Colored Pencil Winter Wonderland: Preclass

Welcome to our colored pencil walk through a winter wonderland! There’s a short video below talking about the supplies, then they’re linked and further described below.

Before we start…a little housekeeping

I retain the copyright to the content you are learning in class. That means…

  1. Do not sell or give away the concepts from my classes – you may not re-teach my instruction contained or created within these lessons.
  2. Do not post a video tutorial or step by step photo tutorial of your own redraw of class content.
  3. Do not repost any handouts you receive in class.

However…I love to see students making strides and taking this teaching and personalizing it with your own skills.

  1. DO make your own designs and develop your own style! I love that!
  2. DO gift your creations made with these techniques, of course!

At the bottom of each lesson you’ll see some ways to share your homework and ask questions, so that’ll be handy for you.

Colored Pencils

Prismacolors will be used for demos in class but there’s no magic to that selection – get together a number of blues from your own pencil collection – some darks, some midtones, and lights, and a couple greys and a black. See the photos of the colors for two brands below.




Blending supplies

  • Blending solution – Gamsol recommended Blick  Amazon
  • Isopropyl Alcohol (get at the drugstore) 99% is best but lower % will do
  • A few old brushes (I got mine in the drugstore – don’t need to be fancy)
  • Pipettes
  • Cotton balls (small or large)
  • You can certainly use blending stumps – but they’re not used in any of the lessons.
  • Containers for blending solution (my little jars)
  • Tea Strainer, sandpaper, or nail files (here’s the metal one you can wash)


Snow supplies

  • Ph Martins Bleed Proof White Blick  Amazon  
  • Dusting Brush – big one at Blick – or get a mini on Amazon
  • Paintbrush – demos use a Silver Brush Round 4 – Blick  Amazon
    • but if you have another small brush, just use that. Just wash it right away after using! 🙂

Papers plus

Techniques will work differently on different papers – you can use whatever you have, but I do recommend trying out Stonehenge if you haven’t before. Demos are in a sketchbook but a pad might suit you better.

  • Stonehenge sketchbooks (7×7 in class demos)
  • Stonehenge Drawing Paper pad, 9 x 12 Blick  Amazon
  • Artist tape 3/4″ or 1/2″ – white tape helps you be able to see your colors against white instead of blue or green; and this tape wipes off so excess pigment can be cleared away.
  • Masking paper – you can use stickynotes, or get a roll of masking paper; I use Eclipse Tape by Judikins. Make sure you can tear a rough edge from whatever you use.

Quick links to share your work wherever you like:

Artventure Community

Where you’ll be right in Sandy’s pocket for quick feedback and answers to questions

Student Facebook Group

Our closed group is a safe place to share for those in all our classes who love the ‘book!

Social media & blogs

Post wherever you like to share, and let your friends know which class you’re taking. They might like it too!