• Janine Lees Art

'Painting' with Coloured Pencils

Over the years I have practiced many coloured pencil techniques such as: blending colours together (either by hand or by using solvents or powders), burnishing and layering; graduating effects (from light to dark or using various colours); etching, embossing, scratching out or simply removing surface pigment (which can be a challenge as it can be so easy to damage the papers if not done carefully). I have made many mistakes along the way (and still do), but the challenge for me is to always to improve and so each new project must be better than the last piece as I strive towards reaching perfection (which of course, is never reached but is a driving force within me).

Coloured pencils are becoming increasingly popular due to the many possible techniques that they offer and the increasing amount of new products on the market that facilitate the artist in creating new and exciting effects. As a result, the demand for high-quality coloured pencil art is also gaining in popularity with collectors. The main benefit for art investors is the longevity of professional coloured pencils when combined with fine art papers which can last for many decades (when kept in the correct conditions away from bright sunlight, dust and humidity). Unlike paints, no protective varnish is required which is often prone to yellowing or cracking and will need inevitably need replacing over time.

All hail the coloured pencil and the wonderful impact it has had on my art journey since discovered them (again) six years ago, they will forever hold a pencil pot in my heart!