Introducing MFT Academy – Class Is in Session!

Welcome to the MFT Academy – your guest professor today is Inge, who will be teaching you about coloring with Prismacolor Pencils.   Hello everyone.  I’m here to show you a bit about coloring with Prismacolor Premier Pencils. So grab a cup of coffee, scroll, and enjoy.
Choose the materials you want to work with. For this project I’ve selected:
  • PI Being Cute Is What I Do
  • Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black
  • blending chalks
  • paper blending stumps
  • odorless spirits (odorless mineral spirits, OMS, gamsol)
  • brushes
  • Scor-Pal
  • Prismacolor Premier Pencils that match your patterned paper.
tip: I always choose my patterned paper before starting to color.  That way you don’t have to search endlessly for matching paper once you’ve finished coloring an image.
Step 1. Stamp your image with Memento Ink onto Neenah Classic Crest white. This paper is perfect for blending with pencils! I always stamp two images to experiment a bit with colors. Choose pencils that match your patterned paper. Start coloring with Peach 939.  Color the entire face, and her arms lightly.
Step 2. Dip the paper stump into your odorless mineral spirits, and then move in little circles around your colored area.  The blending solution makes the color look soft and smooth.
Step 3. Take a darker color, in this case 1092, and make a bit of a shadow around her hairline, and on her arm closest to her body.
Step 4. Using your paper stump and odorless spirits, repeat the blending process for a smooth finish.
Step 5. Color a bit with the darkerst color 943, where a shadow would fall. In this instance that would be along her hairline, and on her arms just closest to her body, for more depth.
Step 6.   Repeat the blending process as outlined above. Skin is ready, colored with three different pencils.
Step 7. The hair is first colored with 945, then you’ll blend with the paper stump. Two small areas of white are left to represent a highlight where the light reflects off of her hair.
Step 8.Take a darker color, 947, and add some deeper shading closest to the hairline, down towards her ears, and again where her pigtails meet her hair elastic.  Repeat the blending process with the paper stump and odorless mineral spirits. Maintain the small spot of white as a highlight.
Step 9.  Now we are going to make some pleats. This might look difficult, but by practicing you can easily get fun results! I’ve used three different green tones: 1096, 1097, 1098, and started with the lightest color. When you look closely at her blouse, you will notice scalloped lines at the bottom. Draw a line straight up from each of the pleats, stopping about half way up, and then draw a line down from the top portion of the blouse.  Be sure that the lines are alternating, not crossing.
Step 10. Blend using the paper stump and odorless mineral spirits.  Blend only on one side of each pleat line.
Step 11. Take a darker color and repeat the process.  Draw a second layer of pleats directly on top of original set, and they will blend nicely. Again, blend only on one side of the pleats for a soft look.
Step 12. Blend using the paper stump and odorless mineral spirits.  Then, repeat the pleat-drawing and blending process with the darkest color.
Step 13. For her trousers, I’ve used three different grey tones: 1061, 1063, 1065, and worked in layers as I did with the skin tones. First, starting with the lightest color, fill the entire area.  Next, blend with the paper stump and odorless mineral spirits for a smooth finish.  Then, add shading  where her shirt would cast a shadow (onto the top portion of her pants) with the middle toned grey, and blend.  Lastly, add the deepest layer of shadow with the darkest grey, and repeat the blending process.
Step 14. Now we are going to make some red cheeks. I heart red cheeks:) Put a bit of the red chalk on your brush and dab it gently onto her cheeks.
Step 15. Using the same greens you’ve used to create the blouse, color a matching underground for her to stand on.  (Stay tuned for an upcoming MFT Academy tutorial focusing on creating grounding for your images.)
Step 16. Add a background for your image by adding a bit of blue chalk with a brush.
Step 17. She’s ready to use for your card or project! If you’d like you can stamp the edges with Finishing Flourishes Stamp Set. It gives the image a nice vintage look.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions, you can email, and we’ll be happy to help you!
Here are the links to the products I’ve used: