• Colored Pencils 31.10.2014 Comments Off

    Many new colored pencil painters don’t know what wax bloom is or how to recognize or remove it.  This is a 48 second video that shows you what it is.  I don’t use anything other than a soft make up pad, or cotton ball to lightly wipe the wax away. Seeing is believing.

  • Colored Pencils 12.09.2014 Comments Off


    Candy Canes – a Colored Pencils Tutorial available now on my website. Just in time to make hand made Holiday cards. Instant delivery upon your return from PayPal.

    Candy Canes – a Colored Pencil Tutorial suitable for beginners or intermediate painters.  $10

    Contains: 3 pages of instructions, 1 page size color photo, 1 page size step-by-step photo for a total of 5 pages.

    This design was originally presented in The Decorative Painter.



  • Colored Pencils 05.09.2014 Comments Off

    Watch a short video on Protecting your Painting while you Paint with Colored Pencils.  If you would like to see more Helpful Hint videos like this, from other artists, consider subscribing to the Colored Pencils Club.

    12 months of Online Classes – written tutorials with step-by-step photos, video clips on the different techniques used by the artist and a wide variety of subjects.

    One new class per month, notification by email with the classroom password.  To view other projects please visit my website.  marianjackson.com
    It is important to use the affiliated link from my website as this is how I get paid.


  • Seminars 07.04.2014 Comments Off

    I will be teaching a 5 day oil workshop at Cheri Rol’s  Home Studio in Greenville, IN –   Jan. 17 – 21, 2015

    The class is already half full, so don’t wait to make your reservation. Cheri has a wonderful classroom with video apparatus so everyone has a great view.

    Contact phone # 812-366-4180
    Contact E-mail: rolpub@cherirol.com

    View details here.  http://cherirol.com/seminars2.htm




  • Colored Pencils 16.02.2014 Comments Off

    This is a larger painting but the technique is the same.  It was fun to paint with brighter colors and use the value of the paper to control the intensity. Available from my website.

    11 pages; 15 color images, 1 line drawing.  The format of this tutorial is a little different as I have not done step-by-step images for each blossom. There are too many. Each blossom has a color photo with instructions written next to it so that you can work from  it.

    Blue Orchids

    Blue Orchids


    Paper: Black Stonehenge, un-textured side. I cut mine 16×20 to match the mat size, but a smaller size would also work.

    Prismacolor Wax Pencils used in this painting.

    Blue Violet Lake Indigo Blue
    Cerulean Blue Light Aquamarine
    Chartreuse Light Cerulean Blue
    China Blue Mediterranean Blue
    Cobalt Turquoise Muted Turquoise
    Cool Grey 10% Parrot Green
    Cool Grey 30% Peacock Blue
    Cool Grey 50% Periwinkle
    Cool Grey 70% Powder Blue
    Cool Grey 90% Prussian Green
    Copenhagen Blue Slate Blue
    Cream Sienna Brown * tiny amount
    Indanthrone Blue White



  • Colored Pencils 11.11.2013 Comments Off

    I use the Griseille method of painting quite a bit, both in oils and colored pencils.  Griseille – a grey scale painting of your final image.  In the case of colored pencils, I use it to control the intensity of a color by laying down a first layer of grey.

    So, in Prismacolor, there are 3 greys. Cool Grey; Warm Grey and French Grey.  Choosing Cool or Warm seems to be self explanatory, but when would French Greys be used? To answer that question I had to make a color chart with all Greys.  It s shown below.

    When all 3 are side by side, it seems to me that Warm Greys are more neutral, and French Grey is warmer.  There are also strong value changes as the value gets darker in all 3.

    I am experimenting with Lyra Oil based pencils in an effort to avoid wax bloom, so I added the grey range in those pencils also. There are 3 black. You can see that they relate to the Prismacolor range in one or the other.

    I hope you find this interesting and will make your own charts as I do, in an effort to learn.


  • Colored Pencils 05.07.2013 Comments Off

    I have a particular fondness for black paper.  Recently I have been using Black Stonehenge paper because it is lightfast.

    For this test I used a basic technique of basing in the petal with a single color and adding shading and highlights over that.  I do not use this technique often, preferring to lay my colors and values side-by-side, but this seemed like a good way to test.

    Prismacolor pencils. Prismacolor Pencils.

    I used a layer of Art Stix down first, then used a pencil of the same color for good edges and to refine. Shading and highlighting were added over the top of this base layer.

    Yellow on black does tend to display a bit on the greenish side, but with a good knowledge of color theory this is easily overcome by using a similar value of a red-orange pencil. I rather liked the temperature change from warm to cool.

    Prismacolor pencils with a white undercoat.I used an opaque Prismacolor White undercoat over the entire petal.

    When the yellow was added it was particularly bright. Shading and highlights are now being added on layer 4 and was a bit waxy as opposed to the feel of #1.

    The red turned pink over the white and required 2 good coats to cover. You can still see the white – at least I can, plus it changed the value.

    This was my least favorite of the techniques, so if I were going to use it, I would only add the white over the light area of the petal, and select different colors. The lack of intensity control bothered me but that might be personal preference. The petal is decidedly bright.

    Prismacolors with a Verithin White pencil undercoat on the light area of the petal only.I used a Verithin White undercoat only on the light area of the petal, leaving the black paper under the red.

    This gave a nice feel, very similar to using plain paper. When the yellow was applied, there was no waxy build up even though it was layer 2.  Shading and highlights went on nicely. The reds were true value on the black paper.

    In conclusion, while this worked very well, I saw little difference from the Art Stix + Pencil on plain paper in image 1.


  • Colored Pencils 02.07.2013 Comments Off

    I always enjoy sharing photographs of student artwork.  I love the variations they achieve and I like seeing my designs painted by other people.  This is a class taught in May, 2013 by Sharon Shannon.  The students did a great job of the Yellow Day Lily. One of the students had also painted Julie’s Iris from my tutorials and brought that in for Show & Tell. They all did a great job.

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    If you have taught a class from my tutorials, I would love to see and share photos.