Tulips in Colored Pencil

with J Elizabeth Gyles Johnson


In this workshop you will draw a beautiful trio of tulips using colored pencils.  Elizabeth will help you see the colors that are often hidden in the obvious.  And you will learn the method of using a solvent to allow for layering with an undercoat.

As with all workshops on Creative Pencils, you will have opportunity for critique and discussions with Elizabeth and other students in the workshop. 

Using Zest-It is a fun and time saving technique that will bring more realism to your colored pencil drawings.



Colored pencils

    I used Prismacolor Premier pencils in the following colors:



     Indigo Blue

     Tuscan Red

     Crimson Red

     Non Photo Blue

     Powder Blue



     Caran d’Ache Pablo pencils or Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils are

     interchangeable with the Prismacolor on this project.

Zest-It colored pencils solvent    

     or a similar product

          If you are in the USA, you may order Zest-It here:   And Bear Makes 3

          If you are outside the USA, you may find information about Zest-It here:  Zest-It    (Some students in UK

          locations have mentioned finding Zest-It at their local art stores.  You might check.)

New unused paper blending stump in size 4 or 5

Derwent Blending Pencil

Vellum Bristol Board paper

     9” x 12” will be large enough.  I used 11” x 14” simply because it was

     what I had on hand.

Sketch paper or computer paper

Tracing Paper

Light box or sunny window

B grade graphite drawing pencil


    Kneadable eraser

    white plastic eraser like Factis Oval Eraser or Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick

Pencil Sharpener

Soft Brush dedicated to colored pencils alone

Sanding Block