Sunday, July 28, 2013

CPM "Lilac Roller" Challenge Entry .....

I have done a bunch of new pieces in the past few weeks but really haven't had much time to sit down and post them in my blog.  So I thought I would take out a few minutes today to share my latest piece with you.

This is my second Colored Pencil Magazine July 2013 Challenge Entry "Lilac Roller".

I went large for this entry ... 4 inches x 6 inches (hey, that's large in comparison to ACEO size of 2.5" x 3.5"! - LOL!).

Anyway, I used my new Aquarelle watercolor pencils for the primary layer followed by Verithin pencils, SoHo pencils, Faber-Castel pencils, a dash of white Gelly Roll pen, and a smidgeon of Prismacolor fine line markers ... all mixed together on a bed of Stonehenge Paper. Hmmmm, kinda sounds like a recipe doesn't it? LOL!

I must say, I am really beginning to like laying down a watercolor (pencil) under coat and then proceeding with the dry pencils. It is a very useful technic for people who are less patient with the cp layering process.

My rendition of the "Lilac Roller"

and the challenge photo

Happy Day everyone!
Karen Anne

PS I didn't like the sky in the entry I posted yesterday for the July 2013 Challenge, so today I worked on it and I am now much happier with the piece ...


  1. Karen Anne, I am in awwww again!! Stunning!! Gorgeous! I love the detail!! Breath taking!
    (I am sending out your prize on monday!)
    Big Hugs ;o)

    1. Thank you Stacy! ... That was so cool! I was delighted to win one of your original ACEOs in the "The ACEO Challenge"! My collection of "Magic Love Crow" original ACEOs is certainly growing! Yes!

  2. I forgot to say, your recipe sounded delicious ;o) LOL!

  3. I love the talons on this one and the little white tuft below his beak.

    I still have yet to try stonehenge paper. I have mostly struggled with bristol board with colored pencils or watercolor paper for combination works: watercolors with colored pencil layers on top. Is the stonehenge paper like watercolor paper?

    Do you still use mineral spirits for blending?

    1. It is for both ... very little if any buckling when water applied, at least I haven't noticed much. If there is, over nite with a heavy tome on top of the piece flattens it out quite nicely!

      It has been so long since I have used MS for blending that I do not even know where I last placed the container. Mostly I use the pencils themselves for blending, especially white and ivory ...

  4. As always, you have done an excellent job of capturing this beauty on paper!


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