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Brilliant Smooth Gemstones with Watercolor, Colored Pencil, and Ink

teacher avatar Jessica Sanders, Artist | Designer

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 3.

      Why Combine Watercolor and Colored Pencil


    • 4.

      Step by Step Part 1


    • 5.

      Step by Step Part 2


    • 6.

      Gemstone 1 Part 1


    • 7.

      Gemstone1 Part 2


    • 8.

      Gemstone 1 Part 3


    • 9.

      Gemstone 2 Part 1


    • 10.

      Gemstone 2 Part 2


    • 11.

      Gemstone 2 Part 3


    • 12.

      Gemstone 2 Part 4


    • 13.

      Gemstone 3 Part 1


    • 14.

      Gemstone 3 Part 2


    • 15.

      Gemstone 3 Part 3


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    • 17.

      Project and Thank you


    • 18.

      Gemstone Style Eye Demo


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Hi, I’m Jessica Sanders, a watercolor and mixed-media artist who loves exploring art and sharing it with you!

Brilliant Smooth Gemstones in Watercolor, Colored Pencil, and Ink

Are you looking for a way to combine your watercolor painting and colored pencils in a beautiful way?  Then, this class is perfect for you! 

In this beginner to intermediate class, we will create brilliant, smooth gemstones with watercolor and  colored pencils, adding details and final touches with ink. I will walk you through the 6 steps that I use to create dimensional, light-filled, smooth gemstones.  I will demonstrate for you, in real time, three different ways to approach creating these gemstones. And, I will share with you my personal practice, and how I use them in my artwork.

We will work with our watercolor skills.  

We will layer colored pencils.  

We will add details and final touches with ink.

We will create stunning gemstones! 

As always, we will keep a loose, light, sketchy approach, and have fun along the way!  

