Sunrise, Sunset: Preclass

Welcome to the Preclass lesson for Sunrise, Sunset! This is a level 2 class — and if you’ve taken Colored Pencil Jumpstart and/or Watercolor Pencil Jumpstart, that may mean you have most or all of the supplies needed to complete these lessons. Watch the video below, and see the reference list below that for more on the supplies and recommendations on where you can find them.

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.


In this course, Faber Castell’s Polychromos colored pencils and Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils are used – for some apples-to-apples comparison, since both share colors, names, and pencil numbers.

You need not use them – other brands are typically just fine, though be sure you’re working with artist grade pencils. Inktense pencils may be VERY strong in color and create rather electric skies, so be stingy with pencil pigments and test them before working on each phase of the lessons. (Inktense are ink, not watercolor, and they don’t lift well, so some techniques are impossible with Inktense pencils.)

The 11 colors in this course are pictured below, so if you have another brand, you can find compatible colors. Or if you’ve always wanted to try these pencils, I kept the list down to a minimum for you! Swatches in the top row are blended with water, and the second row shows colors without solution so you can match them to your brand. Links are below.

Watercolor pencil

Paper: Arches Cold Press BLICK  AMZ

    1. Less expensive brushes:
      • Silver Brush Black Velvet Round #4 BLICK • AMZ
      • Silver Brush Black Velvet Round #8: BLICK • AMZ
    2. Flat brush, choose at least 1:
      • Silver Brush Black Velvet Square Wash 1/2″ Blick
      • Mottler Flat Wash 30, DaVinci Cosmotop Spin Brush: Blick – AMZ – the only one on Amazon is the size 20 but it’ll work.
    3. More expensive brushes used for demonstrations:

Other materials

  1. Tea Strainer
  2. Erasers – not all are needed, treat youself to something new if you’d like:
  3. A few sharpener options:
  4. White artist tape, 3/4”
  5. Baby wipes (Costco’s Kirkland brand but others may work great)

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!