Holiday Designs with Colored Pencils

with J Elizabeth Gyles Johnson


The Holiday Designs workshop is a set of 3 colored pencil projects.  We will draw a set of candy canes with a ribbon, a candle, with evergreen, and a vintage stocking.  In each of these designs I will teach you strong shading skills creating depth and beauty in your drawings.

Once you have learned how to draw these designs you can mix them to create new designs that are uniquely yours. 

You can use these designs to decorate cards, gift tags, ornaments, packages and much more.


Supplies for Holiday Designs


Bristol Board Vellum paper


Drawing Paper

Prismacolor Premier colored pencils

(you may also use Caran d’Ache Pablo or

Faber Castell Polychromos)

The colors I used on each project are listed below

Derwent Blending Pencil

Zest-It solvent

This is used as a demonstration of the technique.  You do not have

to have it to do the project if you prefer not to work with it. 

You can purchase Zest-It in North America Here

For all others, you can purchase it Here

Soft Fluffy Brush

Basic Erasers

Optional Items:

tags, cards, ornaments, paper mache boxes or ornaments, (the possibilities are endless!)

And of course, things to embellish your tags and ornaments with like ribbons and bells and more.

Candy Cane Colors                       

*Crimson Red

*Tuscan Red


*Cobalt Turquoise


*Putty Beige

*Derwent Blending Pencil

Stocking Colors


*Canary Yellow

*Yellow Ochre

*Imperial Violet



*Prussian Green

*Derwent Blending Pencil

Candle Colors



*Yellow Ohre

*Sandbar Brown

*Jade Green

*Kelly Green

*Prussian Green




*Derwent Blending Pencil

*Zest-It Solvent