and don't do like I do and get hasty and start erasing immediately. And then your ink ends up smudging all over the place. Wait for it to dry, and then you can safely erase the guidelines without smudging your All right. I think that's try enough. Very gently. Reach your guideline. I think I forgot to put that in the list of supplies. I have the pencil in their forgot about the eraser, but I'm pretty sure you have any racer around somewhere. All right, so now we have our gemstone and we have the ink setting next IHS the fun part. We get to create the shadowing and the details of the silver setting and on the gemstone 6. Shading the Setting With Marker: for the silver settings I use ka pick in four shades of gray. Doesn't matter which ones you could even to use. Three. As long as you have a pretty light one, a medium shade and a dark shade. I'm going to use the lightest one as the base color but the silver setting. So I'm going to color that in as thes dry. They get a lot lighter. So if you lay down a color and it seems pretty dark, chances are it will dry to be lighter than what it originally looked like when it was wet. I'm going to use the second lightest color. Not quite the darkest, but it's It's pretty dark, and I'm going to go in around the gemstone on the settings in between the two white half circles, and that's going to create a shadow to give it that dimensional love. You could already see it taking shape coming to life. I'm also going to use this color to add so shading to the actual color pencil on the gemstone. The good thing about Coptic markers is there. Blend Dubel. They're alcohol based, so I'm going to take the lightest and I'm going to blend that out of it. So it's not quite such a harsh why. Now that really starts to look around and it's OK. But the different color variations. That's how natural gemstones would look into setting. They're not just one solid color. Okay, now we're going to create the shadow along the edges of the city. I'm going to use my second, darkest, just put very thin lines around the lower edge of the settings because that's what if the light were coming from here, this is where the shadow would be cast. So all of these up here won't have a shadow. The ones at the very bottom the shadow would be all the way around. The edge of the setting is that you start going up this side. They would be at the bottom on this side of seven. Then I'm going to use the lightest color. Start blending that out. - And if you have a colorless Coptic blender, you can use that to to blend that out even further. You can see how that created the illusion of a three dimensional gemstone on your paper, and the last step will be the detail ing and in this case, the detail ing. I would just be the highlight, and I'm going to use a white gel pan we need. I don't want to overdo this a little bit. Goes a long way, and you just kind of find the contour of the gym. Find a place where you think that that light would be hitting it and creating a nice highlight. So there is her first gemstone finished Let's go on and complete the details in the settings on the other gemstones. 7. Lapis Lazuli Setting and Details: so again, The first step after you have shaded it with the color pencil is to use the larger ink kleiner and go around the outside of the gemstone. And then you can use the 0.1 for the details of the seven. For this one, I'm going to make a Lapidus lazuli and I'm going to create like a Paul setting. So we're just going to create circles all the way around, try to make them as evenly as possible. Like I said, doesn't have to be perfect. You can get lots of ideas for jewelry settings by doing an Internet search on Google or Pinterest or the surgeon that you like using and just look at it different jewelry settings and that will give you some ideas. Okay, so I have all of the circles created. And now I'm gonna use the same size, the small size to create a line all the way around. Not too close, but not too far either. All right. Now we're going to begin shading the setting with our grave markers. Start with the lightest con, just color all the way around. And I forgot to erase my guidelines. You don't really want a marker over the pencil because then it won't raise. So let that dry. Hopefully, it's dry enough and I don't smudge it. Andy race any guidelines that you might have left over not to. All right, go back to my lightest color of gray. Just color. Everything. And the good thing about using the copy multi liners with the copy markers is you can marker right over the ink, and it won't smudge. Sometimes different brands don't play well together, and the market will smudge the ink. And you don't want that. Now we're user second, darkest color. Well, actually, my said it's there. But if you only have three, it's there's not a whole lot of difference between these two. To be quite honest, when you put them down, you can't really tell. This one has a little more contrast. We're gonna create just a slight shadow at the bottom of each of these small silver. And where else are going to use this color on the color pencil on the gemstone around the edge to get a darker shadow There. Nice. Okay, I might actually go in also underneath the balls on the outside, but stay inside of the outer line. That made sense. Okay, Now we can create the shadow. Use the lightest color to blend that and colorless blender to blend out even more. And now we used the white gel pin to create some highlights. It doesn't have to be a straight line. It could be raggedy. And it doesn't have to be all in a line. You could put one another location. I think I'm also going to use the white Joe Pan on the balls on the outside. So that way get a nice white highlight to make that look even