Monday, 20 November 2017

Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Vellum - A first impression


Monday, 30 October 2017

Colour Along Project for Coloured Pencil

In Spring 2017 the Colour Along Instruction Project for Coloured Pencil was launched.
I made this online colouring course because many people were asking me about the colouring techniques, shading, blending, layering, colour choice, and a lot more!
In this colouring course I show you everything, even the mistakes that I make and how I fix them!

You can purchase the Colour Along Project in my Etsy Shop!

In these two short video clips you can get an idea of what the colouring course offers. Of course in the instruction videos there will be no music but me explaining the colouring process!

With this Colouring Course you will learn the following:
-Layering and blending with coloured pencils
-Shading techniques
-Using reference photos,
-Using real things like leaves, flowers, chestnuts, as a reference
-Choosing your colour scheme
-Using erasers in a different way
-Combining different pencil brands

Before and After. You will receive 12 ink drawings printed on 300 grams paper.

This package has 12 drawings, 1 for every month of the year.
At least 4 instructional videos for every drawing. There are already over 50 videos in total, and more videos will be added to this colouring course, as students can ask for help while enjoying this colouring course.

The videos are exclusively available online for people who buy this package of 12 drawings. The videos will be online forever and you can watch them whenever you want!

List of drawings and information about instructional videos:

1. Spring Flowers - 5 instructional videos, in total 3h58m of video
2. Pot of Flowers - 4 instructional videos, 3h5m
3. Cherry Blossoms - 4 videos, 1h47m
4. Birdhouse - 4 videos, 1h54min
5. The Door - 5 videos,4h34m
6. Roses - 4 videos, 3h6min
7. Fruits - 6 videos, 5h4m
8. A Red Squirrel - 5 videos, 4h21m
9. Autumn Treasures - 4 videos (not all of them are online yet)
10. Autumn Leaves - 4 videos, 3h16m
11. Birdhouse with snow - 4 videos (not all of them are online yet
12. Toadstools - 5 videos, 3h8m

Twelve drawings, one for each month of the year

The drawings are printed on 300 grams 100% recycled paper. Size 21x21 cm, that is 8.2x8.2 inches.

The drawings come in a cardboard box. You will also receive instruction on how to get access to the online tutorial videos.

You will be notified once your package is being sent to you.

This Colouring Course is an individual course, but you can join our special group on Facebook. Access to this group will be given to you after purchasing the Colour Along Instruction Project.

You can purchase the Colour Along Project in my Etsy Shop! ENJOY!

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Ivy and the Inky butterfly and Staedtler Ergosoft pencils - A First Impr...

A couple of days ago a package came in the mail with Johanna Basford's latest book:
Ivy and the Inky Butterfly.
Johanna was so generous to also send me a tin of 24 Staedtler Ergosoft pencils!

Ivy and the Inky Butterfly is not just a colouring book, it has a story in it. So it is a great book to read and colour together with your children!

In this first video I show you the inside of the book, and I explore the Staedtler Ergosoft pencils.

The quality of the book is very good, but take some time to firmly open the book to make the pages fall down flat.
I received the US printed book, published by Penguin.


At first glance, the Staedtler Ergosoft pencils seem to be of very good quality, but I will need more time to try them before I can make a review.
For more information about the pencils, click HERE.

Johanna Basford sent me a set of 24 Staedtler Ergosoft pencils! They came together with her latest book, Ivy and the Inky Butterlfy.
At first glance, the Staedtler Ergosoft pencils seem to be of good quality.
They are triangular, which make them unique. They also have a soft coating, which prevent your fingers from slipping.
My first impression is that these pencils were initially designed for children and usage in class rooms. However, they can be of great value to adults as well.
Ergosoft pencils are less expensive than the 'professional' pencils, such as Faber Castell Polychromos, Derwent Coloursoft and Procolour, Caran d'Ache Luminance and Pablo, etc.
I don't think the Ergosoft pencils can compete with the professional brands, though. But time will tell because I need a need more time to test them.


Saturday, 9 September 2017

Sennelier Professional Watercolour Paint

A couple of months ago I had the opportunity of buying a 12 pan set of professional watercolour paint by Sennelier.
I bought 7 extra pans and put them in the travel tin.

Sennelier paint is not available everywhere in The Netherlands, so I ordered it on
This is my first set of professional watercolour paint, so I can only tell you that these paints are doing what I expected them to do.
They are particularly suitable for glazing, I have read, and so far this seems to be true.
I am really enjoying them!

I took Sennelier with me on vacation in Switzerland and painted for hours on our balcony with this spectacular view!

Compaired to my Winsor&Newton Cotman watercolour set (a student grade watercolour) the professional Sennelier performs a lot better. Professional watercolour paint has a lot more pigment in it and is a lot stronger.

I am glad I took the plunge and bought a professional set.
In time I will buy other professional brands so I can do a comparison.


Monday, 7 August 2017

Derwent Inktense Pencils

I recently received a set of 24 Derwent Inktense Pencils.
After getting to know them a little bit I more and more start to love these ink pencils.

Derwent Inktense at first sight seems to be a watercolour pencil, but this is not the case.
Inktense has ink in it. You can handle it just like a watercolour pencil, but after the colours have dried, the colours become permanent.
With watercolour pencils you can move the paint around after you put water on it for a second or third time, but with Inktense this works only a little bit.

Inktense is also available as Inktense Blocks. These look a little bit like blocks of soft pastels, but they are the same as the pencils.

So far I really enjoy these pencils and will certainly use them a lot in the future!


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Snippets from the Colour Along Project - Part 2 - The Door

Join the Colour Along Instruction Project for Coloured Pencil and learn how I layer, blend, add details and shadows, and a lot more!

For more information, click HERE!