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Jessica Sanders

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1. Welcome: are you looking for a fun and easy way to combine your watercolor and colored pencils? Then I have the perfect class for you. Let's create some brilliant, smooth gemstones. How low my grand friends Jessica Sanders here, welcome to my channel. Creating these gemstones is the perfect way to use your watercolor and colored pencils together. It's such a harmonious combination with the transparency of watercolor in the opacity of the colored pencil. In this beginner to intermediate class, I'll walk you through the six steps that I use to create a dimensional, light filled gemstone. After walking you through the beginning steps, I'll demonstrate for you three different ways to approach. Creating these gemstones will work with our watercolor skills. Will layer colored pencil will even work with some ink and pins and create some stunning gemstones. Also, share with you a little bit of behind the scenes. Some of my practice and how I've also used Jim Stones in my art, as always, will keep a loose, light, sketchy approach. We're going to have a lot of fun. It's going to be easy, approachable and so fun to do, and you're going to get great results. So come on, let's get started 2. Supplies: watercolor and colored pencil class. You're going to need a variety of supplies, including basic watercolor supplies. So I am using Be watercolor paper. It is £140.100 percent cotton paper, and it's cold pressed. It's best to have for this class Colt press paper and £140 so it can take the water. Now you may not have cotton watercolor paper, and that may make some of the techniques, especially the lifting a little bit harder. But you can do it with with wood pulp. Watercolor paper. I do recommend this is a an affordable version of watercolor paper from B paper company, so you might want to give it a try if you can. I also have my mission. Goldwater colors. I only use about 34 colors in the class. I use the peacock blue for ridean. I use this yell green. I think that's that's about it. That's about all maybe a little bit of purple. So I have my mission. Goldwater Car. A watercolor brush. This is fairly large. It's a size 12 round. You could have a smaller or larger, but I recommend that you don't go to small because then you get to fiddle e right, and I want I love loose and expressive. So I always recommend a larger brush, and we will also need a jar of water or two and a cloth for tapping off our brush. In addition to your watercolors, you're also going to need pins and color pencils. Now I happen to be using Polychrome owes. I have a set of 12. You may have prisma colors or a different brand of colored pencils and feel free to use. Those is that techniques are similar across the brands. You can use any of those for creating this. You do not want watercolor pencils for this. This is a colored pencil class, not a watercolor pencil class. What are color? Pencils will move when wet, and we don't want that. So color pencils and then you also need a variety of tens. I'm using Puma. Mike Ron's in a few different sizes. These air waterproof when they're dry, so they're great for using with your watercolor because you can put your pen marks down before you do your painting and also have a pencil and a blending stump, as well as a white and black Posca marker. I use both of these. You could substitute a gel pin, and if you don't have the black Posca marker, you can use your my Cron's. This one is just a little quicker and a little bit darker. Just keep that in mind. So let's get started by going over the steps to make some smooth, beautiful gemstones. 3. Why Combine Watercolor and Colored Pencil: so why use watercolor and colored pencil together? The answer to that, for me at least, is the opacity. Water color is transparent, you can see through it, and sometimes I want to not be able to see through it. I want to add more depth in detail by making it less transparent. Colored pencil is more opaque you can't see through it. So, for example, if I color over this line, it will essentially cover it up as I lay your own color. Now this still shows a little, but as add more and more color, it covers it up so you can see that line is disappearing, whereas in the watercolor that line stays. So that tends to be why I used bar color in color pencil together. If I put this colored pencil over the water color, my first layer is still going to show. But as I keep coloring and layering the color pencil, it's going to cover it up. So it as a lot of depth and dimension to our water color when we add color pencil to it because of the opacity of the colored pencils, I could keep working on this and make it more opaque like that. But I think you get the idea. I could go darker with a darker pencil and is going to cover up that line so you can use colored pencils to fix mistakes and watercolor sometimes, but I just mostly like to use it to toe add depth because of this is more opaque, and watercolor is less opaque. 4. Step by Step Part 1: step one is optional, and that is to draw your gemstone shape. Now. You could do this without drawing, but it's gonna fund, and I like to keep it loose and sketchy. I'm going to use a pig omicron. You can use a pencil if you choose, and you have a choice of shapes for this class. For the most part, I did oval shape, so I would just loosely old my pin and do overlapping sort of ovals. And this will create sort of a frame for your gym stone. It's loose and sketchy, and you can choose the shape of your gym stone. Here. Step two is to add your watercolor wash. Now it can be an even flat wash, or you can just get a little crazy and have lots of color in there. I'll just demonstrate a simple watercolor wash that has a mix of lights and darks, and I'm not even concerned with where those lights and darks are. At this point, I'm just choosing where I want my oval shaped to be within my little drawing, and it doesn't even have to completely match up to the edges. So now I just have a wash there, trying not to get too much water in there. I have a little bit of water, so I'm just going to even this out a little bit, move my paint around and drop in even more dark color around. Now, at this point, we sort of need to choose where our lights going to be. So while this wash is still wet, will move on to step three. So once you've painted your wash, you're going to want to do some lifting. Now this paint is still wet. It's more difficult to do when it's dry, although it can be done in some situations and your paint and your paper can affect this process. But what I'm just going to do is I will clean my brush. I will tap off and actually get it quite dry here on my cloth because I wanted to be a thirsty brush, and then I will use it to make service half moon shape inside my gemstone. This is basically where the light will pool inside the gym stone. Now your color may not live completely, and that's OK, and also your paper may affect that. And if you're color is staining may affect that, but that's all right, because we could go back and we can add the white to our gemstone at the end, since, all right, if it doesn't live completely. See mine has a little bit of pink, but it also creates really soft edges when you lift while it's wet. And that's really nice effect, because that's actually the light pooling inside the gym stone. Now you could make it less more, more more faded. Here, pick up a little bit more, so it's not quite so. That's a pretty big space. It doesn't have to be quite that big. And if you need to, you can add back in a little bit of paint as long as it's all still wet. So maybe I went a little crazy there, so I'll just add a little bit more reaction. And that's going to dry nice and soft, because I'm working with a wet wash. So the next step is to add are colored pencil 5. Step by Step Part 2: my colored pencil layer to add that depth and opacity that I'm looking for. I usually choose a color that is similar to my paint color, but perhaps a little bit darker. Plus, I'll use white for blending, and I may choose another color that's completely random, like I could use this purple to add in some other details. But I'll say that for the actual project. Examples in this is our basic examples. I'll just start with this color pencil. This is magenta, and it goes well with this red violet paint. And I'm just going to do the edges of my gym stone to create really dark area. Now see how dark and opaque that color looks and I'm Onley using light to pressure. So I'm just going to used directional