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From My Sketchbook-Study of Yellow Orange

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Hello Colored Pencil Artist:

It’s been a while since I sent a Study Packet! Since many of you have asked what’s going on – I just overbooked myself in 2010; 14 seminars and 4 trade shows – what was I thinking?! We started RV traveling June 2010 and didn’t stop until December 2010. What an adventure! 2010 was a great year; we traveled and taught seminars and attended trade shows from Kansas to Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Washington, Canadian Rockies, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and then back to Florida. Now it’s home to Kansas for the winter!

I’m back on track with a basic beginner project that will get you off to a good start this year!

Join me for another in the series of:



From My Sketchbook – Study of Yellow Orange © 2011 Janelle Johnson

Please reference to previous “Free Instruction Packets For You” category

for the prep instructions and final finish-up. Plus, the six previous designs.



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From My Sketchbook – Study of Green

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Happy Spring Colored Pencil Artists!

We’re gradually penciling our way through the colors of the spectrum; this time it’s GREEN.

Jack-In-The-Pulpit - © Janelle Johnson 2010

Jack-In-The-Pulpit © Janelle Johnson 2010

Prismacolor Colored Pencils needed for this project:

  • Black Raspberry
  • Canary Yellow
  • Colorless Blender
  • Cream
  • Kelly Green
  • Kelp Green
  • Pale Sage
  • Sand
  • White

If you’ve recently registered for this blog reference to previous “Free Instruction Packets For You” category for the prep and final finish-up. If you scroll down the blog you’ll find the study of Orange and Violet.

You can find the other free From My Sketchbook studies here:
Study of Red

Study of Yellow

Study of Blue

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From My Sketchbook – Study of Violet

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Hello Colored Pencil Artist:

What does the color Violet, commonly known as Purple, mean to you?  In ancient times it was the color of fabric that was reserved for royals…I’m so glad those days are long gone! Don’t you love to wear violet! I also like to use touches of violet in almost everything that I pencil so this basic beginner project was fun to design.


From My Sketchbook – Study of Violet © Janelle Johnson 2009

Please reference to previous “Free Instruction Packets For You” category for the  prep instructions and final finish-up.

Supplies needed for this project:

Prismacolor Colored Pencils

  • White
  • Sunburst Yellow
  • Pale Sage
  • Kelp Green
  • Lilac
  • Violet
  • Indigo Blue
  • Colorless Blender no. 1077, do not confuse with the Colorless Blender in the marker form.

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Study of Orange

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Hello Colored Pencil Artists: I’m trying a different format to send the monthly free packet. For those who have difficulty in downloading a PDF, this may solve the problem! You’ll be able to view it on the blog and print as needed. Plus, you can direct your students and fellow colored pencil artists to the blog.

This month’s study is about the color Orange. Color affects moods and orange is often used to create a feeling of happiness – it also represents the color of fall; which is upon us, where did the summer go?


Sketchbook Study

The project is based on a photo by Heidi Conover, Okinawa. Thank you Heidi for permission to do a colored pencil project from your photography! A big thank you to Sharon Burkenbine, WA for sending me her daughter’s beautiful photo!

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