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!

Caran d'Ache Waterbrushes

About two years ago I bought my first waterbrush. It was a Derwent brush but it turned out that this brush wasn't working for me.
The results I had with this brush were so bad that I decided to stick with the traditional brushes.

My terrible results with the Derwent waterbrush

I've seen many people do great work with waterbrushes so I was quite disappointed that it didn't seem to work for me.
I love painting outdoors and waterbrushes would be ideal for plein air watercolour painting!

A while ago I stumbled upon the Caran d'Ache Waterbrushes. They looked different and after reading a couple of reviews I was hoping they would fit me better than the Derwent brush. So I took the chance and ordered them.
Last week the brushes arrived and the results I have with them are so much better than with the Derwent brush already!

My much better results with the Caran d'Ache waterbrush!
The Caran d'Ache waterbrushes come in a set of three. A medium and a large size brush and a felt tip brush.

I haven't tried the felt tip brush yet.
In a couple of weeks I will make a couple of reviews about these brushes.
I will continue using them and I hope they will continue to perform as good as they do now!


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Pencils - A first impression in Secret Garden

I recently received a set of Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils and my first impression of them is very positive!
They are quite soft, layer beautifully, and have a good price too!
I video about my first impression of these pencils will be online very soon.
A thorough review will be available in a couple of months.
I need these months to colour with them a lot, and see how they work on different types of paper and combined with other pencil brands.

So far I love these pencils!


Monday, 26 June 2017

Receiving a gift with Irojiten pencils and testing them!


Last year a received Dowdle Doodles National Parks colouring book as a present.
It is a lovely book with the original paintings by Eric Dowdle in it. So you can follow the original painting in your colouring if you want to.
I am currently colouring the Sequoiah National Park page in this book to test Tombow Irojiten pencils.

This is a first video about unboxing a beautiful gift I received and testing the Irojiten pencils. I not only received Irojiten pencils but other pencils too!

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Pre-order Colouring Along Project!

You can now Pre-order the Colour Along Project! Price is 35 euros!

For more information, visit my Etsy webshop. There you will find additional information about pricing, shipping costs, and estimated shipping date.

Caran d'Ache Luminance

Caran d'Ache Luminance can be considered the best and most expensive pencils on the planet.
Their quality is superb and they are light fast. The pencils are pretty opaque, and that is the reason that I bought a some yellow, green, blue and a white pencils.

I recently received a box of 76 Luminance pencils and am now exploring them.
My first impression of these pencils is that they are one of a kind.

For colouring in colouring books, you do not really need this high quality pencil.
If you want to frame your art work and have it in perfect condition without the colours slowly fading away, then these pencils are the best choice.


Prismacolor Premier Pencils

Last year, a very friendly lady sent me her set of Prismacolor Premier Pencils.
She thought I would be able to put them to good use. After trying and testing them, I have come to the conclusion that the Prismacolor Premier pencils are a great addition to the pencils that I was using already.

Prismacolor Premier Pencils are extremely soft, that is something you need to keep in mind.
Also, there are some problems with breakage of the pencils because of the softness.
On the other hand, there are some wonderful colour that I love using and these pencils do a great job when the paper is almost saturated with pigment and other pencils are having trouble laying their colours on paper.

If you are having trouble colouring with a 'soft touch', then maybe these pencils may not be the best choice for you.
But I am very greatful that I received the set. I am enjoying them very much.


Thursday, 23 February 2017

The Derwent Electrical Eraser

One of my favourite tools for colouring is the Derwent electrical eraser.
A friendly lady from Israel sent me one as a thank you for the videos that I am making.
This electrical eraser has become my #1 eraser. I use it a lot in detailed work and I also use it to blend lighter colours. A wonderful device!


Saturday, 4 February 2017

Announcement: The Colour Along Project!

Almost a year ago I started working on what I first thought would be a colouring book.
But it turned into something completely different: A Colour Along Instruction Box.

Release will be in March 2017

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