strokes and pink color right around the gym stone. I'm not worried about it being perfect at this point, because when I add the final details, I can really just add that ink and really just turned up a little bit of what what I'm doing and cover up anything that I mean to cover up right on the edge. So just add some darkness underneath this high this pool of light. Sometimes there's a little shadow, so I tend to also like to add a little shadow in there with my pencil. Again, I'm using really light pressure. This one goes down really nice. The color sometimes makes a difference. Okay, so I have a nice area of color laid down now. Sometimes this takes a little longer, This pencil just pretty soft compared to some of the other ones in this set. Next I'll take the white, and I'm just going to add a layer of white and going to lighten up that color and blend the color there, and it creates a nice create, a nice transition. And of course, I can always go back over with this pencil again, which I probably will. So I'm just blending here along the edges. My color pencil. I did. You can see cover up someone that white. That's okay, because it's almost like there's a sheen on the gemstone, which is actually really nice. So I'm coloring in small circles rather than directional strokes now and going right where that color meats that where the color pencil meets the watercolor area and I'll just go right over that, and I am going to come back with the dark colored pencil again. So this is a process of layering. I can also just add a little bit of blunting in here. The texture of my papers showing right now That's okay. I may want it there, and I may not. I'm going to go over this shadow with the white just to push it to the background and blended in, but it's still going to show as a shadow, as you can see right there. See, there's the light area, and then there's this little shadow underneath, and I can even go over it a little bit more and I'll go back so work back and forth between my white or my two colors and my colored pencil just to add depth to those edges. And basically I'm creating a shadow edge so that my gemstone looks more three dimensional. So I'm going back over where both those colors are and just adding a little darkness and back again with this light blending. Now, if you had a pink that you wanted to use here, that would be a good option also, and some different types of color pencils, not this bread. Have an actual blending pencil, so you could also use that. But I'm going to use the white in this class because I'm using this particular set of colored pencils just to simplify the supplies for you. So you can see I'm getting a nice blend of color there on the edge, and it's creating oh, so much depth. They still have this nice light, bright watercolor effect, and I'm pretty happy with that. So I'll stop there and go on to the next step. So for this next step, I'm going to add some highlights. And for that I'll use my pasta pin. You could also use a job for this step, so I will add a curved highlight there, a dot or two and maybe a little bit of a curved highlight here. The key to the highlight is that it's the opposite side of this pool of light. And, of course, you can always add some little dots like there's light reflecting off. And essentially, this is the edge of the top part of the jib stone, and this adds a shadow. So that's all you have to do for highlights. If you want to. You can add a little bit of white in here and smudge it. I use my finger. I don't like it to be even to even, and that will create even more bigger pool of light, especially if you're paint didn't lift very easily. So smudging it makes it not as bright as this high like, because we don't want to be quite as bright, right. But we do want that light to pool in that gym stone. I can't even make, like, little thoughts of texture. But I digress, so let's move on to the next step. So for the final details, I'll go back to my black micron pin. Or I may also use my black pasta tin. I like to add the black Posca pin on the edges. It will go nicely straight over that colored pencil and anywhere there's a little bit of coloring outside the lines. This is a good time to cover it up if you want to. Now this can be thick or thin or a combination, and I tend to make it a combination just depending on how the drawing goes. And I just like a variety of lines I'm trying to keep it nice and smooth. Now I'm using textured watercolor paper, so keep in mind that that may affect your pin work just a little and which will be perfectly fine. So I have this nice black line. I'll smooth it out. Looks really nice. Now, before you add details with your micron, make sure your pasta pin is dry because this is a paint pin and you don't want to ruin your nice microns or your pins. I touched that my fingers. So let me just I had a little high later so you can call this finished at this point if you want to, or you can just keep working on it. I tend to like to have my gym stones to be sort of in a little bit of a setting and so ill will loosely as and I did in step one, I'll repeat it basically for final details so loosely holding this and I don't mind if I get up on the edge of this because it reminds me of a wire wrapped Jim. So just be careful if you don't want to color on top of your gemstone but still hold your pen nice and loose and create some shapes around it. Now you can go back and you can darken some of these lines I'm using on 03 which is pretty small pin a pretty small nube. So feel free to go back and dark in some of the lines of thinking them up if you want to, or you can leave them really light and loose. I like, as I said before, a mix also sometimes just put little like dots as if they're like beads on these lines. So you can just Jewish it up as much as you want to. And you can also use this to straighten up or clean up any details you want to say. I have a little bit of color pencil picking out, and I'm okay with that. But if you don't like that, you can cover it up with your pin work, so just keep that in mind. It doesn't have to be perfect by any means throughout the whole process, but if you like it to be more neat and tidy than I do, you're probably not in my class. But if you are, then just remember you can cover it up with your pasta pin or with your my Cron's. You can go right over it. As long as everything's dry, you're not going to hurt your pins. Now. Don't use your pins on wet watercolor or wet paint because that will definitely ruin them, so I may add in a little bit more. I may continue to work on it to create depth. So this one, for example, I would add maybe a little bit more in here, and I would just take a step back and look at it, maybe squint a little and see how it looks. Um, and then the other thing I might do, but I don't always do is add a little bit of a shadow so I could do a watercolor shadow. Or I could do a graphite shadow, and I will demonstrate that more for you in the lessons. It's really simple and easy, so you just create really light. You can use a light purple for your shadow, or you can use same colors that Jim Stone and create the shape of the gym. Stone basically stretched out a little so you can create a little shadow there. If you want to, It's not really required. It depends on really what you're doing with it. So there's a simple Jim Stone with watercolor and colored pencil and ink. I almost always include these inks in my watercolors, so I don't even consider them something separate in some ways. So I have draw to a watercolor wash. It does not have to be in even wash while it's still wet. Lift that what you'll create a nice soft highlight in here. Then, after it's completely dry, you can dry it with a heat tool if you need to. Then you're going to add your colored pencil and layers so the dark around the outside, maybe a little shadow within it. Here, a little shadow in here and then blend it out with the second lighter color or with white. Then after that, you will add some highlights with your white pin or your Pasqua pin keeping those along what would be the edge of the gym stone and the dark shadow becomes aside essentially, and this is where the light hit is hitting it, and this is where the light is pooling. So if you want to tap in some highlight there. You can do that. Then you add your final details, which is to bring in possibly a black Posca pin or micron. Do some Shapey lines around there may be emulating some wire wrapping and cleaning up edges just a little bit. Don't worry if it's not perfect, just enjoy yourself. That's the main thing, but you will have. If you follow