Friday, March 4, 2016

A Color Challenge Using Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils

I get the distinct pleasure of sharing with you a color challenge that Brandy set herself!  In this case, she used digital images from Sheri Baldy's My Besties collection.  Digital images are fun because of the immediate gratification - purchase and print. Just be sure to print using a toner printer to prevent bleeding during the coloring process.  In this case, Brandy loaded the images into a file on a thumb drive and took it to Fed Ex/Kinkos who copied multiple pages (in multiple sizes created by Brandy in the file) onto a white cardstock they had available.  

Each image was colored with a different set of watercolor pencils.  The challenge was to make the coloring work with the limited color pallette.  A Derwent blender pencil was used on each hat and the pink girl's hair in order to blend the color a bit.  Otherwise, all blending was accomplished using the colored pencil only.

This pink lady is Brandy's least favorite.  The colored pencil set was extremely pink heavy which left little contrast in the image.  Isn't it fantastic, despite being limited?

A black marker was used to define the hair of the African American girl in green.

All in all, this was a successful color challenge.  Brandy is going to make a couple of these gals into cards.  Once I get the photos and edit them, I'll be sure and share the finished result with all of you.

How can you challenge yourself?  What tools, techniques or inspiration urges you to stretch your creativity.  I know Brandy inspires me, I hope the same for all of you.

I'm going to enter the Blue girl in Simon Says Stamp's Leap into the Unknown challenge.  I think Brandy's self challenge is definitely a leap into the unknown.  If you give it a try, join the fun.


  1. Wow! What an absolute treat to see such different color variations here! I think each one is so unique and bursting with personality. Thank you so much for taking the time to show so many fun differences with one incredible image! It was a job to see your work here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!


Thank you so much for your kind words. Isn't it fun to encourage one another, even from a distance?