Mixed Media For Beginners: Combining Colored Pencil and Gouache staff pick badge

Alanna Cartier, Artist, illustrator

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8 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:04
    • 2. Project

      0:21
    • 3. Materials

      4:58
    • 4. Sketching and Transferring Your Sketch

      6:23
    • 5. Painting

      2:19
    • 6. Exploring Pencil Crayon

      5:11
    • 7. Combining Pencil Crayon and Gouache

      7:37
    • 8. Thank you

      0:42
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Project Description

Paint a pair of mittens in pencil crayon and gouache! First, sketch a template for your mittens and then transfer it to your sketchbook (or use my template to get started right away!). Then paint your mittens, test out your patterns, and add pencil crayon to complete your painting! 

  1. Remember that this is just my process. Feel free to steal the bits you like and ignore the rest. If you work better painting without sketching, or you want to use a chalk or pastel to add texture or details to your finished painting, DO IT. Make my process your own!
  2. Sketch your Mitten (or use the template available in the project tab)! I like to use pencil crayon or erasable coloured pencils when I sketch because they don't smudge. Transfer your sketch from your sketchbook to watercolour paper using a lightbox, or a sunny window!
  3. Paint! I always start from the centre and push paint toward the edges to create clean lines. If you accidentally smudge/smear your paint, wait for it to dry, and you can cover the smudge with a layer of white gouache (even very fancy pants illustrations like Eyvand Earle did that sometimes ;) )
  4. While your gouache dries, test out your pencil crayons! Practice a few different pencil crayon techniques on swatches of gouache in your sketchbook or on a separate piece of watercolour paper. This will give you a better idea of how your pencil crayons can create texture, and which textures you really love. 
  5. Apply what you've learned to your finished painting. Take the pencil crayon techniques you've practised in your sketchbook and apply them to your finished painting!
  6. Show off your work! Upload your project to Skillshare, or share on social media! (If you are sharing on Instagram, tag me @AlannaCartierIllustration or use the hashtag #AlannaTeaches)

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