these steps, you'll have a very dimensional Jim Stone, and there are a lot of fun to create. So let's move on to the projects in the class and see what we get. 6. Gemstone 1 Part 1: we're just going to lay down a light watercolor wash, and that will be our starting point. And I'm going to use mission gold peacock blue because it's one of my favorites, huh? Maybe my very most favorite. And I'm making a fairly thick mixture there, not too much water, and I will also make a mixture with another color. So this is a good way to practice. Your color mixes right with Meridian. So here's for radiant, and I'll mix that in there, and it gives a really pretty turquoise. Now that's a little bit too green. So this is the way I mix colors. You just add a little bit more in. Do you get that color that you were divorced? A little to breed, some adding peacock blue? Yeah, maybe a little more than I need. So let me just add part of that. Yeah, there we go. So that's a beautiful teal or turquoise blue, so you can see the difference just by adding some meridian, right? So I have a peacock blue and I have a mix of Meridian and P conclude here, and I'm just going to lay down some color and I'm not even going to worry about the shape of the gym stone or anything Right now, I'm just going to just put color on my paper and I don't really want it to be solid. And I want to add a lot of water. It just spread it out. So I have concentrated color in one area, and then I'm just going to just actually paint my entire paper that color. Now, you see, I'm just adding water. I want that color to just fade out everywhere. And this is where having cotton paper really does help. I have noticed when I used my Artie's, a journal, which I do love. But it is different. The color really sinks into the paper more than it does for this cotton paper and just a little bit different. So now, at this point, if you want to, you could put some salt in there to get some sparkly effect. So right now we just created a background and that's it. We're gonna let this just let this dry, and then we'll use our color pencils over top to create gemstone 7. Gemstone1 Part 2: Now this pain is completely dry. My paper is a big her, but I can just then did a little to fix it. Just going to use now my pencils. I'm using the same colors so that we can see how the different techniques can yield similar or different results, depending on what you're doing. So let's start with this start, and I'm just going to pick where I want my gym. So I'll try. Make a little more Cirque. So let's just make a circular one. Here we go. And I don't mind again the lines, if you want, you could draw a perfect circle, but I just don't feel you really need a perfect circle for something like this. They tend to be a little oddly shaped now, like how this has this nice light here. That's going to be where the light is pooling inside my gym stone. So one of you thinking about that as I go just making nice soft outline Now, This time I think actually, I will switch colors a little and use a green. I was just using green because I have a blue green and mixing the blue and green will go with my color, right just slightly going over these air directional strokes toe. Lay down the color. You can go in little circles if you prefer some just laying down the green over the blue, and I'll go back with the blue over the green just to create a blue green color. Great. We can layer these and blend them that way. So there's green and you're some blue back to my blue again. Now remember, it's going to get darker as we build up. It's going to be more saturated and I can go and little circular motions if I want to. So I'm just creating a little bit more depth of color. So now I have a pretty good outline and I'll start doing more circular, which will just cover of that texture that paper more and blue the colors a little bit more . I'm using pretty light touch still, but because I already have some color on there, it's just lending out nicely. I like all the texture we're going to have in this tombstone from the water color. Nice watercolor fix that you can't get very easily if you use just color pencils to do this . These can be done with just color pencils or with alcohol markers and colored pencils. So lots of ways to do these gemstones. This is just one way, all right, just a way to practice her using our color pencils with their work color. Actually use color pencils with watercolor in lots of applications, especially if, say, my war car doesn't go quite the way I wanted to. Then bringing in colored pencils really helps with that. It's a building of this color. It's OK with me. If it varies between the green and the blue, your eye is just going to go blue green. I get it pretty much pretty much. I do have a fairly small selection of colors I'm working with right now, and that has influenced the color making the gym stones. But you can do a lot with just a few supplies, so it's dark in that up a little bit. Now I'm using more pressure, pressing down the texture of the paper there and blending those colors so something you can do also is add texture with the color pencils or add little cracks. So what I'll do is really lightly create a jacket line and even goes lighter in the light area, which enhances that glowing effect. And then sort of like a tree branch off of there and you'll see. And it creates a really interesting sort of crack in her gym stone. So which is cool? Have all right, stand to go with this White, I think. Right on the edge. Doble in that you could also put, like, little dots like there's a little dot texture here in there in the white area. Want to be lighter? So you put put little dots. Just fun, fun stuff. Okay, I'm just going to blow this out with this white color. Pencils will speed through this part of the video and I'll be back to chat with you and manage. I want to define this edge a little bit more with my black color pencil. Just putting a very been lying. So I love contrasts of This is great. A lot of fun for me to build up this contrast with this Jim Stone. So there we go 8. Gemstone 1 Part 3: Now let's at our pin work and see where it takes us. Use my number five micron going right along the edge of the black line that I created with the color pencil. And this Pigna Micron is even darker, just coloring carefully around it, building up that edge, really defining the shape that I want. Now they may go back in with my pasta pin, but I'll start with this. So speed this part up so you can watch it. And that's really not. It's very repetitive here. It's college, just coloring, building up the outside of that shape. Remember, I'm not going for perfection here. I just usually don't now, if you want to, you can draw some long, circular shapes around here, which I think I will do. But I'll use a smaller micron to do that. We'll use my number one just quite small, and if I go over the edge of the gym Stone, I'm OK with that. But if you don't want to just be a little careful, just sort of loosely go. Really. Edge sort of creates a setting for my gym stone, which I like, and if I wanted to, I could come up on top for this one. I'll just leave it there and you can also use very says pendants. And these lines can also be built up. I like that nice light line, but let me just add a little bit of a thicker line here and there, Not very controlled, as you can see. But it creates a really nice effect. Okay, Now I need to add my highlights and my white. So it's two. Let's do that. So I used my Pasqua to create more of a pool of light here. Now I don't want to completely blocked out that little line that I have. I'm just going toe, smudge it there, some there, and just smudge it out just too bright in that area, up even a little bit more than it already is Yours, baby. Highlighted enough. You have to decide when you're looking at your painting, if you need more or want more light in there. But I did so that's why I'm doing this. And normally I always want more light. Now just layer that because that will be even brighter and again smudge it with my finger. So I have a slight coming here. I feel that the light is hitting the top, the gym and pulling down here. So I'll put my highlight here at the top, and I'll just follow the curve right along the edge. Make some dots. Turn this because it's more comfortable and follow the curve a little bit more. And now even some very tiny dots here are pretty cool. If you add those in, just creates even more. And if you need to, like, make them less sandy Audi, just tap it a little bit more. Have a nice shape. That's reflecting light. Okay, now, one thing