more ground. And that just adds to the three dimensional quality. So that's good. And since this is a leftist lazuli, we're going to use the optional. If you like metallic gold marker, use this very sparingly and very lightly. A little pude darts here in there because I don't overdo it. It starts to look a little a little hokey if you overdo it too much, but just the suggestion of that gold metallic really brings out Lappas. Loser. Three qualities of that. Thank you. All right, let's move on to the Green Stone and the next setting 8. Green Gemstone Setting and Highlights : the same principle applies to all of these. The next step will be then, like agree with the base of the setting. And I just realized I forgot to do the thinking. That's okay. We'll finish coloring this. And then what is the plan? It's all right. No hard down 0.8 large one around the gemstone 0.1 for the details. Now I'm also going to use the 0.1 on these smaller stones, cause if I used the 0.8, it's kind of going to overpower the little gemstones. We don't want that. And let's make this like a tree, angular zigzag pattern and the out. And don't forget this. All right. Now we can continue with the shading setting for this one. Since it's a flat surface, let's use this darkest gray that I si seven. Let's create a very then dark shadow around the entire perimeter of the gems down also underneath smaller gemstone. Then we could go with your shades, and we're going to create a little bit of a shadow under zigzags to make it look like it's formed silver, not just black piece, and let's use the lightest grade to kind of blend I think I didn't use the white up here on the smaller gems Don't. So we'll go back, handsome. Highlight there to make those look around for. And now for the white Joe Penn Greenstone is done. Well, no. Let's have some white highlights with the job inside this setting with that done. Oh, yeah, All right. 9. Light Blue Gemstone Setting and Details: All right, let's move on to the next style of setting on our bluestone. We're gonna do a rope style setting that looks like like to use a pencil, because you can wing it and just go straight into the ink. But the rope one is a little more tricky. So I like to use the pencil first to make sure that I have the lines in the right places. So this one, you're just going to make diagonal lines like a candy cane like this and turn the peace because you have to follow the contour and then it starts going the other way, going the other way. What I'm saying is, if I was going like this, I wouldn't want to continue to go like that. It wouldn't look like the rope. You have to continue going from the bottom up to the right. So when you turn it from the bottom up to the right bottom up to the right, now and again, it will be bottom up to the right. That's what's going to create the effect. Nice. Okay, so now 0.8 around the gemstone 0.1 for the smaller areas. So I'm going to draw the line that I have in pencil. But then I'm also going to add, like, 1/2 circle at the top so that it's not squared off. So line half circle, line, half circle. And that gives it a rope like appearance. - This one's my favorite one. Todo I actually really like the look of this. Okay, so now that we have all the way around, we wait for the ink to dry, erase our guidelines, and then we're going to shade the silver lightest great like we did with the other ones. Let's get the darkest one very thin around the outside of the gemstone and then the next darkest. We're going to go on the bottom of each one of these rope like parts of aesthetic. Like I said, don't freak out. If it looks way too dark, it'll dry lighter, plus weaken. Blend it out with the lighter marker and clear marker color. Okay, so let's do that. Let's get the very lightest shade of gray and start blending Shader stone a little bit. Not the most dark, but the next darkest a little bit of stating from the bottom and bottom and stuff. It's a little too dark. We use the lighter one to lend it out. Yes, and last but not least, white gel pen and also white job hand rope setting. And there you have it, absolutely gorgeous three dimensional looking gemstones that you created with marker, color pencil and white Joe Pan. 10. Finishing Up: I realized I didn't put the drop shadow on the outside this one or this one. So using the same technique that I showed you earlier with the other stones, we're going to had the marker to the bottom. Settings don't go too high. Most of the shadow would be down here at the bottom if the light is coming from this direction. So your shadow would be down here the lighter blended and and the colorless to blend it out even more. - And there you have it. Now you can start creating your very own three dimensional gemstones with color pencil marker. At this point, once you're done with your gemstones, you can optionally apply either mod podge or a gloss varnish onto your gemstones. Just be sure whatever you use is safe for use with paper, and you can see on these two gemstones the light blue on on the left, I used mod podge and the purple one. I used Delta Gloss Interior Barney, and it just adds a little extra shine to your gems again. That's totally optional. The other ones don't have any varnish or anything applied to them, but here's what it looks like when you apply it 11. Class Project: your assignment for this class should you choose to accept it, is to create a beautiful gemstone in a setting. You can go to Google, Pinterest or any other website to get ideas for settings as well as different variations and colors of gemstones. Remember to upload your projects to the project section of this class. I can't wait to see what you create. Thank you very much for taking this class and have fun.