we're missing here is a shadow for this gemstone, and that's sort of optional. But sometimes it really will add the depth that you're looking for. Uh, some trying to decide if I really want to put Shadow are much I'm still debating, So what I'll do is not decide yet. I'll just think about it. I do think I wanted to just define these edges a little more, so I had my black Posca pin. You can use your micron, but this will just be a little bit more quick and maybe even a little darker and very carefully. This is my fiddle silliness right here. This is totally say Get to the same thing when I'm painting eyes just going right around that really dark outline. You said you could do this with markers. You could do with other things besides the bank pin. I just love using my pasta pins, creating a really dark outline, just a long match. Some areas are thicker than others. Am I ok with that? Yes, I am. In fact, I welcome it as long as it's a smooth shape. I'm okay with that. So really nice black line for a lot of contrast there. So I feel like we have light shining here. It's pool again here, but that nice little crack underneath there and I feel like also this should just be colored over a little bit more. So mostly always see here is water color in a little bit of colored pencil, and it's only a little bit off white colored pencil because I just want to create almost like a sheen like This is the top and it's it just creates that three. The effect that I'm kind of looking for. You also may want to add here about where the light pools to be too much. You can just percent to the backers world, so that's pretty fun. Fact right there. Do you think I want to create that shadow over here? Now we'll have some light shines through, but I think actually, I can use my watercolor for that, so I'll go back to my watercolor. Might think is dry. That's important. Make sure you're dry. Go back to the same color to want the same color watercolor. I think I do, because what happens is the light shining through and you get like, a little pool of white and then you get a pool of color, and then I can take a little bit of purple and add it to my color there, which will make it more neutral. Right? Cand go right around the edge to create even more of a shadow of my gym stone. And even though I like really soft shadows, I will leave some of this as hard show. Just hold the obvious. That's the shadow, but I'll blend some of it out as well. So night, that's that's pretty good. I think I need more dark in here with the watercolor that flow a little bit. I just want a little pool of light there, shining through. Soften that. There we go. So that's pretty pretty nice show. I think the light is hitting here. Shadows over here. It's pretty good effect, kind of a long shadow, but I guess that's okay. Blur that edge out. I'm a baggage to be very and maybe even bring in a little bit the turquoise that I have there on. But in the end of that shadow, No, because I'm adding more water to this. It may bloom a little bit, and that's fine with me. I don't mind that at all. I do want to take a little tiny stroke of shadow right under the edge. There we go. And then I have that light pooling have a shadow, and that's my interpretation, and yours may be a little different, and that's perfectly OK. Notice I haven't even splattered with ease and really tend to not splatter when I'm painting these gemstones. All right, so I'm calling that one. Done 9. Gemstone 2 Part 1: So for this Jim, we'll start with the pigment micron. I'm using very small. And if you want to trace you could or few one use your pencil. You can I will loosely hold my pan and just make some oval shapes. Now it looks a little wonky right now, but we're finished. It's going to be amazing. Okay, Now I'm going to let that ain't dry for just a few seconds, though it won't move when I wet it with the water color, the same colors so that we can just have no idea of the difference the technique can make. So I'll start with my peacock blue and I'm going to choose this larger over here. Now I'll fix up the edges later with ink, but for down just going to do that. And I want the darker area to be here at the top, and I want a light area here, some just going to put some water in there. It's often that up. And then again, I can bring this around here. So I just had the idea of an over there, right? And then I picked something that was sort of where I wanted to be and I overlap some of my lines, and that is perfectly OK. And now I'm creating a light area here at the bottom. So I'm just going to clean my brush, really kind of dry it off and lift up in that area to make it nice and bright. And they have to repeat it and again, depending on your paper. If you have paper that or color that won't lift well, you can always add this in later with white. So if it doesn't live fully now, that's okay. Some creating a sort of it follows the shape of my oval, this white area, this lifted area. But it's very soft all around because of the wet and wet. This area is creating that area of light that's inside our Jim Stone, so that light sort of pools inside the gym stone and creates that area. Okay, so now we'll stop and let that drive 10. Gemstone 2 Part 2: So now that this area is dry, I want to go ahead and paint my shadow, and my shadow is going to have a highlight in it. And it's going to be same color, essentially as my gym stone. But let's just make it out here now. I probably could have done this when I was painting together, but in this case I did not want him to run together. So create that little highlight where the light is shining through. You're gemstone and even China little darker and bigger as you go. And I like for mine to just really just lead out there. If you prefer hard edge, you can certainly do that. But I just kind of like just take taking that color kind of everywhere but again, picking that up right next to the gym stone in that little oil. It's like the light Chinese through really pretty that way and using the same color, you can use a shadow color if you wanted to, but I just thought it would be fun to use the same color here more smooth so you can keep working with it to you get the effect that you're looking for a little bit, a little light station texture. Now I have the choice now of whether I want to use watercolor too deep and dark in this color with another glaze, or whether I want to use my colored pencils and either way will work. But because I know I'm going to be using colored pencil on top of it. I feel like that. I can just go on with the color pencil from here, so let's do that. 11. Gemstone 2 Part 3: what? This gemstone. I want to use my blue colored pencil. I'll need my white color pencil and I can can choose the other color. I think I'll go for this blue purple color. And so now I have a great pencils to use, and I'm really just going to focus on adding shadow, and then I'll bring in my highlights at the end. So I don't want to lose my islands that I have right now, but But I want to focus on adding shadow right now, so this is completely dry. It is important that it's completely dry. Otherwise, your paper maybe too soft to take the color pencils. So keep that in mind and I'll just start on the edge. Using light pressure and darkening this edge and you could see are ready makes quite a difference. All you circular strokes and also directional around the edge. Now what this dark to go completely around the edge and I don't care if I go over my pin lines really doesn't matter to me. I'll come back in the last with pin and with the white highlights since will be the final steps. So right now, I'm not worried about that pin very much. I'm not worried about covering up the pin marks the offering them back. They're just guidelines to be amiss. Amusing, really light pressure and working my way out from that outer edge. I want this edge to be the darkest because that's in the shadow and the top, the domed part of my gym stone. It's a smooth gemstone, remember, is going to be catching light. So I need that contrast to really make it just really make it seem. Now I'll take this pencil because I like a variety of color, and that will also because it's a purple it wolf move away from you even more than the blue does. So, adding that little bit of purple tint to that edge is going to be really nice. So again, I'm using light pressure. Always start with light pressure cause you come because you can build up what you're doing as you go now within our Jim Stone, next to this pool of light is going to be a shadow. It's really interesting how it's like that and the shadow we'll move toward the edge but not go all the way to the edge, so sort of a little smile. Follow the shape of your gym stone to create that shadow. OK, now it's time to start adding more depth and layering, so I'm just going to start adding more pressure with my pencil right along that edge. It's really working nicely on this paper. It's really taking that pigment. Some turn as I need to. No problem. Remember, it is a process to make thes Jim stones or make any painting. Really, it's process. Just take some time and it may at the beginning look like I'm not getting anywhere. You noticed a slow build up. Working with colored pencil is a slow build up. You just have to be patient and remember to focus on layers. Go back with this purple Now I may come back in with another color before this is done, but right now this is where I'm at. Okay? Now wanna blend that blew into the water color color. So I think I could just start that with this white pencil just right along the very edge there, See, right along the very It's just to smooth that out. I will be going back with my blue pencil again. So it's a process of go back and forth, working with your stuff, working with your pencils. I'm sort of doing a medium kind of pressure year. Not too heavy and not too soft. I feel I find that if I go too soft with the pope polychrome, most think the white especially it doesn't have the effect I want to have. So it's just really a little pressure there. And then I don't want this really to blend too much, but just a little bear on the edge. Now let's go back with this dark and I'm just continuing to blend circular motion a whole long manage, really going to get a three d effect with this. It's pretty crazy how that works. You cast. I feel like I really need to go darker. And in this polychrome Oh, set. That means I'm going to go for this Black No, I have other colored pencils, but just sticking with polychrome owes right now. If you've taken my class on colored pencils, you'll know I used Public Ramos in there, and I can use this to darken the edge and then go back over with the blue and will create a blue block kind of color. So I'm really defining my shape. Now, as I'm doing this, this will really say where the edge of my gym stone is by doing this color, maybe even put a little bit in the center about that shit. I'm back now, going straight over that black Kim is going to create a nice edge. I really don't want texture of the paper to show that again. It really is process of layering. So if you could see here, see here where I've used the white here, but not here for the second time. Did you really see the difference? So stick with it now, speed up a little bit of this because you have the idea and this does take a little while. So speed, speed this part up and I will come back and chat with you a little bit when I am finished with this layer looking for pretty smooth transition here. I know among that there's a little bit of texture, but I want a smooth transition of color from this dark to this light and using this white with it. Well, give me that now. I also want to go over the shadow areas with the white because I was going to happen. It's going to push those down into the gemstone, so they're not just sitting on the top as it is right now. They look like there are sitting there. There's no dimension to them. But if I just use this white over them, it sort of creates the effect that they're sitting down inside the gym stone, which is what we want. This is thes white, these the shadows are down in the gym. Stone is long. And this wife also So we have to go over that. The white just just smooth it out and push it to the background. I should go over this entire side. No, I'm going to blend out this light area with my watercolor background. I'm going in circles, putting some pretty strong pressure. That is something that just takes some practice to learn. So that is actually pretty nice glowy area there, even a little bit of that out here. I want that light shine. Now I am going to be adding even more depth by bringing in my pins 12. Gemstone 2 Part 4: So now that I have the most of the color pencil done, I want to bring in my pin. So I have my white pins. I have a white gel pin or white acrylic Posca pin, and I have my black. My Cron's a one and a three size. So let's just play around with that and keep working back and forth until we get what we're looking for. And I think I will actually start with this. 03 And what I'm going to do is outlined my gym stone now. So remember how I said, I'm not worried about the edges because I would define them? This is exactly what I'm doing right now is finding those that is now one to try and create a nice, smooth edge. The microns will go over the colored pencil, but because of the texture of the paper you may have to work with, it's a little bit. You also may want to go up in tips size. This isn't 05 so you decide what works for you. Sometimes a bigger tip. That's what you need, sometimes not and just build it up. Rydell on the edge, really defining the edge now before I had an idea where the edge would be. But now I'm saying this is definitely this is definitely the still not really worried about the color on the outside with line because it's just interest. It's just background working to make it a smooth uh, so you can just build it up over time. Just build it up as you go. I want to end back here where I started. So thinking about where I'm going is where as well as where I am. Think about where you're ending up. If you have a thicker pin, it may not take us long to do this as it takes me. Frida work faster or slower than I do Very personal choice. So I have a nice black outline. Now I see there's like a little highlight area here, and I don't want that, so I will use my pins of the left in. You could also use a black Posca. Worked just fine, too. You can feel this area in with your color pencils so we could do that. That would be a little faster, and the will be just perfectly fine that way. So work back and forth with your materials as you need to. The only thing you don't want to do is try to use your pins in wet watercolor. It's just not going to work very well. Denies I want more of a transition there than that straight dark line. I am definitely going for contrast. Here we go, some. We have our watercolor. We have our color pencil. Now we have some. I'll finish with this ink yet because I like to add, like, right now I have these ruling nice, thin line. So it reminds me of like a wire like you get these really intricate wire gemstones. That's what this reminds me of. So that's why one reason why I do this shapes the way I do and find the gym Stone Thanet. But I also add a little bit more to that, and even I will bring some up on the chips doom. So it's like a little curl. The wire. Come talk. Okay, it's a little swirl. Now let's add some highlights. First off, I'm going. Teoh, take my pasta pin. You get it going right, and I want to smudge this area, so I'm just gonna put it like a little blob and smudge it. It's going to just bring that white up just a little bit more. Bring that light now. Here along the edge, where are basically is the side of the gym. Stone reaches the top where the light hits it. I'm going to just put Curve and the dot and maybe a little bit more. You have to decide. But the trick is to use a light touch and create highlight. Don't smudge that one. You don't want that one to be smudged. That's where the lights actually hitting the gym's down, and this is where it pools, so it makes it have that depth that you're looking for. I feel like this needs also a little bit more of a. I don't want to cover up the lines in this case, so adding a little bit of white to there and follow the curve of your gemstone. You can even add a few more dots here in there, which I think is a nice touch, because these were very reflected. If there's too much, I just tap it off. We have a nice the re dimensional Jim step. Now, one thing I also like to do is sort of build up more of the wiry lines. So I'll do that. Now. I want this to be nice curve here. They start with very organic loose strokes. But then, if you want to define it even more, you can always do that. Just build it up to be in the way you want it to be. That was nice, smooth and small like that. I think I want this actually also to have a little little Carvel wire there and here. So now I'm adding even more death by adding these shapes on the side. I see where this is not filled in all the way. I want that to be. I could like you said I could get a pasta pin. I'll just use this. It'll be fine. I have a pretty pretty dimensional jumps down there. I feel will be more dimensional if I add in a little more white here like a little glossy effect just on this top area. So with color pencils and water color, you can just keep working back and forth to get the dimension you're looking for. I don't want to go over this line now, though I could I could go over it and then I could build it back up again. So I'm sort of creating on oval Area here on the top, as if this is the top of the gym stone. Here we go, and I think I want to create a shadow. So what I want to do is really lightly mimic this shape just underneath edge there. And I don't have to do it completely, just partially because my light is shining this way. So putting it on that dark side so it creates a shadow within their and I'll go back with my wife, push that to back. So that's a pretty nice, dimensional Jim Stone. And now you can decorate the rest of the background where you could cut it out and put it on something else. Or you could use it to create a card, take a bit of sentiment here or a sense of it here. And you know something catchy. You're the gym of my life for something I don't know, just saying so that's a pretty nice gyms down there. 13. Gemstone 3 Part 1: So for this little sort bookmark we have here, I'm going to again start with ink. But I'm going to just make sure three smaller, I think three smaller gemstones, which I'll tie together in a little artwork later. And you could use circles or ovals. I'm sticking with the ovals. I like the shape like the organic feel of it. And I want to just change the color up a little bit here. And this time I think I want to transition. So I'll use my I used my peacock blue. There are a little more in there, but I also use a lime green. So was this actually called? This is actually called greenish yellow. If you're using the mission gold colors, that's a fun color, right? And I will go next to each other on the color wheel. Don't go together nicely. So what I want to do is I'm going to go inside with the dark. I'm going to go ahead and switch back and forth as I go so that I don't have any shoes there and just let that move and play together. So this time I light area is going to be the green, and you can still do picking it up. Um, if you want to you again. I'm not worried about having these really perfect ovals, because I will go back with the pin or with the colored pencil and fix those up. Great. So the green is my light in this case? No, just let that move and mix together. I actually have quite a lot of water and using a big brush rate for this very small job stone and I'm creating you sort of remind me of the earth a little bit. The blue water in the green land that now you could use multiple colors on your gym stones . You can use more than two colors. This is just a simple way to do it. And I think for this one I will actually pick up some of the color just so I can lift a little bit of that green out. It's still going to be green. Might going there, but not as much again. I'm following the shape of my oval lived a man out just a little with my brush you would get okay. Now I need to let these dry before I continue 14. Gemstone 3 Part 2: now these Jim songs air dry. Let's play with the color these a little bit. So I think I'll actually I'm going to use the same blue. I'm going to use a green, but I'm going to add a light green and a yellow to this and just play around and see what happens. I want to use the blue where I have blue in the green where have green and just gonna add some depth with the color And I'm being really loose the sketchy Now I've done the more controlled ones, right? And really try to stay focused. I'm going to play So this one is just playing and we'll see how it turns out. So now I'm really going to focus on making a green and not blue. The other one was quite green, but it does have this blue in it. But that has nice shadow here and probably color over. I believe that little highlight. I like it all right. Saying here, remember green on all of these green yellow, so slightly different from our other ones. But the blue adds a nice shadow area, and I'm actually coloring quite fast now. And the reason I'm doing that is because I want to play with it. So going for So I said green, but I have this nice blue, so I like that. So I kind of do one Bring that out just a little with this. Well, you purple here and I may completely cover up my watercolor here. So bringing that around shaping it up remember, I'm not worried with perfection. I'm not concerned about perfection, but I don't want something cool looking when I finished, right? Let's go This like re and I'll be fun to just have some here. And as I add the second layer, I'm already adding pressure. I want that edge to just be that green color and just continuing on. Blend away with that this time And this one I want the pool of like to be, Yeah, so been work mecca for But that's just I will at some white. But I'm also going to add this yellow in. We're going to create a nice, sunny glowy effect. I think we'll see. See what happens since the yellow and green gemstone we'll see green. That yellow is probably light. Okay, continuing on. I work on all three of these simultaneously because they're all in one piece of art. And that's the way I do things when I have something all in one one piece of art. I work back and forth. I know. Then it's all tied together. If I do that, let's create a little line. It's very subtle, but cool. Yeah, when settle. But it works subtle, but it works going over this green, if you can hear how much pressure, um, action putting, because just going to just sort of almost breeze through these if you will worked back and forth and try not to overthink it, My goal with ease is just don't overthink. It creates and pretty gemstones without overthinking. Sometimes we get caught up in figuring out what we're doing and especially teaching that can happen. So just want to just know, overthink this, just go for it and have a mix of colors. And this one has blue in this purple, blue and green, and that looks really nice, and I like it and adding some yellow also center, but not as much is on the top one. The top one is much more yellow than these two are I think I'm deciding. I'm deciding. Go back this boom. If I had my other pencils out, I would use even darker blue on this edge. But that said, I'm just using these for this class because now it makes it really doable for you going around the edge. It creates a nice edge there, I think, which is basically the side of the gemstone. I think I can add some. Look, I could use Brown. No, just use black. I like the contrast. I can hardly see my pin lines now on this one. But this one, I could see more of them. So it's kind of a little cute little bookmark, keeping it loose and sketchy, being a little more careful here with the black right, because I don't want to go into the center of my gemstone back to my blue. Covering up black in blue is essentially acting as a shadow in this case, doing the edges with screen can being pretty loose and sketchy this time and try and keep it light and fast. Not thinking too much, we'll see how it turns out. I always think art should be fun because I feel like If it's not, we're not going to come back to it and play like this. Little like it's almost like a blue purple blue highlight. I like it I want. So keep adding it back. Okay, time for some white. I'm just using it to blend out all What is the top of this gemstone who pushed that color back so lighten and blend and pushed the color back all at the same time. Which is pretty cool when those edges, like how that has some texture in there. Same here will bring those wretches. They're smaller. Also, that's also one can work a little faster working on three at once. The one thing I really want to make sure I do as I go is that the light is coming from same directions of color over all of that one. Same for this. Just going to use this white to blend out these colors make it nice and glowy like that blue probably blue in there. You can also see the veins that I put. That's pretty cool. Go over the whole. It's like a little spill of yellow in there, so nice, smooth blend. Smaller ones are actually easier to do. So did my mom keep that in mind when you're doing your own project that you might want to do small because it takes a little while to do color pencil work? And so if you keep it small, it doesn't take this long. So there's air essentially done. Just need now to add my penn work and my highlights, and there will be imagined. 15. Gemstone 3 Part 3: start with my number one micron because I want to bring in more those sketchy lines around my gym stone. Those wiry require wrapped effects and keeping it loose. Maybe a little too loose on that one. That's okay. And if they overlap, am I going to be upset? Probably not. You have to do what works for you. This does feel like this one needs a more looseness because thes two or more. So just go in and at it so you can adjust that you go. That's the thing. It's also written in stone, right? And you can see you have some smudges of color on your in seven. I'm really not worried about all of that. I think it adds texture and interest. Now, going with my black Posca tin can outline my gemstones even more. Have to be careful not to smudge because this is a paint pin. So keep that in mind. If you're using the pasta pin that be careful. Don't so much and I couldn't use that to create the wire fixed, but I just feel like the the Microns just do such a better job of that. Just give you that freedom and then this just gives you that crisp edged in a pretty easy way. You can use the my grounds for the edges, as I said, but this just speeds up the process. And, honestly, I if I don't speed up the process a little bit sometimes for me, I will get frustrated or bogged down. So if I work quickly, attend Tuesday. More loose and heavy edge on this one there that nice and thick, making a smooth transition to thinner line and never sit covers up the rough edges of the color pencil. So that's why I don't worry. You don't have to worry too much about staying within the lines. If you don't want cover that that's okay, too. Just do you. That's that's what I think do what works for you. All right, so that's a nice black alliance. I love it so far. Let's go to the White like Tosca, and now I'm thinking about where the light is pooling inside the gym's down. I want to be in this yellow area, so remember you put it in and use much it. It's gonna let that color pencil show through a little bit, too. It doesn't have to be completely white there and layer if you need Teoh just kind of what I do. So again, I want the pooling effect, the pooling lights of smudge it it can be circular, or it can be oval shaped smiley face. Right. But since these air all in one well painting here, they really all need to have light coming from the same direction. You ruin your illusion if you don't have light coming from the same direction for the so that's a nice little pulled like this is to well, in here for me smudged out a little bit more and add in a little bit brighter by adding another layer, and I'm just tapping it. And then I was smudging it with my finger. Where were these air? You know, this is light bouncing around. It's not going to be said perfect shape, necessarily. Okay, we go. So that means since we have the pool of light here at the bottom, the reflected light will be the top. So, really, that's what I gotta do. Just swoop, go back over. If you want to be a little bit bigger. Same here. Remember, we're following Where the lights coming from Not this one's Children a little bit, but the light will still be same spot and this one's catching even a little bit more. So you got a lots of depth that way are right. I'm love now. I want to add shadow. But this time I'll add a little bit of shadow with a pencil, just giving you a variety of options here. So I just have a number two pencil and I'm just going to just add shadow on the bottom just a little. And then I just have a little tool here that most much graphite. I don't know how to pronounce the name of it Torchia on or something you can, even if you have it. If you've been using it, it still has some grab on it. You could always just also, and that will just add a little bit of depth if you just add a little bit of shadow kind of on one side around the bottom inch. Since the light is coming from this direction, I would like more now. This time it's like the gym stone is set in something so the lights not coming through hitting the table. Basically, that's what's happening. So that's a little bit depth there now, this watercolor paper. So it's showing the texture, and I need to I feel like I need, well, a texture and a little bit so that at a little bit to the three D effect, if you will, and a little shadow. 16. Examples: I want to give you a few more examples of how to create thes Jim Stones, and I'll just show you some work that I've done with them, creating little abstract pieces in using them in other ways. So when you're for October, I chose to do these kind of gemstones. Now these were made with alcohol, eggs and colored pencil, but you get kind of the same effect. So I just wanted to share just some options. So there's a red one has a nice texture in there. I also used a gel pin with that to create some highlight. Here's a completely doodled is entangling piece of artwork, um, again creating that highlight so I'll just flip through a few these. I feel this entire little piece with Jim Stones because I was enjoying the texture so much . See, here's one that has actually used a rainbow pencil for this to create those cracks, and that was, like, fantastic. I love that. So lots of pretty colors there. I didn't wanna inspired Well, Jim Stone here and these are actually also doodles that I used. I drew from Lana's from the tattoos aren't there. So it was actually pretty fun to do that one inspired there. Here's another little gem stone with lots of texture inside it, that pooling light. The reflected light just really pretty. I have quite a few different styles here, So here's one that I made that's not a circular or oval, but has more of an angular shape. But I still use the same sort of effect. But there's a really big pool of light. And look at these nice little shadows from these dots is if they're floating. So that was a lot of fun, actually, more gemstones. He was a little bit of just practice in trying different colors and things. A galaxy gemstone, swirling galaxy. Just a little abstract peace there we have, and I also took that and used it in some other little drawings of faces. So here I have this nice Jim Stone. It goes with her. I used the same colors and I'll tell you a secret. The way I make these gemstones tends to be the way I like to make eyes in my womb, school drawings says. So here's another one, so you can see the yellow and green gemstone and the yellow and green. I one of my favorites right here. So this is just a few ways that I used it. And then, as I said, these air all basically with alcohol, ink and color, pencil and microns pick my microns air inks. But I've also done some with water colors. So I did a little bit of playing around. This was playing around with my Daniel Smith watercolors and with some brush. Oh, but I did turn one of these into, like a little Jim Stone, which was kind of cool, and I think will be fun to do this one especially. And then here some other shapes. So only a few of these I've added color pencil to this one. You can see. I also added some shadows. This 1 may be one of my favorites, actually left the white space for the highlight. So that's another option you could do when you're creating lease and this one here. And then you could see quite a few of these or just watercolor pieces. And then I had this one is watercolor and colored pencils. Same. It did some little swirls on some of these, though I had a lot of fun playing with it and getting ready for this class. But essentially, it's the same technique, whether you're using alcohol markers or water color and the colored pencil, your blending a transparent medium with an opaque media and it works out really, really nicely. So there are a few examples for you, and I hope that they will inspire you a little bit and let you see where you can take your gym stones from here. 17. Project and Thank you: So now I have demonstrated for you three different sort of techniques and ways to build up your water color to create thes smooth Jim stones to get a three d effect with them. And I would love to see you try this. So pick a technique that works for you and created Jim Stone. Start with your water color as the base and then build it up with your colored pencil and your ink. I cannot wait to see what you do with these lovely, smooth gemstones. Thank you so much for joining me for this class. And I look forward to seeing your projects and to hearing your reviews and your feedback. And if you have any questions, as always, please send me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I possibly can. Thank you so much for joining me. I'll see you in class 18. Gemstone Style Eye Demo: - the Oh, wait. Okay